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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Re: OpEdNews: Almost 1000 Occupations, Drone Factory Headquarters Shut Down By Occupy DC Action

On Sat, Oct 8, 2011 at 8:57 AM, Rob Kall <rob@opednews.com> wrote:

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Something never done before is spreading across America. It's a joy and honor to be a part of it. If you haven't yet showed up for one of the hundreds of occupations yet, you are really missing something, and really missing an opportunity to shake the system.

It's been wonderful to see the awareness of Opednews. I spent a little time handing out cards, telling people, "progressive news" or "progressive news-- we publish more of the speakers here than any other" and that is totally true. About a third of the people I spoke to were familiar with opennews. And half of them warmly greeted me, even hugged me and told me OEN is the best, or the first to report news.

Then there were the OEN writers I've re-visited or met here-- Ann Wright, Ray McGOvern, Coleen Rowley, Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, David Swanson... the list goes on and on.

That's great stuff. We still need to pay our bills though. It's clear to me that OEN has been playing a valued role in the occupations. Please help make it possible for me to focus on reporting, and using OEN to empower, rather than on fundraising. Make a donation today that puts us closer to meeting our monthly budget needs.

I'm off to teach a class at Freedom Square on Tapping the Power of Story for Activism.

See some of you there. Hope many of you show up at an occupation somewhere. These occupations are reasons for hope in dark times.


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