Occupy SF: Police Standoff and Stand Down, Tents Return

8 12 2011

Updated twice

Original Post:

Police standoff at Justin Herman/Bradley Manning Plaza

Police standoff at Justin Herman/Bradley Manning Plaza

A convergence was scheduled for 6pm, following the early morning raid that removed the main encampment.  Police surrounded a group of OSFers in the center of the park, no one allowed in or out.

Among those corraled was a man who was injured in the confrontation with police.  A nurse offered care, but police would not allow her inside the park.  It took quite a bit of chanting by protesters before police finally allowed fire department personnel in to treat the injured, who was wheeled away on a gurney.

Another view of the standoff

The rationale for corraling people was that the park was closed.

At one point, supervisor Don Mar and an SFPD officer were permitted to speak over Occupy SF’s PA to make an offer to the assembled crowd, but the GA that took place within the corralled group offered different terms, requesting to be allowed to stay in the park to hold their meeting and for everyone present to be able to attend the meeting and come and go as they please without being arrested.

People were ziptied, eventually released

A number of people were ziptied, given citations, and eventually released.

Apparently there was no mutual aid from the sheriff tonight (not an emergency?), and SFPD was outnumbered.  Eventually the police gave up and left, their departure met with cheery and victorious farewells.

There are a few people still in custody from this morning’s raid, a couple on serious felony charges (arraignment tomorrow 9am 850 Bryant), one with $80k bail, according the NLG spokesperson who spoke at the GA that took place after SFPD departed.

Tents are back at Occupy SF

Tents are back, for now.

Upcoming Actions:

12/10 SAT.  International Human Rights MARCH

Reverend Billy is scheduled to appear at 2pm.  March from 3-5pm

12/12 MON.  West Coast Port Shutdown

Also, Occupy CCSF is having a 24-hour encampment at Ocean campus starting at 10am Thu 12/8 thru Fri 12/9 noon.

UPDATE 1: Video of SFPD Brutality

The gross brutality in this video was totally unnecessary.  Is it any coincidence that the victims of this extreme violence are African American men? Sickening.

http://silverunderground.com/2011/12/occupysf-chris-jones-assaulted-by-sfpd/

Chris Jones was told by one cop he could sit there then another cop grabbed him from behind, dragged him down some steps, roughed him up and cuffed him. He lay flat, obviously in pain, for 30 minutes. Police turned ambulance away, and would not allow a registered nurse on site near him. Finally SF Fire dept took him away on a stretcher. He’s at SF General now.

UPDATE 2 (12/11/11)

9-minute video of what took place that evening:

“Although the San Francisco police had raided Occupy SF’s Justin Herman Plaza campus in the early morning hours, Occupiers re-took it at 6:00 that same evening. SFPD sent riot police who once again threatened the peaceful protesters, but #OccupySF refused to back down. I saw one protester speaking to a police officer who seemed to respond with marked emotion. I interviewed her about their conversation and asked what makes her so passionate about #Occupy. The resolution of the police conflict may surprise you.”





How to successfully Resist Police Intimidation and Defend Your Rights

6 12 2011

Via Occupy Eden

Not credited but pretty sure the videographer harassed by police is Mike Bonanno of the Yes Men, which just goes to show that they are not mere pranksters, not that there was ever any doubt.

The Yes Men have been engaged in an ongoing series of actions since the first week Occupy Wall Street began, including a bullfighting video posted previously.

UPDATE:

From witness.org:
Top 10 Tips for Filming #Occupy Protests, Arrests & Police Conduct





“I love you!” Occupy Melbourne responds to Brutality with Tent Monsters

4 12 2011

(Updated 6X.)

Original Post:

Occupy Melbourne asks: “Who’s breaking the law now?”

A brilliantly playful response to a series of brutal police actions:  chaos on November 25, and a prior eviction using “attack horses” and point blank pepper spray on October 21, shown in respective videos below.

Official Response: “Police have informed Occupy Melbourne that anyone wearing a tent will be arrested.”  Seriously, illegal to wear a tent?

