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Occupy Movement

Here's Who To Thank For Our National Obsession With Inequality

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business

Three years ago this week, Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan went from being a place bored office workers went for a cigarette break to the center o...

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

Jerry Ashton | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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.

Then and Now: Comparing Today's Student Activism With the 1960s

Rob Rosenthal | Posted 08.27.2014 | College
Rob Rosenthal

For some time it has been fashionable to trash Millennials for a lack of engagement with the world. Compared to the spirit and intention of activists of the 1960s, are today's students and youth truly disengaged?

Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.25.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you read a controversial opinion article, instead of talking about "lynching" the author or what "gauge" shotgun you're going to use when you shoot him, maybe present a better idea to solve the problems he's trying to address.

A Bubble Generation: The Millennials, Generation X, and Historical Amnesia

Christine Henseler | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Christine Henseler

It is time we recognize the impact that Generation Xers across the globe have had on the Millennials' outlook on life, work, politics, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, activism or culture. Let's not sell our Millennials short. Let's add nuance and perspective to the conversation. Let's burst that bubble, shall we?

Occupy the Tea Party

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Dave Pruett

At first blush, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street appear as bookends: opposing grass-roots movements on the political right and left, respectively. But a look under the hood of each is instructive.

Occupy National Gathering Wants to Know: Where Are All The Journalists?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.30.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Unless there is blood, smoke or threatened police arrests, Occupy consistently complains that mainstream media reporters ignore or shy away from social protests and activism -- their movement, in particular.

Buddy, Can You Paradigm? Occupy's National Gathering 2014 Meets Sacramento

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.28.2014 | San Francisco
Jerry Ashton

They're baaaaaaaack. Actually, they never left, and to prove it Occupy Wall Street stalwarts are launching the movement's third national gathering this coming July 31 through August 3 in Sacramento, California.

Nine Reasons Our Foreign Policy Makes Us Look Like Complete Hypocrites

Carl Gibson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Before we start sending off troops to bring all the wonderful things we love about America to the rest of the world, maybe we should tend to our own affairs first. Let's take the log out of our own eye before we talk about the speck in the eye of other countries.

Need for a Paradigm Switch in Econ 101

John Komlos | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
John Komlos

Presumably those who dared to disagree with Greenspan's ideology that bubbles were nothing to worry about and that markets worked perfectly well without government supervision became outcasts.

Ideas in Search of a Movement: Thomas Piketty, Jacob Riis and Economic Inequality

Steven Conn | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Right now Thomas Piketty's book, and all the others that have exposed, analyzed and offered prescriptions for our economic inequality, are powerful ideas in search of a movement. Income equality is not like the weather. Rather than just complaining about it, we can actually do something to make it better.

Piketty in Elysium

John Feffer | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Hollywood projects our dreams and fears. In the past our cinematic apocalypses have reflected our obsessions with nuclear holocaust and environmental degradation. We're certainly still worried about those fates -- along with pandemics and zombies -- but gross inequality now competes for our attention.

Our Climate Moment

Peter Neill | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

This may be our climate moment, the point when American public opinion might be turned toward full understanding of the climate change implication for the future. But how do we make it so?

Matt Sledge

Jurors Regret That Protester Faces 7 Years In Jail After Allegedly Being Grabbed By Cop

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

Several jurors who helped convict Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan of assaulting a police officer are regretful after learning she may be ...

Occupy Movement's Role In Propelling The Income Equality Agenda

AP | MEGHAN BARR | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Glimmers of Occupy Wall Street will surface this week in a smattering of cities as activists join rallies for workers' rights, as th...

Charles Koch Wonders Why People Don't Appreciate Him. Really.

David Paul | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
David Paul

As much as Koch imagines himself a herald of liberty and a "free society," his politics have been just one more uninspiring assault on the poor and the middle class. And that is Koch's Achilles heal.

"FedUp" Activists Identify the Source of Economic Pain -- The Federal Reserve

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

For the first time since the '30s, the 99 percent stood up and pointed out the real culprits -- Wall Street and the politicians they own. People listened, they heard, and began to believe.

Chomsky on McCutcheon: 'Let's Forget Any Pretense of Being a Democratic Society'

Abel Collins | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Abel Collins

Imagine David and Charles Koch or George Soros stepping into any political race and directly showering their pet candidate with however much money it will take them to win. The result would be an assortment of politicians utterly enthralled by the ultra wealthy

The Winter of Occupy's Discontent

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.17.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

By evening's end, it became apparent that what had started out as a wake was evolving more into an awakening. Occupy had made a difference, and is making that difference.

Should Occupy Have Cut Off Its Right Hand?

Nathan Schneider | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Nathan Schneider

The existence of certain obnoxious quarters of the right in Occupy was occasionally a problem for the movement, but the right's presence was also a sign of Occupy's promise.

A Valentine to the 99 Percent

Mary Dimino | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Mary Dimino

"We are the 99 percent," has been The Occupy movement's famous rallying cry. A unifying slogan, indeed. Not since the Great Stock Market crash of 192...

Hard Work

Robert Slayton | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Do the rich "work hard"? Quite often, yes, they work very hard. But if that's the basis for apportioning wealth, what about the tens of millions of Americans who perform arduous labors every working day, yet earn middle class wages or worse?

The Inequality Debate Heats Up!

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

This debate has played out over the ages in numerous venues. The Bible is filled with warnings about the dangers of wealth and the responsibility to take care of the widow, the orphan and the stranger in the community.