Monday, November 14, 2011

Protesters Have the Right to Protest … and to Resist Unlawful Arrest

Top Military Commander and Courts Support Right to Protest

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Gets Its Generators Back

Occupy Wall Street got its confiscated generators back on Tuesday after its legal team pressed the Fire Department of New York to release

Living Wage Campaign: The Answer to Occupy Wall Street

AUSTIN, TX, Nov 08, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- As Americans camp out in cities across the country to protest economic inequality, Richard Troxell, a National Coalition for the Homeless board member and author of "Looking Up at the Bottom Line," ( ), offers a goal for Occupy Wall Street.
Get people to sign the petition at .

US Sen. Whitehouse tapping into Occupy anger

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island's junior senator is trying to harness Occupy Wall Street anger against big banks into a legislative effort to crack down on sky-high credit card interest rates he calls "grotesque."

ACORN heirs deny funneling cash to Occupy Wall Street

A top Republican today tried to link the defunct community organizing group ACORN to the Occupy Wall Street movement, demanding that one of Acorn’s successors be investigated for “fraud” for allegedly raising money for other causes and giving it to the

Occupy Wall Street May Be Moving To L.A. For Winter

Occupy Wall Street organizer and publisher of AmpedStatus David DeGraw told a crowded tent at Occupy L.A. on Sunday night that during the harsh winter months, Los Angeles' camp is going to become the central and crucial occupation.

Back to the future for Occupy Wall Street: Folk stars David Crosby and Graham Nash perform at Zuccotti

Occupy Wall Street was in retro mode Tuesday with a concert by 1960s folk superstars David Crosby and Graham Nash and plans for a march on Washington.
The two graying numembers of the legendary Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young played classic protest songs for twentysomethings whose parents weren’t yet born when the songs were

Friday, November 4, 2011

'Occupy Oakland' protesters, police standoff

Thousands of 'Occupy Wall Street' protesters peacefully marched in the streets of Oakland on Wednesday picketing banks and disrupting operations at the nation's fifth-busiest port. Around 10:30 p.m. a group of a couple hundred protesters went into the Travelers Aid building to occupy it. For a while the crowd danced in the streets outside the building and used large dumpsters to block the road leading to the building on Telegraph and 16th, near Frank Ogawa Plaza and hung a banner saying, "Occupy Everything."

BART cops defend release of driver that hit protester

BART police are responding to criticism about how they handled an accident involving a car and protesters. What BART calls 'standard procedure' seemed like favoritism to the protesters.
Cellphone video from Wednesday night shows marchers passing down Broadway at 11th Street and a Mercedes Benz trying to cross through them. It shows a protester jumping in front of the car, banging on the hood and then the driver hitting his gas, knocking down the one protester in front and another in back. Both were taken to the hospital.

Journalist arrested while covering Oakland protest

Late Wednesday night, there were 101 people arrested and among them was freelance journalist Susie Cagle, whose father is a cartoonist for MSNBC. ABC7 caught up with her as she was released from jail.
Cagle said she thought she did everything she was supposed to. She stayed at Frank Ogawa Plaza, but she still ended up in jail. After being cited and released on Thursday afternoon, she now wants answers as to why she was arrested.

California nurses march in San Francisco

In San Francisco, the California Nurses Association joined the Occupy movement in a planned march. They are upset with Wall Street and are calling for a special tax.

About 200 nurses marched downtown to a major bank to push one specific issue - the transaction tax. It is basically a fee charge to anyone and everyone to anyone who makes a financial trade. People call it a tax on Wall Street.

First Amendment violations hurt us all

The decision by Milwaukee police officers Wednesday to arrest a Journal Sentinel photographer who was simply doing her job is inexcusable.  BEBETO MATTHEWS — Associated Press Police arrest Occupy Wall Street protesters Thursday as they staged a sit-down at Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York.

JPMorgan CEO on protesters: In general, 'they're right'

"They're right. In general, these big institutions of America let them down," he said. "That's not the same thing as to say that every bank was bad, every politician was bad. That's where I would disagree."

