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    As the Occupy Wall Street protest enters its 20th day, New York City’s most powerful unions are set to march today from City Hall to the movement’s encampment in the Financial District. The demonstration will be bolstered by the walkout of potentially thousands of students at major public universities in New York City, where tuition rates are on the rise. Meanwhile, similar "occupation" movements are springing up in...
    October 05, 2011 | Story
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    Tomorrow, thousands of people are expected to gather in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., for a "people’s assembly" organized by a movement calling itself "October 2011." They plan to occupy the plaza until they have brainstormed sustainable solutions to promote universal healthcare and economic justice, as well as end the nearly decade-long Afghanistan war. We speak with two of the movement’s organizers, Kevin...
    October 05, 2011 | Story
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    The Occupy Wall Street protests in the Financial District took a dramatic turn on Saturday when protesters tried to march across the Brooklyn Bridge. When police arrested 700 of the demonstrators, the event quickly turned into one of the largest arrests of nonviolent protesters in recent history. Some protesters claim police lured them onto oncoming traffic on the bridge’s roadway; others said they did not hear instructions from police...
    October 03, 2011 | Story
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    Opening today, the new documentary "American Teacher" follows the lives of four teachers who struggle to remain in a profession they love, despite the heavy toll exacted on their lives by the grueling hours and low salaries. The documentary is a rebuttal of sorts to pundits who portray public school educators as cushioned recipients of taxpayer-supported benefits, extended summer vacations and low accountability. We speak with the...
    September 30, 2011 | Story
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    Hundreds continue to camp out in a park in Manhattan’s Financial District for the Occupy Wall Street protest. The encampment got a boost this week when one of New York City’s largest unions, the Transit Workers Union, announced its backing. In this report, Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke gets a tour of the private park, open to the public, that people have occupied, and speaks with demonstrators, including a woman who was...
    September 30, 2011 | Story
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    "We’re talking about a democratic awakening," said Dr. Cornel West when he spoke with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman during a visit Tuesday night to the Occupy Wall Street encampment. [includes rush transcript]
    September 29, 2011 | Web Exclusive
  • Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez writes in the NY Daily News that the idea that local post offices, the most visible neighborhood presence of our national government for more than 200 years, face financial default on Sept. 30 is truly astounding. Yet, that’s exactly what will happen unless the politicians in Washington act quickly.
    September 28, 2011 | Web Exclusive
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    Oscar-winning filmmaker, bestselling author, and provocateur laureate Michael Moore joins us for the hour. One of the world’s most acclaimed—and notorious—independent filmmakers and rabble-rousers, his documentary films include Roger & Me; Bowling for Columbine, for which he won the Academy Award; Fahrenheit 9/11; SiCKO; and Capitalism: A Love Story. In the first part of our interview, Moore talks about the growing "Occupy Wall...
    September 28, 2011 | Story
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    For more than two decades, Michael Moore has been one of the most politically active, provocative and successful documentary filmmakers in the business. We talk to Moore about his new memoir, "Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life," which comprises 20 biographic vignettes that capture how his political and sociological viewpoints developed. He also discusses the numerous attacks and death threats he received after speaking out...
    September 28, 2011 | Story
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    Today, postal workers and their supporters are holding events across the country to press their demand for repealing the benefit-funding mandate and push back against calls for their workplace to be privatized. For months, Americans have heard dire warnings about the impending collapse of the United States Postal Service due to fiscal insolvency and a drop in the use of mail service. In early September, the U.S. Postmaster General told...
    September 27, 2011 | Story