May 1, 2012

thepeoplesrecord:

Oakland PD have unleased tear gas, flash-bang grenades & tasers at those participating in the May Day marches in Oakland. 

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March 21, 2012
thepeoplesrecord:

Protesters take to the bull. Watch Timcast’s livestream here.

thepeoplesrecord:

Protesters take to the bull. Watch Timcast’s livestream here.

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March 1, 2012

occupyonline:

UC Santa Cruz students and professors are taking part today in a massive protest to state education cuts. It’s all part of peaceful Occupy Education rallies occurring at numerous UC and CSU schools, which will culminate in a statewide event at the Capitol on Monday. However, while blocking the front entrance of the Santa Cruz campus this morning, a car plowed through the group of protesters.

Santa Cruz Sentinel reports:

Just after 8:30 a.m. a man driving an orange Ford Mustang drove up High Street and attempted to make a right turn onto campus. He revved his engine, but the crowd stopped him from entering. The driver then revved his engine again and sped through the crowd of demonstrators at the High Street entrance, striking several people and a bike.

The driver of the car and his female passenger were detained by authorities. Rightfully so. While no one, it seems, was seriously injured, several protesters were thrown to the ground or flung on top of the moving vehicle. For example, 20-year-old Abby Edwards claims she was knocked to the ground by the car, “hitting her head and her knee because of the impact.” She goes on to explain, “Suddenly I’m on the hood and then on the ground.” She was almost under the car “before someone pulled her to safety.”

ABC 7 goes on the say that the driver also tried to hit a cyclist. The UC Santa Cruz campus has been closed since 4:30 a.m., with all the major entrances being blocked.

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February 8, 2012
NJP: Will Occupy Choose Super-PAC Funding Over Radical Action?

News Junkie Post
Liam Fox
Feb. 8, 2012

In the past thirty six hours, several stories have emerged to highlight a growing problem that threatens the continued effectiveness, and perhaps the very existence, of the Occupy movement.  Left-wing politicos have come out against radical tactics such as those of the Black Bloc.  Establishment activists involved in Occupy seek to end the actual occupations recently raided by police in favor of more traditional, less radical models. And, President Obama has decided that accepting Super-PAC money for his campaign machine is now acceptable.

That last reference may seem disconnected, but, once you understand the dynamic that has been developing within the Occupy movement, you will see how the possibility exists that Super-PAC money could find its way into supporting a kinder, gentler, more establishment friendly Occupy movement.

There has been a struggle within Occupy for the control of the leaderless, horizontally organized movement.  Professional activists, equipped with the resources of the establishment that employs them, offered structure to the chaotic beginnings of this fledgling populous uprising.  Everything from tents and sleeping bags to organizational structure, General Assembly facilitation, Internet platforms, and targets for the populous anger of Occupiers was readily provided by well-connected insiders.

This was not an insidious conspiracy perpetrated by evil people.  Many professional activists firmly believe that they are doing the right thing.  Many of them are doing very good things.  Unfortunately, for all their good intentions, many of them are a part of the very establishment that the Occupy movement is protesting, and the good work they do actually serves to legitimize that system.

These professional activists did not come with a malicious intent to co-opt and destroy Occupy.  Not all of them, anyway.  Some may have been seeking only to serve their resume, or their pay-check, but others came with sincere intent to do good.  This does not, however, change the fact that the establishment that they are a part of, and that they bring into the Occupy movement, is a serious danger.

The leaderless nature of Occupy left an unintentional vacuum that these organized and structured activists filled.  Now, almost five months later, the movement is starting to look more like the lame attempts of the past than the agent of courageous and radical change it promised. Except perhaps Oakland. The problem gets compounded when these establishment activists not only monopolize the agenda and choose the targets of the populous movement, but dictate its strategy and tactics as well.  After decades of campaigns that have failed to move the political dial in any direction other than against the 99%, professional arrogance still drives them to insist that they should play a leading role.

Occupy Wall Street’s on-line discussions have worried over how to solve the problem of ‘disruptive outsiders’ for the ‘connected insiders.’  Many of those that actually occupied the public spaces were referred to as if unworthy, bothersome, and too full of dissent and challenges to a preordained agenda to associate with the pompous authors of these missives whose words made them seem more intent on earning their place in society as the next generation of bleeding heart Liberals, sipping their lattes, dreaming of limousines.

Seemingly towards that same end, OccupyDC has instituted an ironically controlling model of facilitation and consensus building that uses strict process to tightly control the groups deliberations and limit any dissension, thus allowing little resistance to proposed agenda items.  Similar problems exist in most of the major city occupations.  The General Assemblies in many cities experienced near, if not outright mutinies because of these controlling tactics only to, all too often, fall victim to the same problems once again.  The Occupy movement seems to have its own internal 1%, and, in this microcosm, success will only come when the 99% finds emancipation here as well.

As a result, in America, a populous uprising in solidarity with the 99% around the globe is rapidly becoming the play-thing of privileged white kids, in one of the worlds most privileged countries, using the Occupy movement to further their career goals and/or narrow its focus to domestic, and even partisan issues.  What started out as our best last chance for revolutionary change, true emancipation, and a sustainable future, is devolving into just another vehicle for doing good deeds for the unwashed masses while leaving the system that enslaves them intact.  Their rhetoric says “empower all,” but their underlying methods ensure that they maintain control.”