UPDATE:  Another angle on Tent Monsters, still hilarious

UPDATE 2:  Occupy Melbourne has retaken City Square

UPDATE 3: (12/5/11)
Tent Protest Costume Violently Stripped from Protester’s Body

UPDATE 4:
CNN plays Imperial Stormtrooper march when police try to evict Tent Monsters

‘Tent woman’ seeks intervention order against police: allegations of extrajudicial policing as well.

UPDATE 5 (12/8/11):  Police continue to assault women

http://omdigest.org/2011/12/09/sean-bedlam-responds-to-concerns-about-omel-and-anger-towards-victoria-police-video/

UPDATE 6 (12/14/11)





East Coast live streams: DC and NY

4 12 2011

Streaming Now

OccupyWashDC

OccupyDC Medics:  #occupydc housers being arrested a few at a time.. Fate of those on roof TBD pic.twitter.com/rGS0BALU

OccupyDC Medics: #occupydc housers being arrested a few at a time.. Fate of those on roof TBD pic.twitter.com/rGS0BALU

NY: The Other 99

More on Citizen Journalism:

Citizen Media Guild:

Citizen journalists’ ethics of covering #ows: ‘Are you with us or agin’ us?’

Press passes? We don’t need no steenkeeeng press passes- or do we?

boingboing.net: “The dronecam revolution will be webcast: Interview with Tim Pool of “The Other 99

Gigaom: “Occupy my TV: The birth of the citizen video reporter

Village Voice: “Occupy the Airspace: Surveillance Drones for the 99 Percent

Ustream: “Become a Citizen Journalist with Ustream Mobile Broadcasting Applications

Wesleyan Argus: “Occupy Movement Inspires New Generation of Journalists

CNN: “CNN Lays Off Photojournalists, Citing the Accessibility of Quality Cameras





Same Struggle, Same Fight: West Coast Port Shutdown Video

4 12 2011

More news:

Journal of Commerce: “Picketing Halts Work at Four LA-LB Terminals

Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports: “Trucking Industry exposed for “ripping off” workers and taxpayers; Department of Labor vows crackdown

Our previous post on the Shutdown

West Coast Port Shutdown website

Doro Chiba Railway Workers 12/12 Demonstration in Solidarity with the West Coast Port Shutdown





Police Brutality continues at Occupy Portland

4 12 2011
Portland, Oregon -- December 3, 2011 -- Portland police arrest a man during the Occupy Portland protest in Shemanski Park. Ray Whitehouse/The Oregonian

"Portland, Oregon -- December 3, 2011 -- Portland police arrest a man during the Occupy Portland protest in Shemanski Park. Ray Whitehouse/The Oregonian"

15 year old boy beaten in face with truncheon by police

15 year old boy beaten in face with truncheon by police. "Portland, Oregon -- December 3, 2011 -- Walker Prettyman, 15, was injured during the Occupy Portland protest in Shemanski Park. According to Prettyman, a police officer hit him in the face with his riot stick. Ray Whitehouse/The Oregonian"

Gallery: Occupy Portland gathers to try to occupy another park (16 photos) from The Oregonian.

Occupy Portland protesters march after being violently evicted from Shemanksy Park

Occupy Portland protesters march after being violently evicted from Shemanksy Park, only to later retake it the same night.

Live webcasts:

http://www.livestream.com/occupyptown

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/damaskportland





OccupySF heating up, OccupySFSU going up

1 12 2011

UPDATE: (12/4/11)  OccupySFMedia’s video of what went down on 12/1/11, including more police brutality by SFPD.

 

UPDATE: (12/2/11)

When I passed by around 11pm, Occupy SF had re-occupied the space in front of 101 Market/Federal Reserve with tables and folks sleeping in sleeping bags (no tents). At the main encampment at Justin Herman/Bradley Manning Plaza, a “Tower of (seized) Power” had been built out of barricades, and all other barricades had been removed.

"Tower of (seized) Power" at Occupy SF

The encampment remains, but I did notice that the large white kitchen tent was gone, the kitchen now reduced to a few small tables (haven’t been by in awhile; could have happened when DPW raided last week).

