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#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines


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


Members of the Cruz family and Occupy Homes MN hold up petitions of support signed by 175,000 people. Photo: Occupy Homes MN

This week in Occupy, the Cruz family was rebuffed by PNC Bank, Rio + 20 was mic-checked and #occupied, Egyptians took to the streets to demand an election and occupiers nationwide saw convictions and dismissals stemming from last Fall’s raids and evictions.

#On June 21, members of the Cruz family caravaned to PNC Bank headquarters in Pittsburgh to try and meet with bank executives to rectify the glitch that put the Cruzes on the path to foreclosure. After a rally staged by Occupy Pittsburgh, the bank informed the family there was nothing they could do, blaming the problem on poor communication by Freddie Mac. The Cruzes returned the next day, only to be threatened by security. “We’re just another number for a bank,” Alejandra Cruz said. “They don’t really care about people.”

A sign is floated above the Cruz family home in South Minneapolis. Photo: Occupy Homes MN

#Back at the Cruz home in South Minneapolis, a rally in protest of the bank’s inaction resulted in the arrest of 13, including local rapper Brother Ali. In Atlanta, about 30 people from Occupy Our Homes Atlanta entered a Buckhead branch of a PNC Bank to protest the bank’s treatment of the Cruzes. Solidarity rallies were planned in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Gainesville, Greensboro, Milwaukee, New York, Newark, Philadelphia and St. Louis.

#Nine days after the dissolution of the Egyptian Parliament – after which hundreds of thousands of protesters poured into Tahrir Square demanding that generals cede power to elected civilians at the end of the month as they had promised – Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was officially recognized as the winner of Egypt’s first competitive presidential election.

#Two members of the Occupy Movement disrupted the final press briefing of the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit on Sustainable Development, denouncing the final document as not representative of the voices in struggle against the degradation of the environment, a conclusion also arrived at by several NGOs. Occupiers then held a Peoples’ Assembly on the UN summit grounds for three hours, during which activists, including Bill McKibben, concluded the summit was a failure. There were no arrests.

Supporters gather at the Hartford Community Court in support of an Occupy Hartford member arrested for recording the police.

#Seven Occupy Wall Street protesters – including Episcopal bishop George Packardwere convicted for trespassing on property allegedly owned by Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal church and powerful Lower Manhattan landlord, during an action on December 17. An eighth defendant, Mark Adams, was convicted of trespassing, attempted criminal mischief and attempted possession of burglary tools, making him Occupy Wall Street’s first activist convicted and sentenced to jail time in a group trial.

#Eleven Occupy DC members have been convicted of disobeying police after they attempted to build a wooden structure, dubbed the “Occubarn,” in McPherson Square in December.

#Charges have been dropped against the final Occupy Phoenix protesters accused of trespassing and loitering at Margaret T. Hance Park in mid-October.

#The city of Houston has dismissed the misdemeanor charges against six of the eight Occupy Houston protesters arrested in Tranquility Park in November.

Photo: MicCheckz

#The U.C. Board of Regents has dropped its lawsuit against 15 members of Occupy the Farm arrested during the May 9 raid of the Gill Tract, an #occupied parcel of land owned by U.C. Berkeley. “We are not at all surprised that U.C. has walked away from what amounts to a frivolous lawsuit against a group of community activists committed to promoting sustainable urban agriculture on public lands,” Stefanie Rawlings, one of the lawsuit defendants, said in a statement.

#Occupy Wall Street made a surprise appearance at the annual Mermaid Parade on Coney Island, a summer staple that pays homage to the Coney Island Mardi Gras parades of the early 20th century.

#The California Nurses Association launched their statewide Medicare For All Tour in San Diego on June 19. The traveling clinic, which will offer health screenings, wraps up in West Covina on July 12.

Egypt, June 22. Photo: Asmaa Waguih

#George Martinez, a Brooklyn Congressional candidate running on an Occupy platform, caught his opponent in a lie during a televised debate. Despite her claim to the contrary, she did, in fact, vote to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999.

#After Occupy Riverdale spent the month of June fighting to save 37 families from homelessness, the Riverdale Mobile Home Village in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, was demolished to make way for a pumping station to withdraw up to three million gallons of water a day to natural gas companies that use fracking.

