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#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines


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


Occupy Fresno celebrates 246 days of continuous occupation.

This week in Occupy, Scott Walker is sadly still Wisconsin’s governor, a judge ruled the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA to be unconstitutional, Occupy won major victories in New York and Seattle, Occupy Fresno became the longest-running encampment in the country and everyone who was anyone wrote the Movement’s obituary.

#On the eve of the vote to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the Overpass Light Brigade made one last visit to the Ring Street pedestrian bridge in Milwaukee with an illuminated message. Nevertheless, in an election so heated one in three Wisconsinites reportedly stopped speaking to each other because of political disagreements, union-busting governor Scott Walker held onto his post. And no wonder: he had 14 billionaire donors, 13 of whom were from out of state. Make no mistake: the 1% is spending billions to squash organized labor.

#This is why we need unions.

Photo: Occupy Venice

#A federal judge has ruled that the White House cannot use the NDAA to indefinitely detain American citizens.

#U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff ruled that a lawsuit brought by Occupy Wall Street demonstrators against NYPD for the arrest of 700 peaceful protesters who tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge last October can proceed, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg, police commissioner Raymond Kelly and the city cannot be defendants in the suit. Rakoff said that video shows the NYPD leading protesters onto the bridge and toward certain arrest, adding that the films “show what should have been obvious to any reasonable officer, namely, that the surrounding clamor interfered with the ability of demonstrators as few as 15 feet away from the bullhorn to understand the officer’s instructions.” He opened his opinion with this rather eloquent paragraph:

“What a huge debt this nation owes to its ‘troublemakers.’ From Thomas Paine to Martin Luther King Jr., they have forced us to focus on problems we would prefer to downplay or ignore. Yet it is often only with hindsight that we can distinguish those troublemakers who brought us to our senses from those who are simply troublemakers. Prudence, and respect for the constitutional rights to free speech and free association, therefore dictate that the legal system cut all nonviolent protesters a fair amount of slack.”

#Occupy Fresno celebrated 246 continuous days of occupation in Courthouse Park, making it the longest-running encampment in the country. Another reason for celebration: Fresno County reached an agreement with the occupation, ending a long and costly legal battle that saw more than a hundred peaceful protesters arrested over the last eight months. In exchange for protestors dropping their lawsuit over free-speech violations, the county will allow demonstrators to protest overnight in the park and pay $37,000 in legal fees.

Photo: Occupy Seattle

#Officers trying to serve an eviction notice shot a St. Louis homeowner after lobbing tear gas into his home, prompting him to barricade himself inside. Wounded in the elbow, the victim unbelievably faces criminal charges.

#A Seattle judge has ruled that 16 activists were not trespassing after they occupied a vacant Capitol Hill building in December. Charges have been dropped.

#A number of obituaries were written for the Occupy Movement. RT asked, “Is this the End of Occupy?” Adbusters said, “Yes, and we’d better think of something else, fast. I know – flash mobs!” Reuters agreed that we’d jumped the shark, while Salon suggested we ditch the “Occupy” label. But Policy Mic proclaimed us alive and kicking, and Bill Maher, who’d previously minimized the Movement, broke down and admitted that we’re the nation’s only hope, we just need some discipline. Others asked if anarchists are the second generation of Occupy – or does the future of the movement belong to enterprising DIYers focused on the environment? (How about both?)

#Occupy Wall Street protesters showed up in Albany to present Governor Cuomo with a fake $2 million check.

Mormons for gay pride in Salt Lake City. Seriously.

#In Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania (not to be confused with that Jersey Shore), residents joined forces to blockade the entrance to town in an effort to stop Aqua America from displacing homes and ruining the environment with a new fracking facility. Occupy Cleveland drove in from four hours away to help.

#Two activists on a hunger strike #occupied a Denver campaign office of President Obama to demand that he sign the DREAM Act, which would allow children of illegal immigrants to attend college or join the military as a way to achieve legal citizenship. President Obama’s campaign released a written statement saying that he wants the DREAM Act to pass, and that he would sign it, but it is stalled in Congress and passing it would require that “Republicans stop standing in the way.”

