WASHINGTON -- The premiere issue of The Occupied Washington Post, the "Stop the Machine" occupation's take on Occupy Wall Street's Occupied Wall Street Journal, was distributed Tuesday to thousands across the D.C. area, according to an Occupy Washington DC press release.
Like The Occupied Wall Street Journal, a newspaper created and produced by Occupy Wall Street protesters, the Occupied Washington Post will mostly feature essays, articles and photos submitted by D.C.-based occupiers.
The first issue boasts articles addressing African-American involvement in the movement, a description of the first three weeks of D.C. occupation, and a guest column from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges.
According to the press release:
"We wanted to make it clear that our goal is ending corporate rule and shifting power to the people. We seek to put human needs before corporate greed. With this paper the media and public will better understand the world we seek to create," said Margaret Flowers, an organizer of OccupyWashingtonDC.
"We picked the Washington Post to 'occupy' because it is the leading newspaper in the area and an opinion leader for the nation. While the Post often reflects the views of the government and powerful interests, the Occupied Washington Post will seek to reflect the views of the people," said Kevin Zeese, another organizer of the occupation at Freedom Plaza.
The new newspaper includes a jointly-written editorial by the Freedom Plaza-based "Stop the Machine" protesters and the Occupy DC protesters in McPherson Square. The press release said Occupy Washington DC hopes to publish the paper weekly.
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