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The aim of #OCCUPYWALLSTREET is to draw protesters to New York's financial district in a non-violent protest to spark a mass movement against corporate dominance. While the corporate media ignores the protest, Reader Supported News will continue to report on the latest developments.

A demonstrator holds a sign during an Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan. The protests moved into their third week on Monday. (photo: Reuters)
A demonstrator holds a sign during an Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan. The protests moved into their third week on Monday. (photo: Reuters)



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Reader Supported News Special Coverage Archive 14

1 March - 31 March 12

 

This page is an archive. Future OWS updates will go on the new page.

 

Eurozone Crisis Live: Violence in Barcelona amid Spanish General Strike - As It Happened

By Graeme Wearden, Guardian UK

29 March 12

Spain's first general strike for 18 months has been well-supported, as citizens protest against the government's labour reforms and austerity plans.

Protests began early, with demonstrators clashing with police in several cities as they tried to disrupt buses and prevent lorries arriving at, or leaving, wholesale markets. Over 50 people were arrested, and a small number treated for injuries.

Unions say they were pleased with the turnout today. Transport links have been badly affected, with hundreds of flights cancelled, and trains and buses delayed.

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Violence Flares During Spain General Strike

By Al Jazeera

30 March 12

Spanish workers angry at a labour reform the government calls an "unstoppable" necessity staged a general strike on Thursday, bringing factories and ports to a standstill and igniting flashes of violence on the streets.

Tens of thousands of protesters packed a square in central Madrid to vent their anger at the labour reforms and deep spending cuts, while in Barcelona, police fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd that had set bins ablaze on the sidelines of a demonstration.

Thursday's strike was called by trade unions protesting against labour reforms and spending cuts which the conservative government says are needed to save the economy, and has resulted in some mild clashes and detentions of at least 58 people so far.

"This is a just response to a brutal reform of our system of labour relations," Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, leader of the CCOO, one of the main trade unions, said. .

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Spain's General Strike Shows First Signs of Rebellion Against Austerity

By Giles Tremlett, Guardian UK

29 March 12

With near-empty railway stations, shut factories, mass marches and occasional outbreaks of violence during a general strike on Thursday, Spaniards showed the first signs of rebellion against the reformist, austerity-preaching conservative government they voted in four months ago.

Police and pickets clashed in a handful of places, but it was a largely peaceful general strike in a country whose sinking economy, with 23% unemployment, has become the focus of worry about the future of the whole eurozone area.

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Occupy Wall Street Affiliates Chain Subway Gates Open For Fare Strike

By Nick Pinto, The Village Voice

29 March 12

A group calling itself the "Rank and File Initiative" claimed credit yesterday for opening up more than 20 subway stations throughout the city for free entry.

Chaining open emergency gates at stations on the F, L, R, Q, 3, and 6 lines during rush hour yesterday morning, the anonymous activists posted signs designed to resemble MTA service-change announcements that read "Free Entry, No Fare. Please Enter Through The Service Gate."

A press release claiming credit for the action said it was carried out by activists affiliated with Occupy Wall Street, as well as by rank-and-file members of Transit Workers Union Local 100, which is currently in negotiations with the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

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Finally, OWS Gets Police to Arrest the People in Suits

By Bryan Farrell, Waging Nonviolence

26 March 12

Sometimes justice requires a little imagination. On Saturday, when much of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York was loudly denouncing police violence against minorities and protesters, a small group of environmentalists dreamed up a way to get the police to focus on the crimes of the 1 percent, to the point of arresting five corporate suits on United Nations property. Granted, those five were actually members of the OWS affinity group Disrupt Dirty Power, which used Saturday’s action (billed as a “mock’upation”) to launch a month of actions targeting the “corrupt partnership between Wall Street, politicians and the business of pollution.” Police officers seemed thrown for a loop as they tore down tents bearing corporate logos and cuffed people who claimed to be from Bank of America and ExxonMobil. Compared to the rowdy anti-NYPD march earlier that afternoon, this time, the cops had more of a chance to think about what side they’re really on.

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#SpringTraining on Friday: Dress to Blend

By OccupyWallSt.org

29 March 12

Start Training for May Day and Join the Spring Resistance! Marches Every Friday, 2pm in Liberty Square! Trainings, skill shares, games, and theatrics from 2:00-3:30pm followed by a march to disrupt the 4:00pm NYSE closing bell with The Peoples’ Gong.

This week we march as "Civilians." Participants are encouraged to Dress-To-Blend and use street tactics discussed prior to the march.

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Occupy New Haven Receives Extension

By Nick Defiesta, Yale Daily News

28 March 12

Whether or not Occupy New Haven emerges victorious from a court hearing today in the protest's suit to remain on the Green, the encampment will stay put for at least another 10 days.

In a Tuesday afternoon phone conference, U.S. Federal Judge Mark Kravitz told representatives from the protest movement and City Hall that Occupy New Haven could stay on the Green for at least an additional 10 days past its current deadline of midnight on Wednesday. Kravitz will hear oral testimony from both sides at today's hearing, but said he would give Occupy New Haven the extension because he needs more time to consider the case before issuing a written opinion.

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April 1: March to Commemorate the Brooklyn Bridge Action

By OccupyWallSt.org

28 March 12

When: Sunday, April 1. Gather at 2pm, march at 2:30.

Where: Gather at Liberty Plaza OR 1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, marches converge at Cadman Plaza

March on April 1, 2012 to commemorate the six month anniversary of the historic Brooklyn Bridge march where over 700 OWS protesters were illegally arrested. Meet at Cadman Plaza by 4:00 P.M. for a city-wide General Assembly. All metropolitan area General Assemblies are invited to participate.

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Occupy May Day: Not Your Usual General Strike

By Jeremy Brecher, Common Dreams

27 March 12

Last December, Occupy Los Angeles proposed a General Strike on May 1 "for migrant rights, jobs for all, a moratorium on foreclosures, and peace - and to recognize housing, education and health care as human rights." The idea has spread through the Occupy movement. Occupy Wall Street in New York recently expressed solidarity with the proposal and called for "a day without the 99%, general strike, and more!"

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Wall Street Firms Admit Poor Public Image and Occupy Impact

By RT

27 March 12

A new study has revealed that over half Wall Street company executives believe the Occupy movement has had an impact on their business. Up to 94 percent say their firms got a negative public reaction by action or inaction.

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3/24 LetFreedomSpring Anti-Police Brutality March

By OccupyWallSt.org

26 March 12

Today, we take direct action against the NYPD. They have spied on us, they have assaulted us, they have kidnapped us from the streets without cause or charge. We, the 99% of people who will no longer be silent have chosen to make our voices heard. Former commissioner Raymond Kelly, we, the people have decided you no longer have a job. Any acts of brutality you order today will only serve as further evidence of your misconduct.

