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NOVEMBER 15, 2011 7:21AM

Live blogging the overnight attack on Occupy Wall Street

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7:15 AM

This morning came word that Zuccotti Park had been cleared out in the middle of the night by NYPD in riot gear and others. From news reports a picture is emerging of much of the possessions in the park having been put in piles and then dumped in waiting garbage trucks. An estimate of 70 arrests of those resisting has also been reported.

An NPR report said tents were slashed with knives by the police, the kitchen and medical center destroyed and most everything else trashed as well. 

The park was power washed, is currently closed, and word has gone out that it will reopen at 8 AM but no sleeping bags or tents will be allowed.

I'll be adding info to this post throughout the day as more details emerge.

 

Click on OWS screen image below for official web site: 

OWS 1

 

OWS 2

 

Watch live streaming video from occupynyc at livestream.com

 

Updates

  • 3:36 a.m. Kitchen tent reported teargassed. Police moving in with zip cuffs.
  • 3:33 a.m. Bulldozers moving in
  • 3:16 a.m. Occupiers linking arms around riot police
  • 3:15 a.m. NYPD destroying personal items. Occupiers prevented from leaving with their possessions.
  • 3:13 a.m. NYPD deploying sound cannon
  • 3:08 a.m. heard on livestream: "they're bringing in the hoses."
  • 3:05 a.m. NYPD cutting down trees in Liberty Square
  • 2:55 a.m. NYC council-member Ydanis Rodríguez arrested and bleeding from head.
  • 2:44 a.m. Defiant occupiers barricaded Liberty Square kitchen
  • 2:44 a.m. NYPD destroys OWS Library. 5,000 donated books in dumpster.
  • 2:42 a.m. Brooklyn Bridge confirmed closed
  • 2:38 a.m. 400-500 marching north to Foley Square
  • 2:32 a.m. All subways but R shut down
  • 2:29 a.m. Press helicopters evicted from airspace. NYTimes reporter arrested.
  • 2:22 a.m. Frontpage coverage from New York Times
  • 2:15 a.m. Occupiers who have been dispersed are regrouping at Foley Square
  • 2:10 a.m. Press barred from entering Liberty Square
  • 2:07 a.m. Pepper spray deployed -- reports of at least one reporter sprayed
  • 2:03 a.m. Massive Police Presence at Canal and Broadway
  • 1:43 a.m. Helicopters overhead.
  • 1:38 a.m. Unconfirmed reports of snipers on rooftops.
  • 1:34 a.m. CBS News Helicopter Livestream
  • 1:27 a.m. Unconfirmed reports that police are planning to sweep everyone.
  • 1:20 a.m. Subway stops are closed.
  • 1:20 a.m. Brooklyn bridge is closed.
  • 1:20 a.m. Occupiers chanting "This is what a police state looks like."
  • 1:20 a.m. Police are in riot gear.
  • 1:20 a.m. Police are bringing in bulldozers.

 

7:51 AM Russian Television news report

 

 

 Associated Press raw video footage shot around 1 AM this morning

 

 

 8:10 AM CBS aerial footage of OWS group at Foley Square

OWS AT FOLEY SQUARE

 

 8:37 AM Mayor Bloomberg news conference

  BLOOMBERG NEWS CONFERENCE

 

8:55 AM OWS group walking on Canal Street

OWS GROUP WALKING ON CANAL STREET

 

  OWS GROUP CANAL STREET

 

9:05 AM Canal Street area

OWS ASSEMBLING 1

 

OWS ASSEMBLING 2

(9:12 AM live feed stopped as CBS helicopter heads back to refuel.)

 

9:28 AM Live chat from OWS

CHAT 1

 

 9:33 AM Live chat from OWS

CHAT 2

 

9:36 AM Live chat from OWS

CHAT 3

 

 9:43 AM Live chat from OWS

CHAT 4

 

 

 9:36 AM Live chat from OWS

 

  CHAT 5

 

9:51 AM Glenn Greenwald/Salon

Following similar raids in St. Louis and Oakland, hordes of NYPD officers this morning forcibly cleared Zuccotti Park in Manhattan of all protesters; New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took “credit” for this decision. That led to this description of today’s events from an Occupy Wall Street media spokesman, as reported by Salon‘s Justin Elliott:

A military style raid on peaceful protesters camped out in the shadow of Wall Street, ordered by a cold ruthless billionaire who bought his way into the mayor’s office.

