Occupy updates and loose ends

31 12 2011

LA TimesOccupy’s Rose Parade float: 70-foot octopus of corporate greed

LA Times: Occupy's Rose Parade float: 70-foot octopus of corporate greed

Portland PhoenixNoam Chomsky’s advice to the Occupy movement

Noam Chomsky has advice for the Occupy movement, whose encampments all over the country are being swept away by police. The occupations were a “brilliant” idea, he says, but now it’s time to “move on to the next stage” in tactics. He suggests political organizing in the neighborhoods. . .

Chomsky’s speech was entitled “Arab Spring, American Winter.” In it, he presented the Occupy movement as the first popular reaction to a “vicious class war” waged against working people for over 30 years in the United States, just as the Arab Spring uprisings this year in the Middle East and North Africa were reactions to decades or centuries of repression by wealthy elites supported by the United States and other Western powers.
Since so many culturally resonant ideas of late can be traced to anarchism, this rings true:  “Thank you, Anarchists” by Nathan Schneider in The Nation
At its core, anarchism isn’t simply a negative political philosophy, or an excuse for window-breaking, as most people tend to assume it is. Even while calling for an end to the rule of coercive states backed by military bases, prison industries and subjugation, anarchists and other autonomists try to build a culture in which people can take care of themselves and each other through healthy, sustainable communities. Many are resolutely nonviolent. Drawing on modes of organizing as radical as they are ancient, they insist on using forms of participatory direct democracy that naturally resist corruption by money, status and privilege. Everyone’s basic needs should take precedence over anyone’s greed.
An Open Letter from America’s Port Truck Drivers on Occupy the PortsIn recent conversations about the December 12 West Coast Port Shutdown, the Open Letter from America’s Port Truck Drivers on Occupy the Ports has repeatedly come up as a counter to MSM’s spin of the truckers as hapless victims of radical extremist entitlement.
Today’s demonstrations will impact us. While we cannot officially speak for every worker who shares our occupation, we can use this opportunity to reveal what it’s like to walk a day in our shoes for the 110,000 of us in America whose job it is to be a port truck driver. It may be tempting for media to ask questions about whether we support a shutdown, but there are no easy answers. Instead, we ask you, are you willing to listen and learn why a one-word response is impossible?

Note that Occupy Oakland, the group at the center of the Port Shutdown, was raided by OPD yesterday, on ever more ridiculous charges (“having possessions in the plaza?”).

#Occupy Bat Signal for the 99%
Finally, looking back on what OWS brought us in 2011, one of our favorite cultural productions was the unparalleled awesomeness of inspirational video projected on the side of the Verizon building, while LED candles were passed out to the crowd of ten thousand or more passing by as they made their way on to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Xeni Jardin’s Interview with Bat Signal creator Mark Read (boingboing.net)

#Occupy Bat Signal for the 99% (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)

#Occupy Bat Signal for the 99% (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)


Occupy everywhere: “evict us; we minify”

29 12 2011

Tiny Tents Task Force: build your own, post the photos on the blog.

Tiny Tent Task Force: The Tent City

Tiny Tent Task Force


Occupy Everywhere, Tiny Protest Camps in San Francisco

Occupy Everywhere, Tiny Protest Camps in San Francisco (via Laughing Squid, 12/19/11)

Occupy Everywhere, Tiny Protest Camps in San Francisco

Occupy Berkeley: Police threaten to shoot videographer, beat protesters

22 12 2011

Updated 12/23/11  10:24pm

Good News!

Pic of BPD cop who threatened to shoot videographer point blank:

Little Sgt. Napoleon Complex

BPD's "Li'l Sgt. Napoleon Complex": watch him in action below (around 1:50 mark)

Original Post (12/22/11)

It’s still going on right now, watch it live on OakFoSho’s ustream.

Reports from independent journalists and eyewitnesses describe mishandling of Occupy Berkeley raid by Berkeley Police Department:

Occupy Berkeley raided by police; officer threatens to shoot videographer

In this graphic Youtube clip (courtesy of OccupyNewsandMedia), one officer threatens to shoot an activist for not backing up in a timely fashion and another officer can be seen hitting an activist in the face with a baton.

The threat takes place at about 1:50 mark in the following clip:

After police arrest, use batons on protesters, Occupy Berkeley encampment remains

@OaklandElle is a medic at #OO and has stood in solidarity with #OSF and #OBerkeley, she tweets:

The raid has reportedly left many homeless and tentless, the city’s shelters are full, and temperatures are expected to plunge into the 30’s tonight.

Sprinklers in the park had not been in regular use during the occupation.  Now they are on and flooding the park, which is on its way to becoming another lake, in the fashion of Oakland’s Ogawa-Grant Plaza.

It’s still going on right now, watch it live on OakFoSho’s ustream

[They arrested @OaklandElle for standing on the sidewalk, 10:43pm]

What’s going down now in Berkeley is a continuation of the abuse of authority that we’ve seen globally, which is why it’s important not only to continue to bear witness, but to webcast it as it happens:  HOW TO LIVESTREAM FROM CELL PHONE

They think they can get away with it, but that’s not how justice plays out.  @punkboyinsf‘s graphic sums it up:

Enough Bullshit

Occupy Congress January 17th, 2012

Occupy Oakland Umbrella Flash Mob

19 12 2011

Oakland Police and city government continue with the preposterous nonsense of their repressive policies.