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Students Arrested at Sallie Mae During College Loan Protest

By NewsiT

24 March 12

About three dozen student activists were arrested Monday during a protest outside the Washington headquarters of student loan provider Sallie Mae, according to participants.

The demonstration was part of an annual legislative conference by the U.S. Students Association, which ended Monday with a "Lobby Day." That event usually consists of a march to Capitol Hill and meetings with congressional representatives, but because of the outcry over student loans and the challenges of student debt, the protest at Sallie Mae was added to the schedule.

Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) reported that the arrested students attended schools including the University of Central Florida, University of Oregon, Massachusetts, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rutgers.

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Occupy Wall Street Demonstrators March to Protest Against Police Violence

By Ryan Devereaux, Guardian UK

26 March 12

Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators marched to protest against police violence and demand the resignation of New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly on Saturday afternoon. Protesters marched from the movement's original base of operations, Zuccotti Park, in lower Manhattan to Union Square, where occupiers and police have been facing off for the past week.

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Occupy Union Square: The Evolution of a New Protest Camp

By Nick Pinto, The Village Voice

26 March 12

When the NYPD again forcefully evicted Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park more than a week ago, many of those who weren't arrested marched north, leading police on a winding course that finally ended at around 2 a.m. in Union Square.

Most of the protesters went home after that, but a handful stayed the night, launching what has become, over the past eight days, a new encampment for the Occupy movement.

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DHS Documents Show Role in Occupy Crackdown

By Justice Online

25 March 12

A trove of documents released today by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to a FOIA request filed by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, filmmaker Michael Moore and the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee reveal that federal law enforcement agencies began their coordinated intelligence gathering and operations on the Occupy movement even before the first tent went up in Zuccotti Park on September 17, 2011.

On September 17, 2011, a Secret Service intelligence entry in its Prism Demonstrations Abstract file records the opening of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. The demonstration location that the Secret Service was protecting? The "Wall Street Bull." The name of the Protectee? The "U.S. Government."

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Spring Brings an Occupation Renewal in NY

By AUTHOR, NEWS SVC.

25 March 12

Several hundred Occupy Wall Street activists marched through Manhattan on Saturday to protest against what they say is police repression as they try to revive their movement.

Several demonstrators were arrested along the route of the march in scuffles with New York police, who deployed in la

"There were a few arrests, but we don't have a final number yet," an NYPD spokeswoman said.

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Mass Tuition Protest Paralyzes Downtown Montreal

By Montreal Gazette

22 March 12

Tens of thousands of activists tied Montreal's downtown core in knots Thursday, peacefully - albeit noisily - protesting tuition increases, the largest in a series of student demonstrations this year. "We want to be educated, not indebted!" they shouted, as groups within the crowd banged drums in unison.

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What Occupy Wall Street Accomplished in Its First Six Months

By Travis Waldron, ThinkProgress

19 March 12

Since its beginning, Occupy Wall Street and the protests it spawned across the country have faced critics who say it has no goals and wouldn’t achieve any substantial accomplishments. “In fact, the sum total of what Occupy Wall Street has accomplished is zero,” a New York Post columnist wrote in November. “Inspiring chat around the national watercooler is not an achievement.” The movement turned six months old last Saturday, and a closer look at its record of achievement reveals that it has done more than spark conversation around Wall Street’s watercoolers. Occupy groups have shifted the national debate on taxes and inequality, helped homeowners stay in their homes, forced major policy issues to the forefront of debate at the state and federal level, and gotten the attention of the institutions they’ve challenged most forcefully. With that in mind, ThinkProgress compiled a brief list of Occupy Wall Street’s accomplishments over its first six months:

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Occupy Protesters Accuse NYPD of Beating Activist During Weekend Clashes

By Ryan Devereaux, Guardian UK

21 March 12

Occupy protesters have accused New York police officers of beating a woman and then neglecting her when she suffered a seizure after being handcuffed.Cecily McMillan was arrested on Saturday night as police removed scores of demonstrators from Zuccotti Park, formerly the base of the Occupy movement.

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Occupy Wall Street Protesters See Tweets Used Against Them

By CommonDreams Staff

22 March 12

As a result of recent subpoenas issued to Twitter by NY District Attorneys and prosecutors, several Occupy Wall Street protestors have re-evaluated their decision to fight charges against them. The order allows the user’s Twitter account to be used by the court in order to find incriminating evidence against the owner. Prosecutors claim many tweets by protesters exhibit an “intent to break the law,” leading some of the arrested to accept plea agreements.

Police and protesters squared off on the Brooklyn Bridge during a march on Oct. 1, 2011. Manhattan prosecutors have subpoenaed Twitter account in connection to the incident. Martin Stolar, an attorney for one of the OWS arrestees said: "It is an attempt by the DA's office to use a sledgehammer to squash a gnat. It's a little overkill."

Justin Wedes, 25, who works on the OWS social media team, said: "The NYPD and Manhattan DA's office are on a fishing expedition for any incriminating evidence, which they have yet to find. The result is a chilling effect on our free speech rights and the waste of taxpayer money to peruse individual's public and private communications."

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Occupy Protesters Accuse NYPD of Beating Activist During Weekend Clashes

By Ryan Devereaux, Guardian UK

21 March 12

Occupy protesters have accused New York police officers of beating a woman and then neglecting her when she suffered a seizure after being handcuffed.Cecily McMillan was arrested on Saturday night as police removed scores of demonstrators from Zuccotti Park, formerly the base of the Occupy movement.

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VIDEO: OWS Re-Occupation Arrests: Protester Has Seizure in Handcuffs

WeAreChange.org

21 March 12

Recorded 3.17.12 at Zuccotti Park, NYC.

Occupy Oakland Protesters Issued City Hall 'Stay-Away' Orders

By Susie Cagle, Guardian UK

21 March 12

Authorities in California's Alameda County call it "smarter policing", but critics say new legal approaches meant to curb Occupy protesters are infringing on first amendment rights.

Over the past two months, the Alameda County district attorney's office has issued temporary restraining orders, or "stay-aways", to more than 30 protesters charged with misdemeanor and felony behavior at Occupy demonstrations in Oakland and at the University of California at Berkeley. More are reportedly on the way.

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Support Occupy Union Square, and Other Upcoming #OWS Events!