Original post:

Police have barricaded #occupysf plaza camp. Some still in camp, cordoned from street http://pic.twitter.com/EAZ2Nj3g

@Vivian Ho: Police have barricaded #occupysf plaza camp. Some still in camp, cordoned from street http://pic.twitter.com/EAZ2Nj3g

From what I’ve heard on ustream so far, according to SFPD Deputy Chief of Operations Cashman, who has been acting as media spokesperson, there was a tent fire earlier today at Occupy SF, and later on a police officer was injured while putting up barricades (attempting to spin the encampment as dangerous).

A reporter questioned him about the safety of putting up the barricades in the presence of fire danger, which could potentially trap occupiers inside, and the officer said there would be “fire exits.”  When someone standing nearby noted that the “fire exits” are not legal, the police spokesperson ended his interview.

Cashman reportedly stated there will be no raid tonight, but that’s the same thing LAPD said the other night (i.e. “Tonight” only means up until midnight).

Punkboyinsf ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/occupysf

OakFoSho ustream:  http://www.ustream.tv/occupyoakland

Meanwhile at San Francisco State University . . .

Tents going up at SFSU's Malcolm X Plaza / Student Center

Tents going up at SFSU's Malcolm X Plaza / Student Center

Police are gathering at Occupy Boston as well, livestream:

http://www.occupyboston.org/livestream/





The Power of the People Don’t Stop: West Coast Port Shutdown Dec. 12

1 12 2011

Occupy Strikes Back: Shutdown Wall St. on the Waterfront

From the West Coast Port Shutdown website:

SUPPORT GROWS FOR OCCUPY MOVEMENT’S COORDINATED WEST COAST SHUT DOWN ON DECEMBER 12TH

As of November 27, 2011, the Occupy movement in every major West Coast port city: Occupy LA, Occupy San Diego, Occupy Portland, Occupy Tacoma, Occupy Seattle have joined Occupy Oakland in calling for and organizing a coordinated West Coast Port Blockade and Shutdown on December 12, 2011.   Other West Coast Occupies, including Occupy Anchorage and Vancouver, Canada are planning to join the economic blockade and disruption of the 1% on that date, according to organizers.

“We’re shutting down these ports because of the union busting and attacks on the working class by the 1%: the firing of Port truckers organizing at SSA terminals in LA; the attempt to rupture ILWU union jurisdiction in Longview, WA by EGT.  EGT includes Bunge LTD, a company which reported 2.5 billion dollars in profit last year and has economically devastated poor people in Argentina and Brazil. SSA is responsible for inhumane working conditions and gross exploitation of port truckers and is owned by Goldman Sachs. EGT and Goldman Sachs is Wallstreet on the Waterfront” stated Barucha Peller of the West Coast Port Blockade Assembly of Occupy Oakland.

The Movement Strikes Back

“We are also striking back against the nationally’ coordinated attack on the Occupy movement. In response to the police violence and camp evictions against the Occupy movement- This is our coordinated response against the 1%. On December 12th we will show are collective power through pinpointed economic blockade of the 1%.”

Despite what you might be led to believe by the MSM (mainstream media), ILWU rank-and-file are on board:

“These Ports are public. People have a right to come to the Port and protest.  The ILWU has historically honored picket lines at the Port.” stated Clarence Thomas, a member of ILWU Local 10.

ILWU longshore workers are involved as individuals in the planning of the Shutdown.  “I am a longshoreman and I support the December 12th Blockade against EGT.  EGT is a threat to the survival of the ILWU,” stated Anthony Leviege, a member of Local 10.  Dan Coffman, the president of Local 21 in Longview, has publicly thanked the Occupy movement and Occupy Oakland for its actions on November 2nd.

For more detail on the WHY and HOW, including ILWU’s support, read Boots Riley’s report.

Posters and Flyer pdfs here

UPDATE 12/2/11:
Long Beach Press Telegram: “Workers set up picket lines at Ports of L.A., Long Beach

Journal of Commerce: “Picketing Halts Work at Four LA-LB Terminals

Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports: “Trucking Industry exposed for “ripping off” workers and taxpayers; Department of Labor vows crackdown

Doro Chiba Railway Workers 12/12 Demonstration in Solidarity with the West Coast Port Shutdown








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