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| May 14, 2012
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Activists protest outside Bank of America's shareholder meeting

Bank Vs America: Activists protest BofA in Charlotte. Photo: Jed Brandt/Rainforest Action Network

Shareholder meetings can be routine, unless you are Bank of America, in which case it may be declared an "extraordinary event." That is what the city of Charlotte, N.C., called the bank's shareholder meeting this week. Bank of America is currently the second-largest bank in the U.S. (after JPMorgan Chase), claiming more than $2 trillion in assets. It also is the "too big to fail" poster child of Occupy Wall Street, a speculative banking monstrosity that profits from, among other things, the ongoing foreclosure crisis and the exploitation of dirty coal.

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Video: #May1TO -- Occupy International

#May1TO - Join the global day of action! http://www.occupyto.org/

Rally & March
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
4pm
Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto City Hall)
Queen and Bay

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Progressive Voices

Enter Shikari: Politicized music

April 27, 2012
| On this week's episode of Progressive Voices, I speak with Rou Reynolds of the band Enter Shikari on today's culture of war and austerity, the Zeitgeist and Occupy movements, and more.
Length: 18:56
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It's time to expect more from our government

Photo: Mat Can/Flickr

Something is happening in Canada that seems, in the context of a majority Harper government, counter-intuitive. Harper continues implementing his right-wing revolution by virtual fiat, and Preston Manning's "democracy" institute says Canadians actually want "less" government and more individual responsibility. Yet a flurry of polls in the past few weeks and months suggest two dramatic counterpoints to this self-serving narrative.

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Occupy Montreal presents: Votebusters

Votebusters lyrics and vocals by Dan Parker and Eric le Français for the Chorale du Peuple.
Keys, bass and mixing by Andrew Bruhacs.
It's a spoof of the Ghostbusters theme song. Feel free to remix this.

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Toronto's Occupy Spring

In a response to police brutality against Occupy Toronto members, 100 activists blockaded 52 Division on Dundas Street. Photo: David Coombs/rabble.ca

Despite its concrete setting, Occupy Toronto's Osgoode location was a growing seed. But for the Toronto police, it was more like a useless weed instead of a miracle of spring.

At 1 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2012, Toronto police responded to a trespass call regarding the Occupy encampment at 361 University Avenue in downtown Toronto.

This was not the first time Occupy Toronto has been at this location. It had occupied the same space between City Hall and Osgoode Hall in late January, 2012, after a large anti-Ford rally.

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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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The demands of Occupy everywhere!

Demands of the Occupy Movement. One child's perspective. A loving compassionate future for all of Earth's Children. No More Violence! Created by a father and daughter team.

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