By OccupyWallSt.org

21 March 12

At the new Occupation of Union Square, a pattern is emerging. For five days, since the NYPD attacked the attempted re-occupation of Liberty Square, hundreds of people have Occupied the park in midtown Manhattan. For the past two nights, using the pretext of ¨midnight park cleaning¨, NYPD has responded with heavy-handed tactics to enforce a curfew on the park for the first time in history since it opened in 1882. Twice, NYPD has come under cover of darkness to harass and intimidate the peaceful Occupiers.

Last night, thousands of New Yorkers converged on Union Square for the #MillionHoodiesMarch to demand justice for Trayvon Martin and all victims of racist terror. The NYPD also turned out in massive numbers and attacked the marchers, who responded with chants of ¨no justice, no peace, no racist police!¨

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Occupy Wall Street Joins Communities in Call for NYPD Commissioner to Quit

By Ryan Devereaux, Guardian UK

21 March 12

Occupy Wall Street protesters have issued a joint call with members of New York City's black, Latino and Muslim communities for New York City's police commissioner to resign.

A rally on Tuesday increased the public pressure on Commissioner Ray Kelly and the NYPD following a series of recent controversies over the policing of Occupy protests, surveillance of Muslim communities and the use of stop-and-frisk powers.

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Occupy Wall Street Evicted From Union Square

By Joe Coscarelli, New York Magazine

21 March 12

The new Zuccotti Park will not be on 14th Street. A continued quest by protesters to set up a permanent encampment for the Occupy Wall Street movement was again thwarted by police last night, this time in Union Square, where demonstrators had been amassing since Saturday's anniversary march. At midnight, dozens of cops outfitted in riot gear surrounded the park as protesters chanted, "Who do you serve? Who do you protect?" In what is by now a familiar pattern, the area was deemed closed and lined with barricades, while a standoff between police and protesters led to some scuffles and, ultimately, an empty park (until morning).

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From Wall Street to Beursplein, Our Resistance Is Global

By OccupyWallSt.org

20 March 12

Occupy Amsterdam is again being threatened with eviction.

Amsterdam is home to the world's oldest stock market - and it is #Occupied. Protesters in Amsterdam, along with dozens of cities across the Netherlands and hundreds throughout the world, took their square on a Global Day of Action on October 15, 2011, four weeks after Occupy Wall Street began. Occupy Amsterdam has occupied Beursplein (Exchange Square, directly in front of the Amsterdam stock exchange, now owned by Wall Street-based NYSE Euronext) ever since. Alongside the Acampadas in Spain and Portugal and the popular assemblies in Greece, the Netherlands remains among the most active Occupy movements in the non-English speaking world.

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Occupy Arrestees Refusing Iris Scan Held Longer; Young Woman Beaten by Police Freed Without Bail

By Sarah Jaffe, Alternet

20 March 12

As the latest round of Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested in this weekend's crackdown face arraignment and are finally released, reports came out that protesters were being charged more in bail if they refused to have their irises scanned by the police.

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Occupy Movement Returns to Piatt Park in Cincinnati

By Carrie Whitaker and Janice Morse, Cincinnati.com

20 March 12

Downtown - Six men stood around the Garfield Monument and two lay against it at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday - stalwarts of the Occupy Cincinnati movement.

A few stayed all night in the city's newly designated free speech space, agreed upon by the city in its legal settlement with the Occupy group. One man arrived at 4 a.m. to support those who pulled an all-nighter.

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Occupy Union Square: NYC, Join Us In Protest!

By OccupyWallSt.org

19 March 12

After the brutal attack on the attempted re-occupation of Liberty Square by NYPD on the 6-month anniversary of #OWS, a number of Occupiers have relocated their base of occupation to Union Square in midtown Manhattan, a point of convergence for several #OWS protests over the past 6 months.

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Dozens Arrested at Occupy's 6-Month Anniversary Rally

By AUTHOR, NEWS SVC.

18 March 12

Scores of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on Saturday night as police officers swept Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan and closed it.

Dozens of demonstrators sat down and locked arms as officers moved in about 11:30 p.m. The protesters chanted "we are not afraid" as the police began pulling people from the crowd, one by one, and leading them out of the park in handcuffs.

The operation occurred after hundreds of people had gathered in the financial district to observe the founding of Occupy Wall Street six months ago.

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Inquiries on Violence at Occupy Protests Move Slowly

By Zoe Corneli, The New York Times

16 March 12

More than four months after an Occupy demonstration shut down the Port of Oakland and devolved into violence, at least nine separate investigations into the ways police officers dealt with the protests in Oakland and on University of California campuses in Davis and Berkeley remain unresolved.

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Beanbag Hit Occupy Protester Scott Olsen, Not Gas Canister

By Associated Press

15 March 12

OAKLAND, Calif.—A Marine Corps veteran whose skull was fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest was struck by a police beanbag round, not a tear gas canister. Scott Olsen's lawyer told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that the Oakland Police Department confirmed Olsen was struck by a bean bag round fired less than 30 feet away during the October clash outside Oakland City Hall.

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NYPD Surveillance Extends to Occupy Wall Street

By Colin Moynihan, The New York Times

14 March 12

On Nov. 17, Kira Moyer-Sims was near the Manhattan Bridge, buying coffee while three friends waited nearby in a car. More than a dozen blocks away, protesters gathered for an Occupy Wall Street "day of action," which organizers had described as an attempt to block the streets around the New York Stock Exchange.

Then, Ms. Moyer-Sims said, about 30 police officers surrounded her and the people in the car. All four were arrested, said Vik Pawar, a lawyer for Ms. Moyer-Sims and two of the others, and taken to a police facility in the East Village. He said officers strip-searched them and ignored their requests for a lawyer. The fourth person could not be reached for comment..

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What Has Occupy Been Up To? 6 Great Actions You Can't Miss This Spring

By Manissa McCleave Maharawal

14 March 12

Occupy changed over the winter from outdoor camps to internal work and debates. But that laid the groundwork for a very big spring. Here's what to expect.

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Occupy Calls In Reinforcements

By Thomas MacMillan, New Haven Independent

14 March 12

The word went out on Twitter: Occupy Wall Street is headed north to stand with the last remaining encampment in New England. Todd Sanders, a founding member of Occupy New Haven, Tuesday evening brought news of assistance on the way from Occupy Wall Street itself.

He said Occupy Wall Street responded to a tweet from Occupy New Haven calling for support on the eve of a high-noon Wednesday official deadline for demonstrators to leave their five-month-old encampment. "@OccupyNewHaven needs your help! We need all able bodied followers and occupies to lend a hand to our NONVIOLENT resistance of eviction!" the tweet read.

