OCCUPY

Thu

08

Mar

2012

Obama at Harvard Law School diversity protest in 1991

The Washington Post - The Fix

 

BuzzFeed has unearthed video of President Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, speaking at a protest for more diversity on campus in 1991:

 

 

It’s a short video but an interesting glimpse at the president as a young student. His public speaking style appears to have changed little over the years.

 

In his remarks, Obama praised Professor Derrick Bell, who had decided to take an unpaid leave of absence until a woman of color was given tenure at the school.

 

Bell, who Obama called “the Rosa Parks of legal education,” died last year. He is credited with developing “critical race theory” — the idea that bias against African Americans and other minorities is ingrained in the legal system. He never returned to Harvard, and an African American woman did not become a tenured professor there until 1998.


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Thu

23

Feb

2012

Anniversary of the Great Railway Strike of 1877

Samuel Jones Tilden - 25th Governor of New York
Samuel Jones Tilden - 25th Governor of New York
FEBRUARY 21, 2012 12:45PM

The Great Worker Revolt of 1877

Salon, Toritto's Blog:  1877 Worker's Revolt

 

Not  too many folks know much about the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, put down by Federal troops. It’s one of those now obscure labor disputes of ancient times; useless information which bears no resemblance to modern day America.  Certainly nothing mentioned in American History class in high school.

 

Au contraire mon frere!

 

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Mon

17

Oct

2011

Occupy Detroit! A report from my home area

This is a story about how some areas in this country were able to keep the peace, but I put it here because it is very close to my home - in more than one way.  It might helpful for those of you who know me to remember my last name and for those of you who don't know me that well to learn that Cuneo is my family name.

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Sun

16

Oct

2011

Buoyed by Wall St. Protests, Rallies Sweep the Globe

Robert Stolarik for The New York Times
Robert Stolarik for The New York Times
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Mon

10

Oct

2011

Occupywallstreet

Ambiguous UpSparkles From the Heart of the Park and other articles as well as videos all related to and reporting on the Protests on WallStreet.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eve-ensler/ambiguous-upsparkles-from_b_1003908.html

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Sat

08

Oct

2011

Ongoing Occupation of Wall Street: 99% Uprising in Full Effect

September 22nd, 2011 

 

As day five comes to an end and we move into day six, #OccupyWallStreet has been a tremendous success. Despite the corporate mainstream media blackout, the movement is growing in significance and getting support from a very diverse range of people and organizations. Much respect to all the people who have set up camp in Liberty Park. Your leadership just sparked a legit movement in the USA. It’s About time!

 

The 99% Movement has begun!

 

Here's the latest roundup:  http://ampedstatus.org/ongoing-occupation-of-wall-street-99-uprising-in-full-effect-day-5-roundup-videos-photos/

 

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Sat

08

Oct

2011

"We Are the 99 Percent" Creators Revealed

"We Are the 99 Percent" Creators Revealed  

Mother Jones Fri Oct. 7, 2011 3:00 AM PDT

 

It began as a simple little idea, just another blog among millions. The Occupy Wall Street protest was scheduled to begin on September 17, and launching We Are the 99 Percent on Tumblr seemed like a good way to promote it. Its creator had no clue that it would go viral and become a touchstone for a protest movement soon tospread nationwide.

 

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Tue

22

Feb

2011

Indiana lawmakers boycott hearing on union-rights bill

CNN News Blogs

The vast majority of Democrats in the Indiana House have not showed up at a House hearing Tuesday which, in effect, blocks a Republican-supported bill that would reduce private-sector union rights.

 

Republicans - who make up 60 of 100 House seats - lacked the two-thirds majority needed for a quorum. Sixty-three lawmakers attended Tuesday's hearing.

 

Democratic state senators in Wisconsin similarly boycotted their legislature last week to prevent a quorum from passing a budget bill that would increase the costs of benefits to public employees and curb their collective bargaining rights.

 

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Tue

22

Feb

2011

Wisconsin Power Play

New York Times

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Published: February 20, 2011

 

Last week, in the face of protest demonstrations against Wisconsin’s new union-busting governor, Scott Walker — demonstrations that continued through the weekend, with huge crowds on Saturday — Representative Paul Ryan made an unintentionally apt comparison: “It’s like Cairo has moved to Madison.”...


Some background: Wisconsin is indeed facing a budget crunch, although its difficulties are less severe than those facing many other states. Revenue has fallen in the face of a weak economy, while stimulus funds, which helped close the gap in 2009 and 2010, have faded away.

 

In this situation, it makes sense to call for shared sacrifice, including monetary concessions from state workers. And union leaders have signaled that they are, in fact, willing to make such concessions.

 

But Mr. Walker isn’t interested in making a deal. Partly that’s because he doesn’t want to share the sacrifice: even as he proclaims that Wisconsin faces a terrible fiscal crisis, he has been pushing through tax cuts that make the deficit worse. Mainly, however, he has made it clear that rather than bargaining with workers, he wants to end workers’ ability to bargain.

 

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Tue

22

Feb

2011

Ohio Unions Protest Collective Bargaining Bill

10TVNews

Tuesday,  February 22, 2011 12:21 PM

Updated: Tuesday,  February 22, 2011 1:55 PM

WBNS-10TV

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A hearing on a bill that could strip public employees of collective bargaining rights drew thousands of protesters to the Statehouse on Tuesday afternoon. 
      
Union leaders said their members and supporters will rally at the state capitol, as lawmakers continue hearings on Senate Bill 5, 10TV's Danielle Elias reported. 
      
The Republican-backed measure would end collective bargaining rights for state workers and restrict teachers, firefighters, police, and university employees.

 

The bill was proposed by Sen. Shannon Jones, and is supported by Gov. John Kasich. 
      
If the bill passes, it would end collective bargaining rights for state workers, and set up a merit-based pay system.

 

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Fri

18

Feb

2011

Wisconsin Crowds Swell to 30,000; Key GOP Legislators Waver

Protesters demonstrate at the Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin, on February 16, 2011. (Photo: Narayan Mahon / The New York Times)
Protesters demonstrate at the Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin, on February 16, 2011. (Photo: Narayan Mahon / The New York Times)

"I have never been prouder of our movement than I am at this moment," shouted Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt, as he surveyed the crowds of union members and their supporters that surged around the state Capitol and into the streets of Madison Wednesday, literally closing the downtown as tens of thousands of Wisconsinites protested their Republican governor’s attempt to strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights.

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Fri

18

Feb

2011

Wisconsin Union Vote On Hold After Democrats Leave State

Andy Manis / AP Protestors of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers pack the rotunda at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 17, 2011.
Andy Manis / AP Protestors of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers pack the rotunda at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 17, 2011.

Associated Press  By SCOTT BAUER

 

The Wisconsin Senate adjourned for the day after minority Democrats blocked an attempt by Republicans to vote on an anti-union bill by leaving the state.

 

As some 25,000 protesters filled the Capitol for a third day, the 14 Democrats disappeared around midday, just as the Senate was about to begin debating the measure, which would eliminate collective bargaining for most public employees.

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