Occupy Wall Street Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is the name given to a protest movement that began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City's Wall Street financial district. The Canadian, anti-consumerist, pro-environment group/magazine, Adbusters initiated the call for a protest. The ensuing series of events helped lead to media awareness that inspired Occupy protests and movements around the world. In awarding Workhouse its Platinum Award, industry publication PRNews noted "The results, obviously, have been spectacular. The protesters were forced out of Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011. On December 29, 2012, Naomi Wolf of The Guardian newspaper provided U.S. government documents which revealed that the FBI and DHS had monitored Occupy Wall Street through its Joint Terrorism Task Force, despite labelling it a peaceful movement. Origins Overview "We are the 99%" Income inequality Goals Protester demographics Main organization
Police brutality at Occupy Portland today 27 members of Occupy Portland were arrested in the early hours Sunday. They were severely manhandles by police without provocation, and several report being injured while in police custody. Portland has been practically a poster child of good city/Occupation relations. Mayor Sam Adams has been a supporter; and Oregon Congressment Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer spoke at an Occupation rally yesterday. So why on earth would we be looking at the spectacular police over-reaction that happened at 3 this morning, personally witness by Mayor Adams? Occupiers have been allowed to camp in a pair of facing parks in downtown Portland, but had been warned they wouldn’t be able to take over other parks. The police told them if they didn’t leave the park before a midnight curfew, they would face arrest. Here’s the release from Occupy Portland: About 450 supporters surrounded the park and cheered the protesters seated peacefully in a circle in the center. Here’s what one occupier, N, told us:
Reporters Say Police Denied Access to Protest Site 4:26 p.m. | Updated As New York City police cleared the Occupy Wall Street campsite in Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, many journalists were blocked from observing and interviewing protesters. Some called it a “media blackout” and said in interviews that they believed that the police efforts were a deliberate attempt to tamp down coverage of the operation. The city blog Gothamist put it this way: “The NYPD Didn’t Want You To See Occupy Wall Street Get Evicted.” As a result, much of the early video of the police operation was from the vantage point of the protesters. At a news conference after the park was cleared Mayor Michael R. Ms. That reporter and two photographers with him declined to speak on the record because they are freelance workers and lack some of the job protections of full-time employees. A freelance journalist working for NPR, Julie Walker, was briefly detained during the operation. Paul J. Mr.
Occupy Protests’ Seismic Effect This past weekend, in 900 cities across the world, tens of thousands demonstrated against unregulated capitalism. Something fascinating is growing, and by the time it ends, I suspect, politics will be different in the United States and a lot of other places as well. In a great many countries, especially in the West, the political grass is dry. Huge numbers of young people are unemployed, governments are launching harsh and unpopular austerity programs, and the financial elites responsible for the global economic meltdown have almost entirely escaped justice. Millions of articulate, educated, tech-savvy people are enraged and desperate. And they have time on their hands. To understand this movement’s potential, it’s worth comparing it with the other spasms of global leftist activism in the past half-century. The protests of the late 1960s helped end the Vietnam War and usher in the era of reduced superpower tension known as détente. Barack Obama
‘Occupy’ Forms Alliance With Obama Lobby Group OWS protesters fear movement is being turned into a Democratic election campaign front Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet.com Monday, October 10, 2011 The “official” Occupy Wall Street website has publicly formed an alliance with yet another Obama campaign front group, the New Jersey branch of the American Federation of Teachers, the parent organization of which spent $1.9 million on Obama’s 2008 election campaign. Fears that the OWS movement is being subverted by Democratic Party operatives will only be heightened after OccupyWallSt.org celebrated the fact that “AFT fully endorses Occupy Wall Street,” noting that the local chapter stood in “solidarity” with ‘Occupy’ demonstrators. The American Federation of Teachers financed Obama’s 2008 campaign to the tune of $1.9 million and has also recently offered its strong support for Obama’s “Jobs Plan,” which critics have pointed out will lead to higher taxes not for the super-rich, but for middle class Americans. A d v e r t i s e m e n t Sen.
