Occupy Wall Street

Ongoing coverage of the people's movement to take back our democracy and build a new economy.
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Occupy’s New Offshoot Set to Cancel Millions in Medical Debts

Occupy Wall Street’s Next Move: Bailing Out the People, One at a Time

For Some Debtors, “Coming Out” Is First Step Toward Resistance

Dear Bank of America, We’re Not Leaving Our Homes


With Rolling Jubilee, 99 Percent Beats Wall Street at its Own Game

What are the implications of a social movement that have come to understand Wall Street's financial magic?


Occupy Movement Bears Fruit

Infographic: Occupy Movement Bears Fruit

In one brief year, Occupy has transformed from a loose coalition of encampments to an alliance of diverse campaigns and projects. From newly unionized pizza shops to a new generation of activist networking tools, the concrete triumphs of Occupy may surprise you.




Occupy Your Victories: Occupy Wall Street's First Anniversary

Rebecca Solnit provides an inspiring panorama of triumphs that Occupiers helped achieve in just one short year. She urges us to stay in it for the long haul.


How Occupy Wall Street Made Me Stronger

Although she wasn’t politically active before Occupy Wall Street, Grace Davie threw herself deeply into the movement. One year later, she finds herself braver, wiser, and stronger.


Occupy the Dam: Brazil's Indigenous Uprising

In the Amazonian backcountry, tribes are challenging construction of the world’s third-largest dam—by dismantling it. Here’s what they can teach us about standing up to power.

How the 99% Woke Up

How the 99% Woke Up

Introducing the movement that’s shifting our vision of what kind of world is possible—from the new book, “This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement.”

Day of action by Brennan Cavanaugh

OWS: Beyond Encampments

As winter arrives and police crack down, how can occupiers keep their movement alive—and help it grow? Veteran activists share lessons from Spain’s Indignados.

Corporate personhood sign at Occupy Seattle, photo by HollyWata

LA and Occupy LA Agree: It's Time to End Corporate Personhood

What’s the issue that unites the occupiers and the city they’re occupying? Getting corporate money out of politics.

Tents at Occupy Oakland photo by Seth Schneider

10 Ways the Occupy Movement Changes Everything

Many question whether this movement can really make a difference. The truth is that it is already changing everything. Here’s how.

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Occupy Moves to the Home Front

Why the attempt to take on foreclosures directly is our clearest glimpse yet of what Occupy Phase II will look like.

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We are the 1% ... and We Stand With the 99%

Not everyone at the top of the economic system thinks it's a fair one. Why Jesse Estrin—and many others—decided to stand with the rest of us.

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Wall Street Occupiers, the Future Depends on You

Video: For more than 15 years, David Korten has called for an end to the Wall Street economy. Why he hopes the Occupy movement will finally change the game.

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OWS to the World: This is So Not Over!

Two days after being evicted from Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street’s flagship occupation marked its two-month anniversary with a massive celebration of resilience.

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Why the Occupy Movement Stands Apart

Now's the time for the 99%: Sarah van Gelder talks to PBS' NewsHour about the power of the growing movement.


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What Can Stop the One Percent?

Naomi Klein: There’s only one thing that can block the wish list of the one percent, and it’s a very big thing: the rest of us.

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Why the Occupy Movement Has Staying Power

Mark Engler: How the anti-corporate protests have evolved into the populist force now sweeping the nation.

Jesus is Not For Corporate Greed photo by Mark Lyon

An Interfaith Occupation

The Occupy movement is bringing deep moral questions that many religions confront to the forefront of national conversation. How faith groups are joining in.

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How Occupy Wall Street Became Occupy Everywhere

The birth of a movement in action: What started as an idea has turned into strongholds of protest all over the world.

Zurccotti Park photo by Neil Birling

Inside Occupy Wall Street's Nearly Last Night


What was it like to be in Zuccotti Park in the hours before the owners' planned eviction of protesters?

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"This Is Just Practice"— The Story of a Wall Street Occupation

There’s a lot of misinformation about the occupation of Wall Street. What’s it really about?

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The Great Money Migration

Just how effective was Bank Transfer Day?

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Turning Occupation Into Lasting Change

Is the Occupy movement an opportunity to transform the legal structures that give corporations their power over the rest of us?

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Where the 99% Get Their Power

How did a small protest in lower Manhattan go viral? With more than 50 cities involved, Occupy Wall Street is already changing the debate.

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5 Ways Occupy Wall Street Has Succeeded

Mark Engler: They were predicted to be a flash in the pan. So why are the anti-Wall Street occupations growing.

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Why We Occupy Wall Street: The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

In their own words, why protesters are occupying Wall Street.


Can the Occupy Movement be a Turning Point?

As the Wall Street occupation continues, Boston residents are sitting in to save their homes—and providing a lesson in how to sustain the powerful spark of the #Occupy movement.

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Occupy Oakland, in Pictures

From rebuilding after a police raid to closing down the nation's fifth largest port, things have been busy at Occupy Oakland.

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An American Spring?

