Occupied Washington Post Publishes First Edition
You can see a pdf of the newspaper here.
Three articles below: Huffington Post, Politico and Associated Press
First Issue Of 'The Occupied Washington Post' Released
WASHINGTON -- The premiere issue of The Occupied Washington Post, the "Stop the Machine" occupation's take on Occupy Wall Street's Occupied Wall Street Journal, was distributed Tuesday to thousands across the D.C. area, according to an Occupy Washington DC press release.
Like The Occupied Wall Street Journal, a newspaper created and produced by Occupy Wall Street protesters, the Occupied Washington Post will mostly feature essays, articles and photos submitted by D.C.-based occupiers.
The first issue boasts articles addressing African-American involvement in the movement, a description of the first three weeks of D.C. occupation, and a guest column from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges.
According to the press release:
"We wanted to make it clear that our goal is ending corporate rule and shifting power to the people. We seek to put human needs before corporate greed. With this paper the media and public will better understand the world we seek to create," said Margaret Flowers, an organizer of OccupyWashingtonDC.
"We picked the Washington Post to 'occupy' because it is the leading newspaper in the area and an opinion leader for the nation. While the Post often reflects the views of the government and powerful interests, the Occupied Washington Post will seek to reflect the views of the people," said Kevin Zeese, another organizer of the occupation at Freedom Plaza.
The new newspaper includes a jointly-written editorial by the Freedom Plaza-based "Stop the Machine" protesters and the Occupy DC protesters in McPherson Square. The press release said Occupy Washington DC hopes to publish the paper weekly.
November 2, 2011
You knew it was just a matter of time. A month after the Occupy Wall Street protesters began publishing their unofficial chronicle, The Occupy Wall Street Journal, their Washington equivalent has gotten in on the publishing action with “The Occupied Washington Post.”
The first issue of the weekly newspaper was published yesterday, and features a provocative front-page essay by former Timesman and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges that lashes out at everyone from MoveOn.org to President Obama to Nancy Pelosi. A pdf is available here.
“It’s the leading newspaper in town, and it’s the leading national opinion newspaper,” said Kevin Zeese, a spokesman for the group occupying Freedom Plaza. “They usually represent a lot of government views and a lot of powerful interests in Washington, so we thought we’d present the people’s perspective.”
The paper is being published by the occupiers in Freedom Plaza, who are paying for it with the money -- $45,000 so far – they’ve raised through their website, OccupyWashingtonDC.org. This is the group that started out as October 11/Stop the Machine and has evolved into a protest allied with the global Occupy movement.
The other D.C. occupiers at McPherson Square, with whom Zeese emphasizes his group stands in solidarity, will, he said, be coming out with their own “Occupied Washington Times.”
2 'Occupy' Protests in DC Start Newspapers
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Two Washington demonstrations modeled after the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York and others around the country are coming out with their own newspapers. The first issue of The Occupied Washington Post was published Tuesday, and a second newspaper, The Occupied Washington Times, will be distributed within the week, an editor said.
The newspaper published Tuesday, The Occupied Washington Post, is an eight-page free paper created by demonstrators camping at the city's Freedom Plaza. It promises "News from Freedom Plaza and Around the Occupation World." Stories include a roundup of the past three weeks of the demonstration. Most of the content has already appeared on the group's website, www.october2011.org. The goal is to publish the paper weekly, said one of the demonstration's organizers, Kevin Zeese.
"It's just another way to spread the word," said Zeese, adding that 2,500 of the 4,000 copies had been distributed by Wednesday afternoon.
A second group of protesters camping in the city's McPherson Square is creating a separate newspaper called The Occupied Washington Times. One of the paper's editors, Sam Jewler, said they hope to begin distributing it within a week. Jewler said more than 5,000 copies of the four-page paper will be printed and distributed at Metro stops, local universities and near the McPherson Square encampment.
The issue will contain stories from about a dozen contributors, including stories on local politics, the environment and economic injustice, Jewler said. The paper will also contain personal stories from demonstrators about why they are part of the movement and a survey of the top reasons people have joined the demonstration, Jewler said.
"I think for anyone who's still confused about why we're doing what we're doing I think it will help clarify that," said Jewler, adding that the paper would also be published online.
The print edition will be paid for through donations. As of Wednesday afternoon, $1,303 had been donated through the group's website, www.occupydc.org .
A call to The Washington Times seeking comment on any copyright infringement concerns the paper may have was not immediately returned. The Washington Post declined comment through a spokeswoman.
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