If you think about it, that short sentence is a perfect description of both the essence of America’s political culture and the fuel that gave rise to the #OWS movement in the first place.

 

UPDATE: A New York state judge this morning enjoined the city from keeping the protesters out of Zuccotti Park, but Mayor Bloomberg is simply ignoring the Order and deliberately breaking the law by refusing to allow them back in. Put another way, Bloomberg this morning has broken more laws than the hundreds of protesters who were arrested. But as we know, the law does not apply to the Michael Bloombergs of the nation; the law, instead, has simply been exploited into a weapon used by the politically and financially powerful to prevent challenges to their standing.

Could #OWS have scripted a more apt antagonist than this living, breathing personification of oligarchy: a Wall Street billionaire who so brazenly purchased his political office, engineered the overturning of a term-limits referendum and then spent more than $100 million of his person fortune to stay in power, and now resides well above the law?

 

10:00 AM Footage just up on YouTube showing the park after it was cleared and cleaning is underway.

 

10:05 AM a report in Gothamist.com:

(Photo below shows the park as it appears this morning.)

  COURT ACTION

 

National Lawyers Guild press release issued this morning:

New York, NY: At around 6 AM on November 15, 2011, attorneys associated with the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild working as the Liberty Park Legal Working Group obtained a temporary restraining order against the City of New York, various City agencies, and Brookfield properties directing that occupiers be allowed back on the premises with their belongings.

Earlier, at approximately 1 AM, the NYPD began massing around Zuccotti Park “aka Liberty Park.” In the following hours reports surfaced that the NYPD entered the park with police in riot gear backed up by numerous police vehicles, including a bulldozer, evicting occupiers. In the process they destroyed property and arrested dozens of occupiers and protestors including NYC Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez and District Leader Paul Newell.

In the coming hours, days and weeks the LPLWG will pursue all legal options to enable the occupiers to continue to exercise their first amendment rights to speech and assembly for speech. Attorney Yetta Kurland, one of the attorneys from the LPLWG, said, “This is a victory for everyone who believes in the First Amendment. We will continue to fight for everyone’s right to continue the occupation.” In response to the injunction, Daniel Alterman, also an attorney with the LPLWG, stated that, “This is a victory for all Americans, for the constitution and for the 99%.” Gideon Oliver, another attorney with the LPLWG reacted by saying, “The LPLWG has been fighting to ensure their right to free speech from day one of the occupation. The occupiers right to free speech is based in our most core legal principles and we will be here till the end to fight for those rights.”

 

11:07 AM Footage is now up on YouTube of the mayor's news conference this morning.

 

 

11:15 AM Salon's Justin Elliott has been at the scene of the park and protest march this morning. Click on the image below to be directed to his live blog:

  JUSTIN ELLIOTT 1

 

 

11:25 AM Huffington Post front page from this morning:

HUFFINGTON POST

 

 

11:25 AM New York Times current front page. Click on the screen image for the article:

  PROTEST SCENE

 

11:34 AM The message below was added to the official OWS web site a few hours ago:

cant-evict-an-idea

11:40 AM Additional thoughts on the mayor's actions from Glenn Greenwald/Salon:

UPDATE II: To justify his raid, Mayor Bloomberg said: ”We must never be afraid to insist on compliance with our laws.” Leaving aside the fact that torturers, illegal eavesdroppers, wagers of aggressive war, Wall Streets defrauders, and mortgage thieves are some of his best friends who thrive and profit rather than sit in a jail cell, this is the same Mayor Bloomberg who, now beyond all dispute, is knowingly and deliberately breaking the law by violating a Court Order of which he is well aware. He’d be arrested for that if he weren’t a billionaire Mayor (and indeed, having seen that bevvy of political and financial elites break the law in the most egregious ways with total impunity over the last decade, why would Bloomberg be afraid of simply ignoring the law?). Today really is the most vivid expression seen in quite some time of the two-tiered justice system I wrote my book to highlight; the real criminals are not only shielded from the law’s mandates, but affirmatively use it as an instrument to entrench themselves in power and protect their ill-gotten gains.

