Subject: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Fwd: The Occupations Report: 11/16
From: beka economopoulos
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:36:06 -0500
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The Occupations Report: 11/16


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
Internet Censorship Hearing Could Forever Change the Way We Receive
News About This Movement
The House is holding hearings on sweeping Internet censorship
legislation TODAY (11/16).  If the proposed Blacklist Bill is passed,
it will give the government and corporations new powers to block
Americans’ access to sites that are accused of copyright infringement
sites like YouTube that many of us in the movement depend on for
accurate reporting of what is happening on the ground.
CALL TO ACTION: Sign the petition to demand that opponents to the bill
get o testify in this week’s hearing.
http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/sopa_testimony/?akid=1018.463829.Uz-C1P&rd=1&t=2

Obama’s Hands-Off Approach to Occupy Raids
Tuesday (11/15) President Barack Obama's spokesman is suggesting the
president believes it's up to New York and other municipalities to
decide how much force to use in dealing with Occupy Wall Street
demonstrations.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jrsAbLQBVJO7oAKkC2xdvjrq-0_Q?docId=8bed812a194f45e8aa8ff89c51691acb

FBI/Homeland Security May Have Helped Coordinate Nationwide Occupy
Raids
According to one Justice official, each of those actions was
coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other
federal police agencies. The official, who spoke to reporter Rick
Ellis off the record Monday night, said that local police agencies had
received tactical and planning advice from national agencies.
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. Agencies were also advised to demonstrate a
massive show of police force, including large numbers in riot gear. In
particular, the FBI reportedly advised on press relations, with one
presentation suggesting that any moves to evict protesters be
coordinated for a time when the press was the least likely to be
present. Meanwhile raids on occupy camps across the US continue
Wednesday. Read more at http://exm.nr/tleCaj.

National Day of Action November 17th!!!
Thousands of Americans – Occupiers, activists and concerned citizens –
are mobilizing for what could be an unprecedented National Day of
Action tomorrow, November 17th.  Join the 99% on November 17th as we
fight for accountability, justice, and democracy. This is a pivotal
moment in history – we will stand together and make our message loud
and clear. To find a November 17th event near you, visit http://november17.org


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Occupy Alabama
Occupy Alabama group is asking President Obama to put an end to the
police attacks on American citizens who are protesting across the
country. The group is passing around a petition that states: We the
people of the United States demand you stop the brutal attacks on
peaceful American protesters. Police departments have been militarized
and those militarized police are now attacking peaceful citizens
exercising their Constitutional right to peaceably assemble and speak.
You and the United States justice department must uphold the
Constitution and stop the attacks. You can view the petition here:
http://obamastopthemadness.com/

Occupy Albany
 [Wall St Journal – 11/15]   A Republican Party official clashed
verbally with Occupy Albany protesters on Tuesday and urged Democratic
Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor to handle curfew
violations by the demonstrators in a public park next to the state
Capitol. Occupy Albany has been at Academy Park since Oct. 21.
Starting this past weekend, troopers have made 59 arrests of those who
crossed into adjacent state-run Lafayette Park, including 20 overnight
Monday, testing Cuomo's vow to enforce an 11 p.m. curfew there. Most
of those arrested face trespassing charges, but District Attorney P.
David Soares said he won't prosecute peaceful protesters.

Occupy Atlanta
Today, (11/16) world famous Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream will
be personally serving ice cream in Woodruff Park from 12-4:30. Occupy
Atlanta will also be giving away several bikes from its newly formed
bicycle cooperative.  At 3 pm we will be outlining plans for the
national day of action taking place place tomorrow (11/17).

Occupy Baltimore
Occupy Baltimore mic checks Carl Rove.  VIDEO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8ePZHSOmvQ&feature=youtu.be

Occupy Berkeley
[San Francisco Gate 11/16] About 100 protesters were gathered on the
steps of UC Berkeley's Sproul Hall this morning after pitching tents
and spending the night on the administration building's stairs. Campus
police told the mix of students and protesters from the former Occupy
Oakland encampment three times early today that they would be arrested
if they did not take down the tents and leave. No one did so.
Activists set up about 20 tents after thousands of people gathered on
the plaza late Tuesday to protest tuition hikes and economic
inequality. The demonstrators also expressed anger at police tactics
during a Sproul Plaza protest last week, in which UC police and
Alameda County sheriff's deputies jabbed batons into the midsections
of activists who had linked arms to prevent officers from dismantling
tents. Video of the police conduct went viral, and UC Berkeley
Chancellor Robert Birgeneau later said the officers' actions had been
"unworthy of us as a university community."

Occupy Boston
November 16, 2011 - In a major victory – and relief – for Occupy
Boston camp residents living under constant fear of eviction by
police, a Suffolk Superior Court judge today issued a temporary
restraining order against the City of Boston, barring the eviction of
the encampment at Dewey Square until a hearing on December 1st.

