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Yesterday, the NYPD illegally detained around 100 #OWS protesters for almost three hours in a so-called “frozen zone” outside an Obama fundraising event.

President Obama was in New York City yesterday to schmooze with the nation’s upper upper class at three different fundraisers, including – I heard – a $35,000 per plate dinner earlier in the evening and a $1,000 per plate dinner at the Sheraton Hotel at around 9pm.  Occupy Wall Street protesters marched through midtown Manhattan on their way to demonstrate outside the Sheraton.  Shortly after the protesters arrived at the barricaded “free speech zone” set up by police across the street from the hotel, they were subjected to a new police tactic: freezing.  Simply put, the protesters were barricaded in on all sides by police and essentially held hostage for hours.

Read more: http://politeaparty.blogspot.com/2011/12/obama-fundraiser

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#OccupyLA: Photographer Beaten by LAPD during Raid

A photographer on the scene of Occupy LA during the LAPD raid on the encampment, identified by L.A. Now as Tyson Heder, 35, was taking pictures of the eviction, when a police officer shoved him away. The video shows Heder then standing up, yelling at the officer, and then being forced to the ground by several policemen.

Read more: http://occupyamerica.crooksandliars.com/diane-sweet/occupyla

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Over 1 million people will descend on Washington DC for the largest “Occupy” protest ever! OCCUPY CONGRESS January 17th, 2012

Occupy Congress
Occupy Congress
Congress starts their 2012 legislative session on January 17th. We should occupy their OUR city and insist that they start doing their jobs.

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Shepard Fairey changes Occupy Wall Street sign after complaints

Controversy-courting political street artist Shepard Fairey’s Occupy Wall Street poster may have been aiming to inspire hope, but it’s only resulted in annoyance so far. Fairey has changed his OWS poster, which borrows imagery from his 2008 Obama “Hope” poster, after organizers complained that his art was undermining their mission.


The second version (Shepard Fairey)

Fairey’s Obama poster became the iconic image of the 2008 campaign. A version of it is in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. The image also became the subject of a lawsuit from the Associated Press, which owned the copyright to the photograph that inspired Fairey’s work. Though Fairey argued that his poster was covered under fair use, he also bungled his case by destroying evidence on his computer. Fairey and AP settled the suit.

His original Occupy Wall Street image cribs the style and form of the “Hope” poster, but puts one of Occupy’s ever-present Guy Fawkes masks in its place. Where Obama’s “O” logo was, a similar round logo says “We are the 99%.” Underneath, text reads: “Mister President we HOPE you’re on our side.” Fairey made the image independently, as a show of support for the movement.


The original version (Shepard Fairey)

The problem is that it’s the wrong kind of support. Occupy Wall Street isn’t affiliated with any politicians, as per their general assembly’s “Statement of Autonomy,” which states, “We wish to clarify that Occupy Wall Street is not and never has been affiliated with any established political party, candidate or organization. Our only affiliation is with the people.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/arts-post/post/shepard

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Occupy Wall Street: Welcome to Day 75

Welcome to Day 75: We are about to join the ranks of many Third World countries that we fire missiles at on a daily basis. In the name of security, we are one step away from the foundation of permanent martial law in the US. If you’ve looked at how the US defines “terrorism”, you should be afraid of how such ambiguity in the form of legislation could be interpreted by those with the worst intentions.

Benjamin Franklin once wrote “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Unfortunately, this wasn’t our choice or the choice of the 99% (or even many from the 1%!) to give up essential liberty. The choice was made for us by 61 turncoat members of Congress. It’s time to raise our voices now! Call your senators. Call the White House. This bit of legislation needs to be wiped clean from the spending bill.

From: http://www.facebook.com/#!/Gilded.Age

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Police clear Occupy camps in Los Angeles, Philadelphia

Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia dismantled tents and arrested Occupy protesters who refused to leave city property early Wednesday.

Los Angeles police moved in at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday (3:30 a.m. ET). About an hour later, the City Hall lawn was cleared and closed for cleanup. About 200 people were arrested in the operation, utilizing some 1,400 officers, said Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Police described the operation as fairly peaceful, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa early Wednesday praised officers’ professionalism.