Last week it was the maritime raid on Aquapy at Lake Merritt, this week it’s a ban on umbrellas as “illegal structures” in a public plaza, as reported by citizen journalist OakFoSho.

Interfaith "umbrella" at Occupy Oakland, cited by police

OPD has reportedly declared umbrellas "illegal structures"

From OakFoSho:

Apparently umbrellas are now illegal to have because they are a form of structure. . . .

“The idea is basically because police came over and started confiscating a bunch of stuff, and confiscated umbrellas saying they’re illegal and you couldn’t have umbrellas, so they’ve started an umbrella flash mob.

Screen grab of OakFoSho's webcast of Occupy Oakland's umbrella flash mob

Occupy Oakland's umbrella flash mob on video (click to watch)

In addition to joyous interpretive umbrella dance, the video shows the citation and deconstructs the absurdity of the citation in simple terms.  It also walks us through main area of the ongoing Occupy Oakland vigil and kitchen.

Tune in to OakFoSho’s stream at 6pm live from OO‘s general assembly.

Egypt: “The most important 15 metres of urban space in our country right now”

17 12 2011

From The Guardian: Egyptian cameraman at the heart of the Tahrir Square clashes,” Dec. 2, 2011.

A jerky six-and-a-half minute video by a local journalist could be the most important document of the recent violent conflict.

Talk about bearing witness . . . Full story here.

Get a Job! Internment/Resettlement Specialist, US Army

17 12 2011

Updated 12/31/11.

At www.goarmy.com, for real:

US Army Internment/Resettlement Specialist job

If Obama signs NDAA into law, "internees" will be U.S. citizens, and "detention/internment facilities" domestic. Sound familiar?

“Dust storm at this War Relocation Authority center where evacuees of Japanese ancestry are spending the duration.” Dorothea Lange, Manzanar, CA, July 3, 1942. National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the War Relocation Authority, 210-G-10C-839.

UPDATE (12/31/11)

We’re screwed: President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law (ACLU press release, 12/31/11)


OPD Shooter Identified; OPD raids Aquapy

16 12 2011

Updated 1/3/12

Via Indybay

Police Officer Responsible for Shooting Scott Campell on Nov 2nd Identified

OPD officer Victor Garcia is a repeat shooter

OPD officer Victor Garcia is a repeat shooter: "In 2001 Garcia shot and wounded Lanare Wise in East Oakland claiming he had brandished a weapon. Then in 2010 not far from his first shooting, Garcia shot and wounded Bruce Rhodes claiming he thought Bruce was reaching for a gun. No gun was recovered." (Indybay)

As captured in this video by citizen journalist Scott Campbell, Garcia shot Campbell on the night of the Nov. 2 General Strike in Oakland, without provocation:

The Boston Herald reports:

The Oakland police captain who authorized officers to fire bean bag projectiles at Occupy protesters Nov. 3 could be fired or demoted pending an investigation, he said Wednesday.

Capt. Ersie M. Joyner III, 42, was placed in a bureaucratic job in the police department’s Office of the Inspector General about two weeks ago. The officer who fired the “less lethal” projectile, Victor Garcia, was removed from the police SWAT team and is also being investigated.

SF Chronicle covered the same story yesterday without identifying Garcia, whose name had apparently not yet been released.

UPDATE 1/3/12:

In-depth coverage in East Bay Express:

OPD Used Violent Cops Against Occupy: Records reveal that the department put officers with histories of using deadly force on the frontlines during Occupy Oakland protests.  By Ali Winston, 12/21/11.  [end of update]

Age of Aquarius:  Occupirates Arrested Tonight!

Meanwhile, OPD continued the nationwide police quest to keep the public out of public space with a truly laughable raid on what some refer to as “Aquapy,” the occupied raft anchored on scenic Lake Merritt since Sunday.

OakFoSho just finished streaming the raid, where intrepid sailors were cited and released while supporters sang the Fifth Dimension song “Age of Aquarius,” in what was a hilarious, one-of-a-kind, only-in-Oakland event.

According to one maritime occupier, his citation read simply read “Boat” written in big letters across it.

Aquapy Lake Merritt (Photo by Amina Waheed / Oakland North)

More on the Aquapy story at Oakland North (Photo by Amina Waheed / Oakland North)


Oakland North: Police shut down floating Aquapy encampment on Lake Merritt

Oakland police late Thursday night confiscated the SS Don’t Let the Banks Punk You Out, a raft launched onto Lake Merritt less than a week ago in order to advertise for the West Coast port shutdown and Occupy the lake — or Aquapy it, rather.

During the late evening raid, three occupiers sailing on the 10-foot-long vessel were detained briefly and then released. At least one occupier, who gave his name as Jeff Boffo, of Oakland, was ticketed for not having a boat permit. ”[OPD] equated it to getting a speeding ticket,” he said after his release from custody. . . .

Full story here.

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