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Podcast: Occupy as an Urban Movement

by Alex Schafran

An occupied home in Atlanta. Source: Occupy Our Homes.

It may seem completely spontaneous, but the Occupy movement did not come from nowhere. It has deep roots in longtime efforts to combat injustice, often at the urban level. As the Occupy movement in the U.S. moves toward 2012, this podcast looks back to the urban roots of the movement — in particular the role of community-based organizations and coalitions. It also explores the movement's newest manifestations, including Occupy Our Homes and Occupy the 'Hood.


Nwamaka Agbo, Soul of the City campaign director and former green jobs director, Ella Baker Center

Ilana Berger, co-director of the New Bottom Line and former executive director of Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)

Rachel Brahinsky, doctoral candidate in UC Berkeley's Department of Geography and former staff reporter for the San Francisco Bay Guardian

Jennifer Flynn, managing director of Health GAP and former executive director of the New York City AIDS Housing Network (now Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders VOCAL-NY)

Hosted by Alex Schafran. Recorded via Skype, pardon the odd beep and ding.

Polis brings you this Polis Podcast on CoLab Radio with our partners at CoLab Radio. Our goal is to offer a stimulating series of discussions, debates and interviews on a wide range of subjects from as many different places as we can imagine.

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