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53 min ago | Daily Kos

Strike Debt's Rolling Jubilee Erases $4,000,000 in Student Loan Debt - For $100,000

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 .


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Elizabeth Warren, US Senate

5 hrs ago | The Progressive

Occupy Wall Street: How We Surprised Ourselves

By "we," I mean anyone residing on the left. To be on the left is to be intimate with defeat.


Related Topix: US News, Liberal Political News

8 hrs ago |

Arson suspected in 1964 courthouse fire - Almanac Sept. 17, 2014

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.


Related Topix: Boat Disaster, Easton, PA

10 hrs ago | Foreign Affairs

The Truth About Taxes

In recent years, Occupy Wall Street hasn't been the only group worried about how the spoils of economic growth have been distributed. Governments worldwide increasingly share the sentiment: perhaps, like the pinched middle classes, they feel that corporations are taking too much of the profits for themselves.


Related Topix: Australia, World News

Tue Sep 16, 2014


Occupy abolishes $4 million in other people's student loan debt

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.


Related Topix: Corinthian Colleges

Daily Kos

Not Quiet on the Democratic Front: Why Occupy Wall Street Still Matters Today

Posting full essay, links, pics with permission of the author Marni Halasa .. a New York lawyer, journalist and political performance artist.


Related Topix: Blog News, Andrew Cuomo, US Governors, US News, Liberal Political News

Common Dreams

Aiming at Roots of Climate Chaos, 'Flood Wall Street' Targets Capitalism Itself

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."


Related Topix: Hurricane, Weather, Hurricane Sandy, US News, Liberal Political News


Obama administration throws support behind body cameras for cops

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.


Common Dreams

Rolling Jubilee Announces Abolishment of Nearly Four Million Dollars...

On the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Rolling Jubilee has, for the first time ever, bought and abolished student debt: $3,856,866.11 of student debt owed by 2,761 people across the United States. With the aim of building a broad-based debt resistance movement, the Rolling Jubilee relieves debtors by buying debt for pennies on the dollar.


Related Topix: US News, Liberal Political News

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Daily Kos

NY-21 - Elise Stefanik Has Received Thousands in Donations from Controversial Contributors

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.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, John Sweeney, Cohen Group, Consulting, Tom DeLay, George Bush


'India Against Negativity' launched

Very recently a galaxy of 5-star people gathered at a 7-star venue in Bhubaneswar to form a 10-star club called 'India Against Negativity'. The noble but untold intention of the promoters of this club is to protect the land grabbers, mining criminals, chit fund looters and last but not the least the commoditizers of education & health.


Related Topix: World News, India, Asia

Fri Sep 12, 2014


The 1 percent of the 1 percent

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.


Related Topix: Boston, NY


A constitutional amendment to take Big Money out of politics dies quietly

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.


Related Topix: US News, Tea Party, US Supreme Court, ACLU

The Nation

Why Hong Kong's - Occupy Central' Movement Has Beijing Very, Very Scared

Hong Kong is one of the most unequal developed economies in the world. Now, the mainland government wants to keep a tight grip on the territory's political system, too.


Thu Sep 11, 2014

Russia Taday

Judge sides with Occupy Eugene: '1st Amendment does not go to sleep at 5 p.m.'

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.


Related Topix: Eugene, OR

Russia Taday

a Prisons, poverty & socialism: An interview with Cecily McMillan

Caleb Maupin is a political analyst from New York City and is an activist with the International Action Center and Workers World Party. He has worked against police brutality and mass incarceration.


Related Topix: Prison, New York Government, New York, Opinion

Wed Sep 10, 2014

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal

Updated: Republican govs group seeks to link Mary Burke, Occupy Wall Street

The state ranks last in the country in the overall well-being of African-American children based on an index of 12 measures that gauge a child's success from birth to adulthood, according to a new report being released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families. Madison -- A new attack ad seeks to link Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke with the liberal Occupy Wall Street protesters.


Related Topix: Wisconsin

Mon Sep 08, 2014

American Thinker

Why Do Peacenik Liberals Make War on Business?

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.


Related Topix: Kids, Family, North Carolina

Media Life Magazine

Tim Pool joins cable network FusionThe former journalist with Vice...

Cable network Fusion is adding to its journalistic credibility. The network has brought in former Vice journalist Tim Pool , naming him a senior correspondent and director of media innovation.


Related Topix: Journalism

Sun Sep 07, 2014


Moving from protest to power

Now that the National Guard and the national media have left, Ferguson, Missouri is faced with questions about how to heal the sharp power inequities that the tragic death of Michael Brown has made so visible. How can the majority black protestors translate their protests into political power in a town that currently has a virtually all-white power structure? Recent experiences demonstrate that moving from protest to power is no easy task.


Related Topix: Ferguson, MO, Hosni Mubarak, Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, Activism