Occupy Wall Street

Jesse Jackson speaks at ows

Why Main Street supports OWS

OWS LA and OWS Pittsburg explain why the octopus is used for political satire.

During the Port of Long Beach/West Coast Port Shutdown several activists were abused and arrested by the police.

After the police destroyed the “People’s Library” during the Zuccotti Park Raid, activists have started a new website at OccupyEducated.org.

The material on this website will be something that the police can’t throw away and destroy.

Anon has a message for President Obama…”You are a failure to America.”

An Occupy Fresno member speaking from the heart.

Early Saturday morning Boston Police cleaned out the OWS Boston encampment, in a surprisingly peaceful way, unlike other cities. While some arrests were made, most protesters left the area without incident.

“Without Free Speech you have no democracy.” A passionate speech regarding OWS, and might I add, an amazing speech by someone who understands what is going on.

Just a touching video…

In another interesting move by the OWS movement, a little over 30 activists interrupted the progression of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s holiday party, as they all piled UNDER the red carpet and chanted for the party goers to “walk on the carpet,” and “You walk on our rights, now walk on us!”

Luckily for the protesters, the confused party goers did not trample on them, and instead walked around the red carpet and into their party.

Read more at Think Progress.

“OWS protesters took the head at the Take Back Our Capital march on K street in preparation for a series of sit-ins held at 3 intersections on K street. Occupiers from across the Nation held 16th, 15th, and 14th and K street intersections for several hours, before 60 people were arrested.”

What OWS Means, according to the people , a very diverse amount of people at that.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has spent two decades in Congress, warns that “American democracy is endangered,” and proposed a “constitutional amendment to overturn a Supreme Court ruling that allowed unrestricted and secret campaign spending by corporations on U.S. elections.”

During his nearly 13-minute speech, he makes it perfectly clear that he does not believe that a corporation has the right to “personhood.” In addition to verging on implying that the “Citizens United” system is corrupt, and saying something needs to be done about it.

Sounds like a politician finally gets what OWS is all about to me.

As the global revolution continues to gain momentum, it seems that Japanese Doro-Chiba railway workers are throwing their hats into the mix.

The rail workers will stand in solidarity with the West Coast Port shut down on Dec. 12, and will hold a demonstration at a “facility of Itochu, the giant Japanese trading company that is a partner in EGT which is trying to bust the ILWU jurisdiction in Longview.”

There has been no official statement released by Doro-Chiba regarding this demonstration, however the “Japanese railway union members have traditional stood in solidarity with the struggles of the Longview, WA longshoremen.”

Read more at West Coast Port Shutdown.

The OWS SF camp was raided by the police and 70 people were arrested.

At an event in Iowa for Mitt Romney, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, gets “Mic Checked” by some local OWS activists.

I’m not really sure that his condescending little mantra of “You’re so angry aren’t you? [...] Work it all out… work it all out for yourselves,” is something that will benefit him in the long run. He kind of sounds like he’s talking to a crying child… not exactly reaction people are looking for.

But that’s okay, he did let the protesters know that they “deal with jokers like this in New Jersey all the time.”

Way to let the people of New Jersey know you have their backs… but then again what else can you expect from the state that gave us “Jersey Shore?”

While Fox isn’t busy perpetuating their weird idolatry of Ronald Reagan and calling pepper spray a condiment, they’re accusing children’s shows of being-gasp!-liberal.

Fox Business Network’s “Follow the Money” had some choice words for “The Muppets.” The show’s host Eric Bolling driveled on about how “The Muppets” storyline exemplified Hollywood’s liberal agenda. Supposedly, Bolling’s issue with the show was one character, an evil oil baron, named Tex Richman—perhaps it’s a bit metaphorical. But is this really an issue?

Joining Bolling is shit-brewer of the conservative Media Research Center, Dan Gainor, stating, “It’s amazing how far the left will go just to manipulate your kids, to convince them, give the anti-corporate message[...]They’ve been doing it for decades. Hollywood, the left, the media, they hate the oil industry. They hate corporate America.”

Whatever. Fox will be Fox. But when it comes to accusing children’s programs of aiding in the destruction of America, Bolling’s logic seems to be lost. There might have been some thinly-veiled political references, but what could “The Muppets” gain from pushing a radical liberal agenda? There was no mention of any of the aspects of oil-drilling. Perhaps Gainor and Bolling are just mad because the show didn’t teach kids that big-business was beneficial.

