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    How Occupy Wall Street Tried To Co-Opt The Million Hoodie March →

    ladyatheist:

    I participated in the #MillionHoodies march in New York City’s Union Square this past Wednesday, March 21st. When I arrived I noticed a lot less hoodies than I thought I was going to see. I assumed this was simply because of the warm weather. There was still an enormous crowd of people there to deal with the tragedy that was Trayvon Martin.

    With chants of “We are the 99%” and signage to that effect as well, I was a little thrown off. I thought the purpose of this march was to bring awareness to the death of a young boy. Soon after the march started confusion was all around. Which way were we marching? Who was leading the charge? After we walked a few blocks members of the Occupy section of the march started running down the street knocking down trash cans. I was told later that some attempted to knock down police barricades and police scooters used to guide the marchers. I immediately became uncomfortable because that’s not what I signed up for. I wanted to speak out against injustice—just causing general destruction wasn’t on my agenda. Soon some Occupiers started chanting “F**k the POLICE,” one young white male wearing skinny jeans and a Justin Bieber haircut started yelling “THIS IS WAR, WE WANT WAR!” To which a hoodie-clad young black adult said “Hey, uh we don’t really want war, why don’t you tone that down. I’m about to graduate college in a few months.” The white male kind of laughed and kept moving forward yelling something else.

    At various points in the march, as organizers tried to make statements, they were drowned out by Occupiers chanting whatever they saw fit at the time. It didn’t matter if there was a full-on people’s mic happening, they would attempt to push things their way. I asked Daniel Maree, one of the organizers of the #millionhoodies march what he thought of the co-option by Occupy and their actions.”Honestly,” Maree replied “I feel like this is what happens when these emotions build up and they go unchecked and you know, injustice continues, you get it boiling over like this. I’m just happy nobody got hurt.” And while Occupy did help swell the ranks of marchers, I found their actions unacceptable.

    This isn’t simply about emotions. This is a consistent streak within certain sections of Occupy. Their goal isn’t a specific action within our current system. Often they want to make a point, show that they’re movement is doing things. In DC, their goal was to get arrested. In NYC, they seemed less concerned with marching for Trayvon and more concerned with occupying as much space as possible with whatever issue that would gather folks to their cause. Occupying.

    When Occupy Wall Street first got the national spotlight they were so worried about the co-option of their message, yet they have no problem co-opting others. A couple of Occupiers recognized me and asked if I noticed some of the nonsense that was happening. I said yes and one of them explained that after this march and two months of working with Occupy, she and her friends no longer wanted to be associated with them.

    Every time I attempt to have a conversation about issues within Occupy, I’m told that there are no leaders, and that some people do crazy things, but “that’s not OCCUPY.” I grow weary of actions without consequences and disrespect without anyone being held responsible. Just because a movement did some good doesn’t mean that it’s infallible. Occupy chapters have serious issues and there have been serious discussions about its relations with women and people of color. With incidents like what occurred on Wednesday, I see a clear reason why people of color don’t flock to the movement.

    We don’t have enough privilege to carry us through it.

    The bolded is so important. OWS is not infallible, perfect, or free from criticism. I’m beyond sick of people vilifying people who dare to criticize the movement. Occupy Wall Street is fundamentally flawed. You can’t keep putting your fingers in your ears and ignore the problems the movement has with racism and sexism.

    wowow. Shame on you, OWS.

    (via womanistgamergirl)

    — 2 years ago with 124 notes
    #ows  #occupy  #occupy wall street  #trayvon martin  #million hoodie march 
    occupyallstreets:

Whistleblowing Wednesday: Cop Identified In Scott Olsen Incident Also Fatally Shot 3 People While On Duty
Oakland Police officer, Robert Roche has been identified as the officer who threw a flash-bang grenade at Iraqi veteran Scott Olsen and his rescuers on October 25th.
Video from the tear gas-soaked night of the 25th shows a prone Olsen lying in front of metal barricades and police in riot gear. As several protesters ran to Olsen’s aid, someone from the cluster of police appears to lob a flash-bang grenade into the crowd gathered around the young veteran. The stun grenade explodes amid a cloud of tear gas and deafening noise, scattering Olsen’s rescuers.
An extensive review of video footage and Oakland Police Department records by this reporter indicates that Robert Roche, an acting sergeant in the Oakland Police Department and member of OPD’s “Tango Teams,” threw the flash-bang at Olsen and his rescuers. 

It’s also not the first time that Roche’s actions have come under scrutiny. Police records show that Roche had previously killed three people in the line of duty.

