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October 27, 2011

2011.10.27: 10.27 OWS Report: Occupy Rising

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2011 10:28 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 10.27 OWS Report: Occupy Rising

NYC Labor Against the War
10.27 Occupy Wall Street Report:
Occupy Rising

Oakland Re-Occupation, October 26

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‘We propose a city wide general strike [on November 2] and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city.
–General Assembly, Occupy Oakland
http://www.occupyoakland.org/2011/10/general-strike-mass-day-of-action/
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 BEYOND OWS: OAKLAND 

Quan, Shunned, Reverses Occupy Ban
Mayor reopens plaza to protesters, promises dialogue and “minimum police presence” if demonstrations stay peaceful.
http://www.baycitizen.org/occupy-movement/story/quan-shunned-reverses-occupy-ban/2/

Oakland Police Violence Raises the Stakes for the OWS Movement |
“You see all these people here?” a protester asked, as we rinsed the residue of tear gas out of our eyes a few blocks from Frank Ogawa Plaza. “They’re all going home more radicalized than when they arrived.”
http://www.alternet.org/story/152879/oakland_police_violence_raises_the_stakes_for_the_ows_movement_?page=3

Police Stay Away As Occupy Oakland Protesters Tear Down Fence
When a handful of protesters jumped the fence, the crowd began to chant: “Go around. Go around.” A few others retorted: “Tear it down.” By 7 p.m., demonstrators had quietly taken the fence down and the crowd began flooding onto lawn. “Hey look,” one man said. “We retook the plaza. Whaddaya know?” There were no police in sight.
http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-ows-oakland-tear-down-fence,0,3864792.story

The arms firm behind the suppression of #OccupyOakland and Palestine’s popular struggle
The police repression on display in Oakland reminded me of tactics I witnessed the Israeli army employ against Palestinian popular struggle demonstrations in occupied West Bank villages like Nabi Saleh, Ni’lin and Bilin. So I was not surprised when I learned that the same company that supplies the Israeli army with teargas rounds and other weapons of mass suppression is selling its dangerous wares to the Oakland police.
http://english.al-akhbar.com/blogs/gadfly/arms-firm-behind-suppression-occupyoakland-and-palestines-popular-struggle

GENERAL STRIKE & MASS DAY OF ACTION — NOVEMBER 2 – Occupy Oakland
We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city.
http://www.occupyoakland.org/2011/10/general-strike-mass-day-of-action/

Hands Off Occupy Oakland-ILWU Calls For Labor Backing Of Occupation
Hundreds of supporters of Occupy Oakland attended a rally on October 22, 2011 and called for the defense of the occupation. ILWU Local 10 Executive Board member Clarence Thomas called on all unions and the entire labor movement to defend the occupation against threats by Mayor Quan and the city of Oakland to shut it down.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9dfWK0JFok

MARINES TO OAKLAND POLICE: ‘You Did This To My Brother’
Marines around the world are outraged by the injuries inflicted by police on Scott Olsen at Tuesday’s Occupy Oakland protests. Olsen is in a medically-induced coma after getting hit in the head by a police projectile.
http://www.businessinsider.com/marine-to-police-you-did-this-to-my-brother-2011-10

Iraq Veterans Against the War | You are not alone
Take action now to support Scott Olsen! During last night’s police riots in Oakland, Scott Olsen, a two time Iraq veteran, was hit in the forehead with a tear gas cannister (Just like Tristan). The police then threw flash bang grenades at the people who stopped to try to help him. Scott is now in the hospital in critical condition. People all over the world stepped up to help Tristan in his time of need, now its time for us to band together for Scott. Stand up to police violence, from Palestine to Oakland, Justice for Scott Olsen!
http://ivaw.org/

FLASHBACK: Oakland Paid $2 Million Settlement After Attacking Dozens Of Antiwar Protesters In 2003
The Oakland Police Department’s heavy-handed use of force — which included using flash grenades, rubber bullets, and tear gas — shocked the world as the city moved to crack down on Occupy Oakland. But the harsh crackdown was not without a historical precedent.
http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/10/26/354391/oakland-iraq-war-settlement/

Hip-Hop N’ Politics: Black Panther Party: Commemorating Power To The People For 45 Years! – “Power To The People” [Video]
Although they are not the first organization to be named the ‘Black Panthers’ — nor are they the first to utilize the fierce feline as its representative — the self-determining political party established by Oakland, California’s Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton during October 1966 is usually the most familiar one to the masses.
http://hiphopwired.com/2011/10/26/hip-hop-n-politics-black-panther-party-commemorating-power-to-the-people-for-45-years-power-to-the-people/

 BEYOND OWS: U.S. 

