Posts tagged OWS

Call to Action to STOP TPP, July 7, 2012 in San Diego



To our brothers in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, Brunei, Vietnam, and across the US, Join us in Occupy San Diego on July 7 to #StopTPP. The TPP is the new NAFTA, but this time if going after everything from land and resources to…

Since the Senate ratifies treaties, does anyone want to participate in a series of non-violent, completely legal action(s) at our Senator’s field offices in town?

Living outside of Newt Gingrich’s bubble, we find someone for him to meet.

Living outside of Newt Gingrich’s bubble, we find someone for him to meet.

Senator Sanders on investment banking and income inequality.

Senator Sanders on investment banking and income inequality.

AMAZING video of a journalist not taking crap from NYPD (by 12160info)

Why is it that little guys stand up to bullying locally, but the national press won’t stand up to being pushed around by bullies who aren’t even deputized?

…why on earth would Congress advise violent militarised reactions against its own peaceful constituents? The answer is straightforward: in recent years, members of Congress have started entering the system as members of the middle class (or upper middle class) – but they are leaving DC privy to vast personal wealth, as we see from the “scandal” of presidential contender Newt Gingrich’s having been paid $1.8m for a few hours’ “consulting” to special interests. The inflated fees to lawmakers who turn lobbyists are common knowledge, but the notion that congressmen and women are legislating their own companies’ profitsis less widely known – and if the books were to be opened, they would surely reveal corruption on a Wall Street spectrum. Indeed, we do already know that congresspeople are massively profiting from trading on non-public information they have on companies about which they are legislating – a form of insider trading that sent Martha Stewart to jail.
Black Friday compared and contrasted with Occupations.

Black Friday compared and contrasted with Occupations.

Chancellor Leland Statement on Protest Incidents | University of California, Merced

Good, but the only other thing missing from the statement is:

I will neither order nor condone police aggression or force during a protest on campus in the absence of an imminent and substantial threat of harm to persons or property.

Here’s what attempted co-option of OWS looks like

From the same people who brought you superdelegates:

As I noted several weeks ago, WH-aligned groups such as the Center for American Progress have made explicitly clear that they are going to try to convert OWS into a vote-producing arm for the Obama 2012 campaign, and that’s what “Occupy Congress” is designed to achieve. I believed then and — having spent the last few weeks talking with many OWS protesters around the country — believe even more so now that these efforts will inevitably fail: those who have animated the Occupy movement are not motivated by partisan allegiance or an overarching desire to devote themselves to one of the two parties. In fact, one of the original Occupy groups — as opposed to partisan organizations swooping in to exploit it — has announced its own D.C. occupation to, in part, “demonstrate the failure of the Democrats and Republicans in Congress to represent the views of the majority of people.”

UC Davis Chancellor Katehi walk of shame to her car (by OperationLeakS)

Do you think that there is any chance that right wing ideologues will notice all of the Occupation supporters sitting passively, silently watching Dr. Katehi walk by them, noting the restraint? Would those ideologues give the Occupiers any credit for that restraint?

The paramilitary bureaucracy and the culture it engenders—a black-and-white world in which police unions serve above all to protect the brotherhood—is worse today than it was in the 1990s. Such agencies inevitably view protesters as the enemy. And young people, poor people and people of color will forever experience the institution as an abusive, militaristic force—not just during demonstrations but every day, in neighborhoods across the country.

Much of the problem is rooted in a rigid command-and-control hierarchy based on the military model. American police forces are beholden to archaic internal systems of authority whose rules emphasize bureaucratic regulations over conduct on the streets. An officer’s hair length, the shine on his shoes and the condition of his car are more important than whether he treats a burglary victim or a sex worker with dignity and respect. In the interest of “discipline,” too many police bosses treat their frontline officers as dependent children, which helps explain why many of them behave more like juvenile delinquents than mature, competent professionals. It also helps to explain why persistent, patterned misconduct, including racism, sexism, homophobia, brutality, perjury and corruption, do not go away, no matter how many blue-ribbon panels are commissioned or how much training is provided.

External political factors are also to blame, such as the continuing madness of the drug war. Last year police arrested 1.6 million nonviolent drug offenders. In New York City alone almost 50,000 people (overwhelmingly black, Latino or poor) were busted for possession of small amounts of marijuana—some of it, we have recently learned, planted by narcotics officers. The counterproductive response to 9/11, in which the federal government began providing military equipment and training even to some of the smallest rural departments, has fueled the militarization of police forces. Everyday policing is characterized by a SWAT mentality, every other 911 call a military mission. What emerges is a picture of a vital public-safety institution perpetually at war with its own people. The tragic results—raids gone bad, wrong houses hit, innocent people and family pets shot and killed by police—are chronicled in Radley Balko’s excellent 2006 report Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America.

A good catch by Carol Jahnkow of an article by the former chief of police of both Seattle and San Diego where police suppression of Occupations has been strong.