Posts Tagged "activism"


Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi appeared on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. “The movement is growing organically,” Taibbi says, “because people know there’s something to protest now.” He adds that Occupy Wall Street could spur reformers and legislators to act because “the public won’t take it anymore.”

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MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes” — A great discussion about #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, covering everything from media bias to how the General Assembly works.

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Wall Street Is Occupied - And The Mainstream Isn't Reporting It →


This is the part of the protest that the protest organizers didn’t figure out: how to get it in the press.

It’s not effective to let this prove it’s own point to walk away from this saying “The Media Has Been a Tool of The Corporatocracy!” It’s like preaching to the choir. The media silence on the action should have been taken in to consideration as an obstacle and had a plan to over come it. That is a Big Fail.

White House Petition re making election day a national holiday →


WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: propose legislation that would make all federal election days national holidays to increase voter turnout.

Every federal election should be a national holiday to increase voter turnout. The 2008 Presidential election holds the record for voter turnout with 63% of eligible voters voting. However good it is that 63% of voters voted, 37% did not express their opinions that day. Imagine if the record score for a math test was 63%. 37% is 78 million people, meaning 78 million people did not vote. Maybe they did not want to, or maybe they were delayed. To make every election day a national holiday (Election Day) would increase voter turnout not only by making that day a reminder to the people of their civic duty, but by giving them the time to vote. To increase voter turnout is to help show the true beliefs and opinions of the people of this great nation, and not just the beliefs and opinions of 63%

Sign here


Under-Reported Story of the Week: Protests in Chile. The protests have been about a wide range of issues with the government but have centered around and been dominated by student protests about education issues. Thousands at a time have been marching through the streets of the capital of Santiago and in other cities throughout the country in recent days. The primary demand of the student protesters is a free public education system for all in Chile. They are joined by parents, teachers, and regular members of the community.

Yesterday, students of the Metropolitan Technological University in Santiago set up a flaming street barricade and clashed with police. In past days, the number arrested is nearly 1000. A BBC article calls these demonstrations, especially the night-time cacerolazos (“saucepan protests”) reminiscent of pro-democracy protests against General Pinochet in the 80s. 

Today, the students received a verbal chiding from President Sebastian Pinera as he signed into law a bill meant to appease them. 

We all want education, healthcare, and many more things for free, but I want to remind them that nothing is free in this life. Someone has to pay.

Opposition to Pinera, the first conservative president since Pinochet left power, is growing. Unions representing public sector workers and copper miners have vowed to join the students. His popularity is dropping with the protests in the past months, reaching an all-time low of 26% in a poll published last week. That’s the lowest rating for a Chilean president since 1990.

A protest against the Santiago mayor is being organized for August 16th and another massive protest also in Santiago for September 3rd. Organizers are hoping to draw half a million people.

Read news articles at Al Jazeera, Merco Press, and the BBC.

Photos: Banging pots and pans in caceralazos via Merco Press; students put up a fiery street barricade via Al Jazeera; thousands march in protest, Hector Retamel/AFP; protests in Santiago, AP via Merco Press

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Cover wrap Adbusters?

"…I was surprised as I walked into one of my regular newsstands to see a magazine wrapped in solid blue plastic. That treatment is usually reserved for magazines with nudity on their covers. The name of the magazine was not even showing…the minute I paid for the magazine, I opened the wrapper and wow! A stunning cover of two guns coming in and out of a mouth." - Mr. Magazine

New cover of Adbusters: ”post normal, post empathy, post memory, post empire”
Adbuster: “Journal Of The Mental Environment. It’s an activist magazine with a circulation of 120,000 devoted to numerous political and social causes, many of which are anti-consumerist in nature.”
Creative Director: Pedro Inoue