Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as '#OccupyWallStreet'

Organizing & Occupy Sandy

December 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off

Yotam Maron has a good piece on Occupy Sandy and turning community organizing in response to a crisis into organizing to produce proactive policy solutions that we need. It’s definitely worth reading. Community-based organizing around mutual aid creates a tremendous opportunity to move people affected by crises to a new political viewpoint that is informed […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Climate Crisis

Occupy Sandy & the climate crisis

November 18th, 2012 · Comments Off

Yotam Maron is must-read on how the Occupy Sandy response is a real-time model of what anti-climate crisis social movements look like: Welcome to the climate crisis. There’s nothing abstract about it. It isn’t some apocalypse decades away or an event that comes down like one big hurricane to wipe us all out. It’s Hurricane […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Climate Crisis

Occupy’s Mutual Aid Efforts

November 9th, 2012 · Comments Off

Occupy Wall Street has bred a number of offshoots that are specifically focused on providing mutual aid to members of the 99% who are in crisis. I’ve been involved with Occupy Our Homes for over a year – it’s a housing justice campaign aimed to keep people in their homes and stopping bank theft of […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Progressive Infrastructure

Occupy Our Homes on HuffPost Live

September 19th, 2012 · Comments Off

Home occupiers Deborah Harris of Occupy Our Homes DC and Bobby Hull of Occupy Homes Minnesota appear on Huff Post Live to talk about foreclosures and foreclosure resistance. Also in the discussion are David Dayen, Richard Zombeck and Anthony Randazzo. They get at a real discussion of the foreclosure crisis and the failures of the […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy

An accurate use of the word “cynicism” in politics

June 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Matt Taibbi, in a highly enjoyable Q&A with the Village Voice about Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, makes the rare move of accurately using the word “cynicism” to describe its appearance in American politics: I think a lot of what Occupy is is disappointed idealism. A lot of the […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Barack Obama · Democrats

The tragedy of our circumstances

February 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

To close out a very strong piece on the lack of honesty in public discourse around housing and the economy, Matt Stoller writes: There is no honesty among our political elites, and by that statement, I don’t mean that they are liars. There are liars everywhere, and truthtellers as well. Most of us are concurrently […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy

Elizabeth Warren on who the country is working for

February 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off

Here’s a hint: it isn’t you or me.

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy

Matt Taibbi on the 2012 election season

January 4th, 2012 · Comments Off

Matt Taibbi on the 2012 elections: Most likely, it’ll be Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama, meaning the voters’ choices in the midst of a massive global economic crisis brought on in large part by corruption in the financial services industry will be a private equity parasite who has been a lifelong champion of the Gordon […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Elections

Light Posting

December 8th, 2011 · Comments Off

Obviously it’s been light posting of late. If you’re wondering what I’m up to, check out OccupyOurHomes.org.

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Meta

Rakoff ruling a victory, but it’s not pepper spray

November 30th, 2011 · Comments Off

Metaphor fail: This time it is the Wall Street bankers and not the Occupiers who are getting hit with pepper spray. The spray comes straight from the laser printer in the chambers of a federal judge, Jed Rakoff, in New York. The victory that Rakoff gave to the Occupy Wall Street movement Monday came from […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy · Rule of Law