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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.
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/ 

 
#OccupyWallStreet has cracked open a little hole in history, creating a moment where some of the very core institutions of our economy are called into question. Along with indignation and outrage, there is a certain excitement in the air. Things that have been terrifyingly stuck seem to be moving. Something seems possible today that wasn't just a month ago.
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by Ethan Miller



"Fall in love with hard and patient work-we are the beginning, not the end."

-Zizek, at #OccupyWallStreet

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"institutional reconstruction" aims either to weaken or displace corporate power in favor of democratic control
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Baltimore's rich cooperative heritage dates back a couple hundred years to a shoemakers union that opened its own factory in 1794, according to John Curl, cooperative historian and author of For All The People:  Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America.
IPS Washington correspondent Kanya D'Almeida spoke with Brian Van Slyke, founder of the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA)
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Inventive new resource turns to the public to raise funds and awareness
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