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‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protests Spread Across the Country | Common Dreams

‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protests Spread Across the Country | Common Dreams.

‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protests Spread Across the Country

by Olivia Katrandjian

The Occupy Wall Street movement, growing to more than 1,500 people in its second week, called for a march in lower Manhattan today at 3 p.m. to “show that it is time that the 99% are heard.”

An elderly group leads a march up Broadway towards Police Headquarters, Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in New York. (Louis Lanzano/AP Photo)“We are unions, students, teachers, veterans, first responders, families, the unemployed and underemployed. We are all races, sexes and creeds. We are the majority. We are the 99 percent. And we will no longer be silent,” read a post on the Occupy Wall Street website.

The  protests started on Sept. 17. On Friday, about 1,500 demonstrators took their protest to the New York Police Department headquarters.

The demonstrators, who are speaking out against corporate greed and social inequality, say they have been unnecessarily roughed up by police.

The turnout may have been so high because a rumor circulated that the band Radiohead would perform at the event. The band did not appear at event.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the demonstrations on the WOR 710 radio show Friday, according to multiple media reports.

“The protesters are protesting against people who make $40,000 to $50,000 a year who are struggling to make ends meet. That’s the bottom line,” Bloomberg said.

When asked how the NYPD would handle protests, Bloomberg said that while people have the right to protest, others also have the right “to walk down the street unmolested.”

The protests have spread across the country, with events popping up in Boston and Chicago in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

A march and rally was held in Boston Friday called “Take Back Boston” run by the Right to the City alliance, a national organization that “seeks to create regional and national impacts in the fields of housing, human rights, urban land, community development, civic engagement, criminal justice, environmental justice, and more,” according to its website.

Police estimated about 3,000 people attended the events Friday.

“We are targeting Wall Street, in particular the big banks and corporations,” Rachel Laforest, the executive director of the Right to the City Alliance told ABC News. “The goal is to create a national narrative and have it be known how the states are taking state revenues that are being funneled to banks and corporations and then you layer on top of that the fact that they’re not obligated to pay their fair share of taxes, and so that’s billions and billions of dollars that could be put toward job creation and creating solutions to the housing crisis.”

Today’s events in Boston will continue with a “Take Back the Block” festival. At least 1,500 have registered for the festival.

Along with New York and Boston, an Occupy Chicago movement has emerged, with nearly 100 people gathering in front of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank. The protests have been peaceful and no arrests have been reported.

Occupy Los Angeles protests which have also been small in numbers, has called for a march today at 10 a.m. from Pershing Square downtown to City Hall.

Anthony Bologna Using Pepper Spray in Second Video – NYPD USA Occupy Wall Street Protesters

Anthony BolgonaAnthony Bologna Using Pepper Spray in Second Video – NYPD USA Occupy Wall Street Protesters/Huffington Post USA 28th September 2011

My Comment : The videos make again clear what police brutality and other unlawful acts of the NYPD did find place at the protests.

 

 

NYPD Police TroubleMakers • Occupy Wall Street • MSNBC

An excellent piece of main stream coverage on this past weekend, I’m sure this video wont be up long, but figured the folks looking at the vids on this channel would appreciate it.

My Comment: here you see the police brutality taken place on the Occupy Wall Street protesters this weekend.

Occupy Chicago, Houston, Dallas in Solidarity with OccupyWallStreet.

Occupy Chicago, Houston, Dallas in Solidarity with OccupyWallStreet. via 2012IndyInfo.wordpress.com by Steve Beckow

 

 

Occupy Chicago camps out in front of Federal Reserve Building in solidarity with OccupyWallStreet.

And Occupy Houston planned for Oct. 6, 2011….

And Occupy Dallas planned for the same day….   And…. Thanks to Jenna.

September 23rd, 2011 · 

Welcome to OCCUPY TOGETHER, a hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. As  we have followed the news on facebook, twitter, and the various live  feeds across the internet, we felt compelled to build a site that would  help spread the word as more protests organize across the country. We  hope to provide people with information about events that are  organizing, ongoing, and building across the U.S. as we, the 99%, take  action against the greed and corruption of the 1%.

