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Wal-Mart (WMT) to be Hit on Black Friday

As Black Friday nears, Wal-Mart ($WMT) workers and community supporters are beginning 1,000 nationwide non-violent protests leading up to and on Black Friday, including strikes, rallies, flash mobs, direct action and other efforts to inform customers about the illegal actions that Wal-Mart has been taking against its workers.  As part of the protests, Wal-Mart workers walked off […]

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Video Friday: “Shareholder Revolution?” TheShareholderActivist.com on Fox Business News

The following is a guest post from “The Wall Street Psychologist” and co-founder of TheShareholderActivist.comTM, Christopher Bayer, Ph.D. Revolution/Evolution is an Historically Valid and Natural Psycho-biological Reaction to Perceived Oppression and Inequity Last week I was invited to appear on the Fox Business News show “After the Bell” hosted by Liz Claman and David Asman. Right […]

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Bank of America (BAC): What Would We Do As Owners?

Bank of America executives, investors, and opponents alike reacted with surprise to yesterday’s news—posted for two hours on Dow Jones Newswire and elsewhere—that the mammoth financial institution, realizing it was heading for a taxpayer bailout, was asking Americans to start thinking about what they’ll do with the bank once they own it, and to start […]

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No Employees on Compensation Boards Under UK's Cameron

UK Prime Minister David Cameron rejected a Labor Party proposal that an ordinary employee sit on a company board compensation committee, noting that having an employee on the committee would break an important principle of not having people on a remuneration committee who will have their own pay determined. Since when are boards setting the […]

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Video Friday: Occupy, is the Message too Broad?

The author of Soundbitten: The Perils of Media-Centered Political Activism, Tufts University sociology professor Sarah Sobieraj is a reigning expert on media and social movements in the U.S. In the four minute clip below, she discusses what it is about the Occupy Movement that has led to such favorable coverage. This includes an answer to […]

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“Then I realized that, ‘Wow! I didn’t get in trouble!’ So I played it again.”

Renowned Hawaiian musician and guitarist Makana was invited to play instrumental background music at the APEC Summit gala dinner Saturday night here in Honlulu. At the dinner, Makana opened his jacket to reveal a t-shirt which read, “Occupy with Aloha.” Then, instead of performing the background instrumental he was scheduled to play, he started to […]

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Bill Moyers on the Patriot's Dream

Bill Moyers has been a long-time hero for me, right up there with Bob Monks and Bob Tricker. In an address on the 40th anniversary celebration of Public Citizen, Moyers had some choice words. Below are a few snippets: Our politicians are little more than money launderers in the trafficking of power and policy – fewer […]

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Video Friday: Keep Wall St. Occupied

If you can’t occupy Wall Street, you can at least keep Wall Street occupied. Help Occupy Wall Street–and get rid of junk mail while you do it, using those handy “business reply” envelopes that show up unwanted at your doorstep. The idea is to “keep Wall Street occupied” by organizing a mass movement of consumers to […]

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Video Friday: Why #OccupyWallStreet? 4 Reasons

Since 1979, adjusted for inflation, incomes of the broad middle class (solid blue line labeled “21st to 80th percentiles”) have increased about 40 percent, which comes to a sluggish 1 percent per year. During the same period, the incomes of the richest 1 percent have increased about 280 percent, or 7 percent per year. See […]

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Proxy Access: Will the 99% Reach Consensus?

Tuesday’s post, Proxy Access for the 99%, is drawing controversy among USPX members, with about 30 comments in the first couple of days. Will we reach consensus or will shareowners simply end up taking elements of the model proposal for their own use? So far, and we are only two days in, the $2,000 threshold […]

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Support Grows for Transparency in Corporate Political Spending

A group of 43 House Democrats is urged the SEC to require public companies to disclose their political contributions. The Council of Institutional Investors also sent a comment letter on a petition (File Number 4-637) filed by prominent law professors. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D., N.Y.) and 42 other House colleague argue the high court’s ruling in the […]

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Occupy the Boardroom

I attended a local “occupy” last night in Elk Grove, California. Eight protestors, six or seven police and four from the media. If it is happening in sleepy suburban enclaves it won’t be long before protesters show up at board meetings. Occupy the Board Room will facilitate such action. “The 1% have addresses. The 99% have […]

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Say on Pay May Lead to Closer Examination of Deductability

Don’t ignore the Wall Street protesters (Investment News, 10/17/2011) Unlikely as it is that the Occupy Wall Street agenda (whatever that turns out to be) will be adopted wholesale by Congress, advisers can be sure that the group’s intensive illumination of stratospheric executive compensation and bank bailouts will translate into a public mood more conducive […]

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No Innocent Shareowners #OWS: The Duty of Care

John Paulson, the hedge fund titan who made billions in the financial crisis by betting against the subprime mortgage market defends the 1%: “The top 1 percent of New Yorkers pay over 40 percent of all income taxes, providing huge benefits to everyone in our city and state.” “I don’t think we see ourselves as […]

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Occupy Suburbia: 99% @ Rte 99

I live in Elk Grove, California, a suburban enclave of Sacramento… if not middle America, at least middle California. Its a town where most kids are driven to school and soccer in minivans or SUVs. Most are too busy with their daily lives and trying to hold on to underwater mortgages to join ‘occupy’ movements […]

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