From:   shaista husain <shaistahusain@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Monday, October 31, 2011 11:29:08 PM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Fwd: The Occupations Report: 10/31
 

thanks beka--you are fab---i wasn't adressing you at all, just my own

thinking about what might be missing in that report, and how to

strengthen it. please never mind my ranting --but since Rebuild The

Drean is a MoveOn. operation i guess--i should have know saved the

energy for the work we have to do...forgive me.

shaista

 

On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:33 PM, beka economopoulos

<beka@notanalternative.net> wrote:

> I'm just the messenger!  Rebuild The Dream has been compiling these

> round-ups on a daily basis. Agreed that it's very useful!

> b

>

> On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 7:41 PM, Leah Hunt-Hendrix <lhunt@princeton.edu>

> wrote:

>>

>> Beka,

>> this is insanely amazing.  fantastic job!

>> Leah

>>

>> On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM, beka economopoulos

>> <beka@notanalternative.net> wrote:

>>>

>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------

>>>

>>> The Occupations Report: 10/31

>>>

>>> This report includes updates from Occupy sites and related efforts

>>> across the country and the globe. It includes big wins, local

>>> organizing efforts, protests/events and calls to action where

>>> additional support from allies/general public may be needed. Where

>>> applicable, I have included reports on police activity and legal

>>> battles which have been separated into two categories:  Category 1

>>> [police crackdowns including city code violations] and Category 2

>>> [civil disobedience arrests]

>>>

>>> For more updates from occupations around the country, listen to the

>>> Occupation America podcast at http://soundcloud.com/occupation-america

>>>

>>>

>>> BIG WIN:  Diane Sawyer announced on ABC Nightly News Friday night that

>>> big banks are backing off debit card fees after 300,000 people signed

>>> Molly Katchpole's Change.org petition against Bank of America's $5

>>> debit card fee. Not only is Bank of America revising its $5 debit card

>>> fee, but big banks like Chase and Wells Fargo are publicly canceling

>>> their plans to charge their customers for debit cards.

>>>

>>>

>>> NATIONWIDE: Several Occupy sites across the country are organizing

>>> Halloween-themed rallies, marches and events. Check out these Occupy

>>> Zombies marching in Boston http://yfrog.com/esknksj. This week: Occupy

>>> sites across the country are gearing up for nationwide actions

>>> including a general strike on November 2nd and Move Your Money Day of

>>> Action on November 5th.

>>>

>>> Occupy Wall Street: Author and activist Angela Davis spoke at Occupy

>>> Wall St. in Washington Square Park on Sunday. Thanking the OWS

>>> movement for transforming politics in the universe, she spoke to the

>>> brutal police crack-down on the Occupy encampment in her home town of

>>> Oakland and supported the call for a national strike on November 2 in

>>> response to that violence. ****In other news… Raw Story reported

>>> yesterday that OWS protesters who were left without power after their

>>> gas-fueled generators were confiscated by New York City authorities on

>>> Friday may have found the idea solution in the form of a stationary

>>> bicycle hooked up to charge batteries. Stephan Keegan of the non-

>>> profit environmental group Time’s Up showed off one of the bikes toThe

>>> Daily News, explaining that OWS’s General Assembly has already

>>> authorized payment for additional bikes and that “soon we’ll have ten

>>> of these set up and we’ll be powering the whole park with batteries.”

>>> **** Over the weekend Occupy Wall Street, in solidarity with Occupy

>>> the Hood, took action against “the homelessness forced upon innocent

>>> Americans through criminal foreclosure practices. On Sunday OWS held a

>>> rally and screenings of “Sing Your Own Song” followed by a discussion

>>> with actor and activist, Harry Belafonte. Speakers at the Rally

>>> already included Terrence Melvin of CBTU, Sonia Ivany of LCLAA, Pres.

>>> Sid Ryan of Ontario Federation of Labor, Anthony Harmon of APRI, Chris

>>> Provost - Chair of Univ Student Senate, CUNY, members of Transit

>>> Workers Union Local 100 and SEIU Local 1199. Earlier this week the

>>> NAACP put out a statement saying they are in support of the Occupy

>>> Wall Street / 99% movement.

>>>  ******CALL TO ACTION******OWS called an emergency meeting this

>>> afternoon to discuss, among other things, the use of funds to help the

>>> group survive the winter. Right now OWS is in desperate need of winter

>>> gear.  Go to

>>> http://occupywallst.org/article/urgent-winter-donation-needs/

>>> to see a full list of needs.

