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October 29, 2011

2011.10.29: 10.28 OWS Report: We Are All Oakland

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2011 11:01 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 10.28 OWS Report: We Are All Oakland

Noon today: Sat., Oct. 29, 12-2 p.m.: Occupy Wallstreet Solidarity Rally
Rally at City Hall Park. Join CBTU, NAACP, APRI, LCLAA, and APALA in continuing the historic mobilization of millions of Americans demanding their fair share.
http://act.aflcio.org/o/4001/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=59459

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NYC Labor Against the War
10.28 Occupy Wall Street Report:
We Are All Oakland

Tahrir march in solidarity with Occupy Oakland, October 28

OVERVIEW

This week, police launched attacks, symbolized by the brutalization of Iraq vet Scott Olsen, on Occupy sites in a growing number of U.S. cities — most of them run by Democratic administrations.

But like similar attempts to shut down Occupy Wall Street in New York City, these attacks have only further strengthened, diversified, radicalized and internationalized the Occupy movement.

Now at the forefront of the movement’s escalating resistance is Occupy Oakland’s call for a December 2 general strike, which is gaining support from ILWU Local 10 dockers and hundreds of other Bay Area labor activists, many of them workers of color.

The Oakland attack is also a stark reminder that, unity amongst the 99% — at home and around the world — is our only defense against the criminally violent 1%.


OAKLAND: NOV. 2 GENERAL STRIKE

Defend Occupy Oakland With The Muscle Of Organized Labor-Statement Of ILWU Members & Retirees
Whether this actually means real strike action by workers depends in large part on union participation. Local 10 has always been in the lead in the labor movement and all eyes are on us. As a first step, in defending our union and others against economic and political repression, we need to mobilize our members to participate in the rally and occupation November 2 in Oscar Grant Plaza. Shut it down!
http://www.raisethefist.com/?Defend_Occupy_Oakland_With_The_Muscle_Of_Organized_Labor-Statement_Of_ILWU_Members__and_amp_Reti_:_Indybay-27

General strike call from Occupy Oakland
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a general strike in the United States, so this one won’t be perfect. But if they can do it in France and South Africa and Chile and India and Greece, why can’t we start learning how in Oakland?
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/28/general-strike-call-in-oakland

1946: The Oakland General Strike, by Stan Weir | libcom.org
The Oakland (California) General Strike was an extension of the national strike wave.
http://libcom.org/library/oakland-general-strike-stan-weir


OAKLAND: DECADES OF “DEMOCRATIC” REPRESSION

Oakland police: controversial history sets tone for city’s discord
In 1968 OPD officers shot and killed Bobby Hutton. The 17-year-old Black Panther party member was involved in a shootout with police, but surrendered and stripped down to his underwear to show he was unarmed. However, he died after being shot by police at least 12 times.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/oct/26/oakland-police-department-black-community

Occupy Movement Faces Arrests
Woods said that Sharon Cornu, a former director of the Alameda Central Labor Council and current chief of staff for Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, gave police the OK for the raid. After 75 arrests and the destruction of their encampment, protesters promised to reconverge.
http://labornotes.org/2011/10/occupy-movement-faces-arrests-aims-verizon-and-foreclosures

Despite Iraq Vet’s Cracked Skull, DoJ Sees No Evil in Occupy Crackdown
As for the Justice Department keeping an eye on the broader police response to Occupy protests around the country to see whether authorities are violating Americans’ constitutional rights (e.g., by punching them in the face in the street or macing women for exercising their First Amendment rights), the Justice Department says it’s not investigating that either.
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/10/doj-occupy-crackdown/


CONNECTING THE DOTS: ARAB SPRING TO OAKLAND

Egyptians march from Tahrir square to support protestors in Oakland
As they vowed earlier this week to do, Egyptian pro-democracy protesters marched from Tahrir square to the U.S. Embassy today to march in support of Occupy Oakland — and against the type of police brutality witnessed in Oakland on Tuesday night, and commonly experienced in Egypt.
http://boingboing.net/2011/10/28/tahrir.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=36761

Same Deadly Police Weapons Used in Oakland, Egypt, Palestine
The rubber balls found by the East Bay Express and displayed by the injured protester appear similar to the .31 caliber rubber balls pictured on the Web site of Combined Tactical Systems, a Pennsylvania firm that makes “less-lethal” munitions used “for crowd dispersal.” The company also makes tear gas, and its canisters have been fired at protesters in the West Bank and in Egypt’s Tahrir Square this year
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/police-tactics-questioned-in-oakland-protest/?hp

Protest smearing of Occupy Wall Street, Palestine solidarity movements as “anti-Semitic”
Activists are responding to an ABC 7 Chicago news segment that conflates Palestine solidarity with anti-Semitism and claims that a “vein of anti-Semitism” runs through Occupy Wall Street.
http://electronicintifada.net/blog/maureen/protest-smearing-occupy-wall-street-palestine-solidarity-movements-anti-semitic#.TqpfC1Z19uo


