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Occupy Is an Invitation


Occupy Is an Invitation a poem by Occupy supporter, Toni Spencer   It’s 3.43 in the morning and I can’t sleep… I am woken by a Mic check [Mic check] “This is just the beginning. Occupy is a process” Mic check [Mic check] “Slow it down, the issues of our times are urgent. Slow it […]

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Poetics of the streets


What follows is an excerpt from veteran community organizer Starhawk‘s blogpost on the Poetics of the Street. She also wrote an “Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups” that is a must read to members of any Working Group at all Occupy sites. I suggest asking people to say why they are here, using the people’s mike, where […]

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OWS Teach-In with Douglas Rushkoff


Rushkoff  uses a style of teaching that is practical, participatory, and oriented toward action. Can this style of teaching help the occupy movement to become recognised as the classroom for the future where we are all the students? Looking back, a teach-in at the University of Michigan in May 1965 began with a discussion of the Vietnam war […]

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Mic Check poem from Occupy Eugene


MIC CHECK POEM by Samuel J. Rutledge Mic check MIC CHECK! Mic Check! MIC CHECK! I would like I WOULD LIKE to echo TO ECHO your thoughts. YOUR THOUGHTS. I want your voice I WANT YOUR VOICE to flow TO FLOW through me THROUGH ME like I LIKE I was you. WAS YOU. When I […]

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How Occupy innovates and gives new meaning to “Mass Communication”


The notes below are from Occupy the Conversation, by Carla Kimball. Emphasis in bold and our comments in italics are added. • It’s an incredible example of self-organization. There are no identified leaders. Anyone who wants to speak is given a chance. This is confusing and messy for the media wanting sound-bites because it becomes so hard to […]

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