Subject: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Fwd: The Occupations Report: 10/31
From: beka economopoulos
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:47:09 -0400
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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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