Amid Wall Street Protests, Smaller Banks Gain Favor

Vince Siciliano — a Birkenstock-wearing, organic food-eating, public transportation-riding sympathizer of Occupy Wall Street who earns $240,000 a year — is far from a banking baron.
But as the chief executive of New Resource Bank in San Francisco, Mr. Siciliano has managed to pull off what his bigger rivals have not: turn a profit and stay out of the line of

Income Gap Becomes Politicians' Latest Battleground

There's been a shift in the economic discussion in American politics. For months, the debate was focused on government spending, regulations, debt and taxes. Now there's something new: income

Financial-Oct29 Wall Street Protest Targets Bank Headquarters

Occupy Wall Street protesters turn their attention to the New York headquarters of JP Morgan Chase bank.

The demonstrators are demanding fairer distribution of wealth after the government bailout of banks during the U.S. financial crisis.

They delivered their message in letters addressed to JP Morgan Chase boss Jamie Dimon.  

Stephen Colbert calls Occupy Wall Street 'racist' but still wants to be its 'sugar-daddy'

Some men see political movements as they are and ask, “Why?” Others, like Stephen Colbert, see political movements as a shameless promotional opportunity and ask, “Why not?” The Comedy Central faux-con took to the streets to infiltrate the Occupy Wall Street movement and ultimately to co-opt it with his SuperPac money.

Occupy Wall Street Gearing Up For Winter With Clothing Donations

Firedog sent out the first shipment of #OccupySupply goods—500 pairs of UFCW union-made socks—to protesters today. The group laments the loss of American textile manufacturing companies and jobs on their site, and offer effusive praise for OWS and their struggle to remain in the park despite constant underlying threat of expulsion by the

Occupy protest heading to Silverton

Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Portland, Occupy Salem, Occupy Scio (sort of). Now it's Silverton's turn.
The movement has spread from New York to the Northwest and it will hit Silverton on Saturday in the form of a rally at Town Square|head

Elizabeth Warren's anger

There’s a lot of chatter today about this video of an unemployed man and Tea Party heckler calling Elizabeth Warren a “socialist whore” at a campaign event, all because she embraced Occupy Wall Street. But the really interesting thing here is what she took away from the episode, after spending some time thinking about it:

Credit Unions Gain 650,000 Members,4.5 billion In Deposits After BoA Fee Flap

Occupy Wall Street activists and their allies have been touting Saturday as "Bank Transfer Day." Credit unions say they're already seeing results, thanks to the firestorm over Bank of America's $5 debit-card fee: Since Sept. 29, when BofA announced plans for the new fee - since reversed - credit unions have gained an estimated 650,000 members and $4.5 billion in new

Occupy-led Bank Transfer Day has credit unions prepping for big-bank exodus

Credit Union
Local credit unions say they are planning to have extra staff in their branches on Saturday, but are encouraging those who want to switch to spread out over a few days to help ease the rush. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)
As banks face criticism from Occupy Wall Street protesters and customers angry about increased fees, credit unions are stepping up to take advantage of this

Occupy protesters disavow Oakland violence

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Occupy Wall Street protesters had just half a day to celebrate what they saw as their biggest victory so far: a daylong gathering in Oakland that drew thousands of people and led to the peaceful shutdown of the nation's fifth-busiest port. Then, after midnight, the vandalism began.
Hours after a small group of what city leaders called "provocateurs" clashed with riot police, set fires and shattered windows early Thursday, demonstrators across the country condemned the violence and wondered whether it was a turn that would destroy their

For NYC judge in Occupy cases, handling demonstrators’ arrests is nothing new

Latest developments in the Occupy protests

Steven Hirsch, Pool

Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests:
Occupy Wall Street supporters who staged rallies that shut down the nation's fifth-busiest port during a day of protests on Thursday condemned the demonstrators who clashed with police in the latest flare-up of violence in Oakland, California.

