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Fatalities All Too Common: British Prime Minister Ignores Problem of Rampant Police Brutality

 

By Linn Washington Jr.

 

London -- For a dozen years they had marched peacefully to the street containing the residence of Britain’s prime minister, asking the current occupant of #10 Downing Street to investigate the scourge ripping at the soul of this nation.

That scourge is the thousands of suspicious deaths occurring while in the custody of British police, in British prisons and in British mental health facilities.

Eight persons died in police custody just during the first nine months of 2011, according to official British government statistics. That’s more than double the custody deaths last year.

A Movie For The Movement: "Heist: Who Stole The American Dream?"

http://www.heist-themovie.com

As the Occupy Wall Street movement pushes forward, evolving daily in mission and meaning, its cinematic companion has arrived on the scene. Heist: Who Stole The American Dream? is the latest socially and politically relevant documentary executive produced by Earl Katz, President of Public Interest Pictures. Heist will soon premiere as the fundamental primer on the historical and present-day inequities which gave rise to the Occupy Movement. From its 1930s depiction of Depression Era breadlines to Wisconsin Governor Walker's current assault on Collective Bargaining, Heist tells the story of America in decline due to the excessive greed of corporate executives and politicians bent on destroying the middle class.

OccupyWashingtonDC.org Endorses Call for General Strike in Oakland, CA

Washington, DC: OccupyWashingtonDC.org, which is occupying Freedom Plaza, has endorsed the call for a General Strike in Oakland to express opposition to the police violence that sought to undermine the rights of Americans to assemble to redress grievances.  Below is a more detailed description of what is occurring in Oakland.

Occupying in the Shadow of Frank Rizzo

 

By John Grant

 

The people, unfortunately, are still very ignorant, and are kept in ignorance by the systematic efforts of all the governments, who consider this ignorance, not without good reason, as one of the essential conditions of their own power.

-Mikhail Bakunin

 

 

It was 10:30 pm on Dilworth Plaza, the concrete apron around Philadelphia City Hall that’s home for over 100 tents in the Occupy Philadelphia movement. The air was clear and the temperature was pleasant.

 

Never More Proud to Be in a Courtroom

Never More Proud to Be in a Courtroom

by Kathleen Kirwin

October 28, 2011

“AS THE FATHER OF A YOUNG SON, I WENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE ON MARCH 19TH TO BE A VOICE FOR SHAHIDULLAH.” From the closing argument of Defendant Art Laffin in DC Superior Court.

 

Vets for Peace Statement on Oakland Assaults

Official VFP Statement Regarding Police Assaults in Oakland

Veteran For Peace member, Scott Olsen, a Marine Corps veteran twice deployed to Iraq, is in hospital now in stable but serious condition with a fractured skull, struck by a police projectile fired into a crowd in downtown Oakland, California in the early morning hours of today.  Other people were injured in the assault and many were arrested after Oakland police in riot gear were ordered to evict people encamped in the ongoing "Occupy Oakland" movement.  Olsen is also a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

VFP members are involved with dozens of these local "occupy movement" encampments and we support them fully.  In Boston, for example, our members, wearing VFP shirts and carrying VFP flags, stood between a line of police and the encampment, urging police to "join the 99%" and not evict the protesters.  In that case, several of our members were banged and bruised when the police decided instead to carry out their eviction orders.

In Oakland, last night, a similar thing happened, according to VFP Chapter 69 member and Navy veteran, Joshua Sheperd, who said he went to downtown Oakland "to see if, as a VFP member, I could help still the anger...to be between the police and the protesters...it seemed unconscionable to me that the police use the cover of darkness like that to do what they were doing."  Fortunately, he was not injured in the police assault that left Olsen with a fractured skull.

Leah Bolger Is My Hero

Take Action at RootsAction!

Leah Bolger of Oregon is the Vice President of Veterans for Peace, is occupying Freedom Plaza, and risked jail on Wednesday, with another case pending against her, to speak up in the Super Congress (Deficit Committee) hearing, in which she was arrested.  She has been released.

