What's next? That's the question being asked as cities close down Occupy encampments and winter approaches. The answer is simple. Just as the Tea Party gained power, the Occupy Movement can. The Occupy movement has raised awareness of a great many of America's real issues and has organized supporters across the country. Next comes electoral power. Wall Street exerts its force through the money that buys elections and elected officials. But ultimately, the outcome of elections depends on people willing to take to the streets -- registering voters, knocking on doors, distributing information, speaking in local venues. The way to change the nation is to occupy elections.
Hooray for the Occupy movement and the general uprising against corporate greed! It's having an impact. Yesterday, enough Illinois lawmakers got the message loud and clear. They defeated a massive tax break for giant Chicago-based financial corporations: the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and its partner the Chicago Board of Trade, plus Sears Holding Corp.
We speak with Kamran Loghman, the expert who developed weapons-grade pepper-spray, who says he was shocked at how police have used the chemical agent on non-violent Occupy Wall Street protesters nationwide - including students at University of California, Davis, female protesters in New York City, and an 84-year old activist in Seattle.
As Occupy camps from coast to coast face evictions - and in many cases have already been pushed out of parks and plazas like so much human trash - it's clear that the institutional response to the movement is escalating dangerously. Likewise, relations between police and activists seem to be deteriorating, as non-violent protesters continue to be arrested almost daily.
"Cooperative" is the word usually used here to describe the relationship between the campers of Occupy Philadelphia and the city, a birthplace of the constitutional right to free speech and assembly. The arguments and arrests that have occurred at protests in New York and other cities have been largely absent. Mayor Michael A. Nutter even visited the encampment on its first night and pledged to work with the movement when possible. But the limits of that cooperation are about to be tested. Following the example of other cities that have taken steps to evict the Occupy camps, Mr. Nutter, citing health and safety concerns and an imminent construction project, said the protesters must pack up and leave the steps of City Hall by Sunday evening.
L.A. officials have not revealed details -- or tactics -- of their plan to push out the Occupy campers on the City Hall lawn beginning Monday morning. At a press conference Friday, neither Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa nor Police Chief Charlie Beck would say whether police were prepared to use tear gas or rubber bullets to clear protesters who refuse to leave, tactics officers in other cities have turned to while clearing Occupy encampments.
Students at the University of Washington are debating whether to support the Occupy Wall Street protests even as college students across the state are largely united behind opposition to more state budget cuts to higher education.
Speaking on the financial crisis at a New Hampshire high school, Obama had planned to go after Republicans for their inaction on the economy's breakdown, and to outline his jobs bill. A man in the crowd however, interrupted the President's speech by employing the "People's Microphone," a method of human echoing that has become widespread in Occupy protests across the country. ""You must stop the assault on our First Amendment rights," the Occupy group chanted. "Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable."
The University of California chancellor has apologised to students for police use of pepper spray against campus protesters in a standoff captured by video and widely replayed on television and the internet. The pepper-spraying last week led to the suspensions of the campus police chief and two officers, and thrust the normally quiet, conservative and mostly apolitical UC Davis campus to the forefront of anti-Wall Street Occupy protests nationwide
As police officers cleared protesters last week from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of Occupy Wall Street, they made sure most reporters were kept blocks away, supposedly for their own protection.
The chancellor of the University of California, Davis, said Monday that its police chief had been placed on administrative leave, three days after two campus police officers sprayed seated protesters with pepper spray during a demonstration aligned with Occupy Wall Street.
CNN's Howard Kurtz is calling for New York City and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to apologize for the way the media was censored, roughed up and arrested during the recent eviction of Occupy Wall Street activists in Zuccotti Park.
As Occupy Wall Street protests spread to cities across the United States, they are also taking root at the nation's universities. On Thursday, students were among the thousands who took part in rallies stretching from New York to California. They have staged walk-outs from classes, held teach-ins and set up tent cities on campus.