#Five members of Occupy Milwaukee were arrested after they allegedly disobeyed police orders to stay on the sidewalk during a downtown protest that drew roughly 40 protesters (who were naturally flanked by 30 officers). Later, as the police chief briefed reporters about the arrests, protesters shouted him down.

A casseroles rally in Washington Square Park. Photo: Mickey Z-Vegan

#100 members of Occupy Chicago took to the streets to protest police infiltration, targeted repression and the use of entrapment tactics by law enforcement of activists involved with Occupy and the NATO summit protest. Some carried photos of suspected infiltrators. In addition to accusations of COINTELPRO-like tactics employed by law enforcement, protesters also criticized the money the city spent on security measures for the summit, saying that it could be better spent elsewhere.

#In an action supported by Occupy Houston, 3,200 union-affiliated Houston janitors voted to strike over threats and misconduct by janitorial contractors for some of Houston’s biggest corporations. Janitors in the city earn about $9,000 a year.

#Occupiers in Hong Kong have been asked to leave the premises of the Asian headquarters of HSBC Holdings, where 50 have pitched tents and laid out couches. They’ve refused. Occupiers also offer music and photography instruction and give away books. “We don’t normally talk about sharing anymore in this capitalistic society, everything needs to be exchanged at a certain cost. We don’t like this idea,” said Jojo Wong, a 22-year-old bookstore clerk who drops by the site before and after work. “That’s why we offer free music, books and lessons at the very heart of the financial center.”

In Spain, coal miners respond to budget cuts by blocking roadways and train tracks.

#Occupy LA members, housing rights advocates and local homeowners rallied outside the district office of State Senator Ron Calderon to urge him to support legislation enacting the California Homeowners’ Bill of Rights, which would extend more protections to homeowners who face foreclosure. Calderon has mixed views on the bill, wanting it to be both “strong” but “workable.” Occupiers are worried that “workable” may turn into “weak.”

#Ivonne Quiroz #occupied her graduation at San Francisco State University, sporting a ball and chain around her ankle to symbolize her student debt.

#Walmart workers have banded together to form the Organization United for Respect at Walmart, or OUR Walmart, to secure better wages, affordable benefits and reasonably reliable schedules. Walmart is notoriously anti-worker.

#Here are some highlights of Target’s illegal union-squashing tactics.

Image: #MicCheckWallSt

#To Verizon, paying out the $22 million salary of one CEO is worth firing 1,700 workers.

#The Yes Men have returned with a hoax video of a private party purportedly hosted by Shell Oil atop Seattle’s Space Needle. If only that PR disaster had been real…

#Nearly 300 Mormons marched in a gay pride parade, holding signs that read “God Loves His Children” in a unique display of support from believers of a religious tradition that has long opposed homosexuality.

#F the Banks countered an Obama fundraiser with a demonstration of their own.

#On June 5, Rev. Corey Brooks, known as “the rooftop pastor,” embarked on a 3,000-mile walk across America to call attention to the violence plaguing Chicago and to raise money to build a community center. He set out this week from Times Square before heading to Newark and onto Philadelphia. He plans to be in Chicago by July 15, ending the walk in Los Angeles in about four months.

#The Oakland Police Department’s nine-year-long struggle with federal oversight took a significant turn, as a federal judge demanded an investigation by court-appointed monitors into police shootings involving OPD officers and speculated openly about placing the department under federal control.

#Of the nine Occupy the Farm protesters who were arrested for occupying the U.C. Berkeley-owned Gill Tract, two will be facing charges. Several of the protesters are facing off with the U.C. Regents in civil court. The Gill Tract was raided May 14.

Rev. Corey Brooks, aka "the rooftop pastor." Photo: Marilyn Joyce Lehren

#An independent report concerning police response to last Fall’s U.C. Berkeley protests found that officers strayed from campus policies and norms in their use of force against protesters and called on the university to better explain when the use of force is appropriate. Members of the campus’s independent Police Review Board were particularly “disturbed” by the swift use of batons.