 

11:50 AM Village Voice story on moments before and during the eviction:

VILLAGE VOICE STORY

 

 

 

2:50 PM Coverage by the New York Observer who had a reporter present when the police eviction was underway and New York Magazine which has offices overlooking Canal Street and 6th Avenue where the OSW group had congregated this morning. CBS aerial photos near the top of my post show the scene at that time from the air.

Click on each image for the links:

(New York Observer)

OBSERVER STORY

 

From the New York Observer:

We arrived on the scene shortly after one in the morning. Multiple protesters told us the raid began at about 12:40 a.m. We attempted to access the park multiple times but were told we could not cross the barricades despite identifying ourselves as press. Also stuck behind the barricades were photographers from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Reuters, a Japanese television crew, a man wearing a CNBC badge and an NBC cameraman who told us their live truck was blocked from entering the park. CBS reporter Manuel Gallegas also told us he was barred from the park.

“They’re kicking everybody out. Write about it,” Gallegas said.

At one point, we were able to catch a quick glimpse of the park. Police in riot gear lifted up a man by his ankles and wrists and carried him down the steps leading into the park. Other officers were dismantling the tents and throwing debris from the park. As we attempted to take photos, a group of police moved the barricades forward and ordered us to cross the street where the park could not be seen.

 

 (New York Magazine)

  NY MAGAZINE STORY

 

NY MAG CANAL STREET SCENE

 

From New York Magazine:

Public Advocate Bill De Blasio has released a statement calling Bloomberg's raid "needlessly provocative and legally questionable." Here's the full text:

“Protecting public safety and quality of life for downtown residents, and guaranteeing free expression are not exclusive of one another. Mayor Bloomberg made a needlessly provocative and legally questionable decision to clear Zuccotti Park in the dead of night. That some media and observers were prevented from monitoring the action is deeply troubling.

“I know of no one—protesters included—who desires a permanent occupation of lower Manhattan. But provocations under cover of darkness only escalate tensions in a situation that calls for mediation and dialogue. I call on the Mayor to find a sustainable resolution—as other cities have done—that allows for the exercise of free speech and assembly, with respect for the rights of all New Yorkers to peaceful enjoyment of our great city.”

 

 

 

4:15 PM New York Times City Room: books from OWS library not trashed as earlier reported, but rather are now at the Dept. of Sanitation facility on West 57th Street.

NYT CITYBLOG

 

 Also from the City Room blog:

Among the more than 200 people arrested on Tuesday was a reporter for The Local East Village, The Times's hyperlocal blog run out of New York University's journalism program. The reporter, Jared Malsin, was rounded up along with other protesters on Broadway near Zuccotti Park around 2 a.m. He managed to keep his camera rolling for a while, as he shouted at the police "I am a reporter. This is my press credential."

Mr. Malsin was released in the morning and charged with disorderly conduct. Read his post and watch his video on The Local East Village.

 

The new front page headlines and photo on Huffington Post at mid afternoon:

  HUFF POST AFTERNOON FRONT PAGE

 

 

5:08 PM Announcement regarding the Nov. 17th Day of Action on the official OWS web site.

Click on images for the full information:

NOV 17 DAY OF ACTION

 

DAY OF ACTION 2

 

On Thursday November 17th, the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we call upon the 99% to participate in a national day of direct action and celebration!

New York City

BREAKFAST: Shut Down Wall Street - 7:00 a.m.

Enough of this economy that exploits and divides us. It's time we put an end to Wall Street's reign of terror and begin building an economy that works for all. We will gather in Liberty Square at 7:00 a.m., before the ring of the Trading Floor Bell, to prepare to confront Wall Street with the stories of people on the frontlines of economic injustice. There, before the Stock Exchange, we will exchange stories rather than stocks.

