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October 26, 2011

2011.10.26: 10.25 OWS Report: Show Down

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 10:06 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 10.25 OWS Report: Show Down

NYC Labor Against the War
10.25 Occupy Wall Street Report:

Show Down

Chicago

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“While the Occupy actions have become national symbols of resistance, the movement has also served to underline the problem of America’s massive police state, which is used to suppress freedom of expression and assembly rather than as an instrument to safeguard those liberties.”

Police State Targets Occupy Movements | The Nation
http://www.thenation.com/blog/164150/police-state-targets-occupy-movements

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 OWS-NYC: UPDATE 

CWA and Occupy Wall Street storm Lower Manhattan protesting Verizon’s Corporate Greed
October 21, 2011. Thousands of CWA and OWS protesters rally at Verizon Wireless store. 20 Verizon workers sleep at Liberty Plaza/Zucotti Park in solidarity with the 99%.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52CDbZ2_7bY&sns=fb

Protest derails DOE meeting on curriculum after just minutes | GothamSchools
“We want our teachers to be paid more,” yelled a 7-year-old, Anais Richard, who attends P.S. 11 in Brooklyn. “If these things are not done, then we won’t be able to be succeeded.” The people’s mic repeated her statement, complete with the misspoken final word.
http://gothamschools.org/2011/10/25/protest-derails-doe-meeting-on-curriculum-after-just-minutes/

Education Panel Meeting Disrupted By “Occupy” Protesters
The chancellor moved the official meeting to the third floor, split between three different classrooms. The protestors continued to hold their own meeting in the auditorium for almost two hours, and discussed their opposition to mayoral control of schools and education budget cuts. Many of the several hundred protesters were public school teachers. Some of them have been involved and are even organizers of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Other participants said they were just been inspired by the ongoing protest. Some of the demonstrators are planning another event in early November at DOE headquarters in Downtown Manhattan, called “Occupy The DOE.”
www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/education/149635/education-panel-meeting-disrupted-by–occupy–protesters

New York D.A. declines to drop charges against protesters
Prosecutors instead offered those arrested an adjournment for six months; if the individual is not arrested during that time, the case will be dismissed and sealed.
http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/New_York/News/2011/10_-_October/New_York_D_A__declines_to_drop_charges_against_protesters/

Many “Occupy” Protesters Won’t Take Plea Deal, Lawyer Says
Protestors have threatened to take their cases to trial in an effort to clog up the court system.
http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/149593/many–occupy–protesters-won-t-take-plea-deal–lawyer-says

The fight for OWS continues
We’re calling on Mayor Bloomberg to pledge his support for the First Amendment rights of the protesters, and allow them to stay as long as they have a voice to be heard.
http://action.workingfamiliesparty.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4853

 BEYOND OWS: U.S. 

Police State Targets Occupy Movements | The Nation
While the Occupy actions have become national symbols of resistance, the movement has also served to underline the problem of America’s massive police state, which is used to suppress freedom of expression and assembly rather than as an instrument to safeguard those liberties.
http://www.thenation.com/blog/164150/police-state-targets-occupy-movements

ALBANY: Unmoved Albany protesters add Cuomo to their list of concerns
A day after it was revealed that Cuomo tried — unsuccessfully — to get Albany officials to use police to remove protesters from the park after an 11 p. m. curfew, demonstrators wasted little time in adding the governor to their lineup of concerns.
http://www.buffalonews.com/city/capital-connection/albany/article606752.ece

BOSTON: Occupy the Hood comes to Boston
‎”I didn’t know anything about Occupy Boston before tonight. I heard a lot of chanting in the neighborhood and decided to come out to see what was going on. I think this is a wake-up call for everybody to stand up for equality with peace and justice for all people from all walks of life. Our common enemy is injustice.”
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/25/occupy-the-hood-in-boston

CHICAGO: Director of National Nurses United Union Responds to Occupy Chicago Arrests
“Rahm Emanuel apparently believes that First Amendment rights end at 11pm in the city of Chicago. We think that Constitutional rights extend 24/7 and that people should have the right to protest and to raise their voices and to reflect the anger and suffering that are out there across the country.”
http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/director-national-nurses-united-union-resp

