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12:40 pm - Thu, Feb 2, 2012
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Watching a hippie protester get tased just makes my day
CNN commentator and conservative blogger Erick Erickson - in regards to a Occupy DC riot police victim

(Source: BuzzFeed)

12:52 am - Fri, Dec 16, 2011
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99anon:

occupyonline:

An internal email was sent out to all Bank of America Corp Field Services regarding the Dec. 6th National Day of Action to Occupy Our Homes. See the email below.

The email reads that this event “could impact our industry.” Well, yes, BAC, that is our hope. Thanks for noticing!

The email reads that this event “could impact our industry.” Well, yes, BAC, that is our hope. Thanks for noticing!

The email further includes specific warnings to BAC “field services” agents:

1. Your safety is our primary concern, so do not engage with the protesters;

2. While in neighborhoods, please take notice of vacant BAC Field Services managed homes and ensure they are secured;

3. Remind all parties of the bank’s media policy and report any media incidents to 1-800-796-8448 or email at pressroom@bankofamerica.com.

Aside from the superficial implications, what is more important is that the big banks are showing precisely what the weakest links in the system are, and what makes them the most nervous. It is not protesters living in tents in a major metropolitan city; it is protesters disrupting the lifeblood of the broken banking system - the home selling/repossession pathway. 

Occupy Homes! 

[source]

Also interesting is how the banks stopped with that whole fee thing they were trying once people started moving to credit unions. We hold more power than we might think… and they know it.

1:06 pm - Wed, Dec 14, 2011
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Throng of Occupy protesters appear in NY courts

amodernmanifesto:

occupyonline:

In Manhattan, arraignments were under way for 166 people, most of them among the more than 700 picked up in an Oct. 1 march that marked the biggest mass arrest of the New York protest so far. Hundreds of other protesters arrested on the bridge and during other Occupy…

(Source: Washington Post)

1:32 am - Wed, Nov 30, 2011
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viviano:

American deceptionalism

kateoplis:

In the US, the message from the mayors is simple: You’ve made your point. Now go to your room and shut up. We’ve got a lawn to keep up, and you’ve spoiled it. America’s “grown-ups” as the political class likes to think of itself, have never had much patience when it comes to the “children”, as its mere citizens are known. And yet, America’s democratic revolutionary origins are at the very centre of a radically different vision of what American exceptionalism is all about.

The situation in Los Angeles is particularly exemplary. Although city officials welcomed Occupy LA at first, for weeks on end Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and others have been saying it’s time to leave. Villaraigosa - like Obama - is a former progressive organiser turned neo-liberal politician. He was a teacher’s union organiser when I first met him in the 1980s, as part of a progressive precinct network aimed at getting disaffected progressive voters to the pols.

Also within the coalition’s core was the LA National Lawyers Guild’s executive director. When Villaraigosa first took office in 2006, his first big battle was against the teacher’s union he used to work for. He took them on with the backing of billionaire real estate developer and education “reformer” Eli Broad. Five years later, as he faces off against Occupy LA, the current NLG executive director, James Lafferty, is one of his major opponents.

With no sense of irony, Villaraigosa thought Thanksgiving weekend was the perfect time for an eviction. “It’s clear that this mayor cares more about dead grass than a dead economy,” Lafferty responded at an Occupy LA press conference. “The 99 per cent that have been thrown out of their homes, jobless, without proper healthcare and all the rest seem to be less important to him than that lawn.”

 You should probably read this.

4:02 pm - Tue, Nov 29, 2011
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Injured Iraq War Veteran Scott Olsen Gives First Interview Since OWS Shooting

Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, the Occupy Oakland protester who was injured last month after authorities fired non-lethal projectiles into a crowd, has been released from the hospital. Yesterday IndyBay.org posted an interview with Olsen, who suffered a fractured skull and was placed in a medically induced coma as a result of his injury. Olsen says his thoughts are clear, but he has struggled to regain his speech. Olsen answered questions about the ongoing investigation into the incident that lead to his hospitalization.

Scott Olsen, Iraq War veteran, Occupy protester: “You would think something like this wouldn’t take too long to find out who’s responsible, but it’s been one month. How long does it take to see who fired this at me?”

Olsen went on to urge all parties involved in the Occupy protests, including law enforcement and demonstrators, to pursue non-violence.

Scott Olsen, Iraq War veteran, Occupy protester: “To all of them I would have to say, stay peaceful because that’s what this is about. It’s about working together, working with one another and it’s about being open with each other and that’s how we can solve our problems.”

(Source: democracynow.org)

9:08 pm - Fri, Nov 25, 2011
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timekiller-s:

14 Simple Ways to Support the Occupy Movement Without Sleeping in a Park

leftish:

THIS ARTICLE IS FANTASTIC.  PLEASE READ IT - IT CONTAINS A WEALTH OF AWESOME WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE WITHOUT CAMPING!!

Numerous excellent suggestions, videos and links.

And the neatest thing is that this is an ongoing list, that has already been updated (it originally was 11 Simple Ways).

