Monthly Archives: November 2011

NYC Labor Against the War: 11.29 OWS Report: We Are All Egypt and Palestine

NYC Labor Against the War
11.29 Occupy Wall Street Report:

We Are All Egypt and Palestine

Solidarity, Renewal, and Struggle: Revolution Until Liberation
US Palestinian Community Network November 29, 2011

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‘We salute our comrades in the 99% Movement who have held Kuffiyeh Days, built Intifada Tents, and occupied the occupiers of Birthright Israel and the Boston Israeli Consulate — such examples hold brilliant promise for future solidarity as the same US-made tear gas rains down on us in the streets of Oakland, Cairo and Bil`in.’
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Dear friends and supporters of the Palestinian people in the U.S. and around the globe,

On this International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the US Palestinian Community Network marks 64 years since the partition of Palestine — 64 years of ongoing resistance, steadfastness and continuing commitment to free our land and our people. Today, we are in a time of revolution, and increasing global solidarity with our cause.

We are nearing the end of what has been a momentous year for the Palestinian people and the Arab nation. 2011 is almost over, but revolution continues throughout the Arab world. From Tunisia and Egypt to Bahrain and Yemen, the Arab revolutions are evolving in their own ways, demonstrating that the Arab people’s resolve against political despotism remains strong.

The Arab people recognize that the strategic enemies of justice and peace include puppet Arab regimes alongside Israel and its continued colonization and occupation of Palestine. The treachery of the puppet Arab regimes that are all too willing to suppress their own people while at times feigning support for Palestine is glaringly obvious.

It is equally clear that the United States cares nothing for the freedom and self-determination of Arabs, as is apparent in its massive military, economic and political support for Israel, threats of war and assassination throughout Arab countries, and its complete disregard for the movements of the Bahraini, Yemeni and Saudi people against their dictatorial regimes.

U.S. intervention, threats, and military and political maneuvers are a threat to Arab freedom and liberation — not a support. Despite attempts to co-opt the Arab revolutions and protect the status quo, however, there is no doubt that the Arab peoples will continue to demand freedom, equality, and unfettered self-determination until the last dictator is deposed and the Arab people can stand united against occupation, Zionism and all forms of globalization and exploitation.

Among all people in the region, Palestinians understand this historical moment to indicate that the Arab street rejects the status quo and seeks to create a future that is filled with hope and opportunity rather than despair and repression. Having in many ways inspired the 99% Movement in the United States, the proverbial Arab Spring is an unequivocal rejection of the puppet Arab regimes that are physical manifestations of the power abused by the world’s imperial powers.

The 99% Movement must recognize its ongoing connection to and draw inspiration from the continuing Arab revolutions. The same corporate greed against which the 99% has mobilized has worked to sustain Arab dictators that prioritize money over their people’s dignity and freedom.

Furthermore, Palestine is part of the 99% of the world, and the 99% Movement should also stand together with Palestinians to confront unfettered empire, settler colonialism, military and war profiteering. On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity, we encourage all cities and “occupations” in the 99% Movement to hold rallies, teach-ins, film screenings, and discussions about Palestine — and how to build our mutual solidarity as part of a global resistance to corporate power and imperial domination.

We salute our comrades in the 99% Movement who have held Kuffiyeh Days, built Intifada Tents, and occupied the occupiers of Birthright Israel and the Boston Israeli Consulate — such examples hold brilliant promise for future solidarity as the same US-made tear gas rains down on us in the streets of Oakland, Cairo and Bil`in.

As Egypt continues its revolution in the face of increased repression, we are reminded that the revolution is not comprised of a single action or a series of protests. Rather, revolution is a mindset, an ongoing quest to disturb the status quo and promote freedom, equality, and self-determination through fair and representative self-government.

Throughout this year, the Arab masses have demonstrated that they are the only genuine force that can bring justice, peace, and stability. We stand with the people of Egypt in their struggle to continue the revolution, confront military rule, and build a liberated Egypt that can reclaim its rightful role as a true leader of the Arab people.

