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.

 

Occupy Movement Gets Its Own TV Station

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 5:12 pm

Creating “TV for the 99%”, the movement that galvanized the world has partnered with FilmOn Networks to create a free 24/7 online television outlet for news, evidence, and commentary online at OccupyTelevision.com.

In partnership with FilmOn Networks, the National Convention PBC and a new union of the groups Occupy Television, ArticleV.org, and the National General Assembly, have launched Occupy Television, a free 24/7 online television channel. The new outlet consolidates media throughout the Occupy movement in order to provide access to the maximum amount of people around the world.

Late Night: Sympathy for the Devil(s)

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 8:00 pm

Last night Rachel Maddow did a segment on the racist mobs that successfully turned back busloads of immigrant women and children in Merrieta, California. The scene was not unlike Little Rock, the Edmund Pettus bridge, or any garden variety racist atrocity, and Rachel was appropriately outraged.
Things then went rapidly downhill, though, when she brought on Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson. Either not having watched or worse, not having been affected by the preceding clips, Johnson proceeded to drone on with all the passion of Charlie Brown’s teacher.

Activist Cecily McMillan Released from Prison, Reads Statement from Women of Rikers Island

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 12:15 pm

Cecily McMillan, a New York activist, who was sentenced to ninety days in prison for “felony assault of a police officer” after an incident at an Occupy Wall Street event, was released from prison. She delivered a statement to the press and took the opportunity to read a statement that she and the women of Rikers Island drafted together.

All About Money

By: Sunday June 15, 2014 5:20 pm

The people who are in charge of everything believe that it’s right, proper, indeed ‘natural’ that they be in charge of everything because they believe that no one could do as good a job of being in charge of everything .

Is Horizontal Socialism Unworkable?

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 1:02 pm

In its latest issue Jacobin Magazine takes on the question of whether or not the horizontal socialism endemic to recent left wing movements such as Occupy Wall Street is worthwhile and can lead to a better world. The question of whether or not decentralized non-hierarchical movements that focus heavily on fully democratic processes are the best way to promote positive change has been mulled over for years, even more so after Occupy Wall Street broke through and became a cultural phenomenon in 2011.

The editors of Jacobin have considered the question and come up with a definitive no. While celebrating the achievements of Occupy Wall Street and its off shoots such as Strike Debt and Occupy Sandy, they strongly side with those critical of horizontal socialism.

Imprisoned Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou Thanks Supporters in New “Letter from Loretto”

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 1:00 pm

While I can’t say for sure why FDL has been the subject of these malicious attacks on our site, I wouldn’t be surprised if it had something to do with the fact that while most mainstream outlets treat whistleblowers with uncompromising disdain, we have them over for dinner and visit them in prison. While they mock protest movements and pray for their failure, we give them warm jackets and tents and offer them a place to tell the world about their work. I’m extremely proud of that, and obstacles such as these DDoS attacks only empower us to keep fighting. But I have to admit that it has, on more than one occasion, kept me up at night worrying that we might not be able to keep this up for much longer if the site keeps going down and the bills become unmanageable.

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Late Night: Crappy May Day

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 8:00 pm

Despite some anomalous developments out here in the Northwest, things look as dreadful as ever for working people this year, as wages reach their lowest share of GDP since the last handlebar mustache era.

That it has proven impossible to raise the federal minimum wage, incrementally, from utterly disgraceful to merely pathetic illustrates the bipartisan amnesia about what the minimum wage is.

Saturday Art: San Diego’s Chicano Park

By: Saturday April 12, 2014 1:00 pm

Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan displays one of the largest assemblages of public murals in North America. The monolithic pillars, the pylons of the Coronado Bay Bridge, have been transformed into an outdoor museum of art and history. These awe inspiring murals are giant mirrors of Chicano Mexicano history, and a tribute to the force of community.

Citizen-Maintained Open-Source Infrastructure – Creating Resiliency

By: Saturday April 5, 2014 11:55 am

This year 2014 is an election year in the United States and several other nations. In most of the world, electoral politics has reached a dead end because it is sidelined by the economically, politically, or culturally powerful into self-aggrandizement at the expense of citizens. This is a year in which there is an international call for a wave of action. This year is one of those times that the ancient Greeks called kairos and the ancient Chinese saw as the movement of Heaven. Like most times of this character, it will likely also satisfy the Urban Dictionary’s definition of kairotic moment in echo of the late 1960s.

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