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Occupy Takes Over the Ports: A Report from Oakland

In all my years of marches and demonstrations, I had never been on a picket line at 3 a.m. Yet here I was on this oh-so-early Tuesday morning, out on a quiet street on Oakland’s waterfront alongside hundreds of my fellow Occupy activists. All of us were cold, tired —…

Occupy that Next Level: Four Ideas for the Movement

From the massive student strike at OccupyCal in Berkeley to the police crackdown of the OccupyWallStreet movement’s birthplace in New York City and dozens of actions and headlines in between — from coast to coast, last week was an important, up-and-down week for the growing Occupy movement. Where the movement heads in the…

“When Hope Comes Back” – High Quality Video

As if performing my piece “When Hope Comes Back: A Poem for the 99%” the other night amongst the 10,000 good folks at OccupyCal wasn’t powerful enough,  the response since then has been very humbling. The poem seems to have hit a chord with people, as much as their Occupy…

When Hope Comes Back: A Poem for the 99%

Well, that was fun. Powerful. And #Occupytastic. Last night, I was out on Sproul Plaza at UC-Berkeley, with over 10,000 people reclaiming the space for OccupyCal. I was there to receive the Mario Savio Young Activist Award, which had been scheduled for the same night across the plaza inside Pauley…

Receiving the Mario Savio award in Berkeley – Tuesday, November 15

Three days before I left for Guatemala back in September, I got a phone call from Lynne Sabio. Lynne is the widow of Mario Sabio, the great activist and founder of the Free Speech Movement at UC-Berkeley in the 1960s that laid the foundation for the anti-war movemment, women’s movement, and many other…