Several Occupy sites holding rallies, marches and events in solidarity with Veterans Day today.
Today, Friday November 11, 2011 Occupy Atlanta will host a Veteran’s Day Brunch at 12pm in Troy Davis/Woodruff Park. United States veterans will be sharing their stories and experiences about how their military service has shaped their lives. At 4 pm, there will be a march to Bank of America where Occupy Atlanta will symbolically foreclose on the bank and gathered veterans will foreclose on the war.
Occupy Columbia, SC
[Huffington Post report] Republican presidential candidate and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called protesters who interrupted her speech Thursday “ignorant” and “disrespectful,” while at a Veterans Day parade in Columbia, S.C. Friday. About 10 minutes into a foreign policy speech on the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C. Thursday, protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement interrupted her, using call and response. “You capitalize on dividing Americans, claiming people that disagree with you are unpatriotic socialists,” said the protesters, according to Mount Pleasant Patch. After local police escorted them out, Bachmann said, “Don’t you just love the First Amendment?”
Occupy Cal (Berkeley)
[CBS San Francisco] Protesters in the burgeoning “Occupy Cal” movement at the University of California at Berkeley continued to congregate outside Sproul Hall Thursday after demonstrations on Wednesday drew thousands and resulted in dozens of arrests. At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, demonstrators remained on Sproul Plaza, waiting for the General Assembly meeting at 6 p.m., though no tents were pitched on the lawn outside of the administration building.
[Mediaite] During a campaign stop in South Carolina, Michele Bachmann became fully drowned out by a crowd of unruly Occupy Charleston protesters who unleashed the human microphone on her.
“Mic check!” chanted the crowd of rowdy Occupiers. “This will only take a minute! We have a message for Miss Bachmann….Blaming people that disagree with you…Calling them unpatriotic socialists! This does not help the American people!” According to NBC News, the protesters lambasted Bachmann for saying she was a “grassroots candidate” while accepting money from conservative super PAC group, Americans for Prosperity. Watch video: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/michele-bachmann-faces-off-against-occupy-charlestons-human-microphone/
Occupy Dallas Applies for Restraining Order Against City’s Eviction Threat
[CBS Dallas] Occupy Dallas took their defense to the courtroom Wednesday, seeking a temporary restraining order against the city’s ultimatum that they clean up their campgrounds by Saturday at 5 p.m. or face eviction.
On Tuesday, City Manager Mary Suhm and First Assistant City Attorney Christopher Bowers sent a stern warning to the group, threatening to sever Occupy Dallas’ settlement agreement with the city if it didn’t correct a number of violations.
That settlement allows the protestors to set up an encampment in a grassy area to the south of City Hall, and without it, police will move in and remove tents and “other obstructions” that protestors set up on city grounds.
Wednesday afternoon, Occupy D.C. protesters held a mock hearing on how to create a fair economy for most Americans — a contrast, protesters said, to Capitol Hill hearings that they said work to enrich the nation’s top 1 percent of earners. Protesters staged Wednesday’s event on Pennsylvania Avenue’s Freedom Plaza to coincide with ongoing meetings of the so-called congressional “supercommittee,” a bipartisan panel of lawmakers charged with creating a plan by Nov. 23 to cut the federal debt over the next decade. At Freedom Plaza, some speakers talked about Social Security and health care, while others spoke about the military budget and U.S. foreign policy.
Kevin Zeese, an organizer of Occupy D.C., said protesters weren’t stuck on political labels. “We are going to be critical to Democrats as well as Republicans,” he said. “We are hearing about the cuts, but they are not going (to be) the main cuts on military or increase the tax for the 1 percent.”
Denver PD Tells Occupy Denver to Remove Personal Items from Park
In the early morning hours of November 11, 2011, Denver Police delivered a message to Occupy Denver:
It is illegal to place any encumbrance on the public right of way… The failure to remove items so ordered is a criminal offense; the maximum possible penalty for which is up to one year in the county jail and/or up to $999 fine. PLEASE REMOVE ALL PERSONAL ITEMS FROM THIS AREA. If personal items are not removed immediately, you may be subject to an order of removal at which time all items will be subject to removal by the Denver Police Department.
