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Daily round-up from occupations around the country + worldwide.

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The Occupations Report: 10/28

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.

For more updates from occupations around the country, listen to the
Occupation America podcast at

Nationwide: Tonight is Critical Mass! Several Occupy sites around the
country will join their city’s Critical Mass bike ride in a show of
solidarity and “a rolling occupation of public space.”

Occupy Wall Street: Thousands of OWS protesters marched to the
headquarters of Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo,
Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase where the group delivered 6,000 angry
letters to CEOs from the 99%. The march concluded with a general
assembly at which a foreclosure victim from Southeast Queens read a
letter through the people’s mic inviting Jamie Dimon to tour her
neighborhood. CALL TO ACTION: OWS is in desperate need of warm-weather
sleeping bags, long johns, gloves and other supplies to keep them warm
as the snow rolls in this weekend. Please bring supplies to 52
Broadway (at the corner of Exchange Pl, next to the Amalgamated Bank).
Items can be dropped off there until 9 p.m. tonight or from 9—6
tomorrow. (Donations outside of these hours can be brought directly to
the Comfort table on the east side of Zuccotti Park.)

Occupy Atlanta: The General Assembly met at 8 pm and decided to Occupy
an offered space on private land for the night. Also Tonight: Occupy
Atlanta will join a Critical Mass bike ride (starting at Troy Davis
Park at 6 pm.). The Critical Mass bike ride aims to demonstrate the
need for better bicycle infrastructure as well as the  cbenefits of
non-dependence on petroleum. Also: A homeless man, known as Copper,
credits OccupyAtlanta with helping him to cure his addiction to crack
and saving his life.  Watch the video:

Occupy Baltimore: Today marks week 4 for OccupyBaltimore. The group
has been peacefully gathering in McKeldin Square since October 4th.
Early last week, after pressure from the Baltimore City police
department and the department of parks and recreation, Occupy
Baltimore filed an application for a permit to continue the encampment

Occupy Boston: Outraged MNA nurses and health professionals from eight
hospitals owned and operated by Cerberus/Steward Health Care gathered
outside the for-profit giant’s corporate headquarters in Boston on
Friday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m. to tell Steward leadership that it must
honor its commitments, keep its promises and put an end to oppressive
practices that harm nurses/health professionals and the patients under
their care at Cerberus/Steward hospitals across the state.

Occupy Chicago: Yesterday, Occupy Chicago’s legal representatives from
the National Lawyers Guild met with the City’s Corporation Counsel.
The discussion — intended to open up dialogue about a permanent home
for the Occupation and to address the city’s arrests of hundreds of
peaceful protestors — was fruitless.
“Our lawyers have advised us that the City of Chicago is not willing
to work with Occupy Chicago to find a permanent, 24/7 home base for
the movement,” said Jasmine Williams from Occupy Chicago. “They are
also not willing to discuss dropping charges faced by any of the non-
violent demonstrators arrested at our actions occupy a community home
in Grant Park.” LAST NIGHT: During Occupy Chicago’s 7pm General
Assembly last night, a representative from Iraq Veterans Against the
War spoke from the people’s mic about Scott Olsen, a former Marine
injured by police violence at the Occupy Oakland demonstration late
Tuesday night. The group observed a moment of silence and held a
candlelight vigil.

Occupy Cleveland: Today at 12pm, Occupy Cleveland will host a Teach-in
on first aid. Teach-ins take place daily at the white tent west of the
Northwest Quadrant of Public Square or by the statue in the square,
depending on space and the number of people participating. CALL TO
ACTION: Are you interested in scheduling a teach-in? Please contact Tonight the group will join Cleveland’s
Critical Mass Halloween Ride at 7pm

Occupy Denver: Will hold a rally at 12pm in Civic Center Plaza this

Occupy Nashville: Friday morning, at 3:00 AM, The Tennessee Highway
Patrol sent 75 state troopers into Legislative Plaza to arrest 29
Peaceful protesters who were camping out there since October 7 to
protest corruption in government. The group had been camped out since
October 7th. Occupy Nashville reports that on frequent occasions,
individuals not associated with Occupy Nashville engaged in public
intoxication and violent behavior and victimized legitimate
participants in the occupation. Occupiers say they made multiple
requests to the appropriate authorities for security on the Plaza, but
were informed that they must pay security personnel at costs exceeding
$800.00 per day. On October 27, new ground use rules for Legislative
Plaza were created and announced without any public review process.
Occupy Nashville supporters believe that these arbitrary rule changes
are intended to stifle political speech and are in direct violation of
their 1st amendment rights, and rights also affirmed under the
Tennessee State Constitution.