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Occupy Protests at Seattle Courthouse, Chase Bank

By Seattle Post-Intelligencer

14 March 12

Occupy Seattle participants held a press conference in front of the Municipal Court in Seattle expressing their frustration that five of their members are on trial for occupying a Chase bank last November. After the conference, protesters marched down 4th Ave to a Chase bank branch where they continued demonstrating. Their march was part of the National Day of Action Against Chase, and coincided with Chase bank CEO Jamie Dimon's birthday.

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UC Berkeley: 5 Charged in Baton-Jabbing Protest

By Will Kane, San Francisco Chronicle

13 March 12

Five people have been charged in connection with an Occupy protest at UC Berkeley in November that attracted national attention after a YouTube video showed police jabbing their batons at screaming students.

The Alameda County district attorney's office charged four students and a professor last week with misdemeanor resisting arrest and other crimes, Teresa Drenick, a spokeswoman for the office, said Monday.

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Bank of America Stole Our Homes - So Occupiers Moved Into Bank of America

By OccupyWallSt.org

13 March 12

Bank of America has stolen millions of homes. It's time to turn the tables! Watch a crew of Occupiers set up their new living room in a New York City branch of Bank of America, which is being rented by the taxpayers at a cost of $230 billion in bailouts from the U.S. government.

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Midwest Gathering of Occupy Movement Supporters Is This Week in St. Louis

By The Associated Press

13 March 12

St. Louis - Members of the Occupy movement from throughout the Midwest will be gathering in St. Louis this week.

The Occupy the Midwest Regional Conference runs Thursday through Sunday at various locations. People from up to 18 different Occupy movements are expected to attend.

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Occupy Movement Takes On Foreclosure Fraud

By Derek Demo, CBS KHSL

13 March 12

Occupy demonstrators are adding on a new plight to their cause, this time they want justice for California's Homeowners affected by foreclosures. "Bringing attention to foreclosure fraud, letting people know that there is a lot of fraudulent behavior going on in these foreclosures," said Chico Occupy Spokesperson Tammy Wichman.

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Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities

By David Swanson/THE OCCUPY GENERAL ASSEMBLY, David Swanson's Blog

12 March 12

Whereas the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not self-enforcing, Whereas statement of the inherent dignity and of the equal and supposedly inalienable rights of all members of the human family achieves little without a struggle against greed, injustice, tyranny, and war, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights could not have resulted in the barbarous acts that have outraged the conscience of humankind without the cowardice, laziness, apathy, and blind obedience of well-meaning but unengaged spectators,

Whereas proclaiming as the highest aspiration of the common people the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want doesn't actually produce such a world, Whereas nonviolent rebellion against tyranny and oppression must be a first resort rather than a last, and must be our constant companion into the future if justice and peace are to be achieved and maintained,

Whereas governments do not reliably conduct themselves humanely toward other nations' governments unless compelled to do so by their own people and the people of the world, Whereas a common understanding of human rights and freedoms is false if it omits the eternal vigilance, struggle, and sacrifice necessary to create and maintain them:

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6 Ways to Get Ready for the May 1st GENERAL STRIKE

By OccupyWallSt.org

12 March 12

Yesterday, 60,000 marched on Madison to mark the one-year anniversary of the passage of Governor Scott Walker's drastic dismantling of collective bargaining rights for public employees. Last year, Walker's attacks on labor rights sparked massive protests that saw hundreds of thousands occupy the Wisconsin capital building. Their actions prefigured Occupy Wall Street and inspired countless others to take a stand against economic inequality, political injustice, and the tyranny of the 1% enforced through politicians and banksters alike.

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Democracy Held Hostage: Free Intro 48 Sleepout

By OccupyWallSt.org

12 March 12

PTH and members of Occupy Wall Street will be holding a Sleepout on March 15th, 2012 in Erik Martin Dilan's Council District!

Who is Erik Martin Dilan? He is the Chair of the City Council's Housing and Buildings Committee. Why is this significant? Our legislation, "Annual Census of Vacant Buildings and Lots", aka Intro 48 has been sitting on his desk since it was introduced, February 11th, 2010, which means it has been held hostage for 2 years, 27 days as of this writing. Until he calendars (schedules) a hearing, the bill cannot be voted on by the City Council. 10 members of his committee are co-sponsors as well as 29 members of the council as a whole. Picture the Homeless counted vacant property in 20 Community Boards this Summer, representing a third of the City. We found enough space to house 199,981 people. Imagine what we would find in the other two-thirds.

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Occupy AIPAC Confronts Bibi Netanyahu's Insane Push for War with Iran

By Alex Kane, Alternet

06 March 12

Palestinian flags flew high while Arabic music blared and young Palestinian women wearing kaffiyeh scarves danced in a circle. Mock settlements were lined up in front of a group of activists, while the anti-war group CodePink gathered on the steps of the Washington Convention Center holding signs that spelled out “No US Tax $ For Israel.” Activists chanted “Free, free Palestine,” and signs held high decried the assassinations of Iranian scientists and a potential U.S. or Israeli war on Iran. A large banner was unfurled in the back that read, “Occupy AIPAC.”

This was the scene on March 4, Occupy AIPAC's main day of action. Hundreds of activists had begun to arrive the day before for the counter-summit, organized by CodePink, challenging the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the center of gravity of the Israel lobby.

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Occupy Rolls Out A Mobile Arcade Game for the 99%

By Matt Simon, Wired Magazine

08 March 12

OAKLAND, California — It’s not often that something new for cultural alarmists to fret over just rolls up, all flashing and beeping. But here it comes: the homebrew Occupy arcade game on wheels. If conservatives are worried about videogames encouraging violence, imagine how they’ll react to an itinerant amusement designed to topple the 1%.

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Rumors Swirl As Occupy New Haven Senses Walls Closing In

By Thomas MacMillan, New Haven Independent

10 March 12

First the police barricades went up. Then a gigantic Dumpster appeared alongside the encampment. Then the lights went out on Occupy New Haven.

The word went out on Facebook: “Rumor has it raid tonight.”

That was the latest rumors of a looming police action to course through New Haven’s tent-city “occupation” of the upper Green in the wake of three seemingly portentous events on the heels of a City Hall “proposal” the the five-month-old colony vacate the premises by “mid-March.”

The events appear to have been unrelated to each other or to any move to evict the occupiers—yet.

But they fed a thread of conspiracy that grows, and tightens, in the makeshift community on the Green that senses its final days approaching.

