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Occupy Roundup

October 21, 2011: Morning Update:

Wall Street Firms Spy on Protestors in Tax-Funded Center:

Wall Street’s audacity to corrupt knows no bounds and the cooptation of government by the 1 per cent knows no limits. How else to explain $150 million of taxpayer money going to equip a government facility in lower Manhattan where Wall Street firms, serially charged with corruption, get to sit alongside the New York Police Department and spy on law abiding citizens.

Read the full story.

Yet Another Obama Jobs Proposal Dies in the Senate

How to Make Banks Really Mad: Occupy Foreclosures

Occupy Wall Street’s Neighbors Are Tired of the Drumming

Occupy Oakland Tells City And Media To Fuck Off

Exploring Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Adbuster’ Origins

Wall Street Protesters ”˜Occupy’ MoMA, Slam $25 Admission, Don Gorilla Mask

Occupy Wall Street supporters target REBNY over parks access

Occupy Wall Street, unions get their activism together

President Obama at war with himself over Wall Street

Needless to say, a link does not constitute an endorsement of any story posted.

Post the stories you are reading in the comments.

More as it develops.

October 20, 2011: Morning Update:

Protesters spark fear among some bankers

Student loan justice – Discharge the Debt rally

NPR Gets Radio Host Fired for Occupying

NPR Blackballs Freelancer for Occupying DC

What the NYPD Really Thinks of Occupy Wall Street

Obama still flush with cash from financial sector despite frosty relations

Student loan debts crush an entire generation

Citigroup to Pay Millions to Close Fraud Complaint

MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan gets yelled at visiting Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street can’t have jobs and the environment, James O’Keefe and think tanks and more

Occupy Wall Street moves to the boardroom

David Graeber: On Playing By The Rules ”“ The Strange Success Of #OccupyWallStreet

California reportedly subpoenas BofA over toxic securities

October 18, 2011: Morning Update:

Countless Grievances, One Thread: We’re Angry

Bloomberg Says ”˜Tent City’ Goes Beyond Free Speech

Why Occupy Wall Street Is Bigger Than Left vs. Right – by Matt Taibbi

The NYPD White Shirt in this video posted by Don Henry Ford is under investigation:

A second senior New York police officer is being formally investigated over allegations that he assaulted an Occupy Wall Street protester, raising fresh questions over the NYPD’s deployment of supervisors on the front line in volatile public order situations.

The officer, who has been named in news reports as deputy inspector Johnny Cardona, was filmed on Friday grabbing the protester from behind, spinning him round and appearing to punch him in the face so hard that he fell to the ground.

1 U.S Marine vs 30 NYPD cops — Marine wins

Wall Street’s Second Occupation: The Rise of the NYPD’s Homeland Security State

Feelin’ some deja vu vu by Digby

What the Occupy protests tell us about the limits of democracy

Wall Street's WhinersOctober 17, 2011: Morning Update:

Occupy Wall Street Spreads Around The Globe

What are those OWS people so angry about?

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Pack Times Square

Here Are Occupy Wall Street’s Plans For A National Convention That Could Change The Face Of America

The Financial Times endorses Occupy Wall Street.

Vet to NYPD Officers: ”˜How Do You Sleep at Night?’

Occupy Austin photos.

Occupy Seattle Photos – by Agonist community member YogiOne.

Obama Embraces Occupy Wall Street – by James Joyner, who writes:

The wee problem with it is that, not only is Obama part of the 1 percent, he’s been the single most important voice in American public policy for the past three years and has done nothing about these issues. Indeed, he was the chief cheerleader for the massive bailouts of the banks that gives the movement its name.

Well said. Obama had a chance in 2009 to lead and lost it. Actually, he flat out failed. Occupy Wall Street can lead itself. Watch the video.

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Occupy Wall Street now one month old

Intellectual Roots of Wall St. Protest Lie in Academe

Protesters arrested nationwide as Occupy Wall Street rallies hit monthlong mark

Occupy Wall Street Must Occupy Congress, AG offices

Police make 46 arrests in Phoenix ”˜Occupy’ protests and 53 in Tucson

Wall Street Protest Rallies at JPMorgan Branch to Close Accounts

Occupy Wall Street Plans Mass Close-Out of Chase Bank Accounts

The banks fight back: Customers locked in and arrested after attempting to close their accounts in protest

Losing Their Immunity – by Paul Krugman

Protesters Debate What Demands, if Any, to Make

October 14, 2011: Afternoon Update:

Man’s Leg Pinned Under Police Motorcycle at Protest.

The New York Times is up to its old anti-protester tricks. Way to reinforce the stereo-types of lazy hippie protesters!

Video: Occupy Wall Street – Chris Hedges shuts down CBC Kevin O’Leary

Want to Talk to the CEO of Citigroup? Here’s His Cell Phone Number

“We should not look at yesterday’s sentencing of Raj Rajaratnam as the first act of justice against the banksters who killed our economy.” – by Emptywheel

Dehumanizing the protesters – by Digby

Exploiting Anti-Semitism To Destroy Occupy Wall Street

Students storm Goldman Sachs building in Milan

Geithner: Action against Wall St. coming

October 14, 2011 Morning Update:

One idea for #ows combine marches on specific banks with people withdrawing money during marchers. Make the 1% pay. #ows

Not cool San Diego. RT @lucasoconnor: Arrests beginning at #occupysd live on the morning news.

Occupy Wall Street’s ”˜Political Disobedience:’

Civil disobedience accepted the legitimacy of political institutions, but resisted the moral authority of resulting laws. Political disobedience, by contrast, resists the very way in which we are governed: it resists the structure of partisan politics, the demand for policy reforms, the call for party identification, and the very ideologies that dominated the post-War period.

I like that very much, but I caution: political disobedience should, as I have said many times before, enact a serious price on the elite 1%. Protesting is well and good and I’m content to watch the movement evolve and grow as it has been. But the time for direct and punitive non-violent actions is fast coming–a modern day salt strike a la Gandhi, something tied in with a general debt strike occurs to me. Bloomberg and the NYPD may have relented today, but the pressure on them to act is only growing stronger by the day.

Another Tweet, this one from CNN: “Police begin to extract #Occupy protesters from Veteran’s Park in Denver. Live: http://on.cnn.com/cnndcl1 #OWS” And this from the official OccupyDenver tweet stream: “Riot police, gang units, haz mat, what is this costing the Colorado taxpayers to step on our rights? #OccupyDenver #OccupyWallStreet

Bloomberg Averts Zuccotti Park Showdown as Occupy Wall Street Goes Global

Cleanup of Zuccotti Park Is Canceled

Video from Zuccotti Park this morning on Bloomberg backing down.

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Win Bloomberg Showdown

What Will Become of Occupy Wall Street: A Protest Historian’s Guide

A sign of reason amid the protest jumble: from a Houston Chronicle business writer, about Occupy Houston. This one is well worth a read. When a business writer in the capital of the oil patch gets it you know the message is being heard loud and clear. h/t Entropos.

6 Places to Occupy Next: Protest the 1% Where They Live, Work and Play

Joe Bageant told uncomfortable truths about class in America not directly about Occupy Wall Street, but related.

Know Your Rights When Stopped By The Police.

Essential Tweets:

“I think Bloomberg realized a billionaire mayor throwing people off Wall St. wouldn’t look good.” –CWA rep on why city folded #ows

RT @LucyKafanov: RT @jopauca: Another shot of NYPD in riot gear #OccupyWallStreet http://twitpic.com/703wp8

Bloomberg’s claim is that he reversed course based on a late-night email from the park’s landlord, which seems out of character.

The right is now shrieking “anti-semites” to discredit the OWS protests. See this and this.

October 13, 2011 Update: I’m not good for much else than curation today, so here’s a list of Occupy Wall Street and general Occupy stories in the media worthy of your attention:

A News Story Is Growing With ”˜Occupy’ Protests

CHARTS: Here’s What The Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About…

Occupy Wall Street Gets a Reaction

Bloomberg Tells Protesters to Leave Zuccotti Park for Cleaning

The Broken Contract

City Council Unanimously Passes Occupy L.A. Resolution — Protesters Struggle to Distance Themselves From Democrats, Unions

Growing Income Gap Raises Risk of U.S. Crises

Protests and Power

85 comments to Occupy Roundup

  • Actor 212

    The Obama administration has used the OWS to get in a dig at Syria

  • pihwht

    to the post at occupywallst.org last night regarding Oct 15, I was led to http://takethesquare.net/ which has a lot of information about and advice for protesters.

  • pihwht

    statement from John Loty relates to this:

    “Message: The possibility that “Occupy Wall St” could become just a “bubble” that will burst and leave us nothing of value is the reason for this post.

    An “oldie” saying springs to mind: – “If you keep doing what you have always done – You will get what you always got.”
    And that well know quote from Einstein about it being impossible to bring about change if your very approach, method or proposed solution is itself a product of the system you are trying to change also comes to mind.

    As I see it the nature of the problem is greed and a system that enables and indeed encourages avarice. I think we are all agreed that we are not just talking about ‘reasonable’ or sustainable profit here we are talking about plain thievery and it is the ‘rich’ who are in effect stealing from the ‘poor’.

    The solution and I respectfully suggest that someone tell the real protestors (not all the ‘Johnny come late lies’ and ‘personalities’ whose egos are unbridled) that they must think about solutions that are real and possible though perhaps as yet not imaginable to most…. lies in the spirit of community, co-operation, collaboration and very clear and articulated aims. Dare I say it – democracy – where the people not the ‘system’ are in charge. A blend of chaos and order!

