Up w/ Chris Hayes Lobbying firm's memo spells out plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street By Jonathan Larsen and Ken Olshansky, MSNBC TV A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program “Up w/ Chris Hayes.” The proposal was written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and addressed to one of CLGC’s clients, the American Bankers Association. CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. According to the memo, if Democrats embrace OWS, “This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.” CLGC did not return calls seeking comment.
Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford (CLGC) is a political lobbying firm in the United States. History Steve Clark formed the group as Clark & Associates in 1999. Gary Lytle joined in 2007 after working for the telecommunications industry. Sam Geduldig joined after working several years for US congressmen John Boehner, Mike Oxley and (now Senator) Roy Blunt. The company was one of the top lobbying firms involved in the financial reform debate around 2009-2010, which involved laws like the Dodd-Frank act and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau., Clark Lytle represented more financial services clients than any other lobbying firm during that period of time. In 2011 Jay Cranford joined the firm to build an energy and technology practice. He, worked several years for Speaker Boehner. That year, the firm's name changed to Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford (CLGC). In 2013, Mike Nielsen was added as a partner. Notable clients References External links
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Lobbying Firm's Memo Spells Out Plan to Undermine Occupy Wall Street : politics American Bankers Association The American Bankers Association (ABA) is a professional association founded in 1875. It represents US banks of all sizes and charters. In general, the ABA is a tool for lobbying for policy and political presence inside Washington D.C.. Historical Events and Accomplishments On May 24, 1875 James T. Leadership The ABA is run much like a corporation where there is a Board of Directors with a President and CEO. Frank Keating Frank Keating is the CEO of the American Bankers Association and became the 25th Governor of Oklahoma in 1995. The other ABA officer members include: Membership According to their website, ABA members include banks of all sizes and charters. Professional Development ABA provides members with professional development opportunities including conferences, telephone briefings, diplomas and certificates, schools, online training, e-learning and certification from the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB). Lobbying Bankers-Helping-Bankers
Surprise, Homeland Security Coordinates #OWS Crackdowns Remember when people were freaking out over the Patriot Act and Homeland Security and all this other conveniently ready-to-go post-9/11 police state stuff, because it would obviously be just a matter of time before the whole apparatus was turned against non-Muslim Americans when they started getting complain-y about the social injustice and economic injustice and income inequality and endless recession and permanent unemployment? That day is now, and has been for some time. But it’s also now confirmed that it’s now, as some Justice Department official screwed up and admitted that the Department of Homeland Security coordinated the riot-cop raids on a dozen major #Occupy Wall Street demonstration camps nationwide yesterday and today. (Oh, and tonight, too: Seattle is being busted up by the riot cops right now, so be careful out there.) Over the past ten days, more than a dozen cities have moved to evict “Occupy” protesters from city parks and other public spaces. Tagged
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement | capitoilette Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (photo: Ella Baker Center) Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC (excerpted on The Takeaway radio program–audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark), casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country. “I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation. . . .” Mayor Quan then rambles about how she “spoke with protestors in my city” who professed an interest in “separating from anarchists,” implying that her police action was helping this somehow. Interestingly, Quan then essentially advocates that occupiers move to private spaces, and specifically cites Zuccotti Park as an example: Might it also be more than a coincidence that this succession of police raids started after President Obama left the US for an extended tour of the Pacific Rim? Like this: Like Loading...
Update: 'Occupy' crackdowns coordinated with federal law enforcement officials - Minneapolis Top News Over the past ten days, more than a dozen cities have moved to evict "Occupy" protesters from city parks and other public spaces. As was the case in last night's move in New York City, each of the police actions shares a number of characteristics. And according to one Justice official, each of those actions was coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies. The official, who spoke on background to me late Monday evening, said that while local police agencies had received tactical and planning advice from national agencies, the ultimate decision on how each jurisdiction handles the Occupy protests ultimately rests with local law enforcement. According to this official, in several recent conference calls and briefings, local police agencies were advised to seek a legal reason to evict residents of tent cities, focusing on zoning laws and existing curfew rules. UPDATE: Friday, 3:30 p.m. UPDATE: Thursday, 11:30 a.m. UPDATE: Thursday, 10:15 a.m.
