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.
Today was a most phenomenal day! I arrived early at Coyote Camp and shortly before the scheduled noon protest at Wells-Fargo in Nob Hill, we gathered together to march as one to the meeting point. There were approximately 75 of us leaving from Coyote Camp. When the rest of the protest came into view, it was a glorious site… hundreds and hundreds had already gathered! It is difficult to estimate the size of a crowd constantly in motion, but I would estimate there were upwards to 800 people at peak time. All ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc. You name it, they were there! A perfect representation of the people today within the 99 percent.
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…
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.
This video has gone viral, and for good reason. The hypocrisy is thick within. Although our government compares greatly to those who have recently revolted, such as Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, we are still a people who are now protesting our own government, and corporate greed and corruption. The words spoken here by our elected officials currently seem as though to do not apply to our own citizens.
Very moving. If you only watch one video today, please make it this one. More…
Yesterday, Occupy Burque took to the downtown streets and spread the word. This video is not a march full of chants, nor any police action, but was done to spread the word and educate the public about the facts of what the banks are doing to this country… to each individual. Some of the numbers provided are shocking.
Occupy Albuquerque set up camp, now called Coyote Camp, last Saturday, Oct. 1st, on the UNM (University of New Mexico) campus on the corner of University and Central Ave. During the past week, the campers have received permission to remain on campus, but needed to relocate to another area due to the elderly trees in the vicinity of the original camp. The move was peaceful, and the new location actually adds more visibility for the protesters. Today, Occupy Albuquerque combined efforts with an Anti-War protest as they marched down Central Ave. The local Albuquerque Police Department maintained decorum and actually assisted with traffic control as the march led on. Once the march returned to Coyote Camp, the police arrived and arrested an individual. However, once back at Coyote Camp, the police arrived and arrested an individual. I was not present during the alleged incident and cannot confirm the validity of the news report within this post.
This is a peaceful protest and the actions of one individual, if true as stated in the news footage below, should not reflect upon the group as a whole.
If the alleged incident is NOT true, then this only adds more support to the reasons the 99% are protesting.
The latest ‘slutwalk’ protest comes a day after women in Park Slope were warned short skirts should not be worn and shorts that show too much leg have been deemed inappropriate.
Here are some dramatic photos taken from October 1, 2011… the day that Occupy Wall Street protested on the Brooklyn Bridge and 700+ people were arrested.
Update: Monday, October 17th, 2011:
Occupy Albuquerque had a very successful protest on Saturday, October 15th, in solidarity with #ows and #globalchange. Upon my arrival at the protest point, which was Wells-Fargo in Nob Hill on Central Ave, there were hundreds already gathered. The crowd swelled to between 700-800 people and was a glorious site! Every age, race, religion and socioeconomic background was present! In the true Albuquerque Southwestern tradition, it was an Occupy Fiesta! This video I filmed and created shows the phenomenon which occurred this day. For photos of this day, please visit my photo site: MotleyPhotos.net More…
UPDATE: Friday, October 7th, 2011
Many of the links on the OccupyTogether.org are bad – plus they keep changing the site around so it is becoming rather difficult to maneuver. Therefore, I have gone through each state on Facebook and located some of the key Facebook pages. I am sure there are more, but these are good starting places. See list below. If you would like your community added, please leave a comment with link.
Actress Daryl Hannah has joined the over 500 people who have been arrested since August 20 for a sit-in protest outside the White House.
Is this what it will take to get our elected officials to listen to the people? It is known that a significant percentage of the GOP’s – and to be fair, many Democrats – listen to the lobbyists and those with the large bank accounts, such as the Koch Brothers. They no longer listen to the majority. Amongst many issues at hand, the people wanted the tax loopholes and large corporation tax shelters to be changed… this did not happen. This only goes to show that those with the money are the true rulers of our government and country.
President Obama signed legislation on Tuesday that raises the nation’s debt ceiling and cuts trillions of dollars in spending. Keith speaks with former Vice President and Current TV Chairman Al Gore about what’s next for the country.
Holding signs and chanting “We love sluts!” approximately 2,000 protesters marched Saturday in Boston, as the city officially become the latest to join an international series of protests against sexism and rape, known as “SlutWalks.” (May 7)
“I really believe the revolution has changed us. People are acting differently towards each other.” These are the words of Ms Kamel, 50, one of the many women who were out on Tahrir Square, who actively participated in the revolution.
Women were out in force during the popular uprisings that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, but their future in post-revolutionary Egypt is not so certain.
Women’s rights activist Engy Ghozlan says that what happened on International Women’s Day shows that the revolution has not changed any of Egypt’s social problems.
“We were faced by abusive men making fun of our demands, saying that a woman should never run for president,” she said.
Even if many men haven’t yet changed their attitude towards women since the revolution, journalist Shaimaa Abul Kheir believes women’s self worth has increased.
“As a result of taking part in the revolution, Egyptian women now see themselves as equal to men and have the confidence to demand their rights. We’ve proved that we can organise and effect change and the challenge for us and all Egyptians is to make sure extremists don’t take control.”
This video is dedicated to the Women who stood their ground, and to the children by their side who believed….