    When someone shouts “What do we want” their must be some response that resonates with the real people (across the world – not just America) who are enslaved by our ridiculous system. I do not have the solution as such but believe that Confucius (think this came from him or other ancient sources) had its essence when it was said 2500 years ago, “The wise person organizes society, so that like a plant, each part cooperates together for the benefit of the whole”.

    Without clear aims (demands if you like …I am talking about ‘meaning and purpose’) this movement – which is evidence of a deep malaise within society -will fall into the hands of the professional and skilled manipulators of the public will– and they will spin a story that will derail this movement.”

    http://takethesquare.net/2011/10/13/15oreasons-of-john-loty/

  • KayseJ

    Cantor has changed his position. The lad is finally learning the political game.

  • Anonymous

    saw this posted comment anti-OWS by someone i know…

    I am as pissed off at the corruption and fraud as anyone, but the OWS seems to be fully owned by those whose vision of the US is not consistent with my own. The whole liberty thing, the rule of law, the protection of rights as enumerated in the Constitution (i.e. the right to own guns, not the right to a “free” education, etc.) Guess that makes me a:

    (followed by thumbs up sign)

    So, trying to understand… even though he is angry about the corruption and fraud and getting ripped off by the 1%, the fact that they promote gun rights instead of funding things like education makes him support them.

    Damn, the people who funded the Tea Party really did read their audience right eh?

  • Anonymous

    My conclusion from the above “trying to understand” comment and hearing such sentiments repeatedly expressed, is that many who would otherwise and by economics fall into the 99%, willingly lend their support to the 1%, even though they know they 1% has criminally ripped them off, because they don’t like the idea of “freeloaders” getting government assistance of any kind, and because the 1% shares their activism in keeping gun ownership as easy as possible. They might also believe the trickle-down theory promoted by the 1%.

  • pihwht

    strange. I haven’t read anything about the various occupations even talking about hot buttons like gun control or abortion. Isn’t the lack of ‘demands’ a major complaint.

    When we’ve gone to visit the occupation here in KC, everyone was talking, but they weren’t talking about those divisive issues. The first time we went last Sunday, we had to park several blocks away from the camp and walked by vehicles with a wide variety of bumper stickers. Most were liberal, but I saw at least one pro-live sticker and several celebrating Ron Paul.

  • Anonymous

    the 1% IS talking about those issues, and has spent major funds making sure they are viewed as the protectors of guns and the eliminators of “freeloading”. People like Cain are leading the characterization right now, and are characterizing what the 99% are supposed to be about.

    One problem with OWS not having just a few (like 5) simple clear demands is that the 1% can claim what the OWS goals really are, and how the 1% is protecting the nation from them.

  • JustPlainDave

    …hilarious is that your acquaintance is saying via the picture that he is a member of an outlaw motorcycle club (that’s what the patch means).

    In combat one should be very suspicious of painless moral choices. When you are confronted with a seemingly painless moral choice, the odds are that you haven’t looked deeply enough.” ~ Karl Marlantes

  • Tina

    OCTOBER 14, 2011
    Wrong People Arrested on Wall Street
    Goldman Boss: ‘Thought They Were Finally Coming for Us’

    NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – Millions of Americans cheered the news on Friday that arrests had finally been made on Wall Street, but were soon disappointed to learn that the wrong people had been taken into custody.

    “I was like, finally they’re going to get those bastards,” said Tracy Klugian, 27, of Queens, New York, whose hopes were raised by an “Arrests on Wall Street” graphic he saw on CNN. “I guess it was too good to be true.”

    NYPD spokesman Frank Hannefy explained the controversial decision to arrest Occupy Wall Street protesters while leaving the people who had brought the nation’s economy to the brink of Armageddon unmolested.

    “As far as soulless individuals pillaging the country for their personal gain, that’s none of our business,” he said. “But we’ll be damned if we’re going to let people march on newly seeded grass.”

    At banking giant Goldman Sachs, chairman Lloyd Blankfein admitted that when he heard police sirens outside his building, “I was sure they were finally coming for us.”

    The Goldman chief said he started running up and down the halls “screaming at people to feed the document shredder like Chris Christie at a pie-eating contest.”

    Mr. Blankfein said that he felt “palpable relief” when he realized that the police had come to arrest the protesters and were leaving the bankers at large.

    “That was a close one,” he said, chuckling. “We’re all going to have a good laugh about this over the weekend in the Caymans.”

    Elsewhere, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced what he called his “1-1-1″ plan: “Every American gets 1 percent tax, 1 mandatory vaccination, and 1 execution.”

  • yogi-one

    I’ll try to load up some pix to my flickr acct Sunday AM. I also will be able to get a couple of hours of flip video. I wish I had a netbook but I don’t, and I don’t want to lug my laptop around. I might take my nookcolor – it doubles as an Android tablet and maybe I could get in some live blogging if there’s a network I can get on nearby. Otherwise there’s always ye old smartphone so I can at least get some twitter and FB posts up.

    Anyway I’ll try to keep in touch from down there.

    It’ll be my first actual day inside the protests, so I certainly won’t be a facilitator or anything like that, but hopefully I can at least get some clear shots and vids of the whole thing.

    They are on week three now in Seattle, and they haven’t successfully set up a tent city on Westlake Plaza yet. I’m not sure if I’ll be in the hard-core that stays and tries to put tents up after the 10pm official park closing time. I’m probably a day-tripper for tomorrow then we’ll see how I feel about going back down there for more after that.

    I’m curious to see how they are organizing themselves, after reading so much about how well they have done in NYC.

  • Raja

    Europeans join “Occupy Wall Street” amid threat of banking crisis

    CNN, October 15

    The “Occupy Wall Street” movement went global Saturday, crossing the Atlantic to many European cities, where protesters turned out by the thousands for largely peaceful demonstrations. In many cities, handfuls of protesters donned masks portraying a sinister, smiling face with a pointy black mustache and a thin lip beard taken from the movie “V for Vendetta” about a masked hero who fights against totalitarianism.

    Here’s a country-by-country look at the European demonstrations:

    Italy

    An initially peaceful protest in central Rome turned violent Saturday, after anarchists — some wearing ski masks and belonging to a group termed “Black Bloc” — torched cars, broke windows and clashed with police. The violent group also fought with other protesters, who attempted to extricate the rowdy anarchists from the march. Rocks, bottles and tear gas canisters flew, and an interior ministry building caught fire in the mayhem. Firefighters battled the blaze at the main gathering spot, the Piazza San Giovanni, which transformed into a battleground between police with water cannons on the one side and anarchists armed with knives, bats, Molotov cocktails and fireworks on the other, Newsweek correspondent Barbie Nadeau told CNN.

    Spain

    More than 10,000 demonstrators of all ages gathered peacefully in Madrid’s spacious Plaza de Cibeles on Saturday and than walked uphill to Puerta del Sol, according to CNN correspondent Al Goodman. The “May 15 Movement” started five months ago to the day over austerity measures and high unemployment. Some demonstrators said they felt Spain’s protest had gone global and that the world had joined the movement started in their country. The newspaper El Pais quoted Catalan regional police as saying an estimated 60,000 protesters turned out in Barcelona. CNN was unable to confirm that number Saturday evening.

    United Kingdom [...]
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    Germany [...]
    Sweden

    A small crowd gathered in Stockholm to join the “Occupy” protests. About 400 demonstrators gathered at the central square in Stockholm then “moved on to the Bank of Sweden where they protested some more, and then they went home,” a police spokeswoman said. Sweden is known for its strong social democratic system, which provides for many needs of its citizens and protects the stability of Swedish jobs.


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Raja

    Democratic Underground, By Spin, October 15

    I was looking through the blog after seeing it on Real Time and noticed this guy:

    After rolling my eyes at the derp, I thought that something didn’t look right. The piece of paper he was allegedly holding up was way too big to be held up that straight. It looked like it was being pressed against glass. It would be impossible to hold up a piece of paper that big without a little wave or bend to it. So, using my less than rudimentary MS Paint skills, I clipped his right shoulder, flipped it and gave him a left shoulder. Then I blurred out some of the sign by copying the grey wall background. I created something resembling a neck by using copied sections of his skin, did the same with creating a shirt and ran it through Google images.

    [...]

    Turns out Mr. Djangu Mutambe is actually Mr. Adewale T Akande of Spain. He’s a Road and Traffic Safety Consultant and a pretty prolific blogger about his life in Spain.

    [...]

    So, it appears Eric Erickson, who started this Tumblr, has some explaining to do. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out other “53 percenters” aren’t who they appear to be.

    Also: Seen on the53.tumblr.com


    CNN Contributor Erick Erickson Launches Fraudulent Counter Movement To “We Are The 99 Percent”

    Media Matters, By Jeremy Holden, October 11

    Over at the Wonk Blog Monday, The Washington Post’s Suzy Khimm shed light on (Conservatives launch “We are the 53 percent” to criticize 99 percenters) CNN contributor and Red State editor Erick Erickson’s decision to lead a conservative “counterpunch to the viral ‘We are the 99 percent’ site that’s become a prominent symbol for the Occupy Wall Street movement.”

    WeAreThe99Percent allows users to post images with testimonials laying out their personal struggles amid growing income inequality, in order to explain their support for the growing Occupy Wall Street movement against economic and social injustice.

    In response, Erickson posted a testimonial calling the protesters “whiners,” and claiming to represent the “53 percent subsidizing you so you can hang out on Wall Street and complain.” After a Twitter campaign to promote his movement, several people have responded with similar testimonials.

    Gawker has more on Erickson’s movement [The Right-Wing Version of ‘We Are the 99 Percent’: Heartbreaking] calling it “a response to ‘We Are the 99 Percent,’ an Occupy Wall Street-affiliated blog that collects the stories of the underemployed, overworked, debt-ridden and uninsured victims of the recession.”