We will try our best to provide you with the most accurate  information possible. However, we are just a few volunteers and errors  are bound to occur. Please be patient as we get this site off the ground  and populated and please contact us if you have any info on new events,  corrections, or suggestions for this site. You can contact us at info[at]occupytogether[dot]org.

We will only grow stronger in our solidarity and we will be heard, not just in New York, but in echoes across this nation.

September 26th, 2011 · 

We’ve witnessed an exponentially growing list of communities that  are banding together with our brothers and sisters on Wall St. by  organizing solidarity actions in their cities. This rise in support has  been incredibly inspiring and has promoted many of you to become active  in organizing an event in your area. Through the enthusiasm and  excitement of wanting to show your support you are all working  diligently to organize events in a short amount of time. As we have  followed some of theses group’s efforts we’ve seen many different  approaches to organizing. We’ve also fielded many questions on advice  and how to information on effectively organizing. We wanted to feature  Portland as an example for those of you would like a model to follow or  to take from as they have done a great job joining and organizing  efforts in a very short amount of time. Of course, each group dynamic is  going to vary and what worked for Portland may not work for you, but at  least this will give you an idea of how others are doing it.

A couple of members from Portland filled us in on their process:

Basically it all comes down to networking and extensive planning. The  initial construction of the Occupy Portland Facebook group was backed  by some pretty frequent tweeting. Once we started getting a huge  following, there were more and more discussions popping up on the  Facebook group. We were discussing where it should be, what Portland  laws were regarding “urban camping”, as well as a number of other  concerns. We then held a General Assembly to further organize where were  all in consensus with our future actions and demonstration details.  After we compiled notes from the GA, we discussed them further on the  Facebook group. Once we had the frame work of what everyone wanted and  expected we set up a Facebook page and web site to better organize and  announce future details.

Sending messages to those working at Occupy Wall Street was  definitely helped us gain notice. People are heavily following  #occupywallstreet, #takewallstreet, #usdor, as well as a number of other  widely used hash tags. Each tweet sent out would include a tag with a  trending tag, my city (#pdx) as well as a link to the facebook group.

Also we paid attention to the amount of followers people had, and mentioned them as well.

Portlanders were watching, so they were bound to jump on board once  they knew about a protest here. Nearly all of us are using Twitter, so  they used the same approach when spreading the group link around the  internet.

Advice using Facebook:

We first started a Group that opened up discussion to hear out  everyone’s ideas, concerns and thoughts on how they could help. This was  a very important stage in our organizational efforts.

General Assembly:

I think the most important thing for us was using the General  Assembly model and making each decision everyone’s decision. This helped  us remain unified. Legal assistance, bike deliveries, medics,  photographers, people who can stream the protest, and similar topics  were brought up. We covered nearly all the bases, and most of us left  with a pretty hefty amount of notes. Notes from the General Assembly  were posted online on a page for everyone in the Portland group to see.

Legal Advice:

Contact your local National Lawyers Guild early on for legal advice  in your area. We are holding a seminar with the National Lawyers Guild  so that we can become versed in the proper execution of a demonstration  like this. They have confirmed that legal observers will be present  durring our demonstration. We are also planning to hold a meeting with  them where we discuss the importance of nonviolence and the proper way  to conduct oneself in civil disobedience.

Additional Thoughts:

It’s extremely important to make sure extensive preparation goes into  a something this big. Some people have certain contacts who would be  useful, others are volunteering to do a specific job. It all comes as we  address what needs to be seen and done upon Occupation.

We stressed something several times: this needs to remain non-violent.Remaining  peaceful helps the overall image of this nationwide movement. If things  do become violent, we acknowledge that staying calm only helps the  cause. If we have arrests then we will have the footage immediately  uploaded. It helps those in NYC by showing that the cops are abusing our  rights, and that this thing is nothing like the misleading media says.

