Occupy Atlanta Encamps In Neighborhood To Save Police Officer's Home From Foreclosure By Zaid Jilani on November 8, 2011 at 11:30 am "Occupy Atlanta Encamps In Neighborhood To Save Police Officer’s Home From Foreclosure" Occupy Atlanta has repeatedly run into hurdles, as it has been evicted from Woodruff Park in Atlanta multiple times by the city’s unsympathetic mayor, Kasim Reed. Yet the group was invigorated yesterday as it moved to a new location to take action for economic justice. Last week, Tawanna Rorey’s husband, a police officer based in Gwinnett County, e-mailed Occupy Atlanta to explain that his home was going to be foreclosed on and his family was in danger of being evicted on Monday. So within a few hours Occupy Atlanta developed an action plan to move to Snellville, Georgia on Monday to stop the foreclosure. Nearly two dozen protesters assembled Monday afternoon at Tawanna Rorey’s four-bedroom home in a neighborhood just south of Snellville, clogging the narrow, winding street that runs in front of the house with cars, vans and TV trucks.
Top 10 Must-See Occupy Wall Street Videos [Slideshow] Since the very beginning of the Occupy Wall Street, many supporters have been appalled by the lack of attention paid to it by the mainstream media. Some news outlets have belittled OWS participants for exercising their right to free speech, and made excuses for those who have used violence against peaceful protesters. Police departments around the country have reciprocated by hindering journalist access to OWS encampments, and arresting or even harming reporters trying to document evictions. There was a time when these tactics might have actually undermined the movement. Thanks to mobile devices and high speed internet, every single person that attends or participates is a journalist. We no longer need to depend on the mainstream media to know what’s really going on. On the following pages are 10 Occupy Wall Street videos that rocked the internet and energized the movement. >>Up Next: A Movement Begins
Occupy Atlanta Takes Over Home in Foreclosure Occupy Wall Street, an offshoot of which has roosted in almost every major U.S. city, generally sets up camp near the center of large metropolitan areas. Now it has occupied the front lawn of a small home in suburban Atlanta. OWS protesters’ demands encompass a number of issues, including income inequality and corporate accountability, ever-increasing student debt, and the lack of jobs. But now, in what appears to be a first, Occupy Atlanta has camped out at a home in an attempt to prevent a foreclosure on the property and to raise awareness about the country’s gloomy housing sector. (MORE: Banks Back Off Unpopular Debit Card Fees) According to the protesters, Tawanna Rorey of Snellville, Ga., is at risk of being evicted from her home after she had trouble paying her mortgage and tried to get a loan modification. The issue of foreclosures is one of the biggest drags on the stumbling economy. (GALLERY: Occupy Wall Street For Sale)
This Video of NYPD Arresting a Woman at Citibank Certainly Doesn't Look Good I walked by yesterday and saw a bit of this. That woman was being particularly obnoxious and, while that's not a crime, I think its emblematic of what this movement is quickly on the verge of becoming. I'm not sure if its a lack of understanding of who is actually the problem, but I can guarantee that its not the branch bank workers at your local Citibank. They are hard-working citizens of NYC, and they were being hounded by obnoxious twenty year olds for who-knows how long. Some Saturday shift that must have been for them. I continue to empathize with the movement in its purest form, however I would never participate given these sorts of antics. Its great that these protests are calling attention to problems that definitely exist in our society.
Cops Tackle, Mace Wall St. Protesters for No Reason Wait, the cops are at fault for "incit[ing] people to fuck with them physically"? Give me a break. Your comment, along with a lot of others in this thread, makes the assumption that the police are trying to beat the shit out of people to somehow protect their friends in Wall Street. Having had a few friends in the force, let me clue you in - the police do not give a flying fuck about this cause or any other cause when they're doing protest control. They're not for it, they're not against it, they really just don't give a shit. These guys make middle of the road wages and their pension funds got just as screwed as everyone else's the past four years, so in all likelihood they despise the guys on Wall Street as much as anyone protesting out there. These guys have literally one goal in mind when they do this protest-control stuff or pretty much any other police work - get through their shift without getting hurt by someone so that they can go back home.
Governing the Occupy Movement through Crime In many cities, including most prominently Oakland and New York, tent encampments on public spaces by the Occupy Wall Street movement have been cleared in early morning raids by police (read about the Oakland situation here). This time, at least, police violence seems to have been minimal. But what is regrettable is the use by city leaders of the lame excuse that "crime" problems necessitated the end of the encampments. It may be that the Occupy Wall street movement must generate new meaningful actions to build its momentum, but the claims that the encampments were generating unacceptable levels of crime is both false and reflexive. To the latter point first. In Oakland this played out in almost comic precision. "The encampment became a place where we had repeated violence and, this week, a murder. [Based on radio reports this morning, Mayor Bloomberg is also citing public safety as a prime reason for clearing Zuccatti Square.]
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