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OGPG 2/1/2012

Six Occupiers Remain in Custody with Felony Charges (UPDATED) Today at Wiley M. Manuel courthouse, the occupiers taken into custody on J28 had their first day in court. The arraignments were split between the fourth and sixth floors, and I stayed up on six, where felonies were heard. I heard a second-hand report from the legal team that charges were not pressed against anyone arrested inside the YMCA. At the time of writing I am still waiting for confirmation from the NLG. The large number of cases (around sixty) unheard … Continued

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Occupy LA Offers “Unwavering Support” to Oakland—”An injury to one is an injury to all”

Statement of the General Assembly of Occupy Los Angeles, Feb. 1, 2012: Occupy Los Angeles has always stood in unwavering solidarity with Occupy Oakland. After Occupy Oakland’s most recent victimization by the illegal and brutal tactics of OPD, Oakland City Council and Mayor Jean Quan, we feel it necessary to restate our unequivocal support for our comrades. We consider every horizontally structured, autonomous group fighting for social and economic justice, and intent on providing services for the community that the government has failed to provide, as our brothers and sisters. … Continued

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SF National Lawyers Guild condemns Oakland Police and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) condemns Oakland Police (OPD) and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) violence, mass arrests and abuses against Occupy demonstrators at Saturday’s demonstration. Police violently attacked activists with chemical weapons, so called Less-Lethal munitions, and physical assaults. Hundreds were arrested unlawfully, without opportunity to disperse, and then detained for many hours on the street and then in buses, in stress positions, and without bathrooms, food or water. Once in jail, protesters faced inhumanely crowded conditions, abusive treatment and were denied access to … Continued

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Occupy Oakland Arrests Galvanize Movement; OWS NYC Inspired to Occupy Social Center

By ADAM KLASFELD   From Courthouse News  MANHATTAN (CN) – Mass arrests of Occupy Oakland protesters on Saturday reanimated sister protests around the country, rousing many Occupy Wall Street sympathizers out of winter hibernation the following night for “Solidarity Sunday.” More than 400 people – including six journalists – were reportedly arrested in Oakland on Saturday, as thousands tried to convert the long-vacant Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center into the movement’s new headquarters. Oakland sent hundreds of police officers in riot gear to prevent them from entering the building, which … Continued

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Free Press Condemns Ongoing Arrests of Journalists at Occupy Protests

On Saturday, six journalists, many with press credentials, were arrested when Oakland, Calif. police clashed with Occupy protesters. These arrests bring the total number of journalists detained in Occupy protests nationwide to nearly 50. Free Press has been tracking journalist arrests and press suppression related to the Occupy movement since September. The full list can be viewed here: http://storify.com/jcstearns/tracking-journalist-arrests-during-the-occupy-prot. “While most of the attention surrounding journalist arrests at Occupy protests has focused on New York City, these arrests in Oakland remind us that this is a national issue,” said Josh … Continued

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Statement of Solidarity with Oakland from Occupy Tulsa

Official Occupy Tulsa (original OT) STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH OAKLAND FROM OCCUPY TULSA (Adapted from Portland Solidarity Statement) To the City of Oakland, Oakland Police, and Mayor Quan, On January 28th, 2012, Occupy Oakland took to the streets and attempted to turn an abandoned building into a social center to converge and organize and to continue to provide the community at large with the services they had been providing before their encampment was disbanded. In response, Oakland Police used rubber bullets, bean bag shot gun rounds, chemical weapons, and kettling … Continued

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Coalition Says No to Occupy Injunctions

Oakland—During a press conference and several interviews Sunday, both Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said they would seek to target protesters with civil “stay away” orders in an attempt to keep them from participating in Occupy Oakland activities. Oakland’s Stop the Injunctions Coalition (STIC) is calling the OPD Chief and Quan’s plan an overt attempt to expand the use of injunctions in Oakland despite the fact that the Oakland City Council voted to prevent the expansion of civil gang injunctions pending additional assessment. Oakland has already … Continued

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Stop the Injunctions Coalition Says No to Occupy Injunctions

For Immediate Release—January 30, 2012 Oakland—During a press conference and several interviews Sunday, both Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said they would seek to target protesters with civil “stay away” orders in an attempt to keep them from participating in Occupy Oakland activities. Oakland’s Stop the Injunctions Coalition (STIC) is calling the OPD Chief and Quan’s plan an overt attempt to expand the use of injunctions in Oakland despite the fact that the Oakland City Council voted to prevent the expansion of civil gang injunctions pending … Continued

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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

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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

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