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  • Saving Midtown: San Francisco Renters on Strike

    Saving Midtown: San Francisco Renters on Strike

    This is the story of the Midtown rent strike, the largest rent strike in San Francisco since 1978.

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  • Taksim Commune Playing on Free Speech TV

    Taksim Commune Playing on Free Speech TV

    Our latest film, Taksim Commune: Gezi Park and the Uprising in Turkey, will play on Free Speech TV. Free Speech TV is an independent, 24-hour television network and multi-platform digital news source with news, stories and perspectives you won’t find anywhere else. A non-profit, public interest network, FSTV is publically supported by its viewers and by philanthropic foundations. Television broadcasts are commercial-free. Free Speech TV reaches 30 million U.S. homes on DISH Network Channel 9415, DirecTV Channel 348 and over […]

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  • Crossroads in Cairo

    By Marianne Maeckelbergh Cairo, Egypt, December, 2011-Cairo is a city engulfed in violent anticipation. Activists speak with pride about what they are accomplishing as they enter into their 11th month of struggle. And rightfully so. They “shed their fear” and came together to realise that despite continuous torture, repression, and military dictatorship, they are stronger than the authoritarian state. It’s a strangely powerful feeling that hangs in the air, that permeates conversations, that captures the imagination. The bravery, passion and […]

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  • La Nostra Elecció: L’ Acció

    By Marianne Maeckelbergh Barcelona, Spain, November 2011-The streets of Barcelona appear deceptively calm at first sight. Fashionable people stroll the streets, shopping bags in hand, while others stop to drink a glass of wine at a sidewalk cafe. These luxurious images project a sense of prosperity onto the streets of Barcelona, but underneath the surface, a struggle rages. The 15 May Movement that captured the global imaginary just six months ago and encouraged people all across the world to occupy […]

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  • Greece on the Brink

    By Brandon Jourdan Athens, Greece, October 2011-In Athens, Greece, there are all the elements of a low-intensity conflict zone. Greece has become ground zero of the Eurozone’s fiscal crisis. The latest strikes are seen by many to be historic in a country with a rich tradition of protests. As Greek citizens are bracing for the upcoming 48-hour general strike on October 19th and 20th called for by the ADEDY and GSEE, the largest umbrella organizations of public and private unions, […]

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  • Musings on Horizontal Decision-Making and Bureaucracy

    By Marianne Maeckelbergh The year 2011 has breathed new life into horizontal models of democratic decision-making. With the rise of the 15 May movement and the occupy movement horizontal decision-making became one of the key political structures for organising responses to the current global economic crisis. While this decision-making process has arguably never been as widely practiced as it is today, it has also never seemed as difficult and complicated as it does today. At its height there were 5,000 […]

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