Occupy Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill protesters issued a statement yesterday (11/15) condemning
excessive use of force used by the CHPD on 11/20.  “The General
Assembly of Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro, meeting at Peace and Justice
Plaza, expresses outrage and disappointment at the disproportionate
and disturbing use of force by the Chapel Hill Police Department.
Officers pointing automatic weapons at the heads and bodies of unarmed
and peaceful individuals as they did on Sunday afternoon — without
issuing any prior warning — raises serious questions about who they
are meant to serve and protect.” Read the entire statement at:
http://occupychapelhill.org/.

Occupy Charlotte
[Raw Story 11/16] Early Tuesday morning, eight protesters at Occupy
Charlotte in North Carolina were arrested outside of Bank of America’s
corporate headquarters, according to The Charlotte Observer. The
demonstrators chanted “Bank of America, bank of coal,” and also
dropped a large banner in front of the building’s headquarters that
read “Not with our money.”

Occupy Chicago
As part of a national day of action for jobs and economic justice on
Thursday, Occupy Chicago, Stand Up! Chicago and individuals from other
labor and community groups will be rallying and marching to, “Resist
austerity, reclaim the economy, and recreate our democracy!”
Thursday: Occupy Chicago Participates in National Day of Action
November 17
3:30 pm: Occupy Chicago joins StandUp! Chicago to “demand jobs, not
cuts, from our government!” Rally at the Thompson Center (100 W.
Randolph St), followed by a march.
5:30 pm: Occupy Chicago engages in a mass action at Jackson and
LaSalle

Occupy Colleges
Students across U.S will strike on Nov. 17 in protest of cost and
quality of college education. This comes just as CSU passed a 9%
tuition increase this afternoon (11/16). Unlike past student actions
in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, these college demonstrations
specifically target issues surrounding tuition increases, financial
aid and the diminishing quality of education and student services.
This strike was called on by the schools that comprise the State
University of New York (SUNY) network. It is supported by the ASL-CIO
labor movement and the California Faculty Association. For more info
check out  http://occupycolleges.org/

Occupy Columbia
Today, November 16, 2011 Governor Nikki Haley will hold a press
conference to evict Occupy Columbia protesters from the South Carolina
State House grounds. Peaceful bodies are needed to protest this
conference, the press conference will be held today at 4PM on the 1st
Floor of the State House Lobby.

Occupy Columbus
Statehouse Wednesday 11/16 3-5pm for symbolic sleep in in solidarity
with the homeless. Speakers include veterans, agencies that deal with
the crises of poverty in America! A permit has been obtained for an
Occupy Columbus event on the Statehouse lawn. Since no stakes, poles,
or tents are permitted, bring your sleeping bag, pillow (optional) and
signage. Supporters will occupy the Statehouse West Plaza with a sea
of sleeping bags. Bring extra sleeping bags for friends without. This
is also a day for recognizing the millions of American children and
families who are homeless. Did you know the average age of a homeless
person is 9 yrs. old?

Occupy Dallas
Twitter reports today from people on the ground in Dallas saying that
on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security police were seen – today
there are rumors that Dallas will be evicted. There is speculation
today in Dallas that

Occupy DC
http://occupydc.org/scenes-from-occupy-d-c/

Occupy Detroit
[Detroit News – 11/15] Occupy Detroit has been granted a one-week
extension to stay in Grand Circus Park.
Members of the movement wanted two weeks to clean up the park and to
find transitional housing for some of the homeless people on-site, but
they were allowed to stay only until Nov. 21, just a few days before
the city's annual Thanksgiving Day parade downtown.
Councilman Kwame Kenyatta gave a passionate speech before the vote,
saying occupiers are standing on the backs of those who protested and
marched for civil rights. City officials should not have them jumping
through hoops, he said.

Occupy Fairbanks
[Anchorage Daily News – 11/15] The Occupy Fairbanks group has set up a
tent to shield themselves from frigid winter temperatures -- a move
that could get them in hot water with borough officials. Last week,
the borough released a statement that said the group could stay as
long as it didn't break borough rules, which don't allow camping at
the park. Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says the tent, which has a small
wood stove, would break those rules. But, he says, the borough will
work with the group.