Occupy protesters declare victory at shipping port

Occupy Wall Street protesters have declared victory after shutting down evening operations at one of the nation's busiest shipping ports and begun leaving the area.

'Occupy Wall Street' movement reaches D-Street

Occupy Wall Street spreads to India!

The 'Occupy Wall Street' movement reached the financial capital today with a small crowd of Left-leaning activists protesting on Dalal Street where the Bombay Stock Exchange is

Raw Video: Military Veterans Join NYC Protests

Associated Press:
Military veterans marched in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement Wednesday in New York. The protestors marched from Manhattan's Vietnam Veterans Memorial past the New York Stock Exchange before ending at the Occupy Wall Street encampment. (Nov. 2)

US military veterans heed Occupy rallying cry

Thousands of U.S. military veterans are heeding the rallying cry of Occupy Wall Street, saying corporate contractors in Iraq made big money while the troops defending them came home -- and can't make a living

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Occupy Oakland-Photos

Occupy Oakland

Please pass this onto activists community organizers, and community organizations: DO NOT TAKE ANY MEETINGS about Occupy Oakland with established authorities without approval of the General Assembly!

Sustainability=Survival at 'Occupy' Protest

Occupy Wall Street Community The Sustainability area at the "Occupy Wall Street Community" in Zucotti park in New York City. Source: Photograph by Donald Traill/AP
A cardboard sign reading “Sustainability” marks a sliver of New York’s Zuccotti Park, world headquarters of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Gates Backs the Wall Street Tax at the G20 Summit

The 99 percent and the 0.001 percent agree on something, but the Obama administration is holding out.
The world's second-richest man and a group of American nurses on the frontlines of the Occupy Wall Street protests came to the G20 summit in Cannes, France this week to advocate for the same

‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protesters Request Trial at Court Hearing in New York

More than 50 ‘Occupy Wall Street’ people arrested on disorderly conduct charges tied to marches through New York City rejected a plea offer from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance to drop their cases in six months.

How Occupy Oakland Is Stealing Occupy Wall Street's Mojo

Protesters climb on big rigs stuck on the road after Occupy Oakland activists closed the Port of Oakland as part of a general strike in the California city on Nov. 2, 2011
Terry Schmitt / UPI / LANDOV As promised, the Occupy Oakland movement on Wednesday spilled from its home base in front of city hall, halting street traffic and blocking access to banks and businesses that defied its calls for a general strike.,8599,2098628,00.html

Occupy Oakland general strike – as it happened

Thousands of workers are expected to support the 'Occupy Oakland' movement with an attempt to shut down the cityOccupy

Occupy Oakland Strike Rallies Movements Across Country

Occupy Oakland StrikeOAKLAND, Calif. -- Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters escalated their tactics beyond marches, rallies and tent camps Wednesday and moved to disrupt the flow of goods at the nation's fifth-busiest

Occupy Wall Street organizer discusses efforts One of the first to occupy Wall Street talks about spreading the message and Oklahoma.

One of the first organizers and occupiers of the spreading Occupy Wall Street movement said even those who hit the ground with their signs and slogans in the beginning had no idea how catching it would be.

Former Post-Crescent photographer arrested at Occupy Wall Street protest in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — A former Post-Crescent photographer who now works for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was among three people arrested Wednesday at a rally connected to the Occupy Wall Street|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE

More Americans Supporting Occupy Wall Street

(CNN) - As Americans learn more about Occupy Wall Street, they are becoming more supportive of the movement's positions, according to a new poll from ORC

Occupy Wall Street protesters shut down busy Oakland port

Oakland, Calif.
Several thousand Occupy Wall Street demonstrators gathering in Oakland forced a halt to operations at the nation’s fifth busiest port Wednesday evening, escalating a movement whose tactics had largely been limited to marches, rallies and tent encampments since it began in

