Occupy Wall Street

“Anonymous,” a group of hackers, has threatened to take down the Fox News website on November 5th.
In a You Tube announcement, the hackers suggest that they are tired of Fox News’ derogatory view of the OWS movement; and more specifically, Sean Hannity for attacking the “character and credentials” of the protesters.

A beautifully rendered disembodied voice announces that “Anonymous introduces Occupation Fox Hunt. [...] It intends on destroying the Fox News website because their continued right-wing conservative propaganda can no longer be tolerated.”

Although Fox News does not appear to be worried by this threat-go figure-it stands to reason that it should probably take this seriously considering that it is believed that Anonymous hacked their Twitter account recently which caused quite a stir when false rumors were tweeted that President Obama had been assassinated.

A spokesperson told TheWrap “that it pays a great deal of attention to security every day. Though precautionary measures will be taken, this is no different from an average day.”

Previously Anonymous had announced that it “will kill Facebook on that day, one with a history of anti-establishment actions.”

“More than 500 years ago Nov. 5 became ‘Guy Fawkes’ day after a failed attempt to blow up the U.K. Parliament, a story adapted for the big screen in ‘V For Vendetta.’”

Read more at Reuters and at the Wrap.

Though it was a small showing of close to 75 people, an unlikely OWS movement broke out in Pakistan’s capital city Islamabad.

Protesters gathered in front of “the local headquarters of the World Bank” and handed out pamphlets which looked quite familiar to the rhetoric from the OWS protests across the U.S. “We are the 99%. We will drive out the international 1%,” the pamphlet states.

Local officials kept a close watch on the rally and occasionally deployed “‘rough tactics’” with some of th protesters.”

Farzana Bari, who helped organize the event, told the Dawn, the Pakistani newspaper that “the primary point of the protest-not unlike those in New York or Oakland or Atlanta-was to represent the 99 percent of Pakistanis who considered themselves oppressed by a ‘greedy capitalist’ political structure.”

“The fruits of working class’s hard work go to the capitalist class while the distressed in the working class are committing suicide today because they are unable to meet the needs of their families and their children,” Bari added.

Much of the protesters frustration was also aimed at “international organizations like the IMF and the World Bank, calling for them to leave and stop meddling with Pakistan’s economy.”

“The army helps entrench the capitalistic system by supporting the status quo and it is taking a very large percentage of the budget, so nothing is left for the poor,” Bari told Dawn.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

Following critical injuries to a protester this week, Amnesty International is urging police to show restraint.

Oakland police resorted to using tear gas and other extreme force to break up protests this week, severely injuring an Iraq war veteran, Scott Olsen, with a projectile.

Olsen suffered a fractured skull and hundreds of other protesters were arrested.

Guadalupe Marengo, deputy program director for the Americas stated “The increasing heavy-handed policing tactics used to quell the Occupy Wall Street protests are deeply alarming. The police must not resort to using excessive force, such as tear gas, unless strictly necessary.”

Although police deny using “flash-bang” grenades on the small crowd who were trying to help Olsen after he was injured, videos have surfaced that calls this fact into question.

“Policing large-scale demonstrations is challenging, especially when a crowd is volatile, but police are obliged to ensure injury is minimized rather than inciting further hostility with excessive use of force,” said Marengo.

Read more at Amnesty International.

Denver police took action against an OWS encampment on Saturday in full riot gear and loaded with pepper spray and rubber bullets.

After police knocked down two tents in the encampment earlier in the day approximately 10-20 more had been set up by the protesters. According to the Denver Post, police were cracking down on protesters who “ignored repeated orders to leave the area”

The afternoon saw a standoff between police and authorities near the Capitol which escalated “after about 2000 marchers made their way toward the building and a small surge of demonstrators tried to advance up the steps.”

Police confirmed that “they used pepper spray and pepper balls to break up the crowd” and a protester stated that the “police used rubber bullets.”

Matt Murray, Denver police spokesman said some “demonstrators had received medical treatment on the scene, but no one had been taken to a hospital. There were no reports of injured officers.”

Mike Korzen, 25, said he “was among the protesters whom police dispersed with rubber bullets and pepper spray.”

“I was standing there with my hands behind my back,” Korzen said, as he used a “water bottle to wash pepper spray from his eyes this afternoon.”

Read more at the Associated Press.

As Friday rolled through, Oakland’s Mayor Quan decided to withdraw from the previous efforts to stop the Occupy campers. The Oakland Occupiers had already ignored the city’s message from Quan about not camping by re-building their camps during the vigil for Scott Olsen on Thursday.