The two again reasserted their lunacy when they blamed”The Muppets” for the Occupy Wall Street and environmental movements.

Gainor stated (and I recount this painfully), “This is what they’re teaching our kids. You wonder why we’ve got a bunch of Occupy Wall Street people walking around all around the country, they’ve been indoctrinated, literally, for years by this kind of stuff.”
Since when wasn’t “The Muppets” satirical anyway?

Read more at the Huffington Post.

The politically current LA-based fashion designer Abbie Heppe made her statement as she crafted a “riot-cop-pepper-spraying-baby-Jesus-in-the-face” festive Christmas sweater out of felt and puffy paint. But it wasn’t just to piss off grandma.

Cozy and stylish, the ensemble is a great conversation piece for holiday parties and family get-togethers with its adorable depiction of little baby Jesus and a police officer using excessive force-you know, much like the ones infamous for the incident at the UC Davis pepper-spray scandal.

So just in time for Christmas, Heppe has utilized her knowledge of internet trends with her fashion prowess to bring to the world this fabulously offensive masterpiece of a holiday sweater. Don’t worry about the expected controversy from your family; when your distant in-laws ask why Jesus is being doused by pepper spray, calmly reply, “Don’t worry! It’s a food product, essentially!”

Read more at Gawker.

Well done Ninjas…well done.

In what should come as no surprise to anyone, Fox News is spreading more propaganda bullshit around about the OWS movement.

Not only do they spill forth rivers full of bullshit on the screen, but they also fill the airwaves on the radio as well. And Todd Starnes, in one of Fox News’ top radio shows, “Fox News & Commentary with Todd Starnes,” who declares himself to be a “conservative, Christian, [who] hates President Obama, recently tweeted” Todd’s #cnndebate question “What should be done with the domestic terrorists who are occupying our cities and college campuses? #ows.”

Well — to answer to your question Todd, I think the government is trying to pass a bill right now in direct response to the OWS movement—but that’s a different article.

As the “Examiner” so perfectly put it, “The question shouldn’t be about the Occupy movement, but instead why can a ‘news’ company claim to be ‘fair and balanced’ when they are anything but that.”

Fox News and their followers “dislike the Occupy movement because they stand for everything that Fox doesn’t. [...] Fox News will never support the ideology of the Occupy movement because it goes against their corporate agenda of protecting the wealthiest members of our country.”

Fox News and its “devoted followers” are nothing but a cult if you ask me. And if you want real news—stay far-far away from Fox. Seriously—you are better off searching the white noise.

Read more at Examiner.

In what is the most brilliant idea ever, OWS Melbourne found an interesting way to stop police from removing their tents… They wear them.

Really. I’m not kidding. As police walk up to the tents, presumably to tear them down, the activist pops his or her head out of the tent, then out pops arms, and they are off dancing in circles. It definitely made us smile — Especially when clothes start falling out of the bottom of one boisterous man’s tent.

It gives a whole new meaning to “pitching a tent,” don’t you think?

Since police have been involved with stifling the OWS movement, the true character of these authorities and lawmakers has bled through all the grey area. After the infamous attacks on protestors, some officers sought out other tactics—going undercover into the masses.

Los Angeles police sent out about a dozen undercover cops to blend into the Occupy LA’s encampment—not to assimilate and attempt to understand the movement, but to gather information on the protestor’s intentions.
Trying to blend seamlessly with the Occupy majority, the LA officers eavesdropped on gatherings and conversations involving the encampment’s plans for resistance against the police. The undercover mission yielded information about some protestor’s plans to prepare bamboo spears and other potentially dangerous weapons. Needless to say, police downplayed the whole undercover deal.

Occupy LA protestor Mario Brito called the case, “tantamount to 1950′s McCarthyism.”

While the encampment has been catching on to the undercover work, 27 more people were arrested. Two-hundred-ninety-one people total were arrested during the raid for failure to disperse. The arrests came during the pre-dawn raid on City Hall Park where 500 tents have been established for the protest.

Of the arrests, fifty-eight posted bail — 187 protesters were released without bail because they had no criminal record.

Read more at AP.

OWS protesters in D.C. erected a structure, which they call a “symbol of foreclosed homes,” just few blocks from the White House. Local police ordered the activists to remove the structure and when they refused, several were arrested.

