VIDEO PREMIERE: Profiles of Courage

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Profiles of Courage

VIDEO PREMIERE: Profiles of Courage
Fri, 5/4/2012

Here are two Occupy.com originals inaugurating a new series, Profiles in Courage, where we plan to introduce viewers to the occupiers fighting to make their world a better, more just, more sustainable place.

As a police captain and a bishop, Ray Lewis and George Packard inhabit roles in society that don't lend themselves to activism. But they bucked convention and sided with the people they vowed to counsel and protect. Other police officers were not as kind to the Occupy Movement, and other clergy were certainly not as brave as Episcopal Bishop George Packard, who challenged Trinity Church, one of the largest landowners in New York City, when it denied much-needed space to Occupy Wall Street.

The director, producer and executive producer of these pieces—David Sauvage, Seth Cohen and Lawrence Taubman, respectively—are the founders of Occupy.com. Beth Bogart, one of the original members of the OWS PR Working Group, worked with David and Seth to produce the piece and connected them with the Captain and the Bishop.

"The church needed, at this moment in history, to stand alongside these protesters," Bishop Packard says in the film. "The truth of Christ is found in the streets, in the honesty and the integrity and the insistence of people that you find in Occupy Wall Street."

More original programming is in the works, including a news show with none other than Jesse LaGreca. Get ready.

Credit: David Sauvage

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The solution to climate change is a system change – grounded in human rights and ecological stewardship, where communities and workers are in charge of investment priorities ensuring the right to live and work with dignity.

The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue as the very rich shield their income from taxes.

Catholics from as far as Florida and Argentina are coming to New York "to indicate our prayerful support of God’s creation."

Nine out of 10 Latinos support government taking action to combat the threat of climate change – and 56 percent of Latinos see climate change as an extremely or very serious issue compared to 43 percent of all voters.

The history of resistance movements shows that when 3.5% of a population mobilizes on an issue, no government can withstand it – and organizers hope the climate justice movement can reach that level.

Britain’s political system is broken to the point where many people in Northern England actually want to join Scotland to escape austerity measures.

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Shifting toward community-based renewable power is a strong thread running through Scotland's Radical Independence Campaign, and a free Scotland could inspire other countries to relinquish their fossil fuel addiction.

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In addition to speaking with a common voice on climate justice and the policies needed to achieve it, today's "movement of movements" needs to reach beyond environmentalists.

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"We know it is fraud. They know it is fraud. We look to anyone brave enough to stand up and defend the rights of the people," says homeowner defender Sherry Hernandez.

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The Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis, who caused an uproar by publishing the so-called "Lagarde list" of 2,000 suspected tax evaders from his country who hold bank accounts in Switzerland, is on trial in Athens on charges of infringing privacy laws.

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