(DemocracyNow) – In addition to the National Guard and FEMA, one of the more active relief efforts in New York City has been a volunteer effort organized by alumni of Occupy Wall Street called Occupy Sandy Relief. Along with groups like 350.org and Recovers.org, Occupy activists quickly mobilized hundreds, and then thousands, of people to help affected areas of New York City. Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke speaks with Occupy organizer Catherine Yeager in the Rockaways about Occupy Wall Street’s transformation into Occupy Sandy Relief. Read the rest of this entry »
(HigginsBlog) – The Establishment’s Worst Nightmare Is Coming True – Occupy Wall Street and The Tea Party Come Together Against Big Brother Red Light Cameras
Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change talks to William A Johnson about how he united Occupy Wall Street and The Tea Party in Dubuque, Iowa behind a populist cause – taking on Big Brother’s red light cameras. Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – The Occupy Wall Street movement was created to combat corporate power but has since evolved. Police brutality took center stage when New York City police officers pepper-sprayed peaceful protesters, and since then a retired Philadelphia police captain has come forth to bridge the gap between protesters and law enforcement. Ray Lewis is in the process of potentially being stripped of his union benefits for protesting in his uniform, and he joins us with more on why he feels that it is necessary for him to speak out. Read the rest of this entry »
(HigginsBlog) – As Occupy Wall Street May Day protests start in NYC marchers streaming live are reporting a heavy police presence, multiple canine units and National Guard units armed with machine guns. Read the rest of this entry »
(KurtNimmo) – On May 1, factions of Occupy Wall Street plan to impose a “general strike” on America by shutting down business, public transportation and crucial infrastructure. “New York, Denver, Seattle and other major cities are bracing for what should be an eventful day,” notes activist blogger Brent Wahl. – Read the rest of this entry »
See Also: (RealNews) – Video: Inequality and Instability – Part 2 – James K. Galbraith: The Bush years – Growth demanded new markets among debtors who previously had not qualified for mortgages – View Here
(Youtube) – Renowned cellular biologist, Dr. Bruce Lipton narrates the process of a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly over a milieu of imagery in “The Evolution of the Butterfly”. The film combines first hand footage from the Occupy Wall Street movement with stylized portraits of the recent economic collapse and gives a backdrop of hope to sometimes bleak reality. Read the rest of this entry »
(DailyBell) - All Banks Are Not Created Equal … How the people can use public banks to supplant Wall Street … It is well known that Philadelphia was the birthplace of the U.S. Constitution and American democracy. Less well known is that it was also the birthplace of public banking in America … Both landmark events will be commemorated in upcoming gatherings in Philadelphia. Read the rest of this entry »
(AmericanProspect) – As winter fades, the Occupy Wall Street movement is heating up again. But don’t expect the same focus on physical encampments and rowdy protests. While the blood of the 99 percent is still boiling at the injustice of growing inequality, in organizing meetings and workgroups, cooler heads are prevailing. This is Occupy 2.0—the mainstreaming of momentum. Read the rest of this entry »
(MercuryNews) – Occupy protesters and open-carry advocates came together peacefully, and a little awkwardly, at a rally Saturday in Concord.
