Occupy the Ballot Forum and Independent Politics

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Dan Bluemel: Because of its electoral structure, the U.S. political system has never been welcoming to third parties. Some critics have argued this leaves the political landscape entrenched in a system comprised of moderates and hardliners who, in essence, espouse the same ideology.

Loan Mods Link Homes in Foreclosure Revolt

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Dan Bluemel: Despite government programs designed to improve the situation, the light at the end of the tunnel seems very far indeed for foreclosure victims. Thus the desperate turn to organizations like Occupy Fights Foreclosure..

The Unrelenting Spirit of Cherise Rogers

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Dan Bluemel: Because Rogers had been tackled, roughed up and pepper-sprayed by several officers on the night of her arrest, she and her attorney believed the DA aggressively sought the resisting arrest and battery charges to make it more difficult for her if she later sued the Sheriff’s department.

L.A. Police Leave Chalking Protesters Alone

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Dan Bluebel: A month after the ArtWalk uprising, Occupy Los Angeles pulled off another act of civil disobedience to protest the arrests of several occupiers and non-occupiers for chalking sidewalks. This time around it was peaceful.

More to SlutWalk Than Meets the Eye

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Though SlutWalk began over a comment about dress, and features many provocatively-dressed demonstrators, the resultant uprooted emotions awakened a population that has much more on their minds than rape, victim-blaming or even “improper” attire.

L.A. Police Chalking Arrests Spark Uprising

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Dan Bluemel: A protest over activists being arrested for chalking messages on sidewalks erupted into a near-riot last Thursday in downtown Los Angeles.

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