Something clicked with the often savvy, yet sometimes self-destructive Occupy Boston info disseminators. As demonstrated at their inclusive off-camp assembly in Copley Square this past Saturday – attended by dozens of newly interested Occupiers – Hub operatives are actively…
1. We want full employment with a living wage for all people who will work, and for employment to be enforced as the right which it is.
2. We want an end to institutional racism and race- and class-based disparities in access to, and quality of, labor, education, health care, criminal defense, political empowerment, technology and healthy food.
3. We want decent and affordable housing for all people and for it to be enforced as the right which it is.
4. We want affordable and equal access to higher education for all and access to education that teaches the true history of colonialism, chattel slavery, repression of organized labor, the use of police repression and imprisonment as tools of capitalist exploitation, and the perpetuation of imperialism in the development and maintenance of modern U.S. power systems and corporate financial markets.
5. We want an immediate end to police brutality and the murder of oppressed people in the U.S., particularly in the New Afrikan (Black), Latino, immigrant and underclass communities and among those protesting in this nation.
6. We want an end to the expansion of the prison industrial complex, as a profit base – from our tax dollars – for the disposal of surplus labor and the poor.
7. We want an end to all corporate and financial influences in the political process in the U.S.
8. We want an end to imperialist wars of aggression and sending our youth off to kill and die to enforce the economic interests of big oil and other corporate concerns seeking new resources to exploit, new markets to open for sale of their goods and services and as an impetus to keep from addressing domestic ills.
9. We want a bottoms-up approach to economic development and labor-capital relations in the U.S.
10. We want a more equitable distribution of wealth, justice and opportunity at every level of society, reflecting the objective reality that it’s the socio-economic, political, intellectual and cultural contributions of the 99 percent upon which this society stands.
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“After all, politics alone has not put protesters into the streets. The tipping point for so many people is the more constant concern of putting food on the table and providing for a family. Too many in the region wake up with few expectations other than making it through the day, and perhaps the hope that their luck will change.Throughout the region, many young people have a solid education, but closed economies leave them unable to find a job. Entrepreneurs are brimming with ideas, but corruption leaves them unable to profit from them.”—
I believe this is truly a direct result of OWS action across the nation. i hope we hear more from judges like this…
The judge, Jed S. Rakoff of United States District Court in Manhattan, ruled that the S.E.C.’s $285 million settlement, announced last month, is “neither fair, nor reasonable, nor adequate, nor in the public interest” because it does not provide the court with evidence on which to judge the settlement.
As the Occupation enters its third month, it has already changed the conversation regarding our social and political challenges, all within the space of weeks, all in the face of a massive crackdown more reminiscent of third-world dictatorships than what many Americans believe…
Police from the Public Safety Department of the City University of New York (CUNY), assisted by the New York City Police Department (NYPD), arrested 15 students at a public hearing of the CUNY Board of Trustees at Baruch College in Manhattan Monday evening. The students had gathered to oppose a $300 tuition hike and demand that earlier tuition increases be rescinded.
Students who had entered the lobby of Baruch’s Vertical Campus were barred entry to the hearing by police. Some students sat down in protest. With drawn batons, CUNY cops advanced in an attempt to clear students from the lobby.
Police struck male and female students in the face, head and stomach, according to witnesses. Others were pushed to the ground and manhandled by as many as five officers at a time. Video footage of the incident shows police dragging students on the ground.
A Baruch undergraduate told the Daily News, “They started pushing us and beating us. We didn’t want this to be violent. We just wanted our voices to be heard.” One student who was arrested said, “The officers were attacking us, unprovoked.”
In a statement, the university said that the students posed a “public safety hazard.”
Civil disobedience should be nonviolent protest to raise public awareness of the usurpation of the republic by a plutocracy, and the consequent economic inequality but it is by definition not lawful. After all, the whole point is to demonstrate the injustice of the law by disobeying it—in the instant case, of the law that steals from the workers who produce wealth to enrich the drones who run financial institutions.
Have we already forgotten Rosa Parks?