The Los Angeles encampment, which has been in place for some 60 days, had become the largest remaining one after police raided New York’s Zuccotti Park on November 15 and dismantled the nearly two-month-old camp there.

In Philadelphia, 52 people were arrested — six as officers cleared Dilworth Plaza, near City Hall; 44 at another location; and two others elsewhere, one on suspicion of disorderly conduct and one on suspicion of assaulting an officer, said police spokeswoman Christine O’Brien.

The evictions at Dilworth Plaza came about 1 a.m. ET, according to CNN affiliate WPVI. The station said the 44 other arrests came after scuffles broke out when police ordered protesters to clear the street.

O’Brien said police remained at the scene Wednesday, and the plaza was being cleaned. WPVI reported several streets were closed until further notice.

Three people were injured, O’Brien said. Two police officers were treated and released, and a protester was taken to a hospital after she said a police horse had stepped on her toe.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/30/us/california-occupy

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Occupy LA: LAPD Limits Media Access

Monday night at 7:15 PT, the Los Angeles Police Department held a lottery to decide which media could be credentialed for the LAPD Occupy LA media pool, in anticipation of the next raid. According to a mainstream media source who was there, the LAPD only wanted to allow one media outlet per medium (print, radio, television), but was persuaded to allow three of each:

the only media eligible for pool were those who were on the LAPD press release list and able to get to headquarters with an hour’s notice. So very few were represented at the meeting. I asked about independent radio/blogs and they said that only media with LAPD-issued badges would be allowed in the vicinity. I asked about those already at the camp, and they said after the unlawful assembly order everyone who doesn’t leave will be arrested, even those who are journalists. Our attorney was looking into whether there were legal challenges to be made.

Read more: http://lafiga.firedoglake.com/2011/11/29/occupy-la-lapd

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Happening Now: Occupy LA Being Raided By Police

Here is a live feed of the action:

2:08am: This guy is giving commentary and apparently the protesters are dispersed in small groups and not working together to regroup. It’s getting pretty hectic now. It’s seems like this is when the violence is going to start happening. What a shame. That’s what happens at 2 in the morning. No violence up until this point.

2:20am: It seems now like the protesters are marching around the area not blocked by the police. But police are still tagging along behind them. He is urging the protesters to keep moving or risk being surrounded by police.

Read more: http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/mufe

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Violent “white shirt” NYC cops not supervisors, but privately hired by Wall Street firms

Videos are springing up across the internet showing uniformed members of the New York Police Department in white shirts (as opposed to the typical NYPD blue uniforms) pepper spraying and brutalizing peaceful, nonthreatening protestors attempting to take part in the Occupy Wall Street marches.  Corporate media are reporting that these white shirts are police supervisors as opposed to rank and file.  Recently discovered documents suggest something else may be at work.

NYPD on Big Bank Payroll

If you’re a Wall Street behemoth, there are endless opportunities to privatize profits and socialize losses beyond collecting trillions of dollars in bailouts from taxpayers.  One of the ingenious methods that has remained below the public’s radar was started by the Rudy Giuliani administration in New York City in 1998.  It’s called the Paid Detail Unit and it allows the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street corporations, including those repeatedly charged with crimes, to order up a flank of New York’s finest with the ease of dialing the deli for a pastrami on rye.

Read more: http://coupmedia.org/occupy-wall-street/nypd-now-on-big

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Why African Americans aren’t embracing Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street might seem like a movement that would resonate with black Americans. After all, unemployment among African Americans is at 15 percent, vs. almost 8 percent for whites. And between 2005 and 2009, black households lost just over half of their median net worth compared with white families, who lost 16 percent, according to the Pew Research Center.

