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The Occupations Report: 11/12
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
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[Atlanta CBS report] The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested
positive for tuberculosis.
The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents
at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have
contracted the drug-resistant disease. WGCL reports that a health
department spokeswoman said there is a possibility that both Occupy
Atlanta protesters and the homeless people in the shelter may still be
at risk since tuberculosis is contracted through air contact.
Occupy Berkeley held educational outreach in front of Chase bank
urging members of the community to divest from the big banks and join
local credit unions Saturday.
Saturday hundreds of Boston area residents and health advocates
gathered with physicians, nurses, social workers and students for a
Health Justice Day of Action. Participants gathered at Dewey Square
starting at 9:30AM to provide medical services, including flu shots
and free health screenings, in collaboration with local health
workers. At noon the group held a Speak-Out followed by a 1PM March
and Rally on the State House to raise awareness about the health
impact of unemployment, housing foreclosures, and Medicare and
Saturday afternoon, Occupy DC held an in-depth workshop on peaceful,
direct action activism (with narratives from D.C. activists) and how
to do it effectively. The workshop provided skills trainings as a part
of this workshop.
Occupy Detroit has been given an ultimatum – vacate Grand Circus Park
by 10:00pm November 9th, or be ticketed. All campers are to be out of
the park by Monday or be forcibly removed.
The hope is that, like in Albany, NY, the officers charged with the
eviction will refuse, and not stand in the way of this collective
expression that they themselves are a part of.
[LA Times] Oakland city officials again issued an eviction notice to
"Occupy" protesters Saturday, warning them to leave their camp on a
plaza in front of City Hall or risk arrest and the confiscation of
“You do not have permission to lodge overnight in Frank Ogawa Plaza,”
the notice read. “You must remove all tents, sleeping bags, tarps,
cooking facilities and equipment and any other lodging material ...
Your continued use of the Plaza for overnight lodging will subject you
An earlier eviction notice was issued Friday night.
On Saturday, November 12th at 11:00am, Occupy Orlando joined the 12th
annual Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Orlando to show support for the
On Sunday the group released the following report: Occupy Orlando
protesters helped a person involved in an altercation that occurred at
a site near Senator Beth Johnson Park. The altercation involved
individuals who are not part of the Occupy Orlando movement, however
Occupy protesters who witnessed the incident stepped in to help the
injured receive medical attention, alert authorities, and provide
eyewitness statements. Contrary to initial reports, the injury was a
defensive wound sustained by an individual attempting to remove a
knife from an assailant. Occupy Orlando remains dedicated to
preserving a peaceful, nonviolent movement dedicated to helping the
**CALL THE A.D.A. TO SUPPORT PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY**
Occupy Philadelphia held a general assembly Friday night to vote on
whether to move across the street from City Hall– at the city’s
insistence — or stay put. The majority voted to stay camped out on
Dilworth Plaza next to City Hall, where the plaza’s about to get a
major facelift–a job that was expected to start this month.
On Thursday (11/10) Occupy Philly submitted a complaint to the
Department of Justice in response to the increasing antagonism of
police against peaceful protesters. The complaint was addressed to
Thomas Perez, the assistant Attorney General with the Civil Rights
CALL TO ACTION: Occupy Philly is asking supporters to call Perez's
office at (202) 514-4609
. “Let us call, tied up his lines, and demand
that every citizen has a right to peaceably assemble without the
threat of police violence.”
Sunday morning Occupy Portland sent out calls via Twitter and their
web site asking people to go to Chapman to witness and support as
police moved in to clear out the park. While many protesters have
packed up and moved out, officials say an estimated 200 people remain
in the camp that began Oct. 6., and hundreds more have gathered
outside on Southwest 3rd and 4th avenues to watch the proceedings. ”At
this point it’s been very peaceful, and we’ve got a lot of resources
here to keep the peace,” Portland Police Chief Mike Reese told
reporters late Saturday night. Video (As police moved in to evict
Occupy Portland a crowd as many as 3000 Portlanders came out to
support the peaceful protest): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmRahREQSvI
Occupy Puerto Rico
[Member report] On the 5th of November members of Occupy Puerto Rico
occupied for several hours a decorative scaffolding in front of the
island's biggest bank, Banco Popular. They climbed the scaffolding
without any resistance from authorities or nap security, and at the
peek hour of traffic unfurled a large banner which they adorned the
front of the building with. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNmsEaM3YV4&feature=related
past Friday, in tune with the 11/11/11 call to Take the Streets (Tomar
las called), members of Occupy Puerto Rico led a march that ended with
to sit-ins that received some threats from police officers, but
thankfully no arrests. In the second sit-in, the demonstrations ended
appropriating a series of statues dedicated to US presidents which
were built-in front of the capitol building.http://www.facebook.com/
Occupy Saint Louis
(KMOX/AP) — Police arrested about two dozen people at an Occupy St.