As the Mayor began releasing a few requests for the Occupiers to follow, Michael Moore showed up at the Occupy Oakland frontline, Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Moore discussed the brutality of Tuesday’s altercations, and continued to say:

“People across America were disgusted by what they saw here. Millions have been inspired by you because, the next night, you didn’t go away.

“You have altered the national discussion.”

Moore continued discussing the tragedy of Scott Olsen, and concluded his moment with the Occupy Oakland group by saying, “We are all Scott Olsen. We will not tolerate our own people being treated that way by people we pay with our tax dollars.”

Read more at Mercury News.

In true Cain fashion, he puts his foot in his mouth again. I should think his mouth should be so full of foot by this point that he couldn’t spit more crap out… but no.

At a campaign event, Cain proves that he is less in touch the “people” than he thinks he is.

While speaking from his soap box, he tells of a reporter who asked him about the OWS movement. Cain maintains his stance that protesters should “go home and get a job” but fails to address how they should do that when there aren’t any jobs. Hmmm… And if that wasn’t harsh enough, he said he was asked if he didn’t think that his response was rather insensitive to what the protesters cause is, to which, he boisterously announced “Nobody knows what their cause is. How you gonna be insensitive to the cause if you don’t know what the cause is?”

No, Mr. Cain, that’s just you. You haven’t stopped to take a look at what the “cause” is. You haven’t stopped to listen to what the “cause” is. You ignore the “cause” and place the blame elsewhere.

Read more at Huffington Post.

On November 1st, Occupy Orlando will join Awake the State for an event concerning the rights of Floridian voters. Awake the State is a collaboration of protestors who are infuriated with Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s plans for raising taxes on the middle class, cutting jobs, and—most of all—making severe cuts to education.

Just this Wednesday, a number of protestors at Occupy Orlando were arrested and two more were taken into police custody Thursday. Rallying at Senator Beth Johnson Park, the movement had established its camp weeks ago. When Awake the State announced its event with Occupy Orlando, it stated that it will rally, “in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the larger Occupy movement against corporate greed and control over our government.”

November 1st will host discussions regarding “voter rights, voter participation, voter suppression, and what we can do to protect the vote.” The plans also include the invitation of the Orange County supervisor of elections to have the protestors register themselves as voters right on the site.

Awake the State’s latest summit was geared to mobilize and support Floridians who are opposed to Gov. Scott’s budget plans. Their frustration is not unlike the anger that the OWS movement is experiencing, for both groups are rallying in retaliation to the economy’s turned cheek on corporate greed.

When Occupy Orlando and Awake the State form their coalition next week, together at Senator Beth Johnson Park, a stronger bond is bound to solidify between the Americans who were most severely affected by the recession. Rallies like this, movements coming together for the same cause, not only inspire change—but reignite the hope.

Read more at Florida Independent.

Who said the Brits don’t have a sense of humor?

A British “reporter” tried to get to the heart of the story at the OWS London camp. I must admit that I giggled quite a few times.

This is probably the best example I have seen of someone protesting Fox News. Enjoy!

Read more at Dangerous Minds.

Parents, teachers, and children take over a Department of Education meeting in New York City in what can only be called Occupy Education.

The crowd, frustrated at being brushed off and not being heard, used the “people’s mic” while New York City schools chancellor Dennis Wallcott and members of the Panel for Education Policy (PEP), who make up the body which enacts policy for the New York City Department of Education, attempted to dryly give updates about policy.

Rather than listen to the people’s concerns, the panel left.

People are tired of being ignored and want their questions answered, their concerns addressed, and their leaders to give a shit. Get used to it. I don’t think OWS is going away.

Read more at Dangerous Minds.

Over 1,000 people attended a vigil in Oakland, CA Thursday night for Scott Olsen, the Iraq War Veteran with fractured skull from the Occupy Oakland riot. Carrying candles, the participants and occupiers had a joint mission.

First, they were there to honor Olsen with the vigil. Second, they were there to retake their camp.

Oakland Police “armed with tear gas and bean bag rounds disbanded [the] 15-day-old encampment Tuesday.” During and after Thursday’s vigil, however, over 25 tents were erected in an attempt to renew the Occupy Oakland location.

Although few police were seen near the vigil or the camp site, “Oakland Mayor Jean Quan issued a statement asking protesters not to camp overnight at the plaza.”

Read more at Deseret News.

Washington- One no-nonsense protestor found her way into a super committee this Wednesday to relay the message of Occupy Wall Street. As the super committee discussed where to cut spending and how to squash the deficit, the voice of a (somehow calmly) ranting woman chimed in.