The United Nations confronted the U.S. about their injustices with OWS as they demanded answers from federal officials. The U.N. envoy for freedom of expression drafted communication to the U.S. government, imposing questions which challenged officials. The envoy’s main focus boiled down to the government’s failure to protect the rights of Occupy protestors.

U.N. special reporter Frank La Rue said, “I believe in city ordinances and I believe in maintaining urban order [...] But on the other hand I also believe that the state — in this case the federal state — has an obligation to protect and promote human rights.”

After the New York night raid, the Oakland Park tear gas ordeal, and the UC Davis pepper-spray pelting on peaceful protestors, it has become increasingly clear that the police force is excessive, unmonitored, and justified.

Co-chair of a National Lawyers Guild committee Mara Verheyden-Hillard explained, “The demonstrations are treated as if they’re presumptively criminal [...] Instead of looking at free speech activity as an honored and cherished right that should be supported and facilitated, the reaction of local authorities and police is very frequently to look at it as a crime scene.”

It’s a power struggle. Occupy is the perfect example of how money can overcome the majority. When it comes to the law, white-collar crimes are often overlooked because its criminals supply the means of justification — hush money. Buying judges to rule in your favor comes in handy when you’ve got the rest of society overrule.

New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman said, “We’re kind of confident that we’re living in the greatest democracy in the world, but when the international human rights world criticizes an American police officer for pepper spraying students who are sitting down, it rightly gives us pause.”

Read more at Huffington Post.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich made a video for his website calling for Congress to reclaim the “Constitution primacy over monetary policy,” after Bloomberg released a report that suggested the Federal Reserve “secretly committed nearly $8 trillion in support to American and international financial institutions during the 2008 bailout.”

This video may just enlighten a few people about what the OWS protesters are fighting for.

During a recent march down Broadway in downtown LA the peaceful march turns violent.

OWS London occupiers speak to reporters about the movement and their part in it.

Proving that “You Can’t Evict an Idea,” OWS protesters around the world remain strong in their vigilance and desire to make a change. After the police raided Zuccotti Park in New York protesters didn’t back down, and some even marched to McPherson Square in Washington, D.C. From there, the protesters marched on the Capitol to make their voices heard.

Now, protesters are saying they plan to “Occupy Congress” on Jan. 17, in what they are claiming will be “the largest Occupy protest ever.”

“The protest is being timed with the start of the 2012 legislative session for Congress,” and the protesters say they “hope to set up 1 million tents in front of the Capitol.”

And this time, they have that “clear list of demands” that the world has been calling for. When the question was posed on Facebook what message they should bring to Congress, the resounding answers were: “End Corporate Personhood, Term limits in congress ( 3 in house, 1 in senate), end salary or health insurance tenure, [and] reform campaign finance to end corporate/pac donations.”

Protesters continue to insist that they are not aligning themselves with any particular party and will “take aim at the Democrats as well as Republicans when it Occupies Congress in January.”

Read more at Washington Post.

OWS Springfield, MO protesters caught this brilliant little piece of poetic justice on film. Apparently while breaking up the peaceful protesters, the PD locked themselves out of their van.
Well, there you have it. The Duh moment of the day.

As the world watches coverage of the increasing OWS movement most people’s opinions about the police are changing. We have seen unnecessary force, pepper spaying for no reason, and police, caught on tape, pushing, beating, and arresting, non-violent protesters.

It is fair to say that in some instances, a non-violent protest has turned a bit unruly, but in most cases, protesters remain calm, passive, and peaceful. New stories pop up daily of the police abusing power or cities raiding camps. Some cities have even pushed for media locks outs, to the point where journalists and reporters are being arrested just for being in the vicinity taking pictures or interviewing protesters.

Apparently only “approved” media are allowed to be in the vicinity of the protesters or they will be treated as if they are a protester.

But what happens when protesters comply with police demands? “Move to the sidewalk,” “don’t walk in the street,” “disband immediately,” and “don’t resist arrest.”

Most often, not always, they are still arrested.

After the LA County Sheriffs raided the OWS LA camp, Deirdre, an activist from the Food Committee for the site, complied with every demand they gave her. She left when asked to, moved to the sidewalk when asked to, and even stopped to answer questions when asked to.

