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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
From California to Maine, over the last 15 years low-wage workers have steadily organized employee-owned small businesses
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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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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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Navy Veteran Confronts Police about Violence against Vets at Occupy Santa Barbara

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 first three links discuss the amazing success of #OWS. The last one zeroes in on four questions regarding its future.
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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"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.

 There are many ways to take back your power in the terrain of the solidarity economy

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