Occupy Wall Street, Oakland, everywhere

USA: Gandhi’s Wings: Occupy Wall Street and the Redistribution of Anxiety. Robert Johnson, AlterNet: “Occupy Wall Street is about anxiety, and the courage of young people to fly into conflict on Gandhi’s wings. This is the noble legacy of civil disobedience on display at Zuccotti Park. We are seeing that anxiety channeled by courage can transform a society … You can see this drama played out as the demonstrators meditate surrounded by police whose anxiety is palpable, perhaps because the police cannot figure out which side they should really be on: here.

Just Three Corporate Front Groups Spent 13 Times as Much as the Entire Labor Movement to Buy Judicial Elections. Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress: “After the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate money in American elections, the decision’s defenders claimed this wasn’t such a big deal because unions could also take advantage of the decision. A new report by three leading voting rights and judicial independence groups gives the lie to this claim. According to the report, just three corporate interest groups spent more than 13 times as much trying to influence state supreme court elections as the entire labor movement”: here.

The billionaire mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, escalated state harassment of the several hundred anti-Wall Street protesters who have occupied a small plaza in New York City’s financial district since September 17: here.

Most Presidential Candidates Are Not the 99 Percent: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Keith Shannon, the roommate of injured Occupy Oakland protester Scott Olsen and a fellow Iraq War veteran, shares what happened Tuesday night when the Oakland Police Department fired upon the crowd with rubber bullets, bean bags and tear-gas canisters, one of which gave Olsen a skull fracture and trip to the emergency room.

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “At first glance, it looked like something out of Pink Floyd’s film ‘The Wall’: menacing images of creatures in gas masks swarming toward the camera under a dark and forbidding sky. This was no dystopian fantasy, however; these were members of the Oakland police department charging into a group of protesters behind a wall of tear gas, flash-bang bombs, rubber bullets and bean-bag projectiles. The police bull-rushed these unarmed protesters with the intention to do violence, and violence is exactly what they did”: here.

Occupy Oakland Regroups in Frank Ogawa Plaza. David Bacon, Truthout: “Three thousand grassroots people and political activists resume the rally and occupation in Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of City Hall, the evening after police tore down the tents of occupiers and fired tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse the demonstrators. Occupiers discussed in small groups the actions they intend to take to keep their movement growing”: here.

Occupy Oakland Protesters Remain in Legal Limbo After Release From Jail. Elise Ackerman, Oakland Local: “According to the National Lawyers Guild, nearly 100 people were arrested Tuesday morning and illegally booked in Alameda County’s Glenn Dyer Facility in downtown Oakland and the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. For reasons that are still unclear, some protestors were held for more than 12 hours after the mass arrest before being booked on charges ranging from disorderly conduct related to loitering to remaining on the scene of a riot, obstructing a police officer and battery on a law enforcement officer”: here.

Oakland mayor ‘sorry’ for clash that injured ex-Marine: here.

Police carried out a raid early Friday morning on Occupy San Diego, making 51 arrests and clearing out protesters who had been maintaining their encampment for three weeks: here.

Occupy Pittsburgh protesters are in their second week of mobilization against the massive inequality and the damage being done by the elite who rule America. About 150 people have been camping in downtown Pittsburgh since October 15 as part of the anti-Wall Street movement throughout the country: here.

Occupy Portland threatened by Oregon’s leading newspaper: here.

Robert Scheer | Thirty Years of Unleashed Greed. Robert Scheer, Truthdig: “Between 1979 and 2007, as the Congressional Budget Office reported this week, the average real income of the top 1 percent grew by an astounding 275 percent. And that’s after payment of the taxes that the super-rich and their Republican apologists find so onerous. Those three decades of rampant upper-crust greed unleashed by the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s will be well-marked by future historians recording the death of the American dream”: here.

Relentless budget cuts are felt in public education, the justice system, and in health care programs for the poor: here.

Whirlpool, the world’s largest appliance manufacturer, announced plans Friday to cut 5,000 jobs and close its plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Some 26 million Americans are already out of work or working part-time involuntarily: here.

A Dose of Reality for MTV, or the 1 Percent Monetizes Protest Against the 1 Percent. J.A. Myerson, Truthout: “MTV has put the word out that it is casting a ‘Real World’ season to be set at Occupy Wall Street, the primary force that currently gives the network’s target demographic meaning and direction … Don’t be surprised if MTV’s cameras are greeted with underwhelming warmth at Liberty Plaza Park. Protesters there have already shouted down camera crews – not just from Fox News, which was predictable, but even that of the sympathetic Cenk Uygur, of the ‘Young Turks,’ whose broadcast one protester insisted on disrupting, accusing the host of producing ‘protest porn'”: here.

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  1. NYC Labor Against the War

    10.28 Occupy Wall Street Report:
    We Are All Oakland

    Tahrir march in solidarity with Occupy Oakland, October 28


    This week, police launched attacks, symbolized by the brutalization of Iraq vet Scott Olsen, on Occupy sites in a growing number of U.S. cities — most of them run by Democratic administrations.