Around 35 to 40 protesters gathered at noon at Todos Santos Plaza to address issues such as government reform, cuts to education and the sagging U.S. postal system, as well as to hear a talk by guest speaker and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. Read the rest of this entry »
(HuffingtonPost) – Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement raided a fictional recreation of their former Zuccotti Park camp late Thursday night into Friday morning, interrupting the filming of a new episode of NBC crime drama “Law & Order: SVU” that was taking place in lower Manhattan’s Foley Square. Read the rest of this entry »
Scorned by some, embraced by others, the Occupy movement is not going away
(BFP) – Originally inspired in part by the “Arab Spring,” this movement has drawn strength from popular anger against economic conditions, and more fundamentally, concern that the playing field is stacked against the little guy. Like the Tea Party before it, the early success has attracted powerful special interest groups hoping to capitalize. Time will tell if corrupting forces like this end up undermining the Occupy impact. Read the rest of this entry »
(Aljazeera) – UN climate summit gets ‘occupy’ warning
S Africa police not to tolerate “criminal acts” as activists demanding “climate justice” gear up for protest in Durban Read More Here
(Guardian) – The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy
The violent police assaults across the US are no coincidence. Occupy has touched the third rail of our political class’s venality Read More Here
(ABCNews) – What to Do If You Get Pepper Sprayed
“It’s quite painful and the [intense burning] can last a while,” said Robert J. Kaminski, an associate professor in the department of criminology and criminal justice at the University of South Carolina. Read More Here
(Aljazeera) – Pepper spray nation
With most of the UC board of regents being in the 1%, student demonstrators should expect more police brutality. Read More Here
(FreeingthePress) – Video of arrests at Occupy Oakland Thanksgiving protest
Occupy Oakland was celebrating Thanksgiving by sharing a meal and having a space that all could present their talents when a truck arrived to drop off portable toilets for the community. Officers were immediately on the scene and after about ten minutes the police asked the driver to leave with the portable toilets. Read the rest of this entry »
(MediaRoots) – Audio: Media Roots Interview – Vaquous of Occupy Montreal – Listen Here
(CentralValleyBusTimes) – State senator calls for independent investigation into UC Davis incident
“Chancellor Katehi’s task force is a sham with the fox guarding the hen house,” says Mr. Yee. “Only a truly independent investigation – absent the influence of her office or the police department – is in order. Students and taxpayers deserve to know what she knew and when, and what direction she gave to campus police.” Read More Here
(PressForTruth) – Press for Truth Reports on Eviction of Occupy Toronto – Dan Dicks
Hundreds of police surrounded St James Park at 6:00am and moved in on the protesters to enforce the eviction of the camp. Read the rest of this entry »
(PaulWatson) – Michael Moore Blames Homeland Security For Pepper-Spray Brutality
Says Incident Is Occupy’s ‘Tiananmen Square Moment’
Filmmaker Michael Moore blamed the Homeland Security-funded militarization of college campus police for the shocking incident Friday where a University of California police officer pepper-sprayed demonstrators directly in the face, labeling the footage the ‘Occupy’ movement’s Tiananmen Square moment. Read the rest of this entry »
(MediaRoots) – Abby Martin of Media Roots interviews award winning journalist and best selling author Greg Palast after his talk at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley on November 14, 2011.
Greg talks about his book Vultures’ Picnic, corporate collusion and the bough-and-paid-for-media establishment, the role of citizen journalism in Occupy Wall Street and the value of organizations like Project Censored. Read the rest of this entry »
(WashingtonsBlog) – Egyptian Military Points to American Police Brutality in Justifying Murder of Tahrir Square Protesters
And America’s response towards the peaceful Occupy protesters has been so brutal that now the Egyptian military is justifying its murder of protesters in Tahrir Square by saying they are just following the American example. As Gawker notes:
Two people were killed in Cairo and Alexandria this weekend as Egyptian activists took the streets to protest the military’s attempts to maintain its grip on power. And guess how the state is justifying its deadly crackdown. “We saw the firm stance the US took against OWS people & the German govt against green protesters to secure the state,” an Egyptian state television anchor said yesterday (as translated by the indispensable Sultan Sooud al Qassemi; bold ours).
(RussiaToday) – Video: GRAPHIC – Video of brutal crackdown on Tahrir Sq protesters in Cairo
In Egypt, at least 13 people have been killed and hundreds injured after two days of clashes between protesters and security forces. Troops used tear gas and rubber bullets in a major assault on demonstrators, who are demanding the military rulers transfer power to a civilian government. Read the rest of this entry »
(FierceLightFilms) – Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness is your happiness. Their pain is your pain. Your sense of self expands to include other beings. This shift of consciousness is universal in everybody, 99% and 1%.
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(RussiaToday) – Video: 400 handcuffs: OWS 2-month birthday gift – Video Link Here
(DailyMail) – Video: Shocking video as police pepper spray UC Davis students staging passive sitdown protest
A shocking videotape of police forcefully pepper spraying a group of students staging a sit down protest has emerged.
