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Is Moral Monday the Tortoise and Occupy the Hare?

Is Moral Monday the Tortoise and Occupy the Hare?

If you haven’t heard of the Moral Monday Movement, stay tuned. One year ago, on April 29, 2013, 17 people, including ministers, academics and workers, were arrested in the North Carolina legislative building in Raleigh. The 2012 general election ushered in a conservative take-over and super majority of the North Carolina General Assembly and a [...]

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How Occupy Influenced the Election – Beyond the Pepper Spraying Cop

Check out my latest post on a case study of how Occupy influenced the elections in California in Mobilizing Ideas, a social movement studies blog, which is part of The Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame, editorial home of the academic journal Mobilization. Here’s the lede: “With all [...]

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The IRB at the DNC: Interviewing is (usually) no laughing matter

A friend of mine had flown in for just 24 hours of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), so I was showing him the highlights: no, not the Convention floor nor even the Huffington Post spa (yes, you heard that right). Instead, we were wandering around the other media circus – mega TV screens near the [...]

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Good Cop, Bad Cop at the DNC Protest

I was initially surprised at the demeanor of the police in Charlotte during the Wall Street South March on the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Having lived in North Carolina for 14 years, I always relish the cordiality when I return. But friendliness by cops at a protest? Last fall I had witnessed aggressive Oakland police in full [...]

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