Strike Debt Announces Abolishment Of Student Debt On Occupy Anniversary

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 10:16 am

Strike Debt, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, announced yesterday that it has abolished $4 million worth of student loan debt as part of its Rolling Jubilee program. The group was able to purchase the debt for around $100,000. The announcement came on September 17th, which is the anniversary of the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street’s occupation in New York City.

The Rolling Jubilee program has abolished over $18 million worth of debt in total using the same strategies debt collectors use in acquiring large debts for pennies on the dollar, but instead of trying to collect from troubled borrowers they “abolish” the debt and send a letter to the debtor alerting them that they no longer have to pay.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Paul LeBlanc and Dianne Feeley, Imagine: Living In A Socialist USA

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 1:59 pm

New York’s most progressive literary agent, Francis Golden, who is now ninety years old, once again put her energies where her mind is asking thirty-one progressive writers to imagine how life would change for Americans were we to enjoy a socialist-oriented government. I say enjoy because I’ve lived half my life under such governments in both Western and the former Eastern Europe, and I can testify to the fact that life is a great deal easier when national governments are organized around principles of solidarity.

Whoops: NYPD Twitter Campaign Brings Forth Images of Police Brutality

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:17 pm

Social media engagement!

Everybody’s doing it, but some are definitely doing it better than others.

Billionaire Ken Langone Who Funded Elliot Spitzer Takedown Operation Claims Liberals Are Like Hitler

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 1:22 pm

Billionaire Ken Langone is the latest 1%er to join the ranks of the abysmally stupid that gain entry by making ridiculous statements about Nazi Germany and contemporary American politics. Langone should really know better being an active participant in politics both in destroying former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer by funding private investigators and operatives like Roger Stone as well as being a central fundraiser for Governor Chris Christie (back when that was still a thing).

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ken Jacobs, When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 1:59 pm

The 21st century United States is a nation of great income inequality and entrenched poverty. Progressives have demanded federal action to fight these problems, but Republican control over the House has made this nearly impossible. However, campaigns on the local and state levels have begun to transform the debate over income inequality. Beginning in the 1990s, living wage campaigns in cities across the nation began showing how local communities can make a difference. Some of the nation’s most politically progressive cities began pushing for paid sick leave, domestic partner benefits, and card check for unionization.

In the last two years, Occupy Wall Street brought economic inequality to the attention of national politicians and opened space for political leaders to push for higher minimum wage laws.

A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 3: Intersectionality & Technology

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 12:15 pm

One important tool which defines modern activism is the use of social media for organizing and building solidarity. While social media does little unless paired with “meatspace” direct action, it can be a powerful tool for motivating people, reporting on live events, and building intersectionality. When arrests first occurred at Occupy Austin, we heard from activists in Egypt who had staged an impromptu protest at the US Embassy.

A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 2: Mutual Aid

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 9:21 am

One reason I wanted to chat with Scott Crow was his experience with Common Ground Collective in New Orleans. In recent years, we’ve seen similar collectives spring out of the activist networks formed by Occupy Wall Street — projects like Occupy Sandy. Late last year, alongside key Common Ground Collective organizer Lisa Fithian and many others, I organized Austin Common Ground Relief to respond to a record-breaking flood on Halloween. As the group’s dispatcher, I relied on the networks and skills formed during Occupy Austin.

Tom Perkins Calls for End to Universal Suffrage

By: Friday February 14, 2014 10:25 am

Tom Perkins, member and apparently self-appointed spokesman for the top 1%, has moved beyond claiming those that support progressive taxation are Nazis and on to calling for an end to universal suffrage.

From a plush chair at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Perkins said those who can not pay taxes should not be able to vote and those who pay more taxes should have more votes.

A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 1: Occupy & Activism

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 6:59 pm

Scott Crow is a co-founder of the Common Ground Collective which provided grassroots solidarity and mutual aid after Hurricane Katrina. An anarchist activist, author and public speaker, he travels regularly to share his views. The second edition of his book about Common Ground, Black Flags and Windmills is due out soon. It’s one of multiple book-length projects in the works.

Both Scott & I call Austin home, so I invited him out for coffee and conversation on a recent break from an unusually chilly Central Texas winter.

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