The OB Media Rundown for 5/25/12

Occupy Activists use ‘rapid response’ text messaging system to defend home from sheriff’s eviction [MN]

Occupy had boasted a presence at the home for 25 days, but only four or five activists were there guarding the front and back doors at 4044 Cedar Ave South when the sheriffs arrived at around 3:30 p.m. The activists quickly employed a rapid-response text messaging system that Occupy Homes had just put into effect, and within an hour, approximately 100 of their friends had arrived. Occupy activists cordoned off the street with signs and banners, the sheriffs deputies retreated, and Minneapolis police officials replaced them. By 5 p.m. the confrontation was diffused once it became clear that the city police would not seize the Cruz home.

http://tinyurl.com/c8h59el

Reflecting on Cleveland’s experience after passing the nation’s first responsible banking law two decades ago

Q: Is there any way you can gauge whether this law has reduced unsavory lending practices, prevented foreclosures or pushed banks’ support low-income communities in other ways?

A: We were hard hit by foreclosures. Our foreclosures were subprime loans and a lot of those were not purchase loans. But a high percentage of the subprime loans came in through the home repair door. So, they were targeting minorities, seniors and people for whom English was a second language. And they were targeting people with high equity. The city introduced an ordinance in 2002 which caused a lot of predatory subprime lenders to not have a Cleveland address. As we looked at foreclosures and defaults, our depository banks had a fairly low inventory of REOs [Real Estate Owned properties] and foreclosures in their loan portfolios with the city, where they were working on development projects and development activity.

http://tinyurl.com/bmkjchh

‘Among the rebels’ – Nine camps, dozens of interviews and two months among the dissidents of Occupy

[Boston] When I arrive, much of the community is gathered in front of a towering spot-lit brick wall to hold the evening’s general assembly. The facilitators, a young German-American named Anna and a middle-aged man named Greg, first spend ten minutes explaining the general assembly process.

A young man named John stands up. His army issue cap covers his eyes: “The safety group proposes that we remove a certain individual, Henry [from the camp].” Henry is an alcoholic who is at times violent. Despite interventions and counseling from members of the camp, Henry is extremely disruptive. As the group debates the proposal, the hypocrisy becomes apparent: How can an avowedly inclusive community defend forcible removal of a member, especially in a public space?

In the next hour-and-a-half, the conversation vacillates between booting Henry out and allowing him to stay-illuminating both the success and failure of the camps.

In hundreds of parks in towns and cities across North America and the world, Occupy camps vitalize debate by “occupying” what might otherwise be abstract conversations with real people and real problems, often leading to real solutions. At the same time, the energy needed to care for the homeless, addicts, and mentally ill-members of the community most affected by the nation’s wealth disparity-undermines the progress of the movement.

http://tinyurl.com/6ul4faw


Lawsuit decries raid on Occupy ‘People’s Library’

The city of New York violated the Constitution by raiding an Occupy Wall Street site last year, destroying the “People’s Library” and seizing its 3,600 books, a new lawsuit charged Thursday.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan demanded at least $50,000 in damages, enough to cover the $43,000 value of the books and other costs, along with several thousand dollars in punitive damages.

The books were taken in the early morning hours of Nov. 15 when police raided a Manhattan park where the group had gathered for several months to protest income inequality in the United States. Among the books seized were classics by William Shakespeare and Fyodor Dostoevsky, as well as various autobiographies, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s own, “Bloomberg on Bloomberg,” the suit said.

http://tinyurl.com/6rfqehd

Occupy Wall Street-Affiliated Group Sides With Federal Judge Jed Rakoff In SEC Feud

A group affiliated with Occupy Wall Street has come to the defense of a federal judge who is on the ropes in his fight with the Securities and Exchange Commission over whether he can reject a settlement he thinks is unfair.

In an amicus “friend of the court” brief filed earlier this week, the Occupy-associated group argues that Manhattan federal district Judge Jed Rakoff acted within his rights when he threw out a $285 million settlement between the SEC and Citigroup late last year. Rakoff said in November that the “neither admit nor deny” language left him no way to determine whether the settlement was fair.