    Erickson, recall, once called then-Supreme Court Justice David Souter a “goat-fucking child molester.”


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Anonymous

    In Private, Wall St. Bankers Dismiss Protesters as Unsophisticated

    New York Times, By Nelson D. Schwartz and Eric Dash, October 14

    Publicly, bankers say they understand the anger at Wall Street — but believe they are misunderstood by the protesters camped on their doorstep.

    But when they speak privately, it is often a different story.

    “Most people view it as a ragtag group looking for sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll,” said one top hedge fund manager.

    “It’s not a middle-class uprising,” adds another veteran bank executive. “It’s fringe groups. It’s people who have the time to do this.”

    As the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations have grown and spread to other cities, an open question is: Do the bankers get it? Their different worldview speaks volumes about the wide chasms that have opened over who is to blame for the continuing economic malaise and what is best for the country.

    Some on Wall Street viewed the protesters with disdain, and a degree of caution, as hundreds marched through the financial district on Friday. Others say they feel their pain, but are befuddled about what they are supposed to do to ease it. A few even feel personally attacked, and say the Occupy Wall Street protesters who have been in Zuccotti Park for weeks are just bitter about their own economic fate and looking for an easy target. If anything, they say, people should show some gratitude.

    “Who do you think pays the taxes?” said one longtime money manager. “Financial services are one of the last things we do in this country and do it well. Let’s embrace it. If you want to keep having jobs outsourced, keep attacking financial services. This is just disgruntled people.”

    He added that he was disappointed that members of Congress from New York, especially Senator Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, had not come out swinging for an industry that donates heavily to their campaigns. “They need to understand who their constituency is,” he said.

    [...]

    John Paulson, the hedge fund titan who made billions in the financial crisis by betting against the subprime mortgage market, has been the exception. His Upper East Side home was picketed by demonstrators earlier this week, but Mr. Paulson offered a full-throated defense of the Street, even going so far as to defend the tiny sliver of top earners attacked by the Occupy Wall Street protesters — whose signs refer to themselves as “the other 99 percent.”

    “The top 1 percent of New Yorkers pay over 40 percent of all income taxes, providing huge benefits to everyone in our city and state,” he said in a statement. “Paulson & Company and its employees have paid hundreds of millions in New York City and New York State taxes in recent years and have created over 100 high-paying jobs in New York City since its formation.”

    [...]

    “Wall Street continues to underestimate the degree of anger among citizens and voters,” said Douglas J. Elliott, a former investment banker who is now a fellow at the Brookings Institution. For the most part, bankers say that they see the protests as a reaction to the high unemployment and slow growth that has plagued the American economy since the recession and the financial crisis of 2008. Despite all the placards and chants plainly indicating otherwise, some bankers suggest that deep down, the protesters are not really all that mad at them.

    “I don’t think we see ourselves as the target,” said Steve Bartlett, president of the Financial Services Roundtable, which represents the nation’s biggest banks and insurers in Washington. “I think they’re protesting about the economy. What’s lost is that the financial services sector has to be well capitalized and well financed for the economy to recover.”


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Anonymous

    As Many as 24 People Arrested for Trying to Close Accounts at #Citibank

    Naked Capitalism, By Yves Smith, October 15

    Daily Kos publicized a story captured on Global Revolution, of perhaps as many as 30 people being arrested for attempting to close their Citibank accounts. Kos originally said 30 people were arrested; an update now says 17, again per Global Revolution.

    The New York Post reports that 24 people were arrested; its characterization is that a “mob stormed” a branch at Laguardia Place in Manhattan. The basis for the arrests appears to be plenty dubious. Later accounts indicate that people trying to close their accounts were locked in the branch and then arrested for illegal trespass. This video (hat tip Mike Stark) appears to support the protestors’ claims. Notice that the people in the branch are not disruptive, and a woman outside the branch, who had documents to show she was a Citibank customer but apparently had been inside the branch, was grabbed by the police and forced into the branch:

    [...]

    I don’t know what the branch staff was thinking. This is yet another incident that is only going to engender more sympathy for the little guy versus the banks, whether expressed via Occupy Wall Street or other channels.


    74 Arrested as Protesters ‘Occupy’ Times Square

    The Wall Street Journal, By Mike Vilensky, Jessica Firger & Alison Fox, October 16

    Hundreds of anti-corporate protesters marched Saturday from New York City’s Financial District to Times Square in a show of force that resulted in 74 arrests, authorities said.

    Holding signs reading “debt is slavery,” “in a gentle way you can change the world,” and “We are not anonymous,” the protesters stopped traffic in busy Midtown Manhattan streets and provided a new spectacle for tourists and New Yorkers amid the bustle of iconic Times Square. It was one of the largest demonstrations yet from the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has camped out in a Lower Manhattan park since Sept. 17 to protest finance industry bailouts, unemployment and income inequality.

    The arrests marred what police said was a largely orderly march to the heart of Midtown Manhattan from the protest’s headquarters in the Financial District’s Zuccotti Park. The march came a day after the privately owned park’s landlord backed down from an attempt to temporarily move the demonstration.

    The protesters in Times Square came from around the country and many were not part of the park encampment.

    [...]

    As the protesters proceeded uptown, most spectators briefly gawked — taking iPhone photos or videos — or ignored it altogether. Not all were supportive. Cries of “Get a job” and “Shut up” were heard as the march passed by.

    “They need to stop blaming the government and the rich and take some responsibility,” said Peter Maxwell, a 22-year-old student.

    [...]

    Robert Carpenter, 71, who said he was an Army veteran and retired accountant, broke down in tears at the site in Times Square.

    “This is spontaneous, leaderless,” Mr. Carpenter said. “They’re trying to learn and search and get a fair play. I was wondering where they were after all these years.”


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Raja

    Reuters, By Philip Pullella, October 15

    Rome – Anti-greed protesters rallied globally on Saturday, denouncing bankers and politicians over the international economic crisis, with violence rocking Rome where cars were torched and bank windows smashed.

    Galvanized by the Occupy Wall Street movement, protests began in New Zealand, touched parts of Asia, spread to Europe, and resumed at their starting point in New York with 5,000 marchers decrying corporate greed and economic inequality.

    [...]

    While most rallies were relatively small and barely held up traffic, the Rome event drew tens of thousands of people and snaked through the city center for miles (kilometers).

    Hundreds of hooded, masked demonstrators rampaged in some of the worst violence seen in the Italian capital in years, setting cars ablaze, breaking bank and shop windows and destroying traffic lights and signposts.

    Police fired volleys of tear gas and used water cannon to try to disperse militant protesters who were hurling rocks, bottles and fireworks, but clashes went on into the evening.

    Smoke bombs set off by protesters cast a pall over a sea of red flags and banners bearing slogans denouncing economic policies the protesters say are hurting the poor.

    The violence sent many peaceful demonstrators and local residents near the Colosseum and St John’s Basilica running into hotels and churches for safety.

    [...]

    The Times Square mood was akin to New Year’s Eve, when the famed “ball drop” occurs. In a festive mood, protesters were joined by throngs of tourists snapping pictures, together counting back from 10 and shouting, “Happy New Year.”

    [...]

    Hundreds marched in Tokyo. Over 100 people gathered at the Taipei stock exchange, chanting “we are Taiwan’s 99 percent” and saying economic growth had only benefited companies while middle-class salaries barely covered basic costs.

    In Hong Kong, home to the Asian headquarters of investment banks including Goldman Sachs, over 100 people gathered at Exchange Square in the Central district. Students joined with retirees, holding banners that called banks a cancer.

    Portugal was the scene of the biggest reported protest action, with more than 20,000 marching in Lisbon and a similar number in the country’s second city Oporto, two days after the government announced a new batch of austerity measures.


    Lambert live blogs the day here: #Oct15


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Anonymous

    Twitter: CONFIRMED: Multiple columns of uniformed police, 150+ now entering Wash Sq Park. Less than 15 mins to curfew..

    (Crummy) Video…

    Police are heavily mobilized, riot gear, tons of buses. No need to make a stand tonight. Get out of the park! #WashingtonSquarePark #ows

    Wall of NYPD along north of #occupywashingtonSquare. http://pic.twitter.com/wijVK7yo

    NYPD Manhattan Precincts 1-23 and Citywide 1-3 Live Scanner Audio Feed

    #OWS

    More video


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  • Silent Autumn

    I watched a few of the videos of the guy allegedly getting his legs runover by a “motorcycle” and I call bullshit. Turns out that dude is a front for a lawyers group (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but videos show him moving his legs in the way and around the tires and he was never run over. It’s pretty sad and hurts this movement instead of bolster it.

  • Escher Sketch

    guess it’s inevitable that some dummy’s going to try something like that. There are much more damning videos and images emerging.


    “The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential.”

    - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • yogi-one

    Here’s the best of the vids I got with my Flip Video

    Michael the minister singing a Zorastrian Chant
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkewnlrbqfE

    On the march Pike Street
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS5OGz9Hnts

    Setting up tents Westlake Plaza
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfcuCt3rRUI

    and my photos are here
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/yogispix/sets/72157627778499739/

  • chalo

    There is no having the comfortable illusion anymore that capitalism is an unmitigated good thing and our current problems are only an overlay of corruption. This is what capitalism does; corruption is a feature, not a bug.

    We can fix our system, but not if we keep a greed-based economy.

    _______________________________________________________________

    Please close any account you have with Bank of America, Chase, Citi, or Wells Fargo. Do it for your own benefit and that of your community and country.