As a result, she was zip tied, forced to stand on the street in the cold for hours, and then placed on a bus and driven around the city for hours, before being brought into the station for booking. She was arrested at approximately 2 a.m. and didn’t get booked until 5 p.m. the next day.

Deirdre made it clear that not all officers were inhumane, but still, the humiliation and degradation of what she and others had to endure while the bus drivers drove around for hours, stopping to eat while the protesters were left hungry, refusing to give medical assistance when someone had an asthma attack, and refusing to let protesters use the bathroom all add up to another entry in the long list of police abusing their power.

After being evicted from their camp, OWS Portland marched on a new location and have set up camp in Shemanski Park.

Refusing to be silenced, the activists have set up new tents and canopies, and will continue with their peaceful protest in their new location.

Police showed up at the new location but the protesters stood their ground and they left.

The camp does expect the police to attempt to evict them from their new location, however, for now, they are continuing to make their presence known by “organizing mobile flash mobs on bicycles to ‘bike swarm’ banks.”

Read more at OWS.

Tom Morello from “The Nightwatchman” paid a visit to the OWS LA camp to lift their spirits after the recent raid. He gave a speech about why he believes in the movement and then sang a song he wrote about “rebels.”

You know – the same one that doesn’t matter anymore.

In an exclusive interview with MSNBC’s the ED Show, Scott Olsen talks about his thoughts and concerns about his experiences.

Recently, Journalist and photographer, Tyson Heder, was at the OWS LA camp attempting to photograph the police as they tore down protester structures, when he was pushed (I mean fell) down and then arrested.
After Heder was pushed/fell he got up and demanded the name of the officer that helped him fall, and immediately fell (was shoved) to the ground again. As he lay there, face down, with five officers on top of him, one kneeling on his neck, the officers continually yelled at him to stop “resisting the officers,” while the photographer repeated, though muffled as his face was in the blacktop, that he was indeed not doing anything, as the video clearly shows.

But he should have known better right? You know considering the LAPD warned “freelance and indie journalists (and all those, including the LA Weekly, not among the 12 chosen for the eviction’s official Media pool)” that they were subject to arrest if they didn’t excuse themselves from the “unlawful assembly.”

So, here is the breakdown, you are not allowed to peacefully assemble and protest injustice because it is considered an “unlawful assembly,” and reporters, unless specifically chosen by the PD are not allowed to film the evictions.

Literally dozens of occupiers in Santa Cruz took it to the next level this week when they “occupied” an old Wells Fargo building on River Street. Police tried to intervene, however, could make no progress in the situation.

Check out the video.

Today, at 10:00 a.m., OWS and members of the New York Faith community will join in a celebration of their occupation of Liberty square and the resilience of the movement.

They are calling on all occupiers to “reenergize” their movement, by keeping “Liberty Square active.” They will discuss the future of the movement and the importance of outdoor spaces.

Bishop George Packard, Pulitzer prize-winning author and journalist Chris Hedges, and Occupy Faith, “will rally around Occupy Wall Street’s immediate need for spaces to continue organizing for social and economic justice.”

The rally will also celebrate the launce of “Tidal,” which is a journal of “occupation theory from the Occupy movement.” According to OWS the journal will provide a “multidisciplinary exposition of the fundamental challenges posed to institutions of the status quo by the organized chaos of human beings relating to each other democratically and authentically.”

Contributors to the journal will read passages and the group as a whole will convene to discuss the occupation of other outdoor spaces.

Read more on Facebook.

On Dec. 1, the anniversary of Rosa Park’s arrest date, protesters from OWS DC began their 700 mile journey to visit the grave site of Martin Luther King. Did I mention they are walking?

They started at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial located in the National Mall in Washington D.C. and they will end in Atlanta, GA, on MLK’s birthday, Jan. 15th.

“Our 700-mile, 45-day timeframe includes 5 scheduled days of rest. Each walking day will require approximately 20 miles.”

The march was organized by members of the NYCmarch2DC marching group, the same group that marched from NY to DC to attend a rally.

I know this is serious, but somehow I can’t help but think of Forest Gump and his “running.” I think someone should make up “Smiley Face” t-shirts for the walkers in honor of Gump.

Read more at Walkupy.

Stephen Jenkins of Third Eye Blind showed up at the OWS movement and shared a song he wrote about the occupation movement with the protesters.

Read more at Moveon.

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