NYC Labor Against the War: 10.26 OWS Report: After Oakland

NYC Labor Against the War
10.26 Occupy Wall Street Report:

After Oakland

Late last night, Scott Olsen, a former Marine, two-time Iraq war veteran, and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, sustained a skull fracture after being shot in the head with a police projectile while peacefully participating in an Occupy Oakland march.

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‘The future power struggles are not just going to be about fights between one race and another. They’re mostly going to be about class, which is a big part about what the whole Occupy movement is about.’

Occupy Oakland and the ‘Post-Racial’ Repression of Obama Era
http://t.co/J2TQAGCi
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BEYOND OWS: OAKLAND

EMERGENCY RESPOSE: 9 p.m. Tonight in NYC: #ows Response To Government Violence in Oakland At #occupyoakland | OccupyWallSt.org
Tonight in Manhattan, we will hold a march in solidarity with Occupy Oakland (9:00pm. Details to be announced.) We will continue to build a movement to empower the 99% and to hold Wall Street and government accountable.
http://occupywallst.org/article/ows-response-government-violence-occupyoakland/

Oakland Spends Millions in Attack on Occupy Protesters, Closes 5 Schools Next Day – Occupy Oakland
Occupy Oakland will reconvene every day at 6pm at 14th & Broadway until the camp is reestablished. Join us!
http://www.occupyoakland.org/2011/10/oakland-spends-millions-in-attack-on-occupy-protesters-closes-5-schools-next-day/

Intense crackdown on ‘Occupy Oakland’ protest
Protesters reportedly left the city centre by about midnight, but Occupy Oakland organisers put an online social networking call for further protests tomorrow at 6pm for round three. and four. and five. and six. We will not be moved. As the city’s air clears of tear gas, unless police drastically change their tact, there is reason to expect at least another heated night in the city of 400,000.’
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/10/20111026135124919772.html

Veteran shot in the face by rubber bullet at Occupy Oakland protests
Veterans for Peace member Scott Olsen was wounded by a less-lethal round fired by either San Francisco Sheriffs deputies or Palo Alto Police on October 25, 2011 at 14th Street and Broadway in Downtown Oakland.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lbbWAgBy7E&feature=related

Press Release: Marine Veteran Critically Injured at Occupy Oakland March | Iraq Veterans Against the
Late last night, Scott Olsen, a former Marine, two-time Iraq war veteran, and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, sustained a skull fracture after being shot in the head with a police projectile while peacefully participating in an Occupy Oakland march. The march began at a downtown library and headed towards City Hall in an effort to reclaim a site — recently cleared by police — that had previously served as an encampment for members of the 99% movement.
http://www.ivaw.org/blog/press-release-marine-veteran-critically-injured-occupy-oakland-march

Occupy Oakland protests – live coverage
I’ve just spoken to Keith Shannon, roommate of Scott Olsen, the Iraq veteran who is in hospital after apparently having been hit in the head by a police projectile. Shannon said doctors told him Olsen has a “skull fracture and swelling of the brain”. A neurosurgeon will assess Olsen later today to determine whether he needs surgery, Shannon said.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/oct/26/occupy-oakland-protests-live#block-9

Police attack Occupy Oakland
The hundreds of people who kept the Occupy Oakland encampment going — and the many hundreds more who mobilized to defend the camp against police attack — are showing what real democracy looks like, and it has nothing to do the officials running Oakland and ordering its police force to silence free speech.
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/26/police-attack-occupy-oakland

Recall Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, CA.
We must not allow Mayor Jean Quan to remain in power any longer. The brutal response to the Occupy Oakland movements under her administration is no different than the recent responses of Iran, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, and the countless other authoritarian regimes throughout history. You are Citizens of Oakland, CA, a city in the United States of America, whose Constitution guarantees a right to peaceably assemble.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Recall-Mayor-Jean-Quan-of-Oakland-CA/131515330285437

Occupy Oakland and the ‘Post-Racial’ Repression of Obama Era
“The future power struggles are not just going to be about fights between one race and another,” said Lau. “They’re mostly going to be about class, which is a big part about what the whole Occupy movement is about.”
http://t.co/J2TQAGCi


OWS-NYC: UPDATE

New York Becoming a Police State? Occupy Wall Street Meets the
NYPD’s metal barricades have militarized the peaceable occupation at Liberty Square and contributed to the creeping homeland security state ethos.
http://www.alternet.org/story/152846/new_york_becoming_a_police_state_occupy_wall_street_meets_the_%22ring_of_steel%22_at_liberty_square?akid=7775.150287.XIrgAW&rd=1&t=24

Protesting “stop and frisk”
Activists are marching against the New York Police Department’s racist “stop-and-frisk” policies that target Blacks and Latinos.
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/26/protesting-stop-and-frisk

SJP Conference 2011: A Chronological Photo Tour
A street vendor’s food stand reads “From Tahrir Square, Egypt, to Liberty Park, New York”. Students attending the National Students for Justice (SJP) Conference joined the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park.
http://bit.ly/tEQbDR

NYPD Shadows Muslims Who Change Names: Report
The legal justification for the program is unclear from the documents obtained by the AP. Because of its history of spying on anti-war protesters and political activists, the NYPD has long been required to follow a federal court order when gathering intelligence. That order allows the department to conduct background checks only when police have information about possible criminal activity, and only as part of “prompt and extremely limited” checking of leads.
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NYPD-Police-Investigation-Muslim-Islam-Counterterrorism-Terror-Covert-Intelligence-132604518.html

BEYOND OWS: U.S.

