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On the “Rewrite” segment of his show Wednesday night, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said the only way for the New York Police Department to remain respectable was for the department to terminate any officers who prevent reporters from covering protests. NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly has said that he had ordered officers to avoid interfering with media access. However, earlier in December police officers prevented the New York Times from photographing arrests at an Occupy Wall Street protest. O’Donnell said officers that violated the non-interference policy should be fired, not just disciplined. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Eviction notice via glassbeadcol on Twitter Late in the night, word spread on Twitter that Global Revolution TV was being evicted from their Brooklyn production studio. Global Revolution has been a constant source for live video coverage of Occupy Wall Street events, both in NYC and across the country. The eviction notice seen above was later posted by @glassbeadcol on Twitter , and shows that the Department of Buildings has deemed the conditions in the building as being perilous to life. The text of the eviction notice is included below:
If you had any remaining doubt that we're now living in a police state here in the U.S., what happened early this morning at the Occupy Wall Street Livestream office should make it painfully clear. Ever since September 17th, 2011 and Zuccotti Park, Global Revolution Media has been a large supplier of the media coverage has been covering the Occupy Wall Street movement both here in the U.S. and internationally, providing followers of the movement with raw video footage and keeping their viewers informed. Monitoring livestreams coming across the internet, the media team picks the best ones for rebroadcast.
The revolution may never be televised, but if Occupy activists in a semi-secret media war room in New York’s Bowery district have their way, it will be livestreamed.
Where OWS departs from precedent is in the breadth of support from the get-go for its overarching critique in the electorate at large. A November NBC– Wall Street Journal poll found that more than three quarters of voters agree that America’s economic structure unfairly favors the very rich over everyone else, and that the power of banks and corporations should be constrained. “It took three years from the start of the anti–Vietnam War movement to the point when the popularity of the war sank below 50 percent,” observes Columbia professor and social-movement historian Todd Gitlin.
Occupy Wall Street is in the middle of one of its day-long marches in New York Tuesday, protesting the National Defense Authorization Act , but for those following along on the Global Revolution livestream, the real action is happening in the broadcast studio itself. That's because police have apparently just raided the Brooklyn studio of Globalrevolution.tv and taken some of the project's key volunteers into custody. The raid Tuesday follows a notice to vacate that police delivered to the Bushwick studio on Monday night . Victoria Sobel, a Global Revolution volunteer, said Vlad Teichberg and a guy named Spike, both of whom maintain the live feed aggregator, had been taken into custody by police, along with four or five others. Update: The six arrested in Tuesday's raid lived at the Global Revolution space. See our latest here .
Global Revolution, Occupy Wall Street Live Streaming Source, Evicted from Brooklyn Production Studio A prominent source for Occupy Wall Street’s global outreach and live streaming was reportedly shut down by the New York City Police Department last night. Global Revolution, a website which has broadcast Occupy Wall Street coverage since the movement’s inception in September, claims it received an eviction notice at its Brooklyn studios on Monday night. The notice states the production space is "imminently perilous to life," and adds, "Violators of the Commissioner’s Vacate Order are subject to arrest." <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Any officer who “unreasonably interferes” with reporters or blocks photographers will be subject to disciplinary actions. These are fine words. Of course, his words followed on the heels of a few days in mid-November when the police arrested, punched, kicked and used metal barriers to ram reporters and photographers covering the protests. And recent events suggest that the commissioner should speak more loudly.
“We can do all of this from laptops”—Vlad Teichberg, GlobalRevolution.TV, after the #OccupyWallStreet and global protest news livestream channel was evicted from its NYC base The Global Revolution collective has been covering Occupy Wall Street via live stream since Day 1. Originally based in Zuccotti Park, Global Revolution’s base of operations have relocated as the Occupy movement’s locations have changed. Most recently, a base of operations was established in Bushwick, Brooklyn, at 13 Thames Street.
Update 1 : Confirmation via GlobalRevolutiontv that everyone has been arraigned, and now released from police custody. The violation form left by NYPD today wasn't even filled out . Also, per member of GlobalRevolutiontv, all resisting arrest charges were dropped, thanks to that video footage of the arrests! See video of the team upon being released here . Streaming from inside the police van after arrests. I have no idea how they pulled this off!
The Occupy movement took a turn for the symbolic in Berkeley this week, harkening back to a heritage of protest, social unrest, and progressive causes. And, according to one former member of the Free Speech Movement, which began in the same spot, the implications of the Occupy movement could reverberate for a generation — even if the protesters only force small institutional changes. On Wednesday students and residents of the Bay Area gathered to occupy the space outside Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus, the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement in 1964.
A sign in Foley Square, November 17th 2011 Photo by Sarah Seltzer Photo Credit: Sarah Seltzer
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