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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 August - 31 August 12

 

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March on Wall St. South - Mobilization Info

By OccupyWallSt.org

31 August 12

There's just a few days left until the March on Wall Street South mobilization kicks off! See below for a schedule of events and many other updates. You can also find transportation leaving from your area to bring folks to Charlotte!

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Andrew Breitbart Anti-Occupy Film Screened at RNC With Heavy Police Presence

By Elizabeth Flock, US News

31 August 12

Tampa - Anti-Occupy film "Occupy Unmasked," dubbed the final work of the late conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart, was screened Thursday at the Republican National Convention to a smattering of Breitbart fans, protesters, media and heavily armed police gathered in a giant tent. The event could have attracted hundreds more, but the film's producer David Bossie said he was concerned about "fist fights in the theater" after his team was alerted to threats by Occupy protesters online.

Messages on Occupy Facebook pages about the film seemed mostly innocuous, but filmmakers said E-mails they received used more violent language. As a result, they turned away nearly 250 people who RSVPed.

The film, which was introduced by Minnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann and will be released Sept. 21, portrays the Occupy movement as mostly anarchist, characterized by rapes, robberies and assaults. Bachmann did not talk about Occupy in her introduction but praised Breitbart as a "dear friend," and called the film his "legacy."

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Occupy Wall Street Plans to Block NYSE

By Sebastian Smith, Agence France-Presse

31 August 12

New York - Occupy Wall Street will mark its first anniversary this September by attempting to blockade the New York Stock Exchange and trying to arrest bankers, organizers said Thursday.

The social protest movement has seen a steep drop in support since its founding a year ago, when hundreds of people camped in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street to protest bank bailouts and what they called the ruling "one percent."

But activists promise to make a comeback on the September 17 anniversary, about six weeks before Americans decide whether to reelect President Barack Obama or bring in his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

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Occupy Seeks Answers From FBI in Lawsuit

By Phil Fairbanks, The Buffalo News

29 August

When members of Occupy Buffalo gathered in January for a peaceful protest in Niagara Falls, federal agents were watching their every move.

Even more important, perhaps, about a dozen police agencies stood ready to intervene if necessary.

The monitoring of Occupy Buffalo's New Year's Day event by Homeland Security agents is at the root of a new lawsuit seeking information on the extent of the government's surveillance of the protest group.

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Twitter Fights Back to Protect 'Occupy Wall Street' Protester

By Kim Zetter, Wired Magazine

29 August

Twitter is standing firm against a court order to turn over user data related to an Occupy Wall Street protester.

The social media giant filed an appeal on Monday asking for a New York appeals court to reconsider earlier rulings ordering the social network giant to give the government tweets and account information on two Twitter accounts believed to have been used by Malcolm Harris. That lower court ruling came even though the government did not obtain a warrant to get the data. The lower court had also denied Harris the right to challenge the government request for data on his own, which Twitter asked the appeals court to reconsider.

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The 99% Take On the Republican National Convention

By Arun Gupta, AlterNet

29 August

Despite mixed feelings about Obama, protesters fight Mitt Romney, the 'King of the 1%.'

Politics is an elaborate chess match, and in St, Petersburg one small strike was staged against the Republican National convention on Aug. 26 that revealed the thrust of President Obama's 2012 re-election strategy.

As panicky Republicans cancelled the first day of the convention on Monday because of Tropical Storm Isaac, the focus on Sunday was the "RNC Welcome Event" at Tropicana Field. These days no major convention event is complete without a counter-protest, and in downtown St. Petersburg nearly 500 people gathered Sunday to march to the sports stadium and voice their displeasure at what they derided as "the world's largest cocktail party."

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Watch the March on the RNC

By OccupyWallSt.org

28 August 12

As of noon eastern, the March on the RNC has begun. The corporate media won't report on it, so follow and find livestreams on Twitter: #resistRNC #marchontheRNC #OccupyTheRNC #frnc and @OccupyTampa.

The protest will continue throughout the week. Nonviolent direct action marches will take place every day at 10 am as an alternative to the official "event zone" declared by the city and police. If you are in Tampa and need legal assistance, the number for the NLG is 813-241-0101, or find them online: http://tampa.nlg.org.

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Twitter Appeals Ruling on Occupy Posts

By Benny Evangelista, Chronicle News Services

28 August 12

Twitter on Monday appealed a judge's order that it turn over information about an Occupy Wall Street protester's posts, saying it will seek a court order finding that its users can fight subpoenas directed at the company.

