Occupy Wall Street movement continues


This video from the USA is called Occupy Wall Street (FULL) Interview with Chris Hedges Part 1.

This video from the USA is called Laura Flanders’ Keynote Speech at Creative Time Summit: From Public Art to Occupy Wall Street.

USA: As the Occupy Wall Street movement entered its second month, the Goldman Sachs investment bank announced that it had set aside $10.01 billion so far this year for year-end compensation and bonuses: here.

Citigroup Settles for $285 Million; No Wall Street Executive Jailed Yet. Kevin G. Hall and Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers: “Global banking giant Citigroup has agreed to pay $285 million to settle charges that it misled investors about a complex financial instrument tied to the now-crippled housing market … The announcement was unlikely to satisfy critics of Wall Street and Washington’s bailout of its banks who have waited years for any major Wall Street executive to be jailed for practices that led to the global financial meltdown in 2008, which still roils the U.S. economy”: here.

Income gap widened in US in 2010; While collective earnings of 99% of Americans fell by $4.5B, top 1% earned $120B more: here.

Since last Saturday, more than 150 people from the Occupy Pittsburgh protest have set up camp in Mellon Square in downtown Pittsburgh. They have been receiving strong support from workers, students and other people who have donated food and money to support the protest: here.

Is the National Security Complex Too Big to Fail? TARPing War. Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: “American taxpayers are shelling out at least $1.2 trillion a year for the vast military, intelligence, and homeland security combine that operates in their name … When a country spends ‘more on defense than the next 17 top-spending countries combined’ and can’t win a war, you should know that something’s wrong, and that ‘too big’ and ‘fail’ do stand in some relation to each other … You, the taxpayer, bailed out a host of tottering financial firms … The only bright spot: those were one-time, two-time, or three-time deals. The [military industrial] Complex is forever (at least as its managers see it)”: here.

If the Greeks Can Shut Their Country Down, Why Can’t We? Eric Stoner, Waging Nonviolence: “In an effort to stop Greece’s parliament from voting for further austerity measures today and tomorrow, the Greek people have effectively shut the entire country down, as part of the 48-hour general strike … As I watch the Greeks give everything they’ve got to stop this legislation from going through, I couldn’t help but wonder why protests in the US haven’t attempted a general strike, which is one of the most powerful nonviolent tactics”: here.

NPR Gets Radio Host Fired for Occupying. David Swanson, War Is A Crime: “National Public Radio on Wednesday discovered that a woman named Lisa Simeone who hosted a show about opera called ‘World of Opera’ had been participating in a nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., organized by October2011.org. That same day, NPR persuaded a company for which Simeone worked to fire her, cutting her income in half and purging from the so-called public airwaves a voice that had never mentioned politics on NPR”: here.

Biggest Challenge for Occupy Wall Street Will Be to Prevent Police Infiltrators From Provoking Violence: here.

Yup: Blue collar whites do support Occupy Wall Street: here.

The right is using a homeless, blind, mentally disturbed man who has long trolled NY to smear #ows as anti-Semitic: here.

Why Are Police Attacking Peaceful Protesters? How OWS Has Exposed the Militarization of US Law Enforcement: here.

5 thoughts on “Occupy Wall Street movement continues

  1. NYC Labor Against the War

    10.20 Occupy Wall Street Report:

    Global Spring

    ‘The ever-expanding war that terrorizes Afghans, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Somalis, Yemenis in their homelands also has a domestic face inside the US. You can see it in the prison-industrial complex which is eating up the lives of brown and black Americans. You can see it in the detention and deportation regime which constantly surveils Muslim communities, undocumented immigrants, suspect Others — whose only crime is not being white.

    Comrades we stand with you against corporate greed and police repression. We Pakistanis, we Muslims, suffer from the same system. We ask you, in turn, to stand with us.’

