From:   Jackie DiSalvo <jdisalvo@nyc.rr.com>
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Occupy “everywhere” is a lot more possible since it doesn’t depends on the unions.

 


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What about occupying everywhere?  Mike checks in suburban malls, and in municipal offices, and in front of banks???  Not everybody can get into city centers.  Perhaps we're not ready for it yet, but a general strike/occupy everywhere would make a powerful statement of support for those brave souls who have been actually sleeping out in Zuccotti and other city centers.

On Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 9:36 PM, beka economopoulos <beka@notanalternative.net> wrote:

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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
needed.

For more updates from occupations around the country, listen to the
Occupation America podcast at http://soundcloud.com/occupation-america



NATIONWIDE
BREAKING: Questions are surfacing about whether US city mayors
conspired in what appears to be a coordinated nationwide crackdown on
Occupy camps (cities have initiated similar eviction/raid efforts in
New York, Oakland, Portland, Denver and Salt Lake City this week).
Questions of federal law violations by the cities (against protesters)
are also currently under review. In Oakland the ACLU is now suing the
police department for Civil Rights violations.

November 17th Day of Action: Occupy sites and hundreds of allies
across the nation are mobilizing for a unprecedented National Day of
Action Thursday, November 17th. Occupy Wall St. released a statement
calling for a unified effort to “Shut Down Wall Street! Occupy the
Subways! Take the Square!” Info on OWS’ November 17th plan here:
http://occupywallst.org/action/november-17th/.  And for more
information on the nationwide effort go to www.november17.org.


Occupy Wall St.
Occupy Wall St. Evicted Tuesday. Judge Denies Petition
[11/15] – According to varying reports from media outlets and folks on
the ground, the police arrested some 200 people in and around the
Occupy Wall Street encampment in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park early
Tuesday.
While some officers, many in riot gear, moved into the park, others
blocked access to the park within a one- to two-block radius, also
closing subway stations in the area as well as access to the Brooklyn
Bridge.  During this morning’s raid, reporters from several news
outlets were arrested including: NYT, NPR, AP and Daily News. There
are also reports that city council member Rodriguez was beaten and
arrested. OWS was served an eviction notice last night (11/14). After
this morning’s arrests, a judge ruled that the petition to extend the
restraining order allowing OWS protesters to stay in the park was
DENIED.  Watch here as Mayor Bloomberg attempts to justify arresting
reporters and suppressing media coverage of today’s raid:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOsujgv8Ueo&feature=youtu.be
CALL TO ACTION: In lieu of today’s eviction, OWS needs your support.
Please call or email the mayor of New York at 212-639-9675, email:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ma il/html/mayor.html, and/or call the NYPD at
646-610-5000 and respectfully request that the Occupy Movement be
tolerated and respected and for it to be allowed to persist in the
park. You can also go to http://faxzero.com/ and send a fax to the
Mayor’s office! (212) 788-8123.


Occupy Atlanta
[Occupy Atlanta report – 11/14] On the evening of November 13th Occupy
Atlanta moved on a tip that the capitol police had planned to evict
over a hundred unsheltered people located on Central Ave. between
Mitchell and MLK street across from city hall on a ledge that backs up
into Georgia Plaza Park. “We decided, after getting their permission,
to occupy this space with them and try to stop the eviction and also
bring attention to the perpetual peril faced by the unsheltered
population at the hands of the state. We were successful at averting
eviction for one night for the unsheltered in this space. Over the
past month the number of homeless occupying the space has dramatically
increased. Occupy Atlanta will occupy this space again tonight to
continue to stand in solidarity with some of those who are feeling
state oppression most directly.

Occupy Boston
Occupy Boston Solidarity with OWS March at 5pm 11/15
[OB release - 11/15]Civil rights attorneys from the National Lawyers
Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union went to court today
seeking to protect the rights of free speech, assembly, petition, and
association for demonstrators at Occupy Boston in Dewey Square, in
light of the heavy-handed police crackdowns in recent days on Occupy
Wall Street protesters in New York, Portland, Ore., and Oakland,
Calif. The suit, filed in Superior Court, seeks a Declaration from the
Court recognizing the right to peaceful protest and assembly under the
U.S. Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights, as well
as an injunction to prevent police from staging another night-time
raid, such as the one that began Oct. 10, 2011 and continued into the
early morning hours of Oct. 11, when the Boston Police conducted a
mass arrest of 141 people in the middle of the night.


Occupy Colleges
Local colleges are joining a national effort to throw more support
behind the Occupy Wall Street movement this week. A website called
occupycolleges.org is promoting a student protest this Thursday at 3
p.m. On Tuesday afternoon, the list of registered colleges and
universities was up to 32. The Nation reports on the growing college
movement here: http://www.thenation.com/blog/164620/occupy-movement-slowly-growing-california-campuses

Occupy Dallas
[CNN report - 11/15] A federal judge in Dallas dealt yet another blow
to the Occupy movement Tuesday, denying the group's request for a
temporary restraining order to prevent eviction from City Hall
property.
U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle's decision meant City Hall was
effectively free to forcibly evict the encampment members as of 4 p.m.
CT (5 p.m. ET), when the current agreement between the protesters and
City Hall expired.
Texas Mayor Mike Rawlings issued a statement saying no action would be
taken Tuesday.
"City attorneys will discuss the next steps with this group's legal
representation (Wednesday)," Rawlings said in the statement.

