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Ten Ways The Occupy Movement Changes Everything

via Sarah van Gelder, David Korten, and Steve Piersanti, Truthout Before the Occupy Wall Street movement, there was little discussion of the outsized power of Wall Street and the diminishing fortunes of the middle class. The media blackout was especially remarkable given that issues like jobs and corporate influence on elections topped the list of … Continue reading

Senators Introduce Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

via Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress One of the overarching themes of the 99 Percent Movement is that our democracy is too corrupted by corporate special interests. This corruption was worsened last year by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allowed for huge new unregulated flows of corporate political spending. Yesterday, six Democratic senators — Tom … Continue reading

Harry Reid Channels #Occupy Wall Street, Says GOP Works For The 1%

via Michael McAuliff, The Huffington Post Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid leveled a blistering attack at Republicans Tuesday that echoed the message of Occupy Wall Street, saying the GOP wants to protect the very richest Americans at the expense of everyone else. Reid (D-Nev.) was arguing against Senate Republican resistance to a $60 billion measure … Continue reading

#Occupy Demonstrators Battle Wind & Cold As Storm Moves In

via Susan Candiotti and Ross Levitt, CNN Demonstrators encamped in a Lower Manhattan park faced New York’s first snow storm of the season Saturday without the benefit of propane tanks and generators that they had been using to cook food and keep warm. “It’s pretty dirty, and we’re all freezing cold,” said Alec Courtney, who … Continue reading

The Future Of The #Occupy Movement: Solidarity & Escalation

via Mark Engler, Common Dreams A month after it began with a few hundred people marching on Wall Street, the #Occupy movement has grown to include tens of thousands of participants throughout the country and has captured headlines around the world. If it has not yet succeeded beyond its wildest dreams, that’s only because its participants … Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street Protests On GE CEO’s Lawn

via Alyssa Newcomb, ABC News A crowd of 100 protesters, some from New York City’s Occupy Wall Street movement and others from Occupy New Haven, came together in a show of solidarity on Saturday afternoon on General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt’s front lawn in New Canaan, Connecticut. “[General Electric is] an enormously successful company that pays no … Continue reading

Occupy Chicago Petitions Rahm Emanuel

via Mark Cassello, The Huffington Post On Friday, October 21, 2011 at 1:30 p.m., fifty members representing Occupy Chicago hand delivered a petition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office in City Hall. The petition has already garnered 9,945 signatures since it was created last Sunday. It is written in response to the Chicago Police Department’s arrest … Continue reading

Five Reasons The Right Is Terrified Of Occupy Wall Street

via Robert Creamer, Alternet The Occupy Wall Street movement really frightens the Right Wing. It is not frightening to the Right because of Congressman Eric Cantor’s feigned fear of “the mob” that is “occupying our cities.” It is not frightening because anyone is really worried that Glenn Beck is correct when he predicts that the … Continue reading

#OWS: What the Media Can’t See About America’s First Web-Era Movement

via J.J. Gould, The Atlantic When the now-national demonstrations against the Wall Street / Washington status quo began in New York last month, it was easy (too easy, it turns out) to write the whole thing off as a hackneyed, vapid hipster fest. The most confident early appraisals were essentially exercises in verbalizing the eye-roll: … Continue reading

Protesters Against Wall Street

via The New York Times As the Occupy Wall Street protests spread from Lower Manhattan to Washington and other cities, the chattering classes keep complaining that the marchers lack a clear message and specific policy prescriptions. The message — and the solutions — should be obvious to anyone who has been payingLost  attention since the … Continue reading

Journalists Funded By ‘Vulture Capitalist’ Paul Singer Campaign To Smear Wall Street Protests

via Lee Fang, ThinkProgress The campaign to marginalize and destroy the growing 99 Percent Movement is in full swing, with many in the media attempting to smear the people participating in the “occupation” protests across the country. However, several of the so-called journalists deriding, and in some cases sabotaging the movement, have paychecks thanks to … Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street Compared To Other Protests

via The Huffington Post To veterans of past social movements, the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York and spread nationwide have been a welcome response to corporate greed and the enfeebled economy. But whether the energy of protesters can be tapped to transform the political climate remains to be seen. “There’s a … Continue reading

Ben and Jerry’s Moos Its Support For Protesters

via Gawker Occupy Wall Street and its satellite movements have their first show of corporate support: Ben and Jerry’s, the Vermont-based ice cream purveyor and a subsidiary of the Unilever corporation, posted a statement of solidarity on their website. Beneath an illustration of a cow holding a sign that says, “Occupy,” it reads: To those … Continue reading

Occupy EVERY Street

Don’t Quit, 99%.  Get Louder. Occupy Every Street. United States Alabama Occupy Auburn Occupy Birmingham Occupy Huntsville Occupy Mobile Occupy Tuscaloosa Alaska Occupy Alaska Occupy Anchorage Arizona Occupy Arizona Occupy Flagstaff Occupy Phoenix Occupy Prescott Occupy Sedona Occupy Tempe Occupy Tucson Occupy Yuma Arkansas Occupy Arkansas Occupy Fayetteville Occupy Little Rock California Occupy Arcata Occupy … Continue reading

Wall Street Protest Spurs Online Dialogue On Inequity

via Jennifer Preston, The New York Times What began as a small group of protesters expressing their grievances about economic inequities last month from a park in New York City has evolved into an online conversation that is spreading across the country on social media platforms. Inspired by the populist message of the group known … Continue reading

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