LUNCH: Occupy The Subways - 3:00 p.m.

We will start by Occupying Our Blocks! Then throughout the five boroughs, we will gather at 16 central subway hubs and take our own stories to the trains, using the "People's Mic".

  • Bronx
    • Fordham Rd
    • 3rd Ave, 138th Street
    • 163rd and Southern Blvd
    • 161st and River - Yankee Stadium
  • Brooklyn
    • Broadway Junction
    • Borough Hall
    • 301 Grove Street
    • St Jose Patron Church,185 Suydam St, Bushwick
  • Queens
    • Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave.
    • Jamaica Center/Parsons/Archer
    • 92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights
  • Manhattan
    • 125th St. A,B,C,D
    • Union Sq. (Mass student strike)
    • 23rd St and 8th Ave
  • Staten Island
    • St. George, Staten Island Ferry Terminal
    • 479 Port Richmond Avenue, Port Richmond

DINNER: Take The Square - 5:00 p.m.

At 5 pm, tens of thousands of people will gather at Foley Square (just across from City Hall) in solidarity with laborers demanding jobs to rebuild this country's infrastructure and economy. A gospel choir and a marching band will also be performing.

Afterwards we will march to our bridges. Let's make it as musical a march as possible - bring your songs, your voice, your spirit! Our "Musical" on the bridge will culminate in a festival of light as we mark the two-month anniversary of the #occupy movement, and our commitment to shining light into our broken economic and political system.

Resist austerity. Rebuild the economy. Reclaim our democracy.

Portland

  • Occupying steelbridge in morning
  • Rally afterwards
  • Subsequently occupying banks

International Actions

Spain

General Strike

A general strike of university students will be taking place in the following cities: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Tarragona, Palma, Sevilla, Santiago de Compostela, Murcia, Madrid, Valencia, Castello, Alicante, Zaragoza

17:00: Demonstration in Madrid

Place: From Nuevos Ministerios to Puerta del Sol Square
Call: Assembly UAM-CSIC / 15M
http://tomalafacultad.net
http://madrid.tomalaplaza.net/2011/11/08/17n-manifestacion-estatal-por-los-servicios-publicos/

Belgium

Occupy University and School

Germany

Massive student strikes, flash mobs, rallies, and other actions will be taking place in dozens of cities: http://ism-global.net/germany_education_strike_nov17

 

 

5:13 PM Live blog from The Guardian regarding this afternoon's court ruling on Zuccotti Park use:

 

5.07pm: The full ruling is in. The judge says that, notwithstanding the First Amendment obligations to freedom of speech and assembly, "the owner has the right to adopt reasonable rules that permit it to maintain a clean, safe, publicly accessible space consonant with the responsibility it assumed to provide public access according to law."

He says goes on to say that Occupy Wall Street lawyers "have not demonstrated that the rules adopted by the owners of the property, concededly after the demonstrations began, are not reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions permitted under the First Amendment." He goes on:

To the extent that City law prohibits the erection of structures, the use of gas or other combustible materials, and the accumulation of garbage and human waste in public places, enforcement of the law and theo wner's rules appears reasonable to permit the owner to maintain its space in a hygienic, safe, and lawful condition, and to prevent it from being liable by the City or others for violations of law,or in tort It also permits public access by those who live and work in the area. who are the intended beneficiaries of this zoning bonus.

The movants have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in Zuccotti Park, along with their tents, structures, generators, and other installations to the exclusion of the owner's reasonable rights and duties to maintain Zuccotti Park, or to the rights to public access of others who might wish to use the space safely.

Neither have the applicants shown a right to a temporary restraining order that would restrict the City's enforcement of laws so as to promote public health and safety.

Therefore, the petitioner's application for a temporary restraining order is denied.

5.01pm: It's worth going back over some of the legal argument in court earlier. Karen McVeigh reports that the judge asked Douglas Flaum, acting for Brookfield Properties, if protesters would be allowed back into the Zuccotti Park, now the space is now clean. Flaum replied: "Absolutely." Would they be allowed to sit on benches: "Absolutely," the lawyer said. And use the space? "Absolutely". But Flaum said he drew the line at tents.

