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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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January 6th, 2012 Vol. 1: Issue 2

Illustration by Marc Saviano

Will Occupy KC (still) be relevant in 2012?

Yes: Who besides Occupy will lead the fight against excessive corporate power? Who else will lead the march to force government to represent its own people? Here in Kansas City, as elsewhere in the nation, Occupy has stood up and demanded change.

No: Are you kidding? What difference can a bunch of naïve, preachy do-gooders make? The ruling class did not become the ruling class by accident. They have deliberately chosen their position, they have worked hard to arrange the rules in their favor, and it will take a lot more than illegal camping and monthly marches to reverse decades of the deliberate concentration of wealth and power.

Maybe: The political irony of Occupy KC is that everyone in the 1% knows all about them, whereas vast numbers of the 99% have only the vaguest notion that Occupy even exists, and huge percentages have no idea what Occupy stands for. If Occupy KC continues like this, of course it will have no impact on the lives of Kansas Citians.

Read on…

“[W]e shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and [to] bid defiance to the laws of our country.” -Thomas Jefferson

America occupies a fork in the road

By Evan Harmon

Illustration by Grégoire Vion

The  truism today is that we all agree that something is very wrong in our country. We know the status quo isn’t right so we support change on some level. The problem is that we have yet to agree on what exactly the problem is. Our country speeds toward a fateful fork in the road, but if we can’t come together as a country and agree on how to handle these historic challenges, we’ll just end up going straight.   Read on…

Monroe Perez protesting at Occupy KC’s Occupy the Bridge event on November 17th, 2011. Photograph by Beka Noble

Spotlight an Occupier: Monroe Perez

By Tyler Crane

Monroe Perez is a loving father of two boys, a full time college student at Penn Valley with a double-major in engineering and alternative energy, as well as being a dedicated Occupier camping five nights a week. Monroe spent many years on the road traveling with a nomadic ministry. They traveled around to cities devastated by natural disasters, and upon arrival would assist in the clean-up and rebuilding of homes. Most notable was his time spent in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. There he helped rebuild homes in the Lower 9th Ward; one of the cities poorest and hardest hit neighborhoods, and one neglected by the Government and FEMA. Witnessing firsthand the carelessness of the government has led to a politically active life and involvement in the Occupy Movement.

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“Citizens United is but the latest battle in the class war waged for thirty years from the top down by the corporate and political right.” -Bill Moyers 

Unequal political influence and citizen nonparticipation are the unforgivable sins of American governance

By Jeff Johnson

There are two causes of this inequality, and the Occupy Movement is concerned with both. The first is that most people choose not to participate in their own governance; the second is that our campaign finance and lobbying systems allow a relatively few people to exert political influence well beyond their numbers.   Read on…

“It is not a partisan issue; it is more than a political issue; it is a great moral issue. If we condone political theft, if we do not resent the kinds of wrong and injustice that injuriously affect the whole nation, not merely our democratic form of  government but our civilization itself cannot endure.” -Theodore Roosevelt