While the well-reasoned brief is notable — a sign, perhaps, that some affiliated with the Occupy movement are developing into a more traditional advocacy group — it likely won’t swing momentum in favor of Rakoff. At every other turn, the judge is losing the fight to exert judicial authority over agreements reached between the SEC and defendants like Citigroup.

http://tinyurl.com/cbsts46

Has the FBI Launched a War of Entrapment Against the Occupy Movement?

With the high-profile arrest of activists on terrorism charges in Cleveland on May Day and in Chicago during the NATO summit there, evidence is mounting that the FBI is unleashing the same methods of entrapment against the Occupy Wall Street movement that it has used against left movements and Muslim-Americans for the last decade.

Simply put, the Cleveland and Chicago cases appear to be instances of the federal government foiling its own terror plots. Two days before the Cleveland plot was supposedly thwarted, David Shipler, author of Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America, presciently described in the New York Times the mechanics of the FBI trap about to be sprung. Shipler wrote that FBI terror stings typically begin by targeting “suspects for pure speech” such as comments, emails and “angry postings” on the Internet. The suspects are then “woo[ed] into relationships with informers, who are often convicted felons working in exchange for leniency, or with FBI agents” working undercover. Some suspects are “incompetent and adrift, like hapless wannabes looking for a cause that the informer or undercover agent skillfully helps them find.” Noting that the FBI is “cultivating potential terrorists,” Shipler asked, “would the culprits commit violence on their own?”

http://tinyurl.com/c7ns7pg

SEC trials increase 50 percent as execs refuse to settle, fight lawsuits instead

The wave of litigation has two main sources: more complex cases stemming from the 2008 financial crisis and a related increase in lawsuits filed against individual executives.

The collapse of the housing market and resulting financial turmoil involved complex securities for which there was little legal precedent. In addition, the agency has brought more financial crisis lawsuits against executives — more than 50 so far — and individuals are often inclined to fight claims that could damage or end their careers.

Those cases, which have required years of investigation, are central to the agency’s effort to restore its reputation after being battered for more than three years by lawmakers, judges and investors who claimed it hasn’t been tough enough in holding Wall Street to account.

http://tinyurl.com/bvpya44

The US Government Is Running A Massive Spy Campaign On Occupy Wall Street

Interest in the Occupy protesters was not limited to DHS and local law enforcement authorities. The most recently released correspondence contains Occupy-related missives between the DHS and agencies at all levels of government, including the Mayor of Portland, regional NOC “fusion centers,” the General Services Administration (GSA), the Pentagon’s USNORTHCOM (Northern Command), and the White House. Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the PCJF, contends that the variety and reach of the organizations involved point to the existence of a larger, more pervasive domestic surveillance network than previously suspected.

These documents show not only intense government monitoring and coordination in response to the Occupy Movement, but reveal a glimpse into the interior of a vast, tentacled, national intelligence and domestic spying network that the U.S. government operates against its own people. These heavily redacted documents don’t tell the full story. They are likely only a subset of responsive materials and the PCJF continues to fight for a complete release. They scratch the surface of a mass intelligence network including Fusion Centers, saturated with ‘anti-terrorism’ funding, that mobilizes thousands of local and federal officers and agents to investigate and monitor the social justice movement

http://tinyurl.com/chaptcd

Occupy your union bureaucracy: An insider’s call

Among vast portions of the labour aristocracy, solidarity is replaced with a stasi-like defence of the status quo; loyalty is redefined to mean blind allegiance to the governing officialdom, rather than to the dues paying membership and their constitution; and workplace and union democracy is no longer a goal, but a potentially treasonous nuisance. To enforce these redefined “values” the bureaucracy purges non-conforming ideas and individuals in a swift, coordinated and merciless way. Not the kind of modus operandi folks like me signed up for. Definitely not the kind that is capable, in its current state, of building a better world.

These are just the internal symptoms or mechanisms, if you will, by which the workers’ army finds itself today, for the most part, in utter denial of the severity and urgency of the threat to working people, our democracy, and our world. This is how they manage to remain virtually silent against the ever- encroaching corporatist police-state, bankster control of our economies, the violations of our civil liberties, and the intensifying wars of aggression, while desperately clinging to electoral parties that will do little more than further enforce the status quo, hopefully sparing some space or security for the labour bureaucracy that supports the party most.

