Jury acquits longshoreman in first disorderly conduct trial from labor conflict. The six-woman jury deliberated just 12 minutes before acquitting Kelly Palmer, 44, of a charge of disorderly conduct for obstructing traffic.
The gallery, made up largely of longshore supporters, burst into applause as jurors left the courtroom. “I’m relieved,” Kelly Palmer of Toutle said after the daylong trial. “I’ve never been arrested in my life. I couldn’t believe I was being arrested when I didn’t do anything wrong.” Leal Sundet, ILWU coast committeeman, said EGT engineered the arrests to make the union look bad. “Today’s trial clearly demonstrated the collusion between the county and EGT,” he said. More in the Daily News. TAKING A STAND!! – California Sheriffs UNITE in Support of the Constitution – #OWS #OcPo. Occupy London's 'Bank of Ideas' survives its day in court. Occupy activists squatting a disused UBS bank building in London, now known as the Bank of Ideas, scored a major legal victory today (Wednesday).
The Court of Appeal granted an extended stay of execution to appeal a decision by the High Court which would have meant their eviction within 24 hours. This is a win for the occupiers, who can now continue to use the space for organisation and community projects. Occupy London spokesperson Naomi Colvin told Socialist Worker that UBS lawyers had effectively shot themselves in the foot. 'We've now been given seven days for further appeal,' she added. The process after this could take several weeks, meaning that the community artistic space could survive until the new year.
(4) The Guardian on Facebook. Tiny Tents Task Force. Occupy Melbourne 2.0 (The Consensus Minded Version) « Don't Want To Be An Emperor. (Updated, due to OM 2.0 being approved by the 27th GA) 67 days on, Occupy Melbourne stands as a testament to The Occupy Movement as a whole. We have faced in our own way some extraordinary obstacles & still we continue to fight for our right to protest.
Tent Monsters was the catalyst for a radical shift in attitude from the 99% here in Melbourne. The initial shock of something so different & alien to the current status quo is beginning to wear off & now that we have local & international recognition & attention, it is time to show the world Occupy Melbourne will continue to provide significant contributions to the Movement as a whole.
Occupy protester banned from flight home for Christmas. By David FergusonThursday, December 29, 2011 10:28 EDT A protester associated with Occupy London was barred from boarding his flight home to Malaga for Christmas because he was carrying “anarchist” literature, according to a report in the U.K. newspaper The Independent. The demonstrator was kept off the flight because the pilot worried that he would distribute literature and “upset” other passengers. Police claimed that John Charles Culatto, 34, was “acting suspiciously” when he stopped to talk to other passengers.
He was taken into custody as security officials contacted Ryanair, the airline with which Culatto has booked his flight. Culatto claims he heard security personnel using the word “terrorism” as they searched his belongings. ‘Occupy Minnesota’ helps woman stay in her home. By Andrew JonesTuesday, December 27, 2011 11:42 EDT Add another foreclosure fight to the list taken on by “Occupy Wall Street” protesters across America.
In a video interview from Al Jazeera, Minnesota resident Monique White explained that the local “Occupy” group helped her stay in her home since November after home loan bank Freddie Mac threatened to evict her. According to Campus Progress, White’s home was sold and repossessed by U.S. Bank to Freddie Mac without her knowledge. White, who was laid off from her job as a youth counselor in early 2010, turned to “Occupy Minnesota” after she rejected Freddie Mac’s “cash for keys” offer, a small reimbursement for vacating her property. A Clear and Present Danger: Tom Clancy and Occupy Xbox. Murals for The Museum of Modern Art. Occupy the River, in Yup'ik. Christmas on Occupy Wall Street.
Anonymous Strikes Again! – Shuts down Florida Family Association website that targeted TLC’s show “All America Muslim” OccupyResearch Demographics and Participation Survey. Syrian Opposition Goes on Strike. ‘Occupy Homes’ figure: Bank of America is one of the biggest criminals. By Andrew JonesSunday, December 11, 2011 12:27 EDT After being in the middle of the Occupy Our Homes day of action earlier in the week, Alfredo Carrasquillo sat down for an interview on Up with Chris Hayes Saturday morning.
Despite risking arrest for staying in a home owned by Bank of America, Corrasquillo was determined to keep his homeless family in the occupied house. “Bank of America has basically been one of the biggest criminals in history,” he said. “They have been basically foreclosing on homes, forcing families that are working hard to try and provide for their children, forcing them to be homeless and out on the street. Occupy movement takes out full page newspaper ads. A Moraga woman is trying to take the Occupy movement mainstream.
So she and her friends bought a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle. What they printed came as a real surprise to some of the occupy protesters. The full-page ad told readers that the congressional super committee failed to reduce the deficit, but that there is a solution. "It started because a friend sent me an email," Marti Roach said.
