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After an altercation with the police during an Occupy Wall Street protest in March 2012, activist, Cecily McMillan, was unfairly convicted of second-degree assault, a felony and now faces up to seven years in prison.  "Cecily McMillan was found guilty of deliberately elbowing officer Grantley Bovell in the face as he led her out of a protest in March 2012. She has maintained that hers was a reaction to having her breast grabbed from behind by the officer. Cecily is well known among her Occupy peers as one of their staunchest advocates of non-violent protest. Read More
The Occupy Wall Street movement doesn't exactly have the most shining reputation. It has been criticized for having no concrete goals or any sort of discernable structure, for oversimplifying the complex issue of the economy, and for its treatment of gender and race (among other things). #OWS's treatment of women in particular hasn't been great. Read More
The Occupy Movement is kicking it up a notch. Tomorrow, May 1st, Occupy is calling for a general strike of the 99%, a continuation of the historical May Day, which has been International Workers Day for over a century. Regardless of your political leanings, the hype around tomorrow's events calls for some attention.  In Bryant Park, there will be free food, a free market, public art, the Occupy Library, and a rehearsal for the Guitarmy, which will later be led by Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. In Madison Square Park, the Free University will pop up. Read More
While reading the Huffington Post this morning, an article titled “Is Occupy Good for Women?” grabbed my attention. The movement that started in New York City in September gathered strength across the country and coined the slogan “We are the 99 percent.” The article's author, Christine Bork, reveals where women fall in the richest 1% of Americans (those that control 40% of U.S. wealth). Bork found that the top 1% is made up of fields dominated by white males, such as medical fields, financial professions, and law. Read More
As IF you needed a reason to go downtown tomorrow and celebrate the amazing movement that is waking up America.  Lou Reed & Patti Smith are scheduled to play on Saturday, December 17th – the three month anniversary of Occupy Wall St., the birthday of Bradley Manning, and the 1 year anniversary of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi – the act that sparked the Arab Spring. Beloved New York band, Dean and Britta will be hitting the stage right before Lou, so make sure to be there on time! WBAI will broadcast the event that starts at 12 noon EDT. Read More
Naomi Wolf is not the only woman to be arrested in the Occupy Wall Street protests but she is probably the most famous. The feminist author and activist was attending the Huffington Post's Game Changers 2011 events in New York City last Tuesday when she was arrested. She was entering the event when she saw over 200 protestors peacefully assembled snd chanting. They did not have a megaphone so they were using a human mic technique, where the audience repeats every word a main speaker says. Wolf informed the group that the first ammendment right allows protestors to use megaphones. Read More
Daniel Handler, better known by the pen name Lemony Snicket and beloved author of the delightfully depressing "A Series of Unfortunate Events", is just one of the many (no seriously, there are SO many) authors that's showing their support for Occupy Wall Street on the Occupy Writers site.While the goal of the whole protest is broad and at times hazy, Snicket doesn't hesitate to draw his own conclusions on what's going in his signature witty charm. Read More