In one clip of footage shot on October 25 by KTVU, the camera zooms in on a helmeted, gas-mask wearing officer in OPD insignia pointing a shotgun at the crowd. Olsen’s inert body is also visible in front of the barriers. Another video clip shows the same officer training his shotgun on the crowd, lowering the firearm as a crowd gathers around Olsen, and stepping back behind a line of San Francisco sheriff’s deputies on the barricade line. A grenade is then tossed at Olsen’s body as rescuers arrive.
Roche is a rifle officer who has also served in gang enforcement units. He has been involved in three fatal shootings during his career:
In 2006, he fatally shot seventeen-year-old Ronald Brazier after the teenager fired on Roche and two other officers.
In 2007, Roche shot and killed an unarmed Jeremiah Dye in a crawlspace under an East Oakland house. Dye had run from police after his cousin shot and wounded an OPD officer during a traffic stop.
In March 2008, fifteen-year-old Jose Buenrostro was shot to death by Roche and two other officers while in possession of a sawed-off rifle on 79th Avenue in East Oakland.
 Buenrostro’s family received a $500,000 wrongful death settlement from the City of Oakland in 2010, even though police claimed that Buenrostro pointed the weapon at them. Buenrostro’s family contended that he did not threaten the officers.
Roche and Sergeant Ronald Holmgren, who supervised Tango Team 2 during the October 25 crowd control actions, were not assigned to the Tango detail on the evening of the November 2 General Strike, according to Oakland Police Department records. However, Roche was photographed on the street during the January 28 confrontation with Occupy Oakland protesters, shotgun in hand.
OPD’s “Tango teams,” or tactical teams, have been at the heart of some of the most intense clashes of the Occupy Oakland movement (see “Oakland Used Violent Cops Against Occupy,” 12/21/2012, “). Aside from the Olsen incident, video from the evening of the November 2 General Strike shows an unidentified OPD officer wearing a rucksack emblazoned with “Tango Team” striking US Army veteran Kayvan Sabeghi with a baton. Sabeghi was later hospitalized for a ruptured spleen.
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    occupyallstreets:

    Whistleblowing Wednesday: Cop Identified In Scott Olsen Incident Also Fatally Shot 3 People While On Duty

    Oakland Police officer, Robert Roche has been identified as the officer who threw a flash-bang grenade at Iraqi veteran Scott Olsen and his rescuers on October 25th.

    Video from the tear gas-soaked night of the 25th shows a prone Olsen lying in front of metal barricades and police in riot gear. As several protesters ran to Olsen’s aid, someone from the cluster of police appears to lob a flash-bang grenade into the crowd gathered around the young veteran. The stun grenade explodes amid a cloud of tear gas and deafening noise, scattering Olsen’s rescuers.

    An extensive review of video footage and Oakland Police Department records by this reporter indicates that Robert Roche, an acting sergeant in the Oakland Police Department and member of OPD’s “Tango Teams,” threw the flash-bang at Olsen and his rescuers.

    It’s also not the first time that Roche’s actions have come under scrutiny. Police records show that Roche had previously killed three people in the line of duty.

    In one clip of footage shot on October 25 by KTVU, the camera zooms in on a helmeted, gas-mask wearing officer in OPD insignia pointing a shotgun at the crowd. Olsen’s inert body is also visible in front of the barriers. Another video clip shows the same officer training his shotgun on the crowd, lowering the firearm as a crowd gathers around Olsen, and stepping back behind a line of San Francisco sheriff’s deputies on the barricade line. A grenade is then tossed at Olsen’s body as rescuers arrive.

    Roche is a rifle officer who has also served in gang enforcement units. He has been involved in three fatal shootings during his career:

    • In 2006, he fatally shot seventeen-year-old Ronald Brazier after the teenager fired on Roche and two other officers.
    • In 2007, Roche shot and killed an unarmed Jeremiah Dye in a crawlspace under an East Oakland house. Dye had run from police after his cousin shot and wounded an OPD officer during a traffic stop.
    • In March 2008, fifteen-year-old Jose Buenrostro was shot to death by Roche and two other officers while in possession of a sawed-off rifle on 79th Avenue in East Oakland.

    Buenrostro’s family received a $500,000 wrongful death settlement from the City of Oakland in 2010, even though police claimed that Buenrostro pointed the weapon at them. Buenrostro’s family contended that he did not threaten the officers.