At this critical juncture, we must also be wary about those forces that wish to divide us and use Arab or Palestinian institutions or official bodies to undermine and co-opt the Arab revolutions. However, we have strong faith in the Arab masses who are fully aware of their capacity to affect change without foreign intervention or interference. We also recognize and renounce attempts by the United States to treat Palestine as if it is a separate issue, totally disconnected from the popular uprisings that have gripped the Arab world.

On the contrary, the Palestinian revolution is now — as it has always been — central to the Arab revolution and the achievement of true liberation. On this day of solidarity, USPCN reiterates that we will realize Palestine’s liberation through mass mobilization, revolution, political unity, and institution building, not through “peace processes” that prioritize colonial expansion over indigenous people’s rights.

As the forces in solidarity with the Palestinians continue to increase in size and strength, we remember those — Palestinian and others — who have given their lives for Palestine’s sake, and hold close to our hearts those that remain imprisoned behind the bars of settler-colonialism and apartheid. In this time of revolution, we call on all Palestinians, Arabs, and solidarity activists alike to renew their spirit and continue to struggle for Palestine’s liberation.

http://uspcn.org/

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NYC Labor Against the War: 11.20 OWS Report: Calling Occupy: Stand With Egypt

NYC Labor Against the War
11.20 Occupy Wall Street Report:

Calling Occupy: Stand With Egypt

Tahrir, Davis, Made in USA

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‘Our brothers and sisters in Egypt inspired us all with their courage over the past ten months. Without them, would we have seen the Occupy movement? How would our own struggles against austerity and cuts look without the model of the Egyptian revolution, and the knowledge that ordinary people can change the world?’
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http://menasolidaritynetwork.com/2011/11/20/egypt-appeal-for-international-solidarity-mobilisation/

November 20, 2011

A call for international solidarity with protests in Egypt

Hundreds of thousands of protesters are braving tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannon and live ammunition in demonstrations against the ruling military council in Egypt. By late on 20 November there were an estimated 100,000 in Tahrir Square according to eyewitness accounts and thousands protesting in every major city in Egypt. Their demands are clear: the downfall of Marshal Tantawi and Mubarak’s generals. As of Sunday 5 people at least had been killed and around 1000 injured.

The Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions issued a call on Saturday 19 November to its 1.4 million members in affiliated unions to join the protests in Tahrir.

Our brothers and sisters in Egypt inspired us all with their courage over the past ten months. Without them, would we have seen the Occupy movement? How would our own struggles against austerity and cuts look without the model of the Egyptian revolution, and the knowledge that ordinary people can change the world?

If you are organising a protest or a picket, particularly if you can mobilise support from the trade union movement in solidarity with the call from the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions, please let us know. We will list as many protests as we can on this page. Either leave a comment on this page or email menasolidarity@gmail.com. Send us pictures and we will publish them too.

Demonstrations organised worldwide in support of protests in Egypt against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Monday 21 November
Ireland, Egyptian Embassy in Dublin, 12 Clyde Road, Dublin 4, 5pm

UK, Egyptian Embassy in London, 26 South Street, W1K 1DW 5-7pm
Called by Egyptian activists in London, same time everyday this week:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132162413560088&notif_t=event_invite

Tuesday 22 November
UK, Egyptian Embassy in London, 26 South Street, W1K 1DW 5-7pm
Mobilisation for Trade Unionists and Students – bring your banners!

Wednesday 23 November
UK, Egyptian Embassy in London, 26 South Street, W1K 1DW 5-7pm

Thursday 24 November
UK, Egyptian Embassy in London, 26 South Street, W1K 1DW 5-7pm

Friday 25 November
UK, Egyptian Embassy in London, 26 South Street, W1K 1DW 5-7pm

NYC Labor Against the War: 11.8 OWS Report: NYC Labor Against the War: 11.8 OWS Report: Call-Out for Solidarity With Egypt

NYC Labor Against the War
11.8 Occupy Wall Street Report:

Call-Out for Solidarity with Egypt: Defend the Revolution
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‘A letter from Cairo to the Occupy/Decolonize movements & other solidarity movements:
You can help us defend our revolution.’
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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Call-Out for Solidarity with Egypt: Defend the Revolution

A letter from Cairo to the Occupy/Decolonize movements & other solidarity movements.