OWS-NYC

New York marches in solidarity with Occupy Oakland
Patterson, who served in Iraq in 2008, said he faced a “moral conundrum” six months after he returned to the states. “I started realising I hurt people. Not terrorists, not insurgents. People,” he said. “The saying I keep hearing is that police are just doing their jobs,” Patterson said, “If you’re doing a job but you’re supporting a corrupt system, you’re still doing the wrong f***ing thing.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/28/new-york-occupy-oakland-scott-olsen?newsfeed=true

Bloomberg gets creative with Occupy evictions
Arrests have been big and burdensome ever since the first week. Now, however, will be the real test. As officials like Bloomberg and other mayors and politicians find ways to circumvent permits and try to take down the movement with the help of the weather, many demonstrators say they don’t plan to go anywhere.
https://rt.com/usa/news/bloomberg-occupy-movement-snow-027/


OCCUPY USA

ATLANTA: Ousted Occupy Atlanta group moves to MLK center
Though perhaps best known for his fight against racial injustice, King was also a boisterous champion of the rights of the poor, a cause one imagines would have aligned him with the Occupy crowd.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/10/occupy_atlanta_mlk.html

DC: Howard University students to march in support of Occupy Wall Street, similar protests
Organizers say Friday’s march is intended in part to bring more racial diversity to the Wall Street protests. Organizer Talib Karim says the issues raised by the protesters should resonate with African-Americans, who endure poverty and unemployment in greater percentages than the general population.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/howard-university-students-to-march-in-support-of-occupy-wall-street-similar-protests/2011/10/28/gIQADq9EOM_story.html

LOS ANGELES: LA vets demand housing at giant VA campus
Paralyzed in the Vietnam War, the former Marine has been working to improve VA treatment of returning troops since his own homecoming in the late 1960s. Kovic is calling for an occupation protest of the West LA property, not unlike the current Occupy Wall Street movement.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/22/health/homeless-veterans/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

NASHVILLE: Arrests Made at Wall St. Protest in Nashville
“This was a group of brilliant, wonderful people that I had come to know as family, practicing democratic decision-making on public space. And for that they were dragged away in handcuffs.”
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/10/28/us/AP-US-Occupy-Nashville.html?hp

SAN DIEGO: Occupy San Diego Shut Down, Dozens of Arrests Including Legal Observer and Vets
There were several people beaten by the police today as well as over a dozen arrested at Occupy SD. Chief of Police Landsdowne was seen laughing and smirking behind a line of 300 cops with batons while occupiers were being beaten assaulted by the police on his direct order. Please call the Mayor and Chief of Police Landsdowne and tell them that infringing on people’s freedom of speech and assembly by beating and assaulting peaceful protesters is inhumane. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders: (619) 236-6330 and SDPD Chief William Lansdowne (619) 531-2777.
http://lafiga.firedoglake.com/2011/10/28/occupy-san-diego-shut-down-dozens-of-arrests-including-legal-observer-and-vets/

UAW: Chrysler Workers Object to Imposed Contract
Chrysler released its third-quarter results one day after UAW officials decided the contract was ratified. The company made a profit of $212 million. The UAW needs no further proof that the company can afford to treat its workers fairly.
http://labornotes.org/blogs/2011/10/chrysler-workers-object-imposed-contract


BEYOND OWS: INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA: Occupy Melbourne Eviction
Great mini film about the Melbourne Occupy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6BZLY0Uj1U&feature=share

BRAZIL: Brazilian Amazon Groups Try to Stop Dam Project
“Belo Monte will only succeed if we do nothing about it,” Juma Xipaia, an indigenous leader from the Xingu area, said in a statement released by Amazon Watch. “We will not be silent. We will shout out loud, and we will do it now.” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/world/americas/brazilian-amazon-groups-try-to-stop-dam-project.html?ref=world

KOREA: South Korea Sit-In Connects to U.S. “Occupiers”
As the U.S. “occupy” movement struggles to hold its ground, protesters are connecting to South Korean activists who see their fight against out-of-control corporate power as tapping the same vein of frustration and outrage.
http://labornotes.org/blogs/2011/10/south-korea-sit-connects-us-occupiers

PALESTINE: Israel finds new “home” for Bedouins: a garbage dump
“We want to stay in our homes. If they damage our homes or our tents, we want to build again. We won’t move. Even if they want to kill us, we want to stay. We haven’t any place to go.”
http://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-finds-new-home-bedouins-garbage-dump/10530

U.K.: Occupy London protest issues demands to democratise City of London
“The protesters have stumbled upon the source of financial power within the British state. This could get interesting.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/28/occupy-london-city-st-pauls

OWS-NYC: CALENDAR

Sat., Oct. 29, 12-2 p.m.: Occupy Wallstreet Solidarity Rally
Rally at City Hall Park. Join CBTU, NAACP, APRI, LCLAA, and APALA in continuing the historic mobilization of millions of Americans demanding their fair share.
http://act.aflcio.org/o/4001/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=59459

Tues, Nov. 1: STOP “Stop and Frisk” Goes to Brooklyn
Shut down 73rd Precinct in Brownsville
http://nov1action.org/

GENERAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

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

Occupy Together

Welcometo 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
PLEASECIRCULATE 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) 991-4324Be 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 #OccupyWallStreetwith 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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