Bloomberg simply brushed off the assembled group that was desperate to talk to the mayor about their increasingly dire situation post-Sandy.

In the response to hurricane Sandy, Occupy Wall Street supporters have shown that voluntary, decentralized mutual aid is far more effective than the Red Cross or FEMA.

FEMA shut down last week “due to bad weather” (The agency will only help as long as it’s not raining, snowy or too windy.), during which time Occupy Sandy and other independent voluntary organizations continued to provide aid to hurricane victims. At one point, pictures were taken of occupy sandy volunteers feeding FEMA workers who couldn’t even find supplies for themselves.

Some community members still have no power. And after almost everyone in NYC has been helped some are being told that because they ‘rent' they aren't eligible for federal assistance.

Tenants who lived without heat, hot water, elevators and power … wanted a rent discount right away, worried that they would fall behind in December’s rent because of extra expenses incurred after Sandy.

NYCHA caved, agreeing not to pursue evictions of or default judgments against Sandy-affected tenants who don’t pay or are late with next month’s rent.

ACTONS

—Come to 489 Midland Ave Staten Island, NY 10306 to stand in support
—Volunteers requested to help move the hub to 100% private property - The 626 Midland Avenue hub in Staten Island has been evicted.
—Demand the Mayor’s office end community hub eviction and instead support hubs with space and equipment
—Public Advocate’s office: (212) 669-7250 9am-5pm EMAIL: GetHelp@pubadvocate.nyc.gov

Real-time Live Updates from Sandy Social Media

Don’t forget - GOP —> Expect Spending Offsets for Sandy Disaster Aid.

Buying Distressed Debt, the Rolling Jubilee  aka “The People’s Bailout”!


AMY GOODMAN: An offshoot of Occupy Wall Street has launched a new movement to bail out the people, not the banks. Coined “Rolling Jubilee,” activists are raising money to buy distressed debt from financial firms, often for pennies on the dollar, then canceling it so that borrowers don’t have to repay. The people who incurred the debt in the first place then get a certified letter informing them they’re off the hook. This is how Rolling Jubilee explains its campaign.

THOMAS GOKEY: The debts we have are not legitimate.

ANN LARSON: We shouldn’t be forced into debt to cover basic needs like healthcare, housing and education.

ROLLING JUBILEE ACTIVIST 1: We need a jubilee, a clean slate, a cancellation of debts for the 99 percent.

THOMAS GOKEY: Here’s how we’re going to do it. In America, banks sell debt on this shadowy market full of debt buyers. Debt collectors then turn around and try to extort the full amount from us.

ROLLING JUBILEE ACTIVIST 2: That’s where the Rolling Jubilee comes in. It raises money to buy the debt.

ROLLING JUBILEE ACTIVIST 3: But instead of collecting on the debts we buy, we’re going to abolish it. Poof! Shazam!

allabouthumansupremacy:

via Occupy Canada
http://bit.ly/U5gK7Z  Once this Alberta, Canada landscape was a pristine wilderness roamed by deer now it’s ‘the most destructive industrial project on earth’ *Lush green forests once blanketed an area of the Tar Sands at Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, larger than England
*Area where blackened earth now stands dubbed by environmentalists as most destructive industrial project on earth *Boreal forest - once home to grizzly bears, moose and bison - is vanishing at rate second to Amazon deforestation ARTICLE/SEE THE PHOTOS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219240/Tar-Sands-Canada-worlds-largest-oil-reserve-173billion-untouched-barrels.html

allabouthumansupremacy:

via Occupy Canada

http://bit.ly/U5gK7Z
Once this Alberta, Canada landscape was a pristine wilderness roamed by deer now it’s ‘the most destructive industrial project on earth’

*Lush green forests once blanketed an area of the Tar Sands at Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, larger than England

*Area where blackened earth now stands dubbed by environmentalists as most destructive industrial project on earth

*Boreal forest - once home to grizzly bears, moose and bison - is vanishing at rate second to Amazon deforestation

ARTICLE/SEE THE PHOTOS:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219240/Tar-Sands-Canada-worlds-largest-oil-reserve-173billion-untouched-barrels.html

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After Claudia Morain, the news service director at U.C. Davis, said only two (Officer Alexander Lee and Lt. John Pike) were able to be identified as having deployed pepper spray she told the press both would be placed on paid leave indefinitely. ‘Pepper Spray Cop's  2010 salary was reportedly over $100,000 dollars.

