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The Occupations Report: 11/03
REQUEST FOR UPDATES FROM READERS: The Daily Occupations Report needs
your help! We are currently putting together a list of cities that
have been supportive of local Occupy groups and those that have been
less than supportive (i.e.: police crackdowns and evictions). Please
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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, police activity reports and calls
to action where additional support from allies/general public may be
For more updates from occupations around the country, listen to the
Occupation America podcast at http://soundcloud.com/occupation-america
Last night Occupy Albany held a “People of Color Caucus” to address
the need for racial diversity and visible women’s leadership within
the Occupy movement. The group’s purpose is to develop critical
consciousness within the movement and to extend the movement’s reach
to include those most affected by the current crisis, particularly
women of color.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference which was once headed by
Martin Luther King has pledged to mentor and guide the Occupy Atlanta
movement, a branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The decision to mentor Occupy Atlanta came after a six hour meeting
led by SCLC President Isaac Newton Farris, Jr.
Yesterday (11/2) at 4:00pm, the City of Baltimore disconnected the
power to the Occupy Baltimore camp. The occupiers were using the power
outlets connected to the city lamp posts for electricity aid in
communications, food preparations, and the medical tent. Local media
showed up promptly at 4:00pm, aware of the situation, with cameras and
ready for comment.
CALL TO ACTION: Occupy Baltimore asks for assistance with cold weather
gear: warm blankets, heavy tents, and especially any help with bicycle
powered generators. Contact Occupy Baltimore at http://occupybmore.org/
Between 300 and 500 Occupy Chicago demonstrators walked out of area
colleges Wednesday and marched on Chicago City Hall and the James R.
Thompson Center. Protester Kelvin Ho said the march was a show of
support for counterparts in Oakland, Cal. Clashes between police and
protesters in Oakland left a 24-year-old Marine veteran critically
injured. The protesters said they also had messages to deliver to
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn. The protesters are unhappy with
restrictions placed on their protests, both on public and on private
Yesterday morning a little after 9 AM an Occupy Cleveland protester
was arrested in the free speech quadrant of Public Square for not
presenting for his ID after giving his name.
CALL TO ACTION: Occupy Cleveland is asking supporters to call the
Mayor’s office at (216) 664-3990
and the Third District Police at(216) 623-5305
to ask that the movement to be tolerated by the police
and the City of Cleveland.
Today marked day 2 of Occupy College’s National Solidarity Teach-Ins.
The teach-ins are live streaming. Check out today’s schedule athttp://occupycolleges.org/2011/11/03/teach-in-schedule-nov-3rd/
Michael Moore is visiting Occupy Denver in Civic Center Park
Thursday, November 3 at 4 p.m. Here Comes Trouble is the title of
Moore’s new book of stories about his life and we can certainly
identify here at Occupy Denver.
A 99 minute (for the 99 percent) General Strike was held yesterday
from 12:00pm-1:39pm at the intersection of 6th and Massachusetts
Street in front of City Hall to show support for Oakland.
Thousands of people jammed into downtown Oakland on Wednesday for a
general strike called by Occupy Oakland to protest economic inequity
and corporate greed - then marched en masse to the Port of Oakland and
shut it down.
As many as 7,000 people, by police estimates, clogged the main port
entrance on Middle Harbor Road and seven other gates as the sun went
down, chanting slogans and halting all truck traffic going in or out.
There were reports of sporadic vandalism, with windows broken at bank
branches and a Whole Foods, but protesters were also seen cleaning up
graffiti and holding others back from destroying property. After most
protesters had left, a contingent of several hundred occupied the
abandoned/foreclosed Traveler's Aid building and barricaded
surrounding streets; when police moved in, protesters reportedly set
barricades on fire, and police deployed tear gas. The vandalism and
police violence was an unfortunate end to what was otherwise, by all
accounts, a peaceful, beautiful, powerful day.
It was a tough night in Tulsa as protesters sitting in the park were
pepper sprayed by Tulsa PD. Current’s Keith Olbermann reported:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njjQ_nitC2Y
. Occupy Tulsa movement is
scheduled to meet with the Tulsa City Council tonight (11/3). They
will be requesting a special permit that would waive fees, an
insurance requirement, and any length of stay provisions.
[CBS13 report] — A federal judge has denied Occupy Sacramento
protesters in their petition to assembly at Cesar Chavez Park
overnight. Judge Morrison England upheld the city’s ordinance that
parks be vacated at curfew, citing a U.S. Supreme Court case in 1984
where a group was camping in the park across from the White House to
raise awareness about homelessness. England was also critical of
Occupy Sacramento attorneys, asking why they hadn’t applied for a
special-use permit earlier. The group applied for the permit this week
and the city hopes to have a decision on it by Monday. Earlier today,
dozens of Occupy Sacramento protesters were in court, including anti-
war activist Cindy Sheehan, and a federal hearing was set to take
place later this afternoon.
[KCBS report] – An itinerant constructionworker who has been perched
on a wall at San Jose City Hall for more than a week has no plans to
leave, even as he is the only remnant of the Occupy San Jose protest.
Shaun O’Kelly said he took his inspiration from the UC Berkeley tree-
sitters when he decided to spend 99 days on top of San Jose City Hall.
Wednesday was one of the more rowdy days for the Occupy Seattle
protest movement. Numerous scuffles with police broke out over the
course of a day that saw protesters occupy a Chase Bank branch in
Capitol Hill and rally outside the Sheraton Hotel where JPMorgan Chase
CEO Jamie Dimon gave a speech at a University of Washington business
school event. At least seven were arrested during the protests and
many others sprayed with pepper spray as the protesters pushed and
shoved with police. Gallery of photoshttp://www.seattlepi.com/local/gallery/Protesters-arrested-pepper-sprayed-at-Chase-bank-31848/photo-1721965.php
Tulsa PD arrested close to a dozen (just a guess at this point from
watching the video) Occupy Tulsa protesters last night in the H.A.
Chapman Centennial Green as the city
The decision comes as the Occupy Tulsa movement is scheduled to meet
with Tulsa City Council Thursday evening. They will be requesting a
special permit that would waive fees, an insurance requirement, and
any length of stay provisions.
This past Friday, the General Assembly of Liberty Square voted to
adopt an additional coordinating body called a Spokes Council. The
proposal was put forth by the Structure Working Group, which was born
out of numerous discussions in the GA on the need for a more
accountable body for operational decisions around the occupation. The
main challenges the Spokes Council aims to address are: effective
coordination between Operations Groups and Caucuses; making
responsible, accountable and holistic budgetary decisions; and the
ability for the GA to engage in broader movement discussions, rather
than being bogged down with time consuming, uncoordinated funding
Why are the people of Bristol occupying College Green? FWatch the
video to find out: http://vimeo.com/31489386
The city's Public Works committee has passed a motion banning people
from using public streets and sidewalks as a place to sleep, camp or
live. The motion, if approved by council at the end of the month,
would make it illegal for homeless people to stay on the streets.
CALL TO ACTION: Call to complain. Contact Mayor Ford email@example.com
Occupy Wellington needs your help. The group is interested in
receiving information/trainings related to Safer Space policies –
stuff that has been tried by other groups and has been successful.
Contact Ruben de Haas at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any materials
that would be of use to the group.
National Day of Action: Make Wall St. Pay. Hundreds of actions being
held in cities across the country.
At 11:30am hundreds of nurses, consumer advocates, Occupy DC
participants, and union member met in Lafayette park and marched to
the Treasury Department to advocate for a Financial Transaction Tax—A
Robin Hood Tax.
The Daily Occupation Report is compiled by Rebuild the Dream using
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