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Maine’s environmental movement reinvents itself for a new era of challenges

Maine's cherished environment may be threatened as never before by the gargantuan forces of economic globalization. In reaction, the state's environmental movement is coalescing into a force stronger than ever. There are new players in the game — includ
Blooming Activists
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 04, 2013

Occupy Denied Day In Court

It took more than a year for Suffolk County prosecutors to come to their senses.
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 22, 2013

Occupy takes the lead to energize lawmakers

"If they keep grinding the common man into the ground, they'll be nothing left of us," said Bob Guethlen, from the wilds of Tomhegan Township on Moosehead Lake.
Aggressive Progressives
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 18, 2013

Woodward: ‘Transparency’ best in ‘Colbygate’ scandal

Referring mischievously to "Colbygate," legendary Washington Post investigative reporter Bob Woodward told Colby College officials at a November 11 speech at the liberal-arts institution to adopt "transparency" in handling the Bob Diamond scandal. In
College replies: ‘Nothing more’ to say
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 16, 2012

Abel Collins occupies Rhode Island politics

Occupy Providence isn't dead. But it's been pretty quiet since it decamped from Burnside Park in January.
Political Science
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 02, 2012

Occupying skepticism

I applaud the efforts of the Occupy Movement to organize for change, and feel Lincoln Park is less interesting now that its tent city is gone.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, October 26, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 26, 2012


Colby students join Diamond protests

Protests aimed at ousting disgraced banker Bob Diamond as chairman of Colby College's board of trustees have expanded beyond Occupy Augusta activists to include a sizeable contingent of students at the Waterville liberal-arts college.
‘What Would Lovejoy Do?’
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 26, 2012

Understanding the Colby College protests

As the first anniversary of Occupy approached, many journalists wrote its obituary, and some called it a failure.
Occupy philanthropy!
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 28, 2012

OccupyMaine charts its future

"This occupation is not ending," one speaker said.
One year on
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 28, 2012

September 14, 2012

Look inside this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix
Look inside this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 14, 2012

Occupiers then and now

Camp Dewey thrived between September 30 and December 10 of last year.
Class of 2011
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 14, 2012


Fables of the Occupation

It's been one year since thousands of outraged protesters swarmed Zuccotti Park to demand vast socio-economic changes, but the movement's aftertremors continue to be felt.
One year later, the movement continues
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 14, 2012

Catching up with the ongoing trials of Occupy Boston activists

At a hearing in Boston Municipal Court last month, attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild received nine DVDs from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Cops, tents, and videotape
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 14, 2012

Interview: Todd Gitlin looks at Occupy

Most aficionados of progressive politics probably knew that Todd Gitlin would write a book on Occupy even before he did.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 14, 2012

Mainers, Occupiers rally in Vermont

A boisterous, multi-lingual, angry crowd of about 500 — including a sizeable contingent from Maine — gathered in Burlington, Vermont on Sunday.
Protest Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 03, 2012

Apathy catches up to Occupy in Philadelphia

It's the final day of the Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia, and few people outside of the progressive bubble give a shit.
One Nation Under Whatever
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 13, 2012


What are they protesting? Whaddya got?

There are at least 99 reasons to grab a bullhorn this summer.
Once more, with feeling

Photos: Occupy Boston's May Day rally

Occupy Boston participates in Occupy Wall Street's nation-wide May Day rally on May 1, 2012.
May 1, 2012
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  May 04, 2012

General Strike of the Unemployed

Hopes of the hopeless.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  April 27, 2012

As May Day approaches, a local labor movement at a crossroads

May Day, the international workers day, is just around the corner. But organized labor, here in Rhode Island, is not in a particularly celebratory mood.
Protest Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 27, 2012

Mainstream progressives get Occupied

"We are the 99 percent!" reverberates in the basement of the Portland Public Library on a Saturday morning. Ninety radicals — well, maybe damn strong liberals — are plotting to take over the government — well, in any case, to harass the one percent.
The 99 Percent Spring begins
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 20, 2012

Occupier fined for trespass

In a stiff sentence for an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, a judge on March 23 slapped a $400 fine plus $90 in court costs on the first of the "Blaine House 9" to go on trial. Diane Messer, 59, of Liberty, had been convicted of criminal trespass b
Blaine House 9
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 30, 2012

‘#Occupy’ at Yellow Peril; Roger Shimomura at RIC

The art world and the Occupy movement have a somewhat awkward relationship.
Artist’s statements
By GREG COOK  |  March 30, 2012

South By Southwest gets a dose of Occupation

Even before Occupy protesters rallied on Sixth Street last Friday — bandanas wrapped around their grills, middle fingers raised — you could easily argue that social justice was the centerpiece of South by Southwest 2012.
Anonymous wrecks
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 23, 2012

Photos: Tom Morello's Occupy Austin Dance Party at SXSW 2012

Tom Morello heads up an Occupy Austin flash mob/dance party at SXSW 2012 on March 16, 2012.
Austin TX | March 16, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  March 23, 2012

Silencing Occupy

Get ready for the protests. Get ready for the warm American spring — and maybe a hot summer and fall.
Big protests are planned. So is suppression.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 16, 2012

99% vs. 1% — on the left

A February 29 protest in Augusta against the power of corporate lobbyists exposed the fundamental division on the lefty side of Maine politics.
Occupy Watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 09, 2012

Authors strut their stuff

Literary gossip columnists, political poets, cranky lefties, and singing novelists are just some of the characters traipsing through Boston this spring to promote their new books.
Live and in person
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 02, 2012

Activists rail at the T

The latest theater in the war against MBTA fare hikes and service cuts opened with a bang this week, as activists stormed every corner of the subway map.  
Bumpy Ride Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 17, 2012

As encampment fades, protest shifts back to core issues

Even as Portland city officials continue to pressure OccupyMaine to leave Lincoln Park, they have done the Occupation a great favor, perhaps unintentionally.
Occupy Transition
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 10, 2012