Articles Tagged “occupy wall street”

  • You Are Not a Loan

    Event: You Are Not A Loan, a Benefit for Strike Debt Bay Area

    Occupy Wall Street has moved out of the streets and into the spreadsheets by launching a “Bailout of the People by the People” campaign, a campaign aimed at buying and forgiving consumer debt.

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    Reports of Occupy’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated

    It should be no surprise that the mainstream media is eager to report on Occupy’s supposed demise. Even ignoring the fact that the corporate-owned media has a strong desire to never see social movements such as Occupy succeed, the media, as a rule, generally needs to put a dramatic narrative to everything it reports. To them, every story ought to have a captivating story arch with a beginning, middle, and an end.

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    Groups Kick Off 99% Spring Training Sessions

    Others believe Occupy is an all-encompassing movement and must include all voices (except the 1 percent and non-breathing corporations of course); that labor has the resources and the organizational expertise to achieve realistic goals.

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    Religious Leaders Show Faith in Occupy Movement

    The OWS movement, which protests social and economic inequity and predatory practices that benefit the wealthiest 1 percent at the expense of the rest of society, was kicked off by the Canadian group Adbusters and began in September in the heart of New York City’s financial district. Since then, the movement has been adopted and localized in cities across the nation, some focused on specific issues.

  • Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin greeted marchers on their way to Sacramento to demand funding for education and social services. Photos by Eric Louie, Media Workers Guild.

    Richmond Mayor Welcomes Occupy, Education Marchers

    Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin made a morning visit to St. Mark’s Church, the first overnight stop in the four-day Occupy Education march from the Bay Area to Sacramento. The group plans to reach UC Davis Sunday and board busses to join large demonstrations at the capitol Monday. About 100 people signed up for the march, with some joining at stops along the way, according to march organizers.

  • In Solidarity with the National Occupy for Prisoners Day of Action, several hundred Bay Area Occupy demonstrators gathered Monday outside San Quentin State Prison to protest prison conditions and California's Three-Strikes law. Photos by Eric Louie.

    Occupy Groups Converge on San Quentin
    in Support of Prisoners, Protest Prison Conditions

    Speakers, including some who have been incarcerated, talked about reform of the California’s three-strikes sentencing law, the mental punishment of solitary confinement and support for prisoners undertaking hunger strikes to protest conditions inside prisons. They included members of the San Quentin Six, prisoners who faced charges after the 1971 shootings that killed Black Panther George Jackson along with guards and other prisoners. Shane Bauer, one of the three Americans captured in Iran in 2009, talked about the hunger strikes and denial of family letters in his time there.

  • Police cleared away most of the tents but the protesters stayed Sunday at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C. About 100 gathered for the daily general assembly to discuss ongoing projects involving housing, worker rights and women's issues. A police raid Saturday ended a four-month encampment by Occupy DC. Photos by Carl Hall, Media Workers Guild.

    No Surrender: Occupy DC Protesters
    Return to McPherson Square

    Authorities cleared out what had been a sea of tents and blue tarps located just a few blocks from the White House. A muddy vacant lot was about all that remained in most sections of the square as protesters mingled on the sidewalks with gawkers and news reporters.

    Occupiers spent part of the day scouting for emergency shelter to accommodate those evicted from the public park. McPherson Square had served as a gathering spot for protesters from around the country, many of whom already had been chased away from protest camps in their hometowns.

  • Park Police Raid OccupyDC, Dismantle Tents of Dreams

    Park Police Raid OccupyDC, Dismantle Tents of Dreams

    Section by section, park police spent the day removing camping gear and shelters that showed evidence of overnight sleeping. A large blue tarp that had been draped over the pedestal of the General James McPherson statue at the center of the park was removed as police in riot gear formed a protective circle.

  • A Texas protester brought a downhome message to Occupy DC in McPherson Square, a public park in the nation's capital just a few blocks from the White House. Photos by Kat Anderson.

    Occupy DC: A Warm Place for Protest
    in the Heart of Wintertime Washington

    Except for a single taser incident, protesters interviewed Friday by Fog City Journal couldn’t recall any clashes with the authorities. One Dallas protester brought some Texas twang to the scene, located in McPherson Square, a park a few blocks from the White House. Volunteers run a small library. On Friday there was a free dinner of donated stew and raspberry cheesecake. A couple of denizens smoked dope in a pipe fashioned from a whole red apple.

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    SF Occupy Protesters Target Bank of America
    Over Foreclosure Crisis

    About 100 demonstrators blocked access to a Bank of America branch in the Excelsior District to call attention to unfair lending practices.