Category Archives: Occupy Movement

Pastor teams up with Occupy activists to save home

Listen to Rev. Vanzant  Download mp3 “This is the next phase of the Occupy movement,” said Mike Haack, an activist with Occupy Our Homes, an off-shoot of Occupy DC which works to prevent evictions. With bullhorn in hand, Haack and … Continue reading

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Occupy DC Fights to Stop Eviction

  If evictions continue to be this costly there’s likely to be fewer of them. Tuesday, law enforcement used no less than forty-five officers and thirty vehicles to evict a woman from her house in northeast D.C. For good measure, … Continue reading

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Banks Don’t Need Homes, People Do: The Case of Deborah Harris

(A shorter version of this piece was published in Union City, the AFL-CIO Washington DC Metro Council’s newsletter.) A sign in the lobby of JP Morgan Chase’s homeownership office in downtown D.C. read, “Banks don’t need homes, People do!” Sitting … Continue reading

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Ralph Nader Talks Independent Media and Pacifica Radio

Listen to interview with Ralph Nader on WPFW Pacifica Radio Interview by Pete Tucker, written report by Chris Lewis (@Chris_Lewis_) NPR is supposed to be full of liberals, right? Consumer advocate Ralph Nader would beg to differ. “Progressive leaders can’t … Continue reading

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Checking In With Occupy DC

Listen to occupiers Rooj Alwazir, Jason McGaughey and Justin Rodriguez on Voice of Russia Radio   “In a way I’m kind of happy the eviction happened,” said Rooj Alwazir, an organizer with Occupy DC, which was forcefully evicted from its K … Continue reading

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May Day: Past and Present

Listen to labor professor Bill Barry and organizer Tai Smith on Voice of Russia Radio “When people who are religious get in tough situations they go read the Bible. I go read labor history.”  – Professor Bill Barry “General Strike. … Continue reading

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School Officials Use Force and Police to Thwart Student Walkout

Listen to town hall, beginning with Principal Batenga “I will not discuss the suspensions in this forum,” Northwestern High School Principal Edgar Batenga said Monday evening at a town hall at the Hyattsville school. Batenga gave five-day suspensions to four students, … Continue reading

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Occupy the DOE

Listen to TheFightBack’s March 3 show: “You’re going to have a generation of young people enslaved to the credit card industry, enslaved to the student debt industry,” Justin Butler, a student at George Washington University Law School, said as he marched … Continue reading

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Freddie Mac, “Can You Hear Me Now?”

Listen to Bertina Jones, Rooj Alwazir and Rev. Graylan Hagler: “Can you hear me now?” Bertina Jones asked Monday at a demonstration outside the downtown office of Freddie Mac. Despite its pending seizure of her home in Prince George’s County, … Continue reading

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Criminal (In)Justice in D.C.

Listen to Victoria Clark: “The whole criminal justice system… needs to be dismantled,” Victoria Clark said outside DC Jail at a Presidents Day rally organized by Occupy DC’s Criminal (In)Justice Committee. “We need to do away with for-profit prisons [because] … Continue reading

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