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Anarchy Does Not Equal Chaos
3 years 10 weeks ago
Cori Gray

Remember how all your punk friends in high school and your early 20's brandished anarchy symbols, and anarchy meant lawlessness, chaos and destruction? I think that is still the most common perception of anarchy in America, and only within the last year or two was I educated on what the true philosophy of anarchism is. It's really the core of democracy. It's a system of self governance where people come together and make decisions about what's best for their community. No one is above anyone else. When you hear about anarchists being involved in these Occupy movements around the world, it's an attempt to make you envision chaotic, destructive people so that you will not feel sympathetic towards the movement.

The reality is that they are involved, and they are not a destructive force. They do "oppose authority" and feel that people should be able to govern themselves. They want to replace the current oppressive forms of hierarchical government with a system where everyone gets an equal say in their democracy. If you know what anarchism really is, then that takes away the power of the ruling class to scare you with the word. It also opens you up to learning a new way of doing things that doesn't rely on elected officials, who will ultimately have power over things that effect you, and puts power back in the peoples' hands.

I think it's important for us to be aware of how our government DOES use propaganda to keep us fearful and misinformed.

This is war: DABC call for support against state repression
3 years 11 weeks ago

November 13, 2011
It’s 11:07 on a Sunday morning, and yet again the 27 Social Centre in Northwest Denver is full of people. Folks are talking to imprisoned comrades on the phone, coordinating with court observers who just left a long bond hearing for 20 arrestees, entering yet more names and case numbers into online databases, and trying to feed each other and take care of our kids.

Police have been rolling by slowly and regularly, in increasing regularity on the streets surrounding our building. We tend to get a lot of roll by cop traffic, but today definitely feels different. They drive really slow, eyeballing everyone and anyone coming or going, and their numbers only seem to be increasing.

Last night, 21 more folks from Occupy Denver were arrested. Crowds were pepper sprayed, shot with pepper balls and rubber “less-lethal” rounds, and beaten with batons and fists. Street medics treated many injuries (yet again) and our legal observers reported many gross attacks on individuals, some not even affiliated with the demonstrations.

Here's to You!
3 years 12 weeks ago

Here’s to the crazy ones.

The misfits.

The rebels.

The troublemakers.

The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.

And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They push the human race forward.

While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Apple Inc.

To the Occupy movement – the occupiers of Tahrir Square are with you
3 years 13 weeks ago
To all those across the world currently occupying parks, squares and other spaces, your comrades in Cairo are watching you in solidarity. Having received so much advice from you about transitioning to democracy, we thought it's our turn to pass on some advice. Indeed, we are now in many ways involved in the same struggle. What most pundits call "the Arab spring" has its roots in the demonstrations, riots, strikes and occupations taking place all around the world, its foundations lie in years-long struggles by people and popular movements. The moment that we find ourselves in is nothing new, as we in Egypt and others have been fighting against systems of repression, disenfranchisement and the unchecked ravages of global capitalism (yes, we said it, capitalism): a system that has made a world that is dangerous and cruel to its inhabitants. As the interests of government increasingly cater to the interests and comforts of private, transnational capital, our cities and homes have become progressively more abstract and violent places, subject to the casual ravages of the next economic development or urban renewal scheme. An entire generation across the globe has grown up realising, rationally and emotionally, that we have no future in the current order of things. Living under structural adjustment policies and the supposed expertise of international organisations like the World Bank and IMF, we watched as our resources, industries and public services were sold off and dismantled as the "free market" pushed an addiction to foreign goods, to foreign food even.
Spokesperson for Occupy Wall Street may lose position with public radio
3 years 14 weeks ago
Eman S

The line between individual activities and professional connections can be a very fuzzy one. For journalists, it can be an especially tough line to draw. Lisa Simeone, sponsor of NPR affiliate WAMU’s “Soundprint” and “World of Opera” is now dealing with tough questions about her involvement as spokesperson for the Occupy Wall Street activity in Washington D.C.. Resource for this article: NPR host Lisa Simeone facing questions about political activism

A new spokesperson

Recently, it was noticed that radio reporter Lisa Simeone has stepped into a new role. The Occupy D. C. movement associated with Occupy Wall Street has made her a representative. NPR shouldn’t care what she is doing as an activist since she is a freelancer, Simeone explained.

“I’m a freelancer. NPR doesn’t pay me. I’m also not a news reporter. I don’t cover politics. I’ve never brought a whiff of my political activities into the work I’ve done for NPR World of Opera.

A connection to the business

Lisa Simeone is a long-time sponsor and journalist for NPR affiliated radio stations. All around the country, there are affiliates with the Nationwide Public Radio. These affiliate stations air programs from NPR and other affiliate stations also as businesses such as Public Radio International. Lisa Simeone was employed as an independent journalist and sponsor for two shows, "Soundprint" and "World of Opera."