Louis encampment early Saturday, then began taking down the tents
where the protesters have lived over the past several weeks.
One young man suffered a seizure during the arrests but was conscious
and alert by the time an ambulance arrived to take him to the
hospital. The cause wasn’t immediately known.
The arrests began shortly after midnight, roughly 20 minutes after
U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson declined a request by protesters for
a temporary injunction that would have allowed camping at Kiener Plaza
to continue at least through the weekend. However, Jackson did
schedule a hearing on Tuesday to consider whether the protesters
should be allowed to relocate in the park.
The demonstrators who were arrested stood passively on park ground —
violating the city’s 10 p.m. curfew — as officers used plastic ties to
handcuff them and lead them to eight paddywagons. There was no
violence and no resistance.
At least 100 other protesters stood on a sidewalk and chanted things
at police like “Shame on you!,” ”Who do you serve?” and “Our passion
for freedom is stronger than your prison.”
Occupy Salt Lake City
Twitter reports Saturday-- Bulldozer runs through Occupy Salt Lake
City camp; police arrest at least 4. [The Blaze report] Police evicted
the Occupy Salt Lake City protesters who had made Utah’s Pioneer Park
their campsite, arresting 19 people Saturday who refused to comply.
Despite the arrests, the protesters’ removal was peaceful and no
incidents of violence were reported, and city sanitation crews arrived
to clear debris from the park — with a bulldozer. Protesters were
ordered to vacate after a man was found dead in his tent at the
encampment Friday, apparently due to carbon monoxide poisoning and a
Occupy San Francisco
Two police officers sustained minor injuries in separate incidents
during an Occupy SF march Saturday afternoon.
San Francisco police were accompanying the traditional Saturday march
and were attempting to hold the line and prevent the demonstrators
from taking over the middle of the intersection at The Embarcadero and
Broadway, where a Muni light-rail vehicle was. Cops said a female
emerged from the crowd of marchers and attacked an officer with an
instrument described as an X-Aacto razor blade attached to a pen- or
pencil-like object. Police said the suspect slashed the inside of the
officer’s hand and ran back into the crowd before the officer knew he
had been cut.
The second incident happened at the same location. A male demonstrator
approached an officer and grabbed his police radio that was attached
to his hip, police said. No one can verify the identity of either
suspect or whether or not they were associated with Occupy San
Occupy Santa Rosa
[San Francisco CBS] Occupy Santa Rosa is reportedly the largest such
demonstration in the nation per capita with over 100 tents set up
outside City Hall. But the lawmakers there are taking a kinder,
gentler approach to the protesters by comparison to the movements
counterparts. There has been an ongoing back and forth between
protesters and city leaders over how to handle the public safety, and
public access issues presented by the mass campout. Those talks
culminated this week with the City Council voting five to two to allow
demonstrators to apply for camping permits.
Occupy Tulsa has voted to resume legal assistance to individuals who
so choose to participate in non-violent civil disobedience by making a
formal stand Sunday, Nov 13th, at Solidarity Square (a.k.a. Centennial
Green Park) at curfew (11pm).
Occupy Wall St.
A former Chinese democracy activist who helped lead the Tiananmen
Square protests is putting his work on hold at a software firm he
founded in New York to devote all his time to the Occupy Wall Street
More than two decades ago, Shen Tong was 20 years old, organizing the
media campaign of a student democracy movement in Beijing. Mr. Shen
recalls dodging bullets on June 4, 1989, when protesters in the
capital city's Tiananmen Square were met with force by the Chinese
military. Untold numbers of dissidents were killed.
[Member report] Sunday, November 13th – Occupy Woodstock is holding a
winter donation drive on the village green in Woodstock, NY. The group
is hoping to get some good gear to help the intrepid campers through
the cold months ahead. See their event page:https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=188207981260614
[AP] Over 10,000 protest the banks' power in Germany -- German police
say more than ten thousand people are protesting against the banks'
dominance in two of the country's major cities.
Police in Frankfurt, continental Europe's financial hub, say some
9,000 people are peacefully protesting near the European Central
Bank's office tower in the city center. Police in Berlin say
demonstrators are forming a human chain surrounding parts of the
capital's government district to call for an end to excesses of
financial speculation and urge the government to dismantle big banks.
Berlin police said "several thousand" people took to the streets
Saturday, but organizers of the protest -- which is inspired by New
York's Occupy Wall Street movement -- said turnout was about 8,000 in
Berlin and 10,000 in Frankfurt.
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