Footage of the tense standoff between police and Occupy demonstrators at the University of California, Davis, shows an officer using pepper spray on a group of protesters who appear to be sitting passively on the ground with their arms interlocked.
Witnesses watched in horror as police moved in on more than a dozen tents erected in the campus quad drenching demonstrators with the burning yellow spray and arresting 10 people, nine of them students.
See Also: FLASHBACK – February 2008 – (Youtube) – Video: Humboldt County Sheriff Tortures NonViolent Women Activists – Video Link Here
Also: (CivilLiberties) – Pepper Spray, Pain and Justice
Pepper Spray as a police tool first came to the notice of the courts in a footnote describing torture of suspects in India.
Today’s pepper spray is a far cry from the natural substance the police in India found useful. Ads on the Internet tout it as being thousands of times more concentrated and consequently having much stronger effects. It is strong enough to be classified by the Army as a “chemical agent.” Read More Here
(WashingtonsBlog) – Oakland Police Strike Army Ranger With Nightsticks On His Back, Ribs, Shoulders and Hands, Lacerating His Spleen and Causing Internal Bleeding
(Youtube) – One of the most impressive moments of yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street marches, was when someone projected a giant 99% “bat signal” on the side of one of lower Manhattan’s skyscrapers as thousands of people swarmed across the nearby Brooklyn Bridge. Read the rest of this entry »
The Founding Fathers hated big corporations. See this, this and this. They were as suspicious of big corporations as they were the monarchy. So they only allowed corporate charters for a very brief duration, in order to carry out a specific, time-limited project.
As James Madison noted:
There is an evil which ought to be guarded against in the indefinite accumulation of property from the capacity of holding it in perpetuity by…corporations. The power of all corporations ought to be limited in this respect. The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses.
As I’ve repeatedly noted, the “Tea Party” movement starting in 2009 was also originally centered on the protesting government bailouts of the giant banks. See this, this, this, this and this.
While it was quickly hijacked by the mainstream Republican party, Sarah Palin, Neocons and others, the Tea Party was originally an anti-crony capitalism, anti-corruption, anti-bank bailouts protest. As such, it really was originally modeled on the Boston Tea party.
(RussiaToday) – Day of OWS Action: Over 400 arrested, dozens injured
Four hundred arrests — that is the tally for the last 24 hours, as police stage an intense crackdown on massive Occupy Wall Street protests erupting in America, with more than 30,000 protesters having shown up in New York City alone. Read the rest of this entry »
(EconomicCollapse) – Right now, we are watching the early rounds of a heavyweight fight between two extremely determined opponents. Occupy Wall Street has no plans of losing this fight and neither do law enforcement authorities. Perhaps those running the show actually believed that raiding Zuccotti Park and more than a dozen other “Occupy camps” around the nation would end these protests, but that is just not going to happen. Whatever your opinion of Occupy Wall Street is, everyone should be able to agree that this is one dedicated bunch. Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – The Occupy Wall Street movement has been under fire in the past week. Police in riot gear have raided camps from coast to coast.
And again videos and photos have surfaced of the police brutality that has been taking place towards the non-violent protester. Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – As NYPD arrested Philly police retired captain Raymond Lewis at OWS protest, crowds were cheering. It comes as peaceful Occupy Wall Street protest has turned violent yet again. RT correspondents on the ground report that police have begun to arrest people brutally in Manhattan. RT producer Lucy Kafanov, who is on site in New York, is reporting clashes between police and protesters. Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – Every week Max Keiser looks at all the scandal behind the financial news headlines. This week, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss the Good, The Bad and the Schwing Schwing of making companies scared by putting risk back onto their balance sheet. They also discuss clients getting smoked through massive ploys in the commodity markets. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser interviews Mike Maloney of GoldSilver.com about the latest in the precious metals market and about a $15 trillion Dow. Read the rest of this entry »
(BusinessInsider) – NYC Judge Says Occupy Protesters Can Come Back And Bring Their Tents – Read More Here
(Capitoilette) – Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement – Read More Here
UPDATE: Occupy Wall St. Is being raided. Call right now. Mayor 212-639-9675 NYPD: 646-610-5000 / and call the 1st precinct 212 334 0611 Respectfully Demand 1st Amendment Rights for OWS!!! Tell them to let the protesters stay. TWEET IT SHARE IT…spread the word!!!”
