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#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines

YOUR WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF OCCUPY MOVEMENT NEWS FROM THE OCCUPIED WALL STREET JOURNAL

The 99 Mile March comes home. Photo: Yoni Jakob Brombacher Miller
This week in Occupy, the 99 Mile March rocked its way across two states, the movement survived an NYPD smear campaign, Comic Con got #occupied, and banks continued their usual reprehensible behavior.

#Led by the Occupy Guitarmy, the 99 Mile March arrived in Manhattan via the Staten Island ferry to honor folk singer Woody Guthrie on his 100th birthday. The trek, which began in Pennsylvania on July 5 following the Occupy National Gathering, terminated at Liberty Square, where marchers were greeted by police. At least one was injuredand three were arrested in the aftermath.

Occupy Wall Street activists Justin Wedes and Rodney Deas read with students at the Paul Robeson Freedom School in Brooklyn. Photo: Ángel Franco
#After their Hamptons action, the MoneyOut/VotersIn affinity group of Occupy Wall Street released talking points about the Koch Brothers, who were apparently so rattled that they released a set of their own. In them, they call Andy Stephanian, Occupy Wall Street‘s media adviser,  a “convicted terrorist” because he was one of theSHAC 7, which campaigned to shut down a notorious animal testing lab only to be sentenced to Gitmo North.

#The Paul Robeson Freedom School summer camp, started by members of Occupy Wall Street and modeled on civil-rights-era Freedom Schools, was profiled in the New York Times.

#Madeline Nelson described her jail visit with Mark Adams, who has been dubbed Occupy Wall Street’s first political prisoner.

#On July 11, the NYPD announced that DNA recovered from a bicycle chain at the site of a wildcat fare strike in March had been matched with DNA linked to the unsolved killing of Sarah Fox, a Julliard student whose naked body was discovered in Inwood Hill Park in 2004. The story was sensationalized on the New York Post’s front page and in multiple mainstream media outlets. The next day two anonymous sources from the medical examiner’s office told the New York Times that the DNA likely came from a lab worker who worked on both cases. So where were the retractions? A skimpy three-paragraph article buried in the next day’s Post admitted that the link was a lab error, a far cry from the previous day’s cover splash. The lopsided coverage angered members of Occupy Wall Street, who came to suspect the leak was part of an NYPD smear campaign. While it’s certainly true that the NYPD has no love for the city’s activists, police commissioner Ray Kelly also might have publicized an Occupy/murder link to detract from a report two days earlier that he and Mayor Bloomberg overstated the department’s counterterror successes.

The Occupy Guitarmy led the 99 Mile March from Philadelphia to New York. Photo: Stacy Lanyon
#The same day he pushed an Occupy/murder link, Ray Kelly actually said his racist stop-and-frisk policy is for the black and Latino population’s own good. But the policy may hit judicial roadblocks, as recent rulings by federal and state courts have now cast judges as the most potent critics of the practice.

#Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s police department continues enforcing its stop-and-frisk policy, albeit with “legal safeguards.”

#Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter’s ban on feeding the homeless was blocked by a federal judge.

#If Occupy did one thing, the Christian Science Monitor reported, it put the wealth gap in the news, and kept it there.

#“Nobody trusts the system anymore,” Occupy Wall Streeter Alexis Goldstein toldChris Hayes on MSNBC.

#Debt is emerging as a connective thread for Occupy organizers and their allies as they begin to build toward the movement’s one-year anniversary, Truthout opines.

#A California appeals court ruled that police officers may be held liable for injuring someone with a pepper ball projectile intended to disperse a crowd. The decision, which stems from a 2004 incident, is a good sign for the U.C. Davis students doused with pepper spray in November, who have sued university police.

Comic Con: #Occupied. Photo: Russ Burlingame
#Occupy Fresno joined Members of Faith In Community and Peace Fresno to call for a divestment of accounts with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs.

#In the early hours of July 10, armed SWAT officers burst through the doors of an apartment belonging to organizers of Occupy Seattle as part of an ongoing investigation into the May Day riots. Phillip Neel, one of the residents of the apartment, spoke about the ordeal.

#San Diego Comic Con International staged an Occupy Comics panel on July 15 featuring David Lloyd, Zoetica Ebb, Susie Cagel and other contributors to the Occupy Comics Anthology.

#The LAPD brutalized participants of Chalkwalk, a sidewalk-decorating festival staged by Occupy Los Angeles around the Downtown LA Art Walk to bring attention to the arrests that have been occurring at 626 Wilshire. The police fired rubber bulletsat occupiers and non-occupiers alike, arresting 17.

#A federal court awarded $200,000 to an Orlando activist who was imprisoned for 18 days after scribbling “The revolution will not be televised” and “All I want for Christmas is a revolution”  in front of city hall last December.

#An Occupy Eugene member was arrested on July 11 as the group dismantled its latest base at the behest of federal officials who ordered an end to the 10-week demonstration outside the Federal Building. “Brave Beatrice,” a.k.a. Emily Semple, 58, said she never thought she’d want to get arrested. “But this is important,” she said. “There’s no way that I’m not going to stand up for my First Amendment rights.”

Members of Occupy Sun Valley blocked a pathway during a demonstration at the Allen & Company Conference on July 12. Photo: Getty
#Occupy Santa Cruz is back, and the police are right on its heels.

#The Oakland City Council voted unanimously to end its relationship with Goldman Sachs if it did not terminate an interest rate swap deal the city entered into with the investment behemoth back in 1997. If Goldman refuses, the city council will enlist the Stop Goldman Sachs Coalition, a group with members affiliated with Occupy Wall Street.

#Occupy Marin has taken up the cause of a Mill Valley couple who are trying to avoid being evicted from the home they lost to foreclosure. Patricia Goff, 60, was in a serious car accident and has been unable to work, and she and her husband face eviction by Wells Fargo.

#Occupy Wall Street #occupied the Allen and Company retreat for media and tech moguls in Sun Valley, Idaho, on July 12, laying down on the sidewalk near the town’s duck pond where Google co-founder Sergey Brin and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg were enjoying lunch.

#One week after nearly 700 nurses, nurse assistants and laundry, dietary and housekeeping staff began walking the picket lines at five HealthBridge nursing homes in a strike over unfair labor practices, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman came out to join them.

#In a settlement negotiated by the ACLU, Occupy Delaware agreed to temporarily suspend its occupation of Wilmington’s Spencer Plaza in September to make way for a much-needed $1.2 million renovation. The group has maintained the longest-lasting Occupy Wall Street-inspired tent occupation in the nation despite freezing weather, violent storms, blistering heat, the hazards of night and attempts by the city to renege on agreements.

Nurses picketed HealthBridge over unfair labor practices. Photo: 1199NE
#Occupy Tampa met with the West Tampa Community Development Corporation to discuss claims that the encampment in the privately-owned Voice of Freedom Park on Main Street is tarnishing the city’s image. But in fact, some residents said it wasn’t until Occupy Tampa fully inhabited the park seven months ago that they finally felt empowered to use it.

#Occupy Knoxville activist Paul Jacobs penned an editorial in the Knoxville News Sentinel urging his overwhelmingly conservative neighbors to recognize that “we live in a closed system of control, designed so that we find a wall any way we turn,” and “another world is possible.”

#Some of the nation’s largest corporations — General Electric, Caterpillar, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Chevron, Cisco, Intel, Stanley Works, Merck, United Technologies and Oracle — cut their workforces by 2.9 million people over the last decade while hiring 2.4 million people overseas.

#A federal judge upheld two Springfield, Massachusetts, anti-foreclosure ordinances, ruling against six regional banks that sought to overturn the regulations.

#Major websites and human rights advocates criticized a proposed law that would grant the Russian government broad new powers to restrict online content, supposedly to protect children from pornography and other harmful material. Critics said the law could quickly lead to repression of speech and a restrictive firewall like the one in China.

#A peaceful march in support of the Asturian miners in Madrid led to violence when police evicted the crowd.

A Spanish demonstrator protested against recent austerity measures in Madrid on July 13. Photo: The Sunday News
#Spanish civil servants, many dressed in mourning black, took to the streets July 13 in angry protest as the government approved new sweeping austerity measures that include wage cuts and tax increases for a country struggling under a recession and an unemployment rate of 25 percent.

#To show solidarity with the Occupy Movement, Iran hosted the International Wall Street Downfall Cartoon Festival.

#British austerity has left the elderly and the disabled fearing for their lives.

#A march to protest the declared winner of the July 1 presidential election drew 5,000 to Mexico City on July 14. The protesters – a mix of students, adults and families – marched from the Angel of Independence monument to the Zocalo, Mexico City’s largest plaza.

#Indians braved the rain-slicked streets of Guwahati to protest for rights and protections for women, bolstered by the recent molestation of a young girl and an attack on a female member of the legislative assembly. The culprits remain free in both cases, and the government “has failed miserably” in tackling the issue, an advocate said.

#Radical Islamists in northern Mali briefly detained about 90 protesters and whipped them in an apparent attempt to intimidate the locals.

#Syrian security forces killed 200 people in the town of Tremseh in central Hama province, according to anti-government activists. But Bashar al-Assad’s government is nearing its end, as defections from his inner circle mount.

An entry in the International Wall Street Downfall Cartoon Festival. Image: Mahdi Rozbahani.
#While once estimated to be anywhere from $2 billion to $9 billion, the final cost of JPMorgan Chase’s risky hedge was reported to be $5.8 billion.