Bolger comments: "I had to speak up.  The witness, Douglas Elmendorf, was hiding the fact that military spending has increased dramatically in real terms and as a percentage of discretionary spending.  He was focused on percentage of GDP, as if war spending should increase whenever it can, not whenever it has to.  The simple deficit solution of taxing the rich and curtailing the militarism is favored by the majority of the public.  The 99% had no other voice in that room to compete with those of the corporate lobbyists."

Take Action at RootsAction!

DOZENS ARRESTED AT 28th PRECINCT IN HARLEM TO STOP “STOP & FRISK”

Cornel West, Professor, Author, Public Intellectual
Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
Rev. Stephen Phelps, Interim Senior Minister of Riverside Church
Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Debra Sweet, Director of World Can’t Wait
Rev. Omar Wilks, Unison Pentecostal Church
Prof. Jim Vrettos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Elaine Brower, Military Mom and World Can’t Wait

According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, 33 were arrested, including Occupy Wall Street protesters

Bring In The Drones: Provocateurs and Moral Protest

 

By John Grant

 

As far as anyone knew I was part of this cause -- a cause that I had infiltrated the day before in order to mock and undermine in the pages of The American Spectator -- and I wasn’t giving up before I had my story.

Patrick Howley

Editorial Assistant, The American Spectator

 

 

Here’s a story from the annals of fools posing as journalists.

POLICE BACK OFF FROM GRANDMOTHERS AS THE GRANNY PEACE BRIGADE OCCUPIES LINCOLN CENTER


Culture seekers streaming through Lincoln Center Tuesday evening, Oct. 18, were undoubtedly surprised to see a tableau not usually seen at the arts complex.  Approximately 60 members of the Granny Peace Brigade and their followers formed a semi-circle around the fountain located in the midst of the plaza surrounded by the Koch Theatre (home of the New York City Ballet); the Metropolitan Opera House, and Avery Fisher Hall.

 

Occupying America: Sowing the Seeds of a Second American Revolution

By Lori Spencer



"There are combustibles in every state which a spark might set fire to." 

          -- George Washington's letter to General Henry Knox concerning the

                  Shay's Rebellion, 1786


One month ago, a group of some 1000 demonstrators gathered in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park to protest the pillaging of the nation's economy by powerful corporations and international houses of high finance. While these young activists were entirely peaceful, they also made it clear that this would be no hippie-dippy flower-twirling love-in, sit-in, teach-in, or even a camp-in; this was an occupation. The demonstrators announced that they intended to Occupy Wall Street 24/7, stayinguntil hell freezes over if need be.

 

The New York City police welcomed them warmly with pepper spray and more than a few violent smack-downs, even going so far as to arrest some 700 protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge who werelured into a position where they could be charged with blocking traffic.

 

How We Got Arrested in the Senate Finance Committee

I've been arrested before and always paid a fine right away, perhaps because I was part of a larger group.  This time they're threatening us with fines and jail, which I certainly did not expect. Watch:

 

 

 

 

Freedom Plaza Today

http://october2011.org

October 18, 2011

At 10 a.m. today US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will testify at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship in the Dirkson Senate Office Building, and may be greeted appropriately by representatives of the 99%.

At 4 p.m. activism workshops are planned in Freedom Plaza.

At 6:30 p.m. there's an Iranian dinner, dancing, and teach-in in Freedom Plaza, thanks to Andy and Marjan Shallal of Busboys and Poets.

News on Iran: http://dontattackiran.org

All Hail the Unknown Organizer!

 

By Charles M. Young

 

Liberated Autonomous Manhattan -- In a century, community organizers will still be debating what to call Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza/Liberty Square. The surrounding skyscrapers will be covered with luxuriant tomato vines hanging from rooftop organic gardens. Electricity will be generated by solar panels and fermenting compost. Inside, the skyscrapers will be humming with intense conversation at the Occupy Education Graduate School of Revolutionary Studies, open to anyone willing to teach everyone wanting to learn.

Visitors to the park will meander through meticulously maintained sidewalks that wind in fractals through authentic tarps and wet sleeping bags from the early 21st century. Scent generators will alternately waft herbal cigarettes, sandalwood incense and mildew into the breeze.

