The Aftermath of Occupy Will Surpass the Gains of 1960s Activism

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Unemployed young people are the reason the Occupy movement just might create more significant gains than those of the 1960s. That is saying a lot, but just think about it. Recent graduates expecting to find work, can’t find work and are not likely to take that news lying down. And that’s something that wasn’t true […]

Top 5 Occupy Wall Street Accounts to Follow on Twitter

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Written & contributed by Jane Smith If you are interested in the Occupy Wall Street movement, you know that it can change at a moment’s notice. Sometimes there are demonstrations held in Denver, while others are being held the same day in Los Angeles. Protesters are often uprooted by police officials or asked to move […]

Creating Community | Lessons from Occupy

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Written & contributed by Shepherd Bliss  Occupy Wall Street (OWS) began using public space in New York’s Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, which stimulated hundreds of similar encampments around and beyond the United States. During the past six months, this mass movement has been assaulted by police and by the corporate media. It has also […]

Occupy Media Grows

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Written & contributed by Shepherd Bliss “Occupy.com, which means to occupy the commons, will go online later this month,” reported Michael Levitin, a 35-year-old founding editor of the Occupied Wall Street Journal. He spoke on March 16 at an event in Santa Rosa, California, hosted by the forthcoming Occupied Press—North Bay/Prensa Ocupada—Bahia Norte. “We need […]

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WEST COAST fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | April 6, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   Rebuild the Dream | Van Jones Adobe Systems | San Jose, CA Monday | April 16, 2012 | 7pm More Info   Nonviolent Conflict Resolution in Our Community […]

Stacy Kono | Leading Heart First

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Stacy Kono is the Director of Programmatic Partnerships at the Rockwood Leadership Institute. She oversees Rockwood’s trainings and fellowship programs which equip over 300 leaders a year with tools in collaboration and sustainable leadership. She joined Rockwood after having worked for ten years as an organizer with Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) in Oakland. Stacy […]

Occupying the Nation’s Attention, If Not Its Cities

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Occupy woke us up to the blatant truth about the relationship between the haves and the have nots. And although the tents are gone, as Scott Neuman writes in this article, the movement itself continues. What surfaced last fall will not be forgotten or dismissed. What we saw was the beginning of transformation. Most of […]

revolution in review | a year of change

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transform. evolved from a simple newsletter (to) reflecting upon and lifting up the emerging field and movement that has become known as Transformative Social Change…these ten essays from the last year tell the tale of the movement that was (and is) to come.

Inside an Occupy Affinity Group

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Written & contributed by Shepherd Bliss Our new Occupy Affinity Group (AG) recently met at “Mr. Mom’s” comfortable home. His four-month-old daughter mostly sleeps in a nearby swinging crib. Sometimes she rises and nestles into his chest, occasionally spitting up a white, milky substance over his dark shirt. This evokes memories, as well as a […]

Occupy’s 2nd Anniversary in Sebastopol

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Written & Contributed by Shepherd Bliss  We celebrated Occupy Wall Street’s (OWS) second monthly anniversary in small town Sebastopol, with its less than 8000 residents, in Northern California on November 17. We packed a City Council meeting where over two-dozen people spoke in favor of Occupy Sebastopol (OS) and the five-member Council supported it. Though […]

Race & Occupy Wall Street

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The diversity of OWS is in question, and at the same time, in many cities throughout the country, there are Occupy movements that have been more inclusive. Let’s consider how to maintain diversity throughout all the Occupy movements so that we aren’t recreating a new divisiveness in seeking to make real change. The incident is […]

Remaining Human | A Buddhist Perspective on Occupy Wall Street

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  If we awaken from the American Dream, what do we wake up to? How do we get ourselves to sit up, place our feet on the floor, and go forward? Some of it is sheer trust that there will be something to stand on, even if the surface is unknown at first glance. Some […]