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The drama never stops coming in the case of last month’s motorcycle-vs.-SUV chaos. Wojciech Braszczok, an undercover detective who rode with the motorcycle gang, had his charges upgraded from criminal mischief and riot to assault and gang assault (the riot charge was dropped) for his involvement in the attack on SUV driver Alexian Lien. In a […]

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By many accounts, Zuccoti Park is much quieter today, on the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, than it was last year or during the movement’s 2011 inception. Still, that hasn’t stopped police from harassing protesters like they always do, or from taking advantage of a 150-year-old law that allows them to arrest anyone wearing […]

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To mark the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, documentarian Paul Sullivan released this film he made of the protests and police response that happened last year. The footage is infuriating, as cops repeatedly violently grab peaceful protesters out of the crowd, throw them to the ground, and cuff them. At the end of the […]

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At around noon today, a group of protesters associated with Occupy Sandy arrived at the Women’s National Republican Club on West 51st Street, just in time for a fundraiser ostensibly to benefit the likely presidential campaign of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Bags of garbage slung conspicuously over their backs, clad in yellow and red trash-collectors’ […]

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Over the past five or so years, global protests have been happening under an increasingly unified aesthetic, the most recognizable element of which is the Guy Fawkes mask. Popularized by V for Vendetta and meme-ified by Anonymous, the iconic image gives solidarity to otherwise disparate groups scattered across continents. But why should that solidarity be limited to […]

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Justin Wedes of Occupy Wall Street is reporting from the front lines of the protests in Turkey for ANIMAL. He’s also tweeting from the field continuously.  I’m walking with Seda, my 18-year old Turkish translator, down Gumussuyu Street that slopes sea-ward out of Gezi Park in downtown Istanbul. She has taken me here to show me where her and her […]

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Justin Wedes of Occupy Wall Street is reporting from the front lines of the protests in Turkey for ANIMAL all week. He’s also tweeting from the field continuously.  As the protests spread across Turkey, the dust has temporarily settled in Istanbul proper. But online, meme riots rage on as young tech-savvy protesters take to Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and more to […]

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With every uprising comes the media blackout. When thousands of anti-Erdogan regime protestors marched into Istanbul’s Taksim Square last week, Turkish television was broadcasting penguins. Shortly, #OccupyGezi updates rippled across the internet. Citizen social media channels exploded with photos of police dousing unarmed protestors with pepper spray. An ocean away, Turkish-Americans watched helplessly — alone by their computer […]

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As Soviet Union let out its dying breath, there were massive hoards of angry, hungry citizens pitching tents in Moscow, right at the Kremlin walls. In 1990, these protestors lived in makeshift cities for six months. They questioned their government as it rattled apart. Their signs called for justice, answers, logic… FOOD. But doesn’t it sound familiar? Long […]

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Multi-billion dollar comic book operation DC Comics is attempting to connect to the plight of the 99% via two new titles: The Green Team, a series about a group of super-rich, one-percenter superheroes, and The Movement, a book subtitled “They were the super-powered disenfranchised–now they’re the voice of the people!” Obviously, there’s some tension when an enormous company like DC […]

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