Articles by Dustin Slaughter

Is It Time to Occupy Big Media?

February 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

“Between the public sector and the private sector, we have wreaked untold havoc on the media environment.” These aren’t the words of a progressive media advocate such as University of Illinois professor Robert McChesney or The Nation’s John Nichols, but of ex-FCC commissioner Michael Copps in January. In an interview on Democracy Now!, Copps attributes his claim [...]

  “No government can exist for a single moment without the cooperation of the people, willing or forced, and if people withdraw their cooperation in every detail, the government will come to a standstill.” –Gandhi The Occupy movement is now a genie that cannot be put back in its bottle. And while it has certainly [...]

Occupy Philadelphia Faces a Crossroads

November 16, 2011 // 2 Comments

The march starts off right on schedule. A group of 40 or so protesters stage under the imposing shadow of City Hall at Occupy Philadelphia on October 23rd, and then cross 15th Street, winding through Center City, repeatedly chanting: “It’s a reality! Stop police brutality!” They then take the street, careful of oncoming traffic as [...]

What the Occupations Have Taught Me: Lose the Fear

November 16, 2011 // 0 Comments

I groggily awaken in my sleeping bag to a sharp nudge, followed by another. “He needs to wake up. Get up, out of the bag.” The bag is over my head to block out the park lamp light. I hear my friend Ghost, who is mere feet away in his own bedding, reply sharply. “Fine. [...]

To Liberty Plaza’s Patriots: “Change the Hearts of the Oppressed September 21, 2011 “…but far more important was the effort to change the hearts of the oppressed. They needed to become unwilling to continue accepting their oppression, and to become determined to build a better society.” – “Tapping the Roots of Power” from Waging Nonviolent [...]

A year or so ago, the notion that Americans would descend on lower Manhattan to set up peaceful barricades, outdoor kitchens and attempt to camp out for a couple of months would seem unlikely, if not laughable. But on September 17th, 2011, that’s just what’s going to be attempted. Maybe this isn’t so surprising, though. [...]

Editor’s Note: Raging Chicken Press will cover on the ground activist work as a way of documenting and demonstrating growing resistance to corporate takeover of our democracies. The national and even regional news is not committed to journalism that covers citizen actions and activism on a consistent basis.  Raging Chicken Press along with the growing [...]

History Demands Nonviolent Resistance from Us

August 3, 2011 // 5 Comments

We are living in extraordinary times.  The gulf between rich and poor has widened to its greatest since the Gilded Age: executive salaries have skyrocketed 23% in just over a year, while wages (when adjusted for inflation) have lost ground since the 1980s.  Based in large part on a corporate-backed, state-focused legislative agenda called American [...]