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Returning to St. James Park

Photo Art: John Bonnar
It almost seems as if they were never here in the first place. People shuffle through St. James Park as if Occupy Toronto never existed.

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The great 'what if' promises we throw the 99 per cent

With all the attention that the Occupy Movement has drawn to income and wealth inequality (among other things), some may be surprised to find that an annual income of approximately $47,500 U.S. will put you in the top one per cent globally (check your standing here).

But with 1,210 billionaires in the world, the fact is, most people are poor and a relative few are very, very rich. This letter is to all of us in the top one per cent.

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Occupy Canada: City by city

Photo: John Bonnar
The state of the Occupy movement in 11 Canadian cities.

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Occupy, the New Politics Initiative and reclaiming the commons

My nearly 30 years of experience as a social activist in Saskatchewan immediately attracted me to the NPI 10 years ago: I had despaired for years over the deep and irrational divide between NDP party politics and the active social movements which characterized Saskatchewan political culture. The two should have been working together -- at least informally -- yet they existed as two solitudes. The NDP establishment detested social movements (and distrusted the labour movement) as naive and uncontrollable troublemakers because when the NDP was in power they persisted in criticizing the NDP government and making things uncomfortable for the ministers. Roy Romanow once told me he thought social movements were "totally useless."

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Out of the parks, into our lives: Move beyond Occupy

Shortly after the Occupy Movement began to make headlines, my friend and comrade Dr. J wrote this on his blog your heart's on the left:

Is occupation a tactic or a principle? Should the focus be on the internal procedures of those actively occupying, or outreach to broader communities and struggles? How do we build a movement of the 99%?

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The value of radical spaces in movement building

Photo: John Bonnar
rabble podcast: Radical things start to happen once people have a physical space to call their own.

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Occupy Toronto ordered to leave or be evicted

Photo: John Bonnar
Podcast: Protesters' thoughts on being told to leave.

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