84-Year-Old Dorli Rainey, Pepper-Sprayed at Occupy Seattle, Denounces "Worsening" Police Crackdowns This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZALEZ: Police departments across the country are coming under criticism for using excessive force against Occupy Wall Street protesters over the past two months. In Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn apologized Wednesday hours after an 84-year-old retired Seattle school teacher named Dorli Rainey was pepper-sprayed in the face during a protest. AMY GOODMAN: To talk more about what happened, Dorli Rainey is joining us right now from Seattle. Dorli Rainey, welcome to Democracy Now! DORLI RAINEY: Good morning. I am a member of Occupy Seattle. I got pepper-sprayed because we were penned in by the motor—by the bicycle groups, until there was no way out. My problem is not only with police brutality, it is with the progressive getting worse attitude of the police. And what we have to do is change the mindset of people that guns will not solve our crisis. NORM STAMPER: I certainly do believe that. CHUCK WEXLER: Well, yeah.
Occupy Davis: UC Davis chief launches probe into pepper-spraying of protesters As some faculty members called for her ouster, the chancellor of UC Davis launched an inquiry Saturday into the pepper-spraying of apparently peaceful Occupy Davis protesters by campus police. A video of the Friday incident that went viral on the Web showed a police officer dousing the protesters with a canister of pepper spray as they sat huddled on the ground. The police had been attempting to clear the university's Quad of tents and campers. Faculty and students reacted with outrage. Nathan Brown, an assistant professor of English, said in an interview that the episode was the latest example of "the systematic use by UC chancellors of police brutality" to suppress protests. PHOTOS: Occupy protests around the world In an open letter, he wrote: "Without any provocation whatsoever, other than the bodies of these students sitting where they were on the ground, with their arms linked, police pepper-sprayed students. Chancellor Linda P.B. "The students had encircled the officers," she said.
Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi | UCDavis Bicycle Barricade 18 November 2011 Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi Linda P.B. I am a junior faculty member at UC Davis. You are not. I write to you and to my colleagues for three reasons: 1) to express my outrage at the police brutality which occurred against students engaged in peaceful protest on the UC Davis campus today 2) to hold you accountable for this police brutality 3) to demand your immediate resignation Today you ordered police onto our campus to clear student protesters from the quad. What happened next? Without any provocation whatsoever, other than the bodies of these students sitting where they were on the ground, with their arms linked, police pepper-sprayed students. What happened next? Police used batons to try to push the students apart. This is what happened. You are responsible for it because this is what happens when UC Chancellors order police onto our campuses to disperse peaceful protesters through the use of force: students get hurt. Sincerely, Like this: Like Loading...
15MBcn_int : Earlier in Cairo, Tear Gas... Woah! Police Pepper Spray Old Ladies And Pregnant Girls At Occupy Seattle! View Gallery It seems as though the Occupy movements around the country are becoming more and more violent. In Seattle, Washington yesterday, the protestors of #OccupySeattle marched from their camp at Seattle Central Community College to Westlake Park. STORY: BATTLE NEW YORK! During the march, the protestors were met by numerous police officers at several points. As the march continued onward the Seattle Police Department officers became fed up and doused the crowd with pepper spray. An 84-year-old woman named Dorli Rainey, a priest, and a pregnant woman are all in the hospital today because the Seattle Police Department used force to deal with them. STORY: Occupy Conspiracy!
How To Occupy Fear: American style Several Fridays ago, I attended an excellent panel discussion on Occupy Wall Street sponsored by Jacobin Magazine. It featured Doug Henwood and Jodi Dean - representing a more state-centered, socialist-style left - and Malcolm Harris and Natasha Lennard, representing a more anarchist-inflected left. Natasha Lennard is a freelance writer who's been covering the OWS story for the New York Times. After a video of the panel was brought to the Times' attention, the paper reviewed it as well as Lennard's reporting and decided to take her off the OWS beat. Despite the fact, according to a spokeswoman for the Times, that "we have reviewed the past stories to which she contributed and have not found any reasons for concern over that reporting". Even more troubling, Lennard may not be hired by the Times again at all. Such political motivated firings fit into a much broader pattern in US history that - in my first book Fear: The History of a Political Idea - I call "Fear, American Style".
Interview with creator of Occupy Wall Street "bat-signal" projections during Brooklyn Bridge #N17 march REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi Earlier this evening, tens of thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched throughout New York City, many making their way on to the Brooklyn Bridge, carrying LED candles and chanting. As Occupiers took the bridge in a seemingly endless sea of people, words in light appeared projected on the iconic Verizon Building nearby: "99% / MIC CHECK! A few hours later I spoke with Mark Read, who organized the "bat-signal" project. XJ: How did this come together? Mark Read: It came up at an action coordination meeting. And a guy named Hero, who has been central to a lot of facets of the occupation since the beginning, turns to me and says, "We need a bat signal. I said, I think I can do that. My friend Will Etundi, who I know from these renegade street parties, the alter-globalization movement, carnivals against capital—he's part of a community of friends who deploy spectacle and art in the service of radical politics. I knew we'd need a powerful projector. MR: I did.
15MBcn_int : The image of students being... John Waters discusses Occupy Wall Street, becoming a capitalist, and The Wire Getty Images. I arrive in Baltimore with three sources for my preconceptions: Nina Simone (“Oh, Baltimore/Man, it’s hard just to live”); The Wire (count the expletives before the opening credits); and the cult films of John Waters (which boil down to “lock up your children – this place is full of freaks!”). Nothing on the drive from the city’s Penn Station to Waters’ house fits any of these images. The cab takes a neat, wide avenue past handsome old mansions and a better class of apartment block to a compact, low-slung house on a side street. “We have edge here, but it’s about neighbourhoods. Each neighbourhood is like its own country,” Waters observes as I walk in with the photographers: “It’s almost like you need customs at each boundary.” He began life 65 years ago in a nearby suburb, Lutherville, and has spent 21 years in this house, perplexing a film industry that does not know how to classify someone not from Los Angeles or New York. He finds himself in a cinematic no-man’s land.
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Polish calls for violent Cops Off Campus Published unedited, this open letter about Polish police attacking LGBT protesters rights to protest. Its assertions draws massive parallels with the growing British student movement and their calls for CopsOffCampus and to make education free and critical, to allow the right to protest and challenge how academia is being used to replicate the status-quo – backed up by police weapons and violence. This open letter focuses on one particular instance of police presence on campus [police violence and unexplained use of weapons such as electric stun guns] and more generally, regards the necessity to defend the right to protest here in Poland. Further, it relates to wider issues concerning equality / LGTB rights and the strong influence of the catholic church on various institutions, including secular institutions of higher education here in Poland. Here is a short summary of events in English: Poznań University of Economics, Poland 05.12.2013
Paramilitary Policing From Seattle to Occupy Wall Street As Seattle police chief in 1999, my disastrous response to the WTO protests should have been a cautionary tale. Yet our police forces have only become more militarized. A man sits in front of a police line at City Hall during an anti-Wall Street protest in Oakland, California, October 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Kim White) They came from all over, tens of thousands of demonstrators from around the world, protesting the economic and moral pitfalls of globalization. About the Author Norm Stamper Norm Stamper was chief of the Seattle Police Department during the WTO protests in 1999. Then came day two. “We have to clear the intersection,” said the field commander. Why? Because of all the what-ifs. My support for a militaristic solution caused all hell to break loose. The paramilitary bureaucracy and the culture it engenders—a black-and-white world in which police unions serve above all to protect the brotherhood—is worse today than it was in the 1990s. It will not be easy.