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Cecily McMillan Sentenced to Three Months in Jail

The Occupy Wall Street activist who two weeks ago was found guilty of assaulting a police officer as he led her out of a protest in Zuccotti Park was sentenced Monday.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Cecily McMillan

Occupy Wall Street organizer Cecily McMillan is paying with her time and body for our leaders’ sins of unbridled power and extreme wealth.

Posted on May 11, 2014 READ MORE



Will Civil Liberties Survive OWS Trial?

As an Occupy Wall Street activist goes to trial on charges of assaulting a police officer, author and lawyer Chase Madar asks what the rights to freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and freedom from warrantless search are worth in the United States today.

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE


Seattle Socialist Kshama Sawant Takes Office

Seattle’s first socialist city official in decades, an economics teacher, former Occupy Wall Street activist and former Truthdigger of the Week, ran on a campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. She enters office Monday along with Mayor Ed Murray.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE


‘We Are Living in the World Occupy Made’

Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party, the national, independent, inequality-focused political coalition sponsored by labor unions that helped elect Bill de Blasio to the position of mayor of New York City, tells “Democracy Now!” about the role Occupy Wall Street played in the latest election.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



Pepper Spray Villain’s Compensation Exceeds Occupiers’

The UC Davis cop who pepper-sprayed at close range a group of peacefully protesting students was awarded $38,000 for his experience in the aftermath of the altercation, more than those he brutalized received.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Searching for Sustainable Models of Activism, 2 Years After Occupy

While economists are celebrating a tenuous recovery five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, this week’s U.S. Census Bureau report on poverty provided a sobering statistic.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart

On the second anniversary of that day in lower Manhattan when people sat down in outrage and stayed in dedication and solidarity and hope, remember how unpredictably the world changes, remember those doing heroic work that you might hear little or nothing about but who are all around you, remember to hope and remember to build.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Chicago Waking Up!

The people of Chicago are learning how to disturb, embarrass and block the ambitions of socially destructive politicians and corporate executives, Rick Perlstein of The Nation magazine reports.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Redacted FBI Documents Show Plot to Kill Occupy Leaders If ‘Deemed Necessary’

“Did the FBI ignore, or even abet, a plot to assassinate Occupy Houston leaders?” asks journalist Dave Lindorff at WhoWhatWhy. “What did the Feds know? Whom did they warn? And what did the Houston Police know?”

Posted on Jun 29, 2013 READ MORE



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The Wonderful American World of Informers and Agents Provocateurs

American high-tech surveillance is not the only kind around. There’s also the lower tech, up-close-and-personal kind that involves informers and sometimes government-instigated violence, which major news organizations have not put together in a way that gives us an overview of the phenomenon.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE


David Graeber: They’re Enslaving You With Debt

Debt has been weaponized “pretty much continually” for the last four or five millennia by “people who have access to the ability to make credit,” the anthropologist, Occupy activist and anarchist said on the “Keiser Report” TV show in late April.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Too Soon to Tell: The Case for Hope, Continued

If you take the long view, you’ll see how startlingly, how unexpectedly but regularly things change. Not by magic, but by the incremental effect of countless acts of courage, love and commitment, the small drops that wear away stones and carve new landscapes, and sometimes by torrents of popular will that change the world suddenly.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE


Save Our Democracy: Buy the L.A. Times for $660 Million

The Other 98%, a group loosely associated with Occupy Wall Street, is trying to raise enough cash to outbid Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers in their efforts to buy the Tribune Company, owner of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun, among other newspapers.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Fearlessness Grows From the Grass Roots

As people see that the government represents Wall Street and concentrated wealth instead of their interests, more of them are becoming fearless.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel, the French-German author of “Indignez-vous” who died in February at age 95, is a towering figure of 20th-century resistance and an example to those who hope to create the future.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE



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A Path to More Effective Activism

In line with the teachings of academic and social philosopher Noam Chomsky, a study shows that people are likelier to join causes that present visions of a society that is warmer, friendlier and more moral than the one they live in than they are to support efforts that do not feature such outlooks.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Youth in Revolt