#In July, eleven students and one professor at the U.C. Davis will stand trial for the “willful” and “malicious” act of protesting peacefully in front of a U.S. Bank branch on campus, which they successfully shut down. They face 11 years in prison.

#After being convicted by a district court of impeding traffic during a November protest, Occupy Asheville member Lisa Landis, who claimed she’d been targeted for filming the demonstration, was sentenced to time served. Unhappy with the ruling, she appealed to have her case heard by a jury, which took less than 10 minutes to acquit her.

#Marc Moran, a photographer who just wanted to snap a photo of this week’s demonstration in Chicago, was arrested along with a dozen protesters, and his film was confiscated. “It looked like a photo opportunity,” he said.”So I went to go snap a picture and next thing I know I was being apprehended in cuffs.”

Student protesters disrobe for a protest in Montreal on May 3. Photo: Vincenzo D'Alto

#Occupiers in Providence have been banned from the local Providence Place Mall for a year after they rallied there in support of higher taxes for the rich. Police handcuffed the demonstrators and removed them from the mall, only releasing them when they accepted the one year ban. Occupy Providence stated in part, “Using handcuffs on peaceful protesters exercising their rights to free speech was clear intimidation and completely unnecessary.”

#Evicted families in Seville have #occupied an empty apartment complex that lacks power and water, and they want more to join them. Evictions have run rampant in Spain, with as many as thirty to a block losing their homes. The complex was completed in 2010, but because of the financial crisis none of the apartments were ever rented out. Shades of Caracas.

#Stop-and-frisks do nothing to lower shootings. But you wouldn’t know that by listening to police commissioner Ray Kelly, who said in defense of the racist policy, “We’re saving lives. Mostly young men of color.” Someone needs a fact-checker before opening his mouth. And he’s not the only one: NYPD spokesperson Paul Browne told the Queens Chronicle that the arrest of multiple journalists covering Occupy Wall Street is “a total myth.” Which is, of course, a total myth. Josh Stearns sets the record straight regarding journalist arrests via Storify.

#In case you’re ever stopped and frisked, there’s an app for that.

A candlelight vigil in Hong Kong in remembrance of the 23rd anniversary of Tienanmen Square. Photo: Occupy Earth

#In another blow to the NYPD, eight Muslims filed a federal lawsuit to force the department to end its surveillance and other intelligence-gathering practices targeting Muslims in the years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

#Trinity Church, one of the largest landholders in New York City, is cooperating with the prosecution in the case of protesters – among them a retired Episcopal bishop – who attempted to occupy a parcel of vacant land on December 17. A hunger striker has tried to appeal to the church’s mercy, to no avail.

#If the FBI wants you to be an informant, say yes or risk getting put on the No-Fly List.

#Senate Republicans blocked a pay equity bill, twice.

#This is how Stand Your Ground laws swept the nation.

#Private prisons profit from immigration crackdowns, which is why their corporate owners are desperate to tilt immigration detention policies in their favor.

#Here’s how Louisiana became the world’s prison capital.

Photo: Occupy Kingston, Ontario

#Despite the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Financial Act, banks still gouging people with fees. Meanwhile, Dodd-Frank has been a boon for lobbyists.

#Here’s how Bank of America executives hid losses, in their own words.

#A former attorney who worked for some of the country’s most prestigious law firms was sentenced to a record 12 years in jail for an insider trading scheme which lasted 17 years and netted more than $37 million between 1994 and 2011.

#Young Turks host Cenk Uygur shows us how to buy a politician. This is why we need to flush money from politics.

#The states with the worst income inequality are Florida, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Connecticut and – no surprise here – New York.

#Tens of millions of children are living in poverty in the world’s richest countries.

#Unpaid internships are a way for wealthy companies to extract free labor. So dump your internship and head to the beach.

Image: NSW Prison Watch

#Good news, activists: Google has hit back against state-sponsored hackers who may be reading your Gmail.

#The Department of Homeland Security has reportedly detained a developer of an anti-surveillance app on multiple occasions.

#A new generation of computerized cameras are able to spot if you are a terrorist or a criminal before you even commit a crime. Because life has apparently become Minority Report.