John Wheat Gibson Sr - Dallas-based attorney (via melisaoporto)
Precisely. By being arrested, we are exposing the hypocrisy and ridiculousness that is around us. We all take for granted that we have the power to voice our opinions and be heard or at least be represented. When people finally do stand up, use their voice, peacefully assemble, share their various grievances and are subsequently arrested, that exposes a nonadherance to our own constitution. For, whatever your opinion, whether you disagree with the specific grievances of OWS or not, they are displaying the democratic, constitutional process of attempting to be heard by our increasingly difficult to reach government…and being arrested for it. They are being restricted left and right, pushed further and further from public domains due to “sanitation and health concerns” (oh please, where were city’s concerns when all the homeless vagrants in the occupation sites were scattered around the city?) and lack of (discretionary) permits (even though our CONSTITUTION says that NO LAW shall abridge our right to peacefully assemble and petition our grievances to the government). Ignoring the content of what is being petitioned, the key is how our governments are handling it - in a restrictive, intimidating fashion that inhibits our desire to speak freely. This goes against the very fiber of our so valued freedom.
A quick read, but well worth it. It talks about the dynamic that has been created by militarizing municipal and campus police forces, and the problem of police officers needing to save face. When a confrontation looks imminent, they are going to look like sadistic brutes if they carry out their orders, or like cowards and fools if they are forced to retreat by a group of unarmed students.
We’ve already seen how most of them have chosen to react.
The Office of the Chairperson of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle endorses the statement below which has been issued by ICC members in the US on November 17, 2011. We call on all ILPS national chapters and member-organizations throughout the world to circulate this statement and undertake further statements and actions to support the Occupy Movement in the US. Thank you.
Keep it in the streets! Intensify the fight! To occupy is the people’s right!
In Oakland and New York City, in Denver and Portland and Chapel Hill, N.C., the 1 percent sent their gun thugs to destroy the Occupy Movement. They want to scare us off the streets and back into the ballot box, beat us back into the good-cop, bad-cop game of the corporate-run Republican and Democratic parties. But behind the façade of electoral politics, the unelected tyrants on Wall Street continue to rule the country. It is they, not the people, who tell the politicians what to do.
The cowardly attacks by Wall Street’s mercenaries in blue were coordinated with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That’s the same FBI whose COINTELPRO program murdered dozens of Black, Latino and Native activists in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
WHEN THE ENEMY ATTACKS YOU, YOU’RE DONG SOMETHING RIGHT
Along with their cops, the 1 percent have unleashed their media. “Enough,” say the billionaire-owned papers and TV stations. “You’ve made your point. Now go home and leave things to the politicians. You’re only the people. What do you think this is, a democracy?” But when the enemy attacks you, you know you’re doing the right thing.
HAS CORPORATE AMERICA STOPPED ATTACKING THE WORKING CLASS
Have the 1 percent stopped laying us off and attacking our wages and benefits? Have they stopped evicting us and foreclosing on our homes? Have they stopped firing teachers and bus drivers and hospital workers while they hoard trillions of dollars that we produced? Have they stopped plotting to gut our Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid, our Postal Service, our schools and hospitals?
Have they stopped denying 30 million people the right to a decent job? Have they stopped denying millions the right to medical care. Have they stopped the mass incarceration of youth of color whose communities the banks and corporations have destroyed. Have they stopped waging bloody and unjust imperialist wars all over the world?
IF THERE IS NO STRUGGLE, THERE IS NO PROGRESS
The immortal words of Frederick Douglas are as true today as they were in 1857. Real change has never been made at the ballot box.
Look at the 1930s. How did we win Social Security and Medicare, the 8-hour day, unemployment insurance and the minimum wage, the right to retire and the right to organize, all the things they want to take away from us. Workers won these things by marching and striking, by occupying factories and physically blocking evictions, by shutting entire cities down.
Look at the 1960s. How did Black people win basic civil rights and overthrow the regime of legal segregation. By marches and boycotts, by sit-ins and rebellions in the streets. The right to vote was not won by voting.
These struggles were also victorious because they were part of a worldwide struggle against the power of monopoly capital.