Arrests Around the World

Let's add this one to the large number of arrests being reported in NY and around the world.

"Tonight, Progressive Caucus Chair Karen Bernal, activist Cindy Sheehan and at least one dozen other peaceful protestors were arrested at Occupy Sacramento.  I counted about 35 police vehicles and dozens of officers in riot gear as the peaceful demonstrators occupied Cesar Chavez Park after a day when hundreds of protestors marched to the CA State Capitol.  I'm sending this from my phone, but will have more details, photos and video in the morning." --Bill Lackemacher

Thugs on the Job: The NYPD, Protecting and Serving...Wall Street

 

By John Grant

 

At the end of this chaotic YouTube video, made at the end of a huge victory by the activists occupying Wall Street, and their thousands of supporters, one of many outraged demonstrators is heard hollering: "He ran over his fuckin' leg!"

Well, I've looked at the video three times and that seems a pretty accurate description of what this cop did.

At first, the scooter's front wheel seems to be in front of the young man's leg. The guy, by the way, is a clearly legal observer wearing an official National Lawyers Guild yellow observer hat. He seems to be in serious agony at this point. So it seems likely he has already been run over once.

Urgent Call to Action: Go to Zuccotti Park Now!!!

 

Urgent Call to Action: 

Go to Zuccotti Park Now!!!

 

By Charles M. Young

 

 

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that Occupy Wall Street must leave Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 14, allegedly so the city can clean it.

Almost verbatim notices have been served on other occupations around the United States and the world. Invariably, they have turned out to be a ploy to clear the space and not let demonstrators back in. Mayor Bloomberg has a long history of lying and police state tactics of crowd control.

Happy Birthday, John!

Occupy Wall Street over John Lennon's Power to the People

Drones Have Their Own Congressional Caucus, Do You?

Drones have a congressional caucus now.

Here it is.

Here are its bipartisan (yay!) members.

Here are some constituencies that do not have their own congressional caucuses:

Homo Sapiens
The Homeless
The Foreclosed
The Ill
The Unclothed
The Hungry
The Traumatized
The Wounded
The Widowed
The Violently Occupied
The Unemployed
The Oceans
The Forests
The Atmosphere
Future Generations
Children
The Elderly

Here's what you can do about it.

A Comment on Occupy Wall Street's First Statement

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

While this statement by Occupy Wall Street is a powerful list of grievances against capitalism, it fails to even once mention the word "war." This is a significant failing, and cannot have been an oversight. The activists in Liberty Park and in cities across the country, if they want to make this a mass movement to confront the corporate domination of American politics and society, must be willing to confront head on the reality that the corporate elite have made the U.S. into the world's greatest war-monger. It is not just "colonialism," an outmoded term, that is the problem. It is a vast web of imperialism, imposed by a war machine that is bigger and costlier than all the rest of the world's armies combined, and it is the single biggest reason that this country is descending into a state of social and economic decay and decline.

DRONE PROTEST LEADS TO ARREST AT TUCSON'S RAYTHEON MISSILE SYSTEMS

A dozen activists gathered outside of Raytheon Missile Systems in
Tucson, Arizona at 7 a.m. Monday morning, October 3 to protest drone
warfare and war profiteering.  The group held signs reading "No to War
Profiteering", "We Have Guided Missiles and Misguided Men - MLK", and
"Drone Attacks Inspire Hatred of the U.S.",  as employees drove into
the factory.


Tucson Quaker and Catholic Worker John Heid holding a sign that said "Make Us Instruments of Peace", walked toward
the Raytheon gatehouse to communicate with workers about weapons
produced there (including Standard Missiles, Star Wars "kill
vehicles", Mavericks, AMRAAMs, microwave crowd control beams,
pilotless drones, cluster bombs and cruise missiles) and particularly
about his concerns regarding drone warfare.


Heid was stopped while nearing the gatehouse, arrested and taken to jail.


Earlier he stated, "Today, October 3rd, sandwiched between Gandhi¹s

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