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Occupy’s Influence

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On June 11, 2015
I was hoping this Michael Levitin piece at the Atlantic about how Occupy has changed organizing communities throughout the country and around different issues would get at a question I’m genuinely interested in, which is what happened to the Occupiers, especially those who were not previously professional activists. In fact the piece doesn’t and is […]
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Victim

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On July 26, 2013
The true victims of police violence against protestors are always the cops. The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker’s compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 confrontation. John Pike has a settlement conference set for Aug. 13 in Sacramento, […]

Quebec

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On May 24, 2012

Like any good American, this is my general understanding of Canada: But it turns out that far to the north, somewhere past the sea monsters, there is a place called Quebec. And in that strange exotic

Occupy the MLA

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On December 19, 2011
There’s a debate among the legions of non-tenure track English and language faculty on whether to occupy the MLA this December in protest of their organization’s disinterest in addressing the massive employment problems for PhDs. They argue that the MLA holds real power over institutions and that schools will listen if the MLA takes an […]

Occupy Ports

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On December 13, 2011

Today, the Occupy movement chose to shut down ports in Oakland, Portland, and Longview. But did they do it with the consent of workers? Mike Elk and Andrew Leonard are skeptical and I tend to agree. E

Place and Occupy Oakland

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On December 6, 2011
Aaron Bady makes an interesting and pretty convincing argument that Occupy Oakland and the Occupy movement as a whole outside of Wall Street is best understood by grounding it in place. He argues that unlike Occupy Wall Street, Oakland and other movements around the country were specific reactions to problems within cities rather than strictly […]

Score One for OWS

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On November 29, 2011

The Republicans have decided to back the payroll tax extension, fearful of being painted as anti-middle class in the coming elections. As Kos noted in a tweet, there’s no way this happens withou

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