PHOTO: Brazil’s leaders try to defuse the protests engulfing the nation’s cities
SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Shaken by the biggest challenge to their authority in years, Brazil’s leaders made conciliatory gestures on Tuesday to try to defuse the protests engulfing the nation’s cities. But the demonstrators remained defiant, pouring into the streets by the thousands and venting their anger over political corruption, the high cost of living and huge public spending for the World Cup and the Olympics. read more
photos: ConEdison labor union rally in Union Sq NYC 7-17-2012 #Flickr
On July 17 2012 Union workers of a broad range of labor unions marched through New York City in solidarity with the locked out ConEdison workers, and rallied in Union Square to raise their grievances against pension cuts, salary erosion and other issues labor unions have been grappling with in the past decades. A group of Occupy Wall Street protesters joined the march and rally in solidarity with the union workers, highlighting a closening relationship between OWS and the labor movement. All events were peaceful
National Catholic Reporter: Occupy Catholics, a progressive Catholic group
Occupy Catholics seeks to make tradition relevant to a new movement
July 9, 2012
"We are the 99%, made in God’s image, seeking God’s justice."
So declares the Facebook page for Occupy Catholics, one of the latest additions to the pantheon of Catholic church justice movements. But rather than emerging out of Vatican II or in direct response to a particular crisis within the institutional church, Occupy Catholics might be the first progressive Catholic group to grow directly out of a popular movement.
Occupy Catholics even has its own symbol, created by Mary Valle. The haloed bird sitting on a nest symbolizes the act of occupying a space for the sake of new life. Occupy Catholics wear patches with the image when attending any protests."The idea was to find ways for Catholics to support the Occupy movement and to think together about challenges the movement poses to our church," said Nathan Schneider, one of the group’s founders.
It’s also one of the first church justice groups to be created in part by members of the Millennial generation. And it shows: Occupy Catholics has no offices, positions or leadership structure. It’s an organization that reflects the value the Millennial generation places on autonomy and collaboration, as well as their mistrust of authority.
"We’re just people who work together, and pray together, to do stuff," Schneider, 27, said.
Interestingly, it was a protest against an Episcopal church, not a Catholic church, that first brought the founding members of Occupy Catholics together.
Joseph Stiglitz: Man who ran World Bank, “jailing bankers is the best way to curb market abuses.” | The Independent
Joseph Stiglitz: Man who ran World Bank calls for bankers to face the music
Joseph Stiglitz tells Ben Chu that rogue financiers have proven that regulation must get tougher
The Barclays Libor scandal may have shocked the British public, but Joseph Stiglitz saw it coming decades ago. And he’s convinced that jailing bankers is the best way to curb market abuses. A towering genius of economics, Stiglitz wrote a series of papers in the 1970s and 1980s explaining how when some individuals have access to privileged knowledge that others don’t, free markets yield bad outcomes for wider society. That insight (known as the theory of “asymmetric information”) won Stiglitz the Nobel Prize for economics in 2001.
The editor of the Boston Police Department’s union newspaper has a message for Occupy Wall Street: you’re a bunch of ignorant idiots — and your kids are stupid too.
Officer James W. Carnell, a veteran of the Boston PD and the managing editor for Pax Centurion, has penned a scathing op-ed in the latest issue of the official newspaper of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association. Responding to a letter to the editor sent in from a world-renowned college professor and activist, Carnell calls out the Occupy Wall Street movement and its protesters for seemingly being responsible for everything that is wrong with the country today.