Police made 2 arrests yesterday during a rally for the Occupy RVA movement. During the police encounter, 3 incidences of police brutality have been reported. Later in the day, a strong police presence was observed at the site of the encampment at Festival Park, with the number of officers observers reporting as close to 80 or more.
This comes after a raid on the Occupy Richmond encampment in Kanawha Plaza, where close to a dozen people where arrested, and the former site razed by bulldosers and dumptrucks.
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said that 78.8 per cent of the 24,000 members that were balloted had voted to go ahead with strike action. Thousands of schools could be closed. In it’s 114-year history the NAHT has never before voted to take strike action. Can you please spread the info to fellow occupiers and maybe march in solidarity with the teachers on the 30th.
2 Large Tent Stoves and 2 Large Canvas Arctic tents.
One of our biggest needs right now are warm spaces we can use to continue to provide for the food needs of the camp and to retain our 24-hour presence at the site. We are hoping to use one tent as our winter cooking tent. This tent will allow us to continue to feed the occupiers and other vulnerable community members that need support.
The other tent will be used both for sleeping accommodations during the night and for a meeting/arts space during the day.
The stoves are to keep the tents warm. As we are without power at the site (the ‘owner’ of the park turned off all power outlets) the stoves are essential for providing protection against the cold 24-hrs a day.
2 Gas generators.
As mentioned above we do not have power at the site. The generators are to help alleviate the power needs at the site and are primarily for the kitchen and media tents. They will be used as a power source and to charge the power packs (see below).
The kitchen needs power throughout the day to cook warm meals, to provide warm tea and coffee and to ensure we all have happy, warm bellies.
The media tent needs power so we can facilitate on-site/off-site communication, so we can send out media and action alerts and so we can continue to main on-going contact with the outside world.
2 Power packs
These packs are to give us the ability to store power. As we want to be as environmentally conscience as possible we want to use the generators as little as possible. The packs will allow us to have power on site and to also be able to use it for outdoor activities and actions.
2 Medical Kits
We have several nurses and medics as part of our action team. We also have medical supplies but they are unfortunately quite diverse and do not provide a solid medic kit for us to use throughout the winter. Also winter contains specific medical needs that we wish to be prepared for. These medic bags will allow us to provide for and attend to any medical needs.
This stick will allow us to have internet on-site. This will help facilitate on-site/off-site communication, give us the ability to send out media and action alerts and allow us to continue to main on-going contact with the outside world.
We are also hoping for a variety of building materials. Due to the limitations imposed on our site we are not able to build ‘structures’ but do require some materials to further insulate, to build safe lock boxes for materials, to build bunk beds to lift people off the ground, etc. We are trying to get many items donated but will likely need some support to complete our needs. 1 Lift of 12’ 2X4’s, 1/2 Lift of 12’ 2X8’s, 1 Lift of 3/8” 4X8’ Sheets of OSB, Several 18X24’, Insulated Tarps, 3” Nails, Several Bags of R20 Insulation, 3 Rolls of, Industrial Grade Poly, Several Boxes of 3/4” Staples, Several Rolls of Tie Wire.
Occupy the Polls! Several Occupy sites and their allies are encouraging folks to get out and rock the vote today. Sites like Cincinnati, Boston, Tulsa and others have been sending links with information on the candidates via twitter all day and encouraging
Occupy Asheville Occupy Ashville member, Martin Ramsey, reports that following Occupy Asheville’s November 2nd day of action, “the Asheville Police Department has… been arresting Occupy Asheville people rather indiscriminately and charging them all with the same crimes. Reactionary comments by police have been making their way through the press and we’re hopeful that due to this, a climate of doubt surrounding Ron Moore, our District Attorney, and our continued pressure and action will result in the dismissal of all charges against Occupy participants.” The group hasn’t let the arrests stop them from mobilizing. This Saturday Occupy Asheville marched in solidarity on BoA and RBC with the Southern Student Renewable Energy Conference anti-bank action, with total numbers at nearly three hundred.