The position seems clear: Brookfield Properties gave a guarantee in court that, even if the judge made a ruling against "tents and tarps", the space would be open to protesters.

4.51pm: The mood at Zuccotti Park is despondent. But the ruling only means that the protesters can't camp there. The legal situation now is that the park should be opened, as promised by mayor Michael Bloomberg at his press conference at 8am today.

4.46pm: The New York state supreme court has ruled that the Occupy Wall Street protesters have lost their bid to restore a full encampment at Zuccotti Park, where the protests began two months ago.

 

 

5:19 PM New York State Supreme Court rules against OWS and the use of equipment to camp at Zuccotti.

Click on the Huff Post image for more:

  HUFF POST COURT RULING

 

 

 5:28 PM New York Magazine story on this afternoon's court ruling. 

NY MAG COURT RULING STORY

 

 

5:33 PM Live chat from OWS

CHAT 6

 

CHAT 7

 

 

5:40 PM Justin Elliott reporting on Salon about court ruling:

  JUSTIN ELLIOTT SALON COURT RULING

 

 

6:57 PM Live feed from Zuccotti Park:



Live video by Ustream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This will be a turning point of some kind...
I'll keep an eye on this post!
@ jane

That's the spirit!
This is not what a police state looks like. This is what angry people look like. I still do not support camping out in the Occupy movement. It incites to violence and that is not acceptable. The message is lost in the debris. Chaos and anarchy are not the answers. Take the power back with elections and working within the system.
I have become very disenchanted with this movement as it needs a leader..It needs something other than shooting people and over doses and violence. I am against police brutality but camping out will not solve anything.
Great coverage.. just great. I just hope someone comes forward to lead them in the right way.
HUGGGGGGGGGG
It took our billionaire mayor who bought his way into office (BTW is there a shred of evidence that his election was rigged any more than Barack Obama's was?) too long to recognize the difference between peaceful protest and assembly (a la the Tea Party) and the savagry, violence, ,filth, and most of all, the stupidity of OWS.
Obama's support of the movement will be campaign issue #1 for the Republicans next year.
great great work! i was not aware of all these links to coverage - thanks so much! and keep it up - was that you next to frank?
Thank you for posting this. I have been a weird mix of cynical and hopeful about OWS ever since it started. The idea that these peaceful protestors would be forcibly evicted just makes me sad. Sadder than I can properly express.

At least, as what you've written at the end suggests, there's hope.
Damn shame. I know the movement will prevail, though. R.
Sad. Bloomberg is creating the conditions for a riot. They'll be back, in greater numbers.

Rated
John,

I wish I could post what I really think about all of this. Thank you for posting this.
Wow-- OWS is getting the beshitzal beat out of them by the NYPD (The members of one of Americas most powerful unions--I might add) and Bloom-budinski is pretending to support the protesters all while his cops stomp the crap out of them.

And all of you OS'ers want to reelect the same old establishment.

It's time to pull your collective heads out of your collective asses and support Ron Paul.

He's the ONLY candidate that will end the wars.
The only one to limit lobbyist power.
The only one who will pull back the Patriot Act.
The only one to legalize pot.
The only one who wants government to get out of the marriage business and let people marry who they want.
The only one who has been railing against the Fed and big banks.

The only one that you don't have to worry that he will force his personal agenda onto everyone.

But nooooooo, you want a Democrat, because that's your team.

"Hell no--more status quo"

How's it smell where your heads are hippies?
Too bad this isn't just a screenplay. Funny how OWSers have been rousted in so many cities over just a few days. The mayors must all be using the batshit signal.
Thanks for such a complete job on this with all the updates and links.
The world really is watching. This movement is the modern day version of the storming of the Bastille.
D.

I understand where you, and the many posting here who enthusiastically agree with you, are coming from...

...but...

...a HUGE part of America’s problem right now is that way, way too many people are of the mindset, “I am totally and completely correct; and those people over there are totally and completely wrong.”