    Roche and Sergeant Ronald Holmgren, who supervised Tango Team 2 during the October 25 crowd control actions, were not assigned to the Tango detail on the evening of the November 2 General Strike, according to Oakland Police Department records. However, Roche was photographed on the street during the January 28 confrontation with Occupy Oakland protesters, shotgun in hand.

    OPD’s “Tango teams,” or tactical teams, have been at the heart of some of the most intense clashes of the Occupy Oakland movement (see “Oakland Used Violent Cops Against Occupy,” 12/21/2012, “). Aside from the Olsen incident, video from the evening of the November 2 General Strike shows an unidentified OPD officer wearing a rucksack emblazoned with “Tango Team” striking US Army veteran Kayvan Sabeghi with a baton. Sabeghi was later hospitalized for a ruptured spleen.

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    (via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

    — 2 years ago with 293 notes
    #politics  #occupy  #police 

    theveganarchist:

    Five deaths have been reported in today’s Occupy Nigeria protests. (Three in Lagos, two in Kano.) Nigerians are calling for the removal of President Goodluck Jonathan. Their anger is in part a response to the removal of fuel subsidies, and in part an outright rejection of rampant government corruption. Many Nigerians live on less than $2 a day.

    (via fuckyeahfeminists)

    — 2 years ago with 112 notes
    #Nigeria  #Occupy  #OWS  #solidarity  #government corruption 
    Apparently the young pregnant woman pepper-sprayed at Occupy Seattle miscarried. →

    thecakesokay:

    (from here)

    One of Occupy Seattle’s outspoken activists who blogs under the name Ian Awesome has a post up this afternoon about the pregnant woman who was hit in last Tuesday’s pepper spray attack by Seattle police:

    On the 20th, Jeniffer Fox received news that she has miscarried, and alleges the miscarriage is due to the injuries she received during the police action on the 15th.

    “It hurts. It’s upsetting. I was ready to have a kid, because my family was going to support me in taking care of the child. Her name was going to be Miracle.”

    UPDATE: Jennifer Fox, 19, spoke to The Stranger at the Occupy Seattle encampment at Seattle Central Community College. Fox begins by saying that she was three months pregnant last Tuesday evening when she joined an Occupy Seattle march that stopped at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Pine Street.

    “I was standing in the middle of the crowd when the police started moving in,” she says. “I was screaming, ‘I am pregnant, I am pregnant. Let me through. I am trying to get out.’” At that point, Fox continues, a Seattle police officer lifted his foot and it hit her in the stomach, and another officer pushed his bicycle into the crowd, again hitting Fox in the stomach. “Right before I turned, both cops lifted their pepper spray and sprayed me. My eyes puffed up and my eyes swelled shut,” she says.

    Fox asked for medical attention—the now-famous photo by Josh Trujillo of her being carried to the ambulance is here (click to the third photo)—and was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, she says, where doctors performed an ultrasound and said that they “didn’t see anything wrong with the baby at the time.” Fox says she had also seen a physician at Harborview for prenatal care about five week before.

    “Everything was going okay until yesterday, when I started getting sick, cramps started, and I felt like I was going to pass out,” Fox says.

    A friend called for an ambulance near the community college campus. (Fox says she has been camping with Occupy Seattle since it first began in Westlake Park. She is homeless and says, “I don’t have a place. This is the place I call home.”) When she arrived at Harborview at 11:00 a.m., she says, a doctor told her that “there was no heartbeat” from the baby. “They diagnosed that I was having a miscarriage. They said the damage was from the kick and that the pepper spray got to it [the fetus], too.”

    As for joining the protests, she says, “I was worried about it, but I didn’t know it would be this bad. I didn’t know that a cop would murder a baby that’s not born yet… I am trying to get lawyers.”

    I asked Fox if she had any medical records that confirm the miscarriage or that the clash with police officers caused it. She did not have copies but says she asked her case worker at Harboview to provide her with records (I’ll follow up if and when Fox provides those records). Harboview officials say they cannot provide any information, of course, except that medical records would mention those details. The Seattle Police Department did not immediately respond to request for comment.

    (via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

    — 2 years ago with 103 notes
    #police state  #occupy 
    Trigger warning for calling out on asinine privileged... →

    mehreenkasana:

    Trigger warning for calling out on asinine privileged parallels drawn during Occupy protests:

    I’m a little put off by some Occupy protesters who have the ignorant audacity to compare the treatment they’ve received from the police with the treatment they’ve given to those in “third world countries.” Reality check time: The treatment given to you by your police will never be equivalent to the treatment your government gave to those in third world countries. Apaches, IEDS, bombs, torture, drones were and are involved. You’re getting mace and rubber bullets for now. That said, I saw loaded rifles in a few images and tanks in one city which shows how dangerously militarized the US police is but they haven’t been used yet. And I hope to God they aren’t in the future. You don’t want to know how it feels to receive the “third world treatment.”

