Occupy Nashville OWS Continues to Dominate the Zeitgeist: Outcry over Abuse of Students at UC Davis Grows, Right-Wing Plan to Smear Protests Exposed In a few short hours, the video was popping up seemingly every few seconds on Twitter with horrified responses from those who shared it. As a group of students sat on the UC Davis quad Friday evening, arms linked, huddled across a roadway, a cop reached up, flourished a can of pepper spray, and provocatively sprayed it on their faces to horrified shouts from onlookers. Eventually, the students began collapsing, and they were dragged away, arrested. Fast forward to the end of the video, when the remaining students chant "you can go" to the police officers. If protesters are continually met with brutality that horrifies onlookers and compels them to side with the protesters, well, then Occupy Wall Street isn't going anywhere. All this is proof that Zuccotti Park may be gone, but the momentum of the movement continues. Here's how the writers at Student Activism describe what happened at UC Davis: Students. Police used batons to try to push the students apart.
Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window UPDATE III: The Senate rejected the Udall amendment 38-60. While nearly all Americans head to family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself. Senators need to hear from you, on whether you think your front yard is part of a “battlefield” and if any president can send the military anywhere in the world to imprison civilians without charge or trial. The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. Even Rep. I know it sounds incredible. In support of this harmful bill, Sen.
Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for World Revolution Justice Dept: Homeland Security Advised Raids On Occupy Wall Street Camps President Obama's "position" regarding the NYPD's raid of Zuccotti Park, is that "every municipality has to make its own decision about how to handle" the issues of free speech and the concerns of the community. But according to Rick Ellis at the Examiner, a Justice Department official says that the recent evictions of Occupy movement across the country including Salt Lake City, Denver, Portland, Oakland, and New York City were "coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies." Ellis reports that his source says though the decision to evict protesters ultimately rested with each individual jurisdiction, the local police departments "had received tactical and planning advice from national agencies" from the feds. The AP reports that another set of conference calls on October 11 and November 14 were organized by the Police Executive Research Forum and included representatives from 40 different cities.
Occupy Oklahoma City Now Facing Eviction Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 28, 2011, 11:17 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt Call Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (405-297-2424 - email email@example.com) and voice your opposition to the eviction of this peaceful expression of free speech! The coordinated crackdown on free speech continues. While Occupations in Los Angeles and Philadelphia are still holding strong (as of 11pm EST) and Washingtonians are occupying their State Capitol, the encampment at Occupy Oklahoma City is now under threat of eviction. City officials declined to renew a permit application and announced that overnight encampment will no longer be "tolerated" at Kerr Park, where the Occupation is currently centered. During the Black Friday national day of action against consumerism, several Occupy OKC members were arrested inside a Walmart. 12:32am EST: Police are beginning to surround the park.12:20am EST: Twenty minutes past the 11pm CST eviction deadline, at least fifty people reported in the park.
wiki Caught on Camera: 10 Shockingly Violent Police Assaults on Occupy Protesters November 18, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Occupations across the country have born the brunt of some violent police tactics, and in a world where everyone has a camera-phone, a lot of their brutish behavior has been caught in photographs and on video. Police work is difficult and dangerous, and the majority of officers on the street behave like pros. But being human, cops are also prone to fear and rage like everyone else. Unlike protesters, cops are also armed, and it's difficult to hold them accountable for their actions when they don't behave professionally. Below are some of the most stunning incidents of police officers going wild on Occupy protesters around the country. 1. This now-iconic image was captured by The Oregonian in Portland on November 17. 2. In this video, a group of college students are huddled on the ground in a defensive position at UC Davis on November 18.
CUNY Protests Happening Now Inside of a barricaded meeting at Baruch College (24th and Lexington Ave), the City University of New York Board of Trustees is voting to raise tuition at the school. Outside, hundreds of Occupy CUNY students and their supporters are chanting, "Education is a right, Fight! Fight! Students are asking all supporters to join them at Baruch College until 8PM this evening. Following the lead of student protesters opposing tuition hikes and austerity measures, today has been called as a student strike and day of action in solidarity with the protesters at the University of California-Davis who faced severe police repression while expressing their right to free speech. The proposal to call for a strike was passed by a massive general assembly at UC-Davis in an effort to shut down campuses where the UC Regents' were scheduled to vote today on austerity measures there: