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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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I’m on the Wall for being at the Mall

The Governments’ Digital Pictures of Protesters is not a Pretty Picture for Democracy I should be in court this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. Well, I am in a way, even though I’m writing this from Oakland, California. No, this isn’t science fiction or schizophrenia. It’s all about a sociogram. What’s that, you say? Let [...]

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Arrested Development – Occupy Style

Not Just a Bunch of Hippy Anarchist College Students Among the six of us, we have 15 kids. Meeting for the first time, we sat on the bench talking about our children. I have two, I said. Derrick has one daughter. Roger said he had four while Patrick boasted of eight children. No, this wasn’t [...]

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In Defense of Tents – Place Matters for the Occupy Movement

On Monday morning, I saw the sunrise over various police agencies dismantling (again) Occupy Oakland tents. That evening, I marched back at sunset with other protesters to take back the plaza. The night before, Denver and Portland authorities moved in to take down local occupy encampments and a swat team stormed an Occupy group’s takeover [...]

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