Occupy Oakland: Hospital officials have upgraded injured vet Scott
Olsen’s condition from critical to fair. Though still unable to speak,
he is awake, lucid and responding well to medication, according to his
doctors. Last night more than 1,000 people gathered in Oakland for a
vigil for Olsen. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan attempted to speak at the
Occupy Oakland encampment outside City Hall but was denied a chance to
speak. The mayor later recorded and posted a video apologizing for the
actions that led to Olsen’s injuries.

Occupy Orlando: Occupy Orlando needs your help. The group is calling
on supporters to call elected officials in Orlando and request that
they grant Occupy Orlando permission to occupy Senator Beth Johnson
Park 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week! CALL TO ACTION: Call City of Orlando
Mayor Buddy Dyer at 407-246-2221 or Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
at 407-836-7370. For a list of contact info for City Commissioners go

Occupy Portland: Update from Occupy Portland’s Information Desk:
Portland Mayor Sam Adams has issued a statement saying that he will
not permit the expansion of Occupy Portland into other public areas.
TODAY: Portland Copwatch and Occupy Portland held a “Your Rights and
the Police” Teach-In this afternoon. The training walked through the
basics of what to do when stopped by the police, how to safely and
legally observe police, and how to file complaints. Portland Copwatch
is a project of Peace and Justice Works, a group promoting non-violent
conflict resolution on local, national and international levels.

Occupy San Diego: LA Times reports that earlier today, the ACLU sought
to have charges dropped against 51 Occupy San Diego protesters who
were arrested when police cleared the civic plaza and a downtown park
about 2 a.m. Kevin Keenan, executive director of the ACLU of San Diego
and Imperial counties, said he asked Police Chief Bill Lansdowne to
have the charges dropped because some of the protesters may have to
spend several nights in jail until they are able to make bail. The
activist Kuttin Kandi of the All People’s Revolutionary Front
Coalition witnessed the raid in San Diego and reported: "Cops started
coming in, and the media wasn’t allowed to get in… And then they
started arresting people, one by one. And then they started arresting
the media… The cops started moving in, and then they started backing
out of the area, like setting up an army line. They even called it
platoons. They were like, 'Platoon One!' And then they backed up.
'Platoon Two!' and then 'Platoon Three!' They were literally like army

Egypt: As they vowed earlier this week to do, Egyptian pro-democracy
protesters marched from Tahrir square to the U.S. Embassy today to
march in support of Occupy Oakland—and against police brutality
witnessed in Oakland on Tuesday night, and commonly experienced in
Egypt.

London: Democracy Now reports St. Paul’s Cathedral has announced it is
seeking legal action to remove the Occupy London Stock Exchange
protesters from its grounds 14 days after the protest began. Earlier
this week, the cathedral’s canon chancellor, Giles Fraser, resigned
because he was afraid police would use violence to rid the cathedral
grounds of protesters. Fraser said, "I cannot support using violence
to ask people to clear off the land. It is not about my sympathies or
what I believe about the camp. I support the right to protest and in a
perfect world we could have negotiated... The church cannot answer
peaceful protest with violence."

South Africa: In South Africa, some 2,000 Johannesburg youths marched
on the Chamber of Mines and Stock Exchange Thursday to deliver a
petition demanding big changes to an economy still controlled by the
white minority. The marchers also called on President Jacob Zuma’s
government to do more to tackle the chronic unemployment blighting the
continent’s biggest economy. Given Vlashiya says: "We’re just
reminding the president of the country to say, as the youth, we need
jobs, you know, we need to gain in the economy. We also want to inform
and say, you know, the issue of the land, it’s important that we
expropriate land without pay, so that those who are unemployed, they
can also benefit on the land."

France: Yesterday, demonstrators rallied outside Moody’s credit rating
agency in Paris. Protesters said the firm is contributing to the
worsening of the European economic crisis by cutting the ratings of
countries’ sovereign debts.


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