Not to be outdone by colleagues in Oakland and New York, police at the University of California at Davis decided to remove a group of seated, passive Occupy Movement protesters by pepper spraying their faces on Friday afternoon. The entire incident is on video, naturally, and it triggered fury among fellow demonstrators and other members of the university, including faculty members who protested what they said were unnecessarily brutal physical actions against the protesting students
I have been documenting OWS since the very start. This is an ongoing project that I want to share with the world. Please feel free to pick any images and circulate from there. This is about the people, as diverse as the issues.
New York s Occupy Wall Street protesters have refused to give in after being ousted from their encampment of two months. Yesterday, 32,000 demonstrators took to the streets to march against corporate greed in a Day of Action .
The dramatic photo of a young woman getting a blast of pepper spray on her face during a mostly peaceful Occupy protest in Portland is destined to become an enduring image of the national movement.
Every nascent political movement needs martyrs. Even the sensible British labour movement, whose history is mostly peaceful and overwhelmingly parliamentary, has its memories of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Peterloo massacre. Revolutionary traditions fervently venerate their political saints: Irish republicanism has an especially rich pantheon from Pearse and Connolly to Bobby Sands. The Egyptian revolution, less than a year old, already has martyrs including the artist Ahmed Basiony who was shot dead by security forces on 28 January, and whose life and work have since been commemorated at the Venice Biennale.
Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City clashed with the NYPD Thursday during a 'Day Of Action' to celebrate the movement's two month anniversary. Protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park on Tuesday.
Hundreds of protesters from Zuccotti Park marched on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday morning and were met by officers, many in helmets and wielding batons. At least 75 people were arrested, the police said.
Since I published my initial story about how several federal law enforcement agencies had been providing logistical advice to local authorities on how to handle the 'Occupy' protests, I have been attempting to get an official response from the Dept. Of Homeland Security (DHS).
The movement began as a protest of major economic and political issues, but lately the most divisive issue has become the protests themselves. The Occupy Wall Street encampments that formed across the country to spotlight crimes committed on Wall Street have become rife with problems of their own. There are sanitation hazards and drug overdoses, even occasional deaths and sexual assaults.
Riot police deployed under cover of darkness at 1 am. No video cameras were allowed during the early hours of the raid. News teams were barred from the scene. Air space above Zuccotti park was shut down
Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC, casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country. "I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation. . . ."
As a movement, Occupy London believes in bringing divergent views together in a spirit of open discussion, with the intention of reaching consensus. We are therefore disappointed that the City of London Corporation has decided to cut off the process of dialogue at their end and go down the legal route.
Occupy Wall Street protesters lost a bid to overturn their eviction and the removal of tents and structures from a lower Manhattan park where they had been demonstrating 24 hours a day for eight weeks. New York City police pushed into the park early this morning, forcibly removing demonstrators who had been camping there to protest inequality of wealth, unemployment and the financial industry.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Tuesday defended his decision to clear the park in Lower Manhattan that was the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, saying "health and safety conditions became intolerable" in the park where the protesters had camped out for nearly two months.
Throngs of anti-Wall Street protesters converged on the University of California at Berkeley on Tuesday, vowing to set up a tent camp in defiance of campus rules a day after police dismantled a long-standing encampment in nearby Oakland.
I'm tracking, confirming and verifying reports of journalist arrests at #Occupy protests all over the country. Most recent arrests are at the bottom. So far 20 journalists have been arrested.
Police have shut down a camp set up by Occupy protesters in the California city of Oakland, dismantling tents and arresting 33 people. Hundreds of protesters later marched back to Frank Ogawa Plaza and several said they would set up tents again. A similar raid ended with police in riot gear arresting 50 people in Portland, Oregon on Sunday evening.
On the morning of November 14th, the Oakland police again dismantled the Occupy camp in Oscar Grant Plaza. This action was allegedly taken because a man was killed in an altercation near Occupy Oakland last week, and because the Occupy camp has become a place where homeless people can be fed and sheltered.
As city officials around the country move to disband Occupy Wall Street encampments amid growing concerns over health and public safety, protesters have begun to erect more tents on college campuses.