David Korten: Why I'm in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

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A Movement to Make Our Leaders Listen

When old ladies in Iowa share the same concerns as kids on the street in Manhattan, it's time those in power took note.

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Where Does Occupy Go From Here?

#OccupyWallStreet set something in motion that will continue in ways we can't predict.

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Inside Occupy Oakland

Police closed down Occupy Oakland, arresting dozens. Comics journalist Dan Archer visited the encampment before the raid to meet the people behind the occupation.

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Occupy The Banks: Strategies for Transformation

Beyond revolution and reform: Gar Alperovitz on how we can fundamentally transform our financial system.

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Occupy Wall Street, 1979

Before there were hashtags, 32 years ago, more than a thousand protesters were arrested for trying to shut Wall Street down for a day...

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The 99 Percent: Why We Protest

Video: Thousands of ordinary people have shown up from all around the country to support Occupy Wall Street. Who are they?

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Posters to Occupy Everywhere

Graphic designers put their stamp on the messages of the 99%

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Occupy Wall Street's Moral Ground

Much of the Occupy movement's power comes from a simple moral message: It’s wrong to wreck the world. It’s wrong to wreck the health and hopes of others.

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Occupy a New Conversation

America is a tale of two economies: one serves Wall Street, and the other is accountable to the rest of us. Which one will we choose?

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Militarization is a Mistake

Seattle's former police chief—who learned the dangers of militarization during the WTO crackdown—has some advice for police responding to the Occupy movement.

The Beginning is Near

After the Eviction: What's Next for Occupy Wall Street?

What does the Occupy movement do when its flagship occupation is, at least for now, gone?

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Lessons from Oakland's General Strike

Media reports focus on the few acts of vandalism and violence, but the majority of occupiers at Oakland’s General Strike succeeded in a peaceful shutdown of Oakland’s banks and port.

It's Our Wall Street

Photo Essay: Inside the Occupation

Inspired by the public protests of Egypt, Tunisia, and Spain, American demonstrators are nearly a week into their "occupation" of Wall Street.

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How Will Occupy Evolve?

What’s next for the Occupy movement? Thom Hartmann interviews Sarah van Gelder about the new book, This Changes Everything.

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How Occupy is Transforming Our National Conversation

In just two months, the Occupy movement has begun to unseat an economic narrative that held sway for thirty years.

Occupy Oakland Food Cart photo by Seth Schneider

Farmers, Foodies, and Radical Homemakers: Time to Occupy

Shannon Hayes: I'm usually content to live a life of protest, but the time has come to take my protest to the street.

This Land WIll Live Again

From the Farm to the Occupation

Shannon Hayes on taking farm politics to Occupy Wall Street...and talking about the politics of Occupy in her farming community.

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Occupy Economics: Because We're Teaching it Wrong

Does Occupy Wall Street highlight the failures of traditional Econ 101? These economists think so.


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Next Steps for Occupy: Foreclosed Homes

Occupy Wall Street protesters are now taking on foreclosure directly, helping families stay in homes or move into vacant ones.

Occupy Wall Street photo by Sarah van Gelder

10 Ways You Can Support the Occupy Movement

There are many things you can do to be part of this growing movement—and only some of them involve sleeping outside.

Piggy Bank photo by Alan Cleaver

Bank Transfer Day: A Field Guide to Moving Your Money
To protest the behavior of big banks, thousands pledged to switch to small credit unions on November 5. It's not too late to join them by following these steps.

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Why We Occupy DC

Some complain that they don’t know why the occupiers are upset. In this declaration, adopted by consensus, Occupy D.C. clears up the mystery.

Occupy Wall Street on the Waterfront

A Lesson in Love from the Protest at the Port

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Grace Lee Boggs' Message to the Occupiers

Re-Occupy: A Movement Seeks a Sanctuary

Liberate Yourself From Wall Street!

How is it that our nation is awash in money, but too broke to provide jobs and services? David Korten introduces a landmark report, “How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule.”
Download the report.

  • David Korten's Message to Occupy Wall Street

    We asked David Korten what he'd like to tell the thousands of people on the ground. Here's what he said.

Click here for the full conversation.

Wall Street's Not Working:
How To Build a New Economy

New Livelihoods:

Find out how we're building the do-it-ourselves economy in the Fall 2011 issue of YES!

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Home of Economy photo by Ellis Grafton

Public Banking

From California to Washington, what state banks could mean
for a new economy.

When the workers are the owners.


Big turnip, photo by Camille Sheppard Dohrn

Go Local

Keeping benefits and accountability close to home.

Beyond Money
Financing the new economy.


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David Korten Blogs on
the New Economy

David Korten is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine and author of Agenda for a New Economy and When Corporations Rule the World.

Brother Nature farm photo courtesy of the Michigan Municipal League

Social Investment
Using our resources to strengthen our communities.

Measuring Real Wealth
There's more to life than GDP.

Ladakh Children, photo by Daniela Hartmann

Global Trade Justice
Doing right by our neighbors everywhere.

Making a living, and a life.

Something to Believe In:
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