#Seventeen members of Occupy New Hampshire appeared in court to face curfew violations stemming from the eviction of their Veteran’s Park encampment in October. As a defense, they used the Right of Revolution, as set forth in New Hampshire’s constitution.

#Cameron Whitten, a former Occupy candidate for mayor of Portland, Oregon, has been on a hunger strike for nearly a month in an attempt to highlight housing issues.

#A month and a half after police swept away the last of Occupy Lincoln, Nebraska, a 3-foot-tall marijuana plant has cropped up in its place.

OccuPride #occupied the San Francisco Pride Parade. Photo: Liz Highleyman

#A hundred members of OccuPride, the Occupy movement for Gay Pride, temporarily blocked the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade and staged their own demonstration.

#Members of the national Occupy Movement joined Occupy Birmingham to protest in front of Alabama Power in an attempt to persuade the utility to stop lobbying against the Clean Air Act.

#On June 19, Occupy LA, Veterans for Peace, Arlington West and Code Pink staged a protest against the U.S. war economy in front of weapons manufacturers in El Segundo.

#The Occupy Upstate Conference was hosted in the aptly named Perseverance Park in Syracuse on June 16. Among the attendees was former Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis.

#Occupy Chicago is working to help employees of a staffing agency that abruptly closed, leaving employees without jobs and owed wages.

Two women protest male lawmakers' juvenile censorship of their female counterparts. Occupy Dallas

#Parents protesting the closure of five Oakland elementary schools that predominantly serve under-represented minority groups have built an encampment at Lakeview Elementary, which they have #occupied for the past ten days despite being ordered to disperse by the school district police force. On June 23, nearly 200 protestors showed up for a 1.7 mile protest march.

#On July 4, #MicCheckWallSt, a Seattle-based think tank, will be throwing thousands of dollar bills into the streets of Seattle printed with messages urging a ban on corporate money in elections. A #MicCheckWallSt casserole march on June 20 ended with police brutality.

#The Occupy-spearheaded rise of alternative education continues, as the Occupy Los Angeles Freedom School in California and the Paul Robeson Freedom School in New York open their doors.

#Owen Deutsch and Caroline Gray, two 14-year-old Chicago high school students, made a documentary about Occupy Chicago.

#Two 14-year-old twins won a CNN iReport award for their video dispatch, “Occupy Wall Street, Day 23.”

#Playbill has responded to a call by the OWS Arts & Labor working group to end the theater listing service’s practice of posting classified ads for unpaid internships at for-profit companies by revising its terms of service.

Attendees of the Occupy Upstate Conference gather in Syracuse on June 16. Photo: John Washington

#Demonstrators who have been staging nightly flash occupations at the CCA lobbying group in downtown Los Angeles for nearly a month are regularly raided and arrested. Clients of the CCA, or Central City Association, include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Boeing, Target, US Bank, Verizon, Chevron, Walmart and AT&T, and their money buys them the ear of the City Council and the mayor, making them the shockingly overt bridge between money and politics.

#A group of demonstrators populated by members of Occupy Little Rock and the Occupy Caravan protested at a Bank of America and marched through downtown Little Rock on June 18.

#Members of Occupy Raleigh held a rally outside the executive mansion on June 18 to encourage Gov. Beverly Perdue to veto a bill that allows fracking in the state.

#The Occupied Chicago Tribune has completed its response to the Chicago Tribune: “This is a case about the fundamental human right of political speech,” the editors argue.

#The Vermont Federal Credit Union, Vermont’s fourth largest credit union, now has an Occupy Burlington participant on its board.

The California Nurses Association kicks off their Medicare For All Tour 2012.

#A dozen members of Occupy Frederick, Maryland, are staging a hunger strike to protest cuts to the Postal Service, arguing that government mandates have caused drastic financial issues for the already deprived agency. Some of the protesters include retired postal carriers, who plan on speaking with legislators.

#The three men arrested before the Occupy NATO protests now have at least a half-dozen new charges in their indictments.

#A coalition of community and religious groups, health-care unions and members of Occupy Chicago, who have been on a hunger strike for the last two weeks demanding organ transplants for the undocumented, has convinced University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center to give Mexican immigrant Lorenzo Arroyo, 36, a kidney transplant.

