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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 16

1 July - 31 July 12

 

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

 

By Angela Lee, AlterNet

28 July 12

Lieutenant John Pike, the infamous police officer who pepper sprayed seated student Occupy protesters at the UC Davis campus last November, has permanently turned in his badge, said the university’s spokesman Barry Shiller late Tuesday.

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Occupy the Dam: Brazil's Indigenous Uprising

By John Perkins, YES! Magazine

28 July 12

Last month, hundreds of indigenous demonstrators began dismantling a dam in the heart of Brazil's rainforest to protest the destruction it will bring to lands they have loved and honored for centuries. The Brazilian government is determined to promote construction of the massive, $14 billion Belo Monte Dam, which will be the world's third largest when it is completed in 2019.

It is being developed by Norte Energia, a consortium of ten of the world's largest construction, engineering, and mining firms set up specifically for the project.

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NYPD Accused Over Occupy Protests

By Chitrangada Choudhury, Guardian UK

26 July 12

The first systematic look at the New York police department's response to Occupy Wall Street protests paints a damning picture of an out-of-control and aggressive organization that routinely acted beyond its powers.

In a report that followed an eight-month study (pdf), researchers at the law schools of NYU and Fordham accuse the NYPD of deploying unnecessarily aggressive force, obstructing press freedoms and making arbitrary and baseless arrests.

The study, published on Wednesday, found evidence that police made violent late-night raids on peaceful encampments, obstructed independent legal monitors and was opaque about its policies.

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It Didn't Start With Occupy, and it Won't End With the Student Strike! The Persistence of Anti-Authoritarian Politics in Quebec

By Anna Kruzynski, Rachel Sarrasin and Sandra Jeppesen, Research Group On Collective Autonomy, Collectif De Recherche Sur L'autonomie Collective

24 July 12

What we are seeing today in Quebec, and particularly in Montréal, is a public moment of a much more ingrained movement that has been around for decades. If we use the rhizome analogy, we can better understand what is happening. A rhizome is like a root that runs underground: once in a while little shoots pop out above ground, and sometimes an enormous shoot breaks the surface. It is an analogy that suits the description of the anti-authoritarian movement in the province.

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Biggest Financial Scandal in Britain's History, Yet Not a Single Occupy Sign; What Happened?

By Alexander Cockburn, Counterpunch

24 July 12

Since what is now going is being described as "the greatest financial scandal in the history of Britain" - the Barclays imbroglio - I have a question to ask. Where are those tents outside St Pauls? Or ones in solidarity this side of the Atlantic? Where are the vibrant reminders that - as has happened in the Barclays case - there is most definitely one law for the 1% (none, in fact) and another for the 99 %?

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Cockburn's Death of Occupy Declaration and the Attendant Generational Fissure

By mattreiche, FireDogLake

24 July 12

In a rather imprudent attempt at provocation by lefty commentator Alexander Cockburn on the Counterpunch site last week, he declares the Occupy movement dead, and then proceeds into full-fledged hissy-fit, saying of the movement: "There were ... features that I think quite a large number of people found annoying: the cult of the internet, the tweeting and so forth, and I definitely didn't like the enormous arrogance which prompted the Occupiers to claim that they were indeed the most important radical surge in living memory."

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Protest Gets a Pedestal Among Baseball's Greats

By Colin Moynihan, The New York Times

23 July

Some of the thousands of people who gathered in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday for the annual induction ceremony into the National Baseball Hall of Fame no doubt visited the attached museum to gaze at items connected to memorable moments or the greats of the game.

But one display, near the center of an exhibit called "Today's Game," may have surprised some visitors because of its ties to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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Department of Homeland Catheters Spying on Occupy Wall Street

By Tracy Turner, OpEdNews

19 July 12

If you do a Google search for Department of Homeland Security spying on Occupy, it returns 886,000 results from the open Internet.

DHS is not tracking Bin Laden cohorts across America; Department of Homeland Security is tracking Occupiers. BTW, reading keyboard strokes from space is very old cold war technology. Warrantless, DHS sees everything electronic done by Occupy, absolutely everything. Read Jeffrey T. Richelson (1990). America's Secret Eyes in Space: The U.S. Keyhole Spy Satellite Program. The book is old, but it gives you a sense of what satellites can do now, like recognize your face and positively identify you when you look up; when the satellite is further towards the horizon, you don't have to look up to have face-recognition software pick your face out of a crowd of Occupiers. Just think of the Hubble Space Telescope pointed at the middle of a crowd of Occupiers.

