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Artist Highlight: The Cardboard Poets

One of the alluring aspects the Occupy movement is the art it has generated. Days after OWS burst onto the scene, artists quickly set to work depicting the energy and message of the 99 percent movement. There are fine artists such as Molly Crabapple who composed intricate pen and ink drawings of fat cats and vampire squids against fairies of hope; star studded musicians inspired with the recently released “Occupy this Album,” featuring Laudon Wainwright III, Willie Nelson, Tom Morello and Immortal Technique; and of course the whimsical and iconic Adbusters photo of the ballerina dancing atop Wall Street’s raging bull.

Big Oil uses Subsidies to Print Pink Slips

LNS and 350.org teamed up to design this infographic exposing the false job creation claims of the fossil fuel industry. Join us in support of the "End Polluter Welfare Act" that would cut $113 billion in subsidies to the coal, oil and gas lobby over the next ten...

Fossil-fuel subsidies are the real job killers

[by May Boeve and Brendan Smith; original published by Grist] How many lobbyists does it take to defend billions in subsidies for one of the most profitable industries in the world? 786. That's the size of the army that oil and gas companies maintain in Washington to...

Occupy May Day: Not Your Usual General Strike

[On March 24, Occupy Wall Street held a Disrupt Dirty Power action to kick off a month of climate and environmental protests leading up to Earth Day; Labor Network for Sustainability's Jeremy Brecher was the main speaker.  (WSJ Marketwatch posted a video of the street...

Occupy Climate Change

[by Jeremy Brecher; originally published by The Nation; watch a video interview of Jeremy here: Occupy Climate Change Video] Occupy Wall Street's original Declaration of the City of New York, in September, listed a litany of issues, from foreclosures and bailouts to...

Dirty vs. Green Jobs: Labor’s Keystone Dilemma

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher] These are tough times to be a construction worker in America. While other sectors of the economy are showing signs of life, the unemployment rate in the construction industry is getting worse, not better - rising from 13% to 16%...

24 Hours to Stop the Pipeline – Sign the Petition NOW!

The fight against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has reached another crucial turning point. Big Oil has teamed up with Republicans in Congress to push a bill that would strip away decision making authority from the President and allow the Senate to resurrect the...

Keystone XL opponents need a jobs program

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher; crossposted with Grist] Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are taking a well-deserved victory lap. The Obama administration's decision to reject TransCanada's pipeline proposal "” at least for now "” represents an historic win...

March Like an Egyptian

[Time Magazine declared the Person of the Year for 2011 to be "The Protester."  The piece below reminds us of why.  It's a sort of romp through one swath of the protests of 2011.  It emphasizes the unexpected emergence of grassroots uprisings, the solidarity...