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What might it mean for Americans to have access to films and footage of the violent, physical crackdown of the Occupy Wall Street Protestors at Zuccotti Park that infamous morning on November 15, 2011? http://nyti.ms/15xJY4q
I am talking about visuals that never should have been available, as the police forbid the media to be present at this “cleanup.” I am talking about the jackbooted thugs passing themselves off as New York City’s finest, of course, and their violent crackdown that day.
What might it mean to Americans to see and hear a 92-year-old Grandmother tell us about how important “these young people” in the Occupy Movement are to elderly Americans?
What might it mean for Americans to hear from a retired Police Captain who chose to wear his uniform and stand in support of the Occupiers – bringing about his arrest by his brothers in blue? Or a marine veteran as he re-thinks “Semper Fi?”
They speak with intelligence and passion, through their personal, emotional stories about critical issues of our time including vast income inequality, jobs, debt, affordable health care and education, war, the environment and gun safety. Economist Jeffrey Sachs connects the dots and offer solutions for a fairer and more sustainable future.
Spend a few minutes with us in this interview with filmmaker Michael Perlman about the making of this film, its reception within the activist community, and then we’ll let you know how important YOU are to getting out these stories about a “Yes-You-Must-See-This Documentary” – The 99%: Occupy Everywhere. (http://bit.ly/1einIQM).
What better contribution to remembering and honoring the Occupy Wall Street movement on its second birthday. Long live Occupy! Long live this documentary.
Possibly one of the largest and most successful protests ever against a single corporate entity came about on May 25, 2013, when protestors worldwide hit the streets in 52 countries and 436 cities to rail against the Monsanto corporation.
Although the number are argued, depending on the source (“over 2 million” at the and “cartoonish” at Discover Magazine), there is no dispute as to the consciousness-raising caused by this event. Just how did that success come about? Some mastermind group? A bunch of spontaneous FB pages? Enrollment by Twitter?
This is the topic of discussion in today’s 15MOF interview with Vlad Teichberg who worked with other Occupy and affiliated activists to create the “electronic infrastructure” necessary to announce and monitor MAM.
I recorded this piece in mid-May while I was visiting Spain. It was in Madrid where I met with Vlad. The focus of the interview was on the upcoming – at that time – March against Monsanto.
This interview will give you an extraordinary peek – no, really a tutorial – on the behind-the-scenes role of Occupiers and Activists in their decentralized approach and use of technology to make possible protests ranging in size from a few dozen to as many – as proven with Monsanto – hundreds of thousands (millions?) of people.
This interview may appear to be located in the past; but it is very much “future.” The ongoing role of electronics and social media as the central nervous system of revolutionary acts of all kinds will populate headlines for years to come.
The “take-away” here is that the home-grown techniques and methods honed at Zuccotti Park are green and growing and now in good use throughout the world. Vlad? One of the gardeners. You will find 100’s of thousands more like him on Facebook.
The Innocent Eyes Project with David Noyes
Michael interviews world famous travel photographer David Noyes, the winner of three grand prize awards in a row for travel journalism, about his work. David is launching a grassroots childhood education program and discusses how and why he is doing it.
Is Today’s Greek Indignant Citizen’s Movement A Preview of Tomorrow’s America?
What in the world is going on. Or, should I say, where in the world isn’t it going on?
The “it” I am referring to are the protest movements around the world variously identified as “Occupy,” “Idle No More,” “Arab Spring,” “Indignados,” and so on. When Occupy burst on the scene on September 17, 2011, protests were taking place in over 95 cities in 82 countries and 600 communities in the U.S. Today, there is not a country that isn’t impacted by this phenomenon.
Here in the U.S., Occupy pops in and out of hibernation to tweak the nose of the establishment as it prepares itself for another Activist Spring and more firmly celebrate its second year of existence. Southern Europe, especially, seems much more impatient and is a ferment of activity and protest marches in the tens of thousands.
But, to quote former general and U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig under Reagan, “they can protest all they want so long as they pay their taxes.”
However, if we are to believe our 15 Minutes of Fact guest from Greece, Janis Aktimon, influencing the government is the least of a protestor’s concerns. The real struggle and focus by citizens wanting to make a positive change needs to be on the growing influence of the right-wing elements in every country.
In this exclusive WGRNradio interview, Janis (pronounced Yah-Nis) concerns himself with the Greek/European specter of Fascism, the emergence of “Golden Dawn,” and how “New Totalitarianism” is manipulating and benefiting from these unholy alliances.
Surprisingly, Janis does not believe that “feet on the street” are the answer.
The answers are in the strength of hundreds (thousands?) of autonomous Occupy-like groups who will show up at meetings to counter and expose their enemies. They will be supported by the artist via music such as Hip Hop and New Folk, in the arts via fantastic posters and signage, and documented in film and video – analogous to the “underground countercultural movement” taking place in Europe.
Enjoy the interview, and if you want to learn more from this man and of this phenomenon, reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on FB as keno diktuo. In person? Janis will be back in the U.S. in mid-April, stopping in New York to make himself available for speaking and brainstorming.