Guided by the notion that unregulated, market-driven values and relations should shape every domain of human life, a business model of governance has eviscerated any viable notion of social responsibility and conscience in the United States, writes Henry A. Giroux in his new book, “Youth in Revolt.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 READ MORE



Tiffanie Tran

Modify Your Criticism, Please

Left-wing generationalism is on display on the pages of this month’s Jacobin as editor Peter Frase responds to Baffler contributor Thomas Frank’s criticism of the ethos of the Occupy movement.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE


Secret Docs: The FBI vs. Occupy

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the woman who obtained records showing the FBI monitored Occupy Wall Street from its earliest days as a potential terrorist threat, talks about how agents conducted the effort to track the movement.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE


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How OWS Toppled Itself

Postmodern confusion about how populist movements take hold and flourish caused Occupy Wall Street to “deconstruct” itself in a frenzied obsession with nonhierarchical structures, a disdain for demands, and other trappings of “lazy, reflexive libertarianism,” author and columnist Thomas Frank writes in The Baffler.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE


Here Comes the Rolling Jubilee

An offshoot of Occupy Wall Street called Strike Debt has launched a movement called Rolling Jubilee that seeks to eliminate debt by purchasing it from financial firms and canceling it so borrowers do not have to repay.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


After Sandy, It’s Occupy to the Rescue

Members of New York City’s Occupy movement are waging an expanding relief effort for tens of thousands of people who remain without heat, power or hot water in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Observers are calling it Occupy’s finest hour.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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UC System Pays Dearly for Pepper-Spraying Student Protesters

The University of California on Wednesday reached an expensive settlement with the 21 UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during what was otherwise a peaceful demonstration last year in support of the Occupy movement.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Koch Bros. Group Plans Anti-Occupy Wall Street Protest

Observers say Occupy is dead, but the multimillion-dollar conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity is organizing a demonstration against the movement in New York City on Thursday “to stand up to Occupy Wall Street extremists.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Occupy Your Victories

The one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street produced a lot of mainstream media stories that assured you Occupy was only a bunch of tents that came down last year. Don’t buy it. A year is nothing and the mainstream media is oblivious to where power lies and how change works.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Debates the Black Bloc

In his article “The Cancer in Occupy” posted on Truthdig in February, Chris Hedges criticized Black Bloc activists, saying their use of violence in the streets would alienate the Occupy movement from mainstream Americans and legitimize the use of police violence in the eyes of the public. Black Bloc supporter Brian Traven debated him in New York City last week.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Occupy Wall Street: One Year Later

The Occupy movement is celebrating its first anniversary Monday with a full slate of protests and a side of party hats. At least 100 arrests have been reported thus far.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Twitter Hands Over Occupy Messages

Twitter has bowed to threats of substantial fines and released messages sent by Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris relating to the arrest of roughly 700 people at a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Sept. 17: Occupy Wall Street’s Birthday Celebration

The first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street promises to be a day of celebration, general protest and direct action one year after the cry for representation for the 99 percent first rang out in the streets of New York City’s financial district.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE


Union Showdown in Chicago

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges stopped by “Democracy Now!” to talk about the Chicago public school teachers’ strike, “arguably one of the most important labor actions in probably decades,” which “illustrates the bankruptcy of both traditional labor and the Democratic Party.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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NYC, Park Owner Turn on Each Other in Zuccotti Eviction Case

New York City officials are blaming Brookfield Properties, the owner of the park where Occupy Wall Street activists were camped for nearly two months, for thousands of dollars of damage done to books, computers and other property destroyed during the eviction of protesters.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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How Tax Reporting Is Skewed to Benefit the Rich

Think tanks such as the Cato Institute and the Tax Foundation like to cherry-pick tax data to claim that the rich pay more than their fair share. But a broad look at taxation shows it’s not true, a writer at The Economist says.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jason Redmond

