Laura Gottesdiener

Laura Gottesdiener is an organizer with Occupy Wall Street and a freelance journalist in New York City.

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Monday, November 17, 2014 - 7:15am
Separate and Unequal: A Journey Across a Divided Detroit
In late October, a few days after local news cameras swarmed Detroit’s courthouse to hear closing arguments in the city’s historic bankruptcy trial, “Commander” Dale Brown cruised through the stately Detroit neighborhood of Palmer Woods in a Hummer emblazoned with the silver, interlocking-crescent-...
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Monday, October 13, 2014 - 8:45am
A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie): Life Inside the Boom
At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn’t expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn’t really expect most of the things I encountered...
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The sun sets in Chandler, Arizona. (Photo: Garry Wilmore/cc/flickr) Views
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 10:00am
Drowning in Profits
Security is a slippery idea these days -- especially when it comes to homes and neighborhoods. Perhaps the most controversial development in America’s housing “recovery” is the role played by large private equity firms. In recent years, they have bought up more than 200,000 mostly foreclosed houses...
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 4:30pm
When Predatory Equity Hit the Big Apple
Things are heating up inside Wall Street’s new rental empire. Over the last few years, giant private equity firms have bet big on the housing market, buying up more than 200,000 cheap homes across the country. Their plan is to rent the houses back to families -- sometimes the very same people who...
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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 11:25am
In Chiapas, A Revolution That Won't Go Away
Growing up in a well-heeled suburban community, I absorbed our society’s distaste for dissent long before I was old enough to grasp just what was being dismissed.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 10:23am
The Empire Strikes Back: How Wall Street Has Turned Housing Into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme -- Again
You can hardly turn on the television or open a newspaper without hearing about the nation’s impressive, much celebrated housing recovery. Home prices are rising! New construction has started! The crisis is over! Yet beneath the fanfare, a whole new get-rich-quick scheme is brewing.
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Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 10:18am
Backyard Shock Doctrine: Wall Street's Destruction Comes Home
We cautiously ascend the staircase, the pitch black of the boarded-up house pierced only by my companion’s tiny circle of light. At the top of the landing, the flashlight beam dances in a corner as Quafin, who offered only her first name, points out the furnace. She is giddy; this house -- unlike most of the other bank-owned buildings on the block -- isn’t completely uninhabitable.
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Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 9:30am
Revolution 2.0 in Egypt
On Wednesday, Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by millions of protesters and the Egyptian armed forces in what many are calling a “relaunch” of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
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Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 1:36pm
A New Face of the New Labor Movement
For Mahoma Lopez, a long-time restaurant worker in New York City, it came down to a decision between fight and flight. Last fall, his boss at the cafe on the Upper East Side where Lopez had worked for years began cutting hours and screaming at his employees, withholding overtime pay and threatening to fire anyone who complained. Being Mexican-born and with halting English, Lopez had been in this position before.
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Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 7:35am
After Sandy, Communities Mobilize a New Kind of Disaster Relief
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