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Commentary :: Occupy Boston
The Occupy Movement Needs a Good Fight
06 Nov 2011
"Power concedes nothing without a demand." - Frederick Douglass


In a movement based on general anger about inequality and the domination of big banks, it becomes difficult to focus the rage into something concrete. For many Occupiers, being concrete is a mere distraction, meant to shift the movement into something 'less radical,” since their targets — big banks and inequality — are at the root of the problem. Why mess with the tree when you could go for the roots?

But, as any tree-removal worker will tell you, the tree comes first, then the roots. The roots cannot be the immediate goal of the Occupy movement because pulling them out would require tens of millions of hands, and the vast majority of working people are not yet directly involved in the movement, though many of them are giving approving nods from a distance. Bringing these more distant people into the movement requires they be given a good reason to join. And although a general anti-1% sentiment sounds appealing to the 99%, a struggle to win worker-friendly demands can help pull these people into the streets.
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Commentary :: Labor
U.S. Election 2012: U.S. Jobs Creation Only “Change” for Working People
06 Nov 2011
Modified: 11:36:57 AM
“We aren’t making economic progress,” says Stewart Alexander, Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party USA, “we are simply going through a long term process of replacing poorly paying jobs with even worse jobs while corporate profits soar. The only ‘change’ Obama has given us jingles in our pockets.”
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Review :: Politics
Video: Constitution Cafe: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution
06 Nov 2011
Christopher Phillips is the author of Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy and Socrates in Love: Philosophy for a Passionate Heart. He teaches in the graduate program in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. For more information, visit christopherphillips.com.
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Commentary :: Human Rights
BTL:Occupy Wall Street Movement Employs New Tactics to Confront Increased Police Violence
06 Nov 2011
Modified: 09:13:30 AM
Interview with Arun Gupta, a founding editor of New York City's Indypendent newspaper, conducted by Scott Harris
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LOCAL News :: Occupy Boston
To the Occupy Movement
06 Nov 2011
We are so inspired to be part of this new movement of people, struggling on behalf of the 99% against a system that allows corporations to run the world. We are thrilled about the wide use of direct democracy and popular assemblies, the participation of unions and community groups, and the honest efforts to include the voices of the most oppressed. We consider these the basic building blocks of a healthy society based on freedom and equality – which is what we’re fighting for.
As anarchists in the struggle for this future society we have participated in occupations, directly democratic assemblies, mass movements of the oppressed, un-permitted marches, and other direct actions. Today, we in Common Struggle are involved in these again within the Occupy movement across the United States. Looking back at our history as anarchists, and analyzing this emerging movement as we participate, we see a few road blocks down the path that we hope we all can avoid.
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Commentary :: War and Militarism
America's Imperial Arrogance
06 Nov 2011
imperialism
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Commentary :: Media
Internet Freedom Threatened
06 Nov 2011
Internet
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Commentary :: Globalization
Simple but POWERFUL activism idea
05 Nov 2011
A simple but powerful suggestion to enhance the
impact of "occupy" and similar activism events.
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News :: Globalization : Human Rights : International : Occupy Boston : Social Welfare
PHILIPPINES: Akbayan Youth Supports Occupy Wall Street Movement
05 Nov 2011
Akbayan Youth statement on the Occupy Wall Street Movement
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News :: Globalization
Zhibin Gu: China new conflicts with world: outsourcing, export, jobs and currency
05 Nov 2011
Modified: 05:33:14 AM
Are surging Chinese economy and export to blame for global financial crisis in the second round? Is European business to get worse still? How to expect globalization in the next stage concerning outsourcing, jobs, trade, and investment? Get provocative analysis from a leading Chinese thinker.
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