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‘Occupy Milwaukee’ organizer: Movement creating new political space

Peter Rickman, a member of UW-Madison’s Teaching Assistant Association, told The UpTake in an interview that the “Occupy Milwaukee” demonstration was part of a global movement for social and economic justice. Thousands marched October 15 and many of the protesters have remain encamped at a park in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood.…

Tim Wise: White folks have been ‘occupying’ Manhattan for hundreds of years

Indigenous activists have recently expressed concern over “language of occupy.” On Friday night, Melissa Harris-Perry and anti-racist activist and educator Tim Wise took on the topic on The Rachel Maddow Show. Wise is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. During their discussion, Wise…

Cornel West arrested for protesting ‘stop and frisk’ in New York City

Princeton professor and noted activist Cornel West was arrested last weekend for protesting in front of the Supreme Court, and on Friday afternoon he repeated the experience in New York City. West was part of a demonstration against the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy, in which individuals…

‘Rebel alliance’ flash protest targets Walmart executives

A flash mob sporting signs from the “rebel alliance” of Star Wars fame surprised a group of Walmart executives last night when they showed up at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C.’s Union Square, banging drums and playing the film’s famous theme song. Chanting “hey-hey, ho-ho, corporate greed has got to…

‘Occupy Melbourne’ violently torn apart by police

A large gathering of protesters in Melbourne, Australia was violently disrupted by police last night, with activists forcibly evicted from a public park. The struggle ensued after roughly 100 protesters defied an order to leave City Square, and police said about 20 were ultimately arrested. The number of activists grew…

Immortal Technique: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ does not support Obama

Speaking to a “We Are Change” activist at “Occupy Wall Street” this week, political hip-hop artist Immortal Technique threw down the gauntlet to those in the media who characterize the anti-corruption movement as a partisan affair, suggesting that the 99 Percent are willing to “sacrifice” President Barack Obama’s second term…

Canadian protesters greet Bush with song ‘praising’ his unending wars

Protesters outside the fourth annual Surrey Regional Economic Summit in Canada on Thursday mockingly praised former President George W. Bush’s “unending war on drugs and terror and the poor” with a hymn. He was invited to speak at the summit by Mayor Dianne Watts. The demonstration came after Amnesty International…

Author: NYPD violence has helped ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Appearing on Wednesday night’s broadcast of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, author Errol Louis, an anchor at NY1 News, explained how the New York Police Department has actually been a major motivating force for “Occupy Wall Street” and the 99 Percent movement. The most startling example of police violence came just…

NPR host fired after conservatives spot her at ‘Occupy DC’

A broadcaster that hosts several programs that air on NPR was reportedly fired Wednesday for her participation in “October 2011/Stop the Machine” protests in Washington, D.C. after conservative websites suggested “apparent ethics violations.” Lisa Simeone said Thursday that she was read NPR’s code of ethics as she was fired as…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ lends support to Sotheby’s protest

A group of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters on Tuesday marched to Sotheby’s locales in Manhattan to show their support for unionized art handlers who are locked in a three-months-long contract dispute with the auction house. Sotheby’s wants the workers to accept wage cuts, even though the company reportedly sold $3…

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