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Although I realize there are many people now curating content about the Occupy Wall Street Movement, it deserves even more.
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The Goals of this Scoop

I realize there is a lot of coverage of #OccupyWallStreet or #OWS if you prefer (at least outside the mainstream press).  I wanted to create this stream of content for two reasons.  First, I don't think this movement can get enough coverage.  In my thirty-some-odd years of life I have not seen a more worthy or deserving "news story".  Secondly, much of what is being reported (mainstream or alternative) is what is happening on the ground in cities accross the United States and the World.  Much of this reporting is brilliant and I sincerely hope people are viewing and interacting with this content and beginning to understand how important this movement is.  However, my goal as a librarian, educator, and citizen is to curate content I confront that exemplifies the reasons behind this movement as well as content that offers viable solutions for the systematic change Occupy Wall Street is attempting to initiate.     

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Occupying Society: How the Movement Hashes Out Race, Class and Privilege in Real Time | Occupy Wall Street | AlterNet

Occupying Society: How the Movement Hashes Out Race, Class and Privilege in Real Time | Occupy Wall Street | AlterNet | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it
When encampments are shut down, it's not just the physical turf that's lost; a social experiment in working out the issues that have divided people for centuries gets crimped.
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The 1% are the very best destroyers ofwealth the world has ever seen

The 1% are the very best destroyers ofwealth the world has ever seen | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

And the spoils go to the psychopaths.

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The Camp is the World: Connecting the Occupy Movements and The Spanish May 15th Movement | | AlterNet

The Camp is the World: Connecting the Occupy Movements and The Spanish May 15th Movement | | AlterNet | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

With or without encampments, the constructive phase of the Occupy movement is here, and all indications are that it will not slow down, as it has not slowed down in Spain.  Great article connecting Occupy and the Spanish May.

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Shareable: Occupy as a New Societal Model & Ways To Improve It

Shareable: Occupy as a New Societal Model & Ways To Improve It | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

Some good suggestions for enhancement of processes already being practiced amongst participants in Occupy encampments.

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Photos: 99 Portraits for the 99 Percent - Culture - GOOD

Photos: 99 Portraits for the 99 Percent - Culture - GOOD | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it
The OWS encampment may be gone, but the protest’s legacy lives on across New York City. Click through to see 99 Photos for the 99 Percent.
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Occupy Everywhere: Michael Moore, Naomi Klein on Next Steps for the Movement Against Corporate Power

Occupy Everywhere: Michael Moore, Naomi Klein on Next Steps for the Movement Against Corporate Power | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

How does the Occupy Wall Street movement move from "the outrage phase" to the "hope phase," and imagine a new economic model? In a Democracy Now! special broadcast, we bring you excerpts from a recent event that examined this question and much more.  It is worth watching the hour long program, but there are interesting discussions throughout, so it has value in pieces if time is constrained.

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The Tactic of Occupation and the Movement of the 99% | | AlterNet

The Tactic of Occupation and the Movement of the 99% | | AlterNet | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

The primary reason the tactic of occupation has resonated so far and wide is because it has served as a symbol about standing up to powerful elites on their own doorstep. Great assessment viewing OWS as a catalyst and where the movement needs to go to be successful.

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How the 99% Are Using Lateral Power to Create a Global Revolution

How the 99% Are Using Lateral Power to Create a Global Revolution | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

Good article by Jeremy Rifkin.  It is worth anyone's time to check out his ideas further in his YouTube videos or books.

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Occupy Wall Street is Transforming its Participants, Our Country, and Democracy | | AlterNet

Occupy Wall Street is Transforming its Participants, Our Country, and Democracy | | AlterNet | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it
A participant in the Liberty Plaza occupation on the way the movement is changing and the people it's touching, from Eliot Spitzer to Baruch college freshmen.
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David Harvey: The Party of Wall Street Meets its Nemesis | The New Significance

David Harvey: The Party of Wall Street Meets its Nemesis | The New Significance | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it
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John Bellamy Foster, "Capitalism and Environmental Catastrophe"

John Bellamy Foster, "Capitalism and Environmental Catastrophe" | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

Chronicling the Crisis of the Working Class...The first article I have found that ably connects our environmental crisis with the capitalist system OWS is up against.

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Michel Bauwens – Setting the broader context for P2P infrastructures: The long waves and the new social contract | Re-public: re-imagining democracy – english version

Michel Bauwens – Setting the broader context for P2P infrastructures: The long waves and the new social contract | Re-public: re-imagining democracy – english version | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

I cannot say I am a huge fan of Michel Bauwens writing style, but I am always impressed with his knowledge of all things peer-to-peer.

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OWS: To Change the Country, We Just Might Have to Change Ourselves | | AlterNet

OWS: To Change the Country, We Just Might Have to Change Ourselves | | AlterNet | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it
If we are going to contribute to this huge fight against unbridled global capitalism, we must accept the anxiety and uncertainty of doing things differently.
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SO REAL IT HURTS: Notes on Occupy Wall Street | Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture

SO REAL IT HURTS: Notes on Occupy Wall Street | Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

by Guest Contributor Manissa McCleave Maharawal, originally published on her Facebook page I first went down to Occupy Wall Street last Sunday, almost a...This demonstrates wonderfully in a first person account dialogues that are essential and annoying, and can happen within the context of the movement.

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OpenSpaceWorld.ORG

OpenSpaceWorld.ORG | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

Although this is not what typically seems to go into curated content on scoop.it I feel this could be a very important thing to share as I think it has potential as a way to facilitate conversations in the spirit of horizontalizm.

