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84 Arrested as Occupy Activists Mark May Day

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Activists with a variety of causes spread out over the city Tuesday on International Workers Day, or May Day, with Occupy Wall Street members leading a charge against financial institutions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Occupy May Day

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The labor holiday May Day has its origins in the US but is more widely-celebrated around the world. Today, Occupy Wall Street is calling for a day of action and a general strike. We check in on the day's events, the state of Occupy, and the history of May Day with:

Plus, your calls. Are you striking today? What do you make of the state of Occupy? What's the role of May Day here compared to the rest of the world?

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    The Takeaway

    Occupy Movement Plans May Day Strikes

    Tuesday, May 01, 2012

    It’s being billed as "a day without the 99%" and it coincides with May Day — a day traditionally associated with worker's rights around the world.  Today, leaders of the Occupy movement hope to put their cause back into the spotlight. Janet Byrne, editor of The Occupy Handbook puts today's planned strikes in context while Brigid Bergin, reporter for Takeaway co-producer WNYC, checks in from Bryant Park.

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    It's A Free Blog

    Opinion: This May Day Isn't A Call For Help - It's an OWS Response

    Monday, April 30, 2012

    Americans are shouting "May Day" hoping someone — politicians, courts, the media, shareholders, the consciences of CEOs — can rebuild the dream.

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Open Phones: Are You Taking Part in the General Strike?

    Monday, April 30, 2012

    Tomorrow organizers of the Occupy movement are calling for "the first truly nationwide General Strike in U.S. history." Are you planning to participate? What do you think of the efforts? Post your thoughts or give us a call 212-433-9692

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    Transportation Nation

    Boston Epicenter of Occupy Transit's Day of Protest as MBTA Approves Fare Hike

    Wednesday, April 04, 2012

    Members of the public at Wednesday's MBTA meeting (photo by J. Platt via twitter)

    The tweets are coming fast and furious.

    Boston's MBTA Board just voted for a fare increase that takes effect July 1. Unluckily for that body, today's board meeting coincides  with national protests (referred to as a National Day of Action for Mass Transit) proposed by Occupy Boston. It's the date on which Martin Luther King Jr. -- himself a transit activist -- was assassinated.

    Occupy MBTA tweeted: "SHAME! Board member just said 'we are transportation agency, not a social service agency.'" @AceEJ tweeted: "Disabled rider tells #MBTA bd: Someday you're going to need THE RIDE & I hope it's there 4 u! Transit is a right, not a privilege! Cheers!" And Boston Metro reporter Steven Annear wrote: "Second Board member interrupted by crowd chanting "Just Vote NO"

    At the end of the two hour-plus meeting, members voted 4-1 in favor of the fare hikes of about 23%.

    Boston's transit system is facing a $161 million budget gap.

    Boston Globe reporter Eric Moskowitz tweeted that just getting into the meeting involved "3 checkpoints, (and) 1st-come-1st-served ticketing" -- not to mention passing by a large poster displaying the rules of order.

    The MBTA was probably taking no chances. Last week, members of a Boston transit riders coalition commandeered an MBTA committee meeting while wearing superhero costumes -- causing official business to grind to a halt.

     

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    The Empire

    OWS protesting Cuomo and NY Post's Fred Dicker

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Seems that "Governor 1%" label is sticking.

    Karen DeWitt / NY State Public Radio

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    Opinion: St. Patty's Arrests Prove OWS Hibernation is Over

    Monday, March 19, 2012

    Mayor Bloomberg needs to defend corporate abuses one day, and police actions the next, making him the best recruiter Occupy Wall Street could ask for.

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    WNYC News

    Occupy Wall Street's Cash Reserves Dwindling

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street is just about out of cash. The group's general fund has dropped to $44,827.96, down from more than half a million dollars in the fall, according to its latest financial statement.

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    The Takeaway

    The Agenda: Super Tuesday, Gas Prices, Jobs Report

    Monday, March 05, 2012

    Every Monday, The Takeaway looks at the big news stories from the week ahead. The Agenda includes a preview of tomorrow's Super Tuesday vote, an upcoming jobs report, and other things to look for in the headlines this week.

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    Opinion: Waitress Moms, College Snobs, and the Tug-of-War for Populist America

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Rick Santorum's "snob" comments just don't make sense. And they won't win Waitress Moms in 2012.

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    WNYC News

    Occupy Protesters Sue City Over Pepper-Spraying Incident

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Two women who were pepper-sprayed during an Occupy Wall Street protest last September are suing the city and NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna. Videos of the incident, which went viral, seized the public's attention and galvanized the Occupy movement in its early days.

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    WNYC News

    Women Sue City over Pepper-Spray Use at Protest

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Two Occupy Wall Street protesters have sued the city, saying a New York Police Department inspector caused them permanent physical and psychological injuries when he pepper sprayed them last fall.

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    The Takeaway

    How the Wisconsin Labor Protests Changed Politics

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    In response to the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill that sought to end collective bargaining, thousands of people throughout Wisconsin protested Governor Scott Walker and what they saw as a violation of their rights. At its peak, 100,000 people had congregated at the State Capitol in opposition. Though the bill eventually passed the state legislature, seemingly overnight, a movement was born. And it didn't end in Wisconsin — the critical mass that began in the Midwest quickly spread to nearly every state in the country, taking the form of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Occupy Wall Street Today

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    What comes next for Occupy Wall Street? James Millerprofessor of politics and chair of Liberal Studies at The New School, Cecily McMillan, Occupy Wall Street organizer and Northeast Regional Organizer of the Young Democratic Socialists, and Yotam Moram, educator, writer and member of the Organization for a Free Society, preview tomorrow's conference at NYU, "The Winter of Our Discontent" -- a look at the OWS movement and what it can learn from 1960s-era activism. They discuss the lessons of Occupy Wall Street and look at where the movement is today.

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    Schoolbook

    The School-Closing Vote

    Thursday, February 09, 2012

    UPDATED | The Panel for Educational Policy voted Thursday night to close 18 city schools and remove the middle school grades from 5 more. SchoolBook was there, providing updates throughout the evening.

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    Opinion: Occupy Oakland Another Black Eye for the 99 Percent

    Thursday, February 02, 2012

    The leftist ideological positioning does not necessarily align the Occupy Oakland movement with violent anarchistic factions, but so far they've allowed them to take the banner and run with it.

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    The State of the Occupation

    Wednesday, February 01, 2012

    Four months ago, protesters first entered Zuccotti Park. Allison Kilkenny, contributing reporter for In These Times, The Nation, and co-host of Citizen Radio discusses where the Occupy Wall Street movement is now and where it's headed.

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    The Takeaway

    Over 400 Occupy Oakland Protesters Arrested

    Monday, January 30, 2012

    On Saturday, an estimated 2,000 people participated in the Oakland Rise-Up! Festival, an Occupy Oakland demonstration. However, the situation turned violent halfway through the afternoon as protesters began tearing down construction barricades to a building they planned to re-purpose as a community action center. Riot police used tear gas and flash bombs to disperse the crowd, who reportedly retaliated by pelting officers with broken bottles, pipes, and improvised explosive devices. The protesters went on to enter and vandalize City Hall, burning two American flags.

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    Features

    Seaport Museum Prepares to Re-Open Its Doors

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Contemporary art alongside items in the Seaport Museum's permanent collection make up the offerings in the new South Street Seaport Museum.

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