Here are a couple of videos of a beautiful sequence of light projections that appeared on the side of the Verizon building while tens of thousands of Occupy Wall Street participants marched across the Brooklyn Bridge tonight. More…
Today, Thursday November 17th, marked the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Just 60 days ago, a few hundred arrived at Wall Street to take up camp and occupy the area in protest to the greed and corruption within our government and corporations. The main stream media refused to cover the inaugural event instead covering such events such as the Tea Party. Many scoffed and did not believe this would take hold. Now the media cannot get enough coverage especially since this only brings in more profit. Look at how this has grown throughout the country with an Occupy movement in nearly every major city, and hundreds of smaller “home towns.” Not only has this spread throughout the United States, but has taken hold world-wide. More…
Man’s best friend have their own words to carry, and here are some of them… More…
The Move Your Money project is a nonprofit campaign that encourages individuals and institutions to divest from the nation’s largest Wall Street banks and move to local financial institutions. Little has changed to prevent another financial crisis or to end ‘Too Big To Fail,’ and with Congress unwilling to act, we are encouraging individuals to take power into their own hands by voting with their dollars and no longer contributing to a financial system that has led our country astray. We are a campaign that gives people real, concrete actions they can take to create a more sane, stable and localized banking system. More…
I saw this movie when it first came out in 1988 and loved it! But back then, it was nothing but Science Fiction. Now, I no longer see it as fiction but as reality… as non-fiction. The aliens merely represent the corporations and government in our world today.
There are many comments from several “concerned” officials – and citizens – that the Occupy camps are “eyesores” and express concerns over sanitary issues. Many city officials are using these excuses to shut down and remove camps set up within various cities around the world.
Let us take a look and compare these “eyesores” and “unsanitary” camps to other areas around the world which draw in, or have drawn in, grotesque amounts of profit… More…
Occupy / (un) Occupy Albuquerque protesters put on a wake Saturday in honor of the death of our First Amendment rights to Free Speech and Peaceful Assembly after the UNM denied renewal of their permit, and Administration banned the group from protesting on the campus – else face arrest.
UNM will open the park from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday, and 11:00 AM to 3 PM Saturday and Sunday.
This is horrible. A young man served our country in Iraq, came home alive only to be taken down by the police of the country of which he served. The irony of it all. A very sad state out country has become.
A U.S. Marine veteran is in a critical condition in hospital tonight after being injured by a police gas canister during last night’s Occupy Oakland protests, which saw running battles break out between authorities and protesters as a crowd tried to reclaim an encampment.
Scott Olsen, 24, of Daly City, California, an Iraq veteran and member of Veterans for Peace, suffered a skull fracture and brain swelling after being hit in the head during the riots. Officers had cleared the site of demonstrators around 12 hours earlier in a dawn raid where at least 85 people were arrested.
After President Schmidly, UNM, declared they would not renew the permit that has allowed Coyote Camp to function, several of the protesters formed a circle and stood their ground. There were too many Albuquerque Police, State Police and SWAT team members that arrived to count. Fully armed on unarmed, peaceful protesters. The circle was peacefully arrested, but later in the night, the police used their “strong arm” to break up the 99% crowd which refused to leave.
Here is some footage from last night. The first video is the circle singing before the arrival of the police. The second video is the group chanting “Down with Schmidly.” Then the next two are the police and SWAT team which arrived and pushed the crowd back into the street. Next, originally uploaded by WallStreetZombies, looks to appear to be the police pepper spraying the crowd in the street. Last video, by MichaelFilmaker, shows the arrests of those in the circle.
Update: Wednesday afternoon, October 26th, 2011: Occupy Albuquerque has been told today by UNM that we are NOT allowed to protest on the UNM campus else face arrest. Not even during normal hours of 7 AM to 10 PM.
After a very emotional today on the UNM campus, President Schmidly officially denied the permit to allow the Occupy Albuquerque protesters to remain on campus. Just a short while ago, State Representative Brian F. Egolf, Jr. penned a letter to President Schmidly requesting that he allow the protesters to remain on campus. Reply from Schmidly has not yet been received at the time of posting.
Occupy Albuquerque has been functioning a base camp, called Coyote Camp, on the UNM campus since October 1st. Initially the camp set up on the corner of University and Central, but UNM granted a permit to move Coyote Camp to it’s current location at Yale Park on the corner of Central and Yale.
Today, however, Occupy Albuquerque, aka (un)Occupy Albuquerque, has been informed that UNM will deny their right of free speech and not renew the permit, which allowed local protesters to function from 7 AM to 10 PM.
