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November 17, 2013
13:13 // 11 months ago
November 13, 2013

Here’s how much it costs Occupy to buy some toxic debts

  • $15M the amount of debt that activists allied with the Occupy movement recently bought and forgave as part of the group’s Rolling Jubilee project.
  • $400k the amount it actually cost for the activists to actually buy up all that debt. So why’d they do it? Simple: Exposure of how debt really works. “Our primary purpose was to spread information about the workings of this secondary debt market,” the group said. source
8:31 // 11 months ago
September 17, 2012

Occupy Wall Street anniversary marred by police crackdown

  • 100-plus Occupy Wall Street protesters have been arrested today, during demonstrations marking the protest movement’s one-year anniversary. While hundreds have shown up in New York’s financial district to show their continued support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, attendance numbers didn’t come close to matching those of prior assemblies, and the diminished showing left some wondering if the OWS movement is beginning to lose steam. source
14:44 // 2 years ago


It’s the anniversary of the Occupy movement, a movement which I made an effort to document over the course of this year through photography submissions from people who had witnessed or participated in rallies and protests across the US (and even across the pond, I received a few Occupy Londons, an Occupy Bristol, and even an Occupy Dublin). Above are just a handful of the photographs I collected from people. If you want to see the full collection, it’s housed here on The Political Notebook and also here on Pinterest

Here are some longreads, old and new, on Occupy, its origins and its future.

Photos: [1] Occupy Philadelphia Day 59. Eviction protests. Michael Albany. [2] Zuccotti Park. Fall 2011. Jack Massey. [3] UC Davis. Pepper spray cop. Brian Nguyen. [4] Occupy London, October 2011. Tahlia Hein. [5] Zuccotti, Fall 2011. Luis Antonio Thompson. [6] Zuccotti, Fall 2011. Bianca Farrow. [7] NYC, Fall 2011. Ceridwyn Asher. [8] Occupy Dallas, Fall 2011. Chris Wang. [9] Occupy London, November 30th. Allan Shaw.

Happy anniversary, Occupy.

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9:48 // 2 years ago
September 16, 2012

Occupy Wall Street, one year later: Hoping for fresh momentum

  • last year After gaining a strong level of momentum among activists, Occupy Wall Street grew into a worldwide movement that thousands took part in, but the movement was not without its critics, who claimed that the lack of focus prevented long-term change. Nonetheless, it pushed much exposure towards economic disparities in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis — and led to 1,800 arrests in New York City alone.
  • this year Months after protesters were pushed out of Zuccotti Park, the movement celebrates its one-year anniversary with more protests — but a much weaker base. Roughly 300 protesters showed up for protests Saturday, but a large protest planned for Monday morning might rekindle some of the political flames. Police say they are ready to deal with any issues that arise. Meanwhile, the inevitable think pieces are being written. source
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May 1, 2012

The ragged edge: As you may have heard, today is May Day — a day of international celebration of labor and worker’s rights movements. This has been the first May 1st in America since the formation of the Occupy movement, and organized protests around the country have surged in size and visibility all day long. Despite isolated incidences, the occasion has been predominantly peaceful, but for the so-called “black bloc.” Often limited numbers of black-clad demonstrators, they eschew the Occupy movement’s broader declarations of non-violence. Their influence has most been felt in Seattle today, as shown above — credit to Casey McNerthney of the Seattle Post Intelligencer, who shot this video in evidently chaotic circumstances. source

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21:55 // 2 years ago

Photos: The Occupy movement and the “May Day” general strike

Happy May Day: Here’s a selection of photos from the May 1st general strike, pushed by the Occupy movement, along with labor activists worldwide. As many as six have been arrested in New York City alone in the protests, intended to show the “1 percent” what life without the “99 percent” would be like. (From top left, via Photo Gallery, Swanksalot, Lennon Ying-Dah WongTakverPetteri SulonenHossam el-HamalawyBarbro Uppsala, Amine Ghrabi, and Trowbridge Estate.)

15:37 // 2 years ago