From:   Doug Singsen <dougsingsen@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Monday, October 31, 2011 6:46:02 PM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   SPAM-MED: Re: [september17discuss] Fwd: The Occupations Report: 10/31
 

I agree that non-white forces are key to the Occupy movement and that we need to represent the movement's diversity, but I disagree that the American Occupy movement is definitively white and middle class. In terms of class, the working class has been absolutely central to OWS, from the thousands of people who have come out to the mass rallies to the hundreds who visit every day to the very important role of the organized labor movement. In terms of race, it is true that we need to bring more people of color into the central organizing and that the politics of the movement need to be more solidly anti-racist and inclusive, but in terms of the people you will actually find at OWS or at the mass rallies, they are very diverse. So it's more complicated than just being a "white movement."

I would also add that while the report of all the occupations is very inspiring, many of them are describing occupations under attack, which yet again highlights why we need to make the protest on November 2 in solidarity with Oakland and all the other occupations that are under attack.

Doug

On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 7:56 PM, shaista husain <shaistahusain@gmail.com> wrote:
Thanks for the report, fantastic job, gratefully appreciated and
needed, great great work. BUT and a serious BUT....not to be rude, but
i wonder why certain things are silences--you know like the big
elephant in the room--not a white elephant but a big black one!
I was glad to see the report on Occupy Africa, wow one non-white
occupation is included!! but alas, immediately reminded this is a
white middle classmovement--!!! well POOEY! i doubt it will get very
far...ummm what about the occupations in Egypt, in Yemen, Syria,
Bahrain (even the co-option of the movement by NATO/US in Libya) will
be informative towards a non-white middle class perspective of global
democracy, no? In fact some reports on these occupations may even tilt
the balance in favor of evidence suggesting without a doubt, that non
white dominated occupations in the global south are leading the fight
for democracy, otherwise some silly folks may mistakenly assume that
the antiglobal movement is only a euramerican dominated one (you know
that old enlightenment idea that only the west can save the rest of
humanity....yawn) so dear comrade, try to be slightly fair and
slightly more globally democratic..if you worked so hard to reach out
to comrades in all these places, also try to reach out to make some
brown friends ... what about chile and mexico and south america?  if
you should need any help finding those non white middle class voices,
believe me they are screaming louder and clearer than anyone else
worldwide, add pakistan and gaza too...
with love and appreciation!!! grateful!!!
Shaista


On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM, beka economopoulos
<beka@notanalternative.net> wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>
> 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
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