Jake Olzen


Jake Olzen is a farmer, activist/organizer and journalist. He lives and farms at the Lake City Catholic Worker in Southeast Minnesota. Follow him on twitter @jakeolzen

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Friday, May 17, 2013 - 8:24am
How the Catonsville Nine Survived on Film
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 1:13pm
Food Sovereignty Advocates Occupy the World Food Prize
The world’s leading agricultural and food policy experts are headed to Des Moines, Iowa, this week to celebrate the World Food Prize. The annual event heralds the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. But not everyone finds such achievements reason to celebrate.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 1:41pm
Entrapment of Cleveland 5 and NATO 3 Is Nothing New
The old trope of the bomb-throwing anarchist is back in the news, with a round-up in Ohio on May 1 and the three would-be NATO protesters arrested on Wednesday who are now charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism. While the impression that appears in the media is one of remnants of the Occupy movement verging toward violence, the driving forces behind these plots are the very agencies claiming to have foiled them.
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Friday, May 18, 2012 - 1:10pm
National Nurses United: Still We March
The past couple of weeks have been something of a roller-coaster for National Nurses United and it all culminates today with the first major march and rally in what is expected to be a weekend of protest in Chicago. But it was a fight to get even there.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 8:18am
'Chicago Spring' Declares G8 Move a Victory
Taking nearly everyone by surprise, the White House announced last Monday that the world’s economic leaders with the G8 would not be enjoying the sights and sounds of a democratic #ChicagoSpring .
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Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 10:36am
2012: The Year of Nonviolence?
If 2011 was the year of the protester, 2012 may prove to be the year of nonviolence. What’s the difference? It’s as great as between yes and no. A crucial awakening that envelopes humanity’s collective struggle for justice, peace and democracy is happening; it is an awakening that clarifies the circumstances we embrace with a yes and those by which we respond with a vehement no.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 8:05am
Occupation Nation? Sí, Se Puede!
Bayard Rustin, long-time organizer and activist involved in the peace, civil rights, economic justice, gay rights, and African movements, envisioned a coalition of African-Americans and civil rights activists, trade unionists, liberals, and religious groups, that could alter the social and political makeup of the country. This culminated in the March on Washington and was marked, shortly thereafter, by the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1965.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 9:51am
Libya: ‘Vital Interests,’ Samantha Power, and US Intervention
Congress needs to decide if U.S. involvement with the NATO intervention in Libya must continue. President Obama’s March 19 declaration committing American troops and resouraces to aid Libyan rebels fight against Col. Gaddafi now needs Congressional approval , according to the War Powers Act, if the Obama administration decision to intervene in the civil war is to proceed.
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Monday, April 11, 2011 - 2:08pm
Undocumented and Unafraid: The Immigrant Rights Movement
The immigrant rights movement is getting extreme. In the past two years, in addition to some of the largest mass gatherings in the country, undocumented students and their allies have shifted their protest from street marches to civil disobedience. There has been a preponderance of undocumented students “coming out,” announcing that they are “undocumented and unafraid.” Some have taken an even greater risk by engaging in acts of civil resistance – a witness that can lead to harassment a
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 9:44am
Prosecuting Border Activists for Leaving Water for Migrants Is Unjust
Last week, the New York Times ran a story entitled, “Water Drops for Migrants: Kindness, or Offense?” about the contentious act of putting out water for migrants. In September, The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a “littering” conviction of Dan Millis, a No More Deaths volunteer, for setting out sealed, gallons jugs of water.
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