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Highlights Week of July 15
City Of Oakland Taps Occupy Wall Street To Take On Goldman Sachs, Halah Touryalai, Forbes
As the world’s most powerful investment bank Goldman Sachs is no stranger to fighting all sorts of battles, but the city of Oakland, Cailf. is challenging the firm like no one ever has before.
Southern W.Va.: Announcing Late-July Mountain Mobilization to #StopMTR, OccupyWallSt.org
Last week (June 24-30), Mountain Justice and RAMPS stopped nine coal trucks and a coal barge after the Mountain Justice Summer Action Camp. These actions showed once again that people are willing to put their bodies on the line to stop the plunder of Appalachia and raised the spirits of West Virginians fighting to save their home, but Larry Gibson reminded us our work is not done."Everything has to get bigger from here," Larry said. "We need to put our backs up against the wall and not back down. The 99% means nothing if we don’t all support each other. No matter what our positions are we must come together."
Activists Crash Romney's Koch-Sponsored Hamptons Fundraiser, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, AlterNet
Protesters marched down the beach in New York's Hamptons to demonstrate against the power of deep-pocketed donors over the political process. (photo: Garrett Haake/NBC)
Last month (June), President Obama raised a comparatively paltry $71 million campaign dollars to Romney's Goliath $106 million, and the reason is clear: the Republican candidate is backed by a coalition of Wall Street-humping super-PACs and shady figures like the Koch brothers who want to leverage their dough to take away the rights of average American people.
American Autumn: an Occudoc, OccupyWallSt.org
Shot on the front lines and meeting spaces of the Occupy movement in NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC from the earliest days through the end of January 2012, American Autumn: an Occudoc is an inside looking out view of the occupy movement. With interviews and insight from key organizers, thinkers and activists including Medea Benjamin, David Degraw, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Lee Camp, Naomi Klein, Nathan Schneider, Ashley Sanders, Vlad Teichberg, Sgt. Shamar Thomas, Dr. Cornel West, Kevin Zeese and many more, writer/ director Dennis Trainor Jr weaves commentary and a fearless style that often puts the viewer right between police and protesters.
Support Activists Facing Trial for Free Franklin Occupation!, OccupyWallSt.org
On November 19, 2011, a group of DC community members going by the name "Free Franklin" entered and occupied the former Franklin Shelter building at 13th and K St NW. Protesting the lack of homeless shelters in DC and the city government's ongoing attempts to dispose of publicly owned property, the occupation was intended to put public resources to use to meet community needs.
Our Bodies, Their Politics, Marilyn Katz, In These Times