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ACLU-NC Lawsuit: Why is the FBI Spying on Occupy Protesters?

By Press TV

17 July 12

The ACLU of Northern California and San Francisco Bay Guardian on Wednesday filed a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit against the FBI to find out whether and to what extent the feds have been spying on members of the Occupy movement.

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Occupy Protesters Shift Focus to Downtown L.A. Business Group

By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times

18 July 12

Nearly eight months after police cleared hundreds of Occupy L.A. protesters from their sprawling camp on the City Hall lawn, officials are poised to reopen the park Thursday.

But while elected leaders have taken pains to keep the group from returning, recently strengthening rules against camping in parks, activists insist there is nothing to worry about. They say they've moved on.

Since early June, protesters have been training their cross-hairs on the Central City Assn., a downtown business group that represents local shop owners but also large corporations and banks. The association donates to local politicians and lobbies on major City Hall issues, from utility rate increases to the recent "responsible banking" ordinance supported by Occupy protesters.

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Occupy Vermont Joins VTFCU Board

By Steve Zind, Vermont Public Radio

17 July 12

A group led by members of the Occupy Movement in Vermont has won a seat on the board of The Vermont Federal Credit Union.

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Occupy Hong Kong's Fate Now in a Court's Hands

By Neil Gough, The New York Times

17 July 12

Hong Kong - As global movements against capitalism go, the members of Occupy Hong Kong have demonstrated surprising staying power.

If ever there was a city where pure or considerably unfettered capitalism has approached its logical end, surely Hong Kong is it. The city is home to more billionaires than popularly elected legislators. It has more Cartier, Gucci, Hermès and Louis Vuitton boutiques than Hong Kong Island has hospitals or post offices. Buddhism and Taoism are the main religions here, but bank branches outnumber temples by more than two to one.

"In Hong Kong, if you don't follow the rules set by big corporations and big capitalism, you just cannot survive," said Tiv Wong, a young publishing industry freelancer who has been active in the Occupy movement.

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Updates on Los Angeles "Chalk Walk" Police Violence

By OccupyWallSt.org

17 July 12

This is the latest press release from Occupy Los Angeles on last week's Art Walk events. See here for more background. LAPD PUSH, SHOOT, KICK MAN IN FACE, ARREST HIM AT ARTWALK

LAPD Arrest and Harm More Artwalkers than Occupiers at "Chalk Walk" Los Angeles - Early Sunday morning videos surfaced online of LAPD violence at Thursday's Downtown LA Art Walk. LAPD pushed at least one unknown man, shot him in the chest at close range, then kicked him in the face while Occupiers were trying to help him, then the cops squish his face into the ground, then the cops arrested him.

As seen in a youtube video recorded from above, the man was clearly backing up from a line of at least 30 police officers. He turns and walks onto the sidewalk when a police officer pushes him into the street and other officer shoots him in the torso at close range.

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LAPD, Occupy Protesters Clash Over Chalk-Drawing Demonstration

By Los Angeles Times

13 July 12

Police used batons and non-lethal projectiles to disperse the crowd, which in turn threw bottles and cans at officers and chanted, "Whose streets? Our streets!"

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Occupy Activists Join Social Justice Organizations to Protest the 1% at the Bohemian Grove July 14

By OccupyWallSt.org

11 July 12

Occupy groups from Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Portland, Sebastopol, and Petaluma, are joining some twenty other social justice activist organizations to protest the powerful one-percent elites partying at the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, California July 14-29.

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Occupy Wall Street Returns to Zuccotti Park

By Angela Lee, AlterNet

11 July 12

Today, the Occupy Wall Street movement returned to Zuccotti Park.

“Occupy Guitarmy” protesters celebrated the 100th birthday of the late songwriter Woody Guthrie with a 6-day march beginning in Philadelphia, going through New Jersey, and ending in Manhattan. Today, protesters rallied throughout lower Manhattan, guiding the march to the movement’s original headquarters, Zuccotti Park.

