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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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Occupy Needs to Separate to Unite

I’m heading to North Carolina with my first stop in Charlotte to research labor organizations protesting at the Democratic National Convention. As with any national action like this, groups build alliances. In this case, two of the main forces are Occupy and labor. They have come together under the banner of Occupy Wall Street South. These [...]

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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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Kony 2012 – Agit Prop on Speed

Have you seen Kony 2012? If so, you are among the 85 million people worldwide who have watched this agit prop video sensation on YouTube in the last few weeks.  What is agit prop? In documentary filmmaker parlance, it is agitation propaganda, or a video produced to effect social change. It is unlikely that any other piece of [...]

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