    Drawing comparisons that are unfair and unrealistic only plays in favor of those who will continue to call you “spoiled hipsters” and “lazy college students.” You have media sources helping you in calling a spade a spade. Use your head.

    I support your movement and agenda and I wish you more strength but cut down on the damn hyperbole. It’s pissing us folks off in the third world countries.

    Yep, I’ve always felt this. Don’t know how some people think it’s okay to conflate the two. It’s privilege and exceptionalism talking, and while the police “brutality” of the predominantly white group is getting ugly, it’s still nowhere near as ugly a treatment as the poor and POC in this country see in their day to day lives, let alone what some “brown people” off in a remote corner of the world (who we can only think about in terms of what we see through the expensive camera lens of slum tourism) are subjected to by their governments.

    And yeah, let’s hope it doesn’t get worse. Because it sure as hell can.

    (via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

    — 2 years ago with 200 notes
    #occupy  #police brutality 

    thepoliticalnotebook:

    Brian Nguyen, photographer for UC Davis’s student newspaper The Aggie, captured the events of yesterday’s protests from beginning to end, and was kind enough to submit them for publication here at The Political Notebook. Above are a selection of photos capturing the police in riot gear, arresting and pepper spraying the student protesters. What an intense group of shots.

    You can follow Nguyen’s Flickr stream or follow him on Tumblr

    Oh man, #4. Wow.

    (via activistaabsentee)

    — 2 years ago with 2209 notes
    #uc davis  #our police in action  #protest  #student protesters  #ow  #occupy  #pepper spray  #pepper spray  #pepper spray  #police state 

    youthiswasted:

    Retired Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis joined the #occupy protests in New York, and has been a highly visible and dignified presence in his uniform. He attracted the anger of the NYPD by speaking out against the NYPD’s use of violence on peaceful protesters. He has been arrested twice in the past week.

    Capt. Lewis has been a model of dignity, restraint, and humility. What police officers ought to be on their best days. What America is like on its best days.

    nonsensemachine:

    Philadelphia Police Capt. Ray Lewis joins Occupy Wall Street and talks about the NYPD (November 16, 2011)

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    — 2 years ago with 56 notes
    #ows  #occupy 
    socialistexan:

restless-wind:

Look at this photo. 
Just LOOK. AT. IT.
30,000+. 
That is what democracy looks like. That is fucking beautiful. 

WOW.
So what was the largest Tea Party rally again? (including the AstroTurf events since I know organised labour and other establishment left organisations were involved.)

    socialistexan:

    restless-wind:

    Look at this photo. 

    Just LOOK. AT. IT.

    30,000+. 

    That is what democracy looks like. That is fucking beautiful. 

    WOW.

    So what was the largest Tea Party rally again? (including the AstroTurf events since I know organised labour and other establishment left organisations were involved.)

    (Source: home-intheworld)

    — 2 years ago with 555 notes
    #occupy  #breaking  #day of action 
    "I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested… As I’m standing there, some African-American woman goes up to a police officer and says, ‘I need to get in. My daughter’s there. I want to know if she’s OK.’ And he said, ‘Move on, lady.’ And they kept pushing with their sticks, pushing back. And she was crying. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he throws her to the ground and starts hitting her in the head,” says Smith. “I walk over, and I say, ‘Look, cuff her if she’s done something, but you don’t need to do that.’ And he said, ‘Lady, do you want to get arrested?’ And I said, ‘Do you see my hat? I’m here as a legal observer.’ He said, ‘You want to get arrested?’ And he pushed me up against the wall."

    Retired New York Supreme Court Judge Karen Smith, working as a legal observer after the raids on Zucotti Park this Tuesday, via Paramilitary Policing of Occupy Wall Street: Excessive Use of Force amidst the New Military Urbanism (via seriouslyamerica

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    (via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

    — 2 years ago with 6368 notes
    #ows  #occupy 
    leftish:

I’m definitely gonna do this!

Neat idea! I usually don’t do anything for black friday anyway though.

    leftish:

    I’m definitely gonna do this!

    Neat idea! I usually don’t do anything for black friday anyway though.

    (via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

    — 2 years ago with 855 notes
    #occupy