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From California to Maine, over the last 15 years low-wage workers have steadily organized employee-owned small businesses
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By Emily Kennedy, Huffington Post

I bet you haven't heard of the global movement that's demanding a democratic economy. The one that's unsatisfied with the corporate business model and the way banks dominate the system. The one that's been occupying the social change arena since 1844. They're the Co-Operative Movement.

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Lessons from a fumbling-and-bungling lifetime of activism
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speaking in an interview with the BBC Quan casually mentioned
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A military style raid on peaceful protesters camped out in the shadow of Wall Street...
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The question of race in the Occupy Movement has been addressed by a few folks.  Here's Tim Wise's take.

1. It names the source of the crisis. 2. It provides a clear vision of the world we want. 3. It sets...

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OWS and its progeny are creating a "rough and ready democracy" around the country
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By Stephen Healy and Boone Shear, Truthout.net

The early characterization of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement as a group of rudderless kids with no real chance of success was fantastically misplaced. The 99 percent continues to occupy more cities, more headlines and more of our collective imagination.

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By Mira Luna, Shareable.net

Local currencies generally develop for one of two reasons — the desire for local economic control (for a variety of reasons, from democracy to sustainability to social justice,) and a scarcity of national currency. In the current situation, both reasons weigh heavy.

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40,000 moved their accounts on Bank Transfer Day, but leading up to that, 650,000 moved after Bank of America and other banks announced planned debit card fees.

GEO folks organized demonstration and Teach-in/Speak-out in Mexico.

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What I found especially striking about the OccupyOakland strike: extreme message discipline in which people spoke about the same issue, not out of a pre-designed plan but because their shared experiences were remarkably similar.
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Here are photos of the #Occupy DC movement at K Street and 15th, just a couple of blocks from the White House.  These were taken around 5:30 p.m., except for the night time shots which were taken around 10:30 p.m. There are a few shots of the Occupy Movement at Freedom Plaza right across from the District of Columbia office building and Federal Triangle.  

Oakland general strike brings labor, students, teachers into streets
http://fsrn.org/audio/oakland-general-strike-brings-labor-students-teachers-streets/9372

 

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Campaign Grows to Divest from "Too Big to Fail" Banks to Local Banks, Credit Unions...Saturday Nov. 5 set as "Bank Transfer Day"
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The occupation movement's greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color. The civil rights movement achieved a legal victory, not an economic one. And for the bottom two-thirds of African-Americans, life is worse today than it was when Martin Luther King marched in Selma in 1965.
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A joint Declaration on the socio-economic future of our communities and on public policy concerning co-operatives
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Equal Exchange of W. Bridgewater, MA, the worker cooperative which initiated fair trade with coffee farmers more than 20 years ago and one of the worker cooperative movement's oldest and more successful democratic organizations released a statement Oct. 27, 2011 "strongly" supporting, and urging others to support Occupy Wall Street. 

http://smallfarmersbigchange.coop/2011/10/27/equal-exchange-stands-with-occupy-wall-street/ 

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