Occupy Movement News Round-Up 12/5
ALBANY: Mayor Jerry Jennings has decided the Occupy Albany encampment near the state Capitol must leave on the first day of winter. Corporation Counsel John Reilly says in a letter to protesters that officials will permit the encampment until Dec. 22, while setting conditions effective Tuesday for staying in the meantime. Permit conditions include limits of 30 tents, two heaters, one generator, three portable restrooms and no cooking or open flames, no food vending and no semi-permanent structures or signs. City officials have let the demonstrators camp in Academy Park since Oct. 21, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo has insisted state police enforce an 11 p.m. curfew in adjacent state-owned Lafayette Park. Jennings spokesman Robert Van Ambergh says the permit terms and winter departure deadline are based on health and safety concerns.
AUGUSTA: Demonstrators from several religious denominations marched in support of Occupy Augusta activists Sunday, the day before a federal judge was to hear Occupy’s request to remain in a park near the Maine State House without a permit. Occupy Augusta wants U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen to issue a court order that would bar the Capitol Police from requiring a permit for the activists’ “tent city” in Capitol Park. Last week, activists and police agreed to a standstill on the continued occupation until the judge issued a ruling. Protesters agreed to not add to their encampment and police agreed to take no action to evict them.
Second Occupy Wall Street News Update of the Day: A New York Supreme Court Justice has reversed the restraining order requiring the city to allow Occupy Wall Street protesters and their tents to return to Zuccotti Park.
Justice Michael D. Stallman ruled against extending the order issued earlier today by Supreme Court Judge Lucy Billings, who was later revealed to be a former long-time ACLU lawyer.
“The court is mindful of movants’ First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and peaceable assembly,” Judge Stallman wrote in his ruling. “[But] even protected speech is not equally permissible in all places and at all times.”
Protesters will be allowed to return, but their tents will not.
Hundreds were gathered outside Zuccotti Park awaiting the final decision. Watch a livestream from the scene below:
In Related News:
— Oakland mayor Jean Quan hints at a possible crackdown coordination among occupied cities; are Occupy London and Occupy Toronto the next to go?; The Guardian’s helpful summary of the city-by-city police crackdowns so far.
— Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed in Orwellian fashion the suspicions of a media blackout, saying the decision to bar the press from witnessing the eviction was made “to protect the members of the press”; meanwhile, the list of arrested journalists has grown.
— Photos suggests the NYPD used potentially lethal long range acoustic devices to help clear out protesters.
— Hipster Cop Rick Lee claims he didn’t know raid took place until after the fact; the 10 most psychotic facial expressions from police officers at Occupy protests; high-res photos from Operation Clean The Park; the most adorable victim of the OWS raid.
— Despite earlier claims, it appears the OWS library is safe and sound.
— The Occupy Wall Street raid: Brought to you by Chase?
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Occupy Movement News Round-Up
• This Thursday, November 17, the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, protesters will join forces with labor unions and MoveOn.org to hold a “day of action,” aimed at encouraging federal funding of infrastructure projects. [The Hill, Occupy Wall Street]
• Jay-Z’s Rocawear clothing line has stopped selling a $22 “Occupy All Streets” T-shirt after getting flak for cashing in on Occupy Wall Street but not donating any proceeds to the movement. [E! Online]
• Occupy Wall Street has successfully brought the term “income inequality” into the national conversation, according to a search or news from the last two months. [Politico]
• From Wall Street to college green? The New York Times looks at the growth of Occupy movements on university campuses across the country. [New York Times]
• Police are cracking down on Occupiers across the country, break up encampments and making arrests. [NPR]
• Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s senior legal advisor resigned after the “tragically unnecessary” police raid of Occupy Oakland. [SFGate]
• Occupy encampments across the country are straining local officials and police forces, meaning increased crackdowns in cities such as Portland and Philadelphia. [CNN]
OAKLAND: Riot-clad law enforcement officers cleared out the city’s encampment just before dawn Monday, arresting 32 Occupy demonstrators and removing tents from a downtown plaza after issuing several warnings over the weekend, Police Chief Howard Jordan said. Officials stepped up calls to end the city’s encampment after a man was shot and killed Thursday near the camp and issued an order Sunday night telling demonstrators they couldn’t camp in Frank Ogawa Plaza. Oakland Occupier John Murry, 32, says he believes that police are using a recent shooting near the Occupy Oakland camp as an excuse to breach First Amendment rights. "It is an attempt to give the appearance that they aren’t limiting freedom of speech when they really are," Murry says. [LIVE BLOG]
Eureka, Calif.: More than 50 Eureka police officers, Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers moved in on Occupy Eureka early Monday, arresting more than 20 protesters. No warning or order for dispersal was given. [sfgate].
Philadelphia: Mayor Michael Nutter has increased the uniformed police patrol near the city’s camp because of safety concerns including combustible structures, lack of an emergency fire lane and growing problems with litter, public urination, defecation and graffiti. “These conditions are intolerable. Occupy Philly is not acting in good faith,” Nutter says.
Salt Lake City: Police arrested 19 people Saturday when protesters refused to leave a park a day after a man was found dead inside his tent at the encampment.
Albany: New York arrested 24 Occupy Albany protesters after they defied an 11 p.m. curfew in a state-owned park. They were charged with trespassing.
Denver: Authorities forced protesters to leave a downtown encampment and arrested four people for interfering with officers who removed illegally pitched tents, police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.
SEATTLE: The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved a resolution in support of the growing Occupy movement. Introduced by council member Nick Licata, Resolution 31337 recognizes and supports the peaceful and lawful exercise of the citizens’ First Amendment right to free speech. The resolution also commits the council to a number of actions to ensure fair lending and taxation. The city will review its banking and investment practices to ensure that public funds are invested in responsible financial institutions that support the community, the resolution states, and also continue to address economic inequality and wealth disparities by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender. [komonews]
San Francisco: San Francisco police erected barricades near the Occupy SF encampment less than 12 hours after the Occupy camp in Oakland was raided by police. One police officer told the protesters that there would be “ample warning” before police action. [SFExaminer]
Chattanooga: The Occupy Chattanooga campsite in front of the Hamilton County Courthouse could face eviction. Hamilton County Commissioners say they’re concerned the camp site could turn into an unsafe, unsanitary problem for everyone. People with Occupy Chattanooga say an eviction from the Courthouse would defy basic American principals. [Channel9]
Detroit: The Occupy Detroit movement’s permit to occupy Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit has been extended one more day so that City Council can vote on whether to extend it further, according to a protest organizer. “Our permit will be ending tonight, but the City Council said they would extend it one day so they could vote on an extension at their meeting tomorrow,” said Occupy Detroit direct action committee member Michael Shallal. [TheSouthEnd]
El Paso: Occupy El Paso’s permit from the city expired Sunday afternoon in time for the Christmas lights to be set up. Most protestors had packed up their things and left, but a few stayed behind. Police arrived and handed out 13 citations. Occupy El Paso will have a meeting tonight at Cleveland Park and decide as a group on their next move. They do plan on attending tomorrow’s City Council meeting to ask for a new permit. [ktsm]