A brief filed in New York Supreme Court described the grounds on which the real-time short messaging service seeks to overturn a June 30 decision by state Supreme Court Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino Jr. Sciarrino denied Twitter's request to quash a subpoena from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and said the company must turn over posts by protester Malcolm Harris from Sept. 15 to Dec. 30.

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Hong Kong's Occupy Protesters Defy Deadline to Leave HSBC

By Eleni Himaras and Stephanie Tong, Bloomberg News

28 August 12

Occupy Central protesters in Hong Kong defied a 9 p.m. deadline last night to leave HSBC Holdings Plc's Asian headquarters where they have spent more than 10 months demonstrating against income inequality.

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Back to 'Occupy!': The International Center of Photography Exhibit (Photos)

By Blake Gopnik, The Daily Beast

28 August 12

As we approach the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, on Sept. 17, the International Center of Photography in New York is marking it with a suitably open-armed exhibition called simply "Occupy!" It will be on view each weekend through Sept. 30 in a reclaimed barracks on Governor's Island

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Greenpeace Abandons Occupation of Arctic Oil Drilling Rig After Workers Throw Metal at Them

Jeremy Hance, Mongabay.com

26 August 12

On Friday the head of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, and five other activists occupied an Arctic oil platform owned by Russian oil and gas giant Gazprom to protest exploiting fossil fuel beds in the Arctic ocean. The action by Greenpeace was short-lived after workers began spraying them with cold water from high-powered hoses and then threw pieces of metal down at them, according to Naidoo, who communicated via Twitter during the civil disobedience.

"This threat affects us all. In my home country of South Africa we are now facing a far more dangerous climate because companies like Gazprom and Shell are pumping money into politics and blocking clean alternatives so that they can extract the last drops of oil left," Naidoo said after scaling the oil platform in Russia's Pechora Sea. As a youth, Naidoo protested against apartheid in his home country.

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RNC Protesters Make Do With Tents, Tarps As Isaac Soaks Region

Rich Shopes, Tampa Bay Times

27 August 12

Tampa - Hunkered down in a tent wasn't the cushiest way to spend a night downtown, but at least it was dry.

As Tropical Storm Isaac soaked Tampa Bay Sunday night, a group of about 200 Republican National Convention protesters did their best to withstand the drenching, huddling in tents and under blue tarps next to the Army Navy Surplus Market on N Tampa Street.

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From Voice of Freedom Park, Tampa, FL: Interview With Food Not Bombs Activist Nathan Pim

Lambert Strether, Naked Capitalism

26 August 12

Nathan Pim of Food Not Bombs (twitter) contacted Naked Capitalism because of the convention coverage we've been doing, and I thought that Naked Capitalism readers might be interested in hearing from somebody directly on the ground with Occupy about what's going on in Tampa, so I arranged to interview him. Once again, Stephen Malagodi agreed to handle it, and The Unknown Transcriptionist agreed to transcribe.

We edited the transcript very lightly for clarity. As I read along, and started tallying all the people Nathan's been connecting with, it struck me: He's a ... He's a community organizer, isn't he? I mean, not a fake one. In so many ways the transcript is one answer to the question asked by several contributors yesterday on this thread: What actions can we take? Well, Nathan's answer is to feed people ("sharing"). And actions that flow from that.

The transcript isn't brief, but there's a lot of local color and great detail from the ground that I haven't read anywhere else.

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How Far Can We Push Our Freedom?

Alex Caraballo, The Minaret

26 August 12

"Mr. Chairman, my fellow Americans, my fellow Democrats, I proudly accept the nomination of our party." These were the words of Democratic Presidential Nominee Hubert Humphrey in 1968 Chicago, as he accepted the Democratic nomination for president to thunderous applause. What unfolded outside the walls of the convention, however, was complete anarchy as protestors rioted in a Grant Park that was barricaded with barbed wire fences and surrounded by a police force armed with assault rifles and tear gas. Chaos reined in the streets for hours as protestors hurled rocks at police and the police responded in kind with baton beatings and tear gas. In a report issued by the Mayor of Chicago, Richard J. Daley, analyzing the protests of the convention, it was listed that a total of 500 people had been treated for injuries and 152 officers were wounded. By all accounts, the events surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention were disastrous and were a model of a convention gone wrong. Thoughts of 1968 are clearly on the mind of convention officials as Tampa prepares to host the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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Occupy Wall Street Has Big Plans for the Republican National Convention

By Linette Lopez, Business Insider

24 August 12

It's been almost a year since Occupy Wall Street protests started sprouting up all over the country. In that time, camps have been broken up and demonstrators scattered... But how could they miss the political drama-fest that is the Presidential election? Certainly not, and the biggest shows start off with the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week.

