FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) pursuant to the PCJF’s Freedom of Information Act demands reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful protest and did “not condone the use of violence” at occupy protests.
The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country.
“This production, which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement,” stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF). “These documents show that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity. These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”
“The documents are heavily redacted, and it is clear from the production that the FBI is withholding far more material. We are filing an appeal challenging this response and demanding full disclosure to the public of the records of this operation,” stated Heather Benno, staff attorney with the PCJF.
On Saturday, September 29, Occupy Our Homes DC shut down every Bank of America location in Washington DC in protest of their foreclosure of Reverend Vanzant - pastor of the first church in DC to specifically serve LGBT people of color.
Occupy Wall Street: One Year Later - Want to get caught up on the movement? Take a look at this video, highlighting last week’s actions as well as the many things we’re working on.
The anniversary of the Occupy Wall St is coming up and in preparation the NYPD has installed concrete blocks around the Zuccotti park. These props, among many others, are being produced as part of planned Sept 17th actions.
On Sep. 17, 2011 Occupy Wall Street started a revolution. One year later, join us for three days of education, training, and protest in New York City. http://s17nyc.org.
Occupy National Gathering on July 4th, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA! Come together to collaborate, share ideas and help brainstorm a vision for our future!
From June 30th to July 4th, 2012, Occupy movement activists and supporters will gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the first Occupy National Gathering. This event is the culmination of months of organizing and consensus-building by countless activists from across the country. It has been endorsed by Occupy General Assemblies from Wall Street to Sacramento, and Austin to Kalamazoo, providing a clear example of the movement’s disparate chapters collaborating on a massive scale.
Occupy Philadelphia and the National Gathering Working Group, which initially proposed the event, invite all people to gather on Independence Mall for five days of community and movement building culminating in a massive outdoor gathering on July 4th. The main goals of the event are to strengthen our internal bonds, join together in direct actions, and engage in a transparent democratic process reflecting the values of the movement.
Activities will include:
• Four days of discussions, teach-ins, political theater, and community
• Protests and direct actions with Occupiers from across the movement.
• Collectively crafting a Vision for a Democratic Future on July 4th.
All people of good conscience who are fed up and ready to stand up for economic and social justice are invited to join us at Independence Mall. We will send the message that injustice of any kind is unacceptable. No government or corporation can ignore the will of the people any longer. We can build a better world together.
Visit http://www.occupynationalgathering.com/ for more information.
We convene by conference call through InterOccupy every Tuesday at 9PM EST/6 PM PST. http://interoccupy.org/natgatcall/
For media purposes please feel free to utilize @OccupyNG and #NatGat for social media coordination.
More photos from today’s protest of hundreds of thousands of people in Montreal, marking the 100th day of the student strike, and fighting against the provincial government’s totalitarian new law.
Tens of thousands of students gathering at Place du Canada in Montreal to protest tuition hikes by the government.