With the Democrats proposing cuts not unlike the Republican proposals for the budget earlier this year, the committee was interrupted by the protestor who wanted nothing more than to just give it to them straight. She spoke without pausing, “The American people want to tax the rich and end the wars, that’s how we fix the deficit. And all this obfuscation with percentages of GDP, this is just trying to confuse the issue.” The woman went on to explain that taxing the wealthy would account for losses like healthcare and housing before she was firmly escorted by a pair of police officers out of the committee room.

The point the woman was trying to make seemed to be perpetuated by the Democratic Party, but nothing followed through. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) posed the idea to Congressional Budget Office head Doug Elmendorf that by taking 3-4 trillion in savings (which of course includes raising taxes on the wealthiest bracket) it would be healthier for the economy than the standing 1.2 trillion.

Elmendorf failed to address specifically Kerry’s questions and instead tiptoed around the notion and then finally stated that “The negative effects of the extra debt [from keeping the tax cuts] was larger than the positive effects of lowering marginal tax rates for those particular policies that we looked at, again, over the medium and longer term.”

The Republicans ignored the notion, unrelenting on their stance that revenue is not a part of the solution. Compromise between the parties is unforeseen. Maybe next year?

Read more at Huffington Post.

Oakland PD chief, Howard Jordan, stated that the incident surrounding the critical injury to an Iraq veteran will be “vigorously investigated.”

The Guardian released 10 questions about Scott Olsen’s injury that must be answered by the Oakland Police Department.

  1. Did police officers from outside Oakland obey OPD rules on what sort of anti-riot measures could be taken? Numerous units from neighbouring police forces participated in the action against the protesters and OPD has said they were obliged to obey OPD procedures. Did outside forces uses flash-bang grenades which OPD has specifically said it did not usebut protesters have reported? If other forces overstepped OPD guidelines, why did they do this?
  2. Did any law enforcement agency involved in the police action use rubber or foam bullets? If so, why?
  3. Did the OPD exceed the advice and instructions of Oakland mayor Jean Quan? Quan, who was in Washington at the time of the operation, has said she asked OPD to do “one thing” which was to make sure the operation happened when it was safest to do so. What was the exact nature of discussions between OPD and the mayor’s office?
  4. Do the police have evidence for their claims that protesters threw illegal M-80 fireworks at officers?
  5. Given the serious head injuries to Scott Olsen, what sort of measures were OPD taking to insure the projectiles they fired were not shot directly into the crowd?
  6. Exactly what sort of projectile hit Olsen: a bean-bag round, a smoke grenade, a tear-gas canister or something else?
  7. What measures are OPD taking to identify the individual officer who fired the projectile that hit Olsen and caused such serious injuries? How did that projectile come to hit Olsen in the head? Was it fired directly at him at head height?
  8. Video shows at least one explosive projectile thrown by a police officer at protesters as they go to help the clearly injured Olsen who is lying prone on the ground bleeding. Why did police use such force on people as they helped an obviously wounded man? Which officer or officers were involved?
  9. Exactly what are the guidelines for the use of non-lethal weapons by OPD and why was the decision taken to deploy such tactics while clearing the Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza?
  10. What specific and actual evidence does OPD have to back up its claims that the Occupy Oakland encampments were such a threat to health and safety and law and order that a dawn raid to clear the protestwas necessary?

Read more at Guardian.

The following video shows Olsen “quietly standing still before being blasted.”

Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen was critically injured after being struck in the head by a tear gas canister at Occupy Oakland.

Olsen’s family is waiting to see if he needs surgery, his mother told the Huffington Post. If it’s not required, he’ll move to the intensive care unit.

Olsen is a member of Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against The War. IVAW is accepting donations for Olsen and his family via Democracy In Action, a non-profit 501(c)3.

Donations are Accepted Here.

On the organization’s secure donation site, visitors may choose to allocate funds by typing “Scott Olsen” in the entry box titled “Special Projects.”

Read more at Huffington Post.

After blankets of thick chemical vapor erupted and dispersed violently in the midst of an Occupy Oakland protest, the new violence in Oakland and Atlanta has caused many Occupiers to become wary of their involvement.

Combat-armed cops equipped with guns, stun grenades and, yes, tear gas, surged through the flurry of angry civilians. The chemical weapon cheap-shot was alleged to be in retaliation to some overzealous protestors throwing rocks at the police. In footage of this fresh chaos, the only things perceptible through the walls of smoke are the flickers of light behind the protesters – the cause of which is unknown.

As this was the scene in Oakland, one must remember that most of the Occupy camps have actually set up relationships with the local law enforcement, in an attempt to prevent these types of incidents from happening.