    Pakistani Statement in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, http://bit.ly/oYyHkc

    OWS-NYC: FRIDAY CALENDAR

    3:30 p.m.: March Against Verizon Corporate Greed
    Early last Friday morning, members of the CWA joined thousands of others to help defend our park. If you want to march in solidarity with their struggle against Verizon, meet at 3:30 at Liberty Plaza to march to Verizon?s headquarters at 140 West St.
    https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=190019924408944

    1 p.m.: Friday Prayer at Occupy Wall Street
    We, the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York and Muslim New Yorkers stand in solidarity with the protesters of Occupy Wall Street on grounds of free speech, right to assemble and justice for all. Indeed, we are part of the 99%.
    https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=228065433913260

    1 p.m.: Stop “Stop and Frisk”
    Harlem State Office Building
    Everyone knows it is wrong. It is illegal, racist, unconstitutional and intolerable! But THIS FRIDAY people are putting themselves on the line to STOP IT. This is the beginning; this is serious; we won?t stop until Stop & Frisk is ended.
    http://stopmassincarceration.tumblr.com/

    6:30 p.m.: Labor Outreach Committee Meeting
    DC 37, 125 Barclay Street, in rooms 3 & 4.

    OWS-NYC: UPDATE

    NY protesters set sights on Sotheby’s
    The auction house Sotheby’s has become the latest target of New York’s ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters. The demonstrators are showing support for 43 striking art handlers, who say the auction house wants to cut their pay, despite reportedly selling $3billion worth of art in the first half of this year alone.
    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/10/20111019204224607164.html

    Workers Made Bloomberg Blink
    The pivotal force that made the mayor blink was the unprecedented (at least in the last three decades) show of confrontational unity by unions — from the Communications Workers of America and 1199SEIU health care workers’ union to the behemoth of them all, the AFL-CIO, that is, the national federation of millions of union workers. IN THE 12 hours prior to the anticipated showdown, unions felt pressure from their members to call out their troops. Only unlike most labor events of recent years, this was not some pro forma, well-choreographed affair.
    http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/20/making-a-billionaire-blink

    Latinos Provide Key Support To Occupy Wall Street
    “Whether white, black, Latino, documented or undocumented, the common denominator here is that the dominant upper class is exploiting us. That is why we have to change these conditions.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/20/latinos-occupy-wall-street_n_1011283.html

    Save the Date: Fri., 10.28: Occupy Harlem Mobilization
    We stand in solidarity with Occupiers of Wall Street.
    No more bank bailouts! No more wars! We want money for jobs, housing, education and medical care.
    http://theblacklistpub.ning.com/forum/topics/occupy-harlem-friday-october-28

    NYPD RACISM, BRUTALITY, REPRESSION

    Michael Daragjati, cop accused of racism-fueled false arrest, case prompts probe of NYPD policy
    ?”We are criminalizing thousands of young people in New York City,” Adams said. “What is it going to take before we realize this is a citywide problem?”
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2011/10/20/2011-10-20_michael_dargjati_cop_accused_of_racismfueled_false_arrests_case_prompts_probe_of.html#ixzz1bLvNCKW5

    Former federal lawyer calls for investigation of NYPD Muslim spy programs
    The Obama administration has repeatedly sidestepped questions about whether it supports the NYPD?s tactics, refusing to endorse them or to question them. Justice Department officials did not respond to Aziz?s comments Wednesday. Thomas Perez, the assistant attorney general for civil rights, hurried out of the auditorium without taking questions.
    http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/10/20/172707.html

    BEYOND OWS: U.S.

    Nurses to Open Occupy DC, SF First Aid Stations Thursday, Detroit Saturday | National Nurses United
    Registered nurses will establish a basic first aid station at Occupy DC and Occupy SF Thursday morning and in Detroit Saturday, the latest in a series of medical aid centers established by National Nurses United to assist and support the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest movement.
    http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/press/entry/nurses-to-open-occupy-dc-sf-first-aid-stations-thursday-detroit-saturday-in/

    Yup: Blue collar whites do support Occupy Wall Street
    In the National Journal poll, 56 percent of non-college-educated whites agree with the protesters; only 31 percent disagree.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/yup-blue-collar-whites-do-support-occupy-wall-street/2011/10/19/gIQALBC7xL_blog.html

    Democracy Now!: Obama Tops GOP Candidates in Wall Street Donations
    New figures show President Obama continues to pull in huge donations from the financial sector, with more money from Wall Street this year than all other Republican presidential candidates combined.
    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/10/20/headlines#4

    BEYOND OWS: INTERNATIONAL

    BOLIVIA: Bolivian protesters arrive in La Paz
    “The power right now in Bolivia is with the marchers,” he continued. “They have force in numbers right now and Evo Morales is, all the analysts here will say, on his heels. He’s backing up.”
    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/10/2011101916158299272.html#.TqAr4wo49ps.facebook

    GREECE: Greece braces for second day of unrest
    ?”Who are they trying to fool? They won’t save us. With these measures the poor become poorer and the rich richer. Well I say: ‘No, thank you. I don’t want your rescue’,” said 50-year public sector worker Akis Papadopoulos.
    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/10/201110207230500592.html

    MEXICO: Los Indignados Tijuana.avi
    The wealthy 1% should not rest on top of the majority of the people. Let’s Occupy Tijuana. WE ARE THE 99%!

