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Stories of Activist Victories

WHAT WORKS AND WHY by Jacob L. Perl Discussed in this essay: When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First Century Social Movements and Activists That Are Transforming Our World, by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte, The New Press, 2016, 208 pages. Artwork, above: Maggie Crabapple; below: Melanie Cervantes — from When We Fight, We Win   IN 2012, we were going to […]

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June 29: Israel’s Cottage Cheese Boycott

The Tnuva cooperative dairy company, one of Israel’s largest food companies — it controls 70 percent of the dairy market and is considered a legal monopoly by the Israel Antitrust Authority — responded to a nationwide cottage-cheese boycott by lowering the price of the food, a staple in Israel, on this date in 2011. The […]

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Mameloshn: Sh. An-ski’s “My Poem”

Translated from the Yiddish by Hershl Hartman MY POEM My poem is woven of tears and pain, I write it with blood from my heart’s stain. I would not sing but sit still, calmly, If I could but conquer my melancholy… D’you hear those who pour out complaint and tears? It’s the sound of aloneness […]

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David Koch’s Lonely Picketer

by Marc Jampole The luxury apartment building at 740 Park Avenue in New York’s Upper East Side is so famous that it even has a book dedicated to its history. Now lots of churches and castles have volumes describing their history and residents, but not many apartment buildings achieve this mythic status. When the news […]

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New in Our Multi-Media Room: “The 99%”

During the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park, Matthew Septimus took many hundreds of wonderful photographs of demonstrators, visitors, police, and others connected to OWS. More than 200 of these portraits are presented in “The 99%,” with music by Gamelan Son of Lion, composed by Laura Liben, new at the JCultcha Gallery Multi-Media Room.

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Strike Debt: Rolling Jubilee

by Alyssa Goldstein So here’s an awesome thing that’s happening: Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee. Strike Debt is an Occupy-affiliated group that views “debt as a global system of domination and exploitation of the 99% by the 1%.” The Rolling Jubilee (which takes its name from the ancient Jewish/Christian tradition of the universal forgiveness of debt […]

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O My America: Occupy Judaism

by Lawrence Bush The prayers were fairly traditional — and we had to hear them twice because of the “mic check” technology (everyone repeating everything so that everyone can hear) — but I was really glad to travel with friends 2+ hours to Zuccotti Park to participate with 500 or more people in Occupy Judaism’s […]

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Kibitznik's Choice: Occupy Rosh Hashone

by Alyssa Goldstein I’m going to be in Tel Aviv for Rosh Hashone this year, but if I was going to be in New York, I would definitely go to the Occupy Rosh Hashone service in Zucotti Park on September 16th (incidentally, the eve of the Occupy movement’s 1-year anniversary!) Anyone paying attention to Occupy […]

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