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Occupy Chicago Efforts Mark One Week, Join 130+ Other U.S. Cities

05-10-2011 07:34

It began as a call in July 2011 by the magazine Adbusters to hold powerful business interests on Wall Street to account, and drawing on inspiration from the famed 2011 grassroots protests across the Middle East. But the mantle has been taken up by grassroots activists in New York City to forge an ongoing occupation outside of Wall Street and throughout New York City. The effort in its first two weeks has spurred a national movement with sibling efforts in at least 130 other cities, including Chicago.

Occupy Chicago, merely a week old, has already drawn hundreds of grassroots protesters, who "march…each day…After an hour long general assembly meeting, demonstrators headed through the financial district, Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile and back to base camp to once more spread messages of solidarity, positivity and persistence in the face of a political system that’s left 99% of Americans without a real voice in governance…While it may be young and still trying to get organized, the movement to Occupy America is growing and cohering. And though many went home after Saturday’s march, more than a hundred stayed to continue organizing and evangelizing, with no plans to leave until they feel their job is done."

UPDATE: Occupy Chicago threatened by Chicago police to stop.

Additional Coverage: Lessons Learned from Occupy Wall Street | Five Things that Occupy Wall Street Did Right | Occupy Chicago Entering Day 6 | Protestors Occupy Chicago in Solidarity with Occupy Wall St NY | An American Spring is Possible | Open Letter to Occupy Chicago.

Outside Resources: Think Progress; NY Times' Andrew Ross Sorking Sneers at Occupy Wall Street | Protests Work Better with Specific Demands | Occupy Wall Street Makes Its Own Media.

Social Media Resources: Tumblr | Twitter | Live Video Stream

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South West Food Sovereignty Skillshare

04-10-2011 10:55

Due to the overwhelming amount of out-of-county support, the Somerset Food Sovereignty Skillshare is now becoming a south-west wide event.

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700 Arrested on Brooklyn Bridge as Occupy Wall Street Enters Third Week

04-10-2011 08:16

Audio protesters in plastic cuffs awaiting transport off the bridge by bus
The "Occupy Wall Street" protests in the financial district took a dramatic turn on Saturday when protesters tried to march across the Brooklyn Bridge. When police arrested 700 of the demonstrators, the event quickly turned into one of the largest arrests of non-violent protesters in recent history. Some protesters claim police lured them onto oncoming traffic on the bridge’s roadway; others said they did not hear instructions from police telling them to use the pedestrian walkway. Meanwhile, similar "Occupation" protests have spread to other cities, including Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, where hundreds of protesters are now camped out in front of City Hall. We host a roundtable discussion with Marisa Holmes, an organizer with the main organizing group of Occupy Wall Street, called the General Assembly, Marina Sitrin, an attorney who is part of Occupy Wall Street’s legal working group, and Laurie Penny, a writer and journalist who reported on protests in London earlier this summer

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Manchester Occupied

02-10-2011 23:28

The occupation starts
As planned, an occupation of Albert Square next to Manchester town hall began as the TUC march was winding its way round the city centre.

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Squatters extend solidarity to the TUC

01-10-2011 15:59

Letter to the TUC from convergence space in Manchester against the tories.

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The 2011 Jarrow March: A Long Walk To Nowhere

01-10-2011 10:53

The original march, three quarters of a century ago
This month marks seventy-five years since two hundred men marched three hundred miles in the depths of the Great Depression but the heights of the Spanish Revolution, in protest against mass unemployment in their north-eastern town of Jarrow. At noon today, supporters of Socialist Party front group Youth Fight For Jobs will start to follow in their footsteps. But while there are parallels to be made with the 1936 event, there are also important differences - and it's worth remembering that all the original 'crusaders' got was train fare home.

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#15oct- United for Global Change

01-10-2011 07:32

On 15th October 2011 citizens across the world will take to the streets to express their outrage. We will not sit idly by while our rights are fundamentally undermined by the undemocratic alliance between politicians and corporations. Real Democracy Now invites you to join our peaceful call for action to say enough! It is time to raise our voices. Our future is at stake, and nothing can hold back the power of millions of people when they unite for a common goal.

