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“I always wear a rainbow-colored scarf,” said 65-year-old grandmother Sweet Grass Longhouse over the phone. “That’s how you’ll know it’s me.” It was Sweet Grass’s first time attending a General Assembly of Occupy Oakland, and as she approached the group that gathered before the Sunday afternoon GA at 19th and Telegraph, she wrapped both of her hands around a large paper pad. At the top of the pad, she had taped a photograph of her arrested son.
Thanks to a potentially far-reaching ruling by Multnomah County Judge Cheryl Albrecht, a whole mess of Occupy Portland-related misdemeanor cases that had been busted down to time- and cash-saving citations, or "violations," may now have to be prosecuted as vigorously as any other criminal case. Instead of the usual routine for so-called violation trials—hearings without a defense attorney, in front of a judge, with the threat of fine, but not jail time or probation—the Occupy defendants covered by Albrecht's ruling will now be entitled to jury trials and public defenders. And the burden of proof will rise to "beyond a reasonable doubt." The ruling, issued late Monday, came in response to a motion by attorney Bear Wilner-Nugent, the lead attorney on a case with some 20 occupiers named as defendants.
An Oakland police officer who covered his nameplate at an Occupy Oakland protest in November, and the lieutenant who failed to report him, committed serious violations of court-approved conduct standards for the city's police force, a federal judge has ruled. A video of the Nov. 2 demonstration showed Officer John Hargraves with tape over his name. Lt. Clifford Wong approached Hargraves and removed the tape but did not report the incident to the internal affairs office, and said later he considered it a minor violation. The Police Department later ordered Hargraves suspended for 30 days and demoted Wong to sergeant, according to sources quoted by The Chronicle on Jan. 12. They are the only public reports of disciplinary orders against Oakland police during the protests.
It increasingly looks like the SOPA/Protect IP fights are turning into an example of how the political system sometimes does work correctly after all. The con forces on these bills initially looked numerically overwhelmed in congress and hugely outspent. But opponents really mobilized vocally, got people and institutions who don't normally focus on politics to write about this, and perhaps most important of all demonstrated that more people genuinely cared about this issue than most members of congress initially realized. Now the momentum has slowed incredibly and the White House technology policy team has come out against these bills .
The media's latest attempt to undercut the message of Occupy movements all across the globe is by touting the "cost" of these protests. Many sources are reporting that Occupy movements are costing cities hundreds of thousands of dollars in police overtime because apparently it takes an entire precinct to make sure that 50 people don't sleep through the night. When an internal city memorandum stated that Occupy Vancouver had cost its city nearly a million dollars in taxpayer money, the organizers did something brilliant: they broke down the cost of what they were doing for the city of Vancouver. Referencing a recent press release from the Occupy Vancouver Communications Committee, activist Eric Hamilton-Smith noted "...over 37,000 meals were served, $672,000 of primary medical care was provided, and 30 people were housed for 37 days at a time when beds at primary shelters were not available."
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WASHINGTON - Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families. "Safety net programs such as food stamps and tax credits kept poverty from rising even higher in 2010, but for many low-income families with work-related and medical expenses, they are considered too `rich' to qualify," said Sheldon Danziger, a University of Michigan public policy professor who specializes in poverty. "The reality is that prospects for the poor and the near poor are dismal," he said.
Condemnation of President Obama is intense, and growing, as a result of his announced intent to sign into law the indefinite detention bill embedded in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). These denunciations come not only from the nation’s leading civil liberties and human rights groups , but also from the pro-Obama New York Times Editorial Page, which today has a scathing Editorial describing Obama’s stance as “a complete political cave-in, one that reinforces the impression of a fumbling presidency” and lamenting that “the bill has so many other objectionable aspects that we can’t go into them all,” as well as from vocal Obama supporters such as Andrew Sullivan, who wrote yesterday that this episode is “another sign that his campaign pledge to be vigilant about civil liberties in the war on terror was a lie.” In damage control mode, White-House-allied groups are now trying to ride to the rescue with attacks on the ACLU and dismissive belittling of the bill’s dangers.
Occupy Atlanta Saves Disabled Veteran From Foreclosure | Milpages – Military Blogs, Military News and Military ForumOccupy Movement Members of Occupy Atlanta have announced on Tuesday December 19th, that they successfully prevented JP Morgan Chase Bank from foreclosing on the home of a disabled United States Army veteran. Brigitte Walker, a veteran who served our nation for 22 years, received a foreclosure notice from JP Morgan Chase late last month despite her repeated attempts to work with the nation’s largest bank for a loan modification. The bank finally relented after assistance from Occupy Atlanta, and has accepted a loan modification to Ms. Walker’s mortgage that will help her keep her home. Ms.
COMMENTARY| With 2011 coming to a close, we find the trend of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer gaining momentum. According to The Guardian , American CEOs saw pay increases of between 27 percent and 40 percent, while the rest of us saw either stagnate or declining wages. The CEOs' stock options increased by a median value of 70 percent. According to Reuters , the data on U.S. income in 2010 that was recently released showed the median paycheck down 1.2 percent to $26,364, and that's for people who are lucky enough to be working. The number of people with any work has fallen by over five million since 2007, and with unemployment benefits ending for many people without jobs, they are joining the ranks of the poor.
The Occupy Wall Street protesters are planning on holding a National General Assembly convention on July 4, 2012. STORY: It's About Time! Obama Comes Out And Shows Solidarity To Occupy Wall Street The group has also released a list of potential demands. STORY: The 411 After One Month Of Occupying Wall Street
#Occupy protests on Monday target shipping ports, Walmart distribution center - Minneapolis Top NewsLocal #Occupy protests targeted West Coast shipping ports on Monday, with groups from Alaska to San Diego launching efforts to shutdown shipping. Other groups across the U.S. are planning protests in solidarity with the West Coast groups, as the "Occupy" protests move into a more confrontational phase. Protesters chanting, "Whose port? Our port!" marched on ports in Oakland, Los Angeles, Portland and Long Beach on Monday.
How Goldman Sachs and Other Companies Exploit Port Truck Drivers — Occupy Protesters Plan to Shut Down West Coast Ports in Protest | EconomyPhoto Credit: Michael @ NW Lens via Flickr December 9, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. It's the time of year when lights are strung, trees are decorated, and holiday cheer is spread.
As cities around the country have swept Occupy Wall Street camps from their plazas and parks in recent weeks, a number of mayors and city officials have argued that by providing shelter to the homeless, the camps are endangering the public and even the homeless themselves. Yet in many of those cities, services for the homeless are severely underfunded. The cities have spent millions of dollars to police and evict the protesters , but they've been shutting down shelters and enacting laws to prohibit homeless from sleeping overnight in public. In Oakland, Atlanta, Denver and Portland, Ore., there are at least two homeless people for every open bed in the shelter system, according to the most recent data from the U.S.