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Ross Domoney: Athens – Social Meltdown

Ross Domoney: Athens – Social Meltdown

By Ross Domoney: Dr Dimitris Dalakoglou explains the social meltdown which took place in Greece between May 2010 & June 2012 that is on going. This film contains videos and photos shot on the streets, often containing violence and paints a portrait of widespread economic hardship endured by a cities inhabitants. This film is part of an ongoing research project, which looks at the rapid structural changes which Greece is undergoing. This work in progress can be … Read entire article »

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Chris Spannos: The Road of December

Chris Spannos: The Road of December

Events commemorating the 4 years since police murdered Alexandros Grigoropoulos on December 6, 2008 and the subsequent uprising that month. Alexandros was only 15 years old. Filmed and Edited by Chris Spannos for The New Significance (thenewsignificance.com) Location: Athens, Greece Length: 5 min, 13 sec. … Read entire article »

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Yiannis Biliris: Split Normality – One year after the riots of June 15, 28 & 29 2011

Yiannis Biliris: Split Normality – One year after the riots of June 15, 28 & 29 2011

By Yiannis Biliris: Τhe legacy of December, June and Syntagma square is still hard to assess. Future social struggles, however, are surely bound to approach it again, in order to understand and, finally, transcend it. Source: antidocs.com Shooting, Editing & Photographs: facebook.com/yiannisbilirisphotography Music: vimeo.com/chronik Supervising journalist: Danae Leivada Sound recording: twitter.com/aprokou … Read entire article »

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Thai Jones: Occupy Protests Show Radical Potential – Through Decades, Confrontation and Consensus Can Coexist

Thai Jones: Occupy Protests Show Radical Potential – Through Decades, Confrontation and Consensus Can Coexist

By Thai Jones At the end of a long day of peaceful demonstrations in Oakland this past November, a few hundred protesters — many wearing masks or covering their faces with bandanas — massed for a night of rage, smashing windows, chucking rocks and sparking bonfires. In the aftermath, the city’s police chief described the perpetrators as “generally anarchists and provocateurs.” Across the continent, in New York City, I joined more than 1,000 protesters in a march … Read entire article »

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Immanuel Wallerstein: The Second Wind of the Worldwide Social Justice Movement

Immanuel Wallerstein: The Second Wind of the Worldwide Social Justice Movement

By Immanuel Wallerstein During the protests in Tahrir Square in November 2011, Mohamed Ali, age 20, responded to a journalist’s query as to why he was there: “We want social justice. Nothing more. That’s the least that we deserve.” The first round of the movements took multiple forms across the world – the so-called Arab Spring, the Occupy movements beginning in the United States and then spreading to a large number of countries, Oxi in Greece and the … Read entire article »

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Asad Haider & Salar Mohandesi: Everybody Talks About the Weather

Asad Haider & Salar Mohandesi: Everybody Talks About the Weather

By Asad Haider & Salar Mohandesi “Everybody talks about the weather. We don’t.” This 1968 poster was a response by the German Socialist Student Union to an ad campaign for weatherproof trains. The students were suggesting that like the figures pictured above, they had more important concerns than everyday things like the weather. The next year, journalist and future Red Army Faction terrorist Ulrike Meinhof would use the slogan to argue that radicals should talk about everyday life, since … Read entire article »

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Hannah Chadeayne Appel: We interrupt this dispatch … Occupy Oakland and the General Strike!

Hannah Chadeayne Appel: We interrupt this dispatch … Occupy Oakland and the General Strike!

By Hannah Chadeayne Appel I didn’t realize how claustrophobic Wall Street’s Liberty Park was until I arrived at my home Occupy in Oakland. Rather than the jumble of tarp-covered shelters that grew and morphed rhizome-like through Liberty Park, Occupy Oakland’s colorful tents felt positively suburban, arranged over hay-covered ground, navigable by palate paths. The tent village occupied open public space surrounding city hall, overlooking the sunken architecture of a nouveau Greek Amphitheater  directly in front of the mayor’s … Read entire article »

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Heidi Morrison: Occupy Everything!

Heidi Morrison: Occupy Everything!

By Heidi Morrison Many liberal friends and colleagues have been surprisingly lukewarm in their support of the Occupy Movement that has sprung up in cities and on campuses across America. Often they complain that though the Occupy Movement is well intentioned, it lacks focus. For example, in response to a recent Facebook posting lauding the movement’s rejection of neoliberalism, a university professor remarked: “While the Occupy Movement gives me some hope, I think it lacks an ideological … Read entire article »

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Occupy UC Davis Calls Nov. 28 General Strike to Shut Down CA Campuses, Block Regents’ Austerity Vote

Occupy UC Davis Calls Nov. 28 General Strike to Shut Down CA Campuses, Block Regents’ Austerity Vote

By UC Davis General Assembly The following proposal was passed by a massive general assembly today at UC Davis: The UC Board of Regents, who not only represent but actually are this state’s richest one percent, has repeatedly shown itself to be utterly unfit to manage and represent the interests of the students, faculty, and workers who constitute the University of California. Following two successive years of sharp tuition increases, accompanied by millions in department and resource cuts, layoffs, and … Read entire article »