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Text from anarchist Vassilis Stergiou

30-09-2011 23:51

Vassilis Stergiou is revengefully persecuted by the Greek state for showing his solidarity with the student movement and for his long time participation in social struggles. He was arrested on 8th March 2007, following a massive demonstration against a university reformation law. He was imprisoned without a trial for 6 months.

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Oxford Atos Protest

30-09-2011 15:12

Report of protest vigil outside Atos Offices

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Stop deportation of Nadia Habib and her mother, Nazmin Habib

30-09-2011 14:10

Stop Nadia’s and Her Mother’s Deportation
An Open Letter from William Nicholas Gomes to the President of the United States of America

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Big Rip Off Day - 13th October

29-09-2011 19:25

The banksters want the shirt of our backs. Let's give it to them on Big Rip Off Day!

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Online Protest Against the Atos Enablers – they’re all in it together!

29-09-2011 12:05

As part of the next National Day of Action Against disability deniers Atos, being held on Friday 30th September, join in the online protest to inform people doing business with Atos exactly where the money’s coming from.

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Open Letter on Atos ‘Healthcare’ to the BMJ and RCN

28-09-2011 19:16

Over 100 groups and individuals have signed a letter to the British Medical Association (BMJ) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) urging them to stop giving disability deniers Atos credibility by advertising their vacancies and allowing them to attend their events.

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National Day of Action against Atos. Oxford Protest.

28-09-2011 17:45

Advertising protest outside Atos Offices Oxford

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325#9 – Free PDF magazine of Social War & Anarchy

28-09-2011 13:21

The rebellious anarchist magazine is back with another 92 pages of resistance and revolution to keep you ticking. D.I.Y and not for profit, this magazine aims to be a voice from the uncontrollables.

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Brutal cop outed by Anonymous as protestors rally against NYPD.

28-09-2011 11:58

Deputy Inspector Bologna
As we watched your officers kettle innocent women, we observed you barberically pepper spray wildly into the group of kettled women. We were shocked and disgusted by your behavior. You know who the innocent women were, now they will have the chance to know who you are. Before you commit atrocities against innocent people, think twice. WE ARE WATCHING!!! Expect Us!


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Protesters scale Council building to call on Tony Ball to resign

27-09-2011 13:48

Today, supporters and residents from Dale Farm staged a protest at Basildon Council buildings calling on Tony Ball to resign. Two protesters, who had scaled the front of the building in order to display a banner reading “Tony Ball RESIGN” were detained by police. They are currently being questioned inside the Council building, but they have not been arrested. The two supporters who had unfurled the banner remained out of reach of police for nearly an hour. More than 50 people gathered around the banner. Ali Saunders, a spokesperson for Dale Farm Solidarity who was at the protest, said “It’s becoming clear that this eviction is a lost cause- Dale Farm has got to stay, Tony Ball has got to go”

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National Day of Action Against Atos - Latest Round Up

27-09-2011 11:34

Cities around the UK are mobilising for the next National Day of Action Against Poverty Pimps Atos taking place on Friday 30th September.

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Release prisoner of conscience Nasser Abul and Lawrence al-Rashidi Immediately

26-09-2011 23:14

I want to remind you as a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Kuwait is bound by article 19(2) of that covenant, which states: “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.” Article 36 of Kuwait’s constitution protects freedom of speech and opinion, stating that: “Every person has the right to express and propagate his opinion verbally, in writing, or otherwise, in accordance with the conditions and procedures specified by law.”

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Cinema Winstanley @ Land & Freedom Camp

26-09-2011 18:40

A1. Cinema Winstanley: C21 DigitalProjection, C20 Film, C17 Revolutionary Genius
Dateline: Clapham Common, London, UK, 20:00-23:30, Sat 24 Sep 11 – Land & Freedom Campers ( ) and intrigued local folk get to share an al fresco cinema experience centred around the 1975 biopic of the great English revolutionary pamphleteer and Digger Gerrard Winstanley ( ). Under the spreading London planetrees, we enjoyed reclaiming our C17 radical history, the better to empower ourselves for ensuring C21 continues to be a century of radical history in the making.