Sadly, this is not the story of just one union. Over the past 20 years I have been a member, activist, leader, national and international union representative in six private and public sector trade unions and I can solidly say that the sun is about to set on the labour movement unless the people take back their unions, specifically their centralized labour bureaucracies. Occupy them.

http://tinyurl.com/czbjs3r

New study reveals Millennials’ activism spurred by personal experience and disillusionment

From the Occupy movement to the immigration marches to civil rights rallies, each gathering has included a large number of young people, especially people of color, who are making their presence seen and their voices heard.

For anyone who has ever wondered why there seems to be an increase in social consciousness among young people these days, a new report released by the Applied Research Center titled Millennials, Activism and Race sheds light on their motivations, the social justice issues that have stirred their passions and their attitudes towards race, government and representation.

http://tinyurl.com/cz5djvk

Climate Change Will More Than Triple Annual US Heat-Death Toll

In an average summer in the United States, there are 1,332 heat-related deaths. But climate change will make that number rise to 4,608 by the end of the century, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. In total, the US can expect 150,000 deaths due to excessive heat by 2100, the report projects.

http://tinyurl.com/7dydk9n

Police make arrests in protest at downtown Portland post office

Police say 12 people were arrested in downtown Portland on Thursday during an Occupy Portland-affiliated protest of cuts and closures in the U.S. Postal Service.

About 80 people chanted, sang and called for the resignation of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe at the University Station Post Office at 1505 SW 6th Ave.

The crowd arrived after 5:30 p.m., and said they disagreed with recently announced plans to close almost 250 mail processing plants nationwide beginning this summer, leading to reduced postal service and jobs.

http://tinyurl.com/7fm4z6e

Occupy the country club?? “99 percent” protesters get creative with GOP Rep. Dan Lungren

In a sign that the “99 percent” movement may be getting more creative – and perhaps more mainstream - in their movement, a crowd of parents, kids and workers from Sacramento took their protest right to the champagne-and-chardonney crowd at the swank Sequoyah Country Club Thursday in an effort to embarrass their GOP Rep. Dan Lungren.

The group of about 40, a coalition of working folks, labor reps, MoveOn.org activists, “occupied” the Oakland hills country club at around 6 p.m. as Lungren’s campaign re-election fundraiser was in session there. The Congressman, meeting with supporters upstairs, never emerged, but that didn’t stop the crowd.

http://tinyurl.com/7gepnna

Montreal-like student protests likely in Ontario

There is a likelihood of the student protests in Montreal growing into a mass movement in other cities across Canada, experts say.

“It is in fact growing because it is about tuition fees which is an issue that affects all students across Canada and it is also about the issue of social inequality,” said Dr. Vincent Mosco , an expert on social movements from Queen’s University.

“It is a big concern to the occupy movements and I noticed recently the biggest demonstration in Montreal the other night was supported by other demonstrations in New York by the occupy people,” said Mosco.

http://tinyurl.com/d9k27ob

Occupy movement spreads to Mexico

May 24, 2012 (IPS) – The “Occupy” movement has spread to Mexico, where thousands of university students have taken to the streets, bringing fresh air to a superficial and flat election campaign and forcing political parties to pay attention to a long-ignored segment of the population.

“Our movement is demanding the democratisation of the media, and accurate, unbiased coverage,” said Sofía Alessio, one of the protesters, who belongs to the organising committee at the private Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM).
. . .

The student protests, which are common during election campaigns, are taking aim at “the heavy concentration of the electronic media, which limits freedom of expression and the right to information,” Luís Vázquez, a researcher at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), told IPS.

“It is necessary to democratise the media, to avoid an authoritarian regime. That has become the central demand,” the academic said.

http://tinyurl.com/cc2y93f

Welcome to London, Austerity City

After a year of Occupy and trade union demonstrations in London, the sense of unfairness is growing as support for the Government erodes.

