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Organizing for a North American Spring

In search of the North American Spring: Activists are debating how best to reach out and build their movements.

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Moments of Excess: Essential reading for Occupy and Quebec student activists

Moments of Excess: Movements, Protest and Everyday Life

by The Free Association
(PM Press,
2011;
$16.95)

As attention turns toward the mass student strike on the streets of Montreal, ongoing for three months, the Quebec student movement clearly exemplifies the power that activism holds to shape our collective imagination.

The student protests distant from the halls of political power in Quebec City, are largely setting the terms of political debate on moves by the Quebec government to significantly hike post-secondary tuition fees.

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| May 10, 2012
Needs No Introduction

The future of the Occupy movement

May 1, 2012
| Celebrated professors and authors Cornel West and Frances Fox talk about the future of the Occupy movement, and their opinions on a changing America during the 2012 Left Forum, at Pace University.
Length: 43:32
| April 13, 2012
| April 12, 2012

Livestream

Livestreaming has helped the Occupy movement showcase speakers, protests, general assemblies and workshops without the mainstream media. Now almost every Occupy's media centre has a computer set up to stream the action.

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| March 30, 2012
Constructing change: the activist toolkit

Constructing Change: Occupy spring

March 22, 2012
| Spring is the perfect time for DIY street art and Occupying your city. I caught up with Occupy Ottawa and activist Obert Madondo to check in.
Length: 05:42 minutes (5.23 MB)

Judy Rebick: Inside Occupy

Occupy This!

Occupy This!

by Judy Rebick
(Penguin Canada,
2012;
$3.99)

Zuccotti Park is located in my least favourite neighbourhood in New York City, halfway between Ground Zero and the Stock Exchange. It's usually a grey and lifeless part of the city inhabited by gawking tourists and rushing traders. The moment I stepped off the subway, however, I noticed a difference. Lively discussions were going on everywhere, one on one and in groups. Even before I stepped into the encampment, something felt different. It took me a while to understand what it was.

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