Occupy Fresno
November 14, 2011 - Occupy Fresno filed a lawsuit in the federal court
challenging the violations of civil liberties and First Amendment
rights by Fresno County. The members of Occupy Fresno have chosen
Courthouse Park, a public space maintained by taxpayer monies, as the
venue in which to peaceably assemble and petition our government for a
redress of grievances. Included in the lawsuit is an application for a
temporary restraining order against Fresno County, prohibiting them
from further unlawful enforcement of its permit system regarding the
use of Courthouse Park. Occupy Fresno members report that the Fresno
County Sheriff’s Department has arrested members of the group daily
since November 6, 2011

Occupy Harvard
11/14 - Harvard University custodial workers from the Service
Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 615 will be rallying
outside the Harvard Management Company’s office—located on the top
floor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, directly across the
street from Occupy Boston in Dewey Square—tomorrow, November 15, at
4:30 pm. The custodians are currently in difficult negotiations with
the University over parody, wages, educational benefits, and
healthcare, and their union contract ends at midnight tomorrow.

Occupy Houston
[11/15] Tuesday afternoon, members of Occupy Houston signed up to
speak at the weekly Houston City Council meeting.  The meeting was
televised on Comcast channel 16. During the public comment section,
David Atwood of the Houston Peace and Justice Center, and three
representatives of Occupy Houston spoke about the relative cooperation
of HPD and the lack of injury in the camp, which has so far been the
case.  The issue of rain tarps was addressed, and the speakers
indicated that the remaining tarps in the camp were now in compliance
with city ordinance, none being secured to trees, furniture or tent
stakes and were in fact draped loosely over supplies. Immediately
following the council meeting (across the street from the camp), HPD
entered the camp and moved to confiscate a tarp being used to cover a
table.  Protestors on the ground joined hands and chanted, but one of
them was arrested and taken into custody.
CALL TO ACTION:  Contact the city! Mayor Annise D. Parker
at713.837.0311, mayor@houstontx.gov or  https://www.facebook.com/MayorAnniseParker

Occupy Long Beach
[SCPR 11/16]Protesters in Long Beach are struggling to set up camp at
a park near City Hall. There's been a delay in the Occupy Long Beach
bid for a 24-hour free speech zone that would allow them to pitch
tents overnight at downtown's Lincoln Park. Protesters have been
gathering in the Park for more than a month but have been obeying a
city ordinance that forces them to leave after 10 p.m. and forbids
tents in the park overnight. Organizers asked the City Council to
amend the law so they can use tents to protect them from rain and cold
and stay overnight to give them a 24-hour free speech zone. The
council decided on Tuesday to order feasibility reports from the city
attorney, the Police Department and other agencies for consideration
at their Dec. 6 meeting, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports.

Occupy Maine
Occupy Maine protesters worked Tuesday to insulate their tents, set up
portable heaters and buy extra thermal socks as they vowed to stick it
out in a city park for the winter months ahead.
While police have been evicting protesters in New York and other
cities, demonstrators in Maine are hunkering down. Close to 60 tents
are now set up in Lincoln Park, with many people placing hay bales
around their tents and tarps over the top for insulation to ward off
the cold to come.

Occupy Missoula
Occupy Missoula Needs Help to Make it Through the Winter
[Member report - 11/15] Over this past weekend Occupy Missoula was
subject to an eviction attempt by Missoula County. “We are encamped at
the Missoula County Courthouse. For Veteran's Day, Occupy Missoula
agreed to de-camp so that a Veteran's Day celebration could be held at
the Courthouse. Following Veteran's Day… members of our logistics
working group were told… that if we re-established a full occupation
we would be arrested. There were also insinuations that our encampment
would be raided due to "health violations." Over the next two days, we
lawyered up... and this afternoon, a member of our legal team met with
a County official and the County completely retreated. We won! We
defended our encampment from an attempt to kill it.”
CALL FOR DONATIONS: “We need immediate help - money, tents, food,
winter clothing, heaters, generators, anything at all you can provide
would mean the world to us.” If you wish to make a donation please
email: taryn.hart@gmail.com.

Occupy Oakland
Beloved OO Protester/Activist Placed Under Immigration Hold Needs Your
IMMEDIATE Help
Occupy Oakland members are asking supporters to help fellow member
Pancho Ramos Stierle. Pancho was one of the first to be arrested at
the second raid from the camp.  He is still being held.
CALL TO ACTION: Call the following federal officials NOW and ask them
to ask Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release (or lift)
the immigration hold on him. Barbara Lee 510-763-0370. Nancy Pelosi
415-556-4862. Diane Feinstein 415-393-0707. “We have 12 to 24 hours to
act on this.”

[11/16] In other Occupy Oakland news, questions have been raised about
whether police raids against Occupy Oakland broke the law. The rules
of engagement stemming from the 2003 incident, in which anti-war
protesters were shot with wooden bullets, prohibit such police
escalations like the one that led to Scott Olsen's injury. Stinger
grenades containing rubber pellets as well as any weapon meant to be
fired at the ground are banned. Less-than-lethal weapons, such as
rubber bullets, bean bags and flash-bang devices, can't be used for
crowd control. Read more at http://huff.to/vYPybM.