DETROIT: Main Street Report: Occupy The Hood/Detroit
Co-Founder of Occupy the Hood speaks at Occupy Detroit and encourages All Power to the People!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1VFsumUw4E&sns=fb

OAKLAND: Oakland Cops Open Fire With Shotgun Beanbags & Tear Gas On Peaceful Protesters
October 25, 2011 CURRENT TV Keith Olbermann
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bjk6ttjlU&feature=feedu

OAKLAND: Police Brutalize, Dismantle Occupy Oakland Camp – Occupy Oakland
This morning at 5am over 500 police in riot gear from cities all over central California brutally attacked the Occupy Oakland encampment at 14th & Broadway. The police attacked the peaceful protest with flash grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets after moving in with armored vehicles.
http://www.occupyoakland.org/2011/10/police-brutalize-dismantle-occupy-oakland-camp/

OAKLAND: Alameda Labor Council Decries Eviction of Occupy Oakland Demonstrators
This outrageous act to silence the voices of the protesters puts Mayor Quan and the City Council on the wrong side of history.
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/92510/archives/2011/10/25/alameda-labor-council-decries-eviction-of-occupy-oakland-demonstrators

PITTSBURGH: Action Alert: Call for Solidarity | Occupy Pittsburgh
Occupy Pittsburgh has received word that police may be planning an action at the Occupy Pittsburgh camp at BNY Mellon Green in the next two days.
http://www.occupypittsburgh.org/content/action-alert-call-solidarity

 FROM ARAB SPRING TO OWS 

To the Occupy movement — the occupiers of Tahrir Square are with you
Comrades from Cairo: In many ways we in Egypt are part of the same struggle, and we are watching in solidarity. Keep going, don’t stop, occupy more.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/25/occupy-movement-tahrir-square-cairo?newsfeed=true

The radical power of just showing up
The Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements show that simply standing together can achieve real results.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/10/201110257859154472.html

The 1% Demands: Occupy Palestine, Free Wall Street
The Arab Spring, where it sprung up, sought to throw off the yoke of dictatorship within a single country; Occupy Wall Street seeks to disentangle the American dream from a diffuse and all-pervasive system of economic, corporate, and ideological oppression; the Palestinian people seek to liberate themselves from a foreign occupier of their soil. What unites these diverse movements is the struggle for collective liberation.
http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/topics/news/3858-the-1-demands-occupy-palestine-free-wall-street

Support the Workers’ Movement in Egypt
The revolutionary movement in Egypt and its struggle is decisive because unlike many other movements around the world, the working class and its struggle methods are an integral part of this movement. Therefore, all labour and progressive organizations, labour leaders and activists and people seeking a better future for humanity should stand behind the revolutionary movement and the working class in Egypt.
http://wp.me/p1PLAD-bf

Radical political economics for today’s student: How Can the Occupy Movement Win? — Draw in Workers
Many have alluded to Egypt saying that a growing occupation with one basic demand is how the dictator was overthrown. But in fact, the situation was more complicated than that. In the week before Egypt’s dictator Mubarak was ousted, the working class entered the scene with decisive strike action paralyzing key parts of the economy.
http://radecon.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-can-occupy-movement-win-draw-in.html

Egyptians for Wall street Demos-6th of April movement
Egyptians for Wall streets Chanting “People Demand The Fall of The Regime”, “People demand The Fall of Wall street” 6th of April movement leaders Asmaa Mahfouz, Ahmed Maher and Israa Abd el Fatah leading and supporting the American people in their Wall-street demonstrations in the United States.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCJZoipt37k

Amy Goodman: Globalizing Dissent, From Tahrir Square to Liberty Plaza – Truthdig
“While they giving money and power and support to Mubarak regime, our people, Egyptian people, can success against all of this, against the U.S. power. So, the power to the people, not for the U.S. bullets or bombs or money or anything. The power to the people. So that I am here to be in solidarity and support the Wall Street Occupy protesters, to say them ‘the power to the people,’ and to keep it on and on, and they will success in the end.”
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/globalizing_dissent_from_tahrir_square_to_liberty_plaza_20111025/?ln