#600 protesters crashed the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Pepper spray was deployed and a line of riot police advanced, arresting 28.

#The Mexican student movement is ascendant, buoyed by the political bias of the mainstream media. If only Americans would feel similarly compelled to action over our slanted, corporate media.

#Following her exclusive interview with Bashar al-Assad last December, Barbara Walters tried to use her influence to help one of the Syrian dictator’s former aides get a job. Here are the incriminating emails.

Occupy Houston stands with the city's janitors.

#Members of Deep Green Resistance, Unoccupy Albuquerque, Occupy Lincoln and Lakota organizers attached U-Locks to their necks and strung a chain between pairs of activists, blockading the road running through Whiteclay, Nebraska, to bring attention to the town’s infamous liquor industry.

#A charitable group called Chosen 300 will pay your fines if you ignore Philly’s new ban on feeding the homeless. That’s right – Philadelphia has instituted a ban on giving poor people food.

#The number of PhD recipients on food stamps and other forms of welfare more than tripled between 2007 and 2010.

#The fight for women in Egypt is far from over, as a mob of hundreds of men assaulted women holding a march demanding an end to sexual harassment. Attackers overwhelmed the women’s male guardians and groped and molested several of the female marchers in Tahrir Square. From the ferocity of the assault, some of the victims said it appeared to have been an organized attempt to drive women out of demonstrations and trample on the pro-democracy protest movement.

#In happier Egypt news, protests are turning into occupations throughout the country.

#Vladmir Putin passed a law fining protesters $9,000 – as if this quasi-dictator even needs a law before throwing people in prison.

Image: Jason Killinger

#Spain will be bailed out to the tune of $125 billion, while Greece is still going broke. But Greeks are engaged and stronger than ever in their fight for a new society.

#Striking Spanish coal miners set up burning barricades and fought running battles with riot police as they protested harsh austerity cuts to coal subsidies.

#A new bank study suggests the average Canadian household is more than $100,000 in debt and that Canadians have ramped up borrowing in the past five years.

#An oil spill in Alberta sent 125,000 gallons of crude spilling into a tributary of the Red Deer River.

#Monsanto corn has been linked to organ failure in rats. Meanwhile, five million farmers are suing the GMO purveyor for $7.7 billion because the company has been reportedly taxing the farmers into financial ruin with hefty royalty charges.

#Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry’s and Move to Amend want to stamp money-is-not-politics messages on dollar bills.

#Immortal Technique said in an interview that our ignorance hurts the world.

Matt Lawrence of Occupy New Hampshire protests outside an event held by Congressmen Frank Guinta and Darrell Issa.

#Want to put the Department of Homeland Security’s list of suspicious keywords and phrases to use? Here’s the online terrorist keywords poetry contest!

#Here’s the latest issue of the Occupied Vancouver Sun.

#There are three days left to raise enough money to get Michael Chapin, a U.S. Army veteran and a key member of the Occupy SF community, out of jail.

#Here’s a tribute to the Occupy women of Texas.

#On June 15, Occupy London will stage the first-ever Carnival of Dirt, whereupon 30 activist groups from London and around the world will highlight the illicit deeds of mining and extraction companies.

#Anonymous is planning to march on Parliament on November 5.

#Join 1199 SEIU, the NAACP, National Action Network, civil rights, faith, labor and community groups and Occupy Wall Street in a silent march in New York City on June 17 to protest stop-and-frisk.

#On June 25, join a march to the California state capitol to call for a moratorium on foreclosures.

#The Occupy National Gathering will take place in Philly on July 4.

#Also on July 4, Occupy Austin is planning a day of demonstrations at the Texas State Capitol.

#Occupy Detroit will host another Occupy the Midwest Conference from August 23 to 26.

#Members of Occupy Austin OccuQueers and GLITUR (affiliated with Occupy Seattle) are reaching out to all Occupy Queer and LGBT working groups to form a national (or international) network of radical queers.

#Looking to connect to other occupations? The Occupy Directory is here.

#Occupy Arrests counts 7,280 arrests since the birth of Occupy Wall Street on September 17.

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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


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…)