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In City, the 1 Percent Take Home $493K or More

Monday, December 12, 2011

A new analysis shows exactly how much money New York City's so-called "one percent" make: $493,439 a year, at minimum.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: What OWS Can Learn From Argentina

Thursday, December 08, 2011

In the late 1990s, Argentina spiraled into a recession not unlike our own. That economic crisis also spawned the “piquetero movement,” where activists pioneered a system of strategic roadblocks as a form of protest. Nikolas Kozloff, author of Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left, discusses what the piqueteros did and didn’t accomplish and what lessons Occupy Wall Street can learn from the movement.

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Occupy Our Homes Spreads Throughout the Country

Thursday, December 08, 2011

The impact of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations around the country is difficult to see in raw numbers. But the way in which the national discourse has been moved, and how individual lives have been changed tells another compelling story of the movement's potential. The families in millions of households across the nation who are fighting to hold onto their homes against banks, authority, and the much reviled "1 percent" may have a powerful new ally. Occupy Our Homes, the latest incarnation of the OWS, is seizing foreclosed homes and claiming them for families in need.

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Evicted From Camps, Occupy Moves Into Homes

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Occupy Wall Street encampments have been disappearing across the country. But after seeing seeing their presence steadily diminish in recent weeks as cold weather and police-led evictions have cleared camps, Occupy has found a new rallying cry. "Foreclose on banks, not people" is the maxim of a new viral video from Occupy Our Homes, the next iteration of the movement. Occupy Our Homes began a major campaign Tuesday, staging marches in 25 cities, and taking over foreclosed properties for homeless families.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: From Occupying a Park to Occupying Debate

Friday, December 02, 2011

More than two weeks have passed since Occupy Wall Street's flagship encampment was cleared from Zuccotti Park.  Part of me misses the 24-hour spectacle of signs, songs, debates, tarps and kitchen queues.  Through the fall, I planned my schedule to include visits to lower Manhattan, knowing I would always find ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

OWS and Student Loans

Thursday, December 01, 2011

OWS wants people to default on their student loan debts. Anya Kamenetz, senior writer for Fast Company Magazine and author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education and Generation Debt, discusses the idea and other news around higher education financing. Later in the segment, Robert Applebaum, founder of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com, talks about his efforts to forgive student loans - and why he thinks mass default is a bad idea.

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The Takeaway

How Can Populists Retain the Populace?

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Despite existing on the extreme right and left of U.S. politics respectively, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements both claim that the American dream has gone away, and that hard work alone will no longer allow common people to be masters of their own destinies. However, the means for either group to successfully defy the U.S.'s two-party system and impact change remains ill-defined. And, according to a new Pew poll, support for Tea Party policies are down by 10 percent in their former strongholds, as compared to a year ago.

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Occupy Philadelphia Protesters Evicted From Encampment

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Police in both Los Angeles and Philadelphia moved in overnight Wednesday to remove Occupy protesters from their encampments near City Hall in both cities. More than 200 people were arrested in Los Angeles. In Philadelphia, police arrested dozens of roving protesters after they were forced to leave their camp in Dilworth Plaza. Sanitation crews quickly moved in to begin cleaning what the protesters left behind. In both Los Angeles and Philadelphia, the operations were relatively peaceful in comparison to other Occupy encampment evictions, which have brought at times violent clashes between protesters and police.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Artists and the 1 Percent

Monday, November 28, 2011

Artist William Powhida talks about his show "Derivatives" which uses data visualization techniques to explore the relationship of artists and their patrons since Occupy Wall Street. 

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The Takeaway

When is Pepper Spray the Only Option?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Among the many shocking images to emerge from the clashes between police and Occupy Wall Street protesters across the country, perhaps none is as striking as the photograph of an elderly woman after being hit with pepper spray in Seattle. Eighty-four-year old activist Dorli Rainey has since become something of an icon to the Occupy movement. The incident preceded another controversial use of pepper spray by police, this time at the University of California Davis, where student protesters, sitting with their arms locked together, were sprayed by campus cops.

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Occupy Wall Street's Day of Action

Friday, November 18, 2011

They may have lost their home in Zuccotti Park, but Occupy Wall Street made its presence felt in Lower Manhattan on Thursday. Nearly 300 people were arrested as Occupy Wall Street protesters marked the movement's two month anniversary with a "Day of Action." Demonstrators attempted to delay the opening of the New York Stock Exchange. They later held demonstrations on New York City's subway system before gathering for a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. And it wasn't just New York. Demonstrations were held across the country as the movement plans its next moves. 

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Flash Poll: Are Your Views on Occupy Protests Changing?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movement protests have made headlines this week — both in New York and elsewhere around the country. Tuesday and Today, protesters clashed with police in disputes over their right to occupy parts of lower Manhattan. We want to know: Has your view of the Occupy movement evolved in light of recent events? How? Answer our poll. 

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Occupy Origins: An Oral History

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Greaber said there was a feeling that many actions use radical language, but fall into a pattern in which a few leaders tell the masses what to do. Graeber and his friends decided this was the moment to change structure and embrace a what he called “direct democracy.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

OWS: Two Months In

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dubbed the "anti-leader of Occupy Wall Street" by Bloomberg Businessweek, David Graeber, an American anthropologist at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years,  talks about where OWS goes from here.

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Occupy Wall Street Calls for Day of Action

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Two days after Occupy Wall Street protesters were forcibly evicted from their symbolic home in Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, the demonstrators have called for an international day of action. In what could be the largest mass protests yet, Occupy protesters plan to "shut down Wall Street," "occupy the subway" to spread their message to the five boroughs, and take over Foley Square, across the street from New York City Hall. Thursday is the two-month anniversary of the movement. You can watch a live stream of the protest here.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jeffrey Sachs on Occupy Wall Street Out of the Park

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jeffrey Sachs, economist and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia, and author of The Price of Civilization, talks about the city clearing protesters from Zuccotti Park and what it means for the Occupy Wall Street movement. He wrote an op-ed about the movement's potential in Sunday’s New York Times.

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WNYC News

Look | Protesters Cleared From Zuccotti Park

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

PHOTOS. Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, evicting dozens of protesters from what has become the headquarters of the corporate greed demonstrations.

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The Beginning of the End for Occupy Wall Street?

Monday, November 14, 2011

A murder in Oakland, a rape in Philadelphia, and a TB outbreak in Atlanta. It has not been a good weekend for Occupy encampments across the country. Meanwhile, at the original camp in New York's Zuccotti Park, an illness that's being called the "Zuccotti lung" has broken out amongst protesters. With winter looming just around the corner, might this be the beginning of the end for Occupy Wall Street?

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It's A Free Country ®

What Kind of 'ocracy Do We Have?

Thursday, November 03, 2011

[T]he experiment continues, right here on your airwaves, with the freedom to express everything that your callers are saying. And it only works if we protest, on Wall Street and around the country. It only works if we vote.

—  It's A Free Country blogger Jami Floyd, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Thousands Join Occupy Oakland General Strike

Thursday, November 03, 2011

An estimated 10,000 protesters marched to the Port of Oakland last night as a general strike was called in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Demonstrators shut down maritime operations at the port as officials asked that protesters allow the workers to return home safely. The march was generally peaceful, police said, as some vandalism was reported. The strike was the first of its kind since 1946. Meanwhile at Wall Street, protesters have battled the snow and prepare to face the winter.

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