After three decades of living under a dictatorship, Egyptians started a revolution demanding bread, freedom and social justice. After a nearly utopian occupation of Tahrir Square lasting eighteen days, we rid ourselves of Mubarak and began the second, harder, task of removing his apparatuses of power. Mubarak is gone, but the military regime lives on. So the revolution continues – building pressure, taking to the streets and claiming the right to control our lives and livelihoods against systems of repression that abused us for years. But now, seemingly so soon after its beginnings, the revolution is under attack. We write this letter to tell you about what we are seeing, how we mean to stand against this crackdown, and to call for your solidarity with us.

The 25th and 28th of January, the 11th of February: you saw these days, lived these days with us on television. But we have battled through the 25th of February, the 9th of March, the 9th of April, the 15th of May, the 28th of June, the 23rd of July, the 1st of August, the 9th of September, the 9th of October. Again and again the army and the police have attacked us, beaten us, arrested us, killed us. And we have resisted, we have continued; some of these days we lost, others we won, but never without cost. Over a thousand gave their lives to remove Mubarak. Many more have joined them in death since. We go on so that their deaths will not be in vain. Names like Ali Maher (a 15 year old demonstrator killed by the army in Tahrir, 9th of April), Atef Yehia (shot in the head by security forces in a protest in solidarity with Palestine, 15th of May), Mina Danial (shot by the Army in a protest in front of Masepro, 9th of October). Mina Daniel, in death, suffers the perverse indignity of being on the military prosecutor’s list of the accused.

Moreover, since the military junta took power, at least 12,000 of us have been tried by military courts, unable to call witnesses and with limited access to lawyers. Minors are serving in adult prisons, death sentences have been handed down, torture runs rampant. Women demonstrators have been subjected to sexual assault in the form of “virginity tests” by the Army.

On October 9th, the Army massacred 28 of us at Maspero; they ran us over with tanks and shot us down in the street while manipulating state media to try and incite sectarian violence. The story has been censored. The military is investigating itself. They are systematically targeting those of us who speak out. This Sunday, our comrade and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah was imprisoned on trumped-up charges. He spends another night in an unlit cell tonight.

All this from the military that supposedly will ensure a transition to democracy, that claimed to defend the revolution, and seemingly convinced many within Egypt and internationally that it was doing so. The official line has been one of ensuring “stability”, with empty assurances that the Army is only creating a proper environment for the upcoming elections. But even once a new parliament is elected, we will still live under a junta that holds legislative, executive, and judicial authority, with no guarantee that this will end. Those who challenge this scheme are harassed, arrested, and tortured; military trials of civilians are the primary tool of this repression. The prisons are full of casualties of this “transition”.
We now refuse to co-operate with military trials and prosecutions. We will not hand ourselves in, we will not submit ourselves to questioning. If they want us, they can take us from our homes and workplaces.

Nine months into our new military repression, we are still fighting for our revolution. We are marching, occupying, striking, shutting things down. And you, too, are marching, occupying, striking, shutting things down. We know from the outpouring of support we received in January that the world was watching us closely and even inspired by our revolution. We felt closer to you than ever before. And now, it’s your turn to inspire us as we watch the struggles of your movements. We marched to the US Embassy in Cairo to protest the violent eviction of the occupation in Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland. Our strength is in our shared struggle. If they stifle our resistance, the 1% will win – in Cairo, New York, London, Rome – everywhere. But while the revolution lives our imaginations knows no bounds. We can still create a world worth living.

You can help us defend our revolution.

The G8, IMF and Gulf states are promising the regime loans of $35 billion. The US gives the Egyptian military $1.3 billion in aid every year. Governments the world over continue their long-term support and alliance with the military rulers of Egypt. The bullets they kill us with are made in America. The tear gas that burns from Oakland to Palestine is made in Wyoming. David Cameron’s first visit to post-revolutionary Egypt was to close a weapons deal. These are only a few examples. People’s lives, freedoms and futures must stop being trafficked for strategic assets. We must unite against governments who do not share their people’s interests.