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Occupy Wall Street Exposes Judicial Double Standards

By Naomi Wolf, Guardian UK

09 March 12

I had been waiting with apprehension for our court date, Monday, at which Avram Ludwig and I would have to go on to trial. We were arrested on 18 October for standing on a sidewalk in Tribeca, though obeying the law, while informing Occupy protesters of their legal rights to walk peacefully in single file under the terms of the permit that was in force outside the Huffington Post GameChangers Awards that night. The allegations written on my summons were:

"At t/p/o [shorthand for the "time and place of the offense"] observed deft [defendant] refuse a lawful order to disburse [sic] (given by Lt Zielinski) from sidewalk that was provided for per [pedestrian] traffic at all times. Had permit issued for Huffington Post Games Changes allowing at least 5ft of unobstructed sidewalk, for pedestrians, but deft refused to comply."

As you may recall, the NYPD had misinformed the Occupy protesters that night that the permit involved at the GameChangers event allowed no access to pedestrian protest. From my nerdy research, I knew that that was wrong. No such permit exists in all of New York City law.

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Sacramento Higher-ed Protest Leads to 72 Arrests

By Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle

08 March 12

Police arrested at least 72 protesters who had taken over the Rotunda of the state Capitol on Monday to demand an end to higher education cuts and passage of a proposed "millionaires tax."

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Irish Police Clear Occupy Dublin Site

By Henry McDonald, Guardian UK

07 March 12

Police have cleared an Occupy camp outside Ireland's Central Bank in an operation in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Up to 100 gardaí along with officials from Dublin Corporation dismantled the Occupy Camp in Dame Street at around 3.30am. Only 15 protesters were on the site at the time when it was cleared.

The Occupy camp was set up last October in solidarity with the campaigners who had occupied Wall Street in New York and the area outside St Paul's Cathedral in London.

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Hey Occupy Wall Street, Lay off the Museum World

By Mary Louise Schumacher, The Journal Sentinel

07 March 12

Though the late art patron Peg Bradley gave it to the Milwaukee Art Museum in the 1970s, I believe Mark Rothko's “Green, Red, Blue” belongs to me. And that's because, in a very real sense, it does.

It belongs to you, too.

Artworks given to art museums are considered a public trust, according to the American Association of Museums. They represent one of the most meaningful and tangible transfers of wealth from the rich to average citizens that there is. Here in Milwaukee, that means hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art that we can look at, even for free.

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Sweet Home Chicago: G8 Summit Moved but Protests Will Continue

By Danny Schechter, Reader Supported News

07 March 12

Who called whom first?

Did the Obama Alumni Association in Chicago - David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley - get nervous and call the White House? Or was it Barack himself, having disposed of/co-opted one threat by the name of Netanyahu, who recognized he had a more serious problem on the horizon?

The president has been playing Ronald Reagan these days, talking tough while feinting towards the center. What he most decidedly does not want to do is play Hubert Humphrey and relive the summer of 1968 in Chicago.

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#OWS Updates for the Week of March 5

By OccupyWallSt.org

05 March 12

Spring is in the air, and Occupy momentum is growing. We invite you to join the upcoming events contained in this inaugural Occupy Wall Street newsletter. This newsletter includes a partial listing of events related to the Occupy Movement in New York City. To receive these notifications via e-mail, and to find full meeting listings and group information, register online at www.nycga.net.

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Facing Global Protest, G8 Retreats

By OccupyWallSt.org

06 March 12

The Group of 8 Summit, a meeting of the governments of the world's eight largest economies, was supposed to convene in Chicago this May. For months, Occupy Chicago, international anti-war groups, Anonymous, and hundreds of allies have publicly planned to shut it down. Now, only two months before the meeting is scheduled to begin, U.S. President Barack Obama is moving the assembly of over 7,000 leaders from the world’s wealthiest governments to the Camp David presidential compound, located in rural Maryland near Washington, DC, one of the most secure facilities in the world. The Chicago Tribune reports that summit organizers are "stunned" by the news.

Occupiers and allies celebrated the decision with a victory party last night. The Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda (CANG8) and Occupy Chicago issued the following statement:

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Occupy May Seem to Be Receding, but Look Closer

By Margot Adler, NPR

05 March 12

For people who watch TV news or read newspapers, the Occupy movement might seem to be in hibernation. Most of the encampments are gone, and diminished numbers take part in protests.

But there's a lot of ferment behind the scenes - at least at Occupy Wall Street.

Check the Occupy Wall Street website and you'll see at least 15 events every day: meetings by working groups on arts and culture, alternative banking, media, security.

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Somebody

By Matthew Modine, Reader Supported News

04 March 12

It's easy to bemoan our political leaders and we no doubt expect way too much from them. They are, after all, no more than elected public officials. We vote them into office to represent us.

When they fail to represent the will of the people and the nation, we need to replace them and find those that will.

This democratic process is but one of the goals of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. OWS can now be found in 951 cities in 83 countries including Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa.

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Occupy Protest Targets 'Corporate Greed'

By Jim Redden, The Portland Tribune

28 February 12

Hundreds of Occupy Portland protesters marched through downtown Wednesday afternoon, closing offices of some businesses in a rally against what protesters said was corporate greed. Wednesday's march and protests were part of a national F29 rally called "Shut Down the Corporations Day of Action."

The protests were organized by the Portland Action Lab in coordination with similar marches and rallies in 70 cities across the nation. It was aimed at businesses, lawmakers and groups that work with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a Washington, D.C., organization that promotes free-market, limited government legislation across the nation. It's state chairman in Oregon is state Rep. Gene Whisnant, a Sunriver Republican. .

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Car Plows Through Occupy Education Demonstrators Blocking Entrance to UCSC Campus

By J.M. Brown, Santa Cruz Sentinel

28 February 12

Santa Cruz - About a hundred students have blocked entrance to the UC Santa Cruz campus this morning, not allowing vehicles to enter as part of and Occupy Education rally.

Just after 8:30 a.m. a man driving an orange Ford Mustang drove up High Street and attempted to make a right turn onto campus. He revved his engine, but the crowd stopped him from entering. The driver then revved his engine again and sped through the crowd of demonstrators at the High Street entrance, striking several people and a bike.

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Homeland Security Spied On Occupy

By Michael Hastings, Rolling Stone

29 February 12

As Occupy Wall Street spread across the nation last fall, sparking protests in more than 70 cities, the Department of Homeland Security began keeping tabs on the movement. An internal DHS report entitled "SPECIAL COVERAGE: Occupy Wall Street," dated October of last year, opens with the observation that "mass gatherings associated with public protest movements can have disruptive effects on transportation, commercial, and government services, especially when staged in major metropolitan areas." While acknowledging the overwhelmingly peaceful nature of OWS, the report notes darkly that "large scale demonstrations also carry the potential for violence, presenting a significant challenge for law enforcement."