Occupy DC
Solidarity Action with OWS
[OD statement – 11/15]  “Today, we stand for a new America. A country
we can believe in, a nation upon a hill, which other countries can
look to for inspiration. In order to express our First Amendment
Rights to peacefully assemble to petition the government for a redress
of our grievances, we will do just that at McPherson Square today.
Meet at McPherson for a 5 p.m. march.

Occupy Denver
Occupy Denver Calls on Supporters to Fight Internet Censorship
The group sent out information via Twitter earlier today (11/15)
alerting folks that the House is holding hearings on sweeping Internet
censorship legislation this week.  “The bill is backed by Hollywood,
Big Pharma, and the Chamber of Commerce, and all of them are going to
get to testify at the hearing. But the bill's opponents -- tech
companies, free speech and human rights activists, and hundreds of
thousands of Internet users -- won't have a voice. As if you need a
reminder: This is the most offensive Internet legislation we've seen
in years.  It will give the government and corporations new powers to
block Americans' access to sites that are accused of copyright
infringement, force sites like YouTube to go to new lengths to police
users' contributions, and put people in prison for streaming certain
content online.
CALL TO ACTION: Demand that opponents of the Blacklist Bill be allowed
to testify this week!!! Fill out this form to send a message to the
leadership of the Judiciary Committee:
http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/sopa_testimony/?akid=1018.237970.Wyz9iD&rd=1&t=2.

Occupy Durham
Occupy Durham marches to Wells Fargo to support customers choosing to
close their accounts
[11/12] On Saturday, November 12, more than 40 people met up at the
People’s Plaza for the Move Your Money March to the Wells Fargo bank
branch on Main and 9th St. Of these, 10 were committed to closing
their accounts.

Occupy Houston
[Occupy Houston release - 11/15] Occupy Houston protesters were
frustrated today by the ever-widening definition of a “tent” as
articulated by City Hall and HPD. At approximately 3:00 PM, the
occupation site at Tranquility Park was approached by several
uniformed officers from the police and fire departments, including a
police captain and Fire Chief Galvan. Protesters were instructed to
remove tarps placed over tables which were being used to protect food,
electronic equipment and medical supplies both on top of and
underneath the tables from today’s showers. The practice has been
permissible throughout the duration of the occupation, which has now
exceeded a month, and today the tarps were suddenly deemed “tents” and
therefore in violation of the current policy. The protesters refused
to remove the tarps, forming a line and chanting, while police
forcibly removed all tarps covering the tables. One occupy participant
was arrested in the process and remains in custody.

Occupy Minneapolis
Occupy MN faces Monday deadline on city camping ban
[MPR report - 11/14] New rules involving anti-Wall Street protests at
the Hennepin County Government Plaza go into effect Monday to ban
sleeping in the plaza, taping signs to county property and leaving
personal items unattended.
The Hennepin County Board approved the changes last week. Occupy
Minnesota representatives say the new rules improperly restrict First
Amendment rights. But Opat says the Constitution doesn't prohibit
rules to preserve public safety. The Occupy Minnesota representatives
say they'll attempt negotiations with the county on Monday, but if
that fails, they'll file a lawsuit over the new rules.

Occupy Oakland
Questions Loom: Did US City Mayors Coordinate Nationwide Crackdown on
Occupy Sites?
[11/15] – According to several web news sites including rt.com,
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan casually mentioned that she was on a
conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of
raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country.
Other reports claim that a Justice official confirmed that each of the
eviction actions across the nation was coordinated with help from
Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies. The
official, who spoke off-the-record, told a reporter late Monday
evening that while local police agencies had received tactical and
planning advice from national agencies, the ultimate decision on how
each jurisdiction handles the Occupy protests ultimately rested with
local law enforcement. According to this official, in several recent
conference calls and briefings, local police agencies were advised to
seek a legal reason to evict residents of tent cities, focusing on
zoning laws and existing curfew rules.
Mayor Quan said the move was necessary because "the Occupy Wall Street
movement itself is having a hard time controlling the encampments."
[11/15] The ACLU has gotten involved in Oakland and has filed a
lawsuit against the Oakland PD.

Occupy Philadelphia
[11/15] Members of the Occupy Philly movement say Mayor Nutter and
other officials have greatly exaggerating the conditions at Dilworth
Plaza in an attempt to paint the occupiers in a bad light. Occupy
Philly affirms that such reported acts of vandalism have no proven
connection whatsoever to the Occupy Philadelphia camp.  The group's
"Reasonable Solutions People" met with city officials at a neutral
site to discuss some non-confrontational ways to move forward - just
as rumors spread that the city was inching closer to sweeping the
occupiers out of the plaza.

