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October 11, 2011

2011.10.11: 10.10 OWS Report

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 9:37 AM
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Subject: 10.10 OWS Report

NYC Labor Against the War
10.10 Occupy Wall Street Report
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It’s key that the critique is not about Republicans and Wall Street. The critique is about the entire political system, which people see as corrupt, and both parties have participated in this corruption of the political system. So I think it’s key that especially the Democratic Party not try to co-opt and the protesters themselves make sure that the party does not co-opt their movement or their energy.
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OWS-NYC: INFORMATION & RESOURCES

OccupyWallStreet
The resistance continues at Liberty Square and Nationwide!
http://occupywallst.org/

Donate Money to #occupywallstreet

http://nycga.cc/donate/

NYC General Assembly
The Official Website of the GA at #OccupyWallStreet
http://nycga.cc/

Occupy Wall St.: Direction action
We will be doing a Direct Action every day this week. It will culminate in our largest day of action yet, on Saturday October 15th. We will call on all U.S. occupations to join the world and make October 15th a Day of Action against Banks. Details coming soon.
https://www.facebook.com/OccupyWallSt/posts/213432178724554

Occupy Wall St.: Immediate Needs
Comfort Committee’s Current NEEDS: thermal wear (especially smaller sizes), blankets, toiletries (especially toothpaste), hats & gloves, towels for showers We do NOT need more ponchos or space blankets. All donations can be sent to: The UPS Store Re: Occupy Wall Street 118A Fulton St. #205 New York, NY 10038
https://www.facebook.com/OccupyWallSt/posts/213285578739214

Issue #2 ‘The Occupied Wall Street Journal’ to read/download
http://www.scribd.com/doc/68041981/Issue-2-The-Occupied-Wall-Street-Journal-to-read-download

OWS-NYC: OUR SIDE

Wall Street Protesters Have Ink-Stained Fingers
There is a well-designed timeline of recent protests dating to the Arab Spring and continuing through the demonstrations in Wisconsin and protests in Europe. The first issue also included a charming photo essay on protest signs and the people who carry them, along with a call to action from Chris Hedges, a former reporter for The New York Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/business/media/wall-street-protesters-have-ink-stained-fingers-media-equation.html?ref=nyregion

Geraldo Rivera Met With Chants Of ‘Fox News Lies’ At Occupy Wall Street (VIDEO)
Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera faced a hostile crowd over the weekend when he went to Lower Manhattan to report on the Occupy Wall Street protests. Rivera had been to the encampment the week before, but this time his report was met with an endless chant of “Fox News lies!”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/10/geraldo-rivera-fox-news-lies-occupy-wall-street_n_1003523.html

Bus driver hauling Occupy Wall Street protest prisoners can see both sides of tension
‎”Do I agree with people jumping on the Brooklyn Bridge and stopping traffic? I can’t say that I do,” he said. “Do I agree that sometimes it’s the only way to get your point across to the powers that be? Yes, I do.”
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/10/10/2011-10-10_bus_driver_hauling_protest_prisoners_can_see_both_sides.html

Occupy Wall Street through Egyptian eyes
Zeinab, for one, immediately connects with the protesters as a result of her experiences. It seems that other food vendors would relate better to a clear message against American intervention in the Middle East and North Africa from the movement. This is also perhaps a reflection of the hopes people from around the world have for the movement. While Occupy Wall Street has mostly focused on the debt crises, it is very likely that the movement will at least articulate a position against the military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/10/2011107121722142311.html#.TpLCJmXd0Dk.facebook

Oct. 9: Happy Birthday John Lennon: Imagine (song) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Happy Birthday John Lennon. You helped us imagine a different world. Thank You. Your life was not lived in vain.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imagine_(song)

OWS-NYC: THEIR SIDE

Wall St. Has Poured Millions into the NYPD — Are They Getting Their Pay Back Now? |
Financial firms have given millions of dollars to the department, raising the ire of Occupy Wall St. protesters.
http://www.alternet.org/story/152655/wall_st._has_poured_millions_into_the_nypd_–_are_they_getting_their_pay_back_now?akid=7682.150287.lc4GTX&rd=1&t=5

