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Occupy Albany

Still Here

by Ali Hibbs July 24, 2014

  Yes, Occupy Albany still exists. No longer the force of hundreds who camped out in Academy Park almost three years ago, the remaining local members of the historic global phenomenon still cling to the same ...

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Governor, Take Care of Your People

by Molly Eadie January 16, 2014

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  “In the future days . . . we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. . . . The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings ...

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No Laughing Matter

by Erin Pihlaja April 10, 2013

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  Phil and Joanne Markham donned their finest garments and set up shop in Albany’s Townsend Park last Saturday (April 6) to hock homemade pickles. The main ingredient, discounting the shriveled ex-cucumbers, was fracking “brine”—a chemical ...

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Raising the Bottom Line

by Erin Pihlaja March 21, 2013

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  The big New York state budget reveal probably won’t happen until sometime this weekend, leaving many interested parties in the lurch as they eagerly wait to see if their concerns are addressed. In regard to the ...

Occupy Albany Anniversary

by Molly Eadie October 25, 2012

  On Sunday (Oct. 21), one year after Occupy Albany set up camp, from which they were eventually evicted, Occupiers marched to Academy Park to review the year and celebrate. While they've moved out of the ...

Out of the Park

by Erin Pihlaja October 4, 2012

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  After the tents came down in Academy Park last winter, with help from the Albany Police and an eviction order issued by the city of Albany, Occupy Albany, along with other Occupy movements across the ...

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The Barter System

by Jaired Crofut August 16, 2012

On Sunday evening (Aug. 12), community group Troy Shares held its third skills-share meeting of 2012 at the Oakwood Community Center at Hoosick and 10th streets. The group was formed in 2010 by Emily Rossier, ...

Strange Bedfellows–Or Maybe Not

by Molly Eadie May 30, 2012

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Despite the popular assumption that the Occupy and Tea Party movements are firmly at opposite ends of the political spectrum, Occupy Albany and the Albany Tea Party have found common ground and joined forces against ...

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Day of Solidarity

by Linda Paul May 3, 2012

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Demonstrators worldwide took to the streets for May Day, aka International Workers Day, a celebration of the labor movement and workers’ rights. Here in Albany, a coalition of Occupy Albany, the Solidarity Committee of the ...

Brother, Can You Spare Some Time?

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 16, 2012

  “As people become wealthier, time becomes their major scarce resource. Suppose that you are very rich but have only a few hours a week of spare time. Give some examples of steps you can take ...

The Year in Pictures: Occupy Albany

by The Staff December 30, 2011

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The Occupy Wall Street movement spread quickly to other cities around the country and the world, and there was plenty of action right here in the Capital Region. Local GOP Committee Chairman held a press conference ...

Local Heroes

by The Staff December 21, 2011

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Our annual tribute to people who are making a difference. Our 2011heroes are: Occupy Albany, David Soares, Chief Steven Krokoff, Amy Klein, Susan Sikule, Betsy Mercogliano and Willie White.   Occupy Albany At first, some people just scratched ...

We Won’t Go

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 21, 2011

“Welcome here, or welcome not, old Father Christmas should never be forgot!” Where, you might ask might Father Christmas not be welcome? Perhaps if he is part of a rag-tag band of mummers, bringing a archetypal play ...

A New Contender

by Cecelia Martinez December 8, 2011

Albany defense attorney Lee Kindlon officially announced his candidacy for Albany County district attorney last week, kicking off a campaign that sets its sights squarely on current D.A. David Soares and an office that Kindlon ...

The Local 99 Percent

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 1, 2011

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Before this fall, Albany’s Academy Park was not a particular locus of political activity. Rallies are usually saved for the more open park by the Capitol’s east steps. Bounded by the Capitol, City Hall and ...

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Peaceable Offenders

by Ali Hibbs November 16, 2011

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As Occupy protesters downstate were being forcibly evicted from Zuccotti Park this week, local occupiers also were facing off with state police over real estate here in Albany. At the urging of the administration of ...

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Occupation Nation

by Cecelia Martinez October 27, 2011

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With the immediate threat of ejection, arrest and other police intervention mostly subsided, the protesters participating in Occupy Albany at Academy Park are transitioning their focus, with many preparing to settle in for a long ...

Move Your Money

by Miriam Axel-Lute October 26, 2011

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  Dear JPMorgan Chase, After many years, I’m leaving you. I tried to think of our credit card as a secondary sort of relationship. All my bank accounts have been with credit unions for over a decade. ...

Assembling Assemblies

by Miriam Axel-Lute October 13, 2011

  “Collective Thinking is born when we understand that all opinions, be these opinions our own or others’, need to be considered when generating consensus and that an idea, once it has been constructed indirectly, can ...