Tonight at 9pm Occupy Atlanta will hold a press conference where they will provide updates on the Occupation of the foreclosed Rorey family home. Last week, Tawanna Rorey’s husband, a police officer based in Gwinnett County, e-mailed Occupy Atlanta to explain that his home was going to be foreclosed on and his family was in danger of being evicted on Monday. So within a few hours Occupy Atlanta developed an action plan to move to Snellville, Georgia on Monday to stop the foreclosure. At least two dozen protesters encamped on the family’s lawn, to the applause of neighbors and bystanders. Occupy Atlanta set up two tents in the front yard, draped a “This Home is Occupied” sign over the porch railing and handed out bottled water and granola bars to other members. Tonight the group is expected to announce the formation of Occupy Gwinnet whose first action will be to take over the occupation of the Rorey house as well as research other wrongful foreclosures in Gwinnet. Gwinnet has the 4th highest foreclosure rate in the country.
Occupy Boston **Occupy Boston Free School U. Needs Volunteers**
The Free School provides free daily classes and workshops in activism. Occupy Boston’s Free School University needs Greeters, Forum Coordinators and Online Help (wiki, mailing list, website, twitter.)
CALL TO ACTION: If you can help please contact Eden@FreeSchoolUniversity.org or attend this Friday’s Volunteer Meeting at 4:00pm.
Occupy Cincinnati Like many other sites, Occupy Cincinnati has been encouraging people to get out and vote today and has been using Twitter to encourage voters to seek out more information on all the local candidates: http://www.wlwt.com/politics/29649250/detail.html.
Occupy DC Today Ben and Jerry (yup – the ice cream guys) visited Occupy DC and handed out free scoops of ice cream. Tonight Occupy DC is hosting a march and Homelessness 101 Teach-In tonight in McPhersonSquare. You can catch the Occupy DC livestream at http://occupydc.org/. The last reports from twitter announced that the group was “blockading at least six intersections around building w Koch Bros, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, etc.”
Occupy Maine [Member report] During the wee hours of the morning a pair of officers informed Occupy Maine members that their tents are considered homes and cannot legally be entered by the police. The group is well on its way to becoming an established community with a bank account, huge yurt and library (equipped with a new Indy Media and Activism section).
Occupy Minneapolis **Help Occupy MN Save a Foreclosed Home**
Occupy Minneapolis/Occupy Minnesota will help a local woman take a stand and fight back against the bank trying to take her home. OM will occupy the home of Monique White tonight. White lost her job as a Youth Counselor due to state budget cuts, and then she lost her home. Now White has decided to stay in her home, raise awareness about foreclosures, and put an end to banks taking peoples’ homes. Occupy Minneapolis/Occupy Minnesota will protect and occupy her home beginning tonight. Get more information at http://vimeo.com/31770485 and http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=212533328819790.
CALL TO ACTION: Sign the petition to tell US Bank CEO Richard Davis to keep Monique White in her home chn.ge/uw224u
Occupy Oakland [Huffington Post report] A police attack against Oakland man Scott Campbell has drawn national attention and outrage after Campbell released a video of the incident on YouTube. Early Thursday morning after Occupy Oakland’s general strike, Campbell filmed police officers as they surrounded the remaining protesters. According to Campbell, an officer asked him to step back as he approached the police line with a video camera. Campbell obliged, and then began filming about ten feet from the officers. On the video, Campbell can be heard asking “is this OK?” twice. Several seconds later, an officer shoots him with what appears to be a rubber bullet. Watch the video here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/08/scott-campbell-films-police-shooting_n_1082393.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003
Occupy Portland Today Occupy Portland protesters joined hands in an enormous circle around Pioneer Courthouse Square in solidarity with 15,000 environmentalists in Washington D.C. In a move to pressure President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil, Oregonians from all walks of life joined Occupy Portland to protest against this polluting and dangerous project. Check out the video from today’s Occupy Portland Tar Sands Protest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8794iOt0CQ0
Occupy Raleigh Twitter report this morning: The Occupation in Raleigh is down to three people.