Also Police Chief Annette Spicuzza was put on leave. She announcing her retirement after 27 years in law enforcement and will collected her pension. She does not want the Nov. 18 incident to define her or the university, and she’s leaving so everyone involved can move forward.

Chancellor Linda Katehi apologizes for pepper spray incident but refused to resign.

The police officers’ union at the last moment attempted to block the release of the Kroll and Reynoso Reports on the grounds of the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights.
Judge Grillo wrote about his decision
There is a “strong public policy supporting transparency in government… [t]he public’s interest in the … conduct of peace officers is substantial” because “[p]eace officers “hold one of the most powerful positions in our society; our dependence on them is high and the potential for abuse of power is far from insignificant… As police officers paid by the public… to exercise authority over individual members of the public, the FUPOA cannot reasonably expect that information… will be shielded from public scrutiny… The significance overall… is that it wasn’t sufficient to just release some names when the whole goal of the Reynoso report [PDF] was to make clear to everyone that was involved, Lt. Pike did not act alone that day, and the chief of police didn’t just direct him,”

Months later Claudia Morain said “We can confirm he is no longer employed as of today… but we cannot confirm anything else because of privacy guidelines,”. A police union letter criticized the University “Additionally, the discipline recommendations did not include termination, but rather demotion or suspension. He should not have been terminated from The UC Davis Police Department.” Another letter by newly appointed Police Chief Matthew Carmichael rejected internal affairs findings saying “The needs of the department do not justify your continued employment,”

John Pike’s previous U.C. Davis $240,00 discrimination 2008 settlement might play into his termination.

These members of the police force do not work at Davis anymore HOWEVER they have all been cleared of wrongdoing by an IA investigation.

The University of California is offering to pay $30,000 to each of 21 plaintiffs who were pepper-sprayed 

The state’s higher education system would also pay a total of $250,000 to the plaintiffs’ attorneys and set aside $100,000 to pay $20,000 each to anyone who can prove he was pepper-sprayed or arrested during tuition protests in November.

The money comes from the school’s self-insured fund for system’s general liability risk program.

Cook County Judge Thomas M. Donnelly dismissed charges against 92 Occupy Chicago protesters saying the overnight park curfew violates our First Amendment.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel predicted the city will reverse the ruling, saying his administration’s enforcement of a park curfew is on “firm ground as it relates both to public safety and First Amendment rights.”

thepeoplesrecord:

Thoughts about the future of OWS with Captain Ray Lewis

What are you expecting of OWS on September 17?
I’m expecting one hell of a turnout, and that’ll tell me that this movement is still very much alive. That’s because the problems haven’t gone away. They haven’t even dissipated slightly. It’s the same amount of corruption and subsequently I don’t see people going away. 

How do you think the movement can grow in the upcoming months?
What I’m trying to do is get this occupation to grow by getting mainstream Americans to wake up and get involved. That’s one of the reasons for my sign, which advocates everyone to watch “Inside Job,” which is about the financial crisis. Once you watch this documentary, not only will you understand Occupy, you’ll be a full-fledged advocate. 

What kind of resistance do you hope to see with the upcoming election? 
One of my big things is advocating pacifism. I don’t like any kind of violence. I don’t even like civil disobedience, in taking the streets and stopping traffic, even though I participated in that. That’s why I was arrested, but I did that to show solidarity with the young people. But we have to be careful with any action that can be interpreted by mainstream America as that can make us look like trouble makers. 

What can be learned from OWS one year later?
Everyone has learned that there’s a movement afoot. It’s here. It’s going to stay and it’s going to stay until the problems disappear and that won’t be for a while. What people don’t realize is you need to be patient. As you get older you get more patient, but the young people didn’t have the patience and wanted to see changes quicker. You have to realize this is going to be a long tour and you have to stay the course.