[KEZI] They’ve already moved and made it their home, but on Wednesday Occupy Eugene protesters got permission from the city to camp at the Washington-Jefferson Park. The Eugene City Council approved an exception to a city ordinance against camping. For now, protesters have until December 15 to camp in the park. The council voted 4 to 2 on a code exemption that’s dividing council members.
There were about 20 tents in front of the John Harvard statue in Harvard Yard Thursday afternoon, but there wasn’t much activity because of the rain.
Reporters weren’t allowed in because they don’t have Harvard identification, which is the only way guards will let people in now.
“The amount of security is definitely overkill,” one student told WBZ NewsRadio.
The protesters say Harvard represents the one-percent that controls the nation’s wealth.
A loose-knit coalition of activists known as “Occupy Homes” is working to stave off pending evictions by occupying homes at risk of foreclosure when tenants enlist its support. The movement has recently enjoyed a number of successes. We speak with Monique White, a Minneapolis resident who is facing foreclosure and recently requested the help of Occupy Minneapolis. Now two dozen of its members are occupying her home in order to stave off eviction.
[Yahoo News] Tennessee Governor Bill Haslamwill ask prosecutors to drop trespassing citations against anyone arrested last month in Occupy Nashville economic protests, his office said on Thursday. Police arrested 55 protesters over consecutive nights in October for violating an overnight curfew on a plaza at the foot of the state Capitol building and other public areas, but the arrests ran afoul of judges. The curfew, which was supported by the Republican governor, was initiated about three weeks into the group’s occupation of the plaza. Nashville Night Court Commissioner Tom Nelson told troopers there were no grounds for the arrests, and after misdemeanor criminal trespassing citations were issued, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ordered a temporary halt to the arrests.
After a fatal shooting near the Occupy Oakland encampment on Thursday night, Mayor Jean Quan called for an end to the protest. Hours after the shooting, the mayor said at a news conference: “I’m calling on the campers to please leave voluntarily tonight.” But Shake Anderson says the incident has nothing to do with Occupy Oakland, Shake, an Occupy Oakland organizer who has slept at the camp since it was erected exactly a month ago told reporters, “The person on the ground was not part of the occupation. I can verify that.” “This is a street incident. It happens all the time.” Thursday’s shooting in the center of the debated camp comes a day after a group of Oakland city and business leaders held a news conference demanding the removal of the encampment, saying that it has hurt downtown businesses and has continued to pose safety concerns. Many protesters fear police will eventually move forward with another early morning raid to remove them.
In other news from Occupy Oakland, veterans will lead a march against police brutality Friday at 4pm. The march will start with a press conference and rally with an update and statement from wounded veteran Scott Olsen at Oscar Grant Plaza starting at 4pm.
Now that they face a deadline to leave two downtown parks by 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the members of Occupy Portland must decide what’s next for the movement. So far, protesters appear divided between relocating peacefully to other city parks or manning the barricades. Gathering Thursday in front of City Hall, demonstrators passed around a bullhorn asking for solutions to the group’s dilemma — triggered by an ultimatum from Mayor Sam Adams to clear the two small squares of the tents, tarps and hundreds of people ensconced there since Oct. 6.
Occupy San Diego
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has acknowledged that “Occupy San Diego” protesters who were arrested in late October had no choice but to relieve themselves while detained in buses and vans.
Police in riot gear arrested protesters at downtown encampments in Civic Center Plaza and Children’s Park on October 28. The 36 men were placed in a Sheriff’s bus and the 14 women were put in Sheriff’s vans.
Because there were no restroom facilities available for the arrested protesters, some of them had to urinate and defecate while detained in the vehicles.