Occupy Seattle The city council of Seattle is debating a resolution that would support Occupy Seattle. The resolution would “recognize and support the peaceful and lawful exercise of the First Amendment as a cherished and fundamental right in the effort to seek solutions for economically distressed Americans at the federal and local levels.”
Occupy Wall St. Occupy Wall Street is going on the road — a two-week, 240-mile walk to Washington. A small group of OWS activists plans to leave Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park at noon Wednesday. They hope to arrive in DC by Nov. 23rd, the deadline for a congressional committee to decide whether to keep President Barack Obama’s extension of Bush-era tax cuts. Today – David Crosby and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are performing at Zuccotti Park.
Occupy Worcester [Press Release] Just before 11 am today, Tuesday, members of the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team (WAFT), homeowners Pablo and Shirley Travieso and family, and members of Occupy Worcester lined up in front of the Traviesos’ two-story house at 24 Illinois St., drowned out the voice of auctioneer John Baker by chanting loudly, and blocked his entry to the property. The 44 protesters held signs and their chants included “Bank of America/Bad for America”, “Banks got Bailed Out/We got Sold Out”, and “What does democracy look like?/This is what democracy looks like!” The auctioneer, John Baker, acting for Bank of New York Trust, trustee for a bundle of mortgages in which this one was included, gamely proceeded with the auction at 11am despite the noise, and as there were no other bidders, the bank took back the house for $79,900.
Global Effort To link Occupy sites around the globe, Occupy LSX’s International Commission group is proposing a global, publically available mailing list with one assembly-endorsed contributing contact from each assembly. The kind of information that would be shared in the list would be information like:
- Proposals for other assemblies to discuss - Updates from occupations - Requests for help
- Any other information an assembly would like to share with the world
If your site is interested in being included on the list, please email email@example.com with your assembly’s designated contact.
Occupy Brazil Occupy Sao Paulo is liberating abandoned buildings to give shelter to homeless families. Early Monday families of homeless workers occupied abandoned buildings in the center of São Paulo. The group told reporters yesterday, “We cannot and should not continue to suffer from a lack of housing. We are starting with houses and land that have already been abandoned and will turn them into a large housing project for low-income families.”
Occupy Canada [CTA report] Occupy protesters are resisting municipal orders to leave and dismantle their three-week old camps in cities across Canada as eviction notices are being served and court injunctions sought. Eviction notices have been served in Victoria, Quebec City and Vancouver, while officials in Halifax have struck a deal with demonstrators to move their tents for Remembrance Day ceremonies to be held at their camp site. In Victoria, protesters rejected a notice of removal on Monday, marching past a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald on their way to deliver a letter to city hall. The letter declares that the city of Victoria has failed to uphold the Charter of Rights and Freedoms right to peaceful assembly.
Occupy London In solidarity with students, education workers and everyone resisting the various attacks on education, Tent City University (Occupy London’s education arm) is holding ‘Teach-Outs’ before their big NCAFC demonstration on Wednesday at 10:30am. Get more info at http://tentcityuniversity.occupylsx.org/?p=107.
Occupy Sydney Chaos erupted at the Occupy Sydney protest this weekend, with several protesters being dragged away by police. About 100 protesters had moved from an earlier rally at Martin Place on Saturday afternoon to Hyde Park to continue their protest against corporate greed. Their protest was peaceful until police moved in to take down a tent set up by protesters. Several people were dragged away by police as protesters chanted “Let them stay, let them stay” and called the police “nazis”. A strong police presence remains in the park, with at least 50 officers standing by.
Unlike last month’s dawn raid that ended Occupy Sydney’s week-long protest at Martin Place, protesters were prepared for police action, with many of them recording the chaotic scenes on cameras and mobile phones.
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On November 23rd, the Congressional Deficit Reduction Super-Committee will meet to decide on whether or not to keep Obama’s extension to the Bush tax-cuts - which only benefit the richest 1% of Americans in any kind of significant way. Luckily, a group of OWS’ers are embarking on a two-week march from Liberty Plaza to the White House to let the committee know what the 99% think about these cuts. Join the march to make sure these tax cuts for the richest 1% of Americans are allowed to die!