#In the wake of the Libor scandal, the Justice Department’s criminal division is building cases against several financial institutions and their employees, including traders at Barclays. The Federal Reserve knew of the rate rigging scandal as far back as 2007 and did nothing to stop it. ZeroHedge illuminated the many ways banks commit criminal fraud.

#HSBC is the latest bank to have laundered money for Mexican drug cartels and terrorists because of its lax controls. Last week, the FBI accused Bank of America of laundering money for Las Zetas.

#Visa, MasterCard and major banks agreed to pay retailers at least $6 billion to settle a long-running lawsuit for conspiring to fix the fees that stores pay to accept credit cards. As part of the settlement, stores from Rite Aid to Kroger will be allowed to charge customers more if they pay using a credit card.


Chalkwalk: #Occupied. Photo: Occupied Stories
#Wells Fargo will pay at least $175 million to settle accusations that it discriminated against African-American and Hispanic borrowers in violation of fair-lending laws.

#A range of Facebook users, from political dissidents to technology bloggers, are reporting the sudden blocking of their pages.

#South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham actually said, “It’s really American to avoid paying taxes, legally,” the way Mitt Romney does with his foreign tax shelters.

#The implosion of the subprime lending market has left a scar on the finances of black Americans, one that not only has wiped out a generation of economic progress but could leave them at a financial disadvantage for decades.

#Why does the mainstream media keep perpetuating falsehoods about the ATF’s Fast and Furious operation?

#According to Pew researchers, only half of Americans will exceed their parents’ wealth.

#The next strategic and tactical step in the Medicare For All movement is divestment from private health insurance, TIAA-CREF said.

An estimated 170,000 gathered for an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo. Photo: The Japan Daily Press
#new survey by law firm Labaton Sucharow LLP, which looks to work with potential whistleblowers to help SEC investigations, found 26% of financial employees in the U.S. and U.K. surveyed had firsthand knowledge of “wrongdoing in the workplace.” 16% of those surveyed said they would engage in insider trading if they could make $10 million and not get caught, and 24% believed rules “may have to be broken in order to be successful.”

#In a misguided solution to the threat of voter disenfranchisement in Florida, the Department of Homeland Security has granted state election officials access to a database of noncitizen residents for use in Republican-backed efforts to remove people who are not American citizens from voter registration rolls. The decision came after efforts by the Obama administration to block access.

#Number-cruncher Nate Silver attempts to derive whether voter identification laws depress turnout.

#ProPublica curated the best reporting on detention and rendition under Obama.

Bangladeshi garment workers marched to express solidarity with the striking miners of Spain. Photo: Occupy San Francisco
#Occupy the Film Festival will bring together the most compelling and innovative films of the movement on September 15 at Anthology Film Archives in New York.

#Occupy groups from Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Portland, Sebastopol and Petaluma are joining twenty other social justice activist organizations to protest the powerful 1% elites partying at the secretive Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, California, from July 14 to 29.

#According to Occupy Arrests, there have been 7,360 arrests in 116 cities since September 17.


Want to report news about your occupation or meetup? Email me at JenSacks77@gmail.com.

This week’s roundup was brought to you in conjunction with Occupy ALL the Updates, curated by citizen journalist SIUKittyPie, and Occupier and journalist Kelli Daley.


#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines

YOUR WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF OCCUPY MOVEMENT NEWS

Photo: Aaron Black

This week in Occupy, the National Gathering culminated in a gathering at Independence Mall, TPP was exposed as the latest NAFTA/SOPA nightmare, a Romney fundraiser hosted by David Koch was #occupied, and a homeowners bill of rights passed in California.

#NatGat culminated in Washington, D.C., on July 4 after a four-day occupation that began on June 30. The convergence gave participants a venue to network, prioritize issues and vent their grievances with the movement. This being an Occupy event, activists were greeted with oppression and harassment by police, and dozens were arrested. At one point, riot police engaged in a standoff with members of Veterans for Peace and Occupy Marines, who refused to vacate Independence Mall. Because of the modest turnout – hundreds, as opposed to the hoped-for thousands, some are asking whether the event was a bust.

The Occupellas of San Diego, raising hell as usual.

#About 100 Occupy supporters, led by the Occupy Guitarmy, gathered by the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia on July 5 to kick off a 99-mile march to Wall Street. Their week-long journey is tied to the 100th anniversary ofWoody Guthrie‘s birth on July 14.

#California lawmakers passed the nation’s first homeowners bill of rights, which will provide homeowners with some of the nation’s strongest protections from foreclosure, and such aggressive bank practices as seizing a home while the owner is negotiating to lower mortgage payments.

#The Libor scandal, in which bankers artificially set interest rates on unsecured borrowing, is being called the crime of the century. While the British media has trumpeted the story from its front pages because of Barclays’s involvement, the U.S. media hasn’t given it the same attention, despite the fact that nearly every major American bank is about to be engulfed. Some speculate that this may mark the end of the banking cabal that has apparently learned nothing from the crisis it caused in 2008. Eliot Spitzer, who prosecuted a number of fat cats during his time as Attorney General, says it’s no surprise – the Mafia has been emulating Wall Street’s crooked tactics for years. The biggest losers in this mess are the local governments that entered into false interest rates.

#The Occupella Chorus of San Diego, which raises awareness of Occupy-related issues through song, mic-checked a meeting between U.S. Trade Rep Barbara Weisel and lobbyists, professors and investors at a business roundtable at UCSD on July 3. At issue is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade contract dubbed “NAFTA on steroids” that would supposedly allow for a more open system of exchange between the U.S. and less-developed nations. In addition to driving up the price of medications and other goods across the world, the TPP is also said to include rules on intellectual property that would make participating countries adopt copyright measures far more restrictive than currently required by international treaties. The TPP will also rewrite the global rules on IP enforcement; for this reason, Anonymous refers to it as “SOPA 2.0.” The White House attempted to conceal the plan from the public and Congress because it demonstrates how Obama frequently bows to multinational corporations. The Yes Men crashed secret TPP negotiations in Dallas in May in an attempt to sound an early alarm. Protests against TPP are now popping up everywhere from secret negotiations to shopping malls.

#Censoring social media actually leads to more violent protests, two European researchers found.

#The MoneyOut/VotersIn affinity group of Occupy Wall Street#occupied a lavish fundraiser for Mitt Romney at David Koch’s palatial Southampton estate attended by titans of industryThe mainstream medianoticed.

#The barricades around the iconic “Charging Bull” statue in the Financial District aren’t just ugly, they’re also pushing tourists dangerously into traffic allege 40 members of Community Board 1, who passed a unanimous resolution against the metal gates. The gates were famously erected after the occupation of Zuccotti Park on September 17.

#Chase Manhattan Plaza, one of the early proposed sites for Occupy Wall Street, was open to the public for decades – until September 17. Ten months later the plaza is still closed and Chase is evasive as to why.

#Occupy Storefront issued a call to support Con Ed Local 1 and 2 after the utilitylocked out 8,500 workers following the failure of contract negotiations on July 1. At issue are pension plans, which the financial giant wants to scrap in favor of riskier 401 (k) plans. About 5,000 managers filled in for the locked-out workers during the recent heat wave, and some were injured as a result of their inexperience. “They’re going to kill somebody,” union spokesman John Melia said.

Strong Female Protagonist, Occupy’s first graphic heroine.

#A 20-year-old New School student and Occupy Wall Street activist is the subject of a new graphic novel,Strong Female Protagonist.

#Three Occupy Wall Street activists were arrested after attempting to chain themselves across a Brooklyn Bridge exit ramp to protest the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and the tsunami of corporate campaign funding the decision unleashed.

#While media pundits sound out death knells for Occupy, many activists face harsh consequences for their involvement – like Mark Adams, who is serving a 45-day sentence for trespassing at Trinity Church-owned Duarte Square on December 17, earning him the unenviable distinction of being Occupy’s first political prisoner.

#The NYPD created and distributed Wanted-style posters featuring two Harlem activists who film the police as they conduct unlawful stop-and-frisks, labeling them “professional agitators” and including their home addresses on the flyers. The NYCLU called the harassment “disgusting.” The activists refuse to be intimidated.

#The NYPD also ticketed a couple for dancing the Charleston in a deserted subway station last week, then arrested them for filming the altercation. Neither of these activities is illegal.

Tienanmen Sid blocks a Koch-owned tank. Photo: Jim Brett

#Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is unhappy with Occupiers for posting a photo of two allegedly undercover officers who entrapped Occupiers during the anti-NATO gathering. While the police department won’t confirm or deny that the two are officers, the police superintendent did say that the picture’s release is unethical and “personally disgusting.” So there you go.

#Three Occupiers protesting the arrests of the NATO 5 were arrested themselves as they protested at the State Attorney’s Office. Police arrived at the sit-in almost immediately, arresting the three as they refused to leave.

#Despised South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is trying to eliminate funding for the arts, prompting the rise of a new group called Occupy the Arts, which plans on holding a protest at the Statehouse next week. Haley also vetoed nearly half a million dollars that was slated to go toward domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, calling it a “distraction.”

