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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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Operation Dixie at the DNC

From the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, here’s my latest post on Mobilizing Ideas, a social movement studies blog. Here’s a taste of it: “While the Obama sign waving and t-shirt wearing union members at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) creates a picture of a giant love-fest between unions and the Democratic Party, underneath this [...]

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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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Farmworker Organizer Dies But Her Work Lives On

Joan Papert Preiss,  1925-2012 In the fall of 1987, I was taking a Duke Public Policy leadership class and called Joan Preiss to ask her if I could do a student internship with the Triangle Friends of the United Farmworkers (TFUFW) as part of my coursework. I had just finished a life-changing summer internship in Belle Glade, [...]

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