For as long as public space has existed, women and LGBTQ people have been trying to “occupy” it safely — with distressingly little success. Harassing comments, groping, flashing and assault are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals. Too often, these injustices are met with little or no response, regarded simply as “the price you pay” for being female, trans, or gay in public. As supporters of the Occupy movement, we believe that a world where everyone has the right to occupy public space safely is not only possible - it is essential to building a strong and lasting movement.
It’s no secret that the Wall Street 1% who wrecked our economy are disproportionately straight and male, despite countless studies showing the less organizations look like the 99%, the less effective they are. As we quicken the pace of social change, we must be careful not to replicate Wall Street’s mistakes. The message is clear: equality means impact.
But for women and LGBTQ people to participate equally in the Occupy movement, we must be safe in occupied spaces. We know that harassment and assault happens everywhere —- and that the Occupy movement is no more immune to it than our nation’s parks and parking lots —- but we also know that a movement where women and LGBTQ individuals are not safe is not a movement that serves the interests of the 99%.
In solidarity with those who are already working on the ground to make safer spaces, we call on all General Assemblies of the Occupy movement to adopt anti-harassment and anti-assault as core principles of solidarity. To realize these principles within the movement, we call on General Assemblies in every city to empower women and LGBTQ occupiers with the time, space, and resources necessary to ensure that every occupied space is a safe space.
In response to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s insistence that Occupy Denver choose leadership to deal with City and State officials, and drawing inspiration from the notion that corporations are people, Occupy Denver’s General Assembly has elected a leader: Shelby, a three year old Border Collie. “Shelby is closer to a person than any corporation: She can bleed, she can breed, and she can show emotion. Either Shelby is a person, or corporations aren’t people,” said a Shelby supporter at the time of her election.
Occupy Denver reserves the right to alter leadership status, but for now, Shelby exhibits heart, warmth, and an appreciation for the group over personal ambition that Occupy Denver members feel are sorely lacking in the leaders some of them have voted for on national, state, and local levels. Accordingly, Occupy Denver looks forward to communication with Mayor Hancock and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper sometime this week to introduce their leadership.
Newly-elected leader Shelby will be leading this Saturday’s Occupy Denver march against Corporate Personhood, and invites all other civic minded dogs (and their leash-holders) to join.
A low progressive turnout in 2010 got us into this mess. We can’t let that happen again
“Cop-out at the Polls
In 2008, more than 65 million Americans cast Democratic votes in congressional races, a 13 million-vote edge over the Republicans. In 2010, the Democratic vote plummeted to an abysmal 35 million, 6 million less than the GOP, which took decisive power in the House and paralyzed the Senate.
We think we know this story. But the truth is, we haven’t begun to absorb its full details and implications yet:
The number of voters under 24 who bothered to go to the polls in 2010 dropped by a stupefying 60 percent, and those between 24 and 29 by almost 50 percent. Altogether, the participation of young people – who had been overwhelmingly pro-Obama in 2008 – declined by 11 million votes.
Among over-65-year-olds, the core of the Tea Party movement, the voting numbers barely changed, from 17.6 million in 2008 to 17.5 million in 2010.
The African-American vote fell by 40 percent, and the Hispanic vote by almost 30 percent.
Among the mostly white voters who earn more than $200,000 per year, the turnout fell by a scant 5 percent, from 7 million to 6.5 million.
Voting by those with annual incomes under $30,000 dropped by 33 percent, more than six times the figure for the affluent.
In effect, the abstainers turned a potential Democratic landslide into a full-scale collapse – with nightmarish consequences for civil rights, for the U.S. and world economies, and for social programs that range across the board from healthcare and educational funding to employment programs, pension benefits and the sagging national infrastructure.
It was a dream come true for the radical right, the sworn enemies of all public services. Their vote, measured at exit polls asking whether government was too intrusive, scarcely changed between the two elections, dropping from 50 million to 47 million.”
Don’t like the title of this article, but the main point is completely valid: VOTE!!!