Not connected to show anymore

Lisa Simeone was fired from WDAV, which produced “Soundpoint” to air on WAMU. WAMU has a strict code of ethics. It says that:

Ignite! #2 October 2011
3 years 16 weeks ago

October's Ignite! #2 has hit the streets! Featuring reporting on the upcoming O22 demonstrations, legal victories, local news about prison slave labor, nefarious police stings, the Black Mesa indigenous solidarity caravan, #occupydenver and plenty more. We are happy to say that Ignite! #2 is four pages longer than our first issue. All submissions for next months issue should be sent to by October 28th. Visit our website at and follow us on twitter @ignite_denver

Harsh Realities- Thoughts for Occupy*
3 years 16 weeks ago
Annie Kissed

 There is an America that white people
have in their minds from long ago. It's the Garrison Keillor America
on Prairie Home Companion, the one after gothic crime noir, and
before the introduction of neoliberalism in the early Sixties. It's
America where everyone's grandparents went to school on the GI Bill,
an America where everyone looked out for each other. One that exists
in suburbs, where if you work really hard you can make. That America
existed in United States in between 1945-1965.

If you lived in Alabama and were
white, Hank Williams was on the radio and it felt good because one of
your kind was playing music, black music at that, and the Depression
was over, World War 2 was over and while people were a little messed
up by the Korean War, everyone still had hope. This was the case if
you were white.

The United States military DADT policy is technically Out
3 years 18 weeks ago
Anjo T
The U.S. Military's controversial Don't Ask Don't Tell policy basically ended at 12.01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Gays and lesbians in the U.S. military are now free to serve freely. The Department of Defense made it apparent that it would have no tolerance for anti-gay activity. Nearly 14,000 soldiers were discharged under the 18-year-old policy. The federal government is telling them to reenlist. But GLBT Americans, whether in or out of the program, still have several problems to deal with. Resource for this article: The U.S. military DADT policy is officially Out

From the president

One statement came from the army. All it said was “the law is repealed.” Obama had more to say than that. He said:
"As of today, our armed forces will no longer lose the extraordinary skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members. And today, as Commander in Chief, I want those who were discharged under this law to know that your country deeply values your service."

Many celebrating

The homosexual rights groups are really excited about the event. It is considered a win. Rea Carey, of the National Homosexual and Lesbian Task Force, said:
“Those who fight for freedom will now themselves be able to live more freely. ... Thousands of exemplary and courageous service members have lost their careers and livelihoods to this unjust policy, once again proving there are very personal and costly consequences of discrimination.”

What civic leaders say

Occupy Denver Tomorrow (SATURDAY) at noon at the Capitol! Modeled After Occupy Wall Street and the Tahrir Square protests in Egypt
3 years 18 weeks ago

I realize this is very last minute, but I just discovered the facebook event for Occupy Denver, (AT NOON TOMORROW - SATURDAY - AT THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN DENVER) which is modeled after the Occupy Wall Street protests and camp-outs that have been occurring for the past week or so:

The Wall Street protests were modeled after the protests at Tahrir Square in Egypt, and the similar protests in Spain. This is an attempt to decrease the rich/poor gap, end the influence of money in politics, end corporate personhood, fight for economic justice generally, as well as air whatever grievances you may have about the state of the U.S. government or U.S. society, or, for that matter, air your grievances against the whole notion that governments and other hierarchies best serve the people/foster healthy communities and societies. I did not organize this event, so I may not be able to answer questions you may have, but I came upon it via the twitter feed for occupywallstnyc, so I thought I'd pass it along. I realize this is very last minute, but hopefully it will continue beyond tomorrow, and continue to grow rapidly. Do whatever you can to either attend, promote it, or both!

Live Coverage from Occupy Wall Street
3 years 18 weeks ago

Protesters are still camping out in front of Wall Street in New York City.

Watch Occupy Wall Street protest live:

Some violent arrests have occurred. People have been camping out in front of or near Wall Street since Saturday.