#The Lakeview Elementary School occupation in Oakland was raided on July 2. The dispersal was calm by all accounts, although protesters say that officers threatened to use chemical weapons to disperse the crowd. The People’s School, which offers classes, is still operating. Lakeview Elementary has been fixture of its neighborhood for nearly 100 years and is currently threatened with closing.

#The 626 Wilshire occupation has been confronted with targeted arrests and escalation of violence. Anthony Lascano, an activist there, was remanded back into custody at a trumped up bail hearing and is now being held on $75,000 bail after speaking truth to power on the sidewalks of Los Angeles for nine months. Help contribute to his bail fund.

#Occupy Marines released a statement to introduce Operation Returning Freedom, which seeks the repeal of the NDAA, the overturning of Citizens United and the toppling of the 1%.Semper Occupare.

#Friend of the paper Mickey Z-Vegan wrote about corporate media blackouts, which make it difficult to get Occupy news. (Hence the need for roundups like these.)

#Occupiers – and Etsy hipsters – have reclaimed the octopus, once a symbol of corporate domination.

#Occupy Buffalo and other Western and Central New York peace groups are calling for the end of the military presence at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station to make way for a solar array, which could increase the area’s renewable energy output by as much as 50 percent and create more than 600 new, higher paying jobs.

#Occupy the Farm is trying to prevent the city of Berkeley from turning a plot of university-owned land into a Whole Foods. Two days earlier, members of the Gill Tract occupation briefly returned to the contentious plot of farmland in Albany to harvest cucumbers, eggplants and other vegetables they planted before police evicted them seven weeks ago for trespassing.

Activists from Marcellus Shale Earth First! erected a blockade at an EQT hydro-fracking site in Moshannon State Forest in Clearfield County, Pa., halting drilling operations. Photo: Green Mountain Brigade

#New Orleans, which has become a haven for sustainable living in the years since the federal government fatally bungled the response to Hurricane Katrina, is home to anawesome community printshop that every occupation should patronize for their printing needs. Here’s how you can keep this project alive.

#Occupy Boise is teaming up with the ACLU to sue the state of Idaho over new protest laws.

#Occupy Wildfire Homes is a relief effort to help all those who lost their homes and livelihoods in the Colorado wildfire disaster.

#Residents of Detroit’s Goldengate neighborhood reported that police ticketed some of the people who are living in abandoned houses they helped make habitable as part of the Goldengate Restoration Project.

#On July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of Occupy organizers, who were confronted with automatic weapons.

#MicCheckWallStreet makes it rain in Seattle.

#During the annual July 4 Cherry Days Parade in Paonia, Colorado, former town councilman Sid Lewis stepped in front of a tank owned by billionaire energy magnate and local ranch owner Bill Koch – brother of Charles and David and owner of Oxbow Mining Co., Gunnison Energy Corp. and a growing list of ranches around Delta, Pitkin and Gunnison counties – in protest of a land-swap project, earning him the nickname “Tienanmen Sid.” “I thought it would be a good chance to speak up about democracy,” Lewis said.

#Bill Zimmerman of Truthout theorizes that Occupy will surpass the activism of the 1960s.

#MicCheckWallStreet dropped $5,000 printed with the messages “Money as speech silences us all, end Citizens United” from a Seattle hotel room.

#Several groups affiliated with OccupySF took to the Canadian Consulate to protest in solidarity with students in Quebec.

Texas A&M students block the hate.

#Gay couple Mark “Major” Jiminez and Beau Chandler were arrested at the Dallas County Clerk’s Office on July 5 after they were denied a marriage license and handcuffed themselves to each other and sat on the floor. “This is about not being treated equal,” Chandler said. For what it’s worth, the couple earned well-wishes from straight couples waiting to get married, as well as the clerk’s assistant, who got teary-eyed when Chandler and Jiminez stated their intention to marry.

#Austin activists celebrated the 4th of July by occupying the capitol building.

#When students at Texas A&M found out that the bile-wielding Westboro Baptist Church was planning a protest at the funeral of a soldier who was killed in active duty, they formed a “maroon wall” around the church to shelter the family and friends of the fallen soldier.

#The Peruvian government has declared a state of emergency in the mountain region of Cajamarca, where thousands have gathered to protest the expansion of a gold mine owned by the U.S.-based Newmont Mining. Using live ammunition against the protesters, police killed five people this week alone.

Members of the European Parliament bid adieu to ACTA. Photo: Occupy Clermont-Ferrand

#The European Parliamentoverwhelmingly defeated an international anti-piracy trade agreement after concern that it would limit Internet freedom sparked street protests in cities across Europe.

#On July 6, the women of Tahrir Square staged a protest against sexual harassment, which is epidemic in the streets of the Arab world’s most populous country.

#The Quebec student strike, which dominated the spring sitting of the Quebec National Assembly, will resume on August 17 when courses are set to begin again at 14 junior colleges.

#Two Athenian men leaped to their deaths on June 28 and 29: a 70-year-old man who jumped from his flat after a court clerk stopped by to issue him an eviction notice, and a middle-aged bank worker who leapt from the Acropolis. Experts associate the growing suicide rate with the disillusionment of the Greek population at the unabated financial crisis.

#Israel’s Occupy movement is struggling against divided leadership, a stronger government and the perception that last summer’s protests accomplished little. Occupy Wall Street organizer Yotam Marom penned an article in Haaretz, “Advice From the Occupy Movement,” urging occupier there to stand with their impoverished Palestinian neighbors.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Mexico City on June 30 to protest vote-buying. Photo: Scott Nodlan

#Police stopped by an Occupy London, Ontario, general assembly meeting to have a dialogue with occupiers, who schooled the police on the Occupy protest experience and asked questions about how to better co-exist moving forward. If only cops in every city were as willing to engage in discussion.

#Ireland is ready to frack, despite the dangers.

#Thousands of people rushed to stores to redeem pre-paid gift cards they said were given to them by the party that won Mexico’s presidency, inflaming accusations that the recent election was marred by widespread vote-buying.

#The Oklahoma Daily wishes Occupy had the passionate intensity of European, Canadian and Mexican protests, which routinely attract tens of thousands. Don’t we all.

#We’ve reported on this before, but debtors’ prisons are making a comeback, thanks to the farming-out of fine collection to private companies, which routinely add interest that people cannot pay. The criminalization of the poor continues.

#Those who default on their student loans are at risk of having their bank accounts drained and wages garnished — more than 30 years after the fact.

Austin, July 4: #occupied.

#A Pennsylvania voter ID law will disenfranchise 10% of voters. Laws all over the country are tossing thousands of votes on technicalities, placing the upcoming election in peril. In Florida, Governor Rick Scott’s voter purge list proved to be 98.4% inaccurate and targets primarily people of color, proving that voter purges are thinly-veiled racism.

#Veteran journalist Bill Moyers explains how SuperPACs are robbing Americans of their say in their democracy. “People haven’t lost their voice – they can’t afford a voice,” he said.

#“The American people are angry,” Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said from the Senate floor. “They are angry because they are living through the worst recession since the Great Depression.”

#Cellphone carriers reported that they responded to a startling 1.3 million demands for subscriber information last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations.

#Fact of the day: America is the easiest country in the world to fire workers, according to the OECD.

#The Union of Concerned Scientists has launched an aggressive ad campaign against Monsanto.

#Are governments preventing people from growing their own food?

#In an apparent capitulation to the exceedingly unpopular tobacco industry, a tiny amendment buried in the federal transportation bill put operators of roll-your-own cigarette operations in Las Vegas and nationwide out of business on July 7. “These cigarettes don’t have any of the chemicals in them, and the papers are chemical-free, unlike the cartons people buy from Philip Morris,” explained Amy Hinds, operator of Sin City Cigarette Factory.

#A student at the School of Economics and Management in Essen, Germany, has been sued for finishing his masters degree eight semesters early, depriving the university of money. Wow, Germany, how downright American of you.

#In a bit of news that will surprise absolutely no one, banks profit from the Colombian drug trade – particularly Bank of America, which laundered money for Mexico’s brutal Zetas cartel.

Occupy Düsseldorf mic-checks a city council meeting on July 5, where they confronted Mayor Dirk Elbers.

#In a frightening example of how the state is tightening its grip around the Internet, it has emerged thatYouTube is complying with thousands of requests from governments to censor and remove videos that show protests and other examples of citizens simply asserting their rights, while also deleting search terms by government mandate.

#The ACLU’s New Jersey chapter has introduced a smartphone app to allow state residents to secretly record police stops, protect the recordings from being deleted by displeased officers and report the incidents to civil rights groups.

#More and more Republican GOP challengers and incumbents have declined, so far, to take Grover Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Maybe because austerity is unpopular and DOES NOT WORK.

#Shocking: Like the oil industry, Wal-mart receives more government handouts than people in need. Meanwhile, the Waltons are the richest family in America – six of themhave more wealth than the bottom 30 percent of the country. That’s right: Six old white people have more wealth than millions of Americans in need.


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There are 18 countries where it’s better to be a woman than the U.S., the only developed nation that does not offer health care or paid maternity leave.

#Joyce D. Miller, an influential advocate for women who believed that equality in the workplace could be best achieved through labor unions, and who championed that cause when she broke into the male-dominated leadership of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., has died at age 84.

#Have you been to jail for justice? You’re in good company.

#Occupy Our Homes ATL and the Pittsburgh community are trying to keep Tacco Collins, single mother of 11, from becoming homeless. Here’s how you can help.