It’s amusing how quickly people like to forget things. Like 2009. And most of 2010.
What is up with this myth that “Oh, only if the House would have stayed Democratic after 2010, we would have everything we want? Therefore it’s all our fault, stupid us.” This is profoundly disconnected from reality.
Does anyone else remember “health care reform?” The huge fight over the stimulus? And perhaps more important, does anyone else remember all of the important things that weren’t even addressed during this term? Anyone??? It had nothing to do with the House, it was the fact that the Democrats couldn’t hold more than a supermajority in the Senate. And even in a major voting year like 2008, even with the unprecedented anti-Republican attitude at the polls thanks to Dubya, the Dems couldn’t gain enough ground to hold onto their supermajority in the Senate. This isn’t an electoral problem, this is a structural problem.*
Furthermore, the author of the article (and, by extension, the OP) doesn’t deign to offer the following fact: the majority of #OWS supporters are over 25, at 44.5% in the 25-44 age bracket, and 32% being over 45. That makes 76.5% of #OWS supporters that are OVER 25. Only 23.5% of #OWS participants are under 24.** So bolding that section as if it is a clever observation is asinine.
For these people, their only view of #OWS is one to serve a short-term political interest, one that can be formulated by a party. What about all of the problems (like the ones of political organization and representation themselves) that cannot be addressed by a party/legislative apparatus and must form outside this structure? We condemn the organization of modern party politics itself, so why would we put more of our time and energy into supporting such a bankrupt and worthless paradigm?
I would expect people to know better, but some people (like the OP) continue to push this bullshit and ignore reason, although it has been practically pasted to their faces many times now.
(* Not to mention that the Dems are certainly not the answer to your prayers. Does anyone still believe this?)
"Severe police repression continued in Rochester, NY for the 5th consecutive night. The Rochester police crackdown started at about midnight when about 60 police forcibly violated the people of Rochester’s rights and evicted them from Washington Square Park. The 16 arrested transformed the Rochester 32 to the Rochester 48 who have been arrested enforcing their First Amendment human rights. About 150 supporter rallied around the arrestees as they were taken away. Many Occupiers surrounded the park all night, sleeping the on the sidewalks until moving back into the park at 5am.
Unlike cities such as Oakland and Cairo where repression was followed by allowing people back into public squares 24/7, Rochester’s Mayor, Tom Richards, has remained defiant forcibly imposing a curfew on protesters in Washington Square Park.”
On Wednesday, 16 more protesters were arrested at Rochester’s Washington Square Park, bringing the total number of Rochester arrests to 48. After a march involving local unions and a total of about 300 people, there was a general assembly. The primary discussion, one that took almost an hour, was about whether or not there were enough willing to be arrested to make a point. In the end it was decided that an occupation of the park would be attempted, and 17 put their names on a list of people willing to remain in the park and risk arrest.
10:45pm: Alex, one of those planning to try to occupy the park after police arrived, sat on the ground in front of the soldiers and sailors monument, meditating in preparation for the park’s 11pm closure. Alex remained in this spot until his arrest just after midnight.
12:02am: “The park is closed. Anyone who doesn’t leave now will be arrested.”
An hour after curfew and 30 minutes after channels 8 and 10 ceased live coverage, between 10 and 20 police vehicles arrived at the park to enforce park closure.
12:05am: Olivia, an activist who was one of the 32 arrested on Friday (October 28th), watches the arrests while Jonathan, a fellow protester, holds her back so she won’t enter park property. None of the 32 arrested last Friday could volunteer for arrest on Wednesday because a second arrest would result in more severe legal consequences.
12:07am: R.J. Bean is led out of the park in handcuffs.
The police were on the whole very calm and professional, mirroring their behavior on Friday night. They were mostly expressionless, as if they were deliberately removing themselves from the political issues being hurled at them by the protestors. But while the majority were composed, a few seemed to have a very hard time keeping strong emotions under the surface.