For a moment last night, members of Occupy St. Louis had hope. Attorneys representing the protesters were meeting late into the evening with Federal District Court Judge Carol Jackson, arguing that the group be allowed to continue its 42-day encampment in Kiener Plaza despite Mayor Francis Slay's order for it to end come 10 p.m.
Immediately after a man was shot to death Thursday afternoon near the Occupy Oakland encampment, Randy Davis, a cameraman for KGO-TV, turned his lens on a group of protesters helping the victim. Then part of the crowd turned on him.
Environmental activist Sharon Wilson recorded industry insiders confirming they hire military psychological operation veterans, and use procedures pulled straight from the Army s counterinsurgency manual.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has shifted gears a few times during the lifespan of the Occupy Wall Street encampment, but of late he's settled into a wait-and-see attitude that relies on outside factors such as the weather to help him end the situation. The problem for the mayor is that these factors are not cooperating. But as The New York Times reports on Friday, disease might be what finally does in the protesters, who've developed a wheezing condition they're calling "Zuccotti lung."
Gang affiliations are oftentimes set in stone, with members choosing sides and vowing to remain loyal to their selected group. But two members of the infamously rival gangs the Bloods and the Crips, have put aside their differences in favor of one common cause: Occupy Atlanta.
The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis. The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease. WGCL reports that a health department spokeswoman said there is a possibility that both Occupy Atlanta protesters and the homeless people in the shelter may still be at risk since tuberculosis is contracted through air contact.
Oakland officials are gearing up for another crackdown on the Occupy Oakland camp, justified in part by recent acts of vandalism by people who may not even be part of the movement
Demonstrators at the University of California Berkeley were assaulted by police on Wednesday night for failing to leave a peaceful encampment they attempted to establish in solidarity with the nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement.
This list provides names, videos and screenshots of police officers that participated in the beating of students at UC Berkley. Exposing police for their illigal behavior is a great form of activism and civil disobedience.
We call for young Jews and allies nationwide to join in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and with our Palestinian siblings living under their own form of occupation. Let us stand up to the 1% in our own community - the powerful institutions that support Israel's corporate-backed military control of the Palestinian people and act as the gatekeepers for our community.
Flanked by police scooters, about two dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters started a two-week walk from New York to Washington on Wednesday. The activists left Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, marched past the World Trade Center site and boarded a ferry to New Jersey. The group planned to stay overnight at a private home in Elizabeth, N.J., and resume their walk on Thursday morning.
Despite ongoing gripes from lower Manhattan residents and businesses, Mayor Bloomberg insisted Wednesday that problems from Occupy Wall Streeters are largely limited to the area right around Zuccotti Park.
We just took a quantum leap forward by getting people organized and out on the streets. This is history in the making. This is an interruption from the regularly scheduled programming. But this is also disorienting and alarming so many people, who didn't see it coming, don't know what to make of it or don't know what it means. It's to be expected that the masses would have an initial knee-jerk reaction to the Occupation of Wall Street - or no reaction at all because they re busy watching "Dancing With the Stars"and can t kick the habit of feeding off the entertainment machine that has become America.
While police and protesters disagree on the severity of the crimes that have occurred, there s no disputing that some folks are leaving New York s Occupy Wall Street live-in at Zuccotti Park over safety concerns. The New York Times Todd Heisler reports that despite a formidable security team and a plainclothes police presence, assaults at OWS have increased, though protesters blame some of that activity on homeless residents who ve moved into the area.
In October alone Credit Unions around the country gained 650,000 new customers and $4.5 billion was moved out of major banks. That is obviously a sliver of total bank deposits, but banks have been sent a clear message.
THE signs seemed to point toward the end of Occupy Wall Street. The day after the city stripped the protesters encamped in Lower Manhattan of their generators and fuel, the Northeast was hit with a bone-chilling snowstorm that blanketed their tents and tarps with sleet and ice, and left at least one protester hospitalized for hypothermia. Yet the encampment at Zuccotti Park endured.
