Excerpt From Ghosts of Tom Joad

By: Friday November 28, 2014 12:40 pm

Jeff’s old man kept a small boat. It had seen better days, floating as much out of stubbornness any more than anything else. Seats two safely. Rides low in the water. We’d take it out on the river from time to time, drinking beer when we could, horsing around.

It was a heavy, humid Ohio night, still then soft around us. Car sounds far off. The current was light and the river half dry in summer, so we figured loading the four of us into a boat made for two wouldn’t be a problem. Then we met Pam.

 

Homeless Guy’s Sign, Four Blocks from Koch Brothers’ Apartment

By: Wednesday October 29, 2014 11:10 am

In America’s richest city, four blocks from where the Koch Brothers live, in a nation that has allocated $1.57 trillion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including $92.3 billion in fiscal year 2014, we don’t have much to offer this guy.

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.

I can’t thank you all enough for your support and generosity over the years, and I hope you will consider helping us overcome this rough patch so we can focus on our work together. Please consider donating $10 to Firedoglake today to help us keep the lights on.

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.

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