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Occupy Movement

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

David Paul | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.27.2014 | 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 03.17.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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.

'We Are Not Afraid': The Holy Spirit and the Life of Pete Seeger

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Pete Seeger, 94, folk singer and peace and justice advocate has died, but the spirit of what his life and his music meant lives on. Americans have been less afraid of each other, and of speaking the truth to power, because he lived and sang and marched.

Philanthropy as an Asset Class

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Balkin

Perhaps if the wealthy started thinking about how they give in the same vein as how they invest, we would make major inroads and solve big problems.

Walmart Sells 'Occupy Wall Street' Posters Online

Grant Stern | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Grant Stern

In an ironic turn, Walmart.com -- the online wing of America's largest retailer -- decided that questioning corporate values sells.

What Poetry Can Do: Brenda Hillman & Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Dean Rader | Posted 02.09.2014 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

Will these books affect public policy? Will either poet be invited on The Daily Show? Will either book become a talking point on Daily Kos? Probably not. But, that's okay. There are any number of ways to change the world.

Is the Pope an Occupier?

Dave Pruett | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
Dave Pruett

Pope Francis' recent encyclical is sending shock waves around the world. In addition to exhortations to the faithful, Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel") packs a scathing critique of "unbridled" capitalism and consumerism.

Occupy's Rolling Jubilee Keeps Rolling -- and the Band Plays On

Jerry Ashton | Posted 02.03.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Occupy Wall Street's "Strike Debt" (SD) working group and its "Rolling Jubilee" (RJ) operation is partying like the music will never end. And, if the...

The Ownership Revolution

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

"There is a new movement that doesn't know it's a movement," said Todd Johnson, according to Marjorie Kelly in her book, Owning Our Future. In the c...

Democrats Should Heed Churchill's Maxim and 'Deserve Victory!'

Jim Gonzalez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Jim Gonzalez

In order to "deserve victory" Democrats must demonstrate they have the political will, and the discipline, to fix our nation's economic problems; and to create real job opportunities for millions of low and middle class young adults.

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."

Occupy Wall Street at Age Two: Memorialized in Documentaries, but Not Buried

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.22.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Producer/videographer Michael Perlman's just-released film, The 99%: Occupy Everywhere, narrated by Lou Reed, is not only an eye-opener, it is a heart-opener.

Why I Occupy

Dave Pruett | Posted 11.18.2013 | Religion
Dave Pruett

So, why do I -- both bald and gray -- Occupy? For starters, I've come to love my fellow Occupiers. They're the salt of the earth: the most passionate, savvy, and pure-hearted people I've ever met.

Matt Sledge

OWS Still Fighting NYPD In Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.19.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- As Occupy Wall Street notched its second anniversary on Tuesday, many of its supporters marked another milestone: one more day pursuing la...

Letter to my OWS Sweetheart

Dalton Conley | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Dalton Conley

Two years ago, when Occupy Wall Street first got underway, I was too busy analyzing the effects of income and inequality on children's life chances to...

Occupy Wall Street Plans Rallies On Second Anniversary Of Movement

AP | MEGHAN BARR | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business

NEW YORK — About 100 members of Occupy Wall Street returned Tuesday to the small plaza near the New York Stock Exchange that once teemed with th...

Happy Birthday Occupy Wall Street... #OWS Day 732

Sandi Bachom | Posted 11.16.2013 | New York
Sandi Bachom

I came to Zuccotti Park on a crisp October day, 714 days ago. My camera was an eyewitness to history, while I... fell in love.

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.