There was an estimated 200 demonstrators in the park this afternoon.

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SWAT Raid on Organizers of Occupy Seattle & E4E

By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, AlterNet

10 July 12

Early morning, July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of organizers from the Occupy movement. The sleeping residents scrambled to put on clothes as they were confronted with automatic weapons.

The neighbor Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: “Suddenly we heard the bang of their grenade, and the crashing as police entered the apartment. The crashing and stomping continued for a long time as they tore the place apart.”

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City Of Oakland Taps Occupy Wall Street To Take On Goldman Sachs

By Halah Touryalai, Forbes

11 July 12

As the world’s most powerful investment bank Goldman Sachs is no stranger to fighting all sorts of battles, but the city of Oakland, Cailf. is challenging the firm like no one ever has before.

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Activists Crash Romney's Koch-Sponsored Hamptons Fundraiser

By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, AlterNet

10 July 12

Last month, President Obama raised a comparatively paltry $71 million campaign dollars to Romney's Goliath $106 million, and the reason is clear: the Republican candidate is backed by a coalition of Wall Street-humping super-PACs and shady figures like the Koch brothers who want to leverage their dough to take away the rights of average American people.

So yesterday, when Romney held a big, fancy fundraiser at David Koch's estate in the Hamptons, it was not only attended by wealthy donors-activists and protesters showed up, too. And the irony in this LA Times piece is so thick we couldn't have invented it:

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Cindy Milstein | Listen, You Can Hear the Sound of Direct Democracy, or Orchestroles

By OccupyWallSt.org

09 July 12

Among the many things to remark on here in Montreal in relation to the remarkable student strike and the maple movement it has engendered is that people don’t seem to beat tactics to death. When new tactics have strategic uses that are underpinned by solid aims, and crucially, when they exhibit a bit of novelty or flair, they stay in play. On the other hand, when tactics appear to have outlasted their usefulness and especially their vibrancy, they are abandoned, reworked, or take another enlivening form.

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Southern W.Va.: Announcing Late-July Mountain Mobilization to #StopMTR

By OccupyWallSt.org

06 July 12

Last week, Mountain Justice and RAMPS stopped nine coal trucks and a coal barge after the Mountain Justice Summer Action Camp. These actions showed once again that people are willing to put their bodies on the line to stop the plunder of Appalachia and raised the spirits of West Virginians fighting to save their home, but Larry Gibson reminded us our work is not done."Everything has to get bigger from here," Larry said. "We need to put our backs up against the wall and not back down. The 99% means nothing if we don’t all support each other. No matter what our positions are we must come together."

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Support Activists Facing Trial for Free Franklin Occupation!

By OccupyWallSt.org

05 July 12

Trial starts Monday, July 9th at 9:30 am - supporters will gather outside starting at 8:30 am DC Superior Court: 500 Indiana Ave NW Washington, DC

On November 19, 2011, a group of DC community members going by the name "Free Franklin" entered and occupied the former Franklin Shelter building at 13th and K St NW. Protesting the lack of homeless shelters in DC and the city government's ongoing attempts to dispose of publicly owned property, the occupation was intended to put public resources to use to meet community needs.

Six of those arrested at the occupation are facing charges of unlawful entry. The Franklin building belongs to the people of DC and the Free Franklin defendants, who carried out the occupation to re-open the building for its rightful owners, should be found not guilty!

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The Philadelphia National Gathering Reveals Occupy's Law of Entropy

By Arun Gupta, Guardian UK

05 July 12

Judging by the Occupy national gathering in Philadelphia this week, the Middle Ages is making a comeback. In the shadow of Independence Hall, America's secular Bethlehem, hundreds of pilgrims gathered here for a five-day festival of democracy culminating in night-time procession around the manors of power on the nation's high holy day, 4 July.

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Occupy National Gathering Brings Together Occupiers From Far and Wide

By Jake Blumgart, AlterNet

05 July 12

The five-day Occupy National Gathering, which drew to a close on July 4, gave participants a venue to network, prioritize issues and vent their grievances with the movement. The event gave those who felt marginalized the chance to make themselves heard, with many expressing frustration at the preponderance of white males in positions of influence.

