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By Evan Harmon

KCPD warns Occupy KC to immediately take down all structures

Police officers from the Kansas City Police Department showed up at the Occupy KC camp in Penn Valley Park to inform the Occupiers that all structures, including tents, will no longer be tolerated. Read on…

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March 2nd, 2012 Vol. 1: Issue 3


Community garden just one tool in the quest to revitalize Kansas City neighborhoods

By Jeff Johnson

Except for a stint in the Air Force, Patti Griffith has lived on the same block in the Lykins neighborhood of Kansas City’s Northeast for 62 years. The changes she has witnessed have been mostly of heartbreaking decline since her childhood days, when she enjoyed visits to a nearby penny candy store.   Read on…

ALEC at the center of corrupt legislative process   By Evan Harmon

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has gradually carved out a powerful place at the heart of the legislative process in the United States. Founded in 1973, ALEC describes itself in its mission statement as “a nonpartisan public-private partnership” created “to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty.” Or to put it another way, as Wisconsin state assemblyman Mark Pocan puts it, “Alec is like a giant corporate dating service [for] lonely legislators and their special interest corporate allies.”   Read on…

Bill Drummond learned the hard way that waving an American flag on the steps of a federal courthouse can be an arrestable offense these days. Drummond joined the nationwide Occupy the Courts protest on January 20th in Kansas City where he would soon become the first member of Occupy KC to be arrested.

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Letters to the Editor:

Occupy Wall Street needs a message!“   –N.A. Sayers

Occupy Wall Street won’t shut up about their message!   –Will Phil Ignorance

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What homeowners need to know about the $25 billion national mortgage settlement   By Mike Nickells

On February 9th, 2012 the U.S. government and the five largest banks agreed on a mortgage settlement of $25 billion. This money is to compensate the American public for the damages these banks caused due to their fraudulent servicing practices and foreclosure processes.   Read on…

Last month, activists from Occupy KC officially launched an Occupy Our Homes initiative to address the foreclosure crisis here in Kansas City head on.

The more you know: Corporate personhood and the Citizens United ruling   By Evan Harmon

The issue of corporate personhood and the Citizens United ruling are two of the most common topics within the Occupy Wall Street Movement. But what do these terms mean? And why do they matter?   Read on…