We are calling on you to undertake solidarity actions to help us oppose this crackdown.

We are suggesting an International Day to Defend the Egyptian Revolution on Nov 12th under the slogan “Defend the Egyptian Revolution – End Military Trials for Civilians”

Events could include:

Actions targeting Egyptian Embassies or Consulates demanding the release of civilians sentenced in military tribunals. If Alaa is released, demand the release of the thousands of others.
Actions targeting your government to end support for the Egyptian junta.
Demand the release of civilians sentenced to military tribunals. If Alaa is released, the thousands of others must follow.
Project videos about the repression we face (military trials, Maspero massacre) and our continued resistance. Email us for links.
Videoconferencing with activists in Egypt
Any creative way to show your support, and to show the Egyptian people that they have allies abroad.

If you’re organising anything or wish to, email us at defendtherevolution@gmail.com. We would also love to see photos and videos from any events you organize.

The Campaign to End Military Trials of Civilians
The Free Alaa Campaign
Mosireen
Comrades from Cairo

NYC Labor Against the War: 11.4 OWS Report: Occupy and Palestine

NYC Labor Against the War
11.4 Occupy Wall Street Report:

Occupy and Palestine

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“If #OWS can not support #FreedomWaves and #Gaza then they should not compare themselves to #ArabSpring or #Tahrir.”

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Mondoweiss
Flotilla controversy within Occupy Wall Street shows Palestine continues to be a fault line
by Ben Lorber on November 4, 2011

At about midnight Palestinian time, all was quiet on the Mediterranean Sea. All reports coming from the Tahrir and Saoirse indicated that the two unidentified (possibly Israeli) ships and planes, which had been trailing the humanitarian vessels an hour before, had receded into the distance, and posed no immediate threat. The international activists aboard the Canadian and Irish vessels announced they were heading off to sleep, as journalist Hassan Ghani, aboard the Canadian Tahrir, tweeted that “I remember these feelings a year ago onboard the Mavi Marmara; the tension but also the hope of reaching Gaza the next morning”. Folks eyeing the Twitter-sphere found themselves “praying that this is not the calm before the storm”, and encouraging the 27 crew members to “stay steady in your tracks and strong in your minds”.

In the midst of this calm, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement posted a surprising and exhilarating tweet:

“We support and would like to express #solidarity to #FreedomWaves #Palestine #ows”.

Moments later, the Twitter representative of the Canada Boat to Gaza posted an appreciative response, We are thrilled to receive the support of _#OccupyWallStreet Looks like only the 1% support the Israeli blockade of Gaza.” The Twitter-sphere flared up with expressions of praise and affirmation, proving that the 99% naturally link the struggle for the Occupation of Wall Street with the struggle against the Occupation of Palestine as two facets of a single universal liberation struggle.

Approximately four hours later, however, Occupy Wall Street’s tweet mysteriously disappeared from its home page on Twitter. The Twitter-sphere was instantly taken aback- “didn’t realize #OWS is non-political!!” remarked one tweeter, while another insisted that “If #OWS can not support #FreedomWaves and #Gaza then they should not compare themselves to #ArabSpring or #Tahrir.” The Canada Boat to Gaza, who earlier had nodded in satisfaction, now, shook its head in disappointment, offering, in the face of Occupy Wall Street’s fear of involving itself in the Israel-Palestine conflict, a few words by Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

Many tweeps asked “Why did @OccupyWallSt delete a tweet showing solidarity with #FreedomWaves?” or “@OccupyWallSt Did you seriously delete the tweet supporting #FreedomWaves WHY?” The closest official answer came from Daniel Sieradski, a new media activist who has been central to the OccupyJudaism activities. Sieradski explained, the “#FreedomWaves tweet was unauthorized, did not have reflect #OWS community consensus and was subsequently deleted.” He added, “#OWS does not have a position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” and “#OWS is a consensus based movement. The GA has never discussed the I/P issue & even if it did, it would never reach consensus.” Sieradski acknowledged he was not speaking as a spokesperson from Occupy Wall Street but he had “heard what happened from people close to it.” I was not able to receive an official explanation from the Occupy Wall Street movement about why tweet being deleted.