>>>

>>> Occupy Arrests: The @OccupyArrests Project is looking for funds to

>>> continue the work of documenting Occupy arrests. The project seeks to

>>> document and publish an ongoing online record of those arrested in the

>>> Occupy Movement around the globe. They report that so far over 2,500

>>> arrests have been made. The project would involve the creation of an

>>> online portal for those active in the movement and those that want to

>>> learn more in a understandable and useful way. Elements of the portal

>>> would include searchable totals categorized by different factors, on

>>> the spot updates, legal resources, and profiles of protestors actually

>>> arrested. For more information contact occupy.arrests@gmail.com or

>>> visit www.twiter.com/occupyarrests.

>>>

>>> Occupy Austin:  [CBS local news report] A pair of pre-dawn

>>> confrontations between Austin police and Occupy Austin protesters led

>>> to 38 arrests Sunday. Most were charged with criminal trespass, Police

>>> Chief Art Acevedo said. No injuries were reported. The first

>>> confrontation came about 12:30 a.m. Sunday when officers moved to

>>> enforce a new rule banning food tables in the City Hall plaza between

>>> 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Some protesters surrounded the tables with arms

>>> linked. Protesters had been advised of the food table ban on Friday,

>>> Assistant City Manager Michael McDonald said. “We want to facilitate

>>> their activities,” he said of the Occupy Austin protesters, “but we

>>> can’t allow this to be a permanent campsite.”

>>>

>>> Occupy Boston: The Occupy Boston Students dressed like zombies

>>> organized a city-wide walkout, rally, and march on Monday.  Each

>>> campus organized to walk out of class in time to all convene at the

>>> gazebo in Boston Commons at 1 pm.  The rally in the Commons was

>>> followed by a march to the Occupy Boston site at Dewey Square. The

>>> walkout was called in solidarity with the wider Occupy Boston movement

>>> and specifically to highlight student’s main concerns: Fair and

>>> affordable higher education, student loans, and the corporatization of

>>> universities. These issues are at the forefront of the student’s

>>> agenda, since students are not unaffected by the wider issues

>>> highlighted at Occupy Boston, such as inequality, unemployment, and

>>> financial corruption.

>>>

>>> Occupy Cleveland: Issue 2 / SB-5 Teach-in. Monday, Stephanie Herrig

>>> from Working America held a noon teach-in about overturning SB-5 by

>>> voting No on Issue 2. Occupy Cleveland says overturning SB-5 is

>>> necessary in order to help unions. In the evening Occupy Cleveland

>>> will join Occupy the Hood for a Job Readiness and Training event.

>>>

>>> Occupy Dallas: The Hare Krishna took food and candy  to Occupy Dallas

>>> for Halloween today. Earlier in the day, Occupy Dallas twitter feed

>>> reported: “We #occupied the #CityHall Halloween party in a costumed

>>> silent presence, bearing messages.”

>>>

>>> Occupy Denver: [Democracy Now report] In Denver, riot police fired

>>> pepper balls and mace into a crowd of protesters after they attempted

>>> to move onto the State Capitol grounds. Some 20 people were arrested,

>>> including 13 who tried to erect a tent in an adjacent park. The

>>> arrests followed a peaceful march that drew thousands of people into

>>> the streets of Denver. Last night the group gathered in solidarity to

>>> hold a Sunset Peace Vigil.  This candlelight served as  a “collective

>>> stand against violence by individuals and police, and to refocus

>>> collective perspective on their primary goals of socioeconomic justice

>>> and peace.”

>>>

>>> Occupy Maine: [USM Free Press report] The Occupy Maine camp in Lincoln

>>> Park saw their resolve tested this weekend as temperatures plunged and

>>> a rare October Nor’easter dumped about five inches of wet snow on

>>> Portland Saturday night. The camp suffered some damage overnight from

>>> wind and falling branches. Occupy Maine member Denny Junkins, 21, said

>>> a communal tent had partially collapsed and some tarps had been blown

>>> off tents. But Junkins said campers are remaining positive and trying

>>> to rebuild. “It didn’t look too bad,” he said. “It looked like a big

>>> storm had come through, which is what happened.” Mike Oregan has been

>>> in camp for over two weeks, and he said on Saturday he is here to

>>> stay, come snow and cold weather.

>>>

>>> Occupy Myrtle Beach: [McClatchy report] Even though smaller group

>>> assembled Saturday in Myrtle Beach for their second Occupy Myrtle

>>> Beach, they had hopes for expansion to get their messages out in the

>>> community. Following a similar format to the inaugural meeting, which

>>> was held last week, people signed up and spoke to the group for five

>>> minutes about their thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street movement,

>>> changing government and demonstrating locally. “It takes us all

>>> wanting to come together and make change happen,” said Terry Mason

>>> Hendricks. “We have to get organized.”