Austerity measures are taking effect just as Britain enters its first double-dip recession since the 1970s. The budgets of Tower Hamlets and the deprived boroughs of Hackney and Newham were cut the most among London neighbourhoods last year, while wealthy Richmond-upon-Thames’ budget was reduced the least.

Income inequality among working-age people has risen faster in Britain than in any other wealthy Western country since 1975. Nowhere is the divide more evident than in Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf. Many of Canary Wharf’s 95,000 workers travel to and from the skyscrapers on trains that pass under or over the 240,000 residents of Tower Hamlets. A four-lane highway and railway separate Canary Wharf from the rest of the borough. There are guarded checkpoints for cars.

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Occupy Boston Daily Digest for 5/25/12-5/27/12

Good Morning from Occupy Boston!

Stories of the Day: Tell me they aren’t going to use these on protesters: American police officers may soon be able to use unmanned aircraft not only for surveillance, but also for offensive action. The drones may be equipped to fire rubber rounds and tear gas. The US military and CIA have used drones armed with lethal weapons to target militants overseas for years. The prospect of having “lite” versions of those remotely controlled killer-machines circling over America gave some second thoughts to rights groups. “It’s simply not appropriate to use any force, lethal or non-lethal, on a drone,” Catherine Crump, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told CBSDC. For more, see Drones Over U.S. to Get Weaponized. And the business of marketing drones to law enforcement is booming. Now that Congress has ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to open up U.S. airspace to unmanned vehicles, the aerial surveillance technology first developed in the battle space of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan is fueling a burgeoning market in North America. And even though they’re moving from war zones to American markets, the language of combat and conflict remains an important part of their sales pitch — a fact that ought to concern citizens worried about the privacy implications of domestic drones. For more, see Drones for Urban Warfare. And the TSA is expanding its powers and is now conducting random searches on highways. For the video news report, click here. For a good round-up of recent news about attacks on our civil liberties, including TSA mistreatment of children and adults in airports, see Occupy Albany’s Civil Liberties Review. And a Saudi inventor’s proposal to insert semiconductors subcutaneously in visitors and remotely kill them if they misbehave will not be patented in Germany. Reporters said the document proposed that tiny semiconductors be implanted or placed by injection under the skin of people so their whereabouts could be tracked by global-positioning satellites. This could be used to prevent immigrants overstaying. A model B of the system would contain a poison such as cyanide, which could be released by remote control to “eliminate” people if they became a security risk. The document said this could be used against terrorists or criminals. For more, see Patent for Killer Chip Denied. And a member of Occupy Boston was among the NATO protesters who was attacked by police. He has 10 stitches in his head, and a genuine concern for those who were brutalized even harder. Asked whether he plans to attend the next major action wherever it may be, he answers in the affirmative. For more, see Behind The Stiches: The Face Of Chicago Police Violence At NATO Protests. And Occupy Chicago reports a first-hand account from the NATO protester who was run over by a Chicago Police van: “Amico was hit in the chest and fell hard, slamming his head onto the pavement. ‘It stomped on the gas the second I stepped in front. It was intentional,”’he told OCT. ‘Mind you, they sped off after this. It was a hit and run.’ James “Jack” Amico was struck, thrown to ground, and treated for a concussion at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.” For the story, see CPD’s Hit And Run Victim Exists, And Tells His Story.

