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Sarah Jaffe | Post-Occupied
olidarity or Charity? Occupy Sandy and Strike Debt
The first iteration of Occupy dealt with the issues of community and democracy, building collective spaces that reflected activists' values. The second iteration's two most public faces were Occupy Sandy and Strike Debt, both of which tried to organize through mutual aid.
After Superstorm Sandy hit New York and New Jersey, it is now well known that the Occupy Wall Street network jumped back into action, building community hubs in Brooklyn and Queens that distributed food, clothing and other supplies to survivors in the immediate wake of the storm, and raised money to help with rebuilding efforts. Skills first honed in the park - feeding hundreds and distributing supplies and divvying up donations - translated easily to filling the gaps left by the failures of state and federal agencies and the major NGOs.
structural-politics  occupy  strike-debt 
2 hours ago by jomc
The Octopus and Its Grandchildren
Ellison has Leland Stanford’s love of extravagance and Collis P. Huntington’s cunning. Octopus Holdings LP is the official owner of his estate in Woodside, the billionaires’ hamlet a little ways from Stanford University in the heart of Silicon Valley. The home, a sort of theme park modeled after a Japanese imperial residence, was assessed at $166 million in 2005, but Ellison or his Octopus appealed and got a $3 million tax refund on the grounds that the house, built between 1995 and 2004, was obsolete and that its value had dropped $101 million. The refund came straight out of the San Mateo County budget, and half of it would have gone to public schools.
2 days ago by mattkelly
UN: Nations hide rise in private digital snooping - The Washington Post
Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens’ digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday.
occupy  surveilance  security  privacy 
5 weeks ago by jeffcressman
Andrew Ross on the Anti-Debt Movement (Hoekstra)
By now, it’s clear that in the United States and around the world, debt has come to shape people’s lives. Some use debt to get ahead, others buy debt to make a profit, and still others find their choices constrained by the weight of the debt they are dragging around.
read  debt  activism  movements  occupy 
5 weeks ago by andrewmlindner

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