>>>

>>> Occupy Nashville: Over the weekend, 67 members of Occupy Nashville,

>>> faced freezing overnight temperatures at Legislative Plaza in

>>> Nashville, TN. The third night of the re-occupation began with the

>>> arrival of 152 people volunteering to be arrested if Governor Bill

>>> Haslam and the Tennessee Highway Patrol continued to violate their

>>> first amendment rights of free speech. The community expressed its

>>> support throughout the night by sending donations of pizza, soup, and

>>> drinks. Hundreds of others joined them via livestream, facebook, and

>>> twitter. At 6am Sunday morning, as church bells rang in downtown

>>> Nashville, the occupiers triumphantly greeted the day with singing and

>>> chants of "Our plaza! Our plaza!" The THP did not raid the plaza and

>>> no arrests were made during the night. In other news,  a night court

>>> magistrate has refused to sign off on an arrest warrant targeting

>>> demonstrators because, he argued, state officials have no authority to

>>> set the curfew.

>>>

>>> Occupy Oakland: Protesters in Oakland are reportedly planning to

>>> occupy the office of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan today. And in other news,

>>> Oakland North reports: Heated confrontations between Oakland police

>>> and over 500 Occupy Oakland demonstrators during a march against

>>> police brutality on Saturday night threatened to turn into a repeat of

>>> Tuesday night’s violence, but the tension dissipated as the march

>>> moved away from OPD headquarters and into West Oakland. The night

>>> ended peacefully and without arrests. The march left Frank Ogawa plaza

>>> at around 8:30 pm and headed down Broadway. Many demonstrators held

>>> five-foot-tall wooden black “shields” showing the words “Stop Police

>>> Brutality” and images of skeletons. Some wore black hooded sweatshirts

>>> and black bandanas over their faces, while others were dressed in

>>> their Halloween best.

>>> VIDEO: Yesterday Occupy Oakland released what they call video proof

>>> that Oakland PD infiltrated their group and posed as protesters over

>>> the weekend.  You can check out the video here:

>>>

>>> http://markcrispinmiller.com/2011/10/proof-that-oakland-pd-infiltrated-ows/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+NewsFromUnderground+(News+From+Underground)

>>>

>>> Occupy Omnibus: BrainPicking.org lists 10 Essential Cross-Disciplinary

>>> Books About Protest. Check out the list here:

>>>

>>> http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/10/31/10-essential-books-about-protest/

>>>

>>> Occupy Philadelphia: Occupy Philadelphia hopes the movement will bring

>>> more attention and help to the homeless population who have joined the

>>> group. The group is asking for donations of hats, scarves, coats and

>>> socks to help them maintain their presence through the winter.  There

>>> is a concern, however, among members that donations to Occupy may take

>>> away from donations to organizations that give to the needy. “We do

>>> have a very large homeless population on grounds here with us,” one

>>> protestor said. “We consider them our brothers in arms, we embrace

>>> them with open arms, we do everything we can to help them, and they do

>>> everything they can to help us. We’re in this together.”

>>>

>>> Occupy Portland:  Early Sunday morning, after warnings from the

>>> Mayor’s Office and the Portland Police Bureau, 25-30 protesters

>>> associated with Occupy Portland were arrested for breaking a park

>>> curfew at Jamison Square during the course of a peaceful protest.

>>> Protesters were charged with criminal trespassing, interfering with a

>>> police officer and disorderly conduct.

>>>

>>> Occupy Raleigh: Occupy Raleigh sent out several twitters today urging

>>> people to join the National Day of Action to *Move Your Money* from

>>> big banks like Bank of America, Chase and Citibank. The action will

>>> take place on November 5th.

>>>

>>> Occupy San Francisco: [Mission Local report] Hundreds of fat cats,

>>> corporate bigwigs, the top 1 percent and at least one *puppet* Barack

>>> Obama marched around downtown San Francisco on Saturday… While some

>>> dressed in traditional Halloween garb, most, like Connie Jeung-Mills,

>>> had some fun making political statements out of their getups. Hers was

>>> a pink alien outfit with a badge that read “(Alien) Nation 99%.” See

>>> pics here:

>>> http://missionlocal.org/2011/10/occupy-sf-gets-a-halloween-makeover/.