We’ve got to get away from that—but I suspect we have a better chance of landing a man on the surface of the Sun.
The recall for Gov. Walker in Wisconsin began for us today. We are with you. Keep fighting - keep posting - we are everywhere - we must keep going - there is no other choice.
[r] -- wish I could give you more than one!!! this is wonderful and I am going to share with my other sites, designanator! thanks for pulling all this reality together. i caught the corporate media this morning that tried to "tuck it all away" with statements that the police cleared out the park for cleaning and the police and protesters did not engage for the most part and that Mayor Bloomberg is doing his mayoral best. love what you and gg say about him being the perfect poster boy for corporatocracy in all this. apparently a 7pm ga meeting at Zuccotti is scheduled. I intend to go to if I can get through to there. best, libby
Thanks for the best citizen journalist account I've seen yet. The whole situation is maddening, simply because it could've been avoided and -- more complicated -- because the resolution is asinine.
Why do I feel like it is 1969 again? This is so depressing!
Dear Mr. President,

There is a very large demonstration being planned for January 20th, 2012 at the Federal Courthouse at 700 Stewart street in Seattle, - and at every Federal Courthouse in the United States.. There are many groups organizing and "gearing up" for this demonstration. I will be promoting and advertising it. This "occupy movement" has only just begun. I suggest you figure out your plan of action and response; The rules of engagement; - Need a way better understanding of what is going on; - than during WTO in Seattle. Treat the people like they are the enemy, and they will become it.


I am hoping that what I say makes sense to someone, and they will start writing and treating this "occupy movement" with the respect it is going to earn. Did you see where Israel had a demonstration of 500,000 people demanding concessions from their government? It worked. Listen to Martin Luther King, his words are as meaningful today as they were then. This struggle for economic justice and government control will be won by the people! (It is very old..).

I feel the occupy movement does have a basic underlying message; Stop letting money decide political elections; And regulate corporate lobbying (and all lobbying) making it a public forum. Right now lobbying is mostly two old white guys sitting across from each other in an office. "They" have probably worked with each other or went to the same school; And "they" have promised you a job when you get out of politics, -- tripling your present salary!. The "lobbyist" used to be a "politician", it worked for him!. Who owns who? - That's a "Person-hood".

I lived in the Glenn Hotel in downtown Seattle when the WTO protests happened. It happened at my front door. I was a part of it, promoting it, and involved in it. There is something going on, and I am going to be a part of it again. I have helped organize and promote protests in Bellevue, Olympia, and Seattle Washington; another big one is coming. I feel it will be a “WTO” sized protest in multiple cities.

"I" was at the WTO protests in Seattle Washington, (with thousands of "other" really awesome "people", and a few "freaks") when a bunch of "anarchists" started busting windows with crowbars. We surrounded them, and they got in a circle with their crowbars. I tried to get the "Seattle police" to come arrest "these anarchists”, that were only fifty feet away and threatening violence and breaking windows… The "Seattle police" would not budge from their “police line”, making all of "us" the "enemy".... (There were thousands of "union" and "other" people sitting and standing in the street, - it was a relatively peaceful protest until the windows started breaking…). " I" am not the "enemy".

I will be in Seattle at 700 Stewart street at the Federal courthouse January 20th, 2012!!! I know we can do this better than last time.

The Corporate Occupation of the United States

Our corporate controlled government (through corporate lobbying and election funding ) is out of the peoples control. People want government control back. Makes sense to me… I feel US corporate capitalism (corporatism) is a type of economic fascism: To have a corporate being where the chain of command eventually muddles all responsibility to any human being. These corporate beings are running your life, and controlling your government. (Enough to really make an individual mad and protest.) In reality, the corporate being does not exist, and when it comes to face it’s corporate responsibility, it is a piece of paper. (Or a CEO saying; “I do not recall that”, “I did not have that information”, “that was not my responsibility, I was running the company, and not just that department”,,, and on and on. It has bred a corporate culture of abuse, because they keep getting away with it..), Corporate person-hood is plain and simply wrong: A corporation is not a human being. Restore capitalism to individual responsible chains of command, or this struggle will be lost.

