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Tag: occupy

Disenfranchisement in the Digital Age

What do the Arab Spring, austerity protests in Europe, Occupy, the student protests in Quebec, and now the protests in Turkey all have in common?

Despite the individual detailed grievances, they all boil down to the same thing. They all are about a sense of disenfranchisement. Perhaps the disenfranchisement is the direct lack of effect of a vote of the Arab Spring. Or perhaps it is a government that has loyalties to the rich and to large corporations and not to people. Or perhaps it is the sense of disenfranchisement caused by a government, which, once elected, believes they have ultimate power.

Regardless of cause, the disenfranchised have a kinship. And so when a group decides to rise up and yell “NO MORE! We will not have our voices silenced!” a thousand other voices scream out “Solidarity!”

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A new announcement coming

A new announcement coming

The rolling jubilee program (organized by strike debt- an occupy offshoot) is buying medical debt for pennies on the dollar and then forgiving it. In December, they sent out forgiveness notices for $100k worth of debt which cost them only $5k. In a couple weeks, they will be making another announcement, likely of their newest debt forgiveness package. 

A great project

A great project

I am really impressed by the creativity of this project. Buying medical debt cheap and forgiving it! 

This is an old article but…

This is an old article but…

For some reason I never managed to get around to posting this link. A friend wrote the article and I am quoted in it on the importance of voting even if you do not have a great option to vote for.

People Ask What Occupy Does

The answer can sometimes be that they work together to help their community.