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Preview – The Occupied Times issue #9

 

Issue #9 of The Occupied Times comes out this week, packed full of the usual news, analysis and comment pieces.

News this week focuses on the pending High Court ruling and OccupyLSX’s own Occupy Justice, an art-protest against oil companies involving a block of arctic ice, and Finsbury Square’s transition into an eco-village.

The latest edition includes a ‘music special’, with a feature by ‘33 Revolutions Per Minute’ author Dorian Lynskey, an interview with Sam Duckworth of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. and an insight into the newly formed ‘Occupation Records‘.

The paper’s ‘finance pages’ have become a popular mainstay, with this edition featuring pieces by author of ‘What Went Wrong With Economics’, Michael Reiss, director of civil liberties and privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch, Nick Pickles, as well as ‘Money Talks‘ with precious metals expert Turd Ferguson.

International pieces focus on Iran, Nigeria and San Francisco with several articles written by occupiers and Working Group members themselves.

Other content includes features on Workfare, worker’s co-operatives, the UN climate talks, unmanned warfare, an appeal for help fighting the government’s welfare reform bill, and much, much more!

 

2 Responses to “Preview – The Occupied Times issue #9”

  1. this in magazine form? love all occupy stuff. would love subscription to occupy times. thanks

     
  2. I wrote previously to ask whether Occupy had resources to post bundles of the Occupied Times to Transition Town groups across the UK? The person who responded (sorry I’ve lost the email) said they couldn’t help, but thanked me for my interest, commenting that not many people seem to ‘get’ the newspaper.
    I realise this is a big ask to get consensus for funds, (though perhaps easier than getting it from transition groups!). I thought it was worth trying again however, to raise the point that most people from transition groups already ‘get’ the message of Occupy and have been putting ideas of sustainable local economies into practice for some time. They are positively building community networks, potentially… holding peoples assemblies in their public spaces. Paper copies of the OT to groups would be a good way to distribute beyond London.
    As ecological crisis reaches tipping point, I strongly feel we need to reconnect ideas about ‘living off the grid’ and engaging in political action. Sometimes there seems to be a disconnect . Perhaps disillusionment with past political campaigning has led many to try doing things locally, gradually removing themselves and their communities from the grid. However, if we really want to prevent our communities from being destroyed by globalisation other actions are needed. For example in my local town Shoreham, we’d hope to set up a community supported agriculture project and at the same time campaign to prevent two new supermarket developments.
    There is no doubt in my mind that the OT is a more interesting read than the Guardian, and its value of course, is to lead people to the Occupy website. Building links between Occupy and Transition could provide impetus for both movements. Whether or not there is consensus about the funds, an article in the OT about Transition Towns would be a good thing. Who knows if a fusion between the movements could lead to Finsbury Park or St Pauls becoming Transition villages?!

     

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