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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


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


Nationwide Support for Occupy Oakland; Solidarity Demonstrations in Dozens of Cities

WHEN THEY ATTACK ONE OF US WE ALL RESPOND On January 28, 2012, Occupy Oakland moved to convert a vacant building into a community center to provide education, medical, and housing services for the 99%.  Police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, beanbag rounds and mass arrests.  The State has compounded its policy of callous indifference with a ruthless display of violent repression.  The Occupy movement will respond, as we have always responded, with an overwhelming show of collective resistance.  Today, we take to the streets.  Across the country, we will … Continued


Enfrentamientos y arrestos durante masivas protestas en Oakland

Domingo, enero 29, 2012, 11:37 Aproximadamente 300 personas fueron arrestadas este sábado por la noche durante un día caótico de protestas del movimiento “Occupy Oakland” que incluyó la incursión de manifestantes al Ayuntamiento y la quema de una bandera estadounidense. La policía lanzó gas lacrimógeno y granadas de estruendo para dispersar a cientos de personas luego que algunas de ellas arrojaran piedras y botellas a los agentes y derribaron rejas de seguridad. Fue el día de protestas más turbulento desde noviembre, cuando la policía de Oakland desmanteló a la fuerza … Continued


Stung by Bad PR, City Officials Adopting New Tactics to Suppress Occupy Oakland

By Susie Cagle Reposted from Alternet (,_city_officials_adopting_new_tactics_to_suppress_occupy_oakland/?page=entire) “The government can always articulate rationales for why they’re prosecuting one person and not another.” January 24, 2012  | Photo Credit: Clay@SU Oakland officials have shifted tactics since conducting a series of violent assaults on Occupy Oakland in October and November in the glare of the national media. Oakland officials have taken a new tack in their suppression of the Occupy movement, one that seems addressed to the city’s public relations problems. Gone are the mass arrests, “less-lethal” weaponry and tear gas, replaced … Continued


OAKLAND’S DIRTY WAR: An Analysis of Repression at the Plaza

Excerpt from Oscar Grant Plaza Gazette Day 107 PDF: ogpg107 …[I]n Oakland more than anywhere else, friendly weather and sustained militancy have given rise to a different [law enforcement] approach, one similarly premised on chipping away at the movement through attrition and fatigue but doing so in a far more repressive manner. One key ingredient to this peculiar constellation of forces is the empty vessel perched atop the city government: Mayor Jean Quan. Quan was discredited long ago and from all sides, hated by the left for unleashing the near … Continued


Oakland Commune Video

The Oakland Commune from brandon jourdan on Vimeo. On October 10th 2011, hundreds of people in downtown Oakland occupied Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of city hall. They built a self-organized tent city and began to meet some of the community’s most urgent needs. They renamed the plaza Oscar Grant Plaza in honor of a young African-American man who was shot and killed by BART Police in 2009. Although the action was partially inspired by Occupy Wall Street and austerity protests throughout the world, Occupy Oakland’s particular character resulted from … Continued