The protest held in Albuquerque on Saturday, October 15th was truly a phenomenal site! The first protest on October 1st peaked with probably just under 300 people in attendance. Fewer attended on October 8th. We took to the downtown streets on October 12th and protested in front of all the banks, and we had around 30 individuals that day. We may have been small, but our voices were loud. When October 15th arrived, I was unsure how many would attend. When I walked to the protest site, which was in front of Wells-Fargo in Nob Hill on Central Ave, my jaw literally hit the ground and my heart soared sky-high! People were packed 3 to 4 deep for many blocks long, all with signs in hand and hopes high. Estimated attendance between 700 to 800. Every age (the Raging Grannies were present!), race, religion, and socioeconomic background appeared. All in complete support of the Occupy Wall Street and Global Change movement! This truly was the Protest Heard Around the World!
A site has been created called Occupy the Board Room which lists the executives of the following companies: Goldmans Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo. In this site, you may personally write a letter to the banker of your choice. These are emailed directly to their inbox (full email address are not disclosed due to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
The site does state: “We hope you become pals <name of chosen banker> — but be sure to do it in a constructive manner that helps build the movement for a better world. DO NOT intimidate, harass or threaten anyone, no matter what you might think of them. “
Here are a few of the more heart-breaking letters sent.
The paper reports that, on Friday, nearly 100 Occupy-protesters were arrested while 20 suffered minor injuries. A police officer and a protester were taken to the emergency room. Eight police cars were damaged during the protest, police told the newspaper.
Story from the Listening Post on Al Jazeera English discusses how quickly this movement spread throughout the world and the impact with the media. Comparisons against the uprisings which occurred within the Arab Nations. The first 8:40 in this video are on this topic, then the Listening Post moves on to other such coverage as the controversy in France with the allegation of spying on journalists, and the website which was taken down due to keeping an eye on the French police. Propaganda wars between North and South Korea. The closing piece is about a video called “♫ PHOTOSHOP IN REAL LIFE Music Video” which is included below the Listening Post.
What began as the gathering of just a few US Marines has now become a major organized movement to get Marines and military personnell of all branches to Occupy America nationwide. You can thank Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas for that. His actions last week have inspired service men and women across the country to take a stand for the American people and join the Occupy protests.
“Archie’s Final Project”, directed by David Lee Miller, is about a teenage boy (played by Disney’s Gabriel Sunday) who’s grown up fully immersed in digital culture. But despite his material and social advantages, he’s depressed, and decides to create one last video project, ending in his own suicide.
Across the country, teens who are sympathetic to the main character of the film, have experienced or have friends who have experienced suicidal thoughts, or have suffered from bullying, have been declaring, “I’m an Archie”.
Well, Archie is now joining the #occupy movement… Watch the video just uploaded.
Although they had a hand in starting the Occupy Wall Street protest, the hacktivist collective Anonymous has been pretty quiet since it started. No longer: Anonymous claims they just hacked a ton of police sites and leaked usernames and passwords.
The biggest target of today’s hack was the International Association of Chiefs of Police, whose website is still down as of this writing. It’s auspicious timing, as the IACP is holding its annual meeting in Chicago.
A press release by Anonymous said that the hack was timed to the IACP meeting as part of a “Day of Action Against Police Brutality.”
Here recently in Albuquerque, quite a bit of problems have erupted over the term “Occupy.” Last week, there was a lot of talk of changing the name to “Occupy Wall Street Liberate Albuquerque.” Many people were in favor of this change. Then, on Sunday, a rather rogue move was made – without proper announcement to all on the “Official” Facebook Page – many attending the General Assembly made a sneak attack and came to a consensus to change the name to “(Un)Occupy Albuquerque”. If I had been aware of this, I would have made it to General Assembly and blocked this move.
We have all seen some very dramatic footage taken of officers not playing very nicely with the protesters… the pepper-spraying incident for one. Here is another. A protester (wearing a green t-shirt) has his back to the NYPD White Shirt and is walking away from him, when the officer grabs him from behind and flat out KO’s him. Here are two different angles of the incident. One is very apparent that the protester has his back to the officer and is walking away. No, we do not see what “green shirt” did to provoke this, but regardless, the response of the officer is way out of line. Green shirt was not being aggressive at that time.
Both videos will first play in real time, then the actual incident in slow motion. More…
Protesters claim victory as Brookfield properties, owners of Zuccotti Park in New York, call off their plans to clean the area. Demonstrators had mounted their own clean-up operation during the night. More…
From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global non violent protest.
The New York mayor’s office said Brookfield Properties, the owners of Zuccotti Park, told the city late Thursday the scheduled cleaning is off for now and “for the time being” they are “withdrawing their request” made earlier in the week for police assistance during the cleaning operation.