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February 8, 2012
OWS: In Spite of Elections and "Camping Bans," Revolutionary Wave Grows


OccupyWallSt.org
Feb. 4, 2012

In a world devastated by poverty, austerity cuts, and bank foreclosures, community action like Occupy Oakland’s recent attempt to turn a derelict building into a vibrant social center for the needs of the 99% should be applauded. Instead, the agents of the 1%, in this case the Oakland police – already under investigation for excessive force – once again attacked. Using flash bang grenades, projectiles, batons, tear-gas, and other weapons, police arrested over 400, bringing total US Occupy-related arrests to over 6,300. As the Occupy Oakland Media Committee said:

“With all the problems in our city, should preventing activists from putting a vacant building to better use be their highest priority? Was it worth the hundreds of thousands of dollars they spent?”

Earlier this month, we celebrated 2011 and declared 2012 would be even bigger. One month in, we’re keeping our word, but the corporate media increasingly dismiss Occupy Wall Street as a dying movement. Covering events in Oakland (“Police use teargas on Occupy Oakland protesters”), the Guardian described OWS as “largely dormant lately.” The Washington Poststated that the Oakland protest had broken the “lull” in OWS.

But we aren’t dormant; we’re escalating. The only lull has been in the media coverage of our continuing struggle to create a more just world for all. While the corporate media have shifted focus to the U.S. Republican primaries and Presidential election, government agents of the 1% continue their assault on Occupy camps - inventing new PR-friendly excuses like the "no camping" rule used to rip apart Occupy DC - to dismantle not only our rights, but our homes.

The corporate-funded political status quo, including corporate-funded news coverage, benefits the 1% at the expense of the 99%. This is exactly why the corporate media would rather run speeches by Presidential candidates (all millionaires) than stories of members of the 99% taking direct action to create economic justice, like our comrades in Oakland and DC who are peacefully fighting for their beliefs only to be attacked by police, or the many OWS supporters in cities across the country who are taking direct action to help keep low-income families in their homes by resisting unfair evictions and foreclosures. Our movement to create real democracy and and economic fairness is far more newsworthy than the tired rhetoric and false hope of the Republicans or Democrats.

Bank-beholden politicians created this economic crisis. No matter who wins the U.S. Presidential election circus, only direct action - not the same politics-as-usual - can rebuild democracy and justice. And make no mistake: such transformative revolutionary action is continuing to unfold in every corner of the United States, and across the globe, and no amount of “camping bans” can stop us. Let’s take a closer look by examining a few of the major Occupy stories and actions of the past month that the corporate media would rather dismiss than cover by debunking their myths about OWS…”

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February 8, 2012

The Atlantic: Even Bill Maher Has Turned on Occupy Wall Street
Conor Friedersdorf
Feb. 7, 2012


The loudmouthed liberal comedian’s critique of the movement is inaccurate, but it shows how attitudes about OWS are changing — including on the left.

Says Bill Maher, once an Occupy Wall Street supporter:

Similar to Afghanistan, when you occupy anything for too long, people do get pissed off. And as I watch them on the news now, I find myself almost agreeing with Newt Gingrich. Like, you know what? Get a job. Only because the people who originally started, I think they went home, and now it’s just these anarchist stragglers. And this is the problem when your movement involves sleeping over in the park. You wind up attracting the people who were sleeping over in the park anyway. 

And I think that’s where we’re at now with the Occupy movement. They did a great job of bringing the issue of income inequality to the fore. But now it’s just a bunch of douche bags who think throwing a chair through the Starbucks window is gonna bring on the revolution.

This isn’t particularly accurate. As accounts of the movement’s origins make clear, the original organizers of the protest were much more politically radical than the subsequent masses that flooded into the streets. And summing up their present activities as throwing chairs into Starbucks windows is misleading at best. 

But Maher’s comments are nevertheless of interest, if only because his perceptions and commentary on the protest movement are a sign of changing cultural attitudes about its current standing. ”

January 29, 2012
OWS: Solidarity Sunday – Wear Black Fight Back

OccupyWallSt.org
Jan. 29, 2012

Yesterday, Occupy Oakland moved to convert a vacant building into a community center to provide education, medical, and housing services for the 99%. Police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, beanbag rounds and mass arrests. The state has compounded its policy of callous indifference with a ruthless display of violent repression. The Occupy movement will respond, as we have always reponded: with an overwhelming show of collective resistance. Today, we take to the streets. Across the country, we will demonstrate our resolve to overcome repression and continue to build a better world grounded in love and solidarity for one another. All eyes on all Occupies.

SOLIDARITY SUNDAY, 7pm EST, Sunday, January 29. Check your local Occupation for convergence points.

Be there.

NEW YORK
Washington Square Park 7PM

BOSTON
Copley Square 7PM

PHILADELPHIA
Love Park 7PM

Organizing initiatives are underway in:

WASHINGTON, DC
PITTSBURGH, PA
PORTLAND, OR
CHICAGO, IL
LOS ANGELES, CA
MIAMI, FL
TAMPA, FL
PROVIDENCE, RI
AUSTIN, TX
BUFFALO, NY
ALBANY, NY

YOUR TOWN” 

January 29, 2012

via Occupy Wall St. Facebook group
Jan. 29, 2012

The Occupy Movement faced intense police violence, again last night. Over 300 arrested, many injured. The crime: They were trying to make use of a vacant building for community use. Occupy Movements across the U.S. will demonstrate in solidarity today at 7pm. (details soon)” 

January 19, 2012

photothuglife:

Occupy Congress. Was slightly disappointed it wasn’t 1 million tents and the Woodstock hippie love fest of my generation I had for some reason dreamt it would be… There was the mud I imagined though…

To see the full album go HERE

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January 17, 2012

thepeoplesrecord:

Hundreds (EDIT: THOUSANDS - estimated 2-3,000) march on Washington on January 17! Occupy Congress!

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