#Fifty activists claiming links to Occupy London #occupied an empty building affiliated with the artist Anish Kapoor, who accepted the commission to create a landmark sculpture for London’s Olympic Park. The purpose of the protest was to expose the Olympics as a “grand spectacle being used by the government and corporations to take our minds off austerity measures, the global economic crisis and the commodification of everything, even art.”

#Occupy Newfoundland and Labrador staged a protest before the House of Assembly against Bill 29, which places tighter constraints on what documents can be released to the public.

A sign in New York decrying the conviction of peaceful protesters. Photo: Stacy Lanyon

#A group of Spanish activists has raised a large private fund to pay for a civil action against Rodrigo Rato, the disgraced former chairman of Bankia, one of the banks at the heart of the Spanish financial crisis.

#On June 24, 20,000 people gathered in Tokyo to protest the Japanese government’s unilateral decision to restart two nuclear reactors.

#The Berlin Biennale partially adopted Occupy Wall Street‘s horizontal power structure.

#After a forced government land acquisition in Singur in West Bengal, an Indian lawmaker said he wants to organize an Occupy Singur movement on the lines of Occupy Wall Street for the benefit of victimized rural farmers.

#In a protest staged by Occupy Balok-Gebeng, hundreds of Malaysian demonstrators took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur with funeral banners and signs demanding the government revoke a decision earlier this week to allow a rare-earths mine to go forward.

#A new report from Global Witness reports that in the past decade, 711 environmental activists have been killed while defending land and forest rights. The number has almost doubled over the past three years.

#Hackney has become the latest London borough to be #occupied as protesters erected tents in Shoreditch Park after Islington Council removed the large protest camp from Finsbury Square.

The indigenous Kayapo people of Brazil protest the Belo Monte Dam at Rio+20.

#Police in Bolivia have committed mutiny over low pay and almost nonexistent pensions.

#6,000 Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest police brutality, and many received a hefty dose of it: 85 were arrested.

#Grandparents wearing reflective vests and carrying signs decrying the Spanish bailouts took to the streets of Barcelona – and then to the German consulate – to protest against Germany’s position in the Euro crisis.

#The Occupy Movement has spurred police to wear body cameras with which to record protesters.

#Federal officials have yet to respond to two United Nations human rights envoys who formally requested that the U.S. government protect Occupy protesters against excessive force by law enforcement officials.

#The U.S. media has been writing obituaries for Occupy, but Truthout reports that Occupy is in fact active all over the country – it’s just being ignored by the corporate media. Its soul, however, is up for grabs, Rolling Stone reports. And Stonewall was organized much better, The New Yorker opines.

#A Design Miami/Basel exhibition called “Occupy Chairs,” comprised of replicas of signs used during the Wall Street protests, was marketed to the richest of the art festival’s attendees for $3,500 apiece.

These Occupy Wall Street replica protest signs sell for $3,500 apiece. Photo: Cristina Grajales Gallery

#Congress has a matter of days to work out a compromise or interest rates on some federal student loans will double.

#Oregon Senator Ron Wyden stepped in to stop the renewal of the NSA wiretap program because the government refuses to say how often the spy powers are being used.

#In this must-read Op-Ed, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer explained how Citizens United nullified his state’s 110-year-old ban on corporate campaign donations.

#Bill Moyers focused his lens on dark money in politics.

#130 members of Congress or their families have traded stocks collectively worth hundreds of millions in companies lobbying on bills that came before their committees, a practice that is permitted under current ethics rules, a Washington Post analysis found.

#Some Wall Street tactics were gleaned from the Mafia, Matt Taibbi reports, and banksters have no problem employing them.

#The Republican National Convention is coming to Tampa in August, but it seems that most of the protesters will not be sticking to Tampa’s guidelines concerning protests.

#A group of Tampa residents is collecting signatures to toss Occupy Tampa off the private lot they’ve been occupying since December.

An illustration of contemporary capitalist society on a building in Lisbon.

#Oakland’s Mayor Jean Quan could be forced to personally pay fines if Oakland again misses deadlines to complete Oakland PD’s internal affairs investigations.

#New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler said he “never got a satisfactory response” from the Justice Department regarding a potential probe into the NYPD’s handling of the Occupy Wall Street eviction.