Occupy Oakland protesters clash with police

OAKLAND, Calif. - Police and protesters supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement clashed downtown following a day of peaceful protests throughout Oakland.
The confrontation began after protesters started a large bonfire in the middle of a downtown street. Dozens of police in riot gear moved in on hundreds of protesters as the flames leaped more than 15 feet in the air from several large metal and plastic trash bins that had been pushed

Wall Street will ‘occupy’ social media

'Occupy Wall Street' protests are pictured. | AP PhotoCan the 'Occupy' movement's effective use of social media be a model for Wall Street? | AP Photo

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Volunteer lawyers help 'Occupy' protesters through legal system

As copycat Occupy Wall Street encampments around the country confront the legal tangles that come with a nationwide sit-in-style protest, a growing army of First Amendment-loving lawyers is shepherding the demonstrators through the legal system at no

Restaurant Near Occupy Wall Street Lays Off 21 Employees

Steel police barricades near the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York's Zuccotti Park are hurting some nearby businesses -- and have led at least one restaurant owner to lay off employees.Marc Epstein, owner of Milk Street Cafe, said the metal barriers are reducing foot-traffic and forced him to lay off 21 of his 120 workers last week amidst plummeting sales.
His repeated calls to police to remove the blockades have gone unanswered.

The joke’s on Rick Perry in Occupy Wall Street gaffe

An attempt by Rick Perry to poke fun of Occupy Wall Street protesters has backfired, generating further ridicule against the Republican presidential candidate and his floundering campaign. RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=2221847

Occupy Wall Street: The next move

OAKLAND, Calif. — At a recent Occupy march here against police brutality, demonstrators stopped several times along their route to decide which way to go.
At one intersection, it took about 10 minutes of deliberations before the group decided to head through a residential neighborhood.
The Occupy movement in some ways looks a lot like that meandering Oakland

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Keep Wall Street Occupied

A fast, easy, free, and non-violent way to drive the big banks out of their greedy little minds is sitting in your mailbox right now. You just don't know it yet.

Occupy Oakland protesters plan to march on the port during strike

Occupy Oakland protestors will march on the Port of Oakland during the general strike on Wednesday, although port workers will not participate in the blockade. Photo by Amna

Mayor Jean Quan Returns Medical Supplies to Occupy Oakland Camp

Mayor Jean Quan vowed to return all the medical supplies that had been taken during last Tuesday's early morning raid of the Occupy Oakland encampment. Protesters who have been serving at the Occupy Oakland medics warned the mayor over the weekend that they would "occupy" her office today if she didn't give them back their herbs, bandages, and ibuprofen, which were confiscated by police.

#Occupy Oakland from @oaklandlocal

Thoughts on Moving Forward with Occupy Oakland - a Community Voices report. - Full story: Oakland Local.
A visit to Occupy Oakland from a community voice - Full story: Oakland Local.
Riding my bike from West Oakland to Downtown Oakland tonight, I wondered what the Occupy Oakland protest would look like. The streets at 7:30pm on a Friday night looked too empty as I crossed under 580 on 7th Street. I took a left onto Jefferson Street, and still saw no one on the sidewalk and very few cars.

#Occupy Wall Street Newswire

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET is a leaderless people powered movement for democracy that began in America on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy … join your local #OCCUPY!

4 Simple Steps for Taking Your Money Out of the Vampire Banks

Bank Transfer Day (Nov. 5) is just around the corner. Time to assert your economic citizenship and end the dysfunctional relationship with your blood-sucking bank.

Unions Stand with Occupy Movement in Oakland and Nationwide

The Alameda Labor Council and California Labor Federation are standing in solidarity with Occupy Oakland’s Nov. 2 Day of Action. In a message to activists, council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Josie Camacho says working families are “inspired by the spirit of the fight against Wall Street.”

Man sues Oakland after Occupy raid

A lawsuit stemming from last week’s police raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment has been filed against the city.
A man identifying himself as the Rev. Svend la Rose filed a complaint Friday in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, saying he was rousted Tuesday at “oh dark thirty a.m.” by numerous peace officers, identified only as “Does 11-10,000.”