Three pedestrians "either ran toward or jumped in front of the moving vehicle." One pedestrian jumped on the hood of the car. One of them was cited for being in the roadway. "The protesters were apparently trying to block the roadway," Micciche said. "It was essentially an accident where three individuals were injured but they were in violation by being in the roadway."
Noam Chomsky had a simple message for protesters at Occupy Boston last month: To change their country, they must first get the public on their side. Then they can make big demands.
Hundreds of protesters vented their frustration with Wall Street Saturday in a march through downtown L.A.'s financial district that at one point erupted into a pushing and shouting match with a counter-protester.
In the wake of an alleged rape and a sexual assault in Zuccotti Park that resulted in the arrest of an Occupy Wall Street protester earlier this week, the movement has erected a women-only safe-space sleeping tent.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who over the last seven weeks has struggled publicly with how to manage New York City s response to the demonstration Occupy Wall Street, on Thursday offered a staccato analysis of his administration s latest effort at finding a way forward:
Before the violance broke out on OccupyOakland the reporter on our local Channel 2 said that 99 percent of the people he saw were mellow, and called the troublemaker anarchists a small element. Mayor Jean Quan said this was a good day for the protestors. My experience of the day was one of peace, of determined protest, and of many people who conducted themselves with integrity and honor. I don t know if I ve ever been in a friendlier crowd, this was Oakland at its most Oakland-like self.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out at anti-greed Occupy Wall Street activists on Thursday after reports of self-policing, his patience seeming to wear thin with the seven-week old movement. The mayor said there were sexual assaults and a possible rape at the protesters' gathering place in Zuccotti Park.
A second Iraq war veteran has suffered serious injuries after clashes between police and Occupy movement protesters in Oakland. Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen. He says he was beaten by police close to the Occupy Oakland camp, but despite suffering agonising pain, did not reach hospital until 18 hours later.
Nearly 80 people arrested in an Occupy Wall Street march early in the protest's tenure were due in court Thursday, and a defense lawyer said some are eager to take their cases to trial. Thursday marked the first court date for 78 demonstrators arrested while marching from their lower Manhattan base to Manhattan's Union Square on Sept. 24. Police said the protesters were blocking traffic.
Thousands of Occupy Oakland protesters expanded their anti-Wall Street demonstrations on Wednesday, marching through downtown, picketing banks and swarming the port. By early evening, port authorities said maritime operations there were effectively shut down.
Thousands of anti-corporate greed demonstrators have closed one of America's busiest ports. The authorities at the Port of Oakland in California said maritime operations had effectively halted. The shutdown capped a day in which hundreds of city workers, including teachers, joined the call for a strike. The crowds also stopped traffic at a junction where a military veteran was seriously injured last week as protesters clashed with police.
Thousands of anti-Wall Street protesters and labor unions marched in the streets of Oakland, California Wednesday. The "general strike" was a peaceful event for a city that became a rallying point last week after an Iraq War veteran was injured.
As they sort out what to do next, the Occupiers might take a page from the history of American labor, the only social movement that has ever made a real dent in the nation s extremes of wealth and poverty. For more than half a century, between the 1870s and the 1930s, labor organizers and strikers regularly faced levels of violence all but unimaginable to modern-day activists. They nonetheless managed to create a movement that changed the nation s economic institutions and reshaped ideas about wealth, inequality, and Wall Street power.
Many Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in New York City reside in more luxurious homes than some of their rhetoric might suggest, a Daily Caller investigation has found. For each of the 984 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in New York City between September 18 and October 15, police collected and filed an information sheet recording the arrestee s name, age, sex, criminal charge, home address and - in most cases - race. The Daily Caller has obtained all of this information from a source in the New York City government.
Veterans are coming together to beef up their presence and stature at Occupy Wall Street following last week's injury of one of their own. Scott Olsen's head wound, suffered in Oakland last week, has caused vets ranks to swell in the Occupy protests. In response, organizers have planned a march from Vietnam Veteran's plaza to Zuccotti park in New York today. At the park, veterans will voice their concerns over declining benefits, lingering postwar trauma, and unemployment rates of over 20 percent for 18 to 24-year-old vets.