As the controversy blazed across Twitter, it opened a space for the 99% to express the obvious connections between the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the global dominance of the 1%- “#OWS is inseparable from #Palestine. 1% funding Israeli settlements and extremist settlers? Priceless.”; “#OWS is inseparable from#Gaza. The 1% diverts resources from the 99% by Israel’s blockading and shelling 100% of Gaza”; “The Tear Gas used in #Oakland is the same tear gas used in#Palestine, when protesters demonstrate non violently”, to cite a few among the myriad examples. Not everyone on twitter was upset however. The tweeter “Fatima600”, who had been using this racist name to fire verbal attacks at the flotilla throughout the night, responded, “They are tired of having their movement hijacked!!!!! I love you #OWS!!!!”

Hours later, @OccupyFortWorth expressed its support for Freedom Waves for Gaza- “Our support for #Gaza and #Freedomwaves is limitless. It emanates and echoes from the deepest purest regions of our heart. Love. Solidarity”, asserting, in contrast to #OccupyWallSt’s hesitancy, that “we don’t mind losing followers who are uncritical or unwilling to engage the issues (Or who are reflexively pro-Zionist.)”.

Ben Lorber is an American activist with the International Solidarity Movement in the West Bank and a journalist with the Alternative Information Center in Bethlehem. Visit his blog at freepaly.wordpress.com.

NYC Labor Against the War: 11.2 OWS Report: General Strike Shuts Port of Oakland

NYC Labor Against the War
11.2 Occupy Wall Street Report:

General Strike Shuts Port of Oakland
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Source: Port of Oakland Running at Half Capacity After Wildcat Strike in Solidarity With Occupy Oakland
“Rank and filers told people this morning not to take work. Key jobs were not filled but some other jobs were,” Heyman said, resulting in what he described as an “effective shutdown.” “This is an example of the consciousness of the San Francisco ports union, which has a history of solidarity actions with the global labor movement,” Heyman added.
http://www.truth-out.org/source-port-oakland-effectively-shut-down-solidarity-occupy-oakland-general-strike/1320253405

Occupy Oakland succeeds in shutting down port

‎”At this time, maritime operations are effectively shut down at the Port of Oakland. Maritime area operations will resume when it is safe and secure to do so,” the port said in a written statement to Reuters.
http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/occupy-oakland-succeeds-in-shutting-down-port-4499879

General Strike Shuts Down Oakland. Watch Live! | OccupyWallSt.org
Watch live as the 99% fight back and shut down a port. Today Oakland, tomorrow your public square. On November 17th, in NYC and beyond, we will resist until we win. We will no longer accept the rule of the 1%. This is not a symbolic protest. This is the resistance. Act now.
http://occupywallst.org/article/general-strike-shuts-down-oakland-watch-live/

Live Blog: Crowds gather, block traffic in downtown Oakland
Thousands of people have assembled at the intersection at Webster and 20th streets in front of Chase and other bank branches. Two protesters climbed a lamp post and put up a banner that crosses Webster street that says “Occupy the banks.”
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19247016

Workers, students join Occupy rally in Oakland
Thousands of anti-Wall Street protesters marched in the streets of Oakland on Wednesday as they geared up with labor unions to picket banks, take over foreclosed homes and vacant buildings and disrupt operations at the nation’s fifth-busiest port.
http://news.yahoo.com/workers-students-join-occupy-rally-oakland-170507392.html

Occupy movement organises day of protest in Oakland — in pictures
Protesters gathered on Wednesday for a planned ‘general strike’ aimed at shutting down the city in a series of demonstrations.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2011/nov/02/occupy-oakland-occupy-movement?newsfeed=true

“Occupy Oakland” strike gains big labor support – CBS News
The unions representing Oakland’s public school teachers, community college instructors, city government workers and University of California, Berkeley teaching assistants have endorsed the broad-based call to action that is expected to include marches, pickets outside banks and an attempt to shut down the Port of Oakland in the evening.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-20128840/occupy-oakland-strike-gains-big-labor-support/