Other Occupies/Protests: More than 400 protesters were “kettled” and arrested last night (5/23) in Montreal and mass arrests were reported in other cities in Canada as the student-led demonstrations gained even more momentum. This came after at least 300 people were arrested and twenty were injured in Montreal during weekend clashes between police and protesters, according to CTV. The movement began after a proposed tuition hike of $1,625, which would be implemented over several years. Support rallies were held in some cities in the US. For more, see 400 Arrested in Montreal Last Night, and Protests Spread to Other Cities. And on May 19, at least 20,000 people held a major rally of the local Occupy movement in Frankfurt, Germany, to decry austerity measures affecting much of Europe, the dominance of banks, and what they call untamed capitalism. The protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe’s biggest financial hub on a warm and pleasant afternoon, said Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis. He said 20,000 people were there, while organizers put the number at 25,000. The protest group, named Blockupy, has called for blocking access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt’s business district. For more, see 20,000 March at Frankfurt Occupy Protest Rally and Frankfurt sees 20,000 Protest Austerity. And Germany’s changed social stuctures means there’s a section of voters no longer served by the main parties. They are the only German party that treats freedom not just as an idealistic utopia or an economic principle but as a very real tenet of organisation. They want to protect civil rights, to increase every individual’s range to take action, and to give citizens more power to take part in political decisions through electronic means. Their method of policy-making illustrates their unconventional approach to policy-making. They call it “Liquid Democracy” and it involves members making suggestions online which then get bounced around through chat rooms, which they call Pirate Pads, before emerging from cyberspace into the real world as policy. Polls suggest that the biggest support for the Pirates is among those aged under 34. For more, see The Pirate Party Fills the Political Gap and Germany’s Pirate Party Riding High.

Attention Digest Fans: For the next two weeks while I take some much-needed time off, our special guest editor will be the Digest’s Founding Father, Kevin! Please email events to him at kevin@occupyboston.org.

“‎It is very easy to conform to what our society or your parents or your teachers tell you. That is a safe and easy way of existing: but that is not living. To live is to find out for yourself what is true.” Jiddu Krishnamurti

Upcoming Events:

  • This Monday, May 28, we encourage everyone to attend the Community Gathering hosted by the Anti-Oppression Working Group in which segments of the video series “Race: The Power of An Illusion” will be viewed and discussed, include how colonialism structured the creation of racism in the U.S. context. This event will be held at the Community Church of Boston from 6-9PM. See the notice below attached to this email or go to the Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP. https://www.facebook.com/events/396328103743103/ (NOTE: There is a significant overlap in membership between the Decolonize to Liberate and Anti-Oppression Working Groups and over the summer, the AOWG members may be visiting more of DtL meetings/events and DtL is likewise encouraged to visit any AOWG events to explore compatibility and broadening of shared analyses.)
  • Planning the Next Occupation: June 1, 7pm-11pm, Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common. We call on every supporter (past and present) to come to this Popular Assembly. We ask that you help be the change we all want to see in this world. We ask you to come, and share YOUR VOICE as Occupy begins its next step towards SOCIAL JUSTICE! Oh and bring a tent icon wink Occupy Boston Daily Digest for 5/25/12 5/27/12 (who knows what we all will together decide!)
  • June 2, 2012, 11am, Riley Plaza, Salem, corner of Washington and New Derby Streets. Occupy Salem is holding a Salem Trial of Bank of America. Join us – Offer Testimony & March to the the Bank to deliver the Verdict! Bank of America stands accused of: Predatory lending practices and Foreclosure Fraud; Being the US’s #1 financier of the coal industry, and in turn, a leading contributor to climate change in the United States; Extortion of the public through excessive fees and penalties; Paying CEOs Millions in Bonuses while Crashing the Economy; Lobbying, bribes, credit card loan-sharking; paying $0 taxes, etc. For more information, contact OccupySalemMass@gmail.com.

