Welcome back to the first podcast episode after a two-month hiatus! This week, three guests talk about two significant occupations of public space that have happened in Canada in the interim: the Black Lives Matter occupation of police headquarters plaza in Toronto and the occupations of Indigenous and Northern Affairs offices across the country. In this […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Canada’s spring of occupations
Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump “clearly owe a debt to the US’s two biggest protest movements of recent years,” Occupy and the Tea Party, respectively, argues Alfred Cardone, a PhD candidate at the Institute of North American … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: US Election 2016: Sanders and Trump “clearly owe a debt” to Occupy and the Tea Party, respectively
It is weird how life can change as certain people enter or exit one’s life, even tangentially, because of the ideas those people bring. I can look back over the last half a year and see how certain people’s ideas about revolution instead of reform have entered my social circle. I can see their effect . . . → Read More: Christy’s Houseful of Chaos » politics: ya, the revolution really isn’t here. Could we keep working on other things?
Get up to speed with this interview with Politics, Re-Spun contributor Jasmin Mujanovic on the protest and popular assembly (plenum) movement in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Bosnia’s protest movement is already receiving less media coverage, with some declaring the end of the ‘Bosnian spring’. But the causes behind the ongoing protests are complex, and neither the causes . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Protest and Popular Assembly (Plenum) Movement in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Some thoughts as we countdown to the reboot of Occupy Vancouver at 615pm tomorrow night at Grandview Park. Come join us with your ideas:
Mine are all about seeking equality and justice: economically, socially, politically and environmentally. Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is an inspiring classic. Some agree with it, some disagree. Some paint . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Occupy Vancouver Reboots Tomorrow: A Primer
Well, here’s something you don’t see [ever] in corporate media: a review of tax measures in the USA since the crash in 2008 that have succeeded in increasing taxes on the rich. And it turns out, tax increases that are regressive [sales taxes, etc.] or include the non-rich, seemed to fail quite . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Come On, Let’s Really Increase Taxes on the Rich
I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and/or the joy and warmth of the holiday season. Make 2014 a year of more love, more compassion, more sharing and more service.
Three things to mark this day:
Some pictures. Here are 75 amazing pictures from 2013. Some more pictures. Here are 100 of the . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Merry Christmas!
Russell Brand’s Epic Interview With BBC’s Jeremy Paxman Just Might Start A Revolution (VIDEO) The Huffington Post | By Ryan GrenoblePosted: 10/25/2013 4:11 pm EDT
Many have seen Russel Brand’s remarkable interview with Jeremy Paxman, either on TV or YouTube..if not please go to the HuffPo article cited here and see it..the best ten minutes . . . → Read More: Left Over: The Revolution will Start, With or Without Me….
Some inspiring thoughts from Woody Harrelson, for your Saturday morning: *
Big Air Package, an indoor installation for the Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, was conceived in 2010 and is on view from March 16 to December 30, 2013. 90 meters high, with a diameter of 50 meters and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters, the work of art is the largest ever inflated envelope without a . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Christo – Big Air Package
You aren’t middle class if you own a cottage. Remember that.
If I need to single-handedly reboot the Occupy Movement for this one, I’ll do it, I tell ya [emphasis is mine]:
A month ago, I had a conversation with Deb Hutton, wife of PC leader Tim Hudak, who said the chances of . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The 1%, Their Cottages, and the Occupy Movement
Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom is dealing with the topic of Occupy Wall Street, and while I loved the Occupy Movement, I’m forced to admit that Sorkin makes some pretty good points.
The character Shelly Wexley is a college professor and spokesperson for the Occupy movement. She clearly knows at least some about all the . . . → Read More: Christy’s Houseful of Chaos politics » Christy’s Houseful of Chaos: Aaron Sorkin’s Commentary on Occupy Wall Street.
The new iconic photo of post-crash Detroit. Listen, can you hear the footsteps of Robocop?
We can’t really blame just the Red Wings. We have to blame the Tigers and the Lions too, but really the 1% who own them.
Detroit is bankrupt. Services will be privatized to privateer leeches. Human beings will . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Red Wings Fiddle While Detroit Burns
One of the most inspirational speeches in recorded history was given by a comedian by the name of Charlie Chaplin in the movie “The Great Dictator”. If you like what you see please share the video any way you can and pass the message on, thanks!
I went last night to a presentation by two women from Deep Green Resistance. It was an interesting presentation focusing on the question of how we make change in our world. The two presenters critiqued the myth that if we just bring enough awareness out there we can create a mass movement that will bring . . . → Read More: Christy’s Houseful of Chaos politics » Christy’s Houseful of Chaos: For a Diversity of Tactics
By: Center for Media and Democracy | Press Release: MADISON, WI – May 20 – DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy today released the results of a year-long investigation: “Dissent or Terror: How the Nation’s Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street.” The report, a distillation . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Dissent or Terror: New Report Details How Counter Terrorism Apparatus Was Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide
The FBI knew of plot to kill OWS activists, remained silent. Only one month into the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in 2011, plans were formulated to identify key figures in the movement and execute them with a coordinated assault using sniper rifles, documents reveal. MORE The Canadian Progressive recommends: FBI “plot to identify and . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: FBI knew of plot to kill OWS activists, remained silent
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan. 28, 2013: Remember Occupy, Canada? A new Statistics Canada analysis of income trends among Canadian taxfilers from 1982 to 2010, released today, confirms three of the many concerns Occupy protesters expressed in late 2011. Concerns relating to income inequality, poverty, corporate greed, etc. First, members of the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s richest 1% grabbed 10.6% of all income, rich-poor gap widened: StatsCan
I’m getting ready to return the book Paved With Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism by Kikolas Barry-Shaw and Dru Oja Jay back to the friend who lent it to me, but I want to make a few notes about ideas I found interesting. I know a different friend who blogged about the same book, . . . → Read More: Another Step to Take: my thoughts on Paved With Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism
Parliament is winding down, and it’s getting close to Christmas…do you know where your politicians are? Most likely they’re boarding a plane and heading back home to sip egg nog with their constituents. Which has me thinking, why should Conservative MPs enjoy such a festive holiday when we citizens are still reeling from another year . . . → Read More: Boreal Citizen: Occupy the MP Party / A Harper Year in Review
A bailout for the people, by the people: Occupy is buying up distressed debt from the banks for pennies on the dollar, and then – instead of extorting it out of the debters, as is the usual practise, it is wiping the slate clean. Brilliant, and v… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Rolling Jubilee: Occupy Turns Tables On Banks, Frees Debt
As I was becoming involved with my local Coalition Against Poverty, I found myself surfing the webpages of other poverty reduction groups. The Peterborough Poverty Network has a wonderful poster listing 101 Ways to Reduce Poverty. Many of their suggestions are local to Peterborough, but some of them are relevant anywhere. Some of them are not so . . . → Read More: Another Step to Take: A Handful of Ways to Reduce Poverty