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Occupy Movement

Occupy Abolishes $1,000,000 in Medical Debt. Your Turn, Wall Street & White House?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.27.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

This week, Occupy's Strike Debt! working group will be mailing out over 1,000 letters to individuals, mostly in Kentucky and Ohio, who collectively owe over $1,000,000 in personal medical debt.

When Good Things Happen to Bad People

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.08.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

As our government of the richest and mightiest country in the world is incapable of effecting retribution, we can only implore the divinity: please see to it that really bad things happen to these really bad people.

Passover/Holy Week: Challenging Climate Pharaohs, Climate Caesars

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

We invite you to draw on that "template" for an action, modifying it as best meets the needs and outlook of your community.

The Enemy of My Banker Is My Friend

Jerry Ashton | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

From the look of things, entering its "terrible twos," OWS is still working through a learning curve on this. If it doesn't manage to find common ground with other activists, this may be a cautionary tale for protests groups in the U.S. and throughout the world.

On the Cognitive and Historic Roots of Our Destructive Modern Polarization

David Ropeik | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

Maybe understanding the historic events and behavioral roots that have produced these venomously angry polarized times can help us let go of at least a little of our own deep instinct to align with the tribe in the name of safety and protection.

Who Were the 99 Percent?

Ruth Milkman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Ruth Milkman

Our analysis of a representative survey of Occupy activists and supporters suggest that the political transformation that Occupy engendered among those who gravitated to Zuccotti Park and its counterparts around the country will continue to reverberate for many years to come.

Egypt's and the Middle East's Grim Futures -- Revisited

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
Robert K. Lifton

The problems facing Egypt are grounded in economics and go far beyond the power of the political system to correct. Moreover, these same problems beset Syria and other nations of the Middle East and represent a growing cancer in the region that cannot be repaired in today's world.

A New Book From the Maureen Dowd of Astrologers: Jessica Murray

Virginia Bell | Posted 03.17.2013 | Books
Virginia Bell

At the Crossroads will stretch you, challenge you, shake you up and hopefully wake you up. Ultimately it will inspire you to see the world and yourself in a new way.

Should Citizens Have the Right to Fire a Police Officer?

Jason Silverstein | Posted 03.13.2013 | Crime
Jason Silverstein

In 127 years, they had never done this before. The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission reversed a decision and fired a police officer. The reversal followed a week of protests by community groups and leaders.

Solidarity Against Rape and Pillage, Domination Culture, Protection of The Sacred Feminine

Jacob Devaney | Posted 03.10.2013 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

We see it in child slavery, child prostitution, and prisons, but we also see it happening to our sacred places in nature. Is it fair to say that clear-cutting a whole forest and destroying all of its diverse life-forms is an expression of rape and pillage?

Happy Occu-Year 2013!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 03.06.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

So, Occupy is off to a good start for 2013. Heading into its second year of existence, it has a tailwind of good will and solid evidence of steadfast members who both lead and follow as called upon.

The Worker Self-Directed Enterprise: A "Cure" for Capitalism, or a Slippery Slope to Socialism?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Jerry Ashton

Based on our experience of these last few years, the 1 percent is more likely to set up the game so that you and I of the 99 percent will lose the house and the job. So, if it doesn't pay to work for "The Man," what hope do we have?

Obama Is the First Facebook President -- What Now?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

No one doubts that social networking produces results in politics, from the Arab Spring to the 2012 election, where President Obama's ground game made the difference. It could change everything, but the way forward is far from clear. What's at stake is huge.

The Enduring Radicalism of Les Miserables

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Nathan Newman

The real measure of the radicalism of Les Miserables is not in the character of the heroes or the evils visited upon them, but in that of the movie's villain, Inspector Javert. 

The Liberty Movement Must Ask the Most Important Question

Robin Koerner | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Why has the Libertarian Party -- and more importantly, the much broadly based new liberty movement -- failed to make a significant electoral impact, despite its recent tailwinds?

WATCH: What Is Church?

Phil Shepherd | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Phil Shepherd

Life In The Trinity Ministries, where Brian McLaren is the "Resident Theologian," proposed this question as their conference theme this past weekend here in Fort Worth. In the latest episode of "Outlaw Theology," McLaren answers.

The Sky's the Limit

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 02.22.2013 | Green
Rebecca Solnit

To do good work, to be necessary, to have something to give: these are the true gifts. And at least there's still a struggle ahead of us, not just doom and despair. As you gear up for 2013, don't forget that 2012 has been an extraordinary year.

Alice Hines

FBI Monitored Occupy Wall Street As Potential Terrorist, Criminal Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice Hines | Posted 12.23.2012 | Business

According to internal documents newly released by the FBI, the agency spearheaded a nationwide law enforcement effort to investigate and monitor the O...

Author and Occupy Arrive at the Same Decision - Walk Away From Debt!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 02.11.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

A coalition of Occupy groups called StrikeDebt is encouraging people to combat debt by way of popular resistance... up to and including complete default. Occupy hasn't left its "radical" roots, but has evolved as a voice on the subject of banking and finance.

Our Lincoln, Ourselves: Rethinking Slavery and Abolition

Jim Downs | Posted 02.11.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

When the script does not portray Lincoln as divinely inspired abolitionist, the film lapses into other problematic formulations of why people fought to end slavery.

Hip Hoppers & Occupy -- Are We the Music We Have Been Waiting For?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 12.11.2012 | New York
Jerry Ashton

There is something about the Occupy Movement -- and especially in its recent incarnation as "Occupy Sandy" -- that brings out the best in us. And the best in us is increasingly found in the music we call Hip Hop.

Baby Jesus Was Poor: How to #OccupytheBible at Christmas

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Christians need to put the real baby Jesus in front of their churches this Christmas and truly see child poverty for the offense to God it is and always has been.

Will Obama's Second Term Finally Fulfill His 2008 Promises? (Part II)

Shahid Buttar | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The first installment in this series reviewed President Eisenhower's prescient warnings about "the military-industrial complex...endanger[ing] our lib...

Occupy the White House

Vince Carducci | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Vince Carducci

Whether the second Obama administration turns out to be another Thermidorian Reaction remains to be seen. Although I did hear a rumor that the other day someone on K Street saw Grover Norquist blink. One can only hope.

Occupy Evolver: Realize Your Potential

David DeGraw | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
David DeGraw

The same people who mocked us before Occupy started, and said that there would never be a non-violent civil disobedience movement throughout the US, are now the same people saying that Occupy was a once in a lifetime or generational event.