ATLANTA: Occupy Atlanta says it will go on | ajc.com
“It’s only going to make it stronger,” said John Reynolds, 25, a freelance photographer from North Druid Hills. “People who did not come out before will now see our First Amendment rights being trampled.”
http://www.ajc.com/news/occupy-atlanta-says-it-1210697.html

CHICAGO: Occupy Chicago marches on City Hall
About 150 protesters with Occupy Chicago marched on City Hall this afternoon aiming to speak with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and “assert our First Amendment rights.”
http://shar.es/bdAro

CHICAGO: Even in Democratic Chicago, City Unions Under Fire
“They’ve gone on a union-busting campaign,” said Kelly, the transit union chief. “And he’s counting on the average person, especially those (who are) unemployed or are struggling, to be angry at the unions.”
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/democratic-chicago-city-unions-fire-14819732

CLEVELAND: Occupy Movement Scores Huge Victory in Cleveland After Seeking a Federal Injunction Eliminating Curfew
Last Friday night, members of the group Occupy Cleveland, which have been demonstrating on Public Square in downtown Cleveland since early October, were told that they must vacate the premises as the permit they had been granted by the city expired at 10pm.
http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/17710

LOS ANGELES: Mayor Villaraigosa: Occupy L.A. ‘cannot continue indefinitely’
Occupy L.A.: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Occupy Los Angeles protesters camping out at City Hall “cannot continue indefinitely” and that he has instructed city officials to begin drafting rules that would restrict when and how people are allowed on city property.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/10/occupy-la-mayor-antonio-villaraigosa.html


 OWS-NYC: UPDATE 

Occupy Wall Street March to Support Oakland Protests
Chants of “We are the 99 percent!” and “Oakland!” could be heard through the neighborhoods. “This march is happening because the riot police attacked people in Oakland,” said a young woman who refused to give her name. “It’s something that could have happened to all of us.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/nyregion/occupy-wall-street-march-to-support-oakland-protests.html

Gas Pipeline to Manhattan Stirs Debate in 2 States
At a raucous public meeting it held last week in Greenwich Village, more than 300 antidrilling and Occupy Wall Street protesters joined forces to assail the project.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/nyregion/gas-pipeline-to-manhattan-stirs-debate-in-2-states.html?ref=nyregion

For Children’s Sake, Taking to the Streets
“When he’s older, I want him to know we cared enough to bring him down.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/fashion/for-childrens-sake-taking-to-the-streets.html?src=dayp

NYPD sergeants threaten to sue Wall Street protesters
“I am deeply concerned that protesters will be emboldened by the recent rash of violent acts against police officers in other cities. New York’s police officers are working around the clock as the already overburdened economy in New York is being drained by ‘occupiers’ who intentionally and maliciously instigate needless and violent confrontations with the police.”
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/nypd_sergrants_threaten_to_sue_wall_4mc8KMbGt8DAIkkXbSQeMI#ixzz1c0ycjYbD

92% stopped, frisked in Bronx are black or Hispanic
Just six blocks away from where Hazzard walked, cops fired 41 shots at an unarmed Amadou Diallo in 1999, killing him as he reached for his wallet. The case spurred allegations that stop-and-frisks are racially motivated. That incident comes to Hazzard’s mind when cops halt him. “Now, I just assume the position and drop my wallet on the ground because I don’t want to get hit 41 times,” he said.
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/bronx/2011/10/27/2011-10-27_brisk_biz_in_frisks_92_stopped_in_boro_by_cops_black_or_hispanic.html

 BEYOND OWS: INTERNATIONAL 

EGYPT: Khaled Said’s Killing Draws 7-Year Sentences for 2 Officers
“We’ve been feeling for a long time that our revolution is being hijacked, and now that the verdict in Khaled Said’s case confirmed our fears, this will not pass easily.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/world/middleeast/khaled-saids-killing-draws-7-year-sentences-for-2-officers.html?ref=world

EGYPT: Egyptian Youth Activists: We Are Happy to See Occupy Wall Street Movement Stand Up For Justice
“It’s like what happened in Egypt. I saw many pictures about that, and feel the same, like Egypt. So I think it’s a big mistake to shoot the people and use tear gas, because it will increase the angry against the government here, and it will increase and make the movements in the United.”
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/10/27/egyptian_youth_activists_we_are_happy