    CONTEXT & ANALYSIS

    Citigroup settles for $285 million; no Wall Street exec jailed yet | McClatchy
    ?”The details (of this case) are the face of the problem that brings Occupy Wall Street protestors to the streets. We have theft from actual people. In the end these are pension fund beneficiaries … it’s clear we know the names of the perpetrators, and yet these people are apparently not heading to jail.”
    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/10/19/127742/citigroup-settles-for-285-million.html

    If the Greeks can shut their country down, why can?t we? / Waging Nonviolence
    If the Occupy Wall Street movement is eventually to put the kind of pressure on the government and corporate power to truly address the structural problems with our economic and political systems, a serious nationwide general strike that clearly demonstrates who actually makes this country tick may be called for.
    http://wagingnonviolence.org/2011/10/if-the-greek-can-shut-their-country-down-why-cant-we/

    A show of workers’ power in Greece
    The most striking example of workers’ militancy is the widespread use of the occupation as a weapon, especially in administrative buildings. Workers in different government ministries have launched a series of takeovers in ministry buildings.
    http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/20/workers-power-in-greece

    US Troop Deaths in Afghan War Under Obama Now Twice That Under Bush | Just Foreign Policy
    With the Occupy protest movement gaining steam, and demands for ending the wars receiving more attention than they have in a while, this is the moment to make sure people know the reality of the situation we face so they can fight even harder and more effectively against it.
    http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1043

    Pakistani Statement in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street
    The ever-expanding war that terrorizes Afghans, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Somalis, Yemenis in their homelands also has a domestic face inside the US. You can see it in the prison-industrial complex which is eating up the lives of brown and black Americans. You can see it in the detention and deportation regime which constantly surveils Muslim communities, undocumented immigrants, suspect Others — whose only crime is not being white. Comrades we stand with you against corporate greed and police repression. We Pakistanis, we Muslims, suffer from the same system. We ask you, in turn, to stand with us.
    http://bit.ly/oYyHkc

    GENERAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

    Legal
    PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY: If you are arrested at an Occupy Event, call the National Lawyers Guild: New York City: (212) 679-6018 Los Angeles: (323) 696-2299 Washington, DC: (202) 957 2445 Chicago: (773) 309-1198 San Francisco: (415) 285-1011 New Orleans: (504) 875-0019 Baltimore: (410) 205-2850 Minnesota: (612) 656-9108 Michigan: (313) 963-0843 Portland: (503) 902-5340 Boston: (617) 227-7335 Pennsylvania & Delaware: (267) 702-4654 Idaho: (208) 991-4324 Be very sure to write the applicable phone number in PERMANENT marker somewhere concealed on your body, protected from the elements. Do NOT assume you will be able to retrieve the number from a phone or a notebook. It is very likely you will be stripped of all your belongings.

    What To Do If You?re Arrested at an Occupy Protest – Disorderly Conduct Laws
    http://disorderlyconductlaws.com/arrested-occupy-protest/

    OccupyWallStreet
    The resistance continues at Liberty Square and Nationwide!
    http://occupywallst.org/

    Donate Money to #occupywallstreet
    http://nycga.cc/donate/

    NYC General Assembly
    The Official Website of the GA at #OccupyWallStreet
    http://nycga.cc/

    People of Color / #OccupyWallStreet
    Created in response to the lack of racial diversity at #OccupyWallStreet with the purpose of developing critical consciousness within the movement and extending its reach to include those most affected by the current crisis. It is open to all who identify as people of color.
    http://pococcupywallstreet.tumblr.com/

    Occupy Wall St.: Immediate Needs
    Comfort Committee?s Current NEEDS: thermal wear (especially smaller sizes), blankets, toiletries (especially toothpaste), hats & gloves, towels for showers We do NOT need more ponchos or space blankets. All donations can be sent to: The UPS Store Re: Occupy Wall Street 118A Fulton St. #205 New York, NY 10038

    Occupy Together
    Welcome to OCCUPY TOGETHER, an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.
    http://www.occupytogether.org/

    We Are the 99 Percent
    Brought to you by the people who occupy wall street. Why will YOU occupy?
    http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/

    Like

  2. TRUTHOUT’S BUZZFLASH DAILY HEADLINES

    In his new book, available from Truthout with a contribution, Glenn Greenwald states it bluntly: “The central promise of the American founding – that all would stand equal before the rule of law no matter what other political and economic inequality was allowed – has been abandoned.”