Helpful Links:

nycga.net Find up to date information on the NYC General Assembly.

occupywallst.org News, video feed, forum & chat.

http://nycga.cc/2011/09/24/principles-of-solidarity-working-draft/ Working Draft of the Principles of Solidarity

www.nlg.org National Lawyers Guild

September 25th, 2011 · 

There was a really fantastic article that is making its rounds  across the internet as the United States still sits in a media blackout  on this topic. It will only be a matter of days, however, that this  story spreads wider across the country. Already, many are beginning to  hear about what is happening with those who Occupy Wall St. and the  ripple effect it is having across the country.

Check out The Guardian article, it’s a good read (and don’t forget to share it with all of your friends).

“We might do well to consider the collapse of the  European colonial empires. It certainly did not lead to the rich  successfully grabbing all the cookies, but to the creation of the modern  welfare state. We don’t know precisely what will come out of this  round. But if the occupiers finally manage to break the 30-year  stranglehold that has been placed on the human imagination, as in those  first weeks after September 2008, everything will once again be on the  table – and the occupiers of Wall Street and other cities around the US  will have done us the greatest favour anyone possibly can.”

OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTERS CUFFED, PEPPER-SPRAYED

Published on Sunday, September 25, 2011 by the New York Daily News by Matt Deluca and Christina Boyle

Women screamed in pain after police rounded them up and sprayed them with pepper spray. (Photo/Jefferson Siegel)Scores of protesters were arrested in Manhattan Saturday as a march against social inequality turned violent.

Hundreds of people carrying banners and chanting “shame, shame” walked between Zuccotti Park, near Wall St., and Union Square calling for changes to a financial system they say unjustly benefits the rich and harms the poor.

At least 80 people were carted away in police vehicles and up to five were hit with pepper spray near 12th St. and Fifth Ave., where tensions became especially high, police and organizers said.

The National Lawyer’s Guild, which is providing legal assistance to the protesters, put the number of arrests at 100.

Witnesses said they saw three stunned women collapse on the ground screaming after they were sprayed in the face.

A video posted on YouTube and NYDailyNews.com shows uniformed officers had corralled the women using orange nets when two supervisors made a beeline for the women, and at least one suddenly sprayed the women before turning and quickly walking away.

Footage of other police altercations also circulated online, but it was unclear what caused the dramatic mood shift in an otherwise peaceful demonstration.

“I saw a girl get slammed on the ground. I turned around and started screaming,” said Chelsea Elliott, 25, from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, who said she was sprayed. “I turned around and a cop was coming … we were on the sidewalk and we weren’t doing anything illegal.”

Police said 80 protesters were arrested or ticketed at multiple locations for disorderly conduct, blocking traffic and failure to obey a lawful order but the number could rise.

Officials said protesters did not have a permit for the march and one demonstrator was charged with assaulting a police officer, causing a shoulder injury. The NYPD was investigating the use of pepper spray.

“I was shocked because it seemed like one person after another was being brutally tackled, and it wasn’t clear why,” said Meaghan Linick, 23, from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, who attended the rally. “I was deeply disturbed to see them throw a man [down] and immediately they were pounding on him. Their arms were going back in the air. I couldn’t believe how violent five people needed to be against one unarmed man.”

The protesters, joined together under the banner of an organization called Occupy Wall Street, have been stationed in Zuccotti Park since last weekend, attempting to draw attention to what they believe is a dysfunctional economic system that unfairly benefits corporations and the mega-rich.

“The central message is that in this country, there needs to be more conversation about wealth and power,” said 23-year-old student Patrick Bruner.

As night fell, those detained were hauled out of vans and buses and into police precincts to be processed.

Hundreds more protesters congregated in Zuccotti Park where for a while another clash with police seemed imminent, but as midnight approached tension eased as die-hards prepared to camp out for the night.

With Ashley N. Fleming

© 2011 New York Daily News