Occupy Portland
11/15 – VIDEO: Occupy Portland discusses police brutality
http://occupyportland.org/2011/11/15/day-41-videos/

Occupy Sacramento
[KCRA -11/15] - The lawyers for many Occupy Sacramento defendants are
trying to get all counts dropped, saying the city made the arrests
based on charges that are "vague ... arbitrary" and "chilling" to free
speech, according to a news release. These lawyers have filed motions
in Superior Court. A hearing is set for Nov. 22, said one of the 36
volunteer lawyers in the news release.

Occupy San Diego
[Member report – 11/15] - Rally at 6:00 tonight in solidarity with
Occupy Wall Street. March leaves at 6:15. Committees please meet early
if possible. “We've got 50 boots on the ground at the Civic Center
right now, they're ready to march, let's make it 500. Show me what
democracy looks like!” The march will be livestreaming at: http://t.co/VzB3EnYy.

Occupy Seattle
[11/15] Police unleashed pepper spray on an angry crowd of Occupy
Seattle protesters in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood Tuesday evening.
Reports indicate no one was seriously injured and no arrests were
made.
This comes after the Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously
adopted a resolution in support of Occupy Seattle that calls on the
city to examine its banking and investment practices, home-foreclosure
patterns and the financing of local elections. Councilmember Nick
Licata, who sponsored the legislation ,said that the city can make
sure public funds are reinvested in the community. Other cities,
including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Buffalo, have also passed
resolutions in support of the Occupy protests.

Occupy Tucson
Tucson City Council member Regina Romero sent a news release in
support of the Occupy Tucson, saying ticketing should stop. VOTE!
http://www.kvoa.com/online-poll/

Occupy Wall St.
Occupy Wall St. Evicted Tuesday. Judge Denies Petition
[11/15] – According to varying reports from media outlets and folks on
the ground, the police arrested some 200 people in and around the
Occupy Wall Street encampment in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park early
Tuesday.
While some officers, many in riot gear, moved into the park, others
blocked access to the park within a one- to two-block radius, also
closing subway stations in the area as well as access to the Brooklyn
Bridge.  During this morning’s raid, reporters from several news
outlets were arrested including: NYT, NPR, AP and Daily News. There
are also reports that city council member Rodriguez was beaten and
arrested. OWS was served an eviction notice last night (11/14). After
this morning’s arrests, a judge ruled that the petition to extend the
restraining order allowing OWS protesters to stay in the park was
DENIED.  Watch here as Mayor Bloomberg attempts to justify arresting
reporters and suppressing media coverage of today’s raid:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOsujgv8Ueo&feature=youtu.be
CALL TO ACTION: In lieu of today’s eviction, OWS needs your support.
Please call or email the mayor of New York at 212-639-9675, email:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ma il/html/mayor.html, and/or call the NYPD at
646-610-5000 and respectfully request that the Occupy Movement be
tolerated and respected and for it to be allowed to persist in the
park. You can also go to http://faxzero.com/ and send a fax to the
Mayor’s office! (212) 788-8123.

WORLDWIDE
Occupy London
Occupy London held a solidarity demonstration outside the US Embassy
today (Tuesday) following the eviction of Occupy Wall Street
protestors from Zucotti Park in the early hours of this morning.
Occupiers unfurled a banner reading, “They cannot evict an idea” as
police blocked access to the embassy. Six American citizens from
Occupy London wanted to speak to consular officials at the US embassy,
to ask why the violent eviction had been able to take place in a
country where the rights to free speach and assembly are guaranteed
under the Constitution. Despite the initial attempts of police to
refuse the five who had their US passports with them access to the
embassy, they were eventually granted an audience with a member of the
consular team and a representative from the embassy’s press office.
They were not, however, granted entry to the embassy itself.

Occupy Toronto
The courts have ordered a stay on the eviction of Occupy Toronto until
a hearing on Friday, where all arguments will be heard. Currently we
cannot erect more tents, structures or welcome an influx of additional
occupants or supporters.

Occupy Vancouver
On Saturday, November 12, 2011, a crowd of some 200 took to the
streets from the Occupy Vancouver site to march for social housing and
autonomous spaces. Promoted as a “tour of inequality and excess in a
city of glass,” one of the main mobilizing themes was “housing is a
right, not a commodity.” More radical voices called for the
establishment of autonomous social spaces and housing, against state
control or influence. About 10 protesters wore the 'dreaded' black
masks, so maligned of late by city and police officials. There were
approximately 12 cops that followed the rally, including four on
motorcycles and a couple of bicycle cops.

Occupy Wellington (New Zealand)
Occupy Wellington received notice from the City Council today (11/15),
demanding a definite date of departure. The group has been occupying
Civic Square in New Zealand’s capital for 31 days.  Occupy sites in
Auckland and Dunedin have also been asked to leave, but Police are yet
to enforce Council requests.  Occupy Wellington also held a Free
University session recently which you can check out at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phCKuufIPjE

Occupy Zurich
New Camp Installed in Zurich
[Member report – 11/15]
After the eviction of the old Occupy Zurich Camp at Lindenhof, this
morning (11/15) the police reportedly used excessive force and 31
protesters have been arrested.


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