  • creativelcro

    It has to do with the fact that ultimately we are a closed system. The world is a closed system. To try to avoid corruption, the typical strategy is to engage an “outside body”. At this point, there is no longer an outside body. Everybody at the highest levels is part of the game, everybody has a conflict of interest. That is why there is widespread corruption. Not sure that can change. The world is just too small.

  • creativelcro

    He’s my hero!

  • Escher Sketch

    We’ve made sure Nature itself is going to be first and foremost.

    This isn’t a bad thing, because it will be needed to force people to take the next step upwards in social organization and institute planetary government, for the simple reason that without it one can’t address planet-wide issues (organizations like the League of Nations and the United Nations that try to address them while leaving sovereignty completely intact having failed).

    [Well, OK - it'll be a bad thing *for us* in the intermediate term. Oh well.]


    “The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential.”

    - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • mcgrande

    it reached out and sucked him in to the beast.
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d04_1318878825

  • Raja

    Meet the international activists who lit the fuse for the populist protest movement that’s sweeping the world.

    Mother Jones, By Andy Kroll, October 17

    Months before the first occupiers descended on Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, before the news trucks arrived and the unions endorsed, before Michael Bloomberg and Michael Moore and Kanye West made appearances, a group of artists, activists, writers, students, and organizers gathered on the fourth floor of 16 Beaver Street, an artists’ space near Wall Street, to talk about changing the world. There were New Yorkers in the room, but also Egyptians, Spaniards, Japanese, Greeks. Some had played a part in the Arab Spring uprising; others had been involved in the protests catching fire across Europe. But no one at 16 Beaver knew they were about light the fuse on a protest movement that would sweep the United States and fuel similar uprisings around the world.

    The group often credited with sparking Occupy Wall Street is Adbusters, the Canadian anti-capitalist magazine that, in July, issued a call to flood lower Manhattan with 90,000 protesters. “Are you ready for a Tahrir moment?” the magazine asked. But that’s not how Occupy Wall Street sprang to life. Without that worldly group that met at 16 Beaver and later created the New York City General Assembly, there might not have been an Occupy Wall Street as we know it today.

  • adrena

    The expression used to be: “Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”

    Now it should be: “We will never be free until the last CEO is strangled with the entrails of the last economist.”

    Posted by a Globe and Mail reader in response to the article “Economics Has Met The Enemy, And It Is Economics”


    Sexual inequality is “The Mother of all Inequalities”.
    Liberate female sexuality and you will eliminate racism, homophobia, financial greed, and violence.

  • canuck

    movement not advocating that countries return to managing their own currency? The United States used to be in control of their currency until President Lincoln had to borrow funding from bankers for the Civil War. After his death, there wasn’t a strong leader who recognized that passing that responsibility to a central banker meant it no longer controlled its destiny.

    Canada too used to have a central bank from which it could borrow and set the rate. Low interest loans for infrastructure and a limited number of social programmes were funded without its citizenry having to service its debt at high rates.

    I’m hoping one or all of the PIIGS countries default and the system blows up. Only then will countries agree that they should take control back from the central bankers who made enormous profits while nearing causing a second world-wide depression. Countries once regaining control of their currency hopefully also re-institute banking regulations that stop bankers from declaring economic war on the middle classes.

    I’ve lived to see those changes. My and my husband’s retirement portfolio (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) that we’ve worked our entire lives to accumulate, earns less than 1% on our savings–that needs to change dramatically. Yeah gads, countries need to return sanity to the equation principal+interest=paid debt. The only part of that equation that was an asset was the borrower’s agreement to repay the loan–interest was fabricated from thin air. Why is there panic in worldwide economies when that’s so easily fixed?

  • Zman1527

    If this is what you believe:

    ““The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you’re supposed to do, is rewarded,” Obama said. “And that people who are irresponsible, who are reckless, who don’t feel a sense of obligation to their communities and their companies and their workers that those folks aren’t rewarded.”

    You can start down that road by naming special investigators for WS and Bush/Cheney. Crimes were committed in broad daylight and they go unpunished. Bush and Cheney have openly admitted so.

  • Sean Paul Kelley

    Bad decisions make good stories.

  • mcgrande

    Provided faces of protesters from the bridge march that were in his opinion NYPD. He provided face picture comparisons of protesters, wearing hoodies (to cover their ears) to policemen present during the defiant Marine monologue.

  • Bolo

    and the environment? That guy’s either a shill or an idiot. Hmmm… maybe both.

    The problem is that the private sector can’t figure out how to make a profit on the environment and isn’t willing to figure out how to do so. So the options they present are either continue pollution and environmental degradation or don’t have jobs. There’s plenty of work to be done if they’re just too lazy or unimaginative to do it.

    If the US could get ahead on manufacturing renewable energy systems, figure out how to do “clean” production, learn how to manipulate atmospheric and oceanic(/hydrologic) chemisty on a large scale, and etc., then we’d be well on our way to prospering in the 21st century.

  • Tina

    Thursday 20 October 2011
    by: Pam Martens, CounterPunch | News Analysis

    Wall Street’s audacity to corrupt knows no bounds and the cooptation of government by the 1 per cent knows no limits. How else to explain $150 million of taxpayer money going to equip a government facility in lower Manhattan where Wall Street firms, serially charged with corruption, get to sit alongside the New York Police Department and spy on law abiding citizens.

    According to newly unearthed documents, the planning for this high tech facility on lower Broadway dates back six years. In correspondence from 2005 that rests quietly in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s archives, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly promised Edward Forst, a Goldman Sachs’ Executive Vice President at the time, that the NYPD “is committed to the development and implementation of a comprehensive security plan for Lower Manhattan…One component of the plan will be a centralized coordination center that will provide space for full-time, on site representation from Goldman Sachs and other stakeholders.”

    At the time, Goldman Sachs was in the process of extracting concessions from New York City just short of the Mayor’s first born in exchange for constructing its new headquarters building at 200 West Street, adjacent to the World Financial Center and in the general area of where the new World Trade Center complex would be built. According to the 2005 documents, Goldman’s deal included $1.65 billion in Liberty Bonds, up to $160 million in sales tax abatements for construction materials and tenant furnishings, and the deal-breaker requirement that a security plan that gave it a seat at the NYPD’s Coordination Center would be in place by no later than December 31, 2009.

    As the world rises up against economic injustice, Truthout brings you the latest news and analysis, free of corporate influence. Help support this work with a tax-deductible donation today.

    The surveillance plan became known as the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative and the facility was eventually dubbed the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center. It operates round-the-clock. Under the imprimatur of the largest police department in the United States, 2,000 private spy cameras owned by Wall Street firms, together with approximately 1,000 more owned by the NYPD, are relaying live video feeds of people on the streets in lower Manhattan to the center. Once at the center, they can be integrated for analysis. At least 700 cameras scour the midtown area and also relay their live feeds into the downtown center where low-wage NYPD, MTA and Port Authority crime stoppers sit alongside high-wage personnel from Wall Street firms that are currently under at least 51 Federal and state corruption probes for mortgage securitization fraud and other matters.

    In addition to video analytics which can, for example, track a person based on the color of their hat or jacket, insiders say the NYPD either has or is working on face recognition software which could track individuals based on facial features. The center is also equipped with live feeds from license plate readers.

    According to one person who has toured the center, there are three rows of computer workstations, with approximately two-thirds operated by non-NYPD personnel. The Chief-Leader, the weekly civil service newspaper, identified some of the outside entities that share the space: Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, the Federal Reserve, the New York Stock Exchange. Others say most of the major Wall Street firms have an on-site representative. Two calls and an email to Paul Browne, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, seeking the names of the other Wall Street firms at the center were not returned. An email seeking the same information to City Council Member, Peter Vallone, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, was not returned.

    more

  • JustPlainDave

    Given the centrality of the Lower Manhattan nexus to global finance, it makes a good deal of sense to harden it – but I can’t say that I think this is the best way of going about it.

    In combat one should be very suspicious of painless moral choices. When you are confronted with a seemingly painless moral choice, the odds are that you haven’t looked deeply enough.” ~ Karl Marlantes

  • graham

    crikey.com.au – Victoria Police have acted on Lord Mayor Robert Doyle’s demands to evict members of Occupy Melbourne from their indefinite camp in the City Square, calling in the force’s shield-wielding riot squad to disperse the tent city.

    As Crikey’s deadline approached a core group of about 100 supporters were continuing to resist the overwhelming police presence with the officers employing controversial “kettling” tactics to box the stalwarts in.

    A tight ring of around 200 police were corralling those remaining with other loyalists occupying the corner of Swanston and Collins Streets. Police then descended, physically pulling protesters out of the intersection.

  • Raja

    On Playing By The Rules – The Strange Success Of #OccupyWallStreet

    Naked Capitalism, By David Graeber, October 19

    Yves here. I have to note that David DeGraw of Amped Status is widely credited as the originator of “We are the 99%.”

    By David Graeber, who is currently a Reader in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths University London. Prior to that he was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University. He is the author of ‘Debt: The First 5,000 Years’ which is available from Amazon.

    Just a few months ago, I wrote a piece for Adbusters that started with a conversation I’d had with an Egyptian activist friend named Dina:

    All these years,” she said, “we’ve been organizing marches, rallies… And if only 45 people show up, you’re depressed, if you get 300, you’re happy. Then one day, 200,000 people show up. And you’re incredulous: on some level, even though you didn’t realize it, you’d given up thinking that you could actually win.

    As the Occupy Wall Street movement spreads across America, and even the world, I am suddenly beginning to understand a little of how she felt.

