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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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 If to change ourselves is to change our worlds, and the relation is reciprocal, then the project of history making is never a distant one but always right here, on the borders of our sensing, thinking, feeling, moving bodies.
--J.K. Gibson-Graham

"institutional reconstruction" aims either to weaken or displace corporate power in favor of democratic control
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Interesting Commentaries

The Search for a Message
By Mary Elizabeth King
Some observers have grown impatient with the evolving messaging coming out of OWS, but, historically, slogans have often often changed as a campaign proceeds. Remembering East Germany, South Africa, Serbia.
http://www.indypendent.org/2011/10/17/searching
October 17, 2011

on the disconnect between #ows and liberal class

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Why the Elites Are in Trouble
by: Chris Hedges, Truthdig
http://www.truth-out.org/why-elites-are-trouble/1318252392
Monday 10 October 2011

Michael: excellent article telling what life in #OWS is like

 

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