#Occupy Healthcare. Just do it.


Want to report news about your occupation or meetup? Email me at JenSacks77@gmail.com.

This week’s roundup was brought to you in conjunction with Occupy ALL the Updates, curated by citizen journalist SIUKittyPie, and Occupier and journalist Kelli Daley.

#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines

YOUR WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF OCCUPY MOVEMENT NEWS

Thousands march through Los Angeles’s Chinatown to stop Wal-mart’s invasion of Los Angeles. Photo: Neil Jacobs, IATSE Local 600

This week in Occupy, the Occupy National Gathering is under way in Philadelphia, Los Angeles rejects Wal-mart, hundreds marched on California’s capitol to demand a foreclosure moratorium and two Brazilian activists pay with their lives for speaking at the People’s Summit in Rio.

#The Occupy National Gathering is in full swing in Philadelphia until July 4, and the mainstream media took notice. (It’s the turning point of the movement, dontcha know – just like May 1 was.) So far there’s been the predictable police kettling of peaceful protesters, and an unarmed man was hit in the throat with a baton. Check here for live updates.

The Overpass Light Brigade beams its message to drivers in Madison, WI, on June 30.

#At least three of the dozens of people arrested defending the Cruz home in South Minneapolis from foreclosure are now being retroactively charged with third degree riot – a rather serious charge – in addition to obstructing legal process, disorderly conduct and presence at an unlawful assembly.

#Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts unexpectedly flipped his position and joined the majority in declaring the Affordable Care Act constitutional by treating the individual mandate as a tax. Though a rollback of the provisions of the Act already in effect would have detrimental to millions, the resulting law is hardly Medicare-for-all and still treats health care as a consumer product as opposed to a right. Firedoglake separates myth from fact.

#Montana lost the power to enforce its 110-year-old ban on money in politics, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling.

#A demonstration in Chile staged by the Confederation of Chilean Students to protest educational profiteering and rising tuition drew 150,000 to Santiago.

#Two fishermen who openly discussed the impacts of oil, mining and steel projects on people and land at a June 19 People’s Summit meeting tied to Rio + 20 were found dead days later. The men were leaders of the Association of Sea Men, which was set up in 2009 to defend the rights of the fisher-folk working in Rio de Janeiro.

Demonstrators march on the California capitol to demand a moratorium on foreclosure. Photo: Rally For Homes
#Clergy, homeowners, labor unions and Occupy groups from around California rallied at the State Capitol in Sacramento to call for Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers to halt all home foreclosures. Occupy Santa Barbara organized outside the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in solidarity.

#Thousands marched through Los Angeles’s Chinatown on June 30 to stop Walmart from invading Los Angeles with low wage, poverty-level jobs. Ben Harper and Tom Morello performed.

#Twitter has been ordered to give a New York City judge almost three months’ worth of Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris’s tweets despite the social networking company’s efforts to fight prosecutors’ demand for the messages. But Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. ruled that prosecutors would need a search warrant – not just a subpoena – to get the final day’s worth of tweets they seek from Harris.

Queens Occupy activists demonstrate in front of the Citibank building in Long Island City. Photo: Mickey Z-Vegan
#An Occupy Wall Street contingent of about 100 joined New York City’s annual Gay Pride Parade, “reclaiming the parade for community, not corporations,” they said.

#Occupy AstoriaLIC staged Occupy the Citi on June 27 to protest Citibank, the skyline’s main attraction in western Queens.

#A group of former Republic Windows and Doors occupiers are taking back the American dream and forming a worker-run cooperative to manufacture high quality, environmental windows and doors. You remember the epic Republic Windows and Doors occupation in Chicago, don’t you?

#Occupy Congressional candidate and Bum Rush the Vote co-founder George Martinez lost his bid to represent Brooklyn’s 7th district. “This was never about quick fixes, for there are no easy solutions to empowering marginalized communities,” he wrote in a letter to his supporters. “There is only hard work, dedication and innovation.”

#The annual Fourth of July parade in the upstate town of Potsdam, New York, will feature an Occupy Wall Street float.

#Occupy Carson City, Nevada, presented petitions signed by more than 1,000 voters asking officials to back a constitutional amendment that would bar big corporations and the rich from pumping unlimited money into political campaigns.

#Metroccupied is back with its second issue, which features retired Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis on the front page.

Retired Philadelphia police captain and Occupy activist Ray Lewis distributing #Metroccupied on 40th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan. Photo: #Metroccupied
#Occupied Media continues to expand: check out the Occupy KC Journal and the Occupied Detroit Free Press.

#The Occupy Caravan arrived in Philadelphia after two weeks of cross-country travel to 50 cities.

#Occupy D.C. has a new website that maps data about campaign finance “bundling” using stats from the city’s Office of Campaign Finance. The occupation in the nation’s capital has also returned to McPherson Square after occupying office space, and this time they’re staying.

#Sponsors of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association are pulling out after social media backlash following statements made in the Association’s bimonthly newsletter that insulted Occupiers.

#The Department of Homeland Security has given the University of California-Berkeley a $200,000 grant to purchase an “armored response counterattack truck” for its campus police department, to the dismay of Occupiers in the area, who fear they will be targeted.

#Small police departments across America are collecting battlefield-grade arsenals thanks to a program that allows them to get their hands on military surplus equipment at virtually no cost.

#A judge has ordered that the names of police involved in the U.C. Davis pepper spraying fiasco last year must be released. And Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is being called out again, this time for misstating facts about city crime rates and locations.

Meghan Owen, a Congressional candidate in Texas, stages a one-woman protest against the Human Rights Campaign for “consistently throwing Transpeople under the bus.” Photo: Meghan Owen
#Counterpunch parses the future ofOccupy Oakland, which is far from dead, thank you very much. In fact, the occupation has filed suit against the city of Oakland and Alameda County seeking a modest $10,000 in damages stemming from the January 28 kettling outside the YMCA.

#Six environmental activists were arrested at Oregon’s state capitol while protesting a plan they said would sharply increase clear-cut logging of old-growth timber in a state forest.

#Occupy Honolulu got raided on the basis of a law that prohibits people from disturbing trash left out for pickup.

#The Occupy Detroit Activist Choir, consisting primarily of children, performed at Occupy Detroit’s Summer Festival on June 23.

#In foreclosure defense news, Occupy Detroit succeeds in keeping people in their homes. Occupy Our Homes ATL is helping Cobb County resident Steve Boudreaux obtain a mortgage modification from Wells Fargo after the bank prematurely pushed ahead with a foreclosure sale instead of waiting for Boudreaux’s paperwork to process. The co-founder of YES! Magazine discusses the burgeoning foreclosure defense movement. And in California, the Homeowner Bill of Rights is one step closer to becoming reality.

The People’s Summit marches on Avenida Rio Branco in Rio de Janeiro, June 26.
#Occupy Seattle is fighting incarceration, incineration and gentrification. Not necessarily in that order.

#Six months after Occupy Evanston began protesting the city’s investments in Chase Bank, aldermen approved a motion to solicit proposals for a possible banking transfer.

#Nearly 1,000 people took over the Ohio Statehouse to protest hydraulic fracturing. After rallying and marching to the Capitol building, hundreds poured in—without a permit—to hold a People’s Assembly to decide how they, the people, could end the practice in their state.

#Over 300 people participated in a march to the Lakeview School Sit-In on June 23. Here’s why they occupy.

#Inmates at Georgia’s Jackson State Prison are staging a hunger strike.

Shaila Hidalgo, a striking coal miner at a protest march in Langreo, near Oviedo, Spain. Photo: Learn and Fight
#Are Spain’s indignados losing steam? Hardly.

#Activists report that 800 were killed in Syria this week. Some of the victims were entire families.

#U.S. assassination drone strikes have claimed the lives of at least 29 people in eastern Somalia.

#An interest rate rigging scandal at Barclays Bank that prompted its chairman to resign was the result of a coordinated attempt at collusion by traders working for a coterie of leading banks over at least five years.

#As Julian Assange takes refuge at the Ecuadorian parliament for a ninth day, his mother gave The People’s Record two intensive interviews refuting misconceptions about her son, pointing out that he has never been charged with a crime in any country.

#The HSBC Holdings Bank in Hong Kong has filed for eviction against Occupy Central, which is occupying the ground floor of their headquarters, but the protesters still aren’t leaving.

#Austerity protests are spreading in Sudan despite police repression.

Occupy Düsseldorf has a funeral for democracy on June 29.
#Anti-nuclear protesters gathered at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo to protest the restarting of a nuclear reactor. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred on March 11, 2011, in the aftermath of a massive earthquake and tsunami, and the protest outside the prime minister’s office has become a weekly event in the past few months.

#Police repression greeted a protest in Haiti decrying government plans to evict residents from homes precariously perched on the hills above the capital Port-au-Prince. “These decisions are always made against the most poor,” one protester said. “The rich have huge homes that aren’t affected. They want to chase us away, but where to?”

#Jim Gober’s new book Deep in the Heart of Occupy Austin describes the evolution of a rag-tag group of protesters who decide to become “the super-warriors who are finally going to slay the fire-breathing hydra of Corporatism, Fascism, Oligarchism and Plutocracy that ate their future and the lives of millions throughout history.” And it’s getting good reviews, y’all.