EGYPT: Egypt workers demand renationalisation orders be enacted – Economy – Business – Ahram Online
Around two thousand impassioned workers blocked Cairo’s central thoroughfare of Kasr El-Ainy on Thursday afternoon, demanding court decisions to renationalise the companies for which they work be fully enforced.’
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/25289.aspx

PALESTINE: “A Message from Palestine”
‎A new video produced by youth in Palestine draws connections between repression in Palestine and the repression of Palestine solidarity activism in the US.
http://electronicintifada.net/blog/jalal-abukhater/message-palestine#.TqnhSHHO-iQ

U.K.: St Paul’s Cathedral canon resigns
Giles Fraser quits over plans to forcibly remove Occupy London Stock Exchange protesters from outside cathedral.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/27/st-pauls-cathedral-canon-resigns

YEMEN: Yemeni women burn veils in crackdown protest
‎”This is a plea from the free women of Yemen; here we burn our makrama in front of the world to witness the bloody massacres carried by the tyrant [President Ali Abdullah] Saleh.”
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/10/20111026164441431354.html

 CONTEXT & ANALYSIS 

Thousands Flood Streets In Oakland, NYC – Uprising
I wouldn’t dare speculate that the respective police forces are by any means surrendering, but they do seem momentarily baffled by the Occupy movements. Trying to squash the uprisings has brought police nothing but headaches and bad PR, and they can’t control this movement as they have activist groups in the past.
http://www.inthesetimes.com/uprising/entry/12191/thousands_flood_streets_in_oakland_nyc/

Occupy Wall Street protesters support injured war vet – CNN.com
The former Marine has become another rallying cry for the Occupy Wall Street protests spreading throughout the country.
Demonstrators have typically railed against what they describe as corporate greed, arrogance and power, as well as repeatedly stated their assertion that the nation’s wealthiest 1% hold inordinate sway over the remaining 99% of the population. The movement seems to be growing despite a recent crackdown in several cities.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/27/us/occupy-wall-street/?hpt=us_c1

Putting the move in Occupy movement
Looming large is the cautionary spectacle of Oakland. Police there arrested about 100 protesters before dawn Tuesday, using tear gas and riot gear to break up encampments — only to face a massive evening protest and threats of continued unrest from angry backers of the movement.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-1027-occupy-endgame-20111027,0,1438311.story

Occupy movements resist police attacks
It is no accident that these police attacks on people exercising their right to free speech all took place in cities with large African-American communities, which have long known the lash of poverty and injustice. The movement needs to respond: “An injury to one is an injury to all!” Solidarity is the only way to answer the racist, anti-worker, pro-big business state.
http://www.workers.org/2011/us/cops_attack_1103/

Arrested in Troy Davis Park
The occupation has made the race and class divide of the city clear to many Atlanta residents. As Occupy Atlanta became more and more multiracial, the police presence became bigger, and harsher in its tactics. We hope this will be the beginning of a multiracial people’s movement coming from the bottom up in the South. Whether or not a re-occupation of the park begins, it will be difficult for all those involved to forget the Black, Brown and white arms linked together in a common struggle. If there is one thing to take away from the events of these past few weeks, it is the beginning of this struggle.
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/27/arrested-in-troy-davis-park

Why we need politics to challenge the system
The Occupy movement needs to welcome official trade union support, as that makes it easier to involve more workers, but at the same time recognise that official endorsements are not worth the paper they are written on if we don’t develop a direct connection with the workers on the job rather than simply relying on the union officials.
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7111%3Awhy-we-need-politics-to-challenge-the-system&Itemid=603

Re-reply to Prof Lawrence Lessig: Where Does Change Actually Come From? | The Nation
please don’t tell me to love the Tea Party, Professor. And please don’t use your considerable stature to guide the Occupy movement down a slow path to certain failure. It’s movement time. Please join us or please get out of the way.
http://bit.ly/uFwPiG

Mission unaccomplished
The grand imperial dreams of February 2003 may be gone. But U.S. imperialism remains — as deadly as ever.
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/27/mission-unaccomplished

 OWS-NYC: CALENDAR 

Fri., 10.28: Existence is Resistance Kuffeya Day at Occupy Wall Street
5:30-8:30 p.m.. 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

Fri., 10.28: Labor Outreach Committee Meeting
6:00 p.m., DC 37, 125 Barclay Street, Rm. 11.

Sat., 10.29: 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
https://www.facebook.com/OccupyWallSt/posts/213285578739214

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