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53 min ago | Daily Kos
Almost two years ago the Rolling Jubilee , a project of Strike Debt , announced an ambitious stunt - raise $50,000 and abolish $1,000,000 in medical debt by purchasing the debt on the shady national debt exchange markets where calculating investors trade pain and suffering back and forth, and effectively burning the IOUs they would obtain. Turns out they raised over $700,000 and, in multiple stages, have managed to wipe out almost $15,000,000 in medical debts! With most of the still remaining money, they turned their eye to Student Loan Debtand, today, September 17th, the third anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, announced that they had negotiated the purchase of $4,000,000 in such debt, at a cost of $100,000 .
5 hrs ago | The Progressive
By "we," I mean anyone residing on the left. To be on the left is to be intimate with defeat.
8 hrs ago | NJ.com
In 2011, a demonstration calling itself Occupy Wall Street began in New York, prompting similar protests around the U.S. and the world. In 2013, engineers declared success as the Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright during an unprecedented, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it had capsized off Tuscany in 2012.
Marking the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the group's Strike Debt initiative announced Wednesday it has abolished $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt since January. It said it has been buying the debts for pennies on the dollar from debt collectors, and then simply forgiving that money rather than trying to collect it.
Posting full essay, links, pics with permission of the author Marni Halasa .. a New York lawyer, journalist and political performance artist.
What does climate change have to do with capitalism? According to " Flood Wall Street " organizers, who are part of a mass people's response to the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, the answer is simple: Everything. To illustrate this, thousands of people on Monday, September 22 will bring the climate crisis to the doorsteps of the financial institutions underpinning the capitalist economic system by "flooding" New York's Wall Street district with a mass sit-in of people donning blue and bearing a 300-foot banner that reads "Capitalism = Climate Chaos."
One of the most widely supported reforms being pushed in the wake of Michael Brown's killing gets a big endorsement New York City police officers watch as Occupy Wall Street activists march through the Lower East Side during May Day demonstrations on Tuesday.
There's the old saying that "you're judged by the company that you keep." A close examination of Elise Stefanik's FEC disclosure filings reveals that she's received numerous contributions from controversial individuals, several of them being Washington D.C. lobbyists, many of them with connections to former Upper Hudson Valley Congressmen John Sweeney and the late Gerald "Jerry" Solomon , who were arguably once two of the most reprehensible, corrupt elected officials in the Northeast.
I was watching a CNBC stock market show the other day when they brought up the 1 percent/99 percent divide. Ever since the Occupy Wall Street movement began back in 2011, doesn't it seem like the 1 percent have become sort of modern-day villains? So I thought it might be a good time to check in and see how they're doing.
This week the U.S. Senate considered a constitutional amendment that would have allowed Congress and state legislatures to limit the power of money in politics. The debate was not much covered in the media because the outcome was so predictable.
A federal judge ruled that the General Services Administration wrongly infringed on the First Amendment rights of Occupy Eugene protesters by severely restricting the hours and days they were allowed to demonstrate. The group, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, sued the GSA for denying a permit so its members could protest in a public plaza in Eugene, Oregon in 2012.
Last week, I wrote a brilliant piece arguing that we should stop mewing kids up in government child-custodial facilities, and let them go out to work. But there's a problem.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:14 pm
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