Please Sign the petition to amend the Constitution for revoking corporate personhood at:

movetoamend.org

(I feel January 20th, 2012: will be a bigger day in US history than WTO in Seattle. The battle continues, rage against the machine is real.)

January 20, 2012 – Move to Amend Occupies the Courts!

Move To Amend is planning bold action to mark this date — Occupy the Courts — a one day occupation on Friday January 20, 2012, of the Federal Courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States and as many of the 89 U.S. District Court Buildings as we can. (I am inspired by Doctor Martin Luther King who said; "a true revolution of values", ... "there comes a time when silence is betrayal"., "people are not gonna be silenced".). Move to Amend will lead the charge on the judiciary which created — and continues to expand — corporate personhood rights.


It's Time to GET MONEY OUT of politics
Bailouts. War. Unemployment. Our government is bought, and we’re angry. Now, we’re turning our anger into positive action. By signing this petition, you are joining our campaign to get money out of politics. Our politicians won’t do this. But we will. We will become an unrelenting, massive organized wave advocating a Constitutional amendment to get money out of politics.

Please sign the petition!

http://www.getmoneyout.com/


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My friend and I put on a protest in Olympia for World Can't Wait Oct. 5, 2006 at the capitol. Here are some photos...

http://www.creativeflashes.com/Politics/World-Cant-Wait-Oct-5th-2006/1971747_r54FkC/1/100377072#100377079_npPWj

I also coordinated and promoted a protest in Bellevue when Bush was there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hzh3OtBgNI&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPoWphQhdm0&NR=1

Happy to say both worked out without arrest, injury or property damage! I worked with the Washington State Patrol in Olympia, and Bellevue Police beforehand, and we pretty much understood the rules of engagement. Medina police were not good partners..

http://open.salon.com/blog/kennspace/2011/10/28/corporate_occupation_of_the_united_states_1
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, Send these the (something) tempest tossed to me. I lift my lamp upon the golden shore.
That was from memory, although I could have googled it.
Thanks for this significant reporting,
Thanks everyone for following along with yesterday's non-stop up and down story! While tents and sleeping bags have been disallowed I heard one fellow interviewed this morning saying he had his poncho and space blanket and that's all he needed to stay overnight in the park currently. There's a lot of discussion as to how important the park is to the movement at this time since the message has spread worldwide. But to continue to protest in the park is a good idea I think since it is such a focal point for the movement.
Gordon Osmond: Didn't the tea party protestors paint target signs over the names/homes of various liberal members of Congress and show up to their demonstrations/protests with automatic weapons?

The leftist members of OWS never showed up to these protests with automatic weapons.

Furthermore, what amazes me is that despite the fact that the Tea Party folks came to their protests armed with assault rifles, the police did nothing about it. But when unarmed OWS folks camped out with tents, armed police in riot gear and SWAT weapons attacked them.

I guess the Establishment tacitly supports the Tea Party and secretly fears OWS.

This is my take on the situation. It has nothing to do with violence, cleanliness or order. It does, however, have to do with the "legitimacy" of the message and how much of a threat said message poses to the "power elite."

end of story
Give me a break. You were warned to leave multiple times. And now, when the city finally clears you out of the park, you act as if the Nazis are liquidating a ghetto.

Please. Let's not pretend you're facing the police dogs and water canons of Selma. You're not heroes. You're not taking a noble stand. You're a bunch of misguided kids and chronic under-achievers who've managed to sit around in a park for months, and still haven''t produced an actionable plan to address the problems you're constantly whining about.

All you've done is create some political street theater....that and spawned copy-cat movements that quickly descended into drug abuse and violence. Such impressive achievements! Wait; there is one achievement worth noting, you completely alienated the independent voters from the Democratic Party. For that…we thank you.
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"
--upton sinclair

"One withstands the invasion of armies; one does not withstand the invasion of ideas."
--victor hugo


occupy party reaches critical mass/seismic effect--now what?
I got the fever. As good a description of the "protest" as I've read.