Veteran’s journey from Iraq to Oakland protests
“I was not surprised that he was at a protest, speaking up. Scott had gotten older, he’d grown up and gotten a voice. He wasn’t a completely different person when he came back. He’d just seen a lot things. And I was proud of him, standing up for something he believed in.”
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/02/us-usa-wallstreet-olsen-idUSTRE7A17TB20111102

Shutting It All Down: The Power of General Strikes in U.S. History
The two major general strikes in American history are the Seattle General Strike of 1919 and the Oakland General Strike of 1946. In 1919, the workers of Seattle engaged in a three-day mass action calling all city workers onto the streets. This was the first citywide collective action in American history known as a general strike.
http://www.inthesetimes.com/working/entry/12218/shutting_it_all_down_the_power_of_general_strikes_in_u.s._history/

We are all Oakland
Occupy, while tapping into the same working class radicalization that fueled the Wisconsin revolt, is a far broader movement. It is a national uprising, first of all–and it targets social inequality, denounces big-money control of both political parties, and raises questions about the system itself.
http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/occupy-oakland-succeeds-in-shutting-down-port-4499879

NYC Labor Against the War 11.1: OWS Report: All Out With Oakland on 11/2

NYC Labor Against the War
11.1 Occupy Wall Street Report:

All Out With Oakland on 11/2


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“We call for a general strike around the country, and around the world, because we know that the wealth of the 1 percent is produced by the work of the 99 percent.”
Oakland Activists Regroup and Call for General Strike
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/us/oakland-activists-regroup-and-call-for-general-strike.html?ref=us
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11.2: OAKLAND GENERAL STRIKE 

General Strike & Mass Day of Action
Liberate Oakland
Shut Down the 1%
General Strike & Mass Day of Action
called for by Occupy Oakland
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116425145133938

Occupy Oakland General Strike and Mass Day of Action Press Conference, 10/31/11: video : Indybay
Speaking at the press conference were Tim Simmons; Louise Michel; Boots Riley of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club; Cat Brooks of the ONYX Organizing Committee; Clarence Thomas of the ILWU Local 10 and the Million Worker March Movement; Nell Myhand of Causa Justa/Just Cause, Crystallee Crain, teacher at DeAnza College and the College of Alameda; Javier Armas, former Oakland teacher; Elaine Brown, SEIU member and former chairperson of the Black Panther Party; and Glenn Turner, a Telegraph Avenue shop owner.
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/10/31/18696378.php

Anti-Wall Street protesters may close down Oakland, while Teamsters picket 2nd port
‎”All over the world people are marching in solidarity with and looking to Oakland,” Riley said. “People are looking at Oakland, California. You know why? It’s become clear that some people in the United States have made a radical, militant connection between capitalism and labor.”
http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2011/11/1/Anti-WallStreetprotestersmayclosedownOaklandwhileTeamsterspicket2ndport.aspx

Oakland Activists Regroup and Call for General Strike
“We call for a general strike around the country, and around the world, because we know that the wealth of the 1 percent is produced by the work of the 99 percent.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/us/oakland-activists-regroup-and-call-for-general-strike.html?ref=us

Former Marine’s injury spurs vets to join Occupy movement
‎”We’re hearing from 80-year-old former Marines,” says Carter, who served two tours in Iraq. “Scott Olsen was willing to put himself on the line, so a lot more people are willing to take a more visible role.”
http://www.indystar.com/usatoday/article/51031852?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CIndyStar.com%7Cp

11.2: OWS-NYC STANDS WITH OAKLAND 

Wednesday: we’re marching in New York in solidarity with Occupy Oakland General Assembly call to action
4PM – Student Convergence at Washington Square Park
5PM – Gathering at Liberty Plaza
6PM – March
Hope to see you there.
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175965405823878

November 2nd: NYC Endorsers of National Day of Action in Solidarity with Occupy Oakland and in Defense of the Occupy Movement Nationally