Ray Lewis is a retired Philadelphia police captain who was arrested last November during an OWS action in New York City. 

thepoliticalnotebook:

It’s the anniversary of the Occupy movement, a movement which I made an effort to document over the course of this year through photography submissions from people who had witnessed or participated in rallies and protests across the US (and even across the pond, I received a few Occupy Londons, an Occupy Bristol, and even an Occupy Dublin). Above are just a handful of the photographs I collected from people. If you want to see the full collection, it’s housed here on The Political Notebook and also here on Pinterest

Here are some longreads, old and new, on Occupy, its origins and its future.

Photos: [1] Occupy Philadelphia Day 59. Eviction protests. Michael Albany. [2] Zuccotti Park. Fall 2011. Jack Massey. [3] UC Davis. Pepper spray cop. Brian Nguyen. [4] Occupy London, October 2011. Tahlia Hein. [5] Zuccotti, Fall 2011. Luis Antonio Thompson. [6] Zuccotti, Fall 2011. Bianca Farrow. [7] NYC, Fall 2011. Ceridwyn Asher. [8] Occupy Dallas, Fall 2011. Chris Wang. [9] Occupy London, November 30th. Allan Shaw.

(via realworldnews)

Over the past five years, at least 49 people in 13 American cities have run afoul of authorities for coloring things with chalk. The vast majority were arrested in connection with drawing designs or messages on public streets or sidewalks. Those accused of chalk vandalism range from the “Chalking 8"—who were asking for trouble when they drew anti-cop slogans on the wall of the police station in Manchester, New Hampshire—to six-year-old Natalie Shea, who received a New York City graffiti warning that carries a possible $300 fine for marring her stoop in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood with a blue chalk scribble.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

New York City: Thousands of workers rally in Union Square for #RiseUpNY, July 24, 2012.
Photo: Occupy Wall Street

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

New York City: Thousands of workers rally in Union Square for #RiseUpNY, July 24, 2012.

Photo: Occupy Wall Street

(via realworldnews)

Some people said to be part of OWS did an unsanctioned action of chaining subway doors open. When the police cut the chains the NYPD, creepily, took DNA resulting in a puzzling DNA match that appeared to link the 2004 killing of a New York City drama student and evidence collected this year from a protest affiliated with Occupy Wall Street was instead the result of a lab worker who handled both cases.

The match, first reported by NBC Channel 4, was discovered Monday night, sources told The Post.

“The DNA was contaminated,” a source said today.

“It was a total screw up,” said another.

—-> I HATE YOU NEWS OUTLETS.

Mayor Nutter has ordered the Fire Department to deny NatGat protesters water on a 94 degee day.

From June 30th to July 4th, the Occupy movement will convene the Occupy National Gathering in the vicinity of Philadelphia’s Independence Mall for a week of direct actions, movement building and the creation of a vision for a democratic future. The National Gathering will kick off with a massive march with Healthcare-Now! in solidarity with their fight for the right to health.  On July 5th we will conclude by joining Guitarmy for a 99 mile march from Philadelphia to Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.

VISIONING PROCESS ONLINE COMPONENT – Coming to a computer near you!

Watch and share our PROMO VIDEO

View the SCHEDULE and LEARN & CREATE pages to find out what will take place during National Gathering.

View the PROPOSAL that has been endorsed by over 50 Occupy General Assemblies nationwide who stand in SOLIDARITY with us.

Find out how we are DIFFERENT from Continental Congress 2.0 (99% Declaration).

View our FAQ sheet for answers to further questions.

Interactive Comic Detailing The Events From The NoNATO Protests In Chicago.

(Source: anarcho-queer)

occupytallahassee:

Occupy protestors Blaire Edwards, left, and Diego Atuesto, both of Orlando, protest outside the Florida House of Representatives Tuesday Jan. 10, 2012, during the first day of the Florida Legislative Session in Tallahassee,  Fla.

occupytallahassee:

Occupy protestors Blaire Edwards, left, and Diego Atuesto, both of Orlando, protest outside the Florida House of Representatives Tuesday Jan. 10, 2012, during the first day of the Florida Legislative Session in Tallahassee,  Fla.