I was going to write an article just like this, but now I don’t need to - this says it all…and then some!

1:42 am - Mon, Nov 21, 2011
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kwikset:

Joe Walsh: Veterans In #Occupy Movement ‘Don’t Understand This Country’ #ows bylinebeatows:


U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) slammed Occupy Wall Street protesters  during a town hall meeting in suburban Gurnee, Ill. Saturday, calling  the movement a “well-orchestrated, well-funded, far left effort to  disrupt the American people” before admitting that he had never attended  a protest.
Walsh, a Tea Party favorite who apologized last week after screaming at a constituent during a similar event*, was reacting to constituent criticism of the Occupy movement when he let them know how he felt about it.
[*See Joe Walsh unleash on constituents last week.]
“[Occupy is] an anti-American, well-funded left wing effort,” Walsh  told the crowd, to a mix of applause and boos. He also said the movement  was created to “rile up Obama’s left base.”
From what he could tell, Walsh said, Occupy protesters are “generally  spoiled, pampered, unfocused, clueless young people and a smattering of  other people who don’t understand this country and are advocating  anti-American solutions.”
When one constituent stood up and pointed out that veterans have participated in the Occupy movement, Walsh brushed it off.
“I don’t know how many veterans are part of the Occupy protest,” he  said. “I can’t imagine it’s many. But anyone who would advocate  socialist solutions to certain problems in this country … they don’t  understand this country.”
Check out the video of the town hall meeting below, courtesy of District 116:

Photo Credit: (AP Photo)

kwikset:

Joe Walsh: Veterans In #Occupy Movement ‘Don’t Understand This Country’ #ows

bylinebeatows
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U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) slammed Occupy Wall Street protesters during a town hall meeting in suburban Gurnee, Ill. Saturday, calling the movement a “well-orchestrated, well-funded, far left effort to disrupt the American people” before admitting that he had never attended a protest.

Walsh, a Tea Party favorite who apologized last week after screaming at a constituent during a similar event*, was reacting to constituent criticism of the Occupy movement when he let them know how he felt about it.

[*See Joe Walsh unleash on constituents last week.]

“[Occupy is] an anti-American, well-funded left wing effort,” Walsh told the crowd, to a mix of applause and boos. He also said the movement was created to “rile up Obama’s left base.”

From what he could tell, Walsh said, Occupy protesters are “generally spoiled, pampered, unfocused, clueless young people and a smattering of other people who don’t understand this country and are advocating anti-American solutions.”

When one constituent stood up and pointed out that veterans have participated in the Occupy movement, Walsh brushed it off.

“I don’t know how many veterans are part of the Occupy protest,” he said. “I can’t imagine it’s many. But anyone who would advocate socialist solutions to certain problems in this country … they don’t understand this country.”

Check out the video of the town hall meeting below, courtesy of District 116:

Photo Credit: (AP Photo)

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7:29 pm - Sun, Nov 20, 2011
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kwikset:

“In one of the greatest signs yet that the 99 Percenters are having an impact, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, today introduced an amendment that would ban corporate money in politics and end corporate personhood once and for all.

Deutch’s amendment, called the Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy (OCCUPIED) Amendment, would overturn the Citizens United decision, re-establishing the right of Congress and the states to regulate campaign finance laws, and to effectively outlaw the ability of for-profit corporations to contribute to campaign spending.

“No matter how long protesters camp out across America, big banks will continue to pour money into shadow groups promoting candidates more likely to slash Medicaid for poor children than help families facing foreclosure,” said Deutch in a statement provided to ThinkProgress. “No matter how strongly Ohio families fight for basic fairness for workers, the Koch Brothers will continue to pour millions into campaigns aimed at protecting the wealthiest 1%. No matter how fed up seniors in South Florida are with an agenda that puts oil subsidies ahead of Social Security and Medicare, corporations will continue to fund massive publicity campaigns and malicious attack ads against the public interest. Americans of all stripes agree that for far too long, corporations have occupied Washington and drowned out the voices of the people. I introduced the OCCUPIED Amendment because the days of corporate control of our democracy. It is time to return the nation’s capital and our democracy to the people.”~ThinkProgress

Another article/interview from The Washington Post: House Democrat: Occupy the Constitution!

More info on Florida Rep. Deutch: http://deutch.house.gov/  or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Deutch  «check out the https on that linkage..poke poke @tumblr))

8:33 am
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prdjournal:

#ows
cultureofresistance:

A lobbying firm has prepared a memo offering advice to its Wall Street clients to help them manage any political fallout from Occupy Wall Street, warning that Republicans may turn on big banks, at least in public, altering the political ground for years to come. It is one of the first clear signs that the movement may be starting to trouble the moneyed elite.
The memo, first reported by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, host of the show “Up with Chris Hayes,” was written by the firm Clark, Lytle, Geduldig, Cranford and addressed to one of its Wall Street clients. It runs four pages long and is set to be sent on Thanksgiving.
The first two graphs of the memo, provided by MSNBC to The Huffington Post, express angst over the idea that the movement could mean “more than just short-term discomfort for Wall Street firms” and has “the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.”
The paragraphs read in full:
Leading Democratic party strategists have begun to openly discuss the benefits of embracing the growing and increasingly organized Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement to prevent Republican gains in Congress and the White House next year. We have seen this process of adopting extreme positions and movements to increase base voter turnout, including in the 2005-2006 immigration debate. This would mean more than just short-term discomfort for Wall Street firms. If vilifying the leading companies of this sector is allowed to become an unchallenged centerpiece of a coordinated Democratic campaign, it has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.
It shouldn’t be surprising that the Democratic party or even President Obama’s re-election team would campaign against Wall Street in this cycle. However the bigger concern should be that Republicans will no longer defend Wall Street companies — and might start running against them too.