    On August 2, I showed up at a 7 PM meeting at Bowling Green, that a Greek anarchist friend, who I’d met at a recent activist get together at 16 Beaver Street, had told me was meant to plan some kind of action on Wall Street in mid-September. At the time I was only vaguely aware of the background: that a month before, the Canadian magazine Adbusters had put out the call to “Occupy Wall Street”, but had really just floated the idea on the internet, along with some very compelling graphics, to see if it would take hold; that a local anti-budget cut coalition top-heavy with NGOs, unions, and socialist groups had tried to take possession of the process and called for a “General Assembly” at Bowling Green. The title proved extremely misleading. When I arrived, I found the event had been effectively taken over by a veteran protest group called the Worker’s World Party, most famous for having patched together ANSWER one of the two great anti-war coalitions, back in 2003. They had already set up their banners, megaphones, and were making speeches—after which, someone explained, they were planning on leading the 80-odd assembled people in a march past the Stock Exchange itself.

    [...]

    In a way, this is nothing new. Revolutionary coalitions have always tended to consist of a kind of alliance between children of the professional classes who reject their parents’ values, and talented children of the popular classes who managed to win themselves a bourgeois education, only to discover that acquiring a bourgeois education does not actually mean one gets to become a member of the bourgeoisie. You see the pattern repeated over and over, in country after country: Chou Enlai meets Mao Tse Tung, or Che Guevara meets Fidel Castro. Even US counter-insurgency experts have long known the surest harbingers of revolutionary ferment in any country is the growth of a population of unemployed and impoverished college graduates: that is, young people bursting with energy, with plenty of time on their hands, every reason to be angry, and access to the entire history of radical thought. In the US, the depredations of the student loan system simply ensures such budding revolutionaries cannot fail to identify banks as their primary enemy, or to understand the role of the Federal Government—which maintains the student loan program, and ensures that their loans will be held over their heads forever, even in the event of bankruptcy—in maintaining the banking system’s ultimate control over every aspect of their future lives.

    [...]

    So the social scientist in me has to ask: Why? Why now? Why did it actually work?

    Again, I think the answer is generational. In politics, too, as in education, we are looking at a generation of young people who played by the rules, and have seen their efforts prove absolutely fruitless. We must remember that in 2008, the youth vote went overwhelmingly to Barrack Obama and the Democrats. We also have to remember that Obama was running, then, as a candidate of “Change”, using a campaign language that drew liberally from that of radical social movements (“yes we can!”, “be the change!”), and that as a former community organizer, he was one of the few candidates in recent memory who could be said to have emerged from a social movement background rather than from smoke-filled rooms. This, combined with the fact that Obama was Black, gave young people a sense that they were experiencing a genuinely transformative moment in American politics.

    [...]

    Say what you will about Americans, and one can say many things, this is a country of deeply democratic sensibilities. The idea that we are, or are supposed to be, a democratic society is at the very core of what makes us proud to be Americans. If Occupy Wall Street has spread to every city in America, it’s because our financial overlords have brought us to such a pass that anarchists, pagan priestesses, and tree-sitters are about the only Americans left still holding out for the idea that a genuinely democratic society might be possible.


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • someofparts

    even if I could afford to live in Manhattan, who would want to now. Smile – you’re on Goldman Cam!

  • Tina

    dpa
    Oct 21, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    London – St Paul’s Cathedral in London, one of the city’s major landmarks and a key tourist attraction, closed its doors Friday due to an ongoing anti-capitalist protest on the square outside.

    The rare decision to close the church to visitors was made ‘with a heavy heart,’ said the Dean of St Paul’s, Graeme Knowels.

    He said it was taken following a recommendation to church officials by the health and safety authorities.

    Protestors, backing New York’s Occupy Wall Street movement, pitched up some 150 tents outside St Paul’s Sunday, a longside similar demonstrations in other European cities.

    While initially being welcomed by the church, concerns grew that the continued presence of the tent village could hamper access to church services and sightseeing activities.

    Along with the tents, campaigners have put up a soup kitchen, a media centre and even a prayer tent. They have vowed to stay in the square.
    St Paul’s Cathedral, a Baroque masterpiece designed by Sir Christopher Wren, attracts more than 1.5 million visitors a year.

  • Raja

    New York Times, By Kate Zernicke, October 21

    At a Republican candidate forum outside Fort Worth last week, a Tea Party activist turned Senate candidate proclaimed the Occupy Wall Street protesters “unemployed, uneducated and uninformed.” To which the conservative radio host moderating the panel added, mirthfully, “This is the first occupation many of these people have seen in years.”

    More and more commentators — as well as President Obama — have likened the Occupy forces spreading across the country to the Tea Party movement. But as they have, conservatives and Tea Party activists have rushed to discredit the comparison and the nascent movement. They have portrayed the Occupy protesters as messy, indolent, drug-addled and anti-Semitic, circulated a photo of one of them defecating on a police car, and generally intimated that Democrats who embrace them are on a headlong road to Chicago 1968.

    It is a culture war, young versus old, left versus right, communal food tables versus “Don’t Tread on Me” flags.

    In fact, the two movements do share key traits. They emerged out of nowhere but quickly became potent political forces, driven by anxiety about the economy, a belief that big institutions favor the reckless over the hard-working, grievances that are inchoate and even contradictory, and an insistence that they are “leaderless.” “End the Fed” signs — and even some of those yellow Gadsden flags — have found a place at Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street protests alike.

    Where they differ is in where they place the blame. While Occupy forces find fault in the banks and super-rich, the Tea Party movement blames the government for the economic calamity brought on by the mortgage crisis, and sees the wealthy as job creators who will lift the country out of its economic malaise. To them, the solution is less regulation of banks, not more.


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • yogi-one

    Marches at noon and 2pm.
    Noon – “robin hood tax” march
    2pm – anti police-brutality march.

    Occupy Seattle FB page
    http://www.facebook.com/OccupySeattle

    Occupy Seattle FB group (group facilitator must approve your request)
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/occupyseattle/

    My Latest walk-around from Westlake Park in downtown Seattle
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55yUJM5U32Q

    I also attended a union caucus meeting to discuss and take action to support Occupy Seattle. People from over a dozen unions were there, and three unions have made official resolutions of support, and some union people have taken up doing things like helping them keep a supply of fresh water, organize medical supplies, help them apply for permits such as occupying the park (legally) after the 10pm closing, setting up accts to get some sani-cans or porta-johns (could be donated since these companies are also union).

    If you are a union worker, check with the officers at your local to see whether they are supporting OWS, or how you might introduce motions for them to do so at a meeting. I got copies of resolutions some unions have made and those are helpful in visualizing how it’s done.

    Just remember, this is about unions assisting OWS, not vice versa. No co-opting type activity, no political endorsing allowed. This is not about the unions’ agenda, this is about OWS. That’s the only way OWS will accept participation by the unions. Which I wholeheartedly agree with.

    If you are in the Seattle area, log in to the FB pages, get contacts with some fulltime occupiers, at least attend the large rallies, and go down there yourself when you have time. It all helps.

  • yogi-one

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9zkQcLi4Yo&feature=player_embedded

    4 mins about the movement by someone who actually goes down to the protests but is not a fulltime occupier.

    Pretty much on it, passes muster for re-posting anyway…

  • Raja

    NPR dumps opera show after host organizes DC protest; NC member station to distribute

    Associated Press, October 21

    WASHINGTON — NPR will no longer distribute the member station-produced program “World of Opera” to about 60 stations across the country because the show host helped organize an ongoing Washington protest, a network official said Friday evening.

    Instead, North Carolina-based classical music station WDAV, which produces the show, said it will distribute the nationally syndicated program on its own beginning Nov. 11. The station said it plans to keep Lisa Simeone as host and has said her involvement in a political protest does not affect her job as a music program host.


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Tina

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/9909882
    AP foreign, Sunday October 23 2011
    JAY LINDSAY

    Associated Press= BOSTON (AP) — Protesters at the Occupy Wall Street movements have taken pains to include religious components, from a “golden calf” paraded around Wall Street to Boston’s “Sacred Space” tent where people can meditate and pray.

    Organizers say religious elements are needed to foster calm and unity. Plus, they say every successful movement for social change has relied on major contributions from people of faith.

    Still, Occupy Wall Street is not a religious movement, and signs of faith and spiritually aren’t evident at all protest sites.

    Clergy emphasize they want to be seen as participants in the movement, not people trying to co-opt it. And in a movement that purports to represent the “99 percent” in society, the prominent religious groups are — so far — overwhelmingly liberal.

  • NAR

    This video is from the Occupy Fort Myers march this weekend. It was so good, I had to share. Remember, this is in the heart of right-wing, Republican-voting, Florida where this is happening! Fox is finally being identified as a ringer everywhere.

    “How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?” — Robert Frost

  • Raja

    Tahrir Square protesters send message of solidarity to Occupy Wall Street

    Egyptian activists who helped topple Hosni Mubarak have lent their support to growing Occupy movement in US and Europe

    The Guardian, Jack Shenker and Adam Gabbatt, October 25

    Egyptian activists who helped topple former dictator Hosni Mubarak have lent their support to the growing Occupy movement in the United States and Europe, a further sign that links between global pro-change protests appear to be growing.

    A message of solidarity issued by a collective of Cairo-based campaigners declared: “We are now in many ways involved in the same struggle,” adding: “What most pundits call ‘The Arab Spring’ has its roots in the demonstrations, riots, strikes and occupations taking place all around the world.”

    Demonstrators in New York, London and hundreds of other cities have recently set up tent encampments to challenge what they say is a culture of corporate greed and democratic unaccountability. Much of the tactics, rhetoric and imagery deployed by protesters has clearly been inspired by this year’s political upheavals in the Middle East, including the dramatic occupation of Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January and February, which forced Mubarak to stand down.