Speaking Truth on the Fifth of July

“Why it is so hard to tell the truth today?” I asked Vietnam veteran and anti-war hero Ron Kovic one summer night over drinks in midtown Manhattan.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Russian Rockers Denounce Putin in Trial’s Closing Statements

“If this political system throws itself against three girls ... it shows this political system is afraid of truth,” a member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot said as a judge set a verdict date on charges that the musicians engaged in hooliganism against the Russian government.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE



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NYPD vs. Occupy: Cops Out of Control

After eight months of study, legal researchers at NYU and Fordham University this week turned out a damning review of the NYPD’s behavior in policing the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE


OWS Raid: ‘Red Scare History Burst Through My Door’

In the early hours of July 10, armed SWAT officers burst through the doors of an apartment belonging to organizers of Occupy Seattle as part of an ongoing investigation into the May Day riots. Phillip Neel, one of the residents of that apartment, talks about the ordeal.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Your Phone, the Snitch

Devices that intercept calls and text messages and dig into data stored on your mobile phone are being marketed to police departments across the United States “as being perfect for covert operations in public order situations.” Or, as the ACLU’s Privacy SOS blog puts it: protests.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Big Enough to Fail

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: an indie look at the downfall of Washington Mutual, political surrogacy on the campaign trail, filmmaker Amy Ziering on rape in the military, and youth voter outreach at the world’s largest dance party.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 READ MORE


Big Enough to Fail

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: an indie look at the downfall of Washington Mutual, political surrogacy on the campaign trail, filmmaker Amy Ziering on rape in the military, and youth voter outreach at the world’s largest dance party.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Giffords Aide Wins, Jamie Dimon Testifies and More

A look at the day’s political events, including the Arizona special election winner, JPMogran Chase CEO Jamie Dimon heckled and Sheldon Adelson’s latest multimillion-dollar donation.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE



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America’s Street Priest

Daniel Berrigan, undaunted at 92 and full of the fire that makes him one of this nation’s most courageous voices, says there is one place where those who care about justice need to be—in the streets.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Soup Having Sex With Soup

“If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes,” Picasso said, naming the distinct advantage that artists have always had over pundits and polemicists when it came to perceiving the world as it is; pundits and polemicists being much more likely to insist that the world is whatever a person wants it to be.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE    


The Amendment to End Citizens United

Last December, Rep. Ted Deutch, pictured, and Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the OCCUPIED bill, a constitutional amendment aimed at addressing America’s campaign finance problem by overturning Citizens United. The acronym stands for “Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy.”

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 READ MORE


FBI Works to Taint the Occupy Movement

Two recently foiled “terrorist plots” that the U.S. government and mainstream media connected to the Occupy movement turned out to have been facilitated by federal agents. But that fact has “not stopped many from branding Occupy with an unfavorable stain,” RT reports.

Posted on May 31, 2012 READ MORE


‘The World Tomorrow’: Occupy

In the seventh episode of “The World Tomorrow,” Julian Assange and key Occupy figures from both sides of the Atlantic met in a hollowed-out Deutsche Bank building to talk about the movement’s inception and the challenges it has faced so far.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Say ‘Hi-Ho!’ as They Strip-Search You

Reflecting on his arrest with Kurt Vonnegut while protesting apartheid outside the South African consulate in the early 1980s, David Lindorff, founder of the news blog This Can’t Be Happening, says he and the author might be treated differently if they were arrested today.

Posted on May 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Chicago Police Detain Independent Journalists at Gunpoint (Video)

Police stopped and drew guns on a group of independent journalists who were driving home after covering the NATO protests in Chicago on Monday evening. Tim Pool and Luke Rudkowski, two of the best-known live streamers covering the Occupy movement, believe they may have been targeted.

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE



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FBI: Inventing the Terrorist Boogeyman

Protesters coaxed by federal agents into plotting terrorist attacks are imprisoned without bond while known terrorists are allowed to walk free the day of their arrest. The difference? Political ideology: The entrapped “criminals” are associates of the Occupy movement, while the actual terrorists are merely well-established violent white supremacists.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE


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