900 issues of Green Left Weekly

This is the 900th issue of Green Left Weekly. We are very confident that we will get to the 1000th – and beyond – as the best-read green and left campaigning newspaper in Australia.

The fact that we reach this milestone amidst a (still-growing) global movement of occupations against the tyranny of the world’s richest 1% goes some way to explaining this confidence.

This movement began with the occupation of Wall Street, which was in turn inspired by the mass tent city occupations in Spain and the democratic revolt that has been sweeping through the Arab world. Now there are more than a thousand occupations going on around the world. And more are planned.

These movements have a profound and powerful message: The world’s 99% need to assert democratic control of society and refashion it so the fruits of our common labour and our planets resources are shared fairly and managed in an ecologically sustainable way.

The occupy movement has only succeeded because this message reasonates strongly with billions of people. Five centuries of capitalism has concentrated wealth and power in the hands of a tiny minority – on a scale never seen before in all history. Now most people know this is not sustainable.

Will this broad sentiment translate into the broad-scale action that will be needed to turn our common aspirations for change into real change? Will the broad sympathy for the occupy movement remain mostly passive or will it become active? We will find out over the next weeks.

But Green Left won’t be simply waiting to find out. We will be campaigning in the streets, in the communities, campuses, schools and workplaces for people to join the occupy movement, to participate in what ever way possible.

At critical political moments like these, a people-powered media project like Green Left really comes into its own. Green Left’s website is already one of the most-read political websites in Australia. But when the occupy movement came to Australia on October 15, our web readership more than doubled!

On October 21, when the police violently attacked the Occupy Melbourne, Green Left established a special Live Blog to report on the unfolding events and thousands turned to this blog for the latest news.

A people-powered project like Green Left totally depends on ordinary people’s support to keep going. We need your help to survive. Donate online today to the Green Left fighting fund. Direct deposits can be made to Greenleft, Commonwealth Bank, BSB 062-006, Account No. 00901992. Otherwise, you can send a cheque or money order to PO Box 515, Broadway NSW 2007 or phone in a donation through on the toll-free line at 1800 634 206 (within Australia).

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