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Luis Moreno-Caballud and Marina Sitrin: The Camp is the World: Connecting the Occupy Movements and The Spanish May 15th Movement

Luis Moreno-Caballud and Marina Sitrin: The Camp is the World: Connecting the Occupy Movements and The Spanish May 15th Movement

By Luis Moreno-Caballud and Marina Sitrin We write this letter as participants in the movements, and as an invitation to a conversation. We hope to raise questions about how we continue to deepen and transform the new social relationships and processes we have begun … to open the discussion towards a common horizon. The evictions and threats to the physical Occupations in the United States have again raised the question of the future of the movement. That the … Read entire article »

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November 17: Historic Day of Action for the 99%

November 17: Historic Day of Action for the 99%

By Occupy Wall Street November 17 Day of Action: Over 30,000 People Rally in New York City (NYPD estimated 32,500), including organized contingents of workers, students, and other members of “the 99%” Actions in at least 30 cities across the country and around the world Commemoration of 2-Months Since Birth of the 99% Movement, Festival of Lights on Brooklyn Bridge Blockade of all Entry-Points to NYSE; hundreds participate in nonviolence civil disobedience Sense that a powerful and diverse civic movement for … Read entire article »

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Jérôme E. Roos: 17N – The Global Revolutionary Wave of 2011 Thunders On

Jérôme E. Roos: 17N – The Global Revolutionary Wave of 2011 Thunders On

By Jérôme E. Roos: Right when the media were declaring the movement to be in decline, a massive global day of action radically reversed the expectations of the skeptics. Imagine you had been asleep for the past year or so, and you suddenly woke up and tuned into today’s news: clashes in Rome and Milan, mass demonstrations in Athens, an uprising in Damascus, sit-ins in San Francisco, arrests in Madrid, huge protests in Chile, an enormous rally … Read entire article »

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Peter Marcuse: The Purpose of the Occupation Movement and the Danger of Fetishizing Space

Peter Marcuse: The Purpose of the Occupation Movement and the Danger of Fetishizing Space

By Peter Marcuse The Occupation movement that is spreading across the country has a number of purposes, plays a number of different roles, in the struggle for justice and a better life in our world. A confrontation function, taking the struggle to the enemy’s territory, confronting, potentially disrupting, the operations at the center of the problem. It has the potential to disrupt Wall Street, by occupying space Wall Street needs to function; symbolically, hyperbolically, it waves a pointed knife over … Read entire article »

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OWS Post-Eviction General Assembly Highlights: You can’t evict an idea whose time has come.

OWS Post-Eviction General Assembly Highlights: You can’t evict an idea whose time has come.

On November 15 a massive police force descended on Liberty Square for the purpose of evicting the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) encampment there. Police raided the park around 1:00 AM Tuesday morning. This video presents highlights from that evenings General Assembly, after a dramatic day. Produced for The New Significance Filmed and Edited by Chris Spannos Length: 9 minutes, 30 seconds … Read entire article »

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Lisa Veneklasen: Citizen action and the perverse confluence of opposing agendas

Lisa Veneklasen: Citizen action and the perverse confluence of opposing agendas

By Lisa Veneklasen When opposing political interests are using the same terms and tactics in diametrically opposed agendas, Lisa Veneklasen asks how we can transform the power of citizen action into sustained change for justice and equality. What with claims of “Facebook revolutions” in the Arab Spring and “leaderless movements” in Occupy-Wall-Street protests across the world, the media is abuzz with commentary on the changing nature of citizen action. But – aside from new gadgets and unexpected locations … Read entire article »

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Emma Dowling & Begüm Özden Firat: The Mirror Cracks from Side to Side – Of Global Uprisings and Movement in an Age of Austerity

Emma Dowling & Begüm Özden Firat: The Mirror Cracks from Side to Side – Of Global Uprisings and Movement in an Age of Austerity

By Emma Dowling and Begüm Özden Firat Events that happen in one place – especially with the instantaneous relay through communication technologies – make ripples in others. In Egypt, protesters occupied Tahrir Square and the Egyptian flag found its way to Wisconsin; protesters in Puerta del Sol declared ‘they want to be like Iceland when they grow up’, and hushed so as not to wake the Greeks. In 1999, after protesters descended upon the World Trade … Read entire article »

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Upsurge in Movements Around the Globe: 1968 Redux?

Immanuel Wallerstein: Upsurge in Movements Around the Globe: 1968 Redux?

By Immanuel Wallerstein A special talk by Immanuel Wallerstein, distinguished scholar and author of the essential “The Modern World System,” a classic three volume study of the emergence of capitalism, which has recently been republished alongside a brand new fourth volume. Dr. Wallerstein, currently Senior Research Scholar at Yale University, is not only one of the most respected sociologists of our times, but has been, for decades, a tireless ally of struggles in the global South, and a … Read entire article »

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