(LiveStream) – Video: Global Revolution(LIVE) – Stream Here
(Fox) – Video: “Occupy Wall Street People Are So Dumb! Protesters Are So Dumb!” – Sean Hannity – Video Link Here
(TwitLonger) – The people (@OccupyOregon)
ALERT! A man named Justin James Bridges, musician & ASL translator for Occupy Portland General Assembly, was assaulted by @PortlandPolice today during camp clean out.
He was beaten repeatedly in the back and has now lost use of his right arm. Though Justin was lying on the ground in compliance, Portland Police continuously beat him in the back with clubs until his eyes rolled back in his head. Fellow protesters thought he was dead. He is now in critical care.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, ESPECIALLY PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE, DO NOT HESITATE TO COME FORWARD.
National Lawyers’ Guild # 503-902-5340. Protect rights, protect the truth.
(MediaRoots) – Occupy Oakland Faces Another Police State Raid
In a predawn raid this morning, Oakland Police stormed the Occupy Oakland encampment in another coordinated multi-agency “mutual aid” operation costing the City of Oakland upwards of half a million dollars in an attempt to crush the peaceful Occupy Oakland (OO) movement once and for all. Read More Here
(Youtube) – Video: Riot Police Supress Occupy Portland Protestors With Brutal Force – View Video Here
(AnswerCoalition) – Police raid Occupy Oakland
All out to the streets! Reconvene at Oakland Public Library (14th and Madison) at 4pm Pacific! Read More Here
(RawStory) – St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Denver crack down on ‘Occupy’ protesters
Police arrested 27 St. Louis demonstrators at a downtown plaza early on Saturday for curfew violations, authorities said.
Authorities in Salt Lake City moved to dismantle a camp at a downtown park in an operation that resulted in 15 arrests, police said. Officers began their operation after sundown. They previously told protesters to clear out of the park by then. Read More Here
(RussiaToday) – This week Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss George Osborne’s admission that he has no power over bankers and that the population will always have to pay for their crimes. Max and Stacy also discuss the ‘slow motion train robbery’ of low interest rates and the use of trending topics on Twitter as price propaganda. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser interviews Senator Mike Gravel and his direct democracy initiative and how it could empower the Occupy Wall Street movement. Read the rest of this entry »
Top Military Commander and Courts Support Right to Protest
(WashingtonsBlog) – In response to comments from those supporting the police crackdowns on peaceful protesters exercising their constitutional rights but violating local ordinances (see comments here), reader Purplemuse writes:
The Constitution supersedes local ordinances that are being used to OBSTRUCT 1st Amendment Rights. The camping ITSELF is in order to MAKE A STATEMENT – a First Amendment Right. Protesters are not camping because it is fun to expose yourself to the elements and hardship and you want to roast wienies and marshmallows and drink beer while swapping ghost stories. Read the rest of this entry »
(AJC) – One time Libertarian Party Presidential nominee Michael Badnarik will also join Alex to discuss the long battle for liberty, the prospects of Ron Paul and/or Jesse Ventura running for president in 2012 within the Libertarian Party, the Occupy Wall Street movement, new assaults on privacy and the Bill of Rights and much more. Read the rest of this entry »
(KurtNimmo) – The Associated Press describes police beating students at the University of California at Berkeley as “nudging.” The video below clearly shows cops beating students with batons.
Since the advent of small video cameras and now cell phones, the establishment has had a more difficult time spinning the brutal behavior of cops around the country. Thuggish behavior by cops is often posted to the internet minutes after they brutalize non-violent protesters. Read the rest of this entry »