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occupyallstreets:

Occupy Athens Plans One Night Takeover of City Hall
An Athens-Clarke County Commission’s proposal for a law banning people from sleeping in parks, sidewalks or other government property has spurred Occupy Athens to action, as the group announced it will reoccupy City Hall today in protest.
“Occupy Athens asserts that this proposed law, if passed, would abridge free speech rights to residents of Athens-Clarke County and drastically hurt the already limited options of area homeless to find a place to sleep and feel safe,” the group stated in the release. “While demonstrating Occupy Athens will not be blocking any any ingress or egress to or from City Hall nor will the demonstration impede any walkways. We want the residents of Athens-Clarke County to have the easiest access possible to their elected, and unelected, city officials.”

occupyallstreets:

Occupy Athens Plans One Night Takeover of City Hall

An Athens-Clarke County Commission’s proposal for a law banning people from sleeping in parks, sidewalks or other government property has spurred Occupy Athens to action, as the group announced it will reoccupy City Hall today in protest.

Occupy Athens asserts that this proposed law, if passed, would abridge free speech rights to residents of Athens-Clarke County and drastically hurt the already limited options of area homeless to find a place to sleep and feel safe,” the group stated in the release. “While demonstrating Occupy Athens will not be blocking any any ingress or egress to or from City Hall nor will the demonstration impede any walkways. We want the residents of Athens-Clarke County to have the easiest access possible to their elected, and unelected, city officials.

(via anarcho-queer)

thepeoplesrecord:

“In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition. This is why obituaries for the Occupy movement are in vogue. And this is why the next groundswell of popular protest—and there will be one—will be labeled as “unexpected,” a “shock” and a “surprise.” The television pundits and talking heads, the columnists and academics who declare the movement dead are as out of touch with reality now as they were on Sept. 17 when New York City’s Zuccotti Park was occupied. Nothing this movement does will ever be seen by them as a success. Nothing it does will ever be good enough. Nothing, short of its dissolution and the funneling of its energy back into the political system, will be considered beneficial.
Those who have the largest megaphones in our corporate state serve the very systems of power we are seeking to topple. They encourage us, whether on Fox or MSNBC, to debate inanities, trivia, gossip or the personal narratives of candidates. They seek to channel legitimate outrage and direct it into the black hole of corporate politics. They spin these silly, useless stories from the “left” or the “right” while ignoring the egregious assault by corporate power on the citizenry, an assault enabled by the Democrats and the Republicans. Don’t waste time watching or listening. They exist to confuse and demoralize you.” - Chris Hedges, Occupy Will Return (photo)

thepeoplesrecord:

“In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition. This is why obituaries for the Occupy movement are in vogue. And this is why the next groundswell of popular protest—and there will be one—will be labeled as “unexpected,” a “shock” and a “surprise.” The television pundits and talking heads, the columnists and academics who declare the movement dead are as out of touch with reality now as they were on Sept. 17 when New York City’s Zuccotti Park was occupied. Nothing this movement does will ever be seen by them as a success. Nothing it does will ever be good enough. Nothing, short of its dissolution and the funneling of its energy back into the political system, will be considered beneficial.

Those who have the largest megaphones in our corporate state serve the very systems of power we are seeking to topple. They encourage us, whether on Fox or MSNBC, to debate inanities, trivia, gossip or the personal narratives of candidates. They seek to channel legitimate outrage and direct it into the black hole of corporate politics. They spin these silly, useless stories from the “left” or the “right” while ignoring the egregious assault by corporate power on the citizenry, an assault enabled by the Democrats and the Republicans. Don’t waste time watching or listening. They exist to confuse and demoralize you.” - Chris Hedges, Occupy Will Return (photo)

The Judge opened his opinion with this rather eloquent paragraph:

“What a huge debt this nation owes to its ‘troublemakers.’ From Thomas Paine to Martin Luther King Jr., they have forced us to focus on problems we would prefer to downplay or ignore. Yet it is often only with hindsight that we can distinguish those troublemakers who brought us to our senses from those who are simply troublemakers. Prudence, and respect for the constitutional rights to free speech and free association, therefore dictate that the legal system cut all nonviolent protesters a fair amount of slack.”

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