Voicing concerns about violent reactions to the Occupy movement, William Buster of Occupy Wall Street told Huffington Post of a concern he had, “Is this the night they might use unreasonable force?”

There is little evidence to make Occupiers concerned for their safety, considering the widespread/global nature of the movement, and that only 2 cities within the United States have had violent reactions.

One thing can be said though, as violent scenes against the protesters, like those witnessed in Oakland, surface around the United States, the battle will continue for what the 99% view as corporate greed and our country’s economic standing.

Read More here and here.

Scuffles between Police and occupiers of Oakland broke out after a dispersement order was issued Tuesday to clear the occupy encampment for “several days”. Rioters regrouped some 15 hours later and attempted to “reclaim” the camp, which led to the violence.

Police, also armed with rubber bullets, were hit with turquoise and red paint while the rioters chanted, “This is why we call you pigs!”

It was reported that 5 persons were arrested earlier in the day, but no other information was given since. Several others were clubbed and kicked. One woman was allegedly hit by a tear gas canister, and another man was allegedly sprayed directly in the face by a canister that landed at his feet.

Rioters attempted to storm their encampment a second time leading to more tear gas.

“Interim Oakland police chief Howard Jordan said his officers had no choice but to respond with tear gas. The crowd at its peak grew to more than 1,000 at about 8:30 p.m., and two officers were wounded from the paint and chemicals thrown at them.”

“While the majority of damage was limited to trash cans set on fire and a stolen traffic sign at 15th and Broadway, the worst damage of the night was when protesters smashed the back window of a California Highway Patrol cruiser.”

Many peaceful protesters were angered by the violence.

“They didn’t have to force police into that situation,” said Helen Walker, 46, a nurse from Albany. “It was totally provoked, and if I could have, I would have stopped those idiots from throwing paint.”

Read more at the San Francisco Gate.

This photo slideshow depicts the first 3 weeks of Occupy D.C. at McPherson Square, entitled “Time to Occupy.”

Kristina Loew has made and uploaded a “commercial” for OWS – Mission 99.

“A three minute ‘commercial‘ about the loss of the American dream, the disappearance of the middle class and the Occupy Wall Street Movement.”

It appears that we are on the verge of another global march/protest.  OWS is planning a “ROBIN HOOD” type plan.  

“Eight years ago, on February 15, 2003, upwards of 15 million people in sixty countries marched together to stop President Bush from invading Iraq … a huge chunk of humanity lived for one day without dead time and glimpsed the power of a united people’s movement. Now we have an opportunity to repeat that performance on an even larger scale.”

“On October 29, on the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, let’s the people of the world rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades. Let’s send them a clear message: We want you to slow down some of that $1.3-trillion easy money that’s sloshing around the global casino each day — enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world.”

In a space donated by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), supplies donated for OWS pour in daily.  A core group of people organize the donations and get them ready for distribution to the protesters.  Although they are receiving some warm clothing, as winter approaches, they will be in dire need of boots, coats, heat packs, and other essentials to get through the harsh winter months.

Although recent reports claim that Elizabeth Warren is taking credit for the OWS movement, she makes some good points in this video.

Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed, announced that he will be revoking the permit allowing Occupy Atlanta protesters to stay in Woodruff Park.

According to reports, the Atlanta protesters held a two-day hip hop festival in the park this past weekend without a permit and without hiring security to control the crowd.

The city was forced to send additional police to the park to control the crowds after a rumor that Ludacris would be performing, circulated, causing hundreds of people to flock to the park.

Reed confirmed that this event cost the city “about $100,000 on Saturday alone,” and that some of the protesters “climbed on a generator to prevent the police from stopping the concert.”

“The executive order permits Occupy Atlanta to remain in the park past 11 p.m. [...] It does not exempt them from the fire codes or other laws,” Reed added.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Reed said “he would give a group of clergy time to organize an orderly departure for the protestors. [...] If the demonstrators don’t leave, the city’s fire and police departments are ready to clear the park at a time of his choosing.”

Read more at the Global Post.

Academic bring lectures to the protesters….

Noam Chomsky took part in a teach-in at Occupy Boston.

This was posted on the OWS FB page today:

“Just got word from fellow organizers at Freedom Plaza that the Egyptian activists Ahmed Maher (co-founder of the April 6 Movement), Asmaa Mahfouz (blogger, vlogger, and nominee for the European Sakharov Prize), Esraa Abdel Fattah (also from April 6) and Bassem Fathy will be visiting Occupy Wall Street Today, Monday 10/24.”

The event will be taking place from 4-7 pm.

For more information check out their Facebook Event.

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