However, these numbers have not translated into action. A few prominent African Americans, such as Cornel West, Russell Simmons, Kanye West and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), have made appearances at Occupy protests. “Occupy the Hood,” a recent offshoot, has tried to get more people of color involved. But the main movement remains overwhelmingly white: A Fast Company survey last month found that African Americans, who are 12.6 percent of the U.S. population, make up only 1.6 percent of Occupy Wall Street.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-blacks-arent

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UC Davis English department calls for Chancellor Katehi’s resignation on the front page of its website

The faculty of the UC Davis English Department supports the Board of the Davis Faculty Association in calling for Chancellor Katehi’s immediate resignation and for “a policy that will end the practice of forcibly removing non-violent student, faculty, staff, and community protesters by police on the UC Davis campus.” Further, given the demonstrable threat posed by the University of California Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to the safety of students, faculty, staff, and community members on our campus and others in the UC system, we propose that such a policy include the disbanding of the UCPD and the institution of an ordinance against the presence of police forces on the UC Davis campus and the Occupy Wall Street movement, unless their presence is specifically requested by a member of the campus community. This will initiate a genuinely collective effort to determine how best to ensure the health and safety of the campus community at UC Davis.

Read more: http://english.ucdavis.edu/

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Ron Paul Defends Occupy Wall Street and Middle Class at Republican Debate

Rep. Ron Paul is definitely the only Republican candidate who has displayed a degree of sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street protesters, and last night he proved it on a national stage by addressing resident Republican crazy man (one of many), Herman Cain.

Cain has suggested that Occupy Wall Street is anti-American and that they have only themselves to blame for their troubles—not Wall Street nor the government whom they have been petitioning for a grievance.

Cain stated in the debate, “They’re directing their anger at the wrong place. Wall Street didn’t put in failed economic policies… Wall Street isn’t going around the country trying to sell another $450 billion. They should be standing in front of the White House.”

Well, Sir, they are, in fact, standing as close to the White House as they can and everywhere else across the country.

Paul defended the protesters by stating, “Mr. Cain has blamed the victims. There are a lot of people who are victims of this business cycle.”

Paul, of course, traces a lot of the economic problems back to the Federal Reserve, the fractional banking apparatus of which Herman Cain was a member (of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank), and which allowed a number of banks and investors to make risky investments with criminal financial instruments (the credit-default swap), knowing full well that the Federal Reserve and the federal government would have no choice but to bail them out if toxic mortgage securities began to implode.

“[The Federal Reserve] creates the financial bubbles,” said Paul. “Who got stuck? The middle class got stuck. They lost their jobs and they lost their houses.”

And Paul said what so many politicians are unwilling to say, “We have to blame the business cycle and the economic polices that led to this disaster.”

Read more: http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/152425/ron-paul-defends

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LA Woman Could Be Charged with ‘Battery” for Pepper Spray – How About UC-Davis Cops?

I just heard that the woman who pepper sprayed shoppers in Los Angeles to get an edge on bargains could be charged with “battery”. Seems right.

And what about the UC-Davis police who pepper sprayed non-violent students week before last?

No such justice.

At least, not so far. The two cops who pepper sprayed the students, and the head of their UC-Davis police unit, have been suspended with pay, pending investigation.

Are students in California worth less as human beings than shoppers, or are cops out there somewhere above the law?

If anything, the cops should be charged with a crime worse than what was brought against the pepper sprayer of shoppers. Police are paid by taxpayers to protect not attack law-abiding citizens.

If anyone should be suspended – without, not with, pay – it should be the officers who stood around, watched the two pepper-spraying cops, and did nothing.

Read more: http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2011/11/la-woman-charged

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Congressman Peter King’s comments on OWS

Congressman Peter King's comments on OWS

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How Do We Know OWS Is Winning? Elites Are Desperate to Suppress It

This is what happens when genuine movements emerge with enough force and potential to be taken seriously by those with power and privilege.

Occupy Wall Street celebrated its two-month anniversary by taking the streets of New York City in a full day of mass direct action. We celebrated the hundreds of occupations that have sprung up across the country and around the world. We celebrated the hundreds of thousands who have participated by marching, carrying out civil disobedience and putting their bodies in motion. We celebrated the millions of people across the globe united in their willingness to join this movement in whatever ways they can. We celebrated in the many thousands in cities all around the world.

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/story/1531/how_do_we_know_ows_is_winning

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