    Critics of the Occupy movement have dismissed suggestions that they share many similarities with protests in the Middle East, arguing that the latter have been about liberation from tyranny while the former are focused on economic reform. But the solidarity statement explicitly rejects that division, claiming that the Egyptian struggle is against “systems of repression, disenfranchisement and the unchecked ravages of global capitalism” and highlighting the social and economic damage caused by the implementation of neoliberal free market policies under the Mubarak regime.

    “As the interests of government increasingly cater to the interests and comforts of private, transnational capital, our cities and homes have become progressively more abstract and violent places, subject to the casual ravages of the next economic development or urban renewal scheme,” reads the statement. “An entire generation across the globe has grown up realizing, rationally and emotionally, that we have no future in the current order of things.”


    To the Occupy movement – the occupiers of Tahrir Square are with you

    In many ways we in Egypt are part of the same struggle, and we are watching in solidarity. Keep going, don’t stop, occupy more

    The Guardian, By “Comrades from Cairo”, October 25

    To all those across the world currently occupying parks, squares and other spaces, your comrades in Cairo are watching you in solidarity. Having received so much advice from you about transitioning to democracy, we thought it’s our turn to pass on some advice.


    Also: “Letter From A Friend: The Morning After the Attack on the Oakland Occupiers”

    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Anonymous

    Raw Story, By Eric W. Dolan, October 27

    Televangelist Pat Robertson said Thursday on The 700 Club that Christians should not be involved in the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations in cities around the nation.

    His comment was picked up by the liberal watchdog website RightWingWatch.org.

    “I think this is a rebellion,” he said. “I think it is atavistic. Nobody knows exactly what it is, they don’t know what they’re doing, why are they there? Well they’re just mad. Well, is it right for a Christian to get involved in a protest of anger?”

    “If you’re going to demonstrate demonstrate for righteousness, demonstrate to lift the yoke of oppression, demonstrate to help those that are poverty stricken. But don’t just go out and mess up a park and just scream and tear up things. Why would you get involved in something like that? It’s formless, it has no purpose, but it could be used for radicals who want to destroy this nation, and that’s the bad part of it.”


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Raja

    Occupy movement returns to streets demanding answers after teargas canister hit Iraq serviceman Scott Olsen in the head

    • Oakland police under scrutiny – live updates

    The Guardian, By Andrew Gumbel, October 27

    Oakland – Protesters have returned to downtown Oakland, California, to demand the resignation of the city’s mayor and an investigation to explain how an Iraq war veteran, Scott Olsen, was hit in the head by a teargas canister at close range, leaving him critically injured.

    About 2,000 people – half as many as Tuesday night – massed in front of City Hall on Wednesday, tearing down a steel barricade intended to keep them off the grass in Frank Ogawa Plaza.

    When the city closed down a nearby underground station, preventing dispersing protesters going home, they organised a spontaneous march through the centre of the city, chanting: “Whose streets? Our streets!”

    [...]

    One sign taped to a lamppost delivered this message to the police: “You’ve fuelled our fire.”

    Speaker after speaker demanded the resignation or recall of the city’s mayor, Jean Quan, who had initially voiced her support of the protesters. “Mayor Quan you did more damage to Oakland in one evening than Occupy Oakland did in two weeks,” said one slogan scrawled near the entrance to her offices.

    In an afternoon news conference Quan had struggled to explain the decision to clear the square in the early hours of Tuesday morning and again when protesters returned that evening.

    She gave the impression she had been as blindsided as anyone by the decision to close down Occupy Oakland. She had been in Washington at the time and said that although she knew there were hygiene and public safety issues that needed to be addressed, she did not expect that to happen while she was on the other side of the country.


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Raja

    BBC, October 28

    Protesters in two US cities have been detained after police moved into their camps during the night.

    In Nashville, a new law was enacted preventing camping overnight near the Tennessee state Capitol.

    In San Diego, police arrested 51 people at 02:30 (9:30 GMT), removing tents, canopies, tables and other furniture.

    [...]

    In Nashville, protesters said police surrounded Legislative Plaza and made the arrests in the early hours of Friday morning.

    One of the protesters, Katy Savage, told the Associated Press that police took – and in some cases dragged – protesters to waiting buses as the group sat and sang “We Shall Overcome”.

    A police statement said around two dozen protesters left the area without incident, but those who refused to leave were detained.

    Around 75 state troopers were used for the operation.


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Raja

    TruthDig, October 26

    Despite showing support early on for the protesters occupying their lawn, the people who run L.A. City Hall have decided the occupation “cannot continue indefinitely.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa complained to the Los Angeles Times, “The lawn is dead, our sprinklers aren’t working … our trees are without water.”

    Some of the occupiers have nowhere else to go. One of them told the L.A. Times that “it will be violent” if police attempt to clear the park.


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Anonymous

    New website run in conjunction with Occupy Wall Street allows users to directly message heads of major corporations

    The Guardian, By Karen McVeigh, October 28

    Thousands of Americans who were badly hit by the recession have been able to directly message the most powerful figures in the country’s top financial institutions via a new website set up as part of the Occupy movement.

    So far, almost 7000 people have sent messages via OccupytheBoardroom.org directly into the inboxes of figures like Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup and Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase.

    To make sure the executives can’t just ignore the emails, activists from Occupy Wall Street plan to print them off and hand-deliver them in a march on Friday.

    Those who have sent messages include foreclosure victims, students unable to pay off loans, and ordinary hard working people affected by the recession and then by debts called in by banks.

    [...]

    They had originally intended to publish the emails and other contact details of all the board members and executives, but learned that they could be prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act if their actions unwittingly crashed the email servers of the banks.

    “It could be punishable by time in jail and we decided it wasn’t a good way to go about things” she said.

    [...]

    Leirer said that they are able to discern if the emails are being opened and, so far, around 20% of them are.


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Tina

    Iraq war hero badly wounded by police in Oakland is unable to speak … as growing number of veterans join the protests

    The Iraq veteran who was badly injured at an Occupy Oakland protest on Tuesday night suffered minor brain damage and is unable to speak.

    Scott Olsen, 24, is able to communicate with his family by writing notes, but his ability to spell has been damaged.

    Mr Olsen can understand what’s being communicated to him and doctors said on Friday that he will likely be able to make a full recovery in time.

    Keith Shannon, Mr Olsen’s roommate who served with him in Iraq, said: ‘He cannot talk right now, and that is because the fracture is right on the speech center of his brain.

    ‘However, they are expecting he will get that back.’

    Mr Olsen is believed to have been struck in the forehead by a police projectile, most believeing it was a tear gas canister, rawstory.com reports.

    The impact was so bad doctors had to place Mr Olsen in a medically-induced coma to so they could work on the swelling on his brain.

    Mr Olsen, a two-tour Iraq veteran, has since become an iconic figure for the Occupy movement, who have now clashed with police in scores of cities.

    The general assembly at Occupy Oakland is demanding a general strike on November 2.

    The aim is to shut down city services for one day to protest police violence.

    Oakland Mayor Jean Quon, who authorized the eviction, has since distanced herself from the police chief, Howard Jordan.

    She said on Friday: ‘I only asked the chief to do one thing: to do it when it was the safest for both the police and the demonstrators.’
    Miss Quon is now being called to either fire the police chief or resign.

    Is this proof police fired rubber bullets at Occupy Oakland battle? Protester who tried to help Iraq war veteran reveals awful bruise
    She also claims she backs the Occupy movement and has scaled back much of the police presence near the park where protesters had been camping.

    Doctors have yet to decide whether it is necessary to perform brain surgery on Mr Olsen.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2055206/Occupy-Oakland-protests-Iraq-war-hero-Scott-Olsen-badly-wounded-police.html#ixzz1cHeQubCN

  • Raja

    PetaPixel, By Michael Zhang, November 2

    There was a minor hoopla yesterday after Boing Boing shared that mugshot photos of arrested Occupy Portland protesters were being uploaded by the Portland Police Department to Facebook. The police department quickly explained that it’s their standard practice to publish mugshots that are of media interest. However, many people are still uncomfortable with the idea of Facebook being used as a way to share mugshots. Stan Horaczek at PopPhoto writes,

    While it doesn’t seem that there’s anything legally wrong with the photos ending up where they are, it is a little…creepy. Facial recognition software is getting scary accurate and with something as simple and straight forward as a mugshot, any program looking for a person on the web would almost certainly be able to find them without any trouble.

    Regarding the copyright status of mugshots: did you know that federal mugshots are automatically entered into the public domain in the US?


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Anonymous

    Oakland Tribune, By Kristin J. Bender, Cecily Burt & Sean Maher, November 2

    OAKLAND — The protesters remain at the Port of Oakland and have split into at least three groups of several hundred each and are controlling the passage of vehicles in and out of the port.

    Other protesters are headed back downtown.

    Earlier, at least one protester was hit by a car walking from Frank H. Ogawa Plaza to the Port of Oakland. The victim’s condition was not immediately known. [Twitter reports he has died].

    At the port, protesters are peaceful but determined as they beat drums, chant and mill around at 7th Street and Maritime Road, 7th Street and Middle Harbor Road and in a third location closer to downtown.

    Some who do work with the port supported the strike while others had testy exchanges with the protesters as work crews tried to leave the port for the day.

    [...]

    The crowd of more than 4,500 arrived at the Port shortly after 5 p.m. and stretched several blocks down Middle Harbor Road leading into the port as they begin their attempt to shut down the port for start of the 7 p.m. night shift.

    [...]

    Starting at 4 p.m., two massive groups walked the mile from 14th Street and Broadway. The crowd fanned out for a least a mile, climbed on trucks and chanted. “Whose city is it? Our city!” Police cars were parked on side streets but kept a low profile. No injuries or arrests have been reported.