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OCCUPY WALL STREET PRESS RELEASE:

TODAY: 70 Cities Nationwide Stand Up to Corporate Greed and ALEC
National Day of Action to Resist the Selling Out of the 99%

By OccupyWallSt.org

28 February 12

On February 29th, concerned citizens, students, and occupiers in over seventy cities across the nation, including Occupy Wall Street (NYC), are standing up to the corporations and legislators involved in American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The biggest corporations in America, including ExxonMobil, Bank of America, BP, Monsanto, Pfizer, and Wal-Mart use ALEC to buy off legislators and craft legislation that puts corporate profit over the well-being of ordinary people. Responding to a national call from Occupy Portland, this will be the Occupy Movement’s largest coordinated action this year and will confront ALEC corporations in the cities in which they do business throughout the nation.

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Occupy Wall Street Planning Major Protest On Wednesday February 29

By Occupy Wall Street, NYC and Occupy Portland, OR

29 February 12

Occupy Wall Street protesters plan to demonstrate in the city and across the country Wednesday to oppose powerful corporations even as demonstrators decide whether to accept donations from those that have offered support.

Protesters will gather Wednesday morning at Bryant Park, and afternoon demonstrations will be held outside Bank of America and Koch Industries offices nearby. Demonstrations are also planned in Oakland, Calif. Las Vegas, Nev., and nearly 70 cities nationwide.

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Leaked Internal Memo: The NYPD Is Ready For #F29

By OccupyWallSt.org

29 February 12

We’d heard that corporations in the vicinity of Bryant Park—where tomorrow’s Shut Down the Corporations demonstration will commence at 9:00 a.m.—were warning their employees not to engage protesters in the area. But we are pleasantly surprised to learn that the New York Police Department is expecting us: as evidenced by the department-wide memo they’ve issued (see below), the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau Terrorism Threat Analysis Group (glad to know they’re on top of the important stuff) knows where/when the day’s activities will start, how/when the call went out, why we’re marching and who we’re targeting (B of A, Pfizer and Koch Industries). So that’s where all of our page views are coming from! They even pasted our #F29 poster into the document!

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10 Occupiers Arrested Retaking Liberty Square

By Occupy Wall Street, NYC and Occupy Portland, OR

29 February 12

Around fifty occupiers with sleeping bags risked arrest in Liberty Square last night February 28.

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Occupy Campers Leave Don Pugnetti Park

By The News Tribune

28 February 12

Occupy protesters, who have left a Tacoma park, were respectful in their use of the park and in their dealing with staff members of the state Department of Transportation, which owns the park on Pacific Avenue, DOT spokeswoman Lisa Copeland said Monday. “We’re appreciative that it didn’t come to a showdown,” she said.

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Occupy Wall Street: Press Release

By Occupy Wall Street, NYC and Occupy Portland, OR

28 February 12

70 Cities Nationwide Stand Up to Corporate Greed and ALEC National Day of Action to Resist the Selling Out of the 99%

On February 29th, concerned citizens, students, and occupiers in over seventy cities across the nation, including Occupy Wall Street (NYC), are standing up to the corporations and legislators involved in American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The biggest corporations in America, including ExxonMobil, Bank of America, BP, Monsanto, Pfizer, and Wal-Mart use ALEC to buy off legislators and craft legislation that puts corporate profit over the well-being of ordinary people. Responding to a national call from Occupy Portland, this will be the Occupy Movement's largest coordinated action this year and will confront ALEC corporations in the cities in which they do business throughout the nation.

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Shut Down The Corporations: Leap Into Action! Reclaim Our Future!

By OccupyWallSt.org

28 February 12

This Wednesday, Occupiers in New York, Oakland, Mexico City, and over 80 other cities will take part in a coordinated National Day of Action to Shut Down the Corporations. Occupations have been preparing a variety of decentralized actions in response to Occupy Portland's call to target the American Legislative Exchange Council:

We specifically call on people to target corporations that are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The biggest corporations in America, like ExxonMobil, Bank of America, BP, Monsanto, Pfizer, and Wal-Mart use ALEC to buy off legislators and craft legislation that serves only the interests of corporations and not people. They then duplicate and spread this corporate legislation in Washington DC and in state legislatures across the country. The anti-labor legislation in Wisconsin and the racist bill SB 1070 in Arizona are two recent and destructive examples of what corporations use ALEC to do.

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St Paul's Protest: Occupy London Camp Evicted

By BBC News

28 February 12

Police and bailiffs have evicted anti-capitalist protesters and removed tents from the Occupy London camp at St Paul's Cathedral. The operation, which began just after midnight, was mostly peaceful but there were 20 arrests.

A St Paul's spokesman said: "We regret the camp had to be removed by bailiffs." The City of London Corporation said it "regretted" that it had become necessary to evict the protesters.

Occupy London, which campaigns against corporate greed, set up the camp on 15 October.

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A Promise From Occupy London: This Is Only the Beginning

By OccupyWallSt.org

28 February 12

The last thing to go were the kitchen shelves. Around a dozen occupiers peacefully resisted to the last; a short distance away a vigil continued on the Cathedral steps as others observed, supported, prayed and remembered. The police cordons made the groups seem further apart than they actually were.

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Occupy Wall Street Says It's Not Endorsing Occupy Conference in Philadelphia Over July 4

By Associated Press

24 February 12

Philadelphia - Occupy Wall Street isn't endorsing the Occupy conference being planned in Philadelphia because the idea wasn't approved by its general assembly.

An attorney who advised some Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge last year said this week that his 99% Declaration Working Group is planning a national Occupy conference in Philadelphia over the Fourth of July. The attorney, Michael Pollok, said delegates will be elected from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories. Participants will draft and ratify a "petition for a redress of grievances" and present them to President Barack Obama and Congress, he said.

But Han Shan, a member of the Occupy Wall Street public relations working group, said Thursday that the conference was mainly Pollok's idea and that, while Occupy Wall Street may support some of its ideas, the group isn't endorsing the conference itself.

"We think it's critically important to truly build consensus," Shan said. "This was not something that was built around consensus."

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Occupy Protester's Tweets Subpoenaed

By Associated Press

24 February 12

An Occupy Wall Street protester and prosecutors are tussling over his tweets, a clash that's raising legal issues of privacy in an age of living online.

The contest has sounded alarms among electronic privacy advocates, who see ominous overreaching in the Manhattan prosecutor's efforts to subpoena tweets sent by a demonstrator facing a disorderly conduct charge. The protester's lawyer is trying to block the subpoena, calling it an infringement on constitutional rights and "an unwarranted invasion of privacy."