Naomi Klein : « Le mouvement Occupons Wall Street est actuellement la chose la plus importante au monde » - Mobilisations J’ai été honorée d’être invitée à parler [le 29 septembre] devant les manifestants d’Occupons Wall Street. La sonorisation ayant été (honteusement) interdite, tout ce que je disais devait être répété par des centaines de personnes, pour que tous entendent (un système de « microphone humain »). Ce que j’ai dit sur la place de la Liberté a donc été très court. Voici la version longue de ce discours [publiée initialement en anglais dans Occupy Wall Street Journal]. Je vous aime. Et je ne dis pas cela pour que des centaines d’entre vous me répondent en criant « je vous aime ». Hier, un des orateurs du rassemblement syndical a déclaré : « Nous nous sommes trouvés. » Ce sentiment saisit bien la beauté de ce qui se crée ici. S’il y a une chose que je sais, c’est que les 1 % [les plus riches] aiment les crises. Et une seule chose peut bloquer cette stratégie. Ce slogan est né en Italie en 2008. « Pourquoi protestent-ils ? Mais il y a aussi de grandes différences. Quelques réflexions finales.
Occupy Melbourne. Peaceful, until their rights denied | Ryan Carlisle Thomas Legal Blog About this blog The authors of this blog are lawyers or consultants employed by the RCT Group of companies, which includes staff who work mainly within our Stringer Clark offices. From time to time, we may also invite guest bloggers to contribute, in which case this will be made clear. Authors who are part of the RCT Group are qualified to practice law in Victoria, Australia. Residents of other Australian States or Territories or countries are advised to seek legal advice from a lawyer practising in their own area, as laws may vary from region to region. Recent Authors Christian Farrelly is a solicitor whose professional focus is superannuation. Michael Burdess joined Stringer Clark in early 2006 and practices in the area of personal injury including WorkSafe and TAC. Creon Coolahan is a solicitor in our Warrnambool office and has extensive experience in a range of practice areas with a focus on injury law and employment issues. Angela Sdrinis is a senior partner with Ryan Carlisle Thomas.
Ydanis Rodriguez Arrested: New York City Council Member Hit And Arrested During Police Raid Zuccotti Park At a press conference Wednesday, Rodriguez addressed what happened for the first time. He said he tried to identify himself as police officers pushed him back with batons. "They kept pushing," Rodriguez said. Rodriguez said he will be at Foley Square today at 5pm celebrating the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. @ydanis Ydanis Rodriguez Tomorrow will be the biggest day of action in support of #occupywallstreet yet-see you all at foley square at 5pm! According to the Occupy Wall Street organization, 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. UPDATE: 11/16/11 - "Ydanis Finally Free": According to Jumaane Williams, Rodriguez was released from custody almost 18 hours later, Williams tweeted. Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez is an outstanding public servant and a strong, thoughtful leader in Northern Manhattan. Jumaane D.
Global protests: Occupy the London Stock Exchange takes over the City Occupy London follows occupation movements from across the worldPolice ask Julian Assange 'to remove mask' he was wearingProtesters had wanted to 'take' Paternoster Square - but it has been closedTents now being put up in the Square MileProtests contained within City area and currently not spreadingTwo arrests made for 'assaults on police officers' By Lee Moran Updated: 18:04 GMT, 15 October 2011 Protesters inspired by the growing 'Occupy Wall Street' movement in the U.S have today taken over the City of London. Thousands have descended on the area known as the Square Mile - under the banner 'Occupy the Stock Exchange' - for a 'peaceful protest' against the global financial system. They had planned to take Paternoster Square, where the Stock Exchange is located, but police cordoned off the area prior to the protest. A notice was put up stating the square is private property and access would be restricted. Scroll down for video... Unite! Pitched battle? Anger has also spread to Hong Kong