The lobbying firm, a high-powered shop with an array of clients from across the political spectrum, declined to comment. On its website, the firm notes that it “combines sophisticated high-level strategic thinking with robust ground-level relationships established over decades with key members of Congress and their staff, Administration officials.”
Joshua Stephens, who has participated in the occupy movement in New York City, says the memo worries might be misplaced or potentially obsolete. “The danger is not whether or not politicians will defend these institutions. My fear wouldn’t be that,” he said. “My fear would be that the politicians that come to their aid will be increasingly irrelevant…That’s the real threat and that’s where things are going.”
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They’re scared. 

prdjournal:

#ows

cultureofresistance:

A lobbying firm has prepared a memo offering advice to its Wall Street clients to help them manage any political fallout from Occupy Wall Street, warning that Republicans may turn on big banks, at least in public, altering the political ground for years to come. It is one of the first clear signs that the movement may be starting to trouble the moneyed elite.

The memo, first reported by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, host of the show “Up with Chris Hayes,” was written by the firm Clark, Lytle, Geduldig, Cranford and addressed to one of its Wall Street clients. It runs four pages long and is set to be sent on Thanksgiving.

The first two graphs of the memo, provided by MSNBC to The Huffington Post, express angst over the idea that the movement could mean “more than just short-term discomfort for Wall Street firms” and has “the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.”

The paragraphs read in full:

Leading Democratic party strategists have begun to openly discuss the benefits of embracing the growing and increasingly organized Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement to prevent Republican gains in Congress and the White House next year. We have seen this process of adopting extreme positions and movements to increase base voter turnout, including in the 2005-2006 immigration debate. This would mean more than just short-term discomfort for Wall Street firms. If vilifying the leading companies of this sector is allowed to become an unchallenged centerpiece of a coordinated Democratic campaign, it has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.

It shouldn’t be surprising that the Democratic party or even President Obama’s re-election team would campaign against Wall Street in this cycle. However the bigger concern should be that Republicans will no longer defend Wall Street companies — and might start running against them too.

The lobbying firm, a high-powered shop with an array of clients from across the political spectrum, declined to comment. On its website, the firm notes that it “combines sophisticated high-level strategic thinking with robust ground-level relationships established over decades with key members of Congress and their staff, Administration officials.”

Joshua Stephens, who has participated in the occupy movement in New York City, says the memo worries might be misplaced or potentially obsolete. “The danger is not whether or not politicians will defend these institutions. My fear wouldn’t be that,” he said. “My fear would be that the politicians that come to their aid will be increasingly irrelevant…That’s the real threat and that’s where things are going.”

They’re scared. 

10:50 am - Sat, Nov 19, 2011
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PETITION: Tell President Obama to condemn violent police actions across the United States

lawsonry:

Tell Obama to Condemn Police Actions Around the Country

All around the country, police departments are using violence and coercion to rid cities of peaceful protesters who are practicing the very universal rights that you referenced when addressing the protests in Egypt.

“I want to be very clear,” you said back in January, “in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protestors. The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere.”

[Click here to sign the petition now!]

The hypocrisy has got to stop. As a nation that has set out to set the example for the rest of the world in the way it treats its citizens we are drowning in hypocrisy and violations of Constitutional rights. There will always be anomalies during peaceful protests - we’re only human - but it is not the job of sworn peace officers to lash out violently and mercilessly at the very people they took an oath to protect and serve.

When we hear that police officers are only reacting to violence bestowed upon them, we can only look back to to 1962 and former President Kennedy’s words: “Those who make peaceful protest impossible, make violent protest inevitable.” We call upon other nations around the world to stand up for the rights of their people, then let the very atrocities that we are addressing occur to our own citizens.

[Click here to sign the petition now!]

Mr. President, the American People demand that the actions of the police officers around the country are addressed. The American People need to know that their President will not stand for this kind of treatment of his Nation’s citizens, especially since we have fought so long and hard to preserve the very rights that all of these peaceful protests are exercising.

Mr. President, the Police Officers who are documented in photo and video all around the internet need to be called to justice. This is not a nation of extrajudicial punishment, this is a nation of free speech and peaceful assembly and one that is tired of watching its sons and daughters fight and die in far off lands for the very rights that American citizens are having suppressed.

[Click here to sign the petition now!]

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