    But like similar attempts to shut down Occupy Wall Street in New York City, these attacks have only further strengthened, diversified, radicalized and internationalized the Occupy movement.

    Now at the forefront of the movement’s escalating resistance is Occupy Oakland’s call for a December 2 general strike, which is gaining support from ILWU Local 10 dockers and hundreds of other Bay Area labor activists, many of them workers of color.

    The Oakland attack is also a stark reminder that, unity amongst the 99% — at home and around the world — is our only defense against the criminally violent 1%.


    Defend Occupy Oakland With The Muscle Of Organized Labor-Statement Of ILWU Members & Retirees
    Whether this actually means real strike action by workers depends in large part on union participation. Local 10 has always been in the lead in the labor movement and all eyes are on us. As a first step, in defending our union and others against economic and political repression, we need to mobilize our members to participate in the rally and occupation November 2 in Oscar Grant Plaza. Shut it down!

    General strike call from Occupy Oakland
    It’s been a long time since we’ve had a general strike in the United States, so this one won’t be perfect. But if they can do it in France and South Africa and Chile and India and Greece, why can’t we start learning how in Oakland?

    1946: The Oakland General Strike, by Stan Weir | libcom.org
    The Oakland (California) General Strike was an extension of the national strike wave.


    Oakland police: controversial history sets tone for city’s discord
    In 1968 OPD officers shot and killed Bobby Hutton. The 17-year-old Black Panther party member was involved in a shootout with police, but surrendered and stripped down to his underwear to show he was unarmed. However, he died after being shot by police at least 12 times.

    Occupy Movement Faces Arrests
    Woods said that Sharon Cornu, a former director of the Alameda Central Labor Council and current chief of staff for Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, gave police the OK for the raid. After 75 arrests and the destruction of their encampment, protesters promised to reconverge.

    Despite Iraq Vet’s Cracked Skull, DoJ Sees No Evil in Occupy Crackdown
    As for the Justice Department keeping an eye on the broader police response to Occupy protests around the country to see whether authorities are violating Americans’ constitutional rights (e.g., by punching them in the face in the street or macing women for exercising their First Amendment rights), the Justice Department says it’s not investigating that either.


    Egyptians march from Tahrir square to support protestors in Oakland
    As they vowed earlier this week to do, Egyptian pro-democracy protesters marched from Tahrir square to the U.S. Embassy today to march in support of Occupy Oakland — and against the type of police brutality witnessed in Oakland on Tuesday night, and commonly experienced in Egypt.

    Same Deadly Police Weapons Used in Oakland, Egypt, Palestine
    The rubber balls found by the East Bay Express and displayed by the injured protester appear similar to the .31 caliber rubber balls pictured on the Web site of Combined Tactical Systems, a Pennsylvania firm that makes “less-lethal” munitions used “for crowd dispersal.” The company also makes tear gas, and its canisters have been fired at protesters in the West Bank and in Egypt’s Tahrir Square this year

    Protest smearing of Occupy Wall Street, Palestine solidarity movements as “anti-Semitic”
    Activists are responding to an ABC 7 Chicago news segment that conflates Palestine solidarity with anti-Semitism and claims that a “vein of anti-Semitism” runs through Occupy Wall Street.


    New York marches in solidarity with Occupy Oakland
    Patterson, who served in Iraq in 2008, said he faced a “moral conundrum” six months after he returned to the states. “I started realising I hurt people. Not terrorists, not insurgents. People,” he said. “The saying I keep hearing is that police are just doing their jobs,” Patterson said, “If you’re doing a job but you’re supporting a corrupt system, you’re still doing the wrong f***ing thing.”

    Bloomberg gets creative with Occupy evictions
    Arrests have been big and burdensome ever since the first week. Now, however, will be the real test. As officials like Bloomberg and other mayors and politicians find ways to circumvent permits and try to take down the movement with the help of the weather, many demonstrators say they don’t plan to go anywhere.


    ATLANTA: Ousted Occupy Atlanta group moves to MLK center
    Though perhaps best known for his fight against racial injustice, King was also a boisterous champion of the rights of the poor, a cause one imagines would have aligned him with the Occupy crowd.

    DC: Howard University students to march in support of Occupy Wall Street, similar protests
    Organizers say Friday’s march is intended in part to bring more racial diversity to the Wall Street protests. Organizer Talib Karim says the issues raised by the protesters should resonate with African-Americans, who endure poverty and unemployment in greater percentages than the general population.

    LOS ANGELES: LA vets demand housing at giant VA campus
    Paralyzed in the Vietnam War, the former Marine has been working to improve VA treatment of returning troops since his own homecoming in the late 1960s. Kovic is calling for an occupation protest of the West LA property, not unlike the current Occupy Wall Street movement.

    NASHVILLE: Arrests Made at Wall St. Protest in Nashville
    “This was a group of brilliant, wonderful people that I had come to know as family, practicing democratic decision-making on public space. And for that they were dragged away in handcuffs.”