At 12:15, the police vans holding those who remained in the park left, as did the majority of the squad cars. Some of the remaining protestors began to march the walkway surrounding the park, and a large group remained at the front of the park next to the remaining squad car. At just after 12:20, another arrest was made at the back of the remaining group. Some of the crowd had been pushed a few feet back, off of the sidewalk running along the street and onto adjoining sidewalk that is considered part of the park.
12:26am: “I didn’t DO anything!”
Nick calls out to protesters from the back of the squad car he was put in for stepping into Washington Square Park after curfew. Nick was arrest number 16 on Wednesday, and he was at the park as a spectator - the only person of the 16 who hadn’t wanted to risk arrest.
1:17am: Leah and Jake, both among the 32 arrested last friday, occupy the sidewalk bordering the park.
2:32am: An occupier talks to people viewing the Occupy Rochester livestream.
5:39am: At 5am, the city’s parks are reopened. At this point, protestors who have remained on the sidewalk all night move back into the park, usually to try to catch some sleep before sunrise.
If everyone removed their money from the banks the economy would fail more so than it has already. This. Does. Not. Help. -.- Not to mention its a federal crime to incite a Bank Run.
Lol. Even if there were enough withdrawals to cause a ‘bank run’ … nobody ever fought for the change that is needed in society without getting their hands dirty. The US economy is based on financial fuckery on a large scale, and the only way to get to a sustainable place is to use the options we have to fight back.
Oakland’s Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan got the Occupy Oakland General Strike crowd count massively wrong: it’s not 7,000, but 100,000.
This blogger has been in Oakland since 1974. The largest crowd at Frank Ogama Plaza was for a speech by then-Senator, now President Barack Obama in 2007, and for which was estimated at 18,000. Barack filled the space with people.
The Occupy Oakland General Strike had that many people in the plaza for most of the day, while two huge crowds were outside of it: one marching down Broadway, the other a set of people walking around various parts of downtown Oakland with protest signs.
You can’t take a snapshot of an event like this, because of its time length; you have to think of it as a dynamic. In amy population there are births, deaths, in-migration, and out-migration. For the Occupy Oakland General Strike, there were no births, thankfully no deaths, but a lot of in-migration and out-migration.
What was so amazing about the size of the crowd both inside the plaza and just outside of it, then marching to the Port of Oakland, was that it did not decrease in size; it increased. And that was with some people leaving it, and others coming in from BART and from around Oakland via foot or other parts of the Bay by car.
For that to happen all day long and considering the capacity of the plaza and the crowds outside of it points to 100,000 people. I’ve never seen anything like that in the entire history of this city.
And that is why it must be said that much of the media should be drawn and quartered for the most irresponsible coverage I’ve ever seen. Many outlets just waited for something bad to happen, or looked for it. But there were so many people more having a great time, that whatever happened was far away from downtown Oakland.
Hi there. We don't live in a democracy; it's a republic and we aren't free market capitalist due to government interference. You may know this but most of your followers don't.
Wow. Thank you so much for enlightening us. Now that we know what you know, we will lay down our preconceived notions of the world and awaken, if you will, from the Matrix, if you will, of sheeple-esque thought.
We will now change our message to suit what you think it should be.
So yeah, this is why I’m so anal about asks and submissions. I get half a dozen messages like these a day.
Egyptian activists have called for an international day of action to defend their country’s revolution, as global opposition mounts towards the military junta.
In a statement appealing for solidarity from the worldwide Occupy movement that has taken control of public squares in London, New York and hundreds of other cities, campaigners in Egypt claim their revolution is “under attack” from army generals and insist they too are fighting against a “1%” elite intent on stifling democracy and promoting social injustice.
The announcement came as Alaa Abd El Fattah, the jailed Egyptian revolutionary who has become a rallying figure for those opposed to the junta, had his appeal against detention refused by a military court. He and 30 other defendants accused of inciting violence against the military will remain in prison for at least 10 more days. The authorities could then choose to extend their incarceration indefinitely. This week a secret letter written by Abd El Fattah from inside his cell at Bab el-Khalq jail was published by the Guardian and the Egyptian newspaper al-Shorouk, laying bare the growing chasm between the ruling generals and grassroots activists who believe that their revolution has been hijacked.