Sacred Journeys with Phil Cousineau
Michael interviews writer and tour guide Phil Cousineau about the Sacred Journey trips he leads to mystical destinations around the world. Phil’s next trip will be to Ireland to visit the western shores of that country an visit castles, pubs, towns and villages with history and charm.
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Michael interviews Victor Block about his Western Charles County Community Association project to adopt neighboring towns. The WWWCA provides assistance to where people are living in poverty, allowing people to help themselves.
Contribution: The 7th C of Co-Creation
On IGNITE Broadcasting #6, Dr. Ken Christian joins Susan M. Davis in conversation about creativity, community, and education. With a life and career-long focus on developing maximum potential in both youth and adults, Ken shares his thoughts about how we can re-imagine education through collaboration. As said by Warren Bennis in The Secrets of Great Groups, “None of us is as smart as all of us. …the problems we face are too complex to be solved by any one person or any one discipline. Our only chance is
to bring people together from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who can refract a problem through the prism of complementary minds allied in common purpose.” Join us in this thought provoking conversation where we talk about the common purpose of co-creation and education. It will ignite possibilities for you, your family, and your community to make a contribution where “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.
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Will America Continue to Eat its Young?
She was angry then, and not exactly pleased now – but Cryn Johannsen, Executive Director of All Education Matters (AEM), feels that student debt is finally being addressed at the highest levels of government.
When I say “then,” I mean the time back in March of 2011 when, still basking in the chilly Spring of the Occupy movement, Cryn Johannsen was working hard to see that student debt got as much attention as mortgage debt. (She discussed that current reality in my earlier WGRNradio interview with her bit.ly/YsfvN8).
So, here we are today. Student debt now exceeds $1 Trillion and is considered to be the “next big bubble” to pop. A recent Time Magazine article provided these sobering facts:
In the past five years, the average student loan debt each borrower carries has risen 30% to $23,829. More than half of student loan accounts (adding up to more than 40% of the total dollars owed) are in deferral status.
The good news: students can defer for a few years before they have to repay. The bad news: FICO Labs found that delinquencies rose by 22% in five years. For the newest group of loans it studied, delinquency rates are 15.1% — higher than the 11% cited by the Federal Reserve in a November report.
How can any student have any hope of a way out in the face of these statistics?
In her recent AEM article, Cryn offered one ray of hope – restoring bankruptcy protection to private student loan borrowers (bit.ly/WJQZdW). As she pointed out, HR 432, a bill introduced by two Democrat House members, offers that way out. But, don’t get too excited – this is the fifth time that this type of legislation has been presented for passage.
She describes its complexity. On one side, there is the U.S. government as the largest lender in the U.S., then there are the universities through which – and to which – these monies are being funneled, and the lending industry that was born out of the federal government, Sallie Mae. Each depends on the other, and each finds the other to be the “real” problem.
In the meantime, the student debtor is swinging in the wind.
She also shares her personal stories of students, deeply in debt, who have either considered suicide or carried it out. “Deeply troubling,” is her understatement. “Americans are very ashamed that they are in debt…and I keep getting notes and pleas for help.”
Cryn applauds the “collective voice” of the Occupy movement as well as the numerous articles that journalists have written for ensuring that student debt could not be swept under a legislative rug. That Occupiers would wear signs and carry placards letting people know how much they owed “was heroic.” People are finally not “hiding the debt that we have,” an important first step in becoming free of it.
If you would like to know more about Cryn and her work, you can find her on Facebook (on.fb.me/XACtB0), at her website (bit.ly/WJQZdW), on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/chasecrynjohannsen), on Twitter as @Cryn_Johannsen and by way of email at email@example.com.
(For the listener: A technical heads-up. Please excuse the “crackles” that show up in the sound at times. This was a defect in the cellphone, but I trust the content will more than make up for any annoyance.)
The challenge for many entrepreneurs is how to stand out while standing for what we believe in. Sometimes called our ‘why’, our ‘raison d’etre’, our ‘noble cause’; this is what makes us want to get up in the morning, makes us sing throughout the day, and dance all night. Our core-values are what makes us, US! But how do we define this in regards to our business? How can we define and connect to authenticity and joy, commit to our purpose and create bliss in business and our life – and authentically present this to the world?
Dakota McKenzie President and CEO of BizBliss, Inc., Creator of The Bliss Code™ and Founder of Activate Your Biz Bliss™, a Leaders Summit for Visionary Entrepreneurs, helps women entrepreneurs discover their authentic personal brand and put their unique gift and joy in the center of their life and business so that the right clients, funding and resources flow to them with ease and grace. Dakota has started three successful businesses, and is a published author whose work has appeared in cutting-edge books on entrepreneurship. She has pioneered women’s leadership trainings, and created transformational change for clients for over 20 years.
On IGNITE Broadcasting, in conversation with Susan M. Davis, Dakota shares her mission to help millions of women worldwide become unstoppable and live their purpose. She shares how we can be unstoppable, live on purpose and create the world we all want to live in.
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How Rosalie Bay Resort ‘Gives Back’ to the Community
Michael interviews Bev Diekel of Rosalie Bay resort in Dominica about the resort’s projects that assist Dominicans with employment, and create a sustainable environment for the resort. Michael asks about saving sea turtles, the use of solar power, construction using local materials, and employment of local people.
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