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Civil Society at Ground Zero: You Can Crush the Flowers, But You Can't Stop the Spring
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Five indicators that the OCCUPY Movement could be a major turn in history

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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A movement built on the idea that everyone can speak for themselves is so broad in scope and so elemental in its motivation that it has flown over the heads of many on both the right and the left
States cannot, by their nature, ever truly be democratic. They are, after all, basically ways of organizing violence.
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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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 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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GEO folks organized demonstration and Teach-in/Speak-out in Mexico.

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The biggest obstacle the Occupy Movement is up against is not the 1%.
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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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/ 

 
"I decided I didn't want to wake up in the morning fighting capitalism anymore. I wanted to wake up thinking about how to create something new."

-Julie Graham

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on the need for a story for deep social change Part 1 is here.

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