Activist Post: Delusional NYC Mayor Bloomberg goes on the offensive against Occupy Wall Street
The protests appear to be working, at least in the sense that it is forcing Wall Street crony and New York City Mayor and multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg (who literally claimed he didn’t know what the word “responsible” was in court) to out himself as a friend of the elite and an enemy of the people.
http://www.activistpost.com/2011/10/delusional-nyc-mayor-bloomberg-goes-on.html

Occupy Wall Street isn’t the left’s Tea Party
It was President Obama’s unwillingness to place conditions on the bailout of Wall Street – not demanding, for example, that the banks reorganize the mortgages of distressed homeowners, and that they accept the resurrection of the Glass-Steagall Act, as conditions for getting hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars – that contributed to the new populist insurrection.
http://politics.salon.com/2011/10/10/democrats_occupy_wall_street/

Occupy Wall Street Emerges as “First Populist Movement” on the Left Since the 1930s
AMY GOODMAN: And in terms of democratic politics, like Democrats and Republicans, the issue of co-optation and how careful people are to not let this be captured by either party, particularly the Democrats? DORIAN WARREN: Yes, and it’s key that the critique is not about Republicans and Wall Street. The critique is about the entire political system, which people see as corrupt, and both parties have participated in this corruption of the political system. So I think it’s key that especially the Democratic Party not try to co-opt and the protesters themselves make sure that the party does not co-opt their movement or their energy.
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/10/10/occupy_wall_street_emerges_as_first

Herman Cain steps up attacks on Occupy Wall Street protests

“To protest Wall Street and the bankers is basically saying you’re anti-capitalism.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-cain-occupy-wall-street-20111009,0,972806.story

The class warfare the rich don’t understand
It’s only a matter of time before these poor victimised millionaires seek some sort of anti-discrimination protection.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/10/2011106141230738325.html

Panic of the Plutocrats
The way to understand all of this is to realize that it’s part of a broader syndrome, in which wealthy Americans who benefit hugely from a system rigged in their favor react with hysteria to anyone who points out just how rigged the system is.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/opinion/panic-of-the-plutocrats.html

BEYOND OWS: U.S.

About OCCUPY TOGETHER
Welcome to OCCUPY TOGETHER, an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.
http://www.occupytogether.org/

Downloadable Posters
The posters provided on this page are free for you to download, print, and hang up within your community, not only to promote local efforts, but the solidarity of all occupiers around the country. In fact, we highly encourage it as this will be a great means of spreading the word and getting others involved.
http://www.occupytogether.org/downloadable-posters/

Occupy Wall Street Protests Gaining Momentum Cross-Country
It’s Day 23 of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests, and they’ve now spread to more than a dozen cities. And the focus is no longer just about corporate greed, but unemployment, the Afghanistan war, and the environment.
http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-occupy-wall-street-spreading-story,0,6544981.story

Organizer: DC protest is an ‘occupation’
A deadline for protesters to leave Washington’s Freedom Plaza came and went Monday with organizers saying they planned to stay indefinitely, NBC News reported.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44844713/ns/us_news-life/#.TpMW7HGOLs0

Occupy Asheville Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples Resolution
The following resolution was passed by the Occupy Asheville General Assembly on October 9th, 2011 with assistance from Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Oglala Lakota Nation.
http://occupyasheville.org/forum/announcements/occupy-asheville-solidarity-with-indigenous-peoples-resolution/#p301

‘Sesame Street’s’ Hunger Crusade
In a special episode, ‘Sesame Street’ introduced a muppet who has to get food from a food pantry.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/10/08/sesame-street-s-hunger-crusade-lily-the-muppet.html

Ohio unions push back

Workers today who are standing up to their employers by refusing to accept concessions and limits on their right to collectively bargain are showing the way forward and sowing the seeds of a reborn, fighting working-class movement.
http://www.socialistworker.org/2011/10/10/ohio-unions-push-back

From Palestine to Pelican Bay
From Palestine to Pelican Bay, support the hunger strike today! An excellent video of the action in San Francisco organized by the anti-Zionist movement during Yom Kippur. More info here: http://www.ijsn.net/677
http://www.vimeo.com/30292355

BEYOND OWS: INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA: Beyond Wall Street: ‘Occupy’ protests go global – CNN.com
Wall Street is more than 10,000 miles away from Melbourne, but 24-year-old Australian Alex Gard felt a kinship to the outrage expressed on the streets of Manhattan.
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/07/business/wall-street-protest-global/index.html

