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Michael Gould-Wartofsky
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Michael Gould-Wartofsky is the author of The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement, now out from Oxford University Press. He is a PhD candidate in Sociology at New York University, and holds a BA in Government from Harvard University. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Salon, Jacobin, Monthly Review, and Mother Jones, and The Huffington Post, while his photography has been featured in the books New Labor in New York (2014), Changing the Subject (2013), The 99% (2012) and Occupy! (2011), Follow him on Twitter at @mgouldwartofsky.

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Decriminalize Dissent

(118) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 1:16 PM

September 17 marks the fourth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, which inspired a new generation of American dissidents and a global wave of protest against economic inequality.

Stirred by the Arab Spring, the occupiers rallied an intergenerational, multiracial, cross-class coalition against the power of the wealthiest 1 percent,...

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The Wars Come Home

(12) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 11:45 AM

A Five-Step Guide to the Police Repression of Protest from Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond
Cross-posted with

Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) prepared for battle. With state-of-the-art surveillance...

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Tenants: Preserve Rent-Regulated Housing

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 11:27 AM

Tenants in East Harlem, also known as "El Barrio," are asking pointed questions of the city agency tasked with preserving New York City's rent-regulated housing: the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The questions come amid the uproar over the recently announced rezoning of East...

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The Crisis of Liberal Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 6:22 AM


All our lives, we have been told that free markets are synonymous with free societies. That neoliberal capitalism is consistent with liberal democracy. That there is no alternative.

A little over thirty years ago, before most of us millennials were born, President...

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You Call This Immigration Reform?

(7) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Remember when a big takeaway from the 2012 elections was the changing political calculus behind immigration reform? After Republicans got trounced among Hispanics and Asian Americans, the political logic of legalization seemed all but inevitable, setting the stage for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform early this year.

Fast forward...

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Repress U, Class of 2012: 7 Steps to a Homeland Security Campus

(2) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 9:18 AM

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Campus spies. Pepper spray. SWAT teams. Twitter trackers. Biometrics. Student security consultants. Professors of homeland security studies. Welcome to Repress U, class of 2012.

Since 9/11, the homeland security state has come to campus just as it has come to America's towns and cities, its...

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America the Amnesiac: On Remembering to Forget on September 11

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 5:59 PM

Never forget.

For ten years now, we've repeated the magic words, the gestures, the rituals. Today, of course, we can hardly forget to remember: to return to that luminous Tuesday morning, when the autumn day turned to darkness, and thousands turned to dust. And yet we find, more and more...

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A New York Teen Speaks Out, September 2001

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2010 | 9:51 AM

I was 16 when I wrote these words in September 2001.

As a New Yorker of Generation 9/11 and a staunch supporter of Park51, I am publishing them for the first time today. Although they were written nine years ago, I believe their message is more urgent than...

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Through the Looking Glass: The Myth of Israeli Exceptionalism

(289) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 5:10 PM

In the bloody wake of the Mavi Marmara, with its righteous torrent of international outrage, and in view of a new confrontation impending at sea, a point of vital importance has gone missing. It is one that many Jews and many Gentiles grasp, but do not...

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Kosher Beef? Israel Paraders Chant "Go Back to Hungary & Poland!" at Ultra-Orthodox Jews (WATCH)

(23) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 1:56 PM

Amid an otherwise festive ethos at New York City's Salute to Israel Parade, hundreds of paraders ended up facing off with a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews who oppose the state of Israel. The annual festival unfolded Sunday against a backdrop of growing divisions over Israel within New York's...

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NYU Graduate Employees File for Union Recognition, Hope to Overturn Bush Era Ruling

(5) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 3:18 PM

This morning, for the first time in 10 years, graduate employees at New York University returned to the offices of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to file a petition for recognition of their union and a formal union election.

From hand to hand,...

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We All Live in Arizona: On May Day, ICE Dogs, and the Future of NYC (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2010 | 12:51 PM


"We Are All Arizona. No to the Law against Immigrants."

Here, in the hands of this man at Saturday's May Day march in Foley Square, opposite the New York State Courts, was a sign both to the hunted humanity of Arizona and to the rest of us....

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Wall Street to Protestors: Get a Job! (PHOTOS: Bankers React to Thursday's March)

(99) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 7:14 AM

Yesterday Wall Street, for perhaps the first time, answered directly to the people.

As more than ten thousand union members and community members took the streets in the heart of New York's Financial District to demand fundamental financial reform and "make Wall Street pay," bankers and traders in...

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Liner Notes for a Freedom Seder: 4 Questions for the Jews This Passover

(46) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 7:50 PM

Ours is a culture of questions. Whenever we're not kvetching, we're questioning, and our culture of questions is sanctified in the Passover seder. There, the youngest Yidele is roped into the ritual singing of Ma Nishtana, song of the four questions. I give you an abridged rendition:

Q: Why eat...

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Here Comes the Neighborhood: The Housing Movement Goes Global in East Harlem

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 10:26 PM

Here, amid the glittering ruins of globalized gentrification's gilded age, a kind of glocal tenants' movement is taking shape, at once locally rooted and globally connective.

On April 6, 2008, a gathering of global dimensions was afoot on the steps of New York's City Hall. You may...

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We Fought the War and the War Won: Will We Let It Win Again?

(14) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 3:24 PM

It was seven years ago that I found myself running the wrong way up Sixth Avenue with my high school sweetheart.

Through the rain we ran, with peace on our lips. New York's Finest were running after us, as they had a way of doing with pesky antiwar protesters.


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Jew vs. Jew? Protests, Threats Reach Fever Pitch over Israel

(15) Comments | Posted March 11, 2010 | 7:25 AM

This week, New York City's Jewish community is riven by protests, counterprotests, and now, Jew-on-Jew threats over the question of Israel and the Palestinians.

On Tuesday night, over 500 people gathered and marched in silent protest outside the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where Lt. General Gabi Ashkenazi, Chief...

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UPDATE: Students March on the MTA Hearings

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 4:24 PM

Yesterday, as college students were walking out, teaching in and rallying at universities citywide and nationwide, thousands of local high school students were streaming out of school gates and into the streets of New York.

It was by far the largest protest to hit the State...

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MTA, City & State to Students: Drop Dead

(8) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 9:26 AM

Public Hearings Begin Monday, Students and Families Fight for What's Fare

Note: Are you or is someone you know impacted by the elimination of the Student MetroCard? Tell your story.

Today, the Metropolitan Transit Authority launches a whirlwind tour of public hearings citywide. These hearings,...

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Bomb Appalachia (and Face the Music)

(7) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 1:33 PM

They don't take it lying down, these people.

And King Coal sure does dish it out. Last week, Massey Energy Company continued the bombing of Coal River Mountain, West Virginia, the Friends of Coal distributed "Let's Learn About Coal" coloring books to kids, and the Senate confirmed...

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