Other reporting

Arizona Invites More Gabby Giffords Style Murder/Violence
3 years 19 weeks ago
Arizona and Sheriff Arpaio are actively protecting a friend of the Sheriff who has threatened to 'wipe out' a family in AZ and to 'kill' an AZ woman. The following threats have been sent to me via email from Justin Michael Nelson, a close friend and crony of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, concerning the murder of myself and my wife Dana, Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:00:20 -0700 Subject: Re: 9th Circuit Briefing schedule stayed From: To: And I would never come and kill you Scott.. Maybe Dana while you watch... But not you.. If you ... actually threatened my existence in the least bit, you would be dead already... Understand? Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:14:08 -0700 Subject: Re: 9th Circuit Briefing schedule stayed From: To: At this point, I could send someone over to wipe out you and and your robot wife - and all I would get from the cops is a citizen achievement award. You sure have made good friends with them, haven't you bud... Once again, nobody, and I mean nobody, cares about a single thing you have to say. I've made sure of that. End of Email Quotes. ******************** Arizona has learned zero from Jared Lee Loughner and the shootings in Tucson, AZ. After AZ State Mental Health officials ordered the involuntary mental evaluation of the Sheriff's crony, Justin Michael Nelson, the City of Surprise, AZ Police Department outright refused to obey the legal police pick up order. This police pick up order was issued after Doctors at Urgent Psychiatric Care of Phoenix, AZ and found Nelson to be a "risk to others" and mentally ill. In AZ such an order can only be issued within 72 hours from the time of the incident. Police per order of the Sheriff chose to refuse their duty and let the order expire. Now its time to look at the police and prosecutor's involved.
Capitalism, the State, and the left re: the sacred myth of 911
3 years 20 weeks ago

Summary: One of NATO/CIA's methods of preventing the left from legally achieving state power all over Europe is the use of false flag terrorist attacks. Chomksy is known to hand wave away the concept of false flag attacks. While agitkid is grateful for Chomsky's analysis in general, Chomsky is strikingly inconsistent on this subject. It is crucial for the left to understand 911 in this context.

Dr. Anthony J. Hall is professor of globalization studies at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. He is the author of The American Empire and the Fourth World, which introduces the series The Bowl with One Spoon.

Earth into Property: Colonization, Decolonization and Capitalism ( is the second volume of the Bowl project, which was published this last fall by McGill-Queen's University Press. Earth into Property explores the relationship between the dispossession of Indigenous peoples and the making of global capitalism.

Credits: Notes: With the dismantling of the formal empires of Europe after the Second World War, the US corporate state moved to fill the vacuum of power. Hall shows that the US government, in seeking to replicate its role in the Cold war by mounting the Global War on Terror, is extending trajectories of conquest that began with invasions of Indian nations to further the expansionary course of American Empire.

His recent article is entitled, Waging The Battle for Reality, A Review Essay on a Propagandist’s Journey in Search of the ‘Conspiracist Underground’ (, which discusses what professor Hall calls the "sacred myth of 911" and it's relationship to a McCarthyite type campaign being waged against citizens that reject the officially sanctioned conspiracy theory of 911.

Thousands Headed to NYC for Wall Street Occupation
3 years 20 weeks ago

12 noon, Saturday September 17th is the arrival date for thousands of people tired of the corporate stranglehold on economic policies. Wall Street, New York City is the place to show up ready to protest using the "legal encampment" strategy.

According to a federal court ruling in 2000, the use of "public sleeping as a means of symbolic expression" is allowed on public sidewalks in New York City. (METROPOLITAN COUNCIL, INC., Plaintiff, -against- HOWARD SAFIR, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, et al., June 12, 2000 [99 F. Supp. 2d 438; 2000 U.S. Dist.]).

On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices and we will not leave until that demand has been met.

Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.

Hopes For Sincerity And Honesty
3 years 22 weeks ago

As naïve as it sounds and old fashioned, to this day to a great extent when voting leaders into office we require more than anything else honesty and sincerity from them. We know better than to expect it from them completely. That would be asking far too much. Yet, when they tell us they will do this or that when they get elected we expect them to do at least a good chunk of that. The main talking points anyway. What else are they worth but their promises and their efforts to get them through? It's their currency.


Children Harmed by Colorado Family Courts at Tax Payer Expense
3 years 22 weeks ago

Tom Gomez's article at stated that it costs the DOC “$30,000 a year for each prisoner it houses…” note: for a family of 6, poverty is determined at $29,530.00 annual household income, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Gomez continues by saying “DOC is not likely to be able to significantly reduce, or even offset, the high cost of incarceration by such methods as raising the cost of phone time or cutting back on food. Instead state university students and their parents will pay the bill, by absorbing another 9% increase in tuition next year…”

We would much rather $30,000.00 of our taxes to offset the cost of an education at any level, instead of increasing the cost of higher education to offset the price of incarceration. Incarceration seems a bit extreme in this case and a waste of taxpayers’ dollars.

Please investigate and determine how Justice can be served in Jefferson Family Courts, for Catherine's children, and others. She is not alone. Many Parents United for Change shared our horrific stories with the SCAO and in front of the Legislature this Spring. Colorado's Family Court system is harming our children.

Dana Hoag, Catherine's husband, and stepfather to her special needs 10 year old son, pleads for help:

"My ideas on this matter are to work hard to get the press to pay attention to one case enough that they see the need for an investigation of the system. The legislature and Governor's offices need to be proactive about this issue and initiate such an investigation. Also, that investigation needs outside evaluation. The problem is that insiders have been making decisions for too long. As a professor, I can tell you the our quality control and integrity are governed by external review. It is necessary.