Latest developments in the global Occupy protests
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20111026/occupy-glance/

ATLANTA: cops remove Occupy Wall Street protesters – Chicago Sun-Times
Police included SWAT teams in riot gear, dozens of officers on motorcycles and several on horseback.
http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/8421772-418/atlanta-cops-remove-occupy-wall-street-protesters.html

BALTIMORE: City officials want Occupy Baltimore to clear out of Inner Harbor
City officials want Occupy Baltimore to scale back its presence at a downtown plaza near the Inner Harbor.
http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/region/baltimore_city/city-officials-want-occupy-baltimore-to-clear-out-of-inner-harbor

LOS ANGELES: Officials want Occupy LA protesters off lawn | abc7.com
“I am going to stand my ground here because there are some changes that need to be taking place, and we are tired that we’re just being giving the run around.”
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news%2Flocal%2Flos_angeles&id=8405818

BEYOND OWS: INTERNATIONAL

GREECE: On the brink of social explosion
As another 48 hour strike begins in Greece Matthaios Tsimitakis describes a situation where despair and hope coexist in weird combination and where something seems to be about to change in the country.
http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/international/15037-greece-on-the-brink-of-social-explosion

PALESTINE: Truths, facts and facts on the ground
The peace that Israel is proposing for Palestinians in fact evokes another memory, of how another country dealt with Jewish settlement, namely the Russian Empire under Catherine the Great and the creation of the Pale of Settlement in the late eighteenth century for Jews to be confined to, which they were for the most part till the early part of the twentieth century.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/10/2011102583358314280.html

PALESTINE: Martha Frintzila Refrains From Performing in Israel Oud Fest
Martha joins other artists who have not only cancelled their booked performances in Israel, but have also taken the brave stand to issue a statement. Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Annie Lennox, Gil Scott-Heron, Faithless, and Massive Attack have all come out in support of justice for Palestinians.
http://refrainplayingisrael.posterous.com/martha-frintzila-refrains-from-performing-in

PORTUGAL: Breakthrough for the movement
The international call for real democracy that came from Madrid was answered with protests of over 100,000 in Lisbon, 20,000 in Porto and thousands more in six other cities across the country.
http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/international/15052-portugal-breakthrough-for-the-movement

CONTEXT & ANALYSIS: THE SYSTEM

Income of Top 1% Shot Up 275% Since 1979: CBO
All told, the top fifth of earners received more of the nation’s income (53%) than the bottom four-fifths combined.
http://www.newser.com/story/131888/income-of-top-1-shot-up-275-since-1979-cbo.html

Wealthy corporations with a trillion dollars stashed offshore lobby for a ‘holiday’ from U.S. taxes
73 members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, have signed up as co-sponsors. And cash-rich mega corporations are pushing hard for the tax break.
http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/10/24/7167/wealthy-corporations-trillion-dollars-stashed-offshore-lobby-holiday-us-taxes

Top candidates happy to take Wall Street’s money
While President Obama and some Republican candidates struggle with how to embrace the pain and anger fueling the Occupy Wall Street movement – while not endorsing the politically polarizing street protests – the Oval Office seekers have not been shy about accepting money from the financial world.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/23/MNA91LJVIB.DTL#ixzz1bugWXwSE

How the 1 percent rules
We know the 1 percent runs Wall Street and Corporate America, but their control extends into the supposedly democratic political system as well.
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/26/how-the-1-percent-rules

CONTEXT & ANALYSIS: THE MOVEMENT

‘Occupy’ protests: Not Tahrir yet
As we watch the American government continue to intervene politically, diplomatically and militarily to prop up or tear down regimes based on their allegiance to the larger neoliberal system, it’s clear that in the same way that events in the Arab world have profoundly influenced the emerging protest movement in the US, the outcome of the OWS movement will strongly influence the balance of power in the Arab world as well.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/10/2011102310496156395.html

Occupy Atlanta VS Kasim Reed, the Black Misleadership Class and the One Percent | Black Agenda Repor
Neither occupations nor occupiers are perfect. People are coming as they are, bringing the baggage of racism and classism and sexism, of divergent political views, of poverty, homelessness and despair. But they are coming. They are eager to connect with each other, to connect with whatever movement exists, or to help bring one into being that can challenge and change the world they live in. They are ready to learn and do real politics. What could possibly be more subversive, and more hopeful?