Her friend's email outlined goals for cutting the federal deficit. Cuomo caves to protesters, will hike taxes on rich New Yorkers. By Stephen C.
WebsterTuesday, December 6, 2011 15:15 EDT After facing repeated protests over his resistance to raising taxes on wealthy New Yorkers, Gov. Owners of Zuccotti Park owe $139,000 in back taxes. By David EdwardsMonday, December 5, 2011 10:23 EDT New York City says it has spent over $13 million on Occupy Wall Street protests, but the owners of Zuccotti Park can’t seem to scrape up the $139,000 in back taxes they owe the city.
The city Finance Department told The New York Daily News that Brookfield Properties still owes taxes from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. “That’s obviously ironic,” City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) noted. Occupy LEGO Land. With the Occupy movement gaining ground, it comes as no surprise that interesting and creative works would pop up from virtually nowhere.
Occupy LEGO Land is a tiny toy protest that is located within a larger one. These photos were recently taken by Scott Beale, founder of one of our favorite art and culture sites Laughing Squid, as he observed the main Occupy Wall Street demonstration at Zuccotti Park. The LEGO movement’s creative motto is “We must not be Lego ‘Lands’ - We must be a Lego NATION!” They even have their own Facebook page. Wall Street Firms Spy on Protestors In Tax-Funded Center. A CounterPunch Exclusive Wall Street’s audacity to corrupt knows no bounds and the cooptation of government by the 1 per cent knows no limits.
How else to explain $150 million of taxpayer money going to equip a government facility in lower Manhattan where Wall Street firms, serially charged with corruption, get to sit alongside the New York Police Department and spy on law abiding citizens. According to newly unearthed documents, the planning for this high tech facility on lower Broadway dates back six years.
At the time, Goldman Sachs was in the process of extracting concessions from New York City just short of the Mayor’s first born in exchange for constructing its new headquarters building at 200 West Street, adjacent to the World Financial Center and in the general area of where the new World Trade Center complex would be built. The project has been funded by New York City taxpayers as well as all U.S. taxpayers through grants from the Federal Department of Homeland Security. Occupy LA's lawyer says peaceful relations with LAPD are no accident. Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here? November 22nd, 2011 1:51 PM By Michael Moore This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is to come up with the vision and goals of the movement.
It was attended by 40+ people and the discussion was both inspiring and invigorating. Health Hazards of Pepper Spray. Occupy Tokyo: Mass demonstrations go unreported by Japanese media. You've heard about the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Berlin, Tel Aviv and elsewhere around the world. But did you know that huge demonstrations have been taking place in Tokyo as well? We certainly didn't until a SOTT forum member sent us the details. The general lack of awareness of the protests in Japan is probably due to the fact that there has been zero coverage of 'Occupy Tokyo' - which has grown out of the country's large (and growing) grassroots anti-nuclear movement - in Japan's mainstream media.
Several large demonstrations have taken place all over Japan in recent months, especially in Tokyo. Police pepper spraying and arresting students at UC Davis. Occupy Davis: UC Davis chief launches probe into pepper-spraying of protesters. As some faculty members called for her ouster, the chancellor of UC Davis launched an inquiry Saturday into the pepper-spraying of apparently peaceful Occupy Davis protesters by campus police. A video of the Friday incident that went viral on the Web showed a police officer dousing the protesters with a canister of pepper spray as they sat huddled on the ground. The police had been attempting to clear the university's Quad of tents and campers. Faculty and students reacted with outrage. Nathan Brown, an assistant professor of English, said in an interview that the episode was the latest example of "the systematic use by UC chancellors of police brutality" to suppress protests.
BREAKING: Occupy Protesters Walk 230 Miles From New York To DC. Fear: American style. Several Fridays ago, I attended an excellent panel discussion on Occupy Wall Street sponsored by Jacobin Magazine. It featured Doug Henwood and Jodi Dean - representing a more state-centered, socialist-style left - and Malcolm Harris and Natasha Lennard, representing a more anarchist-inflected left. John Waters discusses Occupy Wall Street, becoming a capitalist, and The Wire. Getty Images. I arrive in Baltimore with three sources for my preconceptions: Nina Simone (“Oh, Baltimore/Man, it’s hard just to live”); The Wire (count the expletives before the opening credits); and the cult films of John Waters (which boil down to “lock up your children – this place is full of freaks!”).
Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass Clubbed By Police At UC Berkeley. Video - Breaking News Videos. MH370 search may be most expensive ever Search area narrows despite no new pings Hear possible 'ping' detected in search Officials seek signal confirmation See MH370 before it disappeared Searching for Underwater Sounds U.S. search official: 'It won't be quick' 'Cautiously hopeful' over new leads CMDR.: Consistent with both black boxes Ship hears possible black box signal Did Flight 370 purposely avoid radar? Prime ministers offer no answers. Paramilitary Policing From Seattle to Occupy Wall Street. As Seattle police chief in 1999, my disastrous response to the WTO protests should have been a cautionary tale.