AUSTRALIA: Double Protests! Occupy Melbourne and BDS Action Against Apartheid Israel
Occupy Wall Street comes to Melbourne The Boycott Apartheid Israel Campaign Continues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVhura0mSkA

AUSTRALIA: Why Palestine protests target Max Brenner
Max Brenner’s unashamed support for the murderous thugs of the Israeli occupying forces makes it a legitimate enterprise to expose. They want to make war crimes palatable. The whole world should know just how ugly Israeli apartheid is – and exactly who contributes to or benefits from it.
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7031%3Awhy-palestine-protests-target-max-brenner&Itemid=602

BAHRAIN: Dying to live
Thousands mourn the killing of a teenager on Friday amid growing outrage over continued government crackdown.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/inpictures/2011/10/2011109114313571407.html

EGYPT: Eyewitness in Cairo: Copts were gunned down by military
The international media has reported there were “clashes”—but the truth is the authorities cracked down brutally using live ammunition, while army armoured vehicles ran over protesters in cold blood.
http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=26307

EGYPT: Revolution: Egyptians return to Tahrir Square – 60 Minutes – CBS News

‎60 Minutes on CBS News: Revolution: Egyptians return to Tahrir Square – Despite ousting the dictator whose regime repressed and tortured citizens for decades, Egyptians are now facing the same treatment from the country’s military that they endured under President Hosni Mubarak.
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7384064n&tag=contentMain%3BcontentAux

EGYPT: A firsthand account: Marching from Shubra to deaths at Maspiro
And then it happened: an APC mounted the island in the middle of the road, like a maddened animal on a rampage. I saw a group of people disappear, sucked underneath it. It drove over them. I wasn’t able to see what happened to them because it then started coming in my direction.
http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/503496

EGYPT: Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists statement on massacre of Copts at Maspero
We will continue to defend our revolution, and the people’s right to free expression, to protest, demonstrate and strike, in order to restore our stolen rights, and to cleanse the country of the roots of corruption, which is still poisoning our revolution and attempting to overturn it.
http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=26308

INDONESIA: Miner shot dead in Indonesian strike
Indonesian police have shot and killed one protester and wounded at least six others when they clashed with striking workers at a mine run by US company Freeport McMoran, a union official said. More than 1,000 workers were involved in the clashes on Monday at the Grasberg complex, one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines, in Indonesia’s Papua province.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/10/2011101052724758754.html

IRAQ: In western Iraq, a bloody American legacy

Shortly after noon, on the roadside east of Fallujah, an Iraqi teenager was repairing a bike tire. As Bryant’s vehicle passed by, the boy lifted his head, then his arm, and appeared to wag a single digit toward the convoy. “Did you see that kid give us the finger?” asked a soldier in the front of the vehicle. No one answered. The exhausted men of Bravo company had closed their eyes to rest.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/in-western-iraq-a-bloody-american-legacy/2011/09/29/gIQAXZWXZL_story.html

PALESTINE: Support grows for Palestinian’s prison strike
Rights groups said the clampdown included preventing access to books, educational programmes and new clothing. It also expanded the use of solitary confinement, reduced family visits and forced detainees to meet their lawyers with their hands cuffed. According to a March 2011 United Nations report, about 6,000 Palestinians are currently in 22 prisons in Israel and the West Bank. Some have been denied contact with the outside world, including their families, for as long as five years, the report said.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/10/2011109125412622383.html

UAE: Families plea for release of UAE activists
“The real insult to the Emirati government is not anything these men said, but the fact that the country’s leaders have jailed them for it.”
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/10/201110941315993555.html

UK: Occupy the London Stock Exchange
8000 in the community and no signs of slowing down! Well done everyone for yesterday – for those who didn’t make it a blog post will be up on the website very soon!! And finally if you haven’t already, check out the event page and attend!!!
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=255151111189948

UK: Unison ballots 1m public sector workers on strike action
Other unions are also balloting workers, raising the prospect of a strike by millions of people on 30 November on what could be the biggest day of industrial action held in the UK.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/oct/10/unison-ballots-workers-strike-action

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