But the Manhattan district attorney's office says it's fair game to go after messages that protester Malcolm Harris sent publicly for weeks before and months after his arrest. .

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Occupy Colleges and the 2012 Election

By Krystie Yandoli, The Nation

24 February 12

It's clear to anyone who watched the State of the Union address last January that President Obama has begun to echo the Occupy Wall Street movement by voicing an increasingly populist agenda and taking on the inequality gap as a major theme.

"If you're earning a million dollars a year you shouldn't get special tax subsidies or deductions," the President said. "On the other hand, if you make under $250,000 a year, like 98% of American families, your taxes shouldn't go up."

While Obama is now talking about "98% of American families" - coming awfully close to the OWS catchphrase of 99% - to appeal to the majority of voters in November, student occupiers aren't convinced, believing that neither party genuinely represents the desires of occupiers. While the President is now telling the majority of Americans what they want to hear, he is still accepting donations from corrupt banks and Wall Street firms, establishing a Super-Pac despite his earlier reservations and failing to uphold campaign promises benefiting students.

These facts have left Occupy College participants with complex questions about what to do with their votes.

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March 1 – Join The Student March on Education

By Occupy Colleges

20 February 12

Please join our fellow College Students on March 1, 2012 - Register to Add Your College

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#F27: Occupy Our Food Supply Global Day Action

By OccupyWallSt.org

23 February 12

Occupy Our Food Supply on February 27, 2012 will be a major decentralized global day of food action and solidarity. Actions are planned in dozens of cities across North America, Europe, and the world. Occupy Our Food Supply is bringing together the Occupy, sustainable farming, food justice, buy local, slow food, and environmental movements for a global day of action on February 27, 2012. Inspired by the theme of CREATE/RESIST, thousands will come together to creatively confront corporate control of our food supply and take action to build healthy, accessible food systems for all.

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Thousands Take to the Streets in Spain and Greece, Russians Continue Putin Protests, Puerto Ricans Oppose Pipeline

By Bryan Farrell, Waging Nonviolence

21 February 12

Hundreds of thousands of people, many waving red and white union flags, protested across Spain on Sunday against sweeping labor market reforms that make it easier to slash pay and lay off workers.

Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and prison reform activists joined forces outside the gates of a prison in San Quentin, California on Monday to protest high incarceration rates and harsh living conditions.

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UC Davis Officials Sued Over Pepper Spraying

By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times

23 February 12

Three months after being pepper sprayed or allegedly roughed up by UC Davis campus police during an Occupy demonstration, 19 students and alumni Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit claiming that their free speech and assembly rights were violated in the controversial incident.

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Occupy to Hold National Conference in Philly

By Associated Press

22 February 12

Philadelphia - A group of protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement plans to elect 876 "delegates" from around the country and hold a national "general assembly" in Philadelphia over the Fourth of July as part of ongoing protests over corporate excess and economic inequality.

The group, dubbed the 99% Declaration Working Group, said Wednesday delegates would be selected during a secure online election in early June from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

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Why the Volcker Rule Is Crucial to the 99%

By Occupy the SEC, Guardian UK

22 February 12

The United States aspires to democracy, but no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. Accordingly, Occupy the SEC is delighted to participate in the public comment process for the implementation of Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act by the SEC, Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC ("the Agencies"). This country's governing principles of transparency and due process mandate that any rules implemented by our regulators comport with the democratically-elected legislature's intention to protect the people from the widespread banking abuses and excesses of the recent past.

We believe the Volcker Rule is important to the future of the banking industry and, if strongly enforced, will help move our financial system in a more fair, transparent, and sustainable direction. Prohibiting banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading and banning their sponsorship of covered funds are key elements to regulating the financial system and giving force to the Dodd-Frank Act.

At its core, the Volcker Rule seeks to make sure that if a banking entity fails, it does not bring down the whole system with it. We appreciate the momentous challenges that the agencies continue to face in effectively implementing the rule, and we present these comments to assist them in their task. […]

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Occupy Movement Targets ALEC, Corporate-Interest Group With Ties to Legislators

By Adam Gabbatt, Guardian UK

22 February 12

Co-ordinated protests are planned in some 60 cities later this month against a right-wing group which activists say has an unfair hand in writing state legislation that favours corporate interests.

Working under the banner Shut Down the Corporations, activists plan to target corporate members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) with nationwide protests on 29 February.

Organisers say ALEC, a nonprofit free-market policy group whose membership includes some 2,000 state legislators, wields undue influence by drafting legislation beneficial to its corporate members, which in some cases is then used as a model for legislation in states across America.

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UK Court Rejects Occupy London Eviction Challenge

By Jill Lawless, Associated Press

22 February 12

A British court on Wednesday rejected a bid by Occupy London protesters to challenge an order evicting them from their camp outside St. Paul's Cathedral.

Local authorities said they would now enforce an order to remove the dozens of tents - though it did not say when the eviction would start.

"I would call on protesters to comply with the decision of the courts and remove their tents and equipment voluntarily right away," said Stuart Fraser, policy chairman of the City of London Corporation.

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Occupy Movement Stages Day of Protests at US Prisons

By Ryan Devereaux, Guardian UK

21 February 12

Occupy demonstrators participated in a nationwide day of action to protest against the US prison system on Monday, with demonstrations carried out at over a dozen sites across the country, including prisons in California, Chicago, Denver and New York.

The call to protest was issued by activists with the Occupy Oakland movement and was co-ordinated to coincide with waves of prison hunger strikes that began at California's Pelican Bay prison in July. Demonstrators denounced the use of restrictive isolation units as infringement upon fundamental human rights. The hunger strikes followed a US supreme court ruling in May which stated that overcrowding in the California prison system had led to "needless suffering and death." The court ordered the state to reduce its overall prison population from 140,000 to 110,000, which still well-exceeds the state's maximum prison capacity.v

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Occupy Asked to Leave the New Haven Green

By Nick Defiesta and Lorenzo Ligato, Yale Daily News

20 February

If City Hall has its way, Occupy New Haven may soon leave its home on the New Haven Green.

Two meetings were held at City Hall on Feb. 8 and Feb. 15 to discuss the future of Occupy New Haven, the anti-economic inequality protest that has been encamped on the Green since mid-October. Members of the municipal government have argued that the presence of the protesters on the Green is limiting others' right to use the public place and has offered several proposals it finds acceptable to both parties. But leaders of Occupy New Haven have said the group will decline the city's offer and that the protest will not leave the Green until major social and political changes are brought about.

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Occupy Maine Group Puts Out TV Show

By Associated Press

20 February

Portland, Maine - Occupy Maine's tent city in Portland has come down, but the group is still trying to get its message out with a new TV show episode on the movement.