    The action is part of the general strike called by Occupy Oakland, which intended to shut down the city for the day in a rally cry against corporate greed, widespread unemployment and wage inequality. The general strike is the first event of its kind in Oakland since 1946.


    Occupy Oakland shuts down port

    AP, November 2

    Oakland, CA – Several thousand Occupy Wall Street demonstrators forced a halt to operations at the United States’ fifth busiest port Wednesday evening, escalating a movement whose tactics had largely been limited to rallies and tent camps since it began in September.

    Police estimated that a crowd of about 3,000 had gathered at the Port of Oakland by early evening. Some had marched from the California city’s downtown, while others had been bused to the port.

    Port spokesman Isaac Kos-Read said maritime operations had effectively been shut down. Interim Oakland police chief Howard Jordan warned that protesters who went inside the port’s gates would be committing a federal offense.

    In New York, Los Angeles and other cities where the movement against economic inequality has spread, demonstrators planned rallies in solidarity with the Oakland protesters, who called for Wednesday’s “general strike” after an Iraq War veteran was injured in clashes with police last week.

    Organizers of the march said they want to stop the “flow of capital.” The port sends goods primarily to Asia, including wine as well as rice, fruits and nuts, and handles imported electronics, apparel and manufacturing equipment, mostly from Asia, as well as cars and parts from Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai.

    [...]

    In other cities, demonstrators targeted symbols of big business.

    Nine protesters in Philadelphia were arrested as they held a sit-in at the headquarters of cable giant Comcast. About 100 military veterans marched in uniform in New York, angry at their dim job prospects. And parents and their kids, some in strollers, formed a “children’s brigade” to join the Oakland rallies.

    [...]

    Oakland let city workers use vacation or other paid time to take part in Wednesday’s march, and officials said about 5 percent took the day off. About 360 Oakland teachers didn’t show up for work, or roughly 18 percent of the district’s 2,000 teachers, officials said.


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Chickadee

    A rabid televangilist calling political protesters “radicals who want to destroy this nation” is pathetically absurd. When it comes to societal interaction and responsibility , it’s hardly possible to imagine a more destructive force in than the fear-based “religious” dogma regularly vomited forth by faith hustlers like this guy.

  • Raja

    Occupy Wall Street Erects Women-Only Tent After Reports Of Sexual Assaults

    The Gothamist, By Christopher Robbins, November 5

    In the wake of an alleged rape and a sexual assault in Zuccotti Park that resulted in the arrest of an Occupy Wall Street protester earlier this week, the movement has erected a women-only safe-space sleeping tent. According to the Post the 16-square-foot metal-framed tent will be watched by female members of the de-escalation team, and can sleep 18 people. “This is all about safety in numbers,” 24-year-old protester Becky Wartell says.

    One 23-year-old woman tells the paper that she’ll be sleeping in the safe space “partially because of the recent attacks that have been happening.” She adds, “I think that this will help bring more women to the movement as well. I think a lot of women have been hesitant and especially for those that are new and don’t know a lot of people it’s hard to find a safe place to stay.”


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Raja

    Much more than a movement against big banks, they’re a rejection of what our society has become.

    Rolling Stone, By Matt Taibbi, November 10

    I have a confession to make. At first, I misunderstood Occupy Wall Street.

    The first few times I went down to Zuccotti Park, I came away with mixed feelings. I loved the energy and was amazed by the obvious organic appeal of the movement, the way it was growing on its own. But my initial impression was that it would not be taken very seriously by the Citibanks and Goldman Sachs of the world. You could put 50,000 angry protesters on Wall Street, 100,000 even, and Lloyd Blankfein is probably not going to break a sweat. He knows he’s not going to wake up tomorrow and see Cornel West or Richard Trumka running the Federal Reserve. He knows modern finance is a giant mechanical parasite that only an expert surgeon can remove. Yell and scream all you want, but he and his fellow financial Frankensteins are the only ones who know how to turn the machine off.

    That’s what I was thinking during the first few weeks of the protests. But I’m beginning to see another angle. Occupy Wall Street was always about something much bigger than a movement against big banks and modern finance. It’s about providing a forum for people to show how tired they are not just of Wall Street, but everything. This is a visceral, impassioned, deep-seated rejection of the entire direction of our society, a refusal to take even one more step forward into the shallow commercial abyss of phoniness, short-term calculation, withered idealism and intellectual bankruptcy that American mass society has become. If there is such a thing as going on strike from one’s own culture, this is it. And by being so broad in scope and so elemental in its motivation, it’s flown over the heads of many on both the right and the left.

  • Raja

    Reuters, November 12

    Los Angeles – Tensions were rising at anti-Wall Street protests in three western U.S. cities on Friday as demonstrators in Portland, Salt Lake City and Oakland defied orders by police to dismantle their camps.

    In Portland, police said they had received reports that protesters were digging a reinforced hole and fashioning make-shift weapons out of wood and nails after Mayor Sam Adams gave them until midnight on Saturday to clear out of two downtown parks.

    Police said they believed Occupy Portland organizers had also put out a call for reinforcements from Oakland, Seattle and San Francisco as they prepared for a confrontation.

    [...]

    Occupy Portland organizers, who say their encampment numbers between 500 and 800 people, denied that they were making weapons or recruiting anarchists for a pitched battle and insisted that they were a nonviolent movement.

  • Raja

    City officials around the country continue to skirmish with “occupy” protesters. Portland, Oregon, set Sunday deadline for protesters to vacate but backed down after thousands showed up.

    AP, November 13

    Anti-Wall Street protesters and their supporters flooded a city park area in Portland early Sunday in defiance of an eviction order, and authorities elsewhere stepped up pressure against the demonstrators, arresting nearly two dozen.

    Crowds converged on two adjacent downtown Portland parks where protesters decrying economic injustice are camped after city officials set a midnight Saturday deadline to disperse. Hours later, protesters remained though by dawn Sunday the crowd had thinned and obeyed police orders to clear the street.

    At one point overnight, the crowd swelled to thousands.

    Organizers said they hoped enough people will join them to make it difficult if not impossible for police to carry through on any eviction.

    “Occupy the street,” one organizer said through a bull horn. “Remain peaceful and aware. We have strength in holding the streets.”

  • Anonymous

    Oakland Tribune, By Kristin J. Bender, Josh Richman & Thomas Peele, November 14

    Hundred of protesters have again gathered at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza after police early Monday morning cleared more than 100 tents from the Occupy Oakland encampment in front of City Hall. The 5 a.m. police action was peaceful, although 33 people were arrested for failing to disperse. Marchers gathered later Monday afternoon and returned to the plaza, where police officials said they are free to rally, but camping or sleeping will not be tolerated. Meanwhile, about two dozen tents remain in Snow Park, near Lake Merritt.

    [...]

    Deputy Mayor Sharon Cornu has resigned, effective immediately, the second member of the mayor’s team to submit her resignation just today. Mayor Jean Quan’s legal adviser and longtime friend, Dan Siegel, also resigned today over the mayor’s handling of the Occupy encampment.

  • Raja

    Dissent, By Matthew Wolfe, November 15

    The Murry Bergtraum High School For Business Careers, a massive, modernist citadel that stands directly opposite One Police Plaza, the NYPD’s Lower Manhattan headquarters, was, protesters agreed, an odd place for Occupy Wall Street to hold a meeting. But the evening’s work needed privacy, quiet, and a good chunk of unbroken physical space; the school’s second-story cafeteria, cleared of students and lunch tables, offered all three. So, on November 7, hundreds of occupiers—many of whom were only months ago strolling the halls of their own secondary schools—converged on the cafeteria’s scuffed linoleum floor, sat down in a circle, and set about the messy business of reforming a political movement.

    Since its first day, the occupation has employed the general assembly, or GA, as its governing body. As it is practiced in Zuccotti Park, the GA is a salmagundi of impassioned dissent. It both a soapbox and a chorus, a leaderless collective that is at once communal and individualistic—the movement in microcosm. Participating in a GA, you feel yourself initiated into something singular and slightly audacious. An observer compared the experience to that ecstasy of unity described by Whitman in “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” (“The simple, compact, well-join’d scheme—myself disintegrated, every one disintegrated, yet part of the scheme.”) Protesters revere it as the closest thing the occupation, not yet two months old, has to a civic tradition.

    Adhering to a philosophy of direct, not representative democracy, the GA is open to anyone. Rather than conduct up-and-down votes, the assembly makes decisions through a process of consensus. Under consensus, a group acts unanimously. Anyone can submit a proposal, but it will only pass and be adopted if the entire group endorses it; if anyone blocks the proposal, it’s vetoed or tabled for later consideration. To accommodate its many participants, Occupy Wall Street uses a slightly modified consensus process, in which a block is overridden if nine-tenths of the GA votes against it. Such a system, GA proponents say, provides everyone a voice and prevents the tyranny of a simple majority.

    Yet most protesters contend that, as a decision-making body, the GA is a shambolic failure. Meetings drag on for hours, often stalling over niggling disputes or picayune questions of procedure. A few committed obstructionists will often hold up funds necessary for camp operations. Critical concerns—for example, what to do about the looming winter—go unaddressed, as the assembly finds itself overwhelmed by logistical issues. As a result, many of the movement’s most experienced, committed supporters, believing GAs useless, have stopped attending, effectively ceding its control to newcomers.

    [...]