  • June 2, 2012: Occupy the Judge Rotenberg Center Peaceful Protest. Occupy the JRC is a coalition of cross disability activists and allies who are determined to get the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts closed down, or at the very least force them to stop using electric shocks, restraints, and aversives on the students who are sent there. For those who may not know, the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) is a “school of last resort” for children with developmental disabilities (many of their students are Autistic) or other difficulties which eschews the use of psychiatric medications in favor of physical restraints and aversives, including the use of two-second skin shocks. Speakers: Senator Brian A. Joyce, Kat Whitehead (Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth), Dan Fisher (National Empowerment Center), Ari Ne’eman (Autistic Self Advocacy Network), Laurie Ahern (Disability Rights International), Daniel Hazen (Voices of the Heart), Joseph Sitinbull (Helping Others to Promote Equality) and more! For more information, contact: Daniel@ (518) 932-3137. info@occupyjrc.org and see http://www.occupyjrc.org.
  • American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism. Sponsored by Haymarket Books and the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series. Sunday, June 3, 2012 – 3pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave – 5th Floor, Boston, MA. ALL EMPIRES SPIN self-serving myths, and in the United States the most potent of these is that America is a force for democracy around the world. Yet there is a tradition of American anti-imperialism that gives the lie to this mythology. Richard Seymour examines this complex relationship from the American Revolution to the present-day. RICHARD SEYMOUR is a socialist writer and columnist and runs the blog Lenin’s Tomb. He is the author of The Liberal Defense of Murder and The Meaning of David Cameron. He has appeared on Democracy Now!, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Radical Philosophy and Historical Materialism. Originally from Northern Ireland, he now resides in London, where he is studying for a PhD at the London School of Economics. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit: http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/American-Insurgents.
    To view an excerpt of American Insurgents, visit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/93260547/American-Insurgents
  • Anti ACTA, SOPA, PIPA, CCI, CISPA, MPAA, RIAA, MPA, ARAA, internet ID, censorship protest June 9, 2012.
    Liberty Plaza, New York, NY 10006

    NATIONWIDE, CALLING ALL OCCUPIERS!!!! Knowledge should be free. This is a serious threat to education of people lower on the caste system. It will damage opportunity for all greatly. It also promotes monopoly and greed within governance as well as control of the people. This protest is to take place on the same date as a similar protest taking place in Paris France. MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD. SUPPORT FAIR USE AND EDUCATION! Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/287232521354857

  • June 11: THREE national routes… THIRTEEN hub cities… TWENTY days… ONE NATIONAL OCCUPY GATHERING IN THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE. The Occupy Caravan plan is officially launched! ”This Land is Our Land” Summer Caravan kicks off June 11 from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. We will travel three routes across America on our way to Philadelphia for the five-day Occupy National Gathering that ends July 4 on Independence Mall! At each stop, cities will be organizing events to welcome the Caravan which brings with it musicians, speakers and performers — a traveling democratic road show that educates as it entertains! Feed-in caravans will be joining along the way, and a full day of celebration is scheduled in half a dozen Hub cities. Invite neighbors, friends and family to come out for this continental gathering where we’ll share stories as individuals and communities growing stronger together — then hop on board and travel the rest of the way to Philly! How bad do you want your democracy? Enough to take it back? As we celebrate the history of America that we are about to write, only one thing is required: Our Participation. Visit the Schedules and Cities page to find out when the Caravan reaches your town so you can plan an event and then climb aboard. Official route map to be issued soon…See you in June! http://occupycaravan.webs.com/. Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Caravan/307692495949585.
  • June 22: Occupy Summer Camp in Maine. Dobson’s Farm, 78 Old Cape Road, Kennebunkport, Maine. Occupy Our Neighborhood, the Kennebunk Occupy group is hosting Occupy Summer Camp with a number of folks from Occupy Maine Portland. This is our opportunity to work with other Occupy groups to focus our efforts on reversing corporate personhood and the issues related to money in politics, environment and local economies. We hope to have a good attendance to include your thoughts and ideas and to plan the camp. Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/238631406237615/.
  • From Occupy Wall Street: September 17, 2012, The People’s Picket on Wall Street, 7am-10am. We will form a massive moving picket line on our one-year anniversary, and continue the conversation we started One year prior with boots on the ground. People from all over the world get ready to shut it down.

Friday, May 25-Sunday, May 27, 2012

Event Highlights:

  • This Friday, May 25, the Decolonize to Liberate Working Group of Occupy Boston will be continuing its discussion of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and action implications for our work together. Maria Cristina will facilitate. Our weekly meeting is held on Fridays, 6-8PM, at The First Parish Church in Cambridge, corner of Mass Avenue and Church Street, and easily accessible from the Harvard Square T-Stop. Enter through the far door on Church Street and ring the bell for entrance on the inner door.
  • From Occupy Wall Street: On Saturday, May 26th, at 12pm at Bryant Park, 42nd Street at 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10018, OWS Direct Action Group launches Summer Disobedience School - kicking off 3 months of city-wide mayhem! We’ve completed Spring Training – and we’re moving and communicating in the streets like never before. Now we take our fight to sites of injustices throughout NYC, gradually building a culture of radical non-violent disobedience. We’ll be disrupting banks, corporations and the state all summer long, starting with the crooks in mid-town. We graduate as a full-on revolutionary force September 17th: City-Wide Shut Down! More details to come… Facebook event page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/343421022384775/355202957873248.