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My Conversations with "The 53%" and Beyond

I had a very disheartening discussion with a friend last night.  The conversation began when I was telling him about another conversation I had recently with someone else.  This prior conversation was an all to common conversation about work ethic and the welfare system.  Without going into too much detail about this conversation, the individual was arguing about how teachers cite the stress of their jobs when saying they need the time off that they are given.  He then went on to compare a teacher's stress level with his experience in the War at Vietnam and how he and others had to do their jobs for eight days straight for 14 hours a day.  I did not argue with him as there is no argument for citing war as being more stressful than ANYTHING.  I did, however, point to the fact that his experience in Vietnam is difficult to compare to other forms of work because of its unique nature and just because he provided his service during those long days and hours in a stressful environment did not make it right.  He didn't push things on the subject further.  However, the conversation was steered by him to what I knew was going to be a cringeworthy discussion when he prefaced it with "I won't say what the real problem is because it will be seen as racist." Of course, he continued anyway by saying the students and families I work with in our urban school district are abusing the welfare system by continually getting a paycheck and not getting out and getting a job.  He was specifically referring to our Puerto Rican families.  I don't feel I need to respond to his assertions here except to say this relates to the Occupy movement because this conversation is not uncommon.  There are many, many people in our country who share this individual's views in some way, shape, or form.  I feel it would be miraculous to get any of the people with this worldview to follow what is trying to be accomplished with the Occupy movement, much less join in.  We may need them in the end though.

 

This brings me back to the conversation with my good friend.  I would consider him to be less liberal than me, but more on the liberal than conservative end of things.  To give him the benefit of the doubt he just came back from the Thanksgiving Holiday with his very conservative relatives.  He listened to my retelling of my conversation cited above.  He then proceeded to say he had similar conversations with his relatives over Thanksgiving.  He also said they complained a lot about the Occupy Movement using all of the common arguments from "those dirty hippies", to "those violent thugs".  Again, there are a lot of people with a worldview that may be impossible to reach no matter what.  Once my friend talked to me about his relatives, he began to drop what felt to me like a bombshell.  He began to do his own rendition of the tear down of Occupy Wall Street.  Although his views were more even handed than his relatives, he argued how he thought the "protests" were useless and won't change anything.  He wondered why all of these young people were wasting their time when they could be doing something useful.  He surprised me with his ignorance when he said people need to work through their politicians and the lobbyists who "work for the people".  I did my best to try to help him understand just what is happening at the Occupy locations around the country and why I personally felt that was important.  I also pushed back a bit when I told him his views really are painted by the mainstream media and it would be helpful to him to seek out some alternative news sources.  My pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears.  We agreed at the end that OWS needed to move to the next stage, but I have the sinking suspicion our ideas of the next stage are drastically different.  As I said at the beginning of this piece, I was very disheartened by the end of my conversation with my friend.  I was disappointed that our viewpoints differed so greatly, but more importantly I wouldn't consider him to be a part of the group of people with the worldviews I described earlier, but after our conversation I feel he is no more likely to see the movement favorably, and it feels unlikely that he will value it enough in the future to join and give it strength.  I also wonder how many more are out there who, like my friend, don't subscribe to a conservative worldview, but are still unlikely to believe the Occupy movement has any value.

 

I was feeling this way all of last night until this morning, when I realized something that restored my hope a bit.  People who are actively a part of the Occupations and all of those who support them in varying ways are in it for the long haul.  Therefore the movement is bound to have a long life and it is really in its infancy right now.  My friend may never believe the movement is important enough to support, but one thing is certain.  There is no way in hell I would have even been able to have the conversation I had with him a mere month ago because I bet he wasn't even aware of it at that time.  This is the current victory of OWS.  Everyone knows about it and has an opinion.  Opinions are painted by the media, politicians, writers, varying organizations, friends, and relatives.  In other words it is everywhere.  It needs to stay that way and each of these people and groups need to be occupied in order to understand what is at stake.         

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Shareable: The Poetics of Occupation: On Gift Logic

Shareable: The Poetics of Occupation: On Gift Logic | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

I really like looking at the occupation through the lens of gift logic.

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Occupy Wall Street’s Tipping Point « SpeakEasy

Occupy Wall Street’s Tipping Point « SpeakEasy | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

For the newsworthy story of Albany Police refusing to arrest.

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Noam Chomsky Speaks to Occupy: If We Want a Chance at a Decent Future, the Movement Here and Around the World Must Grow | | AlterNet

Noam Chomsky Speaks to Occupy: If We Want a Chance at a Decent Future, the Movement Here and Around the World Must Grow | | AlterNet | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

A really nice historical context for the OWS movement.

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A Guide to the Occupy Wall Street API, Or Why the Nerdiest Way to Think About OWS Is So Useful

A Guide to the Occupy Wall Street API, Or Why the Nerdiest Way to Think About OWS Is So Useful | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

Occupy Wall Street demoed a flexible, open-source set of components that other protests have remixed into a movement....  This is a great breakdown of the replicable elements of OWS.

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Capitalism vs. the Climate | The Nation

Capitalism vs. the Climate | The Nation | Another Occupy Wall Street Scoop | Scoop.it

Denialists are dead wrong about the science. But they understand something the left still doesn’t get about the revolutionary meaning of climate change.  An even more insightful article connecting our economic system with our environmental crisis.  This is a long article, but WELL worth the read.  Bravo as usual Naomi Klein!

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