    TO ADDRESS the GA’s flaws, protesters drew up a plan for a new, complementary body: the spokes council. First contrived centuries ago by the Iroquois Nation, and used by numerous resistance movements since (see “From GA to Spokes Council” on page nine of the new issue of the Occupy! gazette), the spokes council differs from the GA in two important ways. First, while anyone can participate in the GA, the council limits participation to people who live or work in Zuccotti Park. Second, whereas the GA is composed of individuals, the spokes council is composed of groups. Every meeting, each group selects a representative to speak and cast votes on its behalf. These representatives sit in a circle, with their groups clustered behind them, like the spokes on a bicycle wheel—the “spokes” in “spokes council” referring doubly to this layout and to the notion of a spokesperson. By reducing the number of participants in (though not spectators to) meetings and ensuring that all have a strong connection to Occupy Wall Street, the council’s architects expect it to help the movement make better decisions, faster.

    On October 29, after days of debate, the GA formally authorized the spokes council’s creation and ceded it responsibility over the occupation’s finances and logistics. In doing so, the movement took a step toward becoming a formal organization rather than a loose coalition of like-minded individuals. Such a transformation may better position Occupy Wall Street to endure and grow.

  • Raja

    Raw Story, By David Edwards, December 2

    Free speech is getting expensive in Wisconsin.

    Following demonstrations earlier this year which drew up to 100,000 people to the Wisconsin Capitol, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has proposed new policies that would require future protesters to pay in advance to stage an event, at a cost of $50 per hour, per Capitol Police officer.

    Police may also require a liability insurance or a bond, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.

    Demonstrators will also be on the hook for any damage and cleanup following protests. Walker’s administration had claimed that the pro-union protests earlier this year had costs as much as $7.5 million, but later admitted that the actual costs were far less.

    Under the new policy, permits will be required for groups of four or more people who want to do any activity inside the Capitol. Groups of 100 or more gathering outside the Capitol must also apply for a permit 72 hours in advance. Police will have some leeway if unforeseen events lead to spontaneous gatherings.

  • Anonymous

    Republican strategist ‘frightened to death’ by Occupy movement

    Raw Story, By Eric W. Dolan, December 1

    Please, pardon my appearance.

    Conservative governors were advised on how to deal with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement during the Republican Governor Association meeting this week in Florida, according Yahoo News’ Chris Moody.

    The protest against political and economic inequalities started in New York City on September 17, and later spread across the country and even to other parts of the globe.

    Although the movement has faced recent setbacks due to their encampments being dismantled by police, and negative media reports of drugs and violence, many have noted that the protesters forced to nation to focus its attention on unchecked corporate power.

    Republican strategist Frank Luntz gave numerous tips on how to rhetorically deal with the protests, and counter their message.

    “I’m so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death,” Luntz said. “They’re having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.”

    Using the phrase “taking from the rich” rather than “taxing the rich” was one piece of advice from Luntz. Another was to talk about “careers” rather than “jobs.”

    He also suggested that Republicans should stay away from the word “capitalism.”

    “I’m trying to get that word removed and we’re replacing it with either ‘economic freedom’ or ‘free market,’ ” Luntz said. “The public . . . still prefers capitalism to socialism, but they think capitalism is immoral. And if we’re seen as defenders of quote, Wall Street, end quote, we’ve got a problem.”

  • chalo

    as long as the protesters get to choose how many officers will be present, with zero being a permissible option.

  • JustPlainDave

    …visible and not readily visible determinative factors to seek to improve the range of options available to them – notably they do not rely on wordsmithing to try to make uncomfortable problems go away. “Strategy” is not a synonym for “public relations”.

    In combat one should be very suspicious of painless moral choices. When you are confronted with a seemingly painless moral choice, the odds are that you haven’t looked deeply enough.” ~ Karl Marlantes

  • Raja

    This wiki is intended to document the actions of law enforcement departments and officers towards protestors in the Occupy movement. Where officers and departments have mistreated protestors, the resulting investigations will be tracked to their conclusions. Where officers and departments have worked to protect protestors and their constitutional rights, they will be recognized for their strength of character.

    This site is currently available for anyone to contribute to. Please take initiative to revert a page if you see any spam or vandalism. If you see any personal information posted please email occupylawenforcement@gmail.com so we can remove it from the revision history.

  • chalo

    us to have the personal information of offending LEOs? They have ours, after all.

    _______________________________________________________________

    Please close any account you have with Bank of America, Chase, Citi, or Wells Fargo. Do it for your own benefit and that of your community and country.

  • Raja

    Los Angeles Times, December 11

    The Occupy movement is planning to picket outside a large cargo company’s facilities at the Port of Long Beach on Monday morning, and police are preparing for a substantial turnout.

    “We’ll be there rain or shine,” said Michael Novick, 64, an Occupy LA protest organizer who said he was a retired Los Angeles schoolteacher.

    The company to be picketed, SSA Marine, is being targeted because of its ties to Goldman Sachs, a major investor in the firm, Novick said. “They exemplify the greed of the 1% causing the ruin of everyone else,” he said.

    A post on Occupy L.A.’s website announcing the port action says, “Occupy the ports! A day without Goldman Sachs!”

  • Raja

    In These Times, By Allison Kilkenny, December 20

    Eight Occupy Iowa protesters were arrested Monday at the Iowa Democratic Party headquarters in Des Moines where they protested what the Washington Post vaguely terms “defense spending.”

    Specifically, the group demanded President Obama veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA,) which gives the president the authority to indefinitely detain persons (including U.S. citizens) without trial and to expand the scope of the War on Terror.

    Unlike the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which implies the president has the power to indefinitely detain individuals, NDAA explicitly expresses the president has the power of indefinite detention.

  • Raja

    Occupy Geriatrics: Seniors in Walkers Shut Down Local Bank of America

    SF Weekly, January 6

    What some healthy and spry Occupy Movements across the nation couldn’t quite accomplish, San Francisco geriatrics have!

    KCBS reports that a small group of senior citizens between the ages of 69 and 82 successfully shut down a Bank of America in Bernal Heights on Thursday with nothing more than walkers and oxygen tanks. That’s right: No shouting, chanting, tear gas, or window-smashing.

    The group, which dubbed itself “Wild Old Women” set up camp right outside the BofA, holding signs in what they were calling “a run on the bank.”

    While the protesters said they had no intention (or oxygen) of storming the bank, as occupiers in other communities have done, officials at Bank of America shut the doors and locked them as they spotted the slow-moving group make its way to the front of the bank.

    So the seniors took a seat outside the bank where they explained their demands, which were no different than every other occupiers: They want lower fees, and they want the bank to pay higher taxes and stop the foreclosures.

  • Raja

    AP, January 11

    New York – About 20 Occupy Wall Street protesters spent the night at New York City’s Zuccotti Park after metal barricades surrounding it came down.

    The barricades were removed late Tuesday. About 300 cheering protesters began filling the park.

    By 6 a.m, about 20 remained, including Chris O’Donnell.


    Uplifting feeling at Zuccotti

    The Villager, By Vince Joy, January 12

    Late Tuesday the metal barricades that had surrounded the former Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park came down. Within hours the park filled with several hundred sympathizers.

    Police and private security guards stood to the side, only approaching the crowd when anyone attempted to lie down or place any fixed structure.

    A party atmosphere prevailed as boxes of pizza arrived. There were occasional incidents as police stopped people from entering with large pieces of cardboard that they could lie down on.

    As the night wore on, several people did sit on benches and lie down. There were reports of three arrests, including of Keegan Stephan, 28, a member of Time’s Up! Several months ago Stephan and Time’s Up! were the driving force behind bringing battery-charging bikes into the encampment to power the kitchen and media center after police removed generators.

    Gothamist reported that another of the arrestees was Joey Boots, a regular on the Howard Stern radio show. Boots is reported to have said he was arrested after he sat down to rest his boots, er, legs. A third unidentified woman was also arrested.

    The park was quiet most of the next day. However, around 6 p.m. Wednesday night several people quickly erected a large tent in the middle of the park. They were immediately surrounded by police and private security guards and told there could be no fixed structures in the park. In response, the O.W.S. group raised the tent off the ground. A dozen people quickly took up positions under the tent. After several minutes, they took the tent and marched twice around the park before continuing south on Trinity Place.

  • Raja

    Longshore workers name Occupy Movement as crucial in settlement with EGT

    Occupy Oakland Media, February 12

    The following press release from Occupy the EGT appeared on Sunday, February 12, 2012, and announces the settlement between ILWU Local 21 and the Export Grain Terminal (EGT). After the Oakland General Strike of November 2, 2011, and the West Coast Port Shutdown of December 12, 2011, this negotiated settlement is cause for celebration. Pressure on EGT continued through February, and Occupiers across the globe have been awaiting news of this lengthy negotiation. This announcement marks a significant victory for the labor movement in the US.


    Longview, WA – On Friday, members of the ILWU and the labor community named the Occupy Movement as key to the settlement reached Thursday between ILWU Local 21 and the Export Grain Terminal (EGT). The contract finally provides for the use of ILWU labor in the grain terminal at the Port of Longview. After staging the December 12 port shutdowns in solidarity with Local 21, the West Coast Occupy Movement planned coordinated action together with labor allies for a land and water blockade of the EGT ship in Longview, should it attempt to use scab labor to load. Occupys in states where EGT’s parent company Bunge has its growth and operations were also planning actions against the company on the day of the arrival of the ship.

    “This is a victory for Occupy in their involvement in forcing negotiations. Make no mistake – the solidarity and organization between the Occupy Movement and the Longshoremen won this contract,” said Jack Mulcahy, ILWU officer with Local 8. “The mobilization of the Occupy Movement across the country, particularly in Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and Longview were a critical element in bringing EGT to the bargaining table and forcing a settlement with ILWU local 21.”

    Via C&L: Melissa Harris-Perry: All Workers Do Well When Union Workers Do Well

    Mayor Jean Quan said on Dec.11th that the unions weren’t backing this effort, and even if that were true at the time, the unions are certainly full of praise for Occupy Oakland now.

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