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The Takeaway

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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The Takeaway

A Political Psychologist's Take on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Thursday, December 08, 2011

"We do not kill our people," a defiant President Bashar al-Assad of Syria told ABC News's Barbara Walters in a rare interview broadcast on Wednesday. Assad refused to take responsibility for ordering the bloody crackdown on the protest movement calling for his ouster, which the United Nations estimates has taken the lives of 4,000 people. The increasingly isolated Assad claimed most of the deaths were his own supporters. Now in their ninth month, the Syrian government continues to stubbornly insist the uprisings are fueled by foreign governments like the U.S. and Israel.

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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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WNYC News

Students Protest as CUNY Trustees Approve Tuition Hike

Monday, November 28, 2011

Students United for a Free CUNY said they'll hold a Manhattan demonstration and march on Monday afternoon. The demonstration is slated to begins at Madison Square Park and continue to Baruch College.

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The Takeaway

Will Egypt's Elections Calm the Turmoil?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Egyptians headed to the polls today to vote in the country's first parliamentary elections since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. But the election hasn't come without a great deal of controversy: throughout the past week, protests against Egypt’s military rule erupted throughout the country. Over people were 40 killed, and more than a thousand were injured. How will this affect the validity of the elections? And, amid all this turmoil, should they have even happened in the first place?

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The Takeaway

The Origins and Future of Occupy Wall Street

Friday, November 25, 2011

For more than two months The Takeaway has been looking at news from various, loosely connected protests known as Occupy Wall Street. In that time the movement grew from a group of non-violent sit-ins at New York’s Zuccotti Park; to the violent images of downtown Oakland California on November 2, when protesters shut down the Port of Oakland; to the now-infamous pepper spray events of last week at UC Davis. But, what about the origins and the future of this movement?

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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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The Takeaway

Egypt Protests Enter Fourth Day

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tens of thousands of Egyptians flooded into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday night for a third day of protests against the country's transitional military leaders. Activists hope to capitalize of the resignation of Egypt's civilian cabinet, calling for a million-strong demonstration on Tuesday. Security forces and protesters have clashed violently, recalling the events that led to the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak. Elections scheduled for next week are now uncertain.

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The Takeaway

Egyptian Army Clashes with Protesters in Tahrir Square

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Egyptian army used teargas, rubber bullets and birdshot in clashes with protesters in Cairo over the weekend. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to begin in stages a week from today — but this violence raises questions about whether free, democratic elections are possible at this time in Egypt. 

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The Takeaway

Public Outcry After Pepper Spray Incident at UC Davis

Monday, November 21, 2011

Video of UC Davis students being pepper sprayed in a protest related to Occupy Wall Street over the weekend has gone viral. Without any apparent provocation, campus police released a stream of pepper spray onto a row of seated protesters. Two of the officers involved in the spraying have been placed on leave. The incident has left many wondering why the police reacted this way and what can be done.

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Features

Pennsylvania Catholic Group Protests Wojnarowicz Film outside Brooklyn Museum

Sunday, November 20, 2011

On Sunday, some three dozen people protested the Brooklyn Museum's inclusion of David Wojnarowicz's film "A Fire in My Belly" in the museum's new show Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.

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The Takeaway

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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The Takeaway

Cousin of Syrian President Calls for Democracy

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Arab League has given Syrian President Bashar al-Assad until Saturday to cease his bloody crackdown on protesters and allow a monitoring team into the country. To date, some estimate that Bashar al-Assad’s regime is responsible for the death of up to 3,500 citizens since the Spring. Are the proposed sanctions and suspension by the Arab League enough to convince Bashar al-Assad to step down from power? And if that were to happen is that even the best outcome for the country?

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The Takeaway

Nicholas Kristof: The Future of Occupy After the Evictions

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A New York State Supreme Court judge ruled Tuesday to uphold New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to evict the Occupy Wall Street protesters from their camp in Zuccotti Park. It was a setback that some worry the movement cannot recover from. Yet, protesters themselves remained upbeat yesterday claiming evictions will only make them stronger. But perhaps instead of quelling the movement as he intended, Bloomberg actually reinvigorated it. 

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The Takeaway

A First Hand Account of Syrian Violence

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

President Bashar Assad of Syria is facing increasing pressure now that Jordan’s King Abdullah II voiced his desire to see Assad's regime to step down for the good of the country. King Abdullah was the first Arab leader to make such a call but he did so amid increasing violence within the country between anti-government protesters and soldiers still loyal to Assad. Dr. Zaher Sahloul has seen the Assad’s violent methods of tamping down civilian protest first hand. 