Mexico’s Yo Soy 132 movement attracts thousands in Mexico City. Photo: Primavera Mexicana

#The Senate said it’s reached a deal that will prevent interest rates on college loans from doubling for millions of students.

#Why is NATO expanding in the Caucasus region? The Centre for Research on Globalization has the answer, and it is perpetual war.

#Big corporations, small-time businesses, rogues and scoundrels have all claimed Delaware addresses in hopes of minimizing taxes, skirting regulations, plying friendly courts or, when needed, covering their tracks. Federal authorities worry that, in addition to the legitimate businesses flocking here, drug traffickers, embezzlers and money launderers are increasingly heading to Delaware, too. This shouldn’t surprise the Senator from MBNA, our current vice president, who made this domestic Grand Cayman possible.

#Inequality is back to World War II levels.

#Rolling Stone explored the declining middle class by profiling people living in their cars in Santa Barbara – people who not long ago had lives and jobs that the Great Recession eviscerated.

#Occupy the Police? Why not – they’re the 99% too.

The Chilean student movement brings out an estimated 150,000 people in the name of education reform.

#Seattle Police attacked a queer street party on Pride weekend. One man pepper-sprayed by police was released without charges.

#28% of Americans have no emergency savings, though that number seems a bit low.

#Weapons manufacturer Northrop Grumman awarded a lobbyist a $500,000 bonus weeks before he became a low-paid congressional staffer shaping military policy.

#A recent study says allowing workers paid sick leave could account for healthier families and more than one billion dollars in savings, but the American Legislative Exchange Council and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker are fighting it.

#Scary thought: do the Koch brothers determine our energy dependence?

#Rep. Dennis Kucinich helped kick off a hunger strike of postal workers protesting an effort to privatize and dismantle the cash-strapped United States Postal Service.

#With just $1,000 in parts, a group of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory hacked a drone owned by the college while the Department of Homeland Security was forced to watch.

#Texas Republicans say schools should engage in corporal punishment and shouldn’t teach sex education or “higher order thinking skills.” Because it worked out just fine for them, right?

Tom Morello rocks Wal-mart right out of Los Angeles. Neil Jacobs, IATSE Local 600

#Biotechnology giant Syngenta has officially been outed for deliberately hiding data that proves the company’s genetically-modified corn is directly responsible for killing livestock. The company now faces criminal charges.

#In the future, Internet broadband may be metered.

#Tom Engelhardt welcomes the Class of 2012 into our corrupted, #occupied world.

#The wildfires in the west, which include the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, are fueled by climate change.

#For the past four years, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has had the highest number of safety complaints of any nuclear plant in the country. Yet workers there arenot protected by California’s whistle-blower laws – among the strongest in the nation – because San Onofre sits on federal land ceded to Southern California Edison back in the 1960s. Anti-nuclear activists have asked the Oceanside City Council to put nuclear safety on the agenda.

Fifth Mike-Bridges with retired Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis at the Occupy National Gathering in Philly. Photo: Fifth Mike-Bridges

#JPMorgan Chase’s Ina Drew was awarded a$21.5 million severance after helping to lose $9 billion in a risky hedge. This is called “failing up.”

#Pfc. Breanna (Bradley) Manning ranked #9 on Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s power index of revolutionaries. Meanwhile, in a victory for Manning, a judge ordered military prosecutors to hand over key damage reports from the CIA, FBI, State Department and the Office of the National Counter Intelligence Executive, and perform to do an accounting of evidence discoverable to the defense.

#A vigil was held in Philadelphia on June 29 to mourn the lesbian couple shot by unknown assailants in Texas. One of the women died and the other is in critical condition.

#Occupy Wall Street activists are crashing a fundraiser for Mitt Romney at David Koch’s Southampton estate on July 8.

The Overpass Light Brigade beams its health care message to Madison, Wisconsin.

#Have you tried MIT’s Living Wage Calculator?

#On September 1, Funk the War wants you to take to the streets and dance in protest to the war in Afghanistan, drone strikes in Pakistan and the pending war with Iran.

#Members of Occupy Denton and Rising Tide North Texas will be travelingthroughout Texas and Oklahoma to speak about the dangers of the Keystone XL pipeline.

#And finally, the Onion weighs in on the uphill battle against a corporate-financed democracy.


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This week’s roundup was brought to you in conjunction with Occupy ALL the Updates, curated by citizen journalist SIUKittyPie, and Occupier and journalist Kelli Daley.

#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines

YOUR WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF OCCUPY MOVEMENT NEWS FROM THE OCCUPIED WALL STREET JOURNAL

New York is squarely in the red. Photo: Giles Clarke

This week in Occupy, Egypt and Greece held watershed elections, Jamie Dimon was mic-checked at a Senate hearing, thousands marched in New York against stop and frisk, some key occupations had no choice but to close up shop and the Occupy National Gathering responded to Bill Maher.

#On the eve of Jamie Dimon’s testimony before the Senate Banking Committee regarding JPMorgan Chase’s $2 billion trading loss, Occupy the SEC and the OWS Alternative Banking Group sent a letter to Tim Johnson and Richard C. Shelby of the Committee posing serious questions that needed answering. Unfortunately the Senators lobbed softballs at Dimon. He was, however, mic-checked by five members of Occupy Homes DC, including a disabled former paramedic who lost her home due to J.P. Morgan’s unethical business practices and is now facing eviction. They chanted “Stop foreclosures now!” and were led away in handcuffs.

Photo: Think Progress

#Parties supporting a bailout saving Greece from bankruptcy won a slim parliamentary majority on June 17, beating radical leftists who rejected austerity.

#In a slow, somber procession, several thousand demonstrators conducted a silent march down Fifth Avenue to protest the NYPD’s discriminatory and illegal stop-and-frisk policies, which single out minority groups and create an atmosphere of martial law for the city’s black and Latino residents. The policy also leaves serious scars.

#Earlier this week, a panel of judges appointed by deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak dissolved the popularly elected Parliament and allowed Ahmed Shafik, the toppled government’s last prime minister, to run for president. On June 18, Shafik was defeated by the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohammed Morsi, in the country’s first free presidential election.

#Occupy Wall Street, Occupy LA and Occupy NL staged casserole marches in solidarity with the Quebec student movement, which has passed the 100-day mark. New York’s Infinite Strike Marches are staged every Wednesday at 8 p.m. In Vancouver, it’s casseroles gone wild. Ontario students dropped a banner at the University of Western Ontario’s convocation. Meanwhile, Quebec government lawyers defended Bill 78, an anti- protest law, in court, arguing that it’s “in the public interest.”

#The Anarchopanda has taken to the streets in open protest of Bill 78. Yes, panda.

Protesting BP at the Body Autonomy Ride on June 9. Photo: Barbara Ross.

#Last week, Bill Maher issued some advice to the Occupy Movement, believing it to be the last hope for the country. The Occupy National Gathering issued a swift response.

#Police and private security forces have raided a protest encampment of anti-fracking activists in Pennsylvania. For two weeks, neighbors and concerned citizens had been helping to stave off the eviction of more than 30 families in the Riverdale Mobile Home Park in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, after residents were told they had to vacate the property because the land had been sold to the giant private water corporation Aqua America.

#Daily Kos ventures that recently staged occupations by undocumented activists at Obama campaign offices in Colorado, Michigan and California are likely responsible for the timing of Obama’s executive order to halt deportations of Dream-eligible youth. Sure, why not?

#NY1 froze Occupy Congressional candidate George Martinez out of a scheduled televised debate, which was eventually cancelled due to a death in his opponent’s family.

#Austin Guest and Marisa Holmes, veterans of Liberty Square, have brought the principles of the park to their Crown Heights apartment, including sustainable living and codes of conduct designed to prevent one person from dominating a conversation.

#A band of Occupy Wall Street protesters who call themselves “Occu-pirates” are facing off with the Parks Department over the right to keep a sailboat-turned-protest vehicle docked in the 79th Street Boat Basin and stage drum-filled demonstrations down the Hudson River.

#Mayor Michael Bloomberg has cut funding that may result in 8,000 evictions, while homelessness is at a record high. Meanwhile, he’s privatizing New York, piece by piece. Today it’s parking meters.

#The Guardian thinks it knows why Bloomberg vetoed a living wage bill.

#An NYPD officer has been indicted on manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed 18-year-old, in his Bronx home in February.

#Here’s a history of the antagonism between Trinity Church and Occupy Wall Street penned by OWSJ editor Allison Burtch for Animal NY.

#More than 450 people gathered outside a JP Morgan Chase in Houston’s Skyline District for a peaceful demonstration calling for the end of poverty-wage jobs in Houston. Many of them were janitors who make just $9,000 a year. One person was arrested after attempting to help a protester trampled by a police horse. Exactly 22 years earlier, the situation for Los Angeles janitors wasn’t so different.

#Occupy Our Homes MN surprised dozens of Freddie Mac employees at a corporate luncheon in Bloomington by “foreclosing” on them. The group also successfully pressured Citibank to cancel a scheduled sheriff’s sale and approve a loan modification for the home of Occupy Homes MN activist Nick Espinosa and his mother, Colleen McKee Espinosa.