About 100 military veterans are joining the Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan. The march began Wednesday at the Vietnam Veterans Plaza near Wall Street. The protesters, who were in uniform, ended at the Zuccotti Park encampment.
Positive sentiment toward the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to grow based on a new poll and ongoing social media analysis by global market research firm, ORC International.
A week after police in riot gear rousted and then tear-gassed Occupy Oakland protesters, supporters of the movement have rebuilt their encampment in front of City Hall and are calling for a general strike on Wednesday that will include an attempt to shut down the nation s fifth-busiest shipping port.
Iowa activists are inviting caravans of protesters from across the country to help them "occupy" all the presidential campaign headquarters in Iowa -and to shut the offices down if they feel their message about corporate greed is not being heard.
Veterans took an oath to defend the constitution so we re going to ask a few questions. Are the men in this video doing what s right and what was taught to us as US citizens, in order to defend our country? America, what does she really stand for? The better question might be, why are we not seeing men like this broadcast on the major main stream news media in America? Why are we seeing so little attention being paid on major news channels on the Occupy movements the world over? Why do we need to receive the real news from our neighbors via YouTube and Twitter?
Quietly, a different kind of progressive change is emerging, one that involves a transformation in institutional structures and power, a process one could call "evolutionary reconstruction."
have moved into an encampment of Occupy Wall Street supporters and are arresting demonstrators who have ignored orders to leave. The police action this evening comes just hours after a standoff between protesters and authorities near the steps of the Colorado Capitol erupted into a clash that resulted in a surge of demonstrators being met with police force that included reports of pepper spray and rubber bullets.
Christian groups have drawn up plans to protect protesters by forming a ring of prayer around the camp outside St Paul's Cathedral, should an attempt be made to forcibly remove them.
Today's five best features some of the remarkble videos that are coming out of the continued #Occupy protests, staring with Michael Moore showcasing the idiocy of the media, then violence in Oakland, Pete Seeger among the crowds, and finally a piece by Dr. Joseph Stiglitz on the madness of what happened to Iceland, which some would argue was part of what led to this Occupy movement.
Fights are erupting among Occupy Wall Street protesters, so much so that one corner of Zuccotti Park has emerged where protesters say they won't go for fear of their safety, the New York Daily News is reporting.
The first financial report of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City shows protesters have raised more than $454,000 and have spent slightly more than $50,000 in the movement's first five weeks, a person close to the movement said Friday.
Consciously or not, the Occupy movement has done something truly radical: from the beginning, they have followed the principles of meditation. All of the components of the meditative attitude are reflected in Occupy Wall Street, and they have given us five real-life lessons in how to truly live our practice in the gritty, real world:
Waving bows and arrows and dressed in war paint, hundreds of members of indigenous communities in the Brazilian Amazon invaded the construction site of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on Thursday.
The city has stripped Occupy Wall Street protesters of their power. Dozens of firefighters and police officers entered Zuccotti Park Friday morning to confiscate generators and gas canisters. Fire trucks and police vans pulled up on the corner of Broadway and Liberty St. at about 8:30 a.m. and asked the encamped demonstrators to bring the items to them, saying they were a health and fire hazard.
The idea that comfort and excess equals greed and corruption is embedded in the message of Occupy Wall Street, but images of shivering martyrs are counter to the underlying meaning behind economic justice, which is that every person has a right to live a fulfilling and pleasurable life.
The San Diego police chief said a decision was made to clear Occupy San Diego protesters from the civic plaza Friday after talks broke down with protesters who refused to remove their tents.
Organizing a global anti-capitalist revolution is not as easy as one might think - at least that is what Occupy Wall Street leaders are discovering. From money squabbles and freeloading ex-cons to the complaints of New Yorker residents and the specter of public health code violations, protesters are being given a crash course in Government 101, whether they like it or not.