Occupy San Francisco
Veterans against social inequality join Occupy SF
[SF Examiner] Richard Preston helped with the cleanup missions after the Vietnam War. He also was stationed in Germany and Pakistan, and served in the Gulf War. But for the past four weeks, the 53-year-old Army veteran has been at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco to stand with the national Occupy movement.
“I’m here because I have to be,” Preston said. “Both federal and state are messed up. They won’t even help their vets out. It’s not proper.”
Occupy Saint Louis
(KMOX) – There’s another twist to the Kiener Plaza occupation; at two o’clock this afternoon a former St. Louis County Police officer plans to deliver a speech about police brutality. The notification came in last night. The information is sketchy; the officer who will be making the statement is not mentioned but it involves a group calling themselves “Occupy Police Team & Officers of the 99.” The speech, according to the release will involve what the group calls history with St Louis Police and brutal tactics used against protesters by some departments. It will also include the officers own firsthand experience with police brutality. The goal according to the group is to call out Mayor Slay and put an end to what they call the planned raid 3 p.m. this afternoon.
[Seattle P.I. report] The city’s price tag to monitor the entrenched Occupy Seattle protest ballooned to $529,609 this week, which includes last week’s pepper-spraying and arrests of protesters in Capitol Hill.
Much of that cost was for police overtime, but includes money for parks and facilities work related to the populist movement. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said managing Occupy Seattle has taken a “big chunk” of a police fund reserved for monitoring events. “It’s taken a big chunk of their reserve in this area, and if they go past it, they’ll have to figure out how to readjust their budget to deal with it,” the mayor said Thursday. Last week, Occupy Seattleites protested at a Chase bank in Capitol Hill and outside a downtown appearance by JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. Before the demonstrations, which included arrests and police pepper spray, the city’s cost was $486,051.
Afterward, it rose by $43,558 to hit the half-million mark. The money dates back to Oct. 1, when protesters set up at Westlake Park. They’re now encamped at Seattle Central Community College in Capitol Hill.
[OC Register] Chanting “Agitate! Occupy! Take back UCI!” in unison, about 400 students, faculty and other workers staged a noisy, expletive-laced rally Wednesday at UC Irvine to rail against steep tuition increases and what they see as a failure of the University of California to maintain an affordable public education system. The hour-long rally, inspired by the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, took place in an expansive outdoor quad opposite the campus’ Aldrich Hall administration building. It was sponsored by a labor union-backed group called ReFund California. Matthew Ikpa, a third-year sociology major at UCI, left, and Eunice Pak, a third-year biology major, hold signs that demand the UC board of Regents stops raising tuition fees until the country’s fiscal crisis has resolved and the U.S. job market stabilizes while speakers address a crowd in front of UCI’s Aldrich Hall administration building Wednesday. “We could have millions of students in the streets fighting for education,” UC Irvine economics major Cameron Joe, 21, told the demonstrators. “Our future is in jeopardy. … Stay true to the notion of equal access for all.”
Occupy Wall Street
[CNN report] Occupy Wall Street organizers are planning a Veterans Day rally and concert featuring folksinger Joan Baez in New York City on Friday, as the movement marks its 56th day. The Foley Square event, dubbed “Honor the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living,” marks the first time the Occupy Wall Street movement will hold a permitted event in New York, organizers say.
[Yesterday] Fitz and the Tantrums joined OWS Thursday before their sold out concert in NYC. Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OpIQlDCh_w
[Occupy Colleges report] Tens of thousands packed Montreal’s streets Thursday to protest a tuition increase proposed by the government of Premier Jean Charest — an increase that march organizers said is tantamount to a declaration of war on students. Though exact numbers weren’t available, some estimates put the crowd at around 200,000.
Following protests by thousands of Occupiers, allied groups and concerned citizens, Keystone Pipeline has been delayed by President Obama until 2013. Read More: http://money.cnn.com/2011/11/10/news/economy/keystone_pipeline/?source=cnn_bin
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