Members of the movement tell Business Insider that hundreds of protestors are already camped out near the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the RNC will be held, in a spot they've dubbed 'Romneyville'.

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Greenpeace Activists Occupy Gazprom Platform in Arctic

By Roland Oliphant, Moscow Times

24 August 12

A team of Greenpeace International activists have boarded and occupied Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Arctic in an effort to disrupt its operations.

Six activists including Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo set off at 4 a.m. in three inflatable speedboats launched from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and scaled the platform via mooring lines, Greenpeace announced this morning.

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Occupy the Farm Protesters Continue Farming on Gill Tract

By Alyssa Neumann, The Daily Californian

20 August 12

Occupy the Farm protesters broke into UC-owned research land in Albany again Sunday to tend to the crops they planted on the Gill Tract earlier this spring.

About 30 people showed up at noon to tend to and gather the crops after diverting the attention of the guards and trespassing onto the enclosed land.

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Oakland Obama Office Occupied in Support of Pfc. Manning. Video.

By OccupyWallSt.org

20 August 12

From Scott Olsen:

I was there. When it came down to it we decided that I would not be arrested. One of the reasons for that was so I could upload and distribute this video I took within minutes of us entering. This is before the march and media made it up here. In the video you will see Obama's staffers push us when we tried to move chairs so we could sit in the middle of the office. I got pushed which made me drop my phone and then a man brandished a chair against me.

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Obama Administration Advised Police to Not Arrest Occupy Protesters

By Nathaniel Downes

17 August 12

JudicialWatch.org recently gained the response they wanted on their November 11, 2011 Freedom of Information Request. They found themselves handed pages upon pages of documentation from the White House on their responses to the Occupy movement, which began last year. The emails show that the Obama administration was against the crackdowns on the movement. With Romney being on record as being against the Occupy movement itself, these letters give insight into the mind of the administration in Washington.

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Chicago: Occupiers of Mental Health Clinics Face Trial

By Kari Lydersen

17 August 12

Chicago - On Tuesday, N'Dana Carter and others arrested for occupying the now-shuttered public mental health clinic in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood headed to court on charges of criminal trespassing. The bench trial was postponed until October. Meanwhile, Carter's rage at clinic closings - and what they say about the city's priorities - continues to grow.

Six of the city's 12 public mental health clinics were closed this year and scores of union staff laid off, including disproportionately high numbers of Black and Latino workers.

Carter and others say the impacts on low-income, minority South and West Side neighborhoods have been severe.

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Oakland Liberates Shuttered Library

By OccupyWallSt.org

14 August 12

The building unveiled today as the Victor Martinez Community Library was part of a Carnegie Foundation endowment of four libraries given to the city of Oakland between 1916 and 1918. Oakland's librarian at the time, Charles S. Greene, believed that the city's people would benefit most from libraries placed within their communities. ... This morning, a group of activists opened this building again for use as a library.

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Occupy Hong Kong Gets 2 Weeks to Leave Bank Building's Space

By Keith Bradsher, The New York Times

13 August 12

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong judge gave a dwindling band of Occupy Hong Kong protesters two weeks to vacate the space below HSBC's Asian headquarters, accepting a petition by the bank.

About a dozen protesters still use a collection of tents erected in an area that is owned by HSBC but is designated as a public passageway. If the protesters have not left by the deadline, 9 p.m. Aug. 27, the next step would be for a court bailiff to decide what, if any, action to take.

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Occupy Tampa's Official Statement Regarding the RNC

By OccupyTampa/OccupyWallSt.org

13 August 12

Occupy Tampa has stood in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street since its inception, and will function as the host occupation for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL on August 27th - 30th, 2012.

Preparations have included: 1) Securing sleeping arrangements for as many occupiers as we can fit in our current encampment. In order to maximize available space to accommodate as many people as possible, we will (2) remove individual tents and replace them with large canopies to offer shade and protection from the weather. (3) Our liaison with Fire Dog Lake, Sonja Ebron, continues to work with Occupy Tampa by securing items such as sunscreen, bug spray, bandanas, portable water containers, sleeping bags and mats, UV protective shirts and other useful items.

