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Occupy Wall Street Protest

Artist Explores Disillusionment With Chase Bank

Isa Freeling | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

There are narratives in conceptual art we just stop moving for. We find ourselves swiftly engaged. This is what I felt when I saw Sara Shaoul's "Chase Manhattan Plaza" installation which was her thesis project for Hunter's MFA program. I was fascinated by her ability to successfully tell her story in a clear and honest uncomplicated site-specific composition.

The Friend of My Banker Is My Friend. Are You Kidding Me?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 12.01.2014 | Media
Jerry Ashton

It would seem to be a logical conclusion then, that bankers and occupiers are blood enemies. And, depending on whose camp you are in, anyone who serves to support one over the other is either a turncoat or a paid mouthpiece.

Occupy Abolishes Almost $4,000,000 in Student Debt, Enrolls Campus Activists, Announces Nationwide 'Debt Collective'

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.17.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

As the result of an unprecedented "search and destroy" campaign by Occupy's Strike Debt Working Group and their Rolling Jubilee team, 2,761 individuals have been unburdened of their student debt to the tune of $3,856,866.11.

Occupy to Main Stream Media: 'We Are Replacing You'

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.12.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

At least, social and alternative media folks clearly have that intention in mind, if you are to believe the message that they are delivering at Zuccotti Park on Occupy's Birthday #3 this coming Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Strike Debt Takes on Student Loans! (It Must Be Occupy's Birthday Again)

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.08.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

After having raised over $700,000 in "People Bailing Out People" funds and then using a majority of these dollars to purchase -- and abolish -- upwards of $15,000,000 in personal medical debt, Occupy Wall Street's Strike Debt is now stalking a more formidable quarry -- student debt.

Matt Sledge

Occupy Protesters Arrested For Satirizing NYPD Get $22,000 Settlement

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Two Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in May 2012 over a piece of street theater meant to satirize the New York Police Department hav...

Woody Guthrie Is a Hero of Mine

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Woody Guthrie is a hero of mine. He represents whatever is left inside of me that has a little peek at optimism, despite all the pain and suffering and horrible turns of government I've seen and experienced.

Reflecting on Rescuing Stranded Starfish and Abolishing Medical Debt

Jerry Ashton | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

What was it like to open up a letter announcing that the burden of a large medical debt had been taken away? "I was dumbfounded," replies Terrance Lavalle, referring to a letter he received in November from Occupy Wall Street's working group, "The Rolling Jubilee."

Matt Sledge

PHOTOS: Occupy's Back In NYC

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.17.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Occupy Wall Street was back -- if only for a day. Hundreds and then thousands of protesters took to New York City's streets on Tuesday ...

How 7 Occupy Wall Street Issues Stack Up 2 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild and Jillian Berman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Business

Two years ago today, demonstrators descended on Zuccotti Park in New York City's financial district. Their focus, economic injustice, was clear in the...

'A Line in the Park' -- An Occupy Invite and Plea to Hopeful NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.16.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Well, the tide is flowing in your favor, Bill. Willy Thompson has conceded, and only one lonely Republican stands between you and Gracie Mansion. An...

Happy Birthday Occupy

Robert Reich | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Occupy put the issue of the nation's savage inequality on the front pages, and focused America's attention on what that inequality was doing to our democracy. To that extent, it was a stirring success.

Occupy's Birthday #2 at Zuccotti Park -- Will It Require Party Hats or Helmets?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.13.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

For a movement largely pronounced moribund by the mainstream media, there is a menu of activism that suggests otherwise. It will be a busy day.

Occupy's Sept. 17th Second Birthday: Whose Protest Is This?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.04.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Will you be at Union Square for a mass protest, or with the Occupy Puppets in their Money Warz spoof at Times Square?

DEFEATED

Reuters | Posted 10.31.2013 | Business

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Occupy Wall Street protesters who once vowed to "occupy" the courts by challenging their ar...

When Worlds Collude: Right-wing Whistleblower Courts Left-Leaning Occupy Banking Group

Jerry Ashton | Posted 08.19.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Can this new mutuality of efforts comprise a new path which might be taken by people on the left and the right of the spectrum? That rare "common ground?"

Let's Be Brazil

Marty Kaplan | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Marty Kaplan

I have outrage envy. For nearly two weeks, more than a million citizens across Brazil have taken to the streets to protest political corruption, economic injustice, poor health care, inadequate schools, lousy mass transit, a crumbling infrastructure and billions blown on sports.

Trouble in Paradise? Occupy Confronts the 'Two D's -- Dissension and Departures

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.09.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

What is it within a system, or movement, that discourages or drives away such people? Is this a healthy or unhealthy sign for Occupy?

Show Time! Tripping the Light Fantastic as a Performance Artist for Occupy Wall Street (PHOTOS)

Marni Halasa | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Marni Halasa

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The Warp and Woof of a Renewed America: Occupy and Native Americans

Jerry Ashton | Posted 06.06.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

It is only now, after the onset of the "Great Recession" in which you and I are getting a taste of what Indigenous peoples have had to bear for literally hundreds of years, that everyone can find good reason to begin to care for each other -- and even fight for each other.

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.

Matt Sledge

'The Wire' Actor Puts New York's Stop-And-Frisk On Trial

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.14.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Gbenga Akinnagbe went on trial Thursday. The actor who played Chris Partlow on HBO's "The Wire" wasn't in a Brooklyn courtroom for any of ...

Occupy Wall Street Activists Aren't Quite What You Think: Report

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business

The Occupy Wall Street movement captured public attention while speaking for the so-called 99 percent, but those who actively participated were drawn ...

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.

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.