Clark Lytle Geduldig Cranford Athens Polytechnic comes to UC Davis A Greek friend has sent me lots of information on links between the suppression of dissent at UC Davis and similar events in Greece from the days of the military junta to the present. Here’s a video commemorating the 1973 uprising centred on Athens Polytechnic, which led to the downfall of the military junta the following year. the last title says “The Polytechneio lives on. In struggles today.” Link Among the legacies of the uprising was a university asylum law that restricted the ability of police to enter university campuses. University asylum was abolished a few months ago, as part of a process aimed at suppressing anti-austerity demonstrations. Fortunately, my friend has translated the key recommendations University campuses are unsafe. Among the authors of this report – Chancellor Linda Katehi, UC Davis. fn1.
The report if the International Advisory Committee on Greek Higher Education February 2011 I. Introduction ………………………………... 4 II. A. B. III. C. D. Greece is undergoing critical changes that will determine its future for decades to come. Higher education in Greece revolves around the public university, which has steered the country’s development since the founding of the Greek state, as well as the public Technological Institute which assumed a significant role in the development of the Greek economy after World War II. At present, the organization and administration of the Greek university seems to be at odds with the needs of the Greek public, as well as the values and principles upon which the Greek university system was built. The stakes are high, not only for government and the academic community, but for the country as a whole – culturally, socially and economically. The International Advisory Committee has nine members listed on Appendix A. I. The committee includes nine members from around the world who agreed to offer their advice and guidance. A. B. A.
The Future of #OCCUPY The initial phase of the #OCCUPY movement was marked by several weeks of viral growth that peaked on October 15 with a global day of action. In the next phase, there will be a turn towards addressing the deep philosophical and strategic questions of how to escalate this democracy moment into a revolutionary people's movement. Across the nation there are clear signs that the #OCCUPY movement is simultaneously maturing and growing more militant. Of the many questions swirling around #OCCUPY, the most challenging is how to gel into a global movement without sacrificing the decentralized, leaderless model. There is a widespread acknowledgment that there are challenges that can only be dealt with on a global scale, such as a climate change accord and overturning international casino capitalism, and that we must therefore forge a globally united people's movement. Meanwhile, the power center of the movement is shifting away from the East Coast towards the West. Hang in there!
Is this what the future of Occupy looks like? - Occupy Wall Street The Occupy Our Homes campaign launched Tuesday, an attempt by some within the movement to pivot to the foreclosure crisis after the clearing by police of occupied parks and squares around the country. The campaign is focusing on installing homeless families in vacant foreclosed upon buildings, as well as disrupting foreclosure auctions, and the like. On the policy level — in a break from the no-demands ethos of some segments of the movement — Occupy Our Homes is demanding that mortgage principal be written down to current home values. Actions happened all around the country on Tuesday, which you can read about here. I spent the day at the Occupy Our Homes march in poverty-stricken East New York, Brooklyn. The turnout of perhaps 500 or 600 people was not bad for a rainy weekday afternoon. And the action seemed to strike the right balance of festivity — there was a band and a block party — and seriousness. How the police respond will be a key factor in how Occupy Our Homes develops.
Michael Moore: The Winter of Our Occupation And now it is winter. Wall Street rejoices, hoping that the change of seasons will mean a change in our spirit, our commitment to stop them. They couldn't be more wrong. Have they not heard of Washington and the troops at Valley Forge? We are not even 12 weeks old, yet Occupy Wall Street has grown so fast, so big, none of us can keep up with the hundreds of towns who have joined the movement, or the thousands of actions -- some of them just simple ones in neighborhoods, schools and organizations -- that have happened. And they're crazy if they think that a little climate chaos (otherwise known as winter in the 21st century) that they've helped to bring about is going to stop us. I would like to propose to my Occupying sisters and brothers that there are many ways to keep Occupy Wall Street going through the winter months. But we in the Occupy Movement reject this version of the "American Dream." A proposal to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street from Michael Moore 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.