#Orlando police jailed Timothy Osmar in December for 18 days for writing revolutionary slogans on the sidewalk in chalk in front of city hall, only to drop the charges. Osmar turned around and filed suit, alleging that his First Amendment rights had been violated, and won- big – proving that it really is cheaper to respect a person’s constitutional rights.#The week of June 11 was Resolutions Week, during which local organizers held events to increase public awareness and put pressure on local, city and state governments to pass resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

#The remaining two members of Occupy the Farm will not be charged, meaning that there will be no charges filed against any of the Gill Tract Occupiers. So their occupation was illegal how…?

#A report found that the Oakland Police Department mishandled the October 25 Occupy Oakland protest. But there’s plenty of blame to go around – according to the report, the problem started at the top, with Mayor Jean Quan.

#Occupy Oakland is protesting against a recent ban on the use of shields by rallying outside the home of the council person who proposed it.

#The last of the Occupy DC tents at McPherson Square have been dismantled, effectively ending one of the oldest remaining encampments of the Occupy Movement.

#Protesters #occupied the Chicago Department of Public Health and refused to leave until they had a letter of resignation from Health Commissioner Dr. Bechara Choucair and a promise that six closed clinics would be reopened. Six were arrested.

#The Seattle Noise Brigade swarmed Capitol Hill to protest student debt.

Adam Surface#Carmen Pittman of Occupy Atlanta is fighting to save the home that’s been in her family for generations.

#Occupy Portland got a note from the city telling them that they are no longer allowed to hold meetings in the park without a permit. Apparently they haven’t read the Bill of Rights. This, after a fence-mending baseball game occupiers played on June 11 against city employees.

#Twelve members of Occupy Philly were found guilty of “defiant trespassing” and conspiracy stemming from a November sit-in at a Center City Wells Fargo Bank.

#An indictment has been returned against three NATO Summit activists accused of plotting to fire bomb Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home and President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters.

#The Oakland Unified School District will close five schools that predominantly serve minority children. Parents and teachers have pleaded with the Board, and even filed lawsuits, to no effect.

#David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, #occupied a 64-square-foot cage to draw attention to the federal prohibition on growing industrial hemp until police cut him down with a chainsaw. Yes, a chainsaw.

#Molly Gambardella, class president at North Haven High School in Connecticut, won’t be addressing her class from the dais at graduation because of her involvement with Occupy North Haven, for which she briefly lived on the New Haven Green.

#Occupy Fresno has a hater website, so they must be doing something right.

#Occupy the Hamptons is kicking off the summer with some direct action in Sag Harbor.

#The Occupy Caravan reached Reno and Salt Lake.

#Palestinian footballer and hunger striker Mahmoud Al Sarsak is near death in Israeli detention. He’s fasting in protest at being held for almost three years without being convicted of a crime.

#Over the weekend, members of Occupy Moscow staged an unsanctioned protest outside the offices of the Investigative Committee to support an anti-corruption blogger who was there being questioned. Ten were arrested. On June 12, 60,000 poured into the streets of Moscow chanting “Russia will be free!” Demonstrators there will soon have to face a mammoth badminton-based weapon, as Russian law enforcement is ready to test a shuttlecock machine-gun. Here’s a little more about the brave Russians facing off against Putin, and here’s a profile of Occupy Abai.

#Police have evicted the last Occupy London campaigners from Finsbury Square. “Thanks to all those who support Occupy, and Finsbury Square,” the Occupy LSX website read. “We tried to make a difference, at least we tried.”

Indigenous activists spell out “Stop Belo Monte” with their bodies.#Three hundred indigenous Amazonians, including small farmers, fisherfolk and local residents, #occupied the massive $18 billion Belo Monte Dam project, a temporary earthen dam recently built to impede the flow of the Xingu River. Residents gathered in formation spelling out the words “Pare Belo Monte,” or “Stop Belo Monte,” to send a powerful message to the world prior to this week’s Rio + 20 gathering.

#Activists in Bulgaria have joined up to form Occupy Eagles Bridge in response to controversial amendments to the Forestry Act that benefit their “shady” oligarch.

#As soon as the Spanish government requested a bailout plan from the European Union, Democracia Real Ya! filed a motion with the Spanish National Court against those responsible for the crisis.

#Workers at China’s notorious Foxconn factory, which manufactures Apple products, were greeted with police after attempting to redress their grievances regarding work conditions. Dozens were arrested.

#A leaked draft agreement revealed that the Obama administration is pushing a secretive trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which could vastly expand corporate power, allowing foreign corporations operating in the U.S. to appeal key regulations to an international tribunal which would have the power to override U.S. law. “Go local” campaigns could be threatened by the agreement. The TPP is being called “NAFTA on steroids.”

A 100-year-old woman arrested at the California Capitol building for standing up to save home care.#The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution urging the president to oppose any policy toward Iran “that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat.” In other words., the drumbeat for war has been sounded.

#The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott over his contentious push to remove thousands of potentially ineligible voters from Florida’s voting rolls.

#Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders released Government Accountability Office records revealing that more than $4 trillion in near zero-interest Federal Reserve loans went to the banks and businesses of at least 18 current and former Federal Reserve regional bank directors in the aftermath of the 2008 financial collapse.

#The Supreme Court will not revisit the Julian Assange case.

#Thanks to Canada, Occupy is not dead, wrote the Los Angeles Times. We’re just in a transitional period. Here’s another article questioning whether or not Occupy is actually going somewhere, but this one has quotes from an actual Occupier.

#The average American family’s net worth dropped almost 40 percent between 2007 and 2010, according to a study by the Federal Reserve.

#Seven in 10 teens will be jobless this summer.

Photo: Primavera Mexicana#Executive compensation continued to rise last year.

#Rhode Island has passed the country’s first ever homeless bill of rights.

#The New York Attorney General’s office recently won an important decision in Albany County State Supreme Court when a lawsuit by a Koch Brothers’-backed political organization, which attempted to stop New York’s involvement in a multi-state campaign to cut climate changing emissions, was dismissed.

#Gay rights organizations and civil rights organizations, which once viewed each other warily, are making surprising alliances.

#Shareholders, once reticent, are now revolting for some of the same reasons we are.

#Insurance giant Aetna inadvertently disclosed more than $7 million in donations to conservative political groups in a regulatory filing made earlier this year.

#Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) called for a “digital bill of rights” to protect Internet users from intrusive legislation.

#In a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, with a straight face, that “government-compelled disclosure of contributions…is nothing less than an effort by the government itself to expose its critics to harassment and intimidation.”

#Newt Gingrich, also with a straight face, said that elections are rigged in favor of the wealthy. And he should know.

#President Obama comes down hard on whistleblowers – yet he himself leaks.

#Some of those who’ve been arrested for shoplifting at Wal-mart over the last several years have died while in custody of the megastore’s Asset Protection staff.

#A major biotech company known as Syngenta has been criminally charged for denying knowledge that its genetically modified Bt corn actually kills livestock.

Occupier Ben P. arrested at the Cruz home in South Minneapolis while disguised as a bush.#With virtually no debate, the North Carolina state Senate nixed global warming restrictions on the state’s coast.

#Here are six government surveillance programs designed to monitor what you do online.

#The Nation reveals how the FBI is using informants to stir up fake terror plots, destroying lives in the process.

#The Atlantic explains how the Maple Spring fits in with the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street – sort of.

#The Village Voice ran a series of articles that accurately presented U.S. immigration policy as “apartheid.”

#Dan Rather explained to Bill Maher how corporations own the media.

#Workers at the Davis Wire Co. in Kent, Washington, have been on strike for four weeks over forced 12-hour days and inadequate breaks.

#A USA Today investigation found that dozens of men have gone to prison for violating federal gun possession laws, even though courts have since determined that it was not a federal crime for them to have a gun – and many of them don’t even know they’re innocent.

DREAMers line an on-ramp to the 101 Freeway near the Los Angeles Federal Building. Photo: Pocho-one Fotography#Swoon: Robert Pattinson discussed Occupy.#Citizen journalistsare the future of news. Duh.#Oregon’s expansion of Medicaid not only provided healthcare to 10,000 who previously did not have it but also provided scientist definitive proof that Medicaid helps people, NPR reported.

#The Guardian asked whether the Republicans deliberately crashed the U.S. economy.

#Journalist Josh Stearns has been keeping track of the journalists arrested during Occupy actions. Here is a detailed list.

#God love The Onion.

#On June 21 there will be a national action against PNC Bank.

#The Paul Robeson Freedom School, an innovative 8-week educational program for Brooklyn youth most affected by the destructive policies enacted in the public school system, needs funding.

Occupy London#Occupy the CITI – Long Island City, that is.

#March to the California State Capitol on June 25 and demand a statewide moratorium on foreclosures.

#The Student Power Convergence 2012 will take place August 10 to 14 in Columbus, Ohio.

#According to The People’s Record, the month of June has so far proved the busiest month for global protest-movement news.


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This week’s roundup was brought to you in conjunction with Occupy ALL the Updates, curated by citizen journalist SIUKittyPie, and Occupier and journalist Kelli Daley.

#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines

YOUR WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF OCCUPY MOVEMENT NEWS

From The Occupied Wall Street Journal

Occupy Denver staged a Canadian student solidarity march on June 1. Photo: lthnmsrtk

This week in Occupy, the Cruz home at 4044 Cedar Avenue in South Minneapolis became a national flashpoint for the Movement, overthrown Egyptian former dictator Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison, Canadian solidarity had everyone wearing red, the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall sparked a frenzy among politicians and activists alike, and an Occupy Yale activist left us far too soon.

