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Occupy Allentown Speaks

Michelle Fawcett’s video lets participants in the Occupation movement in Allentown, PA describe why they protest.


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Visualizing the Rust Belt occupation (Salon)

After reporting for Salon from the occupation sites in three Rust Belt cities suffering from serious post-industrial malaise. Michelle Fawcett and I sent this video, which documents the efforts of one such protest movement, in Youngstown, Ohio.

from  Visualizing the Rust Belt occupation – Occupy Wall Street – Salon.com.


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Occupying the Rust Belt (Salon)

In three deindustrialized cities, protesters find friendly cops, determination and despair

An abandoned building in Youngstown, Ohio


The surefire method to find occupations in small cities is to head for the center of town. After leaving Philadelphia on our Occupy America tour, we drive an hour north to Allentown. Pennsylvania’s third-largest city at 118,000 residents, Allentown has been weathered by years of deindustrialization in the steel, cement and textile industries that once made it an economic powerhouse.

Along MacArthur Boulevard, one of Allentown’s main drags, tidy but weary brick row homes line outlying neighborhoods. Close to Center Square, site of the requisite Civil War monument, the neighborhoods are heavily Latino and buildings exhibit signs of disrepair.

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