In Thursday’s communique, which was jointly signed by a number of activist groups and published on the website of the “No to military trials” campaign, Egyptian protesters say that while global media attention has shifted elsewhere since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak in February, their struggle has continued.
“Again and again the army and the police have attacked us, beaten us, arrested us, killed us,” reads the statement. “And we have resisted, we have continued; some of these days we lost, others we won, but never without cost. Over a thousand gave their lives to remove Mubarak. Many more have joined them in death since. We go on so that their deaths will not be in vain.”
The statement reaffirms activists’ decision to withdraw all co-operation from the military justice system: “We now refuse to co-operate with military trials and prosecutions. We will not hand ourselves in, we will not submit ourselves to questioning. If they want us, they can take us from our homes and workplaces.”
It ends with a call for an international day of action on 12 November. “Nine months into our new military repression, we are still fighting for our revolution,” the activists conclude. “Our strength is in our shared struggle. If they stifle our resistance, the 1% will win – in Cairo, New York, London, Rome – everywhere. But while the revolution lives, our imaginations knows no bounds. We can still create a world worth living.”
Police arrested at least 16 people, including journalist Chris Hedges and performance artist Reverend Billy Talen, during a rally Thursday outside the headquarters of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in lower Manhattan.
The rally was held after a mock trial at the nearby Occupy Wall Street encampment, in which Goldman’s alleged misdeeds were weighed in a “people’s hearing.” The event, led by author and activist Cornell West, was broadcast live on a radio station and drew hundreds of protesters and spectators, many of whom then marched down Trinity Place towards Goldman’s skyscraper.
“The banking system has been shot through with greed,” said West, a professor at Princeton University. He marched arm in arm with several protesters, whom he referred to as his “brothers and sisters.” Some protesters held signs that read “Out of Your Ivory Tower” and “Don’t Feed the Bull.”
Reverend Billy, dressed in his signature white suit, called the Occupy movement “real, physical, actual hope,” and he blamed President Barack Obama for “drain[ing] all meaning from the word ‘hope.’” Talen added: “He’s no less corrupt than George Bush. He’s been unable to regulate these people,” referring to financial institutions.
At the entrance to Goldman’s headquarters on West Street, protesters read their verdict aloud: “Guilty of felony fraud, violating security laws, perjury before a Senate commission and the theft of $78 billion in taxpayer money.”
Several people then sat down in front with the building with their arms linked. As police handcuffed each person one at a time, some used nonviolent resistance tactics such curling up on the ground. The final protester to be arrested made her body limp and was carried away by several police officers.
“The Occupy Oakland protesters’ call for a general strike Wednesday largely fizzled as organizers failed to rally significant support from unions, but protesters brought operations at the Port of Oakland to a halt.
Maritime operations at the port, one of the biggest container ports in the U.S., were “effectively shut down” on Wednesday by demonstrators, said port officials. They added they would resume work “when it is safe and secure to do so.””—
OWS gaining popular support among Americans - Poll Roundup
CNN/ORC International poll out today:
36% say they agree with the overall positions of the Occupy movement, 19% disagree
Approval rating up from 27% in early October, an increase of 9%
44% are still unsure if they agree with the overall positions, down from 55% the month before.
NY1-Marist Poll out Tuesday:
44 percent of NY voters support the Occupy Wall Street movement while only 21 percent support the tea party. But about half of the 1,030 adults surveyed Oct. 25 through 27 think the tea party movement will have greater influence in the 2012 presidential election.
A separate Quinnipiac poll of registered voters gives the numbers as 30% favourable, 39% unfavourable and 30% undecided; showing that we have a long way to go, but the numbers are still higher than the Tea Party. The poll seems to include more than a representative sample of Southern voters, which also might skew things in a certain way.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is expected to meet with city officials this week to look for a peaceful way to end the Occupy Toronto protest at St. James Park.
Hundreds of tents - including three $20,000 yurts paid for by a local union - dot the park at the corner of Church Street and King Street East.