#Occupied: The Cruz home in South Minneapolis. Photo: Michael A. Shapiro

#Occupy Homes MN protestors are condemning Minneapolis police and Mayor R.T. Rybak after 14 were arrested defending the home ofAlejandra Cruz and her family from foreclosure. 100 protestors gatheredto link arms around the home – which has been blockaded from eviction by occupiers for the past month – and successfully fought off raids three times in two days, forcing sheriffs and police to retreat. The Minneapolis police chief doesn’t even want to foreclose anymore. Freddie Mac, the current holder of the Cruz family’s mortgage, hired round-the-clock private security, who called the police to enforce the May 31 raid. PNC Bank, which originally held the Cruz loan, has repeatedly assured the family that they are working to resolve the issue.

#Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian former dictator and casualty of the Arab Spring, was sentenced to life in prison. For thousands of Egyptians, the overthrown autocrat’s sentence was too lenient: protesters in particular want Mubarak to pay with his life for his brutal regime.

#On May 29, Occupy Chicago rallied against the police brutality employed during the NATO protests and demanded compensation for ”lost income, lost stability and treatment costs from trauma [police] inflicted upon [protesters].” While the mainstream media has praised Chicago PD for the supposed restraint officers demonstrated, it is clear they simply trained their cameras away from police violence.

As We Were: Occupy activist Marina Keegan with her parents shortly before her death.

#Marina Keegan, an Occupy activist and recent Yale graduate, died in a car accident on May 26. Around campus and in the pages of the New York Times she took on Wall Street campus recruiting practices as part of an action known as Occupy Morgan Stanley. “I’m just not convinced that the most productive use of 25 percent of my graduating class’s time is to spend two or three years pushing figures around spreadsheets to make more money for those with the most money,” she wrote in November.

#The #WIrecall of Governor Scott Walker, who is just the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall, will be decided on June 5. Occupy Appleton held a Solidarity Sing Along to get out the vote. Walker holds a narrow lead over Democratic opponent Tom Barrett, but Democrats are confident they’ll win the state senate. The drive to oust the despised governor was spurred by anger over his plan to effectively end most public workers’ collective bargaining rights, and the wave of activism that followed paved the way for Occupy Wall Street. Here’s some historical context courtesy of Daily Kos.

#On May 30, Occupy Wall Street marched for affordable education and against police repression in solidarity with the massive, ongoing student uprising in Quebec. Just as demonstrators have done in Argentina, Chile, Spain and throughout Canada, OWS banged pots and pans in a practice called casseroles or cacerolazo. In a similar gesture of solidarity, the Movement has also thrown its support behind the uprising in Mexico.

The Overpass Light Brigade took their anti-Walker LED messages to Wisconsin bridges along I-94.

#Occupy Buffalo helped convince the city council to divest from JP Morgan after its $2 billion trading loss. The city comptroller agreed to transfer $45 million of sewer authority funds from a JPMorgan Chase account to local bank First Niagara Financial Group after Occupy raised concerns.

#Los Angeles’s Arts, Parks, Health, and Aging Committee has proposed a ban on all forms of overnight camping and pitching tents in city parks. The City Council will vote on the measure next week. City officials say the measure is not meant to target Occupy LA, which they claim cost $2.3 million in cleanup costs last Fall.

#Occupy Cal protesters have amended their lawsuit against U.C. Berkeley to demand $15 million following a November protest where police officers confronted occupiers following the removal of tents. They are demanding $7.5 million in compensatory damages for physical and emotional harm and denial of Constitutional rights, $7.5 million in punitive damages, and insistence that the school redress the protesters for “false arrests and UCB’s political witch hunt” against them.

#In an attempt to avoid possible mass arrests, Occupy Tampa announced it will not be protesting in the official protest zone during the Republican National Convention on August 27. ”It wouldn’t do any good for all of us to get thrown in jail,” said Christopher Kuleci, a member of Occupy Tampa’s media team. “There are plenty of other places where delegates are going to be, where our messages will better be heard.”

Mesiah Hameed at Summer Disobedience School in Bryant Park. Photo: Erik R. McGregor

#A push to raise the minimum wage amid a political stalemate brought Occupy Albany to the Capitol on May 29, where protesters delivered letters urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to persuade his allies to take up a bill passed by the Assembly that would bump the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, from the current rate of $7.25. “A living wage is possible, this movement is unstoppable! It’s shameful and outrageous!” demonstrators chanted from the Capitol’s ornateMillion Dollar Staircase. Six were charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

#Members of the Occupy Movement joined an international coalition of union members, community leaders,  disenchanted shareholders and residents of countries Chevron has polluted to protest the oil giantduring its annual shareholder meeting in San Ramon, California, on May 30. 73% of shareholders in attendance at the meeting rejected a move to disclose more about fracking methods. Chevron is facing $43 billion in fines stemming from contamination, explosions and tax-dodging in multiple countries.

#More than two dozen high school and community college students #occupied the UCLA admissions office on June 1, demanding the university double the enrollment of black, Latino and American Indian students because the current student body does not demographically resemble Los Angeles. Thirteen were arrested.

#Marking a recent resurgence, Occupy Tulsa took to the streets on May 31 in support of local Oklahoma schools facing major budget cuts.

#After more than eight months of march and parks permit requests, a national petition campaign and threats of legal action, the city of Charlotte granted conditional approval for permits for a march on Wall Street South on September 2, one day prior to the Democratic National Convention.

#On May 24, after a four-month public campaign to bring attention to injustices in the workplace, employees at a Manhattan Hot and Crusty restaurant voted to certify an independent union, the Hot and Crusty Workers Association.

#Occupy protesters and Tea Party activists alike protested this year’s secretive Bilderberg Conference in Chantilly, Virginia. Activists from across the political spectrum are arguing that U.S. citizens attending the controversial confab are potentially committing a felony by violating the Logan Act, which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Here’s a list of the annual conference’s high-powered attendees.

#Billionaires for Romney, a satirically-named protest, greeted the Republican presidential candidate as he attended a fundraiser at the Balboa Club in ritzy Newport Beach, California.

#Meanwhile, Billionaires for Big Energy protested Exxon-Mobil’s annual shareholders meeting in Dallas on May 30.

#Fight for Philly activists chanting “We Are the 99%!” crashed Comcast’s annual shareholders meeting on May 31 in protest of its tax-dodging strategies and in an effort to persuade the cable giant to suspend its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable distributor, controls MSNBC through NBCUniversal, which it owns in a joint venture with General Electric.

#In the latest rebuke for Oakland’s violent police, a federal judge has ordered a probeinto how Oakland PD investigates officer-involved shootings, threatening the department with sanctions if misconduct is uncovered.

The June issue of The Occupied London Times.

#Florida governor Rick Scott continues hismassive statewide voter purge, stripping suspected non-citizens from the rolls in defiance of a Justice Department order, and despite objections from county elections officials and evidence that a disproportionate number are voters of color. In fact, Scott has ordered more “ineligible” voters to continue to be purged. The state’s plan to review the status of the 2,600 suspected non-citizens and purge them if the voters fail to prove citizenship appears to violate the 1964 Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act, the DOJ said.

#Occupiers like Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis inhabit roles in society that d0n’t naturally lend themselves to activism. But since the ascendance of Occupy, siding with the people they vowed to serve and protect is indeed a radical notion in many police departments. They don’t call it The Thin Blue Line for nothing.

#Occupy activists offer lessons learned from their victorious labor campaign against Sotheby’s auction house in New York on behalf of art handlers with Teamsters Local 814, who won a new three-year contract on May 31.

#George Martinez – adjunct politics professor at Pace University, hip-hop artist, cultural ambassador for the State Department and the first Occupy Wall Street activist to secure a place on a Congressional ballot – will challenge Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) in the June 26 Democratic primary.

#Though under house arrest and about to be extradited to Sweden, Julian Assange is still producing his show for RT, “The World Tomorrow,” the most recent episode of which he dedicated to the Occupy Movement. Shot in the old Deutsche Bank building in London, which is now controlled by friends of Occupy, Julian enlists Marisa HolmesAlexa O’Brien and David Graeber from Occupy Wall Street and Aaron Petersand Naomi Colvin from Occupy London to parse the future of Occupy.

Occupy declares victory at Red Onion State Prison. Photo: Ghan Buri Ghan

#Launched on June 2Occupy Kensington in Brooklyn plans to tackle such issues as raising the minimum wage, securing back wages for employees of a local grocery and the area’s lack of open space.

#The Riverdale Mobile Homes Park in rural Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, has become an unlikely nexus of resistance to corporate power after residents were booted to make way for a pump station that will divert up to three million gallons of water per day from the Susquehanna River to fracking operations in the north.

#A hunger strike at Red Onion, Virginia’s only supermax prison, has ended. Four dozen prisoners began the strike on May 29, demanding an end to poor conditions, ongoing abuse and the practice of solitary confinement.

#After it was revealed that two dozen Republican lawmakers in the Oregon Legislature are members of ALEC, Common Cause asked the IRS to investigatewhether the group is a lobbying organization.

#Wal-Mart has suspended its membership in ALEC, which the retailer joined in 1993. It joins Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who all ended their association with the conservative lobbying group after the Trayvon Martin murder exposed its role in crafting Stand Your Ground legislation.

