Understanding the Occupy Movement
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People are asking, 'What is the Occupy Movement?' There are many answers. Here are some of them.
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Occupy Wall Street’s Moral Ground

Occupy Wall Street’s Moral Ground | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it
“The Occupy Wall Street movements and climate action movements stand on the same moral ground and affirm the same moral principles: It’s wrong to wreck the world. It’s wrong to wreck the health and hopes of others.
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Occupy Samsara

As teachers and leaders of communities that promote the development of compassion and mindfulness, we are writing to express our solidarity with the Occupy movement now active in over 1,900 cities worldwide.

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UUA View from Berkeley: Occupy Boston

UUA View from Berkeley: Occupy Boston | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it

Knowing I spent years as a senior corporate executive, a friend asked me last night how I felt about the Occupy movements.

 

I support them. I may cringe sometimes at what I perceive as naivete - a lot of good things are enabled by corporations' abilities to raise and invest money, leaving me decidedly NOT anti-corporation. But I am anti-what-many-corporation-have-become, where the profit motive has outstripped psychological, ethical, and moral contracts.

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Return to Oakland

The only thing I hate worse than rallies is not having rallies. And I’m glad we’re having this one, and glad I’m here, aching feet and all. Because it’s the necessary response to the brutal police attack on Occupy Oakland.
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Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party: United In Distrust : NPR

Occupy Wall  Street, Tea Party: United In Distrust : NPR | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it
The movements may disagree on many issues, but they seem to have similar opinions on the bank bailout, the federal deficit and the influence of corporations and money on Congress.
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The Occupy Movement and the Church

The Occupy Movement and the Church | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it

I have been now been participating in the Occupy DC movement for 19 days. I thought that it was time to put onto a blog a few of my reflections over that time. 

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Occupy Wall Street: Outing the Ringers

http://twitter.com/jsmooth995 A few thoughts on Occupy Wall Street, I've been watching it and going down there for a while now but hadn't had a chance to spe...
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Protest, Music, And #OWS Opportunism | Fast Company

Protest, Music, And #OWS Opportunism | Fast Company | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it
When does a musician’s “endorsement” of Occupy Wall Street cross over into exploitation?
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by Duncan Murrell | OccupyWriters.com

I walk by you as you wake, and you don’t notice me, but I am whispering you a prayer.

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by Lemony Snicket | OccupyWriters.com

1. If you work hard, and become successful, it does not necessarily mean you are successful because you worked hard, just as if you are tall with long hair it doesn’t mean you would be a midget if you were bald.

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Burbania Posts!: Occupy Burbania?

Burbania Posts!: Occupy Burbania? | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it

Occupy the 'burbs...in a way. I am thinking that the mission of occupiers who go in to the city and then come out is a simple one. We need to talk. We need to bring up in friendly suburban ways that we went to the march. We need to give people opportunities to discuss in ways that make them comfortable. Mostly, though, we need to give the movement a face that our neighbors recognize 'cause we're not all that bad.

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Occupy Wall Street's Top Priority Should Be to Kill the Bush Tax Cuts

Occupy Wall Street's Top Priority Should Be to Kill the Bush Tax Cuts | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it
Letting the tax cuts die is not a panacea, but a first step toward a making more progressive policies possible.
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UUA: UUA President Releases Statement on Occupy Wall Street Protests

UUA: UUA President Releases Statement on Occupy Wall Street Protests | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it

"And if these protests are truly planting the seeds of a reformation – even a revolution – may those seeds be nurtured by love. May the change come from a place of compassion and good will. And may all those involved know this: We are with you."

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Gary Dorrien discusses Occupy Wall Street | The Christian Century

As a social ethicist whose field was invented by the Social Gospel movement, I treasure the Social Gospel's emphasis on just distribution and the common good, along with Reinhold Niebuhr's realist emphasis on power politics and the faults of liberal idealism. But liberationist criticism adjudicates what I take from the Social Gospel and Niebuhrian traditions. Social justice must not be reduced to concerns about the fair distribution of things. It is also about giving voice to oppressed communities and being liberated from structures of oppression and dependency. Because some groups are privileged, social justice involves paying attention to the differences between groups in order to fight against racial injustice, sexism, violence, exclusion, discrimination against GLBTQ individuals and communities, and other forms of domination.

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On Speaking Up: Why I Support Occupy

On Speaking Up: Why I Support Occupy | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it

Because every day on the ocean is a gift, and I want to be able to make a living while sharing this gift with you. And that is why I support Occupy.

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The Poetics of the Street

I’ve been on my feet all day, but I don’t feel tired. I’m exhilarated. What’s happening here is so beautiful, so powerful.
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Daily Kos: A Voice From the 1%

Daily Kos: A Voice From the 1% | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it

The one group rarely heard from in this rancorous debate is the 1%, whose incomes and taxes are its focus. I am one of them, and here is my perspective, which may surprise you.

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How I Was Arrested at Occupy Wall Street

How I Was Arrested at Occupy Wall Street | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it

Last night I was arrested in my home town, outside an event to which I had been invited, for standing lawfully on the sidewalk in an evening gown. 

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Occupy Wall Street And The Return Of The McGovernites | The New Republic

Occupy Wall Street And The Return Of The McGovernites | The New Republic | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it

In their zeal to recapture the spirit of the 1960s, the Occupy Wall Streeters are replicating the very processes that produced the current crack-up of liberalism.

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Just How Much Can the State Restrict a Peaceful Protest? - ProPublica

Just How Much Can the State Restrict a Peaceful Protest? - ProPublica | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it
If the First Amendment guarantees the right to peaceful protest, why do peaceful protesters get arrested -- and sometimes pepper-sprayed and beaten up? We take a look at the legal precedents.
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by Francine Prose | OccupyWriters.com

As far as I can understand it myself, here’s why I burst into tears at the Occupy Wall Street camp.

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The Occupy Movement’s Common Thread Is Anger

The Occupy Movement’s Common Thread Is Anger | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it
The Occupy protests across the country are marked by each city’s stew of circumstances and grievances, but the protesters seem united in feeling that the system is stacked against them.
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The Great Restoration

The Great Restoration | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it
Behind the noise of our activist protest movements hums a quiet engine of determined Americans trying to repair our economic values.
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Why the Left Is Often Late to Tea

Why the Left Is Often Late to Tea | Understanding the Occupy Movement | Scoop.it
Occupy Wall Street has tapped into the hope and the energy. Now it needs to channel that enthusiasm into strategies that can change the country.
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