Occupy Toronto, now in its 19th day, has morphed into a makeshift community complete with a library, food supplies and about two dozen portable toilets…
In response to his concerns, [a local business owner] received an email this week from Ford saying, “When it is determined that we no longer have a peaceful protest, but rather an occupation of the park, we will consider options to remove the individuals who are camping in the park.”
The mayor of Québec City is asking some 50 protesters with the “Occupy Québec City” movement to voluntarily leave the Place de l’Université-du-Québec in the Saint-Roch district where they have been for twelve days.
Mayor Régis Labeaume announced his decision Thursday morning. He warned the protesters that they should leave the Place in the coming hours; failing this, the police will take action to dismantle the camp.
[The City administration] has cited security reasons to justify this decision. Wednesday, after leaving an emergency meeting at Québec City Hall, the mayor had said that he was very concerned about the situation.
Goldman Sachs will be tried this Thursday, November 3, for crimes against the American public. Cornel West, noted civil rights activist, and Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winner, will be among those presiding, and testimony for the prosecution will include individuals who have been directly affected and harmed by the actions of Goldman Sachs. The trial is open to the public, and if you can’t make it? Tune in to WBAI (99.5 FM in New York) or online at www.wbai.org this Thursday, from 10 AM to 12 noon, where it will be broadcast live. If the government won’t do it? We’ll take it into our own hands.
The tensest moments so far have come when dozens of protesters clustered in front of bank branches, which quickly shut their doors and let in only a few customers at a time. Demonstrators pounded on the doors, chanted slogans including, “Don’t feed the greed,” and drew graffiti with the same sentiments on windows and walls…
At another Wells Fargo branch, at Franklin Street near 20th Street, managers locked the doors at 12:30 p.m. as a crowd converged. Protesters drew “jail bankers” on the walls and covered the ATM with yellow caution tape. Later, other protesters came and washed off the graffiti.
“There’s been every effort to keep people peaceful while making our point that banks need to be held accountable,” Joshua Deutch, a 30-year-old Oakland gardener, said as he slammed his fists on the windows.
As Micky Randhawa, Wells Fargo regional president for the East Bay, lamented to a reporter that customers were having a hard time getting into his business, teacher Christine Martin, 30, handed him her ATM card. “I would like to close my account,” she said, adding that this was her way of joining the day’s demonstration.
Randhawa told her the branch was closed.
”—Coverage from the San Francisco Chronicle on the Occupy Oakland General Strike’s march on banks earlier this afternoon. (via carton-rouge)
Thousands of workers and students have taken to Oakland’s downtown streets today as part of a daylong general strike called by Occupy Oakland organizers to protest economic inequity and corporate greed.
The crowd, which has forced the closure of some downtown streets, has been peaceful and almost celebratory - a band played and walked with the group and a “flash mob” broke out in dance at one point. Traffic, including AC Transit buses, is being diverted from the area around Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Protesters plastered signs and blocked customers from using ATMs at downtown banks. Many downtown businesses closed for the day.
By noon, the crowd had swelled to 3,500 for a lunchtime rally at 14th and Broadway. Police reported no damage and no arrests but were girding for the possibility of unrest later in the day.
Here’s more of the day’s developments:
The Port of Oakland was severely delayed after many longshoremen walked off the job in support of the General Strike.
More than 360 Oakland Unified School District teachers did not show up for work today, along with 5% of city workers.
Banks were closed across the city, as Oakland officials recommended that the ones who were still open ‘only let customers in one at a time.’
Large marches were held around several bank branches including Bank of America, Chase, Citibank and Wells Fargo.
Many (if not most) businesses downtown were closed.
There were a few reports of broken windows at the Lakeside Drive branch of Bank of America, and at a Chase branch. Others reported “anarchists” attempting to cause damage to a Whole Foods, but dozens of marchers surrounded them and forced them to stand down. The Whole Foods was targeted over rumours that their employees were not allowed to participate in today’s work stoppage.
We will have more as things continue into the evening.