POWER IS THE ONLY LANGUAGE THE 1 PERCENT UNDERSTAND
And we have power, the power to shut this country down! Oakland dockworkers, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, showed the way when they shut the port down the port on Oct. 25 to protest the police assault on Occupy Oakland.
NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER!
The 1 percent want to take everything we have left. They won’t stop unless we stop them!
Now is not the time to retreat! It is time to intensify the fight! To occupy streets and parks-and factories and schools and shopping malls and banks and stock exchanges! Workers created the wealth of this country! Bankers didn’t! CEOs didn’t! Cops didn’t!
THEY DENY US THE RIGHT TO A SECURE JOB, TO A HOME, TO HEALTH CARE, TO EDUCATION AND TO LIVE IN PEACE AND EQUALITY! WE HAVE A RIGHT TO TAKE WHAT IS OURS!
File formal complaint against UC Davis police officer here: (pdf)
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Professor at the university, Nathan Brown, wrote an “open letter” calling on Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi to resign. The entire letter boldly condemns the Chancellor for permitting riot police to handle students as police did. (source)
His boss, UCD Police Chief Annette Spicuzza, told the Davis Enterprise that she’s “very proud” of her officers. “I don’t believe any of our officers were hurt,” she says, “and I hope none of the students were injured.” (source)
California Penal Code Section 12403.7 (a) (8) (g) Any person who uses tear gas or tear gas weapons except in self-defense is guilty of a public offense and is punishable byimprisonment in a state prison for 16 months, or two or three years or in a county jail not to exceed one year or by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment, except that, if the use is against a peace officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2, engaged in the performance of his or her official duties and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a peace officer, the offense is punishable by imprisonment in a state prison for 16 months or two or three years or by a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment.
OWS/NYC: Occupy Wall Street protesters who were kicked out of their downtown “home” last week moved uptown Sunday, to lay siege to Mayor Bloomberg’s swank Upper East Side townhouse with drumming and chanting. Protesters whose encampment at Zuccotti Park was demolished last week vowed to keep up…
Hi Anonymous. I'm trying to get 25,000 signatures to force Obama to make a statement about the police abuse and violence being used on peaceful protestors. Could you help in any way? Thanks for looking out for the peeps of the world.
How rich are the superrich? Eleven charts that explain what’s wrong with America:
A huge share of the nation’s economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the bottom 90 percent of us? $31,244. See all of Mother Jones’ inequality charts here.
A timeline of the Occupy Wall Street movement:
July 13: The Canadian magazine Adbustersmakes a call to Occupy Wall Street.
August 30: The hacktivist collective known as Anonymous releases a video answering the call and encouraging others to follow suit.
September 17: Nearly 1,000 gather to protest corporate greed and begin occupying the financial district in New York City.
September 22: Demonstrators interrupt a Sotheby’s Auction, “in a show of solidarity with the art handler’s union that had been locked out.” This is the first instance of labor unions and the movement locking step.
September 24: 80 protesters are arrested during a peaceful march; a video of a policeofficer pepper-spraying a nonthreatening woman goes viral.
October 8: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum shuts down in DC after protesters clash with security. Patrick Howley, an editor at the American Spectator,claims he infiltrated the protest to “mock and undermine it.”
October 12: At 7 AM, protesters in San Francisco engage in a sit-in in front of Wells Fargo headquarters. With entrances blocked for over five hours, the office decides to shut down for the day. Police arrest 11 demonstrators.
October 17:Adbusterscalls for a global protest on October 29, demanding that leaders meeting at the G20 summit in France impose a Robin Hood Tax. The tax levies 1 percent on financial transactions and currency trades, which would raise funds to protect public services, fight climate change, and combat poverty.
October 27: The General Assembly votes for a general strike in Oakland on November 2. The proposal passes by a vote of 1,484 to 46.
November 2: Occupy Oakland’s general strike peacefully shuts down the Oakland port.Late night clashes between protesters and police follow after protesters occupy an abandoned Traveler’s Aid building and barricade surrounding straights.
November 17: A mass demonstration in New York protests the recent crackdowns on encampments nation-wide.