#One out of every five people stopped by the NYPD last year were between the ages of 14 and 18 and 86 percent of them were black or Latino, confirming that stop-and-frisk policies target young people of color. Stop-and-frisk  arrests in 2011 topped 120,000.

The Occupy University convenes at Summer Disobedience School. Photo: Erik R. McGregor

#Has the FBI classified Occupy Wall Street as a domestic terror organization?

#Iran’s state-owned news outletreported that Occupy protesters are conspiring to wage a civil war in the United States. Wishful thinking?

#Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left has no desire to bring back the drachma, but also does not believe that staying in the euro requires the massive cuts in government spending to which Greece’s leaders have agreed as a condition of receiving international assistance over the last two years.

#Grassroots resistance to Vladimir Putin’s dictatorial rule is reaching a crescendo in Russia.

#Though  he vehemently denies it, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad continues to slaughter his own people, blaming unnamed “terrorists and extremists” for the bloodshed. Defending his regime’s crackdown against the opposition, al-Assad likened it to a surgeon performing an operation: “When a surgeon in an operating room cuts and cleans and amputates, and the wound bleeds, do we say to him, ‘Your hands are stained with blood?’ Or do we thank him for saving the patient?” Countries around the world expelled Syrian diplomats after a massacre in Houla killed 90 men, women and children in their homes.

#Many of our nation’s largest and most respected universities are screwing their own students (further) by outsourcing basic financial operations to private banks. Student loan debt, which recently topped $1 trillionis crippling the nation’s young adults in their prime.

Image: Luis Martínez Méndez

#Occupy does not care if you think Occupy is dead. Here’s why.

#After NYPD testimony was disproved at two OWS arrest trials, police officers have been no-shows when they’re called to testify. Why? “Mass arrests were being used as a tactic, as a weapon to stop the expressive activity and to chill people from participating,” explained Norman Siegel, an Occupy attorney and former head of the NYCLU. “Even if the city arrests people and there’s no conviction, so what?” Adjournments and postponements have pushed many trials to the Fall.

#Denver has essentially criminalized homelessness, enforcing a controversial camping ban that’s certainly in no way related to the Occupy Movement. On June 1, the day the ban took effect, Occupy Denverjoined Occupy AurariaOccupy DU and PAZ (Politically Active Ztudents) to march in solidarity with the student tuition strike in Quebec.

#The arrest of the Cleveland Five exemplifies typical FBI entrapment, Arun Gupta writes in The Guardian.

#After two NBC journalists were handcuffed and threatened by Chicago police after attempting to report on the murder of a six-year-old girl, a police officer was caught on camera telling members of the media, “Your First Amendment right can be terminated if you’re creating a scene or whatever. Your First Amendment right has got limitations.” Huh?

Union Square, New York, June 3. Photo: Stacy Lanyon

#After a vice-president in Citigroup’s mortgage unit discovered the bank was buying mortgages from outside lenders with doctored tax forms, phony appraisals and missing signatures, she was asked to hide the findings – and refused. She sued and won a $31 million settlement with the help of the Justice Department.

#SunTrust Bank’s mortgage unit has agreed to pay $21 million to resolve allegations that it charged more than 20,000 African-American and Hispanic borrowers higher fees, costs and interest rates for home mortgages than non-Hispanic, white borrowers.

#Here’s the corporate cabal trying to prevent you from knowing what’s in your food.

#In an interview with Huffington Post, rapper and occupier Talib Kweli said, “You can’t just sit at your computer and be an activist. You have to get out there in the streets. You have to physically get up there and get your body on the line and put your life on the line to express your thoughts and what you believe.”

#Jeremy Scahill, investigative journalist and author of an award-winning expose of Blackwater, called Obama’s drone strikes in Yemen “murder.” Asked why he’d use such a loaded word, he explained, “It’s murder – it’s mass murder – when you say, ‘We are going to bomb this area because we believe a terrorist is there,’ and you know that women and children are in the area.”

#Members of India’s transgender and hijra community convened in New Delhi for the first Hijra Habba, where they discussed ways to ameliorate the persistent discrimination that marginalizes Indian transgenders.

The Maple Spring, Canada, June 2012.

#The Pentagon would like to expand the U.S. military’s might to cyberspace with Plan X, an ambitious effort to develop technologies to improve its cyberwarfare capabilities, launch effective attacks and withstand the likely retaliation. To this end, the Pentagon is turning to the private sector, universities and even computer-game companies.

#Federal agencies and local officials have recently sent powerful but conflicting messages to the American public about our right to record.

#At least one mainstream media outlet is fulfilling its duty to democracy: The Los Angeles Times has unmasked dark money donors, including the Center to Protect Patient Rights, an opaque nonprofit institution that helped steer about $55 million in conservative cash to other opaque institutions during the 2010 election cycle.

#Screw the Black Bloc – what you should really be afraid of is the Blue Bloc.

#Kanye West and Jay-Z’s new video, “No Church in the Wild,” is being described as a riot porn-y rip-off of the Occupy Movement. You decide.

#Here’s a real-time U.S. debt clock, broken down into handy categories to help you better understand the horror. If you recall, the national debt clock mounted in midtown Manhattan needs to be renovated to reflect the trillions we now owe.

Bryant Park, June 2. Photo: Stacy Lanyon

#Across the country, hundreds of TV stations are circumventing ownership rules at the expense of independent local journalism. Save the News has created a nifty interactive chart to find out if newsrooms in your area are merging.

#Urban Dictionary’s word of the day for May 31 was Wall Street, and the user-generated site had some creative definitions for the HQ of the country’s 1%.

#Here are the 15 major corporate tax dodgers everyone should know.

#Shamus Cooke of Counterpunch imagines a post-Occupy social movement. Do you agree with his assessment?

#The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and the AFL-CIO are organizing amarch against Wal-Mart in LA on June 30.

#Occupy Walk USA is halfway to its goal of $6,000 to fund a walk from San Diego to New York City in solidarity with the 99%. Help them get there.

#Occupy Arrests reports 7,263 detentions since Occupy Wall Street began.


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This week’s roundup was brought to you in conjunction with Occupy ALL the Updates, curated by citizen journalist SIUKittyPie, and Occupier and journalist Kelli Daley.

#OCCUPIED: REPORTS FROM THE FRONTLINES–PRE-MAY DAY EDITION

This article originally appeared on Occupied Wall Street Journal

Photo: Stacy Lanyon. The Tax Dodgers celebrated corporate loopholes in Bryant Park on tax filing day, April 17.

This week in Occupy, several shareholder meetings were #occupied, Chicago fought to preserve mental health care, #occupied Wall Street is here to stay and we all prepared to call out sick on May Day. #Maybe you weren’t aware? Wall Street is still #Occupied. Albeit with restrictions.

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Written by Jennifer Sacks for The Occupied Wall Street Journal

Occupy Homes MN fights to keep Frank and Kristina Clark from foreclosure. Photo: Occupy Homes MN

This week in Occupy, AT&T employees declared victory in Atlanta, more media got #occupied, an abandoned building in San Francisco was annexed for use as a homeless service center and SB 469, Georgia’s anti-protest bill, was defeated. (more…)

#Occupied: Reports from the Front Lines

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Peaceably Assembling: Make no mistake, Liberty Square is #occupied. Photo: Jed Brandt

This week in Occupy, the arrival of Spring brought everyone back into the streets, thousands rallied for Trayvon Martin, Union Square was #occupied and Occupy UC Davis permanently closed a bank branch. (more…)

#Occupied: Reports from the Front Lines

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Looks Like We Made It: A packed General Assembly in Liberty Square on March 17 marks six months since Wall Street was first #occupied. Screengrab: TimCast

This week in Occupy, we turned six months old – and law enforcement noticed, Occupy Seattle’s Chase 5 was found not guilty, spring training for the nation’s May 1 actions commenced, SXSW was #occupied and we couldn’t stop watching this. (more…)

The Occupations Report: 11/12

We’ve recently seen this report posted and shared through social media, but we thought it might be helpful to have another place on the web it can be published and accessed daily. This Occupation Report is compiled by Rebuild the Dream. Occupy Together has no ties to Rebuild the Dream or Move On outside of requesting permission to repost this report.

 

Are you interested in helping conduct Training Sessions on key organizing and activism skills?  We’ve been receiving lots of feedback from readers requesting both trainers and materials on the ground. If you are a trainer or have an interest in training and are open to helping, please let us know at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFVIaFp1dEhqc1hScVBreE5McFhoWWc6MQ.  The Daily Occupations Report is trying to match Trainers and resources to the sites that need them. If you have any materials, guides or links to training resources, please send them to monique@rebuildthedream.com or lizbutlerdc@gmail.com. We will be sharing those resources at the end of the reports all next week.

This report includes updates from Occupy sites and related efforts across the country and the globe. It includes big wins, local organizing efforts, protests/events, police activity reports and calls to action where additional support from allies/general public may be needed.

For more updates from occupations around the country, listen to the Occupation America podcast at http://soundcloud.com/occupation-america

 

Occupy Atlanta
[Atlanta CBS report] The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis.

The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease. WGCL reports that a health department spokeswoman said there is a possibility that both Occupy Atlanta protesters and the homeless people in the shelter may still be at risk since tuberculosis is contracted through air contact.

Occupy Berkeley
Occupy Berkeley held educational outreach in front of Chase bank urging members of the community to divest from the big banks and join local credit unions Saturday.
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