>>> You may also want to check out this SF Gate article on how Occupy SF

>>> has breathed life into a park that lay dormant for nearly a decade:

>>>

>>> http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/30/BAI31LO36M.DTL&tsp=1

>>>

>>> Occupy USC: [Daily Trojan report] The Occupy USC General Assembly said

>>> it plans to focus on advocacy and  creating open forum, after the

>>> group held its second meeting Friday at Tommy Trojan. Occupy USC,

>>> which began Oct. 25 as an offshoot of the national Occupy Wall Street

>>> movement, aims to increase its presence on campus. “The main thing we

>>> wanted to work on as a movement was advocacy and getting people aware

>>> of what’s going on,” said Julia Wang, an occupy USC participant

>>>

>>>

>>> WORLDWIDE:

>>> Occupy Africa: [African Country report] Until recently, the global

>>> Occupy Movement has been mostly restricted to South Africa (according

>>> to OWS’s own data collection) and to small protests by mostly white,

>>> middle class South Africans. But now they’re joined by Senegalese

>>> musician Baaba Maal. See video of  Maal talking about 99% with

>>> Okayafrica’s Allison Swank:

>>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FnCV2tlsDqU

>>>

>>> Occupy Berlin: New York-based Susan Bernofsky attends Occupy Berlin

>>> and compares the atmospheres and strategies of the movement in both

>>> cities… http://www.slowtravelberlin.com/2011/10/31/occupy-berlin/

>>>

>>> Occupy Frankfurt:  Thousands of people marched in the financial

>>> district of the German city of Frankfurt this weekend.

>>>

>>> Occupy LSX:  In London, a coalition of Christian protesters has made

>>> plans to form a prayer ring around demonstrators encamped outside of

>>> St. Paul’s Cathedral. Efforts to evict the protesters have led to a

>>> storm of controversy, with both St. Paul’s canon chancellor and a

>>> chaplain stepping down over the decision to pursue legal action

>>> against the camp. **** In related news…  Occupy London celebrated

>>> their first week in occupation by taking a second site at Finsbury

>>> Square (about 5 minutes walk from the first site). The second site is

>>> still growing, and they need equipment and people. They've put out a

>>> special call looking for drivers to haul items they've collected from

>>> the old site to the new site.

>>>

>>> Occupy Montreal: During the recent Indignez-Vous! conference in

>>> Montreal, Council of Canadians chapter activists, Board directors, and

>>> staff visited Occupons/ Occupy Montreal to demonstrate their

>>> solidarity with the group. To see a 2-minute video by activist-

>>> filmmaker Paul Manly on this, please watch here or go to

>>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiQ6CTtJDSM.

>>>

>>> Occupy Toronto: According to Credit Union Times, organizers with

>>> Occupy Toronto are seeking out a credit union to park the more than

>>> $40,000 in donations they’ve received. The group, which consists of

>>> roughly 250 protesters, said it has been getting a steady stream of

>>> funds from supporters over the past two weeks. Of the $40,000 received

>>> so far, less than $1,000 has been spent, according to a Toronto Star

>>> article.

>>> Speaking of donations…  Occupy Toronto received yurts this weekend as

>>> they were attempting to winterize their camp. The large, wood-framed

>>> tents are a type of shelter popular on the steppes of central Asia,

>>> where it can get pretty chilly in winter. According to CP24, the yurts

>>> were paid for by anonymous unions, they’re being provided by a

>>> Canadian company called Groovy Yurts.  See pics here:

>>>

>>> http://torontoist.com/2011/10/scene-occupy-toronto-gets-yurts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scene-occupy-toronto-gets-yurts

>>>

>>> Occupy Vancouver: A group of Occupy Vancouver protesters – “Occupy the

>>> Vatican” - marched to the steps of Holy Rosary Cathedral to disrupt

>>> the Sunday mass service yesterday. The group had planned on marching

>>> into the church to protest during the Sunday services but police

>>> officers prevented them from entering the cathedral. About a dozen

>>> protesters stood on the steps of the Holy Rosary Cathedral demanding

>>> to be let in, but were turned away by church volunteers.“I’m not

>>> asking you to renounce your religion,” the crowd chanted in unison.

>>> “I’m asking you to stand with Jesus, and stand for what he stood for:

>>> justice, brotherhood, sisterhood and righting the wrongs of the past.”

>>> Parishioners say people have the right to protest, but churchgoers

>>> also have the right to worship in peace.

>>>

>>>

>>> The Daily Occupation Report is compiled by Rebuild the Dream using

>>> information gathered from online news sites, Twitter, blogs and other

>>> sources of occupation-related updates. You are welcome to share this

>>> report and can find it at http://rebuildthedream.com/occupy-update.

>>>

>>> If you have any questions, feedback or would like to contribute a

>>> report from your Occupy site, please send them along with your contact

>>> information to monique@rebuildthedream.com

>>>

>>>

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