Occupy Pittsburgh
Police arrested five Occupy Pittsburgh protesters Tuesday night
(11/15) outside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The protest
was held as Halliburton was hosting a conference for oil and gas
industry members inside. Police said 100 protesters gathered outside
the convention center around 6 p.m. and were told to disband. When
five of them resisted, they were arrested, police said. Police said
those arrested face various charges, including defiant trespass,
failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and obstructing traffic.

Occupy Private Prisons
VIDEO by Brave New Films exposing a for-profit Detention Center in GA
that rakes in close to $50 million per year for imprisoning people in
the US without citizenship documents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81dch5uQs7M

Occupy Rice U (Houston, TX)
[11/15] Majority Leader Eric Cantor interrupted at Rice University
with a Mic Check by Rice University grad students, in solidarity with
Occupy Houston. See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i-nCqINfAI&feature=youtu.be

Occupy Salt Lake City
OSLC Staging 5-day Street Theater Action to Shame Banking Fat Cats
Two days after police forcibly evicted Occupy Salt Lake City from
Pioneer Park, the Occupy community is responding with art and
laughter. Occupy SLC's five-day street theater action, “Why Isn't
Anyone Helping Her?!,” is a “humorous romp through dark American
realities and the shameful misdeeds of fat cat bankers.” It started
Monday, Nov. 14, and continues each day through Nov. 18, with a new
scene performed each day.

Occupy San Francisco
Local authorities removed 15 tents from Occupy San Francisco’s
Embarcadero camp early Wednesday morning (11/16). “What we said was
there was a problem with these 15 tents,” said San Francisco Police
Cmdr. Richard Corriea to the Mercury News. “They were blocking the
sidewalk and there was a level of biohazard we couldn’t leave. We’re
talking about seven people in 15 tents at 1:15 a.m. It was a very
finite mission.” Seven people were arrested.

Occupy Seattle
[Raw Story 11/16] During a crackdown on “Occupy Seattle,” an 84-year-
old woman and a pregnant 19-year-old girl were among those attacked by
police wielding pepper spray, according to reports. Read more at
http://bit.ly/rzzBkn.

Occupy St. Louis
On Veterans Day,  Patti March, a former St. Louis Co. Police Officer
and member of Occupy Police spoke to Occupy St. Louis.  In her speech,
she said she openly stands with the 99% of St. Louis. “There’s a
misconception that Police aren’t part of the 99%, well I’m here to end
that misconception.” March herself was shot in the face by a fellow
officer.  To read her entire speech, go to:
http://www.occupypolice.org/veterans-day-2011-former-st-louis-officer-patti-march-speaks-for-ocpo-at-occupy-st-louis/

Occupy Wall St.
November 15, 2011 at 11pm, over 100 people, mostly women, marched from
Liberty Square to NYPD’s 1st Precinct HQ to demand that all women in
custody be treated with respect and dignity by the police. The march
was organized after women in custody made various complaints of male
officers patrolling the women’s cells, unannounced. “We were told that
male members of the NYPD were specifically making unannounced patrols
by the women’s cells, and by the shared women’s toilet (in plain view
of all women and officers)--which is a common tactic used to humiliate
those in custody.” In the spirit of the Occupy movement, the crowd of
100 gathered in a show of solidarity to demand that the NYPD issue a
formal statement that this will be addressed and that there be no more
instances of this humiliating tactic being used. There were no
arrests.
CALL TO ACTION: All those in solidarity are encouraged to call the
complaint line and demand Police Commissioner Ray Kelly put an end to
this violent behavior. NYPD Internal Affairs: 212.487.7350 or directly
NYPD 1st Precinct: 212.334.0611

Occupy Worcester
The Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team will hold a Home Foreclosure
Auction Protest in front of Ramon’s house this afternoon. Ramon, who
we contacted on outreach Saturday, is facing a possible foreclosure
auction on Wednesday. He has been played back and forth by the banks,
but with an added twist. He gave a lot of money to a lawyer in Saugus,
who has been non-responsive, but who sent him a notice that the
auction would be next week. Ramon called to tell his bank, Wells
Fargo, that foreclosure would be illegal because he hadn’t been given
proper notice, but they dismissed his complaint with contempt.


WORLDWIDE
Occupy Taipei
 [Member report] “Occupy Taipei has been in existence for a month and
holds weekly assembly/action. We have up to 500 people involved. The
group is currently located in the park in front of Taipei 101 on
Songzhi Rd.”


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 download the Word document version at
http://rebuildthedream.com/occupy-update.

If you have any questions, feedback or would like to contribute
reports from your local Occupy site, please send them along with your
contact and Twitter feed information to monique@rebuildthedream.com 

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