    SAN DIEGO: Occupy San Diego Shut Down, Dozens of Arrests Including Legal Observer and Vets
    There were several people beaten by the police today as well as over a dozen arrested at Occupy SD. Chief of Police Landsdowne was seen laughing and smirking behind a line of 300 cops with batons while occupiers were being beaten assaulted by the police on his direct order. Please call the Mayor and Chief of Police Landsdowne and tell them that infringing on people’s freedom of speech and assembly by beating and assaulting peaceful protesters is inhumane. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders: (619) 236-6330 and SDPD Chief William Lansdowne (619) 531-2777.

    UAW: Chrysler Workers Object to Imposed Contract
    Chrysler released its third-quarter results one day after UAW officials decided the contract was ratified. The company made a profit of $212 million. The UAW needs no further proof that the company can afford to treat its workers fairly.


    AUSTRALIA: Occupy Melbourne Eviction
    Great mini film about the Melbourne Occupy.

    BRAZIL: Brazilian Amazon Groups Try to Stop Dam Project
    “Belo Monte will only succeed if we do nothing about it,” Juma Xipaia, an indigenous leader from the Xingu area, said in a statement released by Amazon Watch. “We will not be silent. We will shout out loud, and we will do it now.” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/world/americas/brazilian-amazon-groups-try-to-stop-dam-project.html?ref=world

    KOREA: South Korea Sit-In Connects to U.S. “Occupiers”
    As the U.S. “occupy” movement struggles to hold its ground, protesters are connecting to South Korean activists who see their fight against out-of-control corporate power as tapping the same vein of frustration and outrage.

    PALESTINE: Israel finds new “home” for Bedouins: a garbage dump
    “We want to stay in our homes. If they damage our homes or our tents, we want to build again. We won’t move. Even if they want to kill us, we want to stay. We haven’t any place to go.”

    U.K.: Occupy London protest issues demands to democratise City of London
    “The protesters have stumbled upon the source of financial power within the British state. This could get interesting.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/28/occupy-london-city-st-pauls


    Sat., Oct. 29, 12-2 p.m.: Occupy Wallstreet Solidarity Rally
    Rally at City Hall Park. Join CBTU, NAACP, APRI, LCLAA, and APALA in continuing the historic mobilization of millions of Americans demanding their fair share.

    Tues, Nov. 1: STOP “Stop and Frisk” Goes to Brooklyn
    Shut down 73rd Precinct in Brownsville


    OccupyStream – All Occupy Wall Street Streams and IRC – Live Revolution

    Occupy Together
    Welcometo OCCUPY TOGETHER, an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.

    We Are the 99 Percent
    Brought to you by the people who occupy wall street. Why will YOU occupy?

    Reports of Occupy everywhere

    PLEASECIRCULATE 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) 991-4324Be 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

    The resistance continues at Liberty Square and Nationwide!

    Donate Money to #occupywallstreet

    NYC General Assembly
    The Official Website of the GA at #OccupyWallStreet

    People of Color / #OccupyWallStreet
    Created in response to the lack of racial diversity at #OccupyWallStreetwith 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.

    Occupy Wall St.: Immediate Needs



    As the medical condition of Marine Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen appears to have improved, he is becoming the Neda Agha-Soltan – the martyr of the Iranian Green Revolution – of the “Occupy” struggle for economic justice.

    What occurred this week in Oakland – including the wounding of Olsen – shouldn’t have happened. In June of 2004, the Oakland Police Department reached an agreement to refrain from using the kind of bloody and militarized tactics that they employed earlier this week.

    According to a November 2004 San Francisco Chronicle article:

    Oakland police will no longer indiscriminately use wooden or rubber bullets, Taser stun guns, pepper spray and motorcycles to break up crowds, under an agreement announced Friday….

    The new policy settles part of a federal class-action lawsuit filed by 52 people who claimed their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and assembly were violated as they targeted two shipping companies with contracts tied to the war in Iraq.

    “What we’ve done is create a comprehensive policy that really provides a much more sensible, reasoned approach to managing demonstrations and crowds,” said Rachel Lederman of the National Lawyers Guild in San Francisco.

    Obviously, as Olsen’s situation demonstrates, the Oakland Police did not adhere to the letter or spirit of the 2004 agreement on Tuesday night. Lederman told the San Francisco Chronicle that when the policy was negotiated, “these projectile weapons are very dangerous. It was only a matter of luck that someone wasn’t killed on April 7, 2003, in Oakland. That’s what we’re trying to prevent.”

    Lederman is referring to a 2003 Oakland police riot against anti-Iraq war demonstrators that resulted in the serious wounding of many protesters. In fact, according to ThinkProgress, “the demonstrators were not without recourse. They took the city to court, and Oakland eventually awarded $2 million to 58 demonstrators for police abuses.”

    You would think that after signing an agreement and paying out taxpayer money to “compensate” for abusive police practices, the Oakland Police Department would learn how to behave in a civilized fashion when dealing with people exercising their First Amendment rights.

    Meanwhile, the Oakland School Board voted on Wednesday night, this week, to close five elementary schools, in large part due to budget constraints. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland school district officials say that the school closings will save about $2 million a year, about what the Oakland Police Department paid out to protesters it abused in 2003.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


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