#For the third year in a row, New York has declined to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement between participating states to effectively supersede the electoral college by awarding their electoral votes to the whichever candidate wins the most votes nationwide.

#Liberals are urging Obama to go after Wall Street with gusto.

#The Canada Border Services Agency will soon monitor travelers with high-definition cameras and use microphones to listen in on their conversations.

#The U.S. government spends more on corporate subsidies than social welfare programs.

#Following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit, federal authorities were forced to reveal that there are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S.

#Governments, banks and households struggling with too much debt are dragging down the world’s economy and more needs to be done to make the banking system safer, a global organization of central banks has warned.

Occupy NH defendants and supporters outside Manchester Courthouse on June 22.

#A proposal by Corrections Corporation of America to house more than 1,500 undocumented immigrants in South Florida suburbia has pitted two towns against one another and prompted a federal lawsuit.

#The economist Joseph Stiglitz explains how bad policy has contributed to the great economic divide.

#Dell became the 24th group to drop out of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

#Berkeley, California, became the 15th city to reject the NDAA. Track NDAA repeal efforts across the country.

#The Berkeley Police Department and City Council have stated that they will no longer honor an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold illegal immigrants for minor offenses.

#ALEC is not the only conservative lobbying organization writing model legislation – Truthout has exposed a network of “stealth lobbyists.”

#Corporate profits just hit an all-time high while wages hit an all-time low.

#Since 2000, the number of people living in “extreme” poverty — incomes totaling less than half of the federal poverty line — has climbed by 50 percent.

#The Department of Justice can’t seem to prosecute the major players, banks and investment shops responsible for the financial fraud that nearly toppled the world economy and is still choking the U.S. economy, but it can fly FBI agents back and forth across the country to try to prove that a baseball player took hormones.

Image: Amadon DellErba

#Surprise, surprise: The eviction of the homeless in Los Angeles’s famed Skid Row is being driven by the business lobby.

#The Occupy National Gathering is almost here – just in time for a heat wave. Here’s how to keep cool.

#Visit the OWS Info Tent for information about occupations worldwide.

#Care to glimpse what America could have been? Here’s FDR reading his Second Bill of Rights, which he died before he could implement.

#“American Autumn: an Occudoc” will premiere June 26 in Brooklyn.

#Occupy Iowa plans to protest the World Food Prize in Des Moines this October.

#Join a march against Wal-Mart in Los Angeles on June 30.

#According to Occupy Arrests, 7,308 people have been arrested protesting corporate greed since 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


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.

Direct Action Highlight: Occupy National Gathering

The Occupy National Gathering is a nationally coordinated event which will take place from June 30th to July 4th in Philadelphia. The Occupy movement will convene the Occupy National Gathering in the vicinity of Philadelphia’s Independence Mall for a week of direct actions, movement building and the creation of a vision for a democratic future. The National Gathering will kick off with a massive march with Healthcare-Now! and will conclude on July 5th when attendees will join the Guitarmy for a 99 mile march from Philadelphia to Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.

Perhaps the highlight of the gathering will be the crafting of a Vision of a Democratic Future. On July 4th the National Gathering (#natgat) will facilitate a visioning process designed to allow all voices to be heard while allowing repeat visions to organically rise to the top.  Together, by all those who choose to participate, a Vision of a Democratic Future will be conceived. Learn more about this and more here.

Want to get involved? Here’s how:

For the past couple of months Occupiers from all over the country have gathered via InterOccupy conference call to conceive of, and implement a strategy for, the Occupy National Gathering. This is the group that hase submitted the “Occupy National Gathering Proposal” to assemblies around the country. You can join them in organizing the final details as the National Gathering is gearing up. The planning calls happen weekly via the InterOccupy system on Tuesdays at 9PM EST. To join the call please register.

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Share the National Gathering on Facebook and Twitter (@OccupyNG) with your friends to raise awareness and bolster the National Gathering’s attendance.

Go to the National Gathering

RSVP to the Facebook Event Page and invite your friends to join you.

Need to find out how to get to Philly? Occupy Caravan is organizing travel from all over the country. To find out more visit or join Occupy Caravan’s weekly InterOccupy call by registering here.

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