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American Autumn: an Occudoc

By OccupyWallSt.org

04 July 12

Shot on the front lines and meeting spaces of the Occupy movement in NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC from the earliest days through the end of January 2012, American Autumn: an Occudoc is an inside looking out view of the occupy movement. With interviews and insight from key organizers, thinkers and activists including Medea Benjamin, David Degraw, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Lee Camp, Naomi Klein, Nathan Schneider, Ashley Sanders, Vlad Teichberg, Sgt. Shamar Thomas, Dr. Cornel West, Kevin Zeese and many more, writer/ director Dennis Trainor Jr weaves commentary and a fearless style that often puts the viewer right between police and protesters.

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Losing Strength? An Alternative Vision of Spain’s Indignados

By Marta Sánchez, ROAR

03 July 12

A silent revolution emerges from the underground. Far from losing strength, decentralization has allowed 15-M to become ever more dynamic.

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Twitter Forced to Release Occupy Protester's Tweets to New York Court

By Matt Williams, Guardian UK

03 July 12

Twitter has been ordered to hand over almost three months worth of messages from an Occupy Wall Street protester after losing a legal challenge to prosecutors' demands for the tweets.

The micro-blogging website had argued that the posts belonged to activist Malcolm Harris and as such it would be violating fourth amendment privacy rights if it were to disclose the communications without first receiving a search warrant.

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#OCHI Members Occupy State Attorney's Office in Solidarity With #NATO5

By OccupyWallSt.org

02 July 12

Earlier today, three of the five people who were arrested on trumped-up charges of terrorism during the NATO summit in Chicago last May pleaded not guilty during their arraignment. The National Lawyers Guild has called the case a clear example of entrapment, as the supposed terrorist plot was coordinated by police informants themselves, who had infiltrated the Occupy movement disguised as protesters. Occupy Chicago marched to the office of State Attorney Anita Alvarez to demand freedom for the #NATO5, other Occupy supporters who were arrested surrounding the anti-NATO mobilization, and all those held by the flawed U.S. (in)justice system. The trial for the three arraigned today has been set for summer 2013.

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Police Kettle Occupy National Gathering (#Natgat) Protesters With Bikes; 28 Arrested

By Rob Kall, OpEdNews

01 July 12

Reports are sketchy. There is a youtube video that clearly shows police fencing protesters in by holding their bicycles in front of them.

Twitter reports using the #NatGat hashtag report that a number of livefeed people have also been arrested. Tweets also suggest that the marchers were charged with obstructing a highway.

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July 2-10, San Diego: Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership

By OccupyWallSt.org

01 July 12

We are waking up. The fog is lifting. We are sweeping away the lies and secrecy.

From July 2 to July 10, the political leaders of the Pacific Rim nations are meeting in San Diego to turn the Pacific Ocean and its peoples into a giant privatized corporate lake characterized by non-union workers, Wal-Mart supply chain feeders, poisoned, landless agricultural laborers, a dying biodiversity, and rising, drowning sea levels. We cannot and will not let this happen.

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Save Our Post Offices

By Patricia Jackson, Indybay

02 July 12

Wednesday, June 27, held a rally, march, and occupy of the Civic Center Post Office which serves many of the city's homeless. We gathered in solidarity to support the national June 25-28 Hunger Strike by postal workers in Washington DC. This movement is growing across the country to stop threats of eliminating 220,000 living-wage jobs and closing 3,700 post offices including four in S.F. The majority of post offices threatened are in poor neighborhoods and rural areas.

These job-cutting, service-slashing ideas affect people who depend on deliveries of medications, social security, and pension checks. Though we live in a digital communication society, the arrival of our mail is the only communication in the country that reaches everyone 6 days a week. This service is a public resource and these measures are steps toward privatization.

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Help Occupy Our Homes Occupy TV

By OccupyWallSt.org

01 July 12

Help us put this ad on U.S. national TV! http://beta.loudsauce.com/campaigns/157-occupy-our-homes-fighting-back-winning

'Occupy Our Homes' is a movement of homeowners, tenants, occupiers, and concerned neighbors across America, fighting back against the big banks' fraud and greed that created a housing crisis and crashed our economy.

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The Occupy National Gathering: Five Days of Peace, Love and Democracy

By OccupyNationalGathering

02 July 12

The big day is here.

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