Participating groups and individuals in New York City (list in formation): CWA District 1, Brooklyn General Assembly, New York City All Student Assembly, New York City Labor Against the War, Labor for Palestine, Occupy the DOE, Marvin Holland (Political Director, TWU Local 100)*, Christine Williams (Executive Board Member, TWU Local 100)*, Charles Jenkins (Second Vice Chair, Line Equipment and Signals, TWU Local 100)*, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, Virtual Boricua, Luisa’s Liberation Artists Making Action, East Harlem Preservation, Michael Letwin, (Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325)*, UAW Region 9A.
http://workersoccupy.tumblr.com/post/12062354461/november-2nd-national-day-of-action-in-solidarity-with

Calls to action on November 2
Among the first expressions of support for Oakland was a call by the Labor Outreach Committee of Occupy Wall Street in New York to make Oakland’s November 2 call a national day of action in solidarity with Occupy Oakland. The Occupy movement in New York knows the importance of solidarity from the thousands of unionists, students and other activists who mobilized October 14 to stop city officials from evicting the encampment Liberty Square.
http://socialistworker.org/2011/11/01/solidarity-with-occupy-oakland

New York City Chapter: Veterans of the 99% Call to Action | Iraq Veterans Against the War
November 2nd, march with us in support of the 99%. If you’re unable to come to New York, organize veterans in support of the 99% at your local occupations.
http://ivaw.org/blog/new-york-city-chapter-veterans-99-call-action

Support Locked Out Teamsters at Sotheby’s Nov.2nd & Nov.9th
Despite record profits Sotheby’s had demanded replacing Teamster jobs with temporary workers, wage and benefits decreases and has Locked out the workers from even bargaining.
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=130052413768422

OCCUPY U.S. 

Occupy Wall Street: Another world is possible
Obama’s rightward shift since taking office has alienated many former supporters, helping to fuel the ‘Occupy’ movement.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/11/201111172558820962.html

Race and Occupy Wall Street
The Occupy movement is clearly unifying. Centralizing racial equity will help to sustain that unity. This won’t happen accidentally or automatically. It will require deliberate, smart, structured organizing that challenges segregation, not only that of the 1 percent from everyone else, but also that which divides the 99 percent from within.
http://www.thenation.com/article/164212/race-and-occupy-wall-street

ALBANY: A Seeming Loss by Cuomo to Occupy Wall Street Group
The Cuomo administration’s plan to oust Occupy Wall Street protesters from an Albany tent city they call Camp Cuomoville failed.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/nyregion/a-seeming-loss-by-cuomo-to-occupy-wall-street-group.html?ref=nyregion

ATLANTA: Occupy Atlanta Arrests
Occupy Atlanta stands up to overwhelming police forces. The strength and committment these people have shown should be a reminder to all… freedom isn’t free. It’s time to take a stand! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuMOm2SW4UU&feature=colike

DC: OccupyWashingtonDC.org Endorses Call for General Strike in Oakland, CA
“General strikes are used around the world when government’s do not respond to the needs of workers.  The Oakland action is a precursor to potential national strikes if the economic and political elites do not heed the message of the Occupy Movement.”
http://tinyurl.com/3vw87rj

PORTLAND: Occupy Portland has deep roots in the city’s history
In 1919, the Portland Workers, Soldiers and Sailors Council, modeled after the “Soviets” of the Russian revolution, brought over 500 to the square to protest the jailing of Dr. Marie Equi for her opposition to U.S. intervention in the European war.
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/11/occupy_portland_has_deep_roots.html

RICHMOND: Are You F-ing Kidding Me? Police Use Bulldozers To Break Up Occupy Richmond
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqLC5Kg1xIw&feature=share

ROCHESTER: Occupy evicted in Rochester
Occupy Rochester is calling on Mayor Richards to drop all charges against the Rochester 32 and allow Rochester activists to continue occupying Washington Square Park round-the-clock. A large march from Washington Square Park to City Hall (and back) is planned for the national day of action in solidarity with Occupy Oakland on November 2. Occupy Rochester is uniting the community around the slogan, “We are the 99 percent, and we will not be silenced.”
http://socialistworker.org/2011/11/01/occupy-evicted-rochester

CRIMINAL INJUSTICE, USA 

Death Row Inmates Wait Years Before Execution
It is only on the back end — on appeal and in other postconviction proceedings — that the legal system, at great length and expense, starts to examine seriously whether particular death sentences were actually warranted.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/us/death-row-inmates-wait-years-before-execution.html?ref=us

Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees say military officials reading privileged mail
The motion cannot yet be read in full because it is undergoing a security review.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/checkpoint-washington/post/lawyers-for-guantanamo-bay-detainees-say-military-officials-reading-their-mail/2011/11/01/gIQAYGnNdM_blog.html

Police Torture in Chicago
An archive of articles by John Conroy on police torture and related issues.
http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/police-torture-in-chicago-jon-burge-scandal-articles-by-john-conroy/Content?oid=1210030

Brooklyn Detective Convicted of Planting Drugs on Innocent People
“Anything goes in the never-ending war on drugs,” he said, “and a refusal to go along with questionable practices raise the specter of blacklisting and isolation.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/nyregion/brooklyn-detective-convicted-of-planting-drugs-on-innocent-people.html?ref=nyregion

BEYOND OWS: INTERNATIONAL 

EGYPT: Egyptians protest over blogger’s arrest
Egyptians are mobilising in support of Alaa Abd El Fattah, a blogger and activist who has imprisoned for 15 days after refusing to recognise a military court.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/11/201111145540459856.html

EGYPT: Revolution in a Cairo Hospital – Interview with Mohammed Shafiq
Dr Mohammed Shafiq, President of the Independent Union of Workers in Manshiet al-Bakry General Hospital, talks about the struggle of health workers to build independent unions and bring about a revolution in Egypt’s health system. The union was founded in the wake of Mubarak’s overthrow and led a revolution of its own within the hospital, ousting the old corrupt management and organising a democratic election for a new manager.
http://menasolidaritynetwork.com/2011/11/01/egypt-revolution-in-a-cairo-hospital-interview-with-mohammed-shafiq-2/

FRANCE: OWS protest turns on G20 summit in France
Thousands of anti-capitalists have arrived in Nice on the French Riviera to protest against corporate greed ahead of the G20 summit in Cannes. International activists are urging leaders of the world’s top economies to focus on people not finance.
https://rt.com/news/g20-summit-ows-protest-315/

NEW ZEALAND: Occupy Dunedin protesters won’t budge
Dunedin protesters taking part in the global Occupy movement are refusing to budge from the city’s Octagon.
http://www.3news.co.nz/Occupy-Dunedin-protesters-wont-budge/tabid/309/articleID/231435/Default.aspx

PALESTINE: Displacement of Palestinians ‘a war crime’
“We are witnessing a process of ethnic displacement,” said Michael Sfard, a lawyer who helped draw up a 73-page report into the issue. “Israel is manifestly and seriously violating international law … and the motivation is demographic.”
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/10/2011103121391523605.html

PALESTINE: BDS roundup: Yardbirds cancel Tel Aviv show; BDS activists urge two singers to do the same
Boycott campaigns target two women singers to cancel their planned shows in Tel Aviv and stand up for Palestinian women’s rights. The Yardbirds cancel their show. And Artists Against Apartheid call for a boycott against a “complicit propaganda institution.”
http://electronicintifada.net/blog/nora/bds-roundup-yardbirds-cancel-tel-aviv-show-bds-activists-urge-two-singers-do-same

TORONTO: Solidarity with Occupy Oakland and the General Strike!
Occupy Toronto will be marching in solidarity with Occupy Oakland, and in solidarity with the Oakland General Strike!
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=211656455572350

U.K.: St Paul’s suspends legal action against protesters – live coverage
Cathedral splits from Corporation of London, which plans to serve Occupy London camp with eviction order
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/blog/2011/nov/01/occupy-london-live-coverage-of-protests-and-reaction#block-36

GENERAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES 

We need you to join The Labor Outreach Committee of Occupy Wall Street
We are members of over 30 trade unions and labor groups who have come together in support of the goals of Occupy Wall Street.
http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2011/10/116803.html

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

Occupy Together

Welcometo 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
PLEASECIRCULATE 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) 991-4324Be 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 #OccupyWallStreetwith 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
https://www.facebook.com/OccupyWallSt/posts/213285578739214