At OccupyDC, Egypt’s revolutionaries chide U.S.
“We hope they would support the people, not the government. But U.S. policy supports the military now, the same way it was supporting Mubarak.”
http://www.salon.com/2011/10/24/at_occupydc_egypts_revolutionaries_chide_u_s_policymakers/

 BEYOND OWS: INTERNATIONAL 

BOLIVIA: Native Protesters Celebrate Law Cancelling Rainforest Road
“The threat is latent, but the message sent out is that the native peoples have thought deeply about the defence of our territories.”
http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105596

CHILE: Chile student protesters invade senate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjaHgniBDKw&feature=player_embedded

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Amnesty International accuses Dominican Republic police of killings, torture
Police in the Dominican Republic have been responsible for an alarming number of killings and torture over a five-year period, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/americas/amnesty-international-accuses-dominican-republic-police-of-killings-torture/2011/10/25/gIQABgwAGM_story.html

PALESTINE: Deported Palestinians describe prison ordeal
I challenge Israelis to treat us as equals. To give us the same social and political benefits they give Jews. To give me, someone who belongs to this land, the same treatment they give someone from Russia or from somewhere else with absolutely no connection to this land. Treat me as an equal, give me what you give yourselves, and I’ll be more than happy to coexist and stop fighting. Give me the right to elect and be elected, and we’ll all give up arms. I challenge them.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/10/2011102484027863252.html

SYRIA: Wounded Syrians Abused at Hospitals, Amnesty International Says
The report portrays a situation that appears to build on the grim playbook employed in Bahrain, where medical workers faced intimidation and prosecution for treating those injured during antigovernment demonstrations this spring.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/world/middleeast/syria.html?ref=world

U.K.: Occupy movement continues to grow across Britain
The unions have supported the camp. The Unite union has donated blankets and bedding, and Len McCluskey, its general secretary, visited last week. And on Wednesday a delegation of the electricians fighting pay cuts came to speak.
http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=26467

YEMEN: Yemeni security forces shoot at protesters demanding president’s ouster, killing 2
Yemeni troops loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire Tuesday at thousands of protesters calling for his ouster in the capital Sanaa, killing two, a medical official said.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/official-says-military-plane-has-crashed-in-southern-yemen-killing-4/2011/10/25/gIQAlhYoEM_story.html

 CONTEXT & ANALYSIS 

4 Polls That Show Occupy Wall Street is Just Getting Started | News & Politics
If this thing continues to grow — and there is every indication that it will — the Occupy Wall Street could become the definitive movement for an entire generation.
http://www.alternet.org/news/152847/4_polls_that_show_occupy_wall_street_is_just_getting_started

Occupy Verizon, Occupy the Labor Movement | The Nation
“We have radicals pulling unions into a more radical fight than they’re ordinarily involved in,” says OWS activist Sam Connet, “and at the same time, giving all these activists and young people…a chance to get involved in real concrete day-to-day struggle over a fair contract…to know, who are the workers we are talking about when we talk about Wall Street and the financial system treating workers unfairly?”
http://www.thenation.com/article/164144/occupy-verizon-occupy-labor-movement

Deepening OWS ties to labor
PROTESTS AGAINST union-busting and police brutality in New York City last week — while smaller than the biggest mobilizations recently — show that the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is continuing to grow and relate to the struggles of working-class New Yorkers.
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/25/deepening-ows-ties-to-labor

Occupy Wall Street’s Race Problem
Comparing debt to slavery, believing police won’t hurt you, or wanting to take back the America you see as rightfully yours are things that suggest OWS is actually appealing to an imagined white (re)public. Rather than trying to figure out how to diversify the Occupy Wall Street movement, white progressives need to think long and hard about their use of frameworks and rhetoric that situate blacks at the margins of the movement.
http://www.prospect.org/article/occupy-wall-streets-race-problem