Occupy Maine has finished producing its latest show, which is nearly 30 minutes long and focuses on Occupy after the Lincoln Park encampment came to end earlier this month.

The show is produced at the community access television studio in Portland and can be viewed on the Occupy Maine television show website, http://www.occupymetv.org/

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Occupy the SEC: Moving From the Campsite to the Weeds of Regulatory Reform

By Christopher Matthews, Time Magazine

20 February

The surest way to rankle a supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement is to repeat the common claim that the movement has no defined goals, a criticism that has dogged the group since it's inception. But last week an offshoot of the movement, called "Occupy the SEC," undermined that characterization when it submitted a 325-page letter to federal regulators filled with concrete criticisms and proposals for the final implementation of the so-called 'Volcker Rule.'

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Occupy Wall Street calls for May Day general strike

by Nathan Schneider

17 February

At the General Assembly meeting last night, Occupy Wall Street’s dreamer contingent got a very special valentine: the GA endorsed the Direct Action Working Group’s proposal to call for a general strike on May Day—May 1, 2012. Occupiers celebrated with cheers and Valentine’s Day balloons.

The text approved by the GA is as follows:.

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Economic Elite Vs. The People: #99% Movement Call to Action Two Year Anniversary Book Release

By David DeGraw, AmpedStatus Report

16 February

History should record that the birth of the 99% Movement was on September 17, 2011. That was when the movement became a household name known to the masses. However, the 99% Movement was conceived exactly two years ago, with the release of an online report and call to action titled "The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America." The report was originally released as a six-part series. The first part was published on February 15, 2010 and the last part was published on February 27, 2010.

To celebrate the two year anniversary, we are reissuing the report with a new introduction recapping the history and evolution of the movement, from the experience of researching and writing the original call to action, to building up the movement online and organizing occupations worldwide. At the end of the book, we feature statements from occupiers, organizers and supporters of the 99%.

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'Global Square': #Wikileaks -Backed Activist Platform Launching in March With #Tribler Peer-to-Peer Technology

By Common Dreams

16 February

WikiLeaks Central announced a "Call to Coders" Tuesday as they prepare for the March launch of the "first massive decentralized social network in the history of the Internet."

"The goal of the Global Square is to perpetuate and spread the creative and cooperative spirit of the occupations and transform this into lasting forms of social organization, at the global as well as the local level."

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Occupy's Amazing Volcker Rule Letter

By Felix Salmon, Reuters

16 February

One of the saddest aspects of the financialization of the US economy is the way in which America's best and brightest found themselves working on Wall Street, rather than in jobs which improved the state of the world. Proof of this comes from the absolutely astonishing 325-page comment letter on the Volcker Rule which has been put together by Occupy the SEC; it's pretty clear, from reading the letter, that the people who wrote it are whip-smart and extremely talented.

Occupy the SEC is the wonky finreg arm of Occupy Wall Street, and its main authors are worth naming and celebrating: Akshat Tewary, Alexis Goldstein, Corley Miller, George Bailey, Caitlin Kline, Elizabeth Friedrich, and Eric Taylor. If you can't read the whole thing, at least read the introductory comments, on pages 3-6, both for their substance and for the panache of their delivery. A taster:

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Occupy Prisons: Injustice Behind Bars

By Victoria Law, CounterPunch

15 February

"Manhandled, arrested, cuffed, searched, and locked away in the Tombs" is how AlterNet described the story of protester Barbara Schneider Reilly, who spent 30 hours in jail after being arrested at an Occupy Wall Street-related protest in October 2011.

Reilly reported: "During the long, cold night in the Tombs, at some point we asked a female officer if we could have some blankets. 'We have no blankets.' Some mattresses since we were 12 or so people? 'We have no more mattresses.' Some change in exchange for dollar bills so we could call parents and loved ones? (The one public telephone in the cell would only take coins.) 'It's against regulations.' Some soap? 'Maybe we'll come up with some soap.' After no, no, no to every reasonable request, we wound up with a small jar of soap. Distressing is hardly the word for a culture of willful neglect and the exercise of what power those officers held over us for those 30 hours."

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Ex-President Carter Says Occupy Movement Successful in Putting Wealth Disparity on Agenda

By Associated Press

15 February

ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday that Occupy organizers have created a "relatively successful" movement because they focused national discussion on wealth disparity despite lacking leadership and a unifying set of goals.

The Georgia Democrat said at an event in Atlanta that Occupy organizers have succeeded in forcing the media and Congress to realize the "chasm is getting greater than leaps and bounds" between the rich and the poor.

"It's been relatively successful even acknowledging there's no leadership, there's no coherence and there's no single list of issues they want to succeed," the former president said of the movement started late last year in lower Manhattan to decry corporate influence in government and wealth inequality.

"That issue was basically ignored by the Congress and the news media a year ago," he said. "I believe they've achieved putting that back on the agenda."

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Uniting the 99%: Part Two

By Ted Glick, Reader Supported News

15 February

hat can happen in 2012 to further the objective of uniting the 99%? Or, as I wrote in my first “Uniting the 99%” column, how do we bring together the 70-75% that “potentially, could come together in support of a broadly-based, independent, progressive popular movement?”

Let’s start with how we will NOT, absolutely not, further that objective:

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Occupy Protesters Sue New York City Over Pepper Spray Incident

By Joseph Ax, Reuters

15 February

Two women caught on camera being doused with pepper spray by a New York police officer during an Occupy Wall Street march in September have sued the city, saying it failed to train police officers properly..

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Protesters Shout Down Santorum As He Speaks Against Marriage Equality in Washington State

By Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress

15 February

Occupy Wall Street protesters nearly drowned out Rick Santorum for 44 minutes as he tried to deliver remarks at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington on Monday night. Speaking from a balcony, Santorum sought to condemn the state’s newly-enacted same-sex marriage law and the Ninth Circuit's ruling against Proposition 8, but was repeatedly interrupted by protesters yelling, "we are the 99 percent." Santorum told the protesters to "go out and get a job."

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Some Occupy Nashville Protesters Remove Tents

By Lucus L. Johnson II, Associated Press

15 February

About half of the Occupy Nashville protesters that were encamped on the Capitol complex for nearly five months have removed their tents. Tennessee Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the protesters informed a state trooper patrolling the area that they planned to leave sometime Tuesday night.

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Police Evict Occupy Newark Protesters

By Tim Stelloh, The New York Times

15 February

Authorities swept in shortly after midnight Wednesday and ended what appeared to be a relatively harmonious co-existence between the city of Newark and its occupiers.

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