Occupy Oakland: Will the General Strike Have Legs?

Ugly images from last week's clash in front of City Hall have put authorities on the defensive and energized the Occupy Oakland crowd, whose encampment continued to swell over the weekend. Residents used wooden pallets to begin rebuilding the tent city razed by cops last Tuesday. The site features everything from free medical supplies and new-age treatments, to vegan food and day,8599,2098316,00.html

Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

(AP)  Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests taking place in cities across the

Oakland police prepare for mass protest

As thousands of protesters prepare to launch a city-wide strike in less than a day, Oakland, California officials are gearing up for what could come as a turning points in the Occupy movement as all eyes have turned to the Bay Area.
Despite a series of violent raids by the police last week, protesters with Occupy Oakland have upped the ante and called for a general strike across the city tomorrow. Though they vow that Wednesday’s events will be peaceful, authorities are beefing up their forces to make sure that protesters do not become

Police break up Occupy Wall Street camp in Virginia

LONDON/RICHMOND, Virginia: Police cleared out a plaza in Richmond, Virginia early Monday that had been home to Occupy Wall Street protesters, ordering out dozens of people who had encamped there since Oct. 17 and arresting those who refused to leave.
Dozens of anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested Sunday in Texas, where they clashed with police over food tables, and in Oregon, where officers dragged them out of a park in an affluent neighborhood. In New York and many other East Coast cities, it was a snowstorm that was making it difficult for demonstrators to stay camped out in public places.

Occupy protests: developments in U.S., England

A banner honoring former US Marine Scott Olsen, who was severely injured in the Occupy Wall Street protest in Oakland, California, is seen in McPherson Square on October 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. Olsen, a 24-year-old Marine who served two tours of dutyin Iraq was hit in the head with a tear gas cannister that was fired by police on October 25.

50 Cent voices Occupy Wall St support

50 Cent voices Occupy Wall St support

Rapper 50 Cent has posted his support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters on his Facebook page.
The In Da Club singer lashed out at 'corrupt' politicians and greedy businessmen in a recent blog post and vowed to fight the system and do what he can to help the poor.
Now the hip-hop superstar has continued his rant against big banks and 'puppet' politicians in a new post on his Facebook page, in which he urges fans to take action by making smart and informed consumer choices.

‘Occupy Wall Street’ Takes Their Message To The Halloween Parade

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, long known for its funky costumes and elaborate puppets and displays, got occupied last night.
Some 200 protesters with the Occupy Wall Street demonstration took their message to the parade, making elaborate floats and

Occupy Wall Street: Changing the Topic

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has changed our national conversation. At kitchen tables, in coffee shops, in offices and factories, and in newsrooms, Americans are now talking about economic inequality, corporate greed, and how America's super-rich have damaged our economy and our

Pat Buchanan: Occupy Wall Street Is 'Going To End Very, Very Badly'

Looks like the repubs are very worried!

Pat Buchanan issued a stern warning to Occupy Wall Street this weekend.
In a round-table discussion on 'The McLaughlin Group', host John McLaughlin asked panelists about the future of the movement.,occupy-wall-street

Occupy Wall Street Contends With Winter Weather In East, Arrests Out West [LIVE UPDATES]

Protesters camped out in Zuccotti Park contended with snow, wind, rain and unseasonably cold temperatures for the first time Saturday as the Occupy Wall Street movement began its seventh week in New York.
"It's definitely tough," Daniel Thorston, a protester from Syracuse, N.Y., said on Saturday of the weather.

GENERAL STRIKE! NOV 2nd - #OccupyOakland

Tenn. agrees to stop enforcing curfew, arresting Occupy Wall Street protesters near Capitol.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee officials agreed Monday to stop enforcing a new curfew used to dislodge Occupy Nashville protesters from the grounds around the Capitol.
The protesters went to federal court seeking a temporary restraining order against Gov. Bill Haslam, arguing the curfew and arrests of dozens of supporters violated their rights to free speech and freedom of