The Politics of Occupation
Democracy, particularly in a diverse community or society, should not necessarily be about achieving unity on all issues. There must be room for disagreement and multiple perspectives. What is important is that all concerns and interests have an equal opportunity to be heard and evaluated. One issue that Occupy Portland is currently facing in its decision-making practice is the lack of time available to individuals to voice their ideas. This is inherent in the use of the “People’s Mic” technique, which nicely addresses the lack of amplification and creates a certain experience of unity through its mechanism, yet privileges those who are more comfortable speaking in front of crowds, as well as those with louder or more assertive voices.
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/10/411610.shtml

Top candidates happy to take Wall Street’s money
While President Obama and some Republican candidates struggle with how to embrace the pain and anger fueling the Occupy Wall Street movement – while not endorsing the politically polarizing street protests – the Oval Office seekers have not been shy about accepting money from the financial world.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F10%2F23%2FMNA91LJVIB.DTL#ixzz1bj0UqBp9

The US departure from Iraq is an illusion
Whatever shape the relationship between the US and Iraq takes in the long term, for the short term the US is definitely remaining in the country.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/oct/25/us-departure-iraq-illusion

Iraq war: Mission failed
If any good comes of the Iraq war, it will come in the form of an Iraq syndrome, like the Vietnam syndrome that made Americans wary of large-scale military intervention abroad from the fall of Saigon in 1975 until the Gulf War of 1990-91. The mantra then was “No more Vietnams.” That needs to be updated: “No more Iraqs.”
http://www.salon.com/2011/10/25/iraq_war_mission_failed/

 OWS-NYC: CALENDAR 

Fri., 10.27: Labor Outreach Committee Meeting
6:00 p.m., DC 37, 125 Barclay Street, Rm. 11.

Sat., 10.28: Existence is Resistance Kuffeya Day at Occupy Wall Street

In solidarity with the people of Palestine, we are asking that on Oct. 28th everyone come to Liberty Plaza wearing their Kuffeya. EIR will be on site silk screening shirts for a $2 donation.
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=274632612568909

Sat., 10.28: Occupy Harlem Mobilization: `We stand in solidarity with Occupiers of Wall Street’
A call to Blacks, Latinos, and immigrants to occupy their communities against predatory investors, displacement, privatization and state repression. Let us assert our Dignity! WE MUST DEFEND OUR COMMUNITIES! THIS IS OUR STRUGGLE, THIS IS OUR MOMENT IN HISTORY. THIS IS PEOPLE’S POWER!
http://wibailoutpeople.org/2011/10/19/occupy-harlem-mobilization-we-stand-in-solidarity-with-occupiers-of-wall-street/

 GENERAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES 

OccupyStream – All Occupy Wall Street Streams and IRC – Live Revolution
http://www.occupystream.com/

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/

We Are the 99 Percent
Brought to you by the people who occupy wall street. Why will YOU occupy?
http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/

Reports of Occupy everywhere
socialistworker.org/2011/10/25/reports-of-occupy-everywhere

Legal
PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY: If you are arrested at an Occupy Event, call the National Lawyers Guild: New York City: (212) 679-6018 Los Angeles: (323) 696-2299 Washington, DC: (202) 957 2445 Chicago: (773) 309-1198 San Francisco: (415) 285-1011 New Orleans: (504) 875-0019 Baltimore: (410) 205-2850 Minnesota: (612) 656-9108 Michigan: (313) 963-0843 Portland: (503) 902-5340 Boston: (617) 227-7335 Pennsylvania & Delaware: (267) 702-4654 Idaho: (208) 991-4324 Be very sure to write the applicable phone number in PERMANENT marker somewhere concealed on your body, protected from the elements. Do NOT assume you will be able to retrieve the number from a phone or a notebook. It is very likely you will be stripped of all your belongings.

What To Do If You’re Arrested at an Occupy Protest – Disorderly Conduct Laws
http://disorderlyconductlaws.com/arrested-occupy-protest/

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/

People of Color / #OccupyWallStreet
Created in response to the lack of racial diversity at #OccupyWallStreet with the purpose of developing critical consciousness within the movement and extending its reach to include those most affected by the current crisis. It is open to all who identify as people of color.
http://pococcupywallstreet.tumblr.com/

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

 

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