    Moreover, the ruling elite and the wealthiest Americans have become exempt from a uniform standard of justice, Greenwald argues in “With Liberty and Justice for Some”:

    Instead, the United States now has the exact opposite of a single set of laws before which everyone is equal. It has an entrenched two-tiered system of justice: the country’s most powerful political and financial elites are virtually immunized from the rule of law, empowered to commit felonies with full-scale impunity and to act without any constraints, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in far greater numbers than in any other country on the planet.

    According to an October 19 Reuters article: “Citigroup Inc will pay $285 million to settle charges that it defrauded investors who bought toxic housing-related debt that the bank bet would fail, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Wednesday.”

    Please notice the word defrauded in the description of Citigroup’s action. The law is divided into basically two areas: civil and criminal. Defraud is an action that falls into the criminal class of law. Throughout the follow-up to the near collapse of the American economy caused by Wall Street’s defrauding, mismanagement, malfeasance and greed, the basic reaction of the Obama administration has been to let the perpetrators of a crime so large it defies comprehension go free. Not only have they gone free, but many of them are still in charge of nearly monopolistic financial entities that amount to – at least in part – criminal enterprises that gouge consumers and defraud investors alike.

    Yes, a few “guppies” have been prosecuted, and financial firms like Citigroup have paid some fines that they will just recover in write-offs and more financial scams. It’s not just a slap on the wrist; it’s giving the appearance of punishment, when it is really no skin off the hide of the criminally negligent banks. It’s a public relations move by the SEC, not a finding with any legal repercussions – for the firm or for individuals.

    For weeks, under orders from Mayor Bloomberg – and with the likely cooperation of the FBI – protesters have been treated like criminals by a highly militarized police force. In essence, the New York Police Department has become a publicly paid security force to protect the “Masters of the Universe” on Wall Street, who have committed unfathomable crimes against the nation.

    If you cash a bum check in many states – even if it’s just for a few dollars in groceries – you can go to jail for years (“three strikes and your out”). But if you bring down an economy and keep engaging in fraud and high-risk schemes with other people’s moneys, causing trillions of dollars in losses, you are a member of the privileged elite who enjoys a separate system of justice: one that lets you go free to pillage again.

    Greenwald gets it right: “Courtrooms, indictments, and prisons are there for ordinary Americans, not for the ruling classes, and virtually never for our highest political leaders.”

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout

    Like

  3. Left to their own devices, Wall Street financial institutions will “stuff a portfolio with risky mortgage-related investments, sell it to unsuspecting customers and bet against it…without telling investors of its role or that it had made bets that the investments would fall in value (NY Times, Citigroup To Pay Millions to End Fraud Complaint, 10,20,11).” This is an abrogation of fiduciary responsibility, immoral, unethical, abusive and should be illegal. The reason I say “should be” is because neither the Justice Department or the Securities and Exchange Commission will say whether Citigroup had committed a crime.

    When you perpetrate fraud to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, you are a first-rate, top of the line, head of the class, unsurpassed, consummate and sublime rip-off artist! Continue reading → http://outlierideas.com/

    Like

  4. This comment is restored after ove-zealous anti-spam software stopped it:

    Author : Ray Tapajna
    URL : http://tapsearch.com/flatworld
    Body:
    President Roosevelt said economic diseases are highly communicable. Free trade is economic cancer and it is spreading across the world and infecting every part of our lives. Governments act as brokers and dealers in the process while workers have no say in the matter. A new kind of colonialism has surfaced where nations have to protect their interests across the globe. It has changed the way war is conducted where war is not declared with nations just attacking each other. A new kind of barbarianism has been unleashed where wars on terrorism breed more terrorism. See http://therationale.com/wall-street-protests-free-trade-cancer or search under tapsearch.com or tapart news for thousands of related resources.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.