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DNC National Call to Action From Occupy Charlotte

By OccupyWallSt.org

13 August 12

Calling on all Occupiers and friends of the Occupy Movement -

At the beginning of September, Charlotte, NC will host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The Democratic Party has chosen this "Wall Street of the South" as its rallying city despite North Carolina being one of the most anti-union states in the country and despite Charlotte being the home of several corporate criminals, most notably Bank of America, one of the mega-banks most responsible for the 2008 economic meltdown. Charlotte holds the second largest concentration of finance capital in the United States, the East Coast headquarters of Wells Fargo, the new home of human-rights offender Chiquita, and the home of Duke Energy, which recently merged with Progress Energy, making Duke the largest energy monopoly in the country.

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No Arrests at Occupy LA Chalking Protest

By Associated Press

09 August 12

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police said no one was arrested at an Occupy LA demonstration as activists drew on surfaces with chalk at Thursday night's Downtown Art Walk.

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Occupy Wall Street Protests the World's Richest Man

By Allison Kilkenny, The Nation

07 August 12

Update: Early press releases for this event erroneously declared Mexico's Yo Soy 132 would be involved with the Carlos Slim event in New York. That, in fact, was not the case. Occupy Wall Street and Two Countries, One Voice emhpasized at the event that, while there is solidarity between the movements, Yo Soy 132 was not participating in the event.

I spoke with several organizers and activists about how so much information could have been circulated, claiming Yo Soy 132 would be participating in the event, and my sources blamed miscommunication among the groups, though a report in La Jornada suggests the disagreement was actually of a political nature:

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Occupy Santa Cruz Chalks in Solidarity with OccupyLA

By Alex Darocy, Indybay

09 August 12

On August 8, several community members involved with Occupy Santa Cruz wrote messages in brightly colored chalk on the sidewalk in front of the Santa Cruz court house steps on Water Street during its midweek general assembly in response to the Occupy Los Angeles call for a Global Day of Action to "Chalkupy the World", which was prompted by the continued repression of the Occupy movement. Messages such as "Look up Plutocracy" and "Warning, No Trespass after 7pm" were added to the large area known alternately by local occupiers as the "Occudome Plaza" and "People's Plaza", where a large number of chalk messages were already written during a vigil the night before honoring attorney and sleep activist, Ed Frey, who was recently sentenced to jail for his part in a 2010 sleep protest at the Santa Cruz court house.

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Occupy L.A. Allies Hope to Turn Art Walk into Chalk Talk

By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times

09 August 12

The protesters who rolled into town on a chartered bus Wednesday were united by a single cause: chalk.

They had come to show their support for Occupy Los Angeles, which last month clashed with police at downtown's Art Walk for chalking political slogans on the streets. That melee, which left four officers injured and 17 people in handcuffs, catapulted the foundering protest movement back into the spotlight and spawned sympathetic demonstrations across the nation.

Thursday marks the first Art Walk since the incident, and it is shaping up to be an eventful night for the Occupiers. .

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Occupy Wall Street Releases New Anniversary Video: “You Are Not A Loan!”

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

06 August 12

On Sept. 17, Occupy Wall Street will celebrate its one-year anniversary. In their newly released video, OWS invites the 99% to New York City’s financial district on Sept. 15-17 to learn, celebrate and resist. The group reminds viewers that they are not “a loan” in their financial struggles, and they must work together to make real change by occupying the streets … not their sofas.

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Police Disperse Occupy Frankfurt Camp (PHOTOS)

By RT

06 August 12

Police have cleared an Occupy Frankfurt camp after ten months of demos outside the European Central Bank headquarters.

Barricades were set up around the camp as police asked people to leave voluntarily, forcibly removing those who sat down instead.

The protesters have been next to the European Central Bank since last October, demanding that authorities to put an end to social and economic inequality.

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Occupy Members Offer Town Hall Meeting to Reexamine Chalk Protest

By Los Angeles Times

02 August 12

A small group of Occupy members have helped organize a town hall meeting Thursday evening to talk with community members about the chalk protest at last month’s downtown Art Walk event.

"This is a small working group trying to figure out community organizing and outreach techniques -- something that we can eventually propose to all of Occupy L.A. at general assembly," Cheryl Aichele said.

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Infamous UC Davis 'Pepper Spray Cop' Finally Loses His Badge

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