Yet our police forces have only become more militarized. A man sits in front of a police line at City Hall during an anti-Wall Street protest in Oakland, California, October 25, 2011. Motorola sponsors group responsible for coordinating attacks on Occupy Wall Street « anoncorpwatch. Ex-banker turned Hindu monk urges Wall Street to meditate. "Corporate America Is Using Our Police Departments As Hired Thugs" Ret Police Captain Ray Lewis. UC Davis Police Pepper-Spray Seated Students In Occupy Dispute (VIDEO) (UPDATES) EXCLUSIVE: photos of BofA's new #OWS-themed ad campaign. What Did This Irishman Have To Say About Wall Street? What Are Consensus, Stack, Twinkle, And Block? Robert Reich Speaks At Occupy Cal at UC Berkeley by The Daily Californian. Frank Miller Ink. Water Supply in Southern California.
[Apart from the sky(!) - it can rain a lot in the rainy season here, which is why there's tons of concrete in LA for flood control as when it comes, it can come in huge quantities. However, it's nothing like enough to support the huge and still growing population of Southern California] Everyone who lives here should appreciate just how it is that we are able to live in a desert that is drier than Beirut, yet still maintain green lawns and golfcourses and have enough running water to serve the population of the 2nd largest metropolis in the whole of the US. It took me a couple of years to think about it, then I started reading books about it, and now it's turned into a new interest for me, investigating water projects. Tom morello - world wide rebel songs @ brixton. Occupy Wall Street supporters buy tv ad time. By Muriel KaneSunday, November 6, 2011 21:37 EDT A commercial promoting the Occupy Wall Street movement has been running on mainstream TV stations this weekend. The 30-second ad, which was filmed a month ago but is only now gaining wide exposure, is not intended to sell anything or to solicit donations but to improve the image of the movement.
It shows a variety of cleancut, sincere occupiers, ranging from students to a man in a business suit and a worker in a hard hat, proclaiiming their desire for peace, democracy, and economic justice. According to MSNBC, the ad is currently running on Bloomberg News, ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox News, and other networks. Occupy Oakland. Occupy Wall Street: Eight ideas for making the protests even more successful. PEARLTREES #OWS. Koch Group Gathering Disrupted by Occupy DC Protesters; Things Get Tense as Activists Surround Building. Triumph Visits Occupy Wall Street. Protesters occupy Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office. Who Is #OccupyWallStreet? 1000 Americans Spell Out "TAX THE 1%" on San Francisco Beach. Keep Wall Street Occupied. The Bill that Could End All of the Occupy Protests. Anti-Tear Gas Mix. Occupy Love.
Occupy Police. OccupyMARINES. Marine Vet at #OccupyWallStreet Tells Sean Hannity to "F**k Off" Foo Fighters - Keepin it Clean in KC. Watch: U.S. Marines tell Hannity to ‘f*ck off’ New York cops defy order to arrest hundreds of ‘Occupy Albany’ protesters. Free forum : The 99 Delegation Project. The 99% Declaration 10-23-11 Draft. The Heartbreaking Story of Bravery and Sacrifice That Led to Hope Around the World and OWS. California - Local protesters come out for Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Antarctica Joins The Occupy Protest Movement.
Occupy Together The Geography of Occupying Wall Street (And Everywhere Else) Rural Values. 'Occupy': A catalyst for change? - Inside Story. Lech Walesa, former Polish president, to visit New York in support of Occupy Wall Street. Matt Taibbi: 5 Things Wall Street Protesters Should Demand of the 1%
I AM NOT MOVING - Short Film - Occupy Wall Street. Bo Diddley Jr. Arrested @ Bo Diddley Plaza. #OCCUPYWALLSTREET WINS! Bloomberg backs down, protestors stay in park. E. Warren: 4 reasons why. Occupy Wall Street to a global intifada? When Being Rich Makes Us Poor, People Should Occupy Wall Street. LIVE BLOG: ‘Occupy Boston’ under siege? Seattle? Dallas? Atlanta? St. Louis? Geraldo flees ‘Occupy Wall St.’ as protesters chant, ‘Fox News lies!’ The Zeitgeist Movement Global (36) Get Money Out. Occupy Everything. Occupy colleges. Demands of the Occupation. Declaration of the Occupation of New York City.
Globalrevolution. Anonymous: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ now in 30 U.S. cities. OccupySF. Occupy Wall Street: List and map of over 200 U.S. solidarity events and Facebook pages. 'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters in New York City. The revolution begins at home. The FOX News Occupy Wall St footage you’ll never see on FOX News.