Calendar for Friday, May 25, 2012

5:30pm – 7pm, Women’s Caucus Working Group Meeting, 14 Beacon St, First Floor, Boston.

6pm-8pm Queer Trans DA Working Group Meeting, Boston Common Bandstand (if rain, City Place Food Court, in the Transportation Building)
7pm – 9pm Radio WG Meeting, Encuentro 5 (33 Harrison Ave, 5th floor) We need as much help as possible, have room for shows, need producers and people to follow up on the Music Department. We’d love your ideas, concerns and suggestion as we get up to the present updates and check-ins from various depts in the radio station.
Calendar for Saturday, May 26, 2012

2pm-4pm Safer Spaces Cluster Meeting, at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Avenue, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02111

3pm-4:45pm Facilitation WG meeting, at City Place Food Court in the Transportation Building

4:30pm-6:30pm Anti-Oppression WG Meeting, at Arlington St. Church (1st floor) 351 Arlington St. (corner of Arlington and Boylston Sts.)

5pm-8:30 pm General Assembly, at Community Church of Boston – 565 Boylston Street. In Copley Square.

Calendar for Sunday, May 27, 2012

1pm – 3pm The Icarus Project WG Meeting, Gazebo on Boston Common (City Place Food Court in the Transportation Building if raining) Radical mental health support and activism.

1pm – 3pm People of Color WG Meeting, First Church of Roxbury – 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury

4pm – 5pm Socialist Caucus Meeting, Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave 5th Floor

5pm – 8:30pm, Action Assembly, Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street (across from Copley)

Please note! Meetings and their locations are subject to change. We encourage you to check the Occupy Boston Calendar for the most up-to-date information. There are events scheduled all day for the May 1 General Strike and regularly scheduled events may not be held.

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Day 224 – OM Digest 2.0

Where are the tent monsters?

OM community contribution (Scott Day)

It has been noted and stated many times that Occupy Melbourne is insular. In the sense of having a news source that easily and effectively communicates with Melbournians, Victorians, Australians and the rest of the 99%, this is true – for too long, we’ve not had a simple, streamlined means of communication.

However, we at OM are just people of course, and Occupy Melbourne has suffered, and continues to suffer massive burnout – we fought hard and we fought long to keep an occupation alive and continuous, 24/7. We did so for 70 days and was quite an amazing event. Most of us are either recovering, travelling, working. Some of us are still committed full-time to it, and many work very hard indeed.

The Occupy movement is entering a new phase of actually going forth and enacting these changes in the communities of the world – OM is no exception to this and has several projects underway. The next 6 months will be big – stay tuned.

Of course, one could say there’s millions in Melbourne who could have, and should have, been more involved in Occupy. How could you not agree with the ideas and believe these changes can occur in our lifetime, and we get to be the generations to see through, to live through, to even enact, this wonderful change.

The digest will attempt to maintain daily posts, covering local contributions, as well as many links and summaries of articles, videos, events, concepts and discussions occurring.

Occupy Schlossplatz

Event/Concept (Germany)

Occupy Schlossplatz calls for the community to openly come together and attempt to redesign its city square in Stuttgart, Germany. This is something talked about often within OM as our own city square is neglected and corporatised.

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Article: “The US Government Is Running A Massive Spy Campaign On Occupy Wall Street”

From Business Insider, May 24 2012

Does Obama, as he claims, “stand with the 99 percent,” or with those who cannot stand them?

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Video: Solidarite

Source: Youtube, May 24 2012

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Students, union leaders and even teachers marked the 100th day of a strike that has garnered international attention. The rally and march by 150,000 people was one of the biggest signs of opposition to Premier Jean Charest’s planned $1,800 tuition hike over seven years.

Ref: 100th day of student strike (London Free Press)