Wall Street Clash
When Bloomberg threatened to evict the occupiers under the pretext of “cleaning” the square, trade unions issued calls urging their members to drop by Occupy Wall Street on their way into work to show solidarity with the protest. That morning saw some 2,000 people blockade the site, preventing the police from clearing it. But there is an unresolved tension in this. Should the link-up between occupiers and workers be one restricted to tactical coordination? Or can it go deeper, taking the radical energy of Occupy Wall Street and channelling it into strikes by workers?
http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=26468

Re-energized fight at Verizon
It is hard to imagine a more favorable climate in which to strike. Occupy Wall Street has exposed how rotten our economy really is for working people despite the happy talk of recovery and the gross inequality within the U.S.
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/26/re-energized-fight-at-verizon

How do the 99% compare with mass protests of the past — and can they succeed?
Why not unite everyone we can behind a charter of demands — a “grand remonstrance” to the parliament that represents the interests of the rich — and march with a million or more to deliver the remonstrance in person next autumn.
http://tariqali.org/archives/2213

Ideas that don’t belong at Occupy
The politics espoused by Ron Paul and his libertarian supporters are the opposite of what the Occupy movement is about.
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/26/libertarians-ideas-dont-belong

OWS-NYC: CALENDAR

Fri., 10.27: Labor Outreach Committee Meeting
6:00 p.m., DC 37, 125 Barclay Street, Rm. 11.

Sat., 10.28: Existence is Resistance Kuffeya Day at Occupy Wall Street
In solidarity with the people of Palestine, we are asking that on Oct. 28th everyone come to Liberty Plaza wearing their Kuffeya. EIR will be on site silk screening shirts for a $2 donation.
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=274632612568909

Sat., 10.28: Occupy Harlem Mobilization: `We stand in solidarity with Occupiers of Wall Street’
A call to Blacks, Latinos, and immigrants to occupy their communities against predatory investors, displacement, privatization and state repression. Let us assert our Dignity! WE MUST DEFEND OUR COMMUNITIES! THIS IS OUR STRUGGLE, THIS IS OUR MOMENT IN HISTORY. THIS IS PEOPLE’S POWER!
http://wibailoutpeople.org/2011/10/19/occupy-harlem-mobilization-we-stand-in-solidarity-with-occupiers-of-wall-street/

GENERAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

OccupyStream – All Occupy Wall Street Streams and IRC – Live Revolution
http://www.occupystream.com/

Occupy Together

Welcome to OCCUPY TOGETHER, an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.
http://www.occupytogether.org/

We Are the 99 Percent
Brought to you by the people who occupy wall street. Why will YOU occupy?
http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/

Reports of Occupy everywhere
socialistworker.org/2011/10/25/reports-of-occupy-everywhere

Legal
PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY: If you are arrested at an Occupy Event, call the National Lawyers Guild: New York City: (212) 679-6018 Los Angeles: (323) 696-2299 Washington, DC: (202) 957 2445 Chicago: (773) 309-1198 San Francisco: (415) 285-1011 New Orleans: (504) 875-0019 Baltimore: (410) 205-2850 Minnesota: (612) 656-9108 Michigan: (313) 963-0843 Portland: (503) 902-5340 Boston: (617) 227-7335 Pennsylvania & Delaware: (267) 702-4654 Idaho: (208) 991-4324 Be very sure to write the applicable phone number in PERMANENT marker somewhere concealed on your body, protected from the elements. Do NOT assume you will be able to retrieve the number from a phone or a notebook. It is very likely you will be stripped of all your belongings.

What To Do If You’re Arrested at an Occupy Protest – Disorderly Conduct Laws
http://disorderlyconductlaws.com/arrested-occupy-protest/

OccupyWallStreet
The resistance continues at Liberty Square and Nationwide!
http://occupywallst.org/

Donate Money to #occupywallstreet
http://nycga.cc/donate/

NYC General Assembly
The Official Website of the GA at #OccupyWallStreet
http://nycga.cc/

People of Color / #OccupyWallStreet
Created in response to the lack of racial diversity at #OccupyWallStreet with the purpose of developing critical consciousness within the movement and extending its reach to include those most affected by the current crisis. It is open to all who identify as people of color.
http://pococcupywallstreet.tumblr.com/

Occupy Wall St.: Immediate Needs
Comfort Committee’s Current NEEDS: thermal wear (especially smaller sizes), blankets, toiletries (especially toothpaste), hats & gloves, towels for showers We do NOT need more ponchos or space blankets. All donations can be sent to: The UPS Store Re: Occupy Wall Street 118A Fulton St. #205 New York, NY 10038
https://www.facebook.com/OccupyWallSt/posts/213285578739214

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