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The Takeaway

Cities Attempt to Dismantle Occupy Camps

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In spite of a judge's ruling banning their tents and sleeping bags, several hundred Occupy Wall Street demonstrators returned to Zuccotti Park Tuesday night, after being removed by New York City police officers in a pre-dawn raid. After a day of legal wrangling, a state Supreme Court judge told protesters the city's concerns over health and safety justified banning overnight camping. First Amendment battles between city governments and protesters are taking place in courtrooms around the country — and sometimes, on the ground between police and protesters as well.

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Transportation Nation

As Police Cleared Park, Cyclists Reinforced Ranks of Occupy Wall Street

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cyclists at Occupy Wall Street protest on Canal Street (photo by Andrea Bernstein)

A little after one in the morning in the morning, musician Roger Manning got a text message: police were removing protesters from Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street had been going on 24/7 for the last two months. With a friend, Rachel Schneider, Manning grabbed his bike and rode from his lower Manhattan apartment to Zuccotti Park.

“There were a lot of bikes,” Manning said later that morning, after protesters had migrated over to a park at Canal Street and 6th Avenue, about a mile from Zuccotti Park. “They were swarming and circling around because it’s mobile you can get in and out and around.”

Kayla Paulino also rode her bike down -- but from the South Bronx, a considerably longer distance. She said her bike enabled her to zip around police barricades, and get into the encampment before she and the rest of the protesters were cleared out.

Manning said he ran into people from Bushwick and other parts of Brooklyn who’d also cycled over.  “What else would you do in the middle of the night,” he said, “wait on a subway platform?” Besides, he says “there were rumors the subway system was skipping stops.” (The MTA says service was not impacted.)

“I didn’t know how to get a cab in Bushwick in the middle of the night,” protester Ben T. told The Takeaway’s Ben Johnson early this morning.  He also rode his bike in.

Bikes also became a way for scattered protesters to communicate with each other, said TN's own Alex Goldmark, who was reporting on the protest most of the night. “The most consistent and reliable news service were protesters on bikes who would ride around spreading word of which gathering spots had the most people and what the consensus plan was at each one,” Goldmark sent us in an early morning dispatch.

A common scene in lower Manhattan Tuesday morning, as Occupy Wall Street protesters were removed from Zuccotti Park (photo by Alex Goldmark)

“New arrivals by bike would call for a ‘mic check,’” he continued, “the method protesters use to speak to large groups without a microphone where other members of the crowd repeat the speaker's words to amplify it. The bike news messengers were always quick to speak and share what they knew, and usually got instant precedence to talk. They always started by saying their name, and where they came from.”

As New Yorkers began to wake up, others joined protesters as they made their way through Manhattan. “I typically commute by subway but the bike was a more flexible option today,” said Bushwick-based web developer Dan Phiffer, who rode in this morning with his wife, Ellie Irons, an artist. “When I heard they had evacuated the park by the time I came down to where I thought they’d be, they’d be somewhere else. I used Twitter to map out where to go and I watched the helicopters, the bike was a way better option than anything else.”

In fact, many cyclists could be seen this morning weaving their way through truck traffic on Canal Street, periodically pulling over to consult their smartphones.

 

 

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The Takeaway

Protesters Clash with Police at Occupy Protests

Thursday, October 27, 2011

About 3,000 protesters took to the streets of Oakland on Wednesday night, following violent clashes between police and Occupy demonstrators late Tuesday. Police fired tear gas canisters and bean bag rounds at protesters. Protesters claim rubber bullets and flashbangs were used as well. A 24-year-old Iraq war veteran is in critical condition after being hit in the head with a police projectile. In New York, police arrested a dozen people Wednesday night during an Occupy solidarity march. Meanwhile in Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed ordered the evacuation of Occupy Atlanta protesters from the city’s Woodruff Park. That removal resulted in more than 50 arrests.

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The Takeaway

Jesse Eisenberg on His New Role Off-Broadway

Friday, October 21, 2011

At the age of 27, Jesse Eisenberg tackled the role of a lifetime. Playing Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network," Eisenberg racked up dozens of nominations and awards. But his newest project is off-Broadway at the tiny Cherry Lane Theater here in New York. Jesse Eisenberg wrote and is starring in a new play called "Asuncion." The play explores what happens when a Filipina woman moves in with two ultra-liberal young men. Eisenberg plays Edgar, a bright, young man obsessed with saving the world.

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The Takeaway

Wall Street Protests Continue

Friday, October 14, 2011

Monday marks the one month anniversary since the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street protests. What began as a group of demonstrators setting up shop in a small park in the heart of New York's financial district has turned into a nationwide movement, with similar protests popping up in cities across the country. Protesters will be hoping for a peaceful morning, as police try to move them temporarily in order to clean the park.

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