Daily Archives: January 29, 2012

U.N. Envoy: U.S. Isn’t Protecting Occupy Protesters’ Rights

WASHINGTON — The United Nations envoy for freedom of expression is drafting an official communication to the U.S. government demanding to know why federal officials are not protecting the rights of Occupy demonstrators whose protests are being disbanded — sometimes violently — by local authorities. Frank La Rue, who serves as the U.N. “special rapporteur” for the protection of free expression, told HuffPost in an interview that the crackdowns against Occupy protesters appear to be violating their human and constitutional rights. “I believe in city ordinances and I believe in … Continued


Occupy Denver marches in solidarity for arrested Oakland protesters

About 80 Occupy Denver marchers took the downtown streets tonight with new chants and new faces after weeks of a sparse attendance on the sidewalk near their former site at Civic Center park. The march was part of a national campaign called Solidarity Sunday to support more than 400 Occupy Oakland protesters who were arrested Saturday. Children, college students and older people were part of tonight’s march. Denver police followed along, blocking intersections and traffic to allow the march, as Occupy Denver protesters taunted them with swear words and comments … Continued


12 Occupy protesters arrested outside of Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines

Des Moines Register 2:00 AM, Jan 30, 2012 | by Grant Rodgers | Troopers arrested 12 Occupy Des Moines protesters outside the State Capitol on Sunday night, following the group’s afternoon march to the “People’s Park” from its former encampment in Stewart Square, a city of Des Moines park. The Iowa State Patrol first came to the park around 10:50 p.m., warning protesters that they would be arrested if they stayed past 11. About four of the protesters, sitting and linking arms, declined to stand when asked by troopers and were dragged out of the park to … Continued


Hundreds of OWS protesters march in NYC

Originally published in Newsday: January 29, 2012 7:03 PM Updated: January 29, 2012 10:37 PM By From staff and wire reports Photo credit: Howard Schnapp | Occupy Wall Street protesters march towards Thompkins Square Park in New York, New York. (Jan. 29, 2012) Galleries Occupy Wall Street demonstration Photos: Celebs show up at Occupy Wall Street Close to 300 Occupy Wall Street protesters marched through the streets of Manhattan Sunday night in a show of support for anti-Wall Street demonstrators in Oakland, Calif., more than 400 of whom were arrested … Continued


Race, Violence and Occupy Oakland

In the wake of the failed building takeover, there has been a lot of discussion about violence, self defense and the police response. The discussion about violence vs nonviolence has been going on since the beginning of Occupy Oakland. I’ve struggled to find a way to express my thoughts on this subject, and a friend of mine had already encouraged me to express them. The conversations I had today with people down at the plaza have allowed me to solidify my thoughts on this issue. There are several things to … Continued


Post 1/28 Trauma Medics are Available!

HELLO OCCUPY OAKLAND… This is a communiqué from your sisters at Safer Spaces Committee! Because of the cop violence used against our Move-In Day action, Safer Spaces is making ourselves available to folks on our Safer Spaces Dispatch/Hotline for the next couple days for various types of support. Some normal things that happen to people after cop attacks: Feeling “on edge”, distant, angry, numb, unsafe, overwhelmed, depressed scared, anxious, etc. Some of us might not know that these feelings are connected police violence and some people might not want to admit that … Continued


[Passed at 1.29.2012 GA] Anti-Repression Cmte proposal for Feb 6 Action against police repression

Anti-Repression Cmte proposal for Feb 6 Action against police repression Occupy Oakland has faced heavy police repression since its inception.  From the first police  raid on October 25th,  when the camp was violently destroyed and people were brutally tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets to the recent arbitrary arrests in the past  several weeks the Oakland Police Department and city government have  made it clear that they will continue  to target and repress those in occupy Oakland . Often those arrested have their charges dropped after spending several days … Continued


OO Foreclosure Defense Working Group: Stop Foreclosure on Oakland Homeowner – Snow Park, Oakland – Tuesday, February 21, 2012 – 3:00 to 5:00 PM

FORECLOSURE DEFENSE ALERT- Mitchell Action #2 OO Foreclosure Defense Working Group Calls for Occupy Oakland to Turn Out for Bank Pressure Action and Street Canvass When: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 3:00-5:00 Where: Gathering in Snow Park, Harrison at 21st Street, downtown Oakland Members of Occupy Oakland, neighbors, and community groups respond to plea for help against gentrification, unjust dislocation, and foreclosure. We target the investor behind Chase Bank who owns Mrs. Katy’s loan. There is a sale date set for March 14, 2012. Now we fight back! Mrs. Katy, a … Continued


National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners – San Quentin State Prison – Monday, February 20, 2012 (President’s Day) – 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Occupy Oakland is participating in the National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners. WHERE: San Quentin Prison, East Gate WHEN: Monday, February 20, 2012 (President’s Day), 12:00 noon – 3:00 PM TRANSPORTATION: Meet at 10:00 AM for bus/carpool at 14th & Broadway in Oakland, or at 1540 Market & Van Ness in San Francisco, http://occupy4prisoners.org WEBSITE/MORE INFORMATION: www.occupy4prisoners.org ALERT: IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION FOR GETTING TO THE OCCUPY SAN QUENTIN PROTEST ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20th, from 12noon-3pm (East Gate) We have been informed that the road block-off will begin at 10am … Continued


Proposal to hold a General Strike on May 1st

Proposal to hold a General Strike on May 1st Proposal for O.O. to endorse a General Strike on May 1st, International Workers Day, to fight for greater economic equality, immigrants rights, healthcare and education for all, and an end to the repression of the occupy movement. The general strike is back, retooled for an era of austerity. Last November 2, Occupy Oakland called for and carried out the first general strike in the US since the Oakland general strike of 1946, shutting down the center of the city and blockading … Continued