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Occupy Wall Street: An Open Source Movement

The Occupation is gaining depth and breadth, nationally and globally.  The appearance is that spontaneous actions have arisen and continue to proliferate, cross-pollinate and act independently from the original occupation on Wall Street itself. Though there is a groundswell of … Continue reading

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The Fall of the Argentine Assembly Movement

New social movements based on open assemblies is emerging in ever more places in Europe and North America as a response to bank bailouts, unemployment, austerity measures and growing economic inequalities. This is not the first time in history that … Continue reading

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The Global Square: an online platform for our movement

A proposal on how to perpetuate the creative and cooperative spirit of the occupations and transform them into lasting forms of social organization. What we need, at this point, is a platform that allows us to radically democratize our global … Continue reading

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Occupy the Public Forum: 5 Values to Profess Beyond the Protest

While some people are frustrated that the Occupiers haven’t issued detailed policy briefs, they managed to do something arguably more important: open a dialog on values  that has been held captive by conservative forces for years . Occupy Wall Street … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky – Occupy the World

In a speech to Occupy Boston, the linguist and icon hailed the “unprecedented” first weeks of OWS. He cautioned protesters to build and educate first, strike later. The Occupy movement really is an exciting development. In fact, it’s spectacular. It’s … Continue reading

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Sobre el Conflicto Noviolento Estratégico – Entendiendo Sus Principios Básicos

Habrá siempre ideales por los que vale la pena luchar y opresión que haya que superar. Algunas  cuestiones no se pueden resolver solo mediante negociaciones, pero la lucha armada puede no ser una opción viable para una sociedad oprimida, debido … Continue reading

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Saul Alinsky, community organizing and rules for radicals

Saul Alinsky‘s work is an important reference point for thinking about community organizing and community development. His books Reveille for Radicals (1946) and Rules for Radicals (1971) were both classic explorations of organizing and remain popular today. Mike Seal examines … Continue reading

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Gandhi meets Monty Python: The comedic turn in nonviolent tactics

On October 3rd, protesters at Occupy Wall Street failed to march. Instead they clumsily lurched. With white painted faces, glazed looks and dollar bills hanging out of some mouths, protesters chanted “I smell money, I smell money…” It was Corporate … Continue reading

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Revolution U

But what worked so smoothly online proved much more difficult on the street. Police occupied the factory in Mahalla and headed off the strike. The demonstrations there turned violent: Protesters set fire to buildings, and police started shooting, killing at … Continue reading

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The Time of the Rebels: Youth Resistance Movements and 21st Century Revolutions

Collin combines history, political analysis and personal interviews to paint an intriguing picture of former Soviet bloc societies in transition—and the role of youth movements and peaceful resistance in dismantling undemocratic regimes. The narrative begins in Serbia, where the student … Continue reading

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