Occupations Report Feb. 3, 2012
February 3 by Leland
in Current News and Opinion
by Monique Hairston & Liz Butler/Rebuild the Dream
N.D.A.A. DAY OF ACTION: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Nationwide Protests Against the National Defense Authorization Act Today Occupy protesters and concerned citizens across the country will gather outside congressional offices from noon to 7 p.m. to protest the National Defense Authorization Act 2012 (H.R. 1540). Protesters are calling upon their congressmen to repeal Section 1021 and 1022 which could lead to the indefinite military detention of Americans without due process. Some protesters are also demanding the recall of all congressmen who voted for this bill. You can find your protest location by clicking on the “House” and “Senate” links below. There you can find your district, see how your legislator voted on this bill and clilck on his/her name to get the office address/protest location.
Nationwide list of events: http://on.fb.me/wk28Cx
VIDEO: N.D.A.A. and the US Constitution This video series takes a critical look at the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) recently signed into law. Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ycJ111.
Occupy Long Beach Protests NDAA, Indefinite Detention of Bradley Manning Manning, a 23-year-old Army intelligence analyst, is accused of leaking a video [http://huff.to/baDcXy] showing the killing of civilians, including two Reuters journalists, by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. He is also charged with sharing the documents known as the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and embarrassing US diplomatic cables, with the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. According to bradleymanning.org reports, although Bradley has not yet been tried, he was held in solitary confinement for the first 10 months of his incarceration. During this time he was denied meaningful exercise, social interaction, sunlight, and has occasionally been kept completely naked. These conditions were unique to Bradley and are illegal even under US military law as they amount to extreme pre-trial punishment. Occupy Long Beach sees this Nation Day of Action as a chance to help people make the connection between Bradley Manning, Occupy and the NDAA. For more information, e-mail OccupyLongBeach@gmail.com.
“NO WAR ON IRAN” DAY OF ACTION: FEB 4th No War, No Sanctions, No Intervention, No Assassinations! Occupied cities across the nation are working on solidarity efforts for this National Day of Action demanding, No War on Iran, No Sanctions, No Intervention, No Assassinations!” The European Union recently announced a complete embargo of Iranian oil. Taken together with the other economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its allies, this is a campaign meant to impose maximum suffering on the people of Iran by destabilizing and destroying the country’s economy. At the same time, covert action inside the country, including assassinations, sabotage and drone over flights, is intensifying. U.S. military bases surround Iran, while nuclear-armed U.S. aircraft carriers and Trident submarines sit right off its cost. The pretext for this aggression against another country in the strategic Persian Gulf region is that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, an assertion that Iranian leaders have denied. The utter hypocrisy of this charge by the world’s leading nuclear weapons power and its nuclear-armed allies, including Israel, Britain and France, could not be clearer. To see a complete list of events taking place nationwide, visit http://bit.ly/AiF3s9. BANK JUSTICE Major Lawsuit Filed Against Nation’s Largest Banks Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today filed a lawsuit against several of the nation’s largest banks charging that the creation and use of a private national mortgage electronic registry system known as MERS has resulted in a wide range of deceptive and fraudulent foreclosure filings in New York state and federal courts, harming homeowners and undermining the integrity of the judicial foreclosure process. The lawsuit asserts that employees and agents of Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo, acting as “MERS certifying officers,” have repeatedly submitted court documents containing false and misleading information that made it appear that the foreclosing party had the authority to bring a case when in fact it may not have. The lawsuit names JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Bank of America, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as well as Virginia-based MERSCORP, Inc. and its subsidiary, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. Read more: http://bit.ly/wnwIQS.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH POLITICAL PRISONERS: FEB 4th In New Mexico, (un)Occupy Albuquerque will hold a day of events for International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier and Political Prisoners. Peltier is a Native American activist and member of the American Indian Movement (AIM). In 1977 he was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for first degree murder in the shooting of two FBI agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Peltier’s indictment and conviction is the subject of the 1992 documentary Incident at Oglala. Peltier’s murder conviction has survived numerous appeals in various courts and Amnesty International has expressed concern about the fairness of the proceedings. Numerous lawsuits have been filed on Peltier’s behalf, but none has succeeded. Read more: http://on.fb.me/wpiUcv
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY: FEB 6th Occupy Oakland Calls Day of Action Against Police Brutality and Arrests [OccupyOakland.org] – Occupy Oakland has faced heavy police repression since its inception. From the first police raid on October 25th, when the camp was violently destroyed and people were brutally tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets, to the recent targeted snatchings and arrests of the last couple weeks, and finally to the attack on Occupy Oakland in its attempt to move into a vacant building which manifested itself in tear gas, rubber bullets, assault grenades and the mass arrest of up to 400 people last night, Oakland’s Police Department and City Government have made it clear that they will continue to target and repress those in Occupy Oakland in the attempt to squash the movement that challenges their exploitation, and oppression of the people of Oakland and the 99%. Often those arrested have had their charges dropped after spending several days in jail due to lack of evidence. Occupy San Francisco also denounces OPD’s “illegal police actions, police violence and Mayor Quan for ordering these actions.” OccupySF will hold a solidarity march and rally. More: http://occupysf.org/
VIDEO: Police Brutality Agaisnt First Nation Man in Toronto Jordan Hewitt, Ojibway First Nation was reportedly beaten unconscious, slurred by Toronto Police of the 52nd Division, February 1, 2012. Watch here: http://vimeo.com/36153209
#OCCUPYWALK: FEBRUARY 11th The 99% will march across America to promote social and economic justice The Occupy Walk is a National March starting in San Diego, California February 11th. The group will walk across the United States taking a southern route to bypass winter in the first months of the walk. OccupyWalk plans on meeting up with people from other Occupations, groups who plan their own route, and anyone in any town that wants to walk for the cause. “You don’t have to walk the whole way. We hope you’ll walk a block, a mile, across town, a couple days, or even the whole way with us. This walk will help promote the Occupy cause by drawing attention to the injustices that were first presented by the Occupy Wall Street Movement. We hope to leave San Diego with over 100 people and by the end of the march we hope to be 10,000 or more strong.” Get more info at: http://occupywalk.org/
ENCAMPMENTS Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction for Occupy D.C. Protesters [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times] – As expected, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg issued an order this afternoon denying a motion brought by Occupy D.C. protesters for a preliminary injunction barring U.S. Park Police from seizing or destroying tents and other property. Lead counsel for the Occupy D.C. protesters, Jeffrey Light, said earlier this week that he anticipated Boasberg would deny the motion, based on statements made by the U.S. Department of Interior that there were no imminent plans to clear out McPherson Square, and that the government would follow regulations already in place requiring them to give notice of such a decision. Read more: http://bit.ly/zhYAEE
Judge Gives Occupy Pittsburgh Three Days to Vacate [FireDogLake.com] – Judge Christine A Ward issued a decision today finding in favor of BNY/Mellon and against Occupy Pittsburgh. The 23-page ruling sides with the bank’s claim of immediate and irreparable harm, and gives the occupation 3 days to remove tents and personal belongings, cease camping, and comply with all BNY/Mellon notices. Read more: http://bit.ly/xu99Fu
MARCH 1ST, 2012: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR EDUCATION [OccupyEd.org] – They got bailed out and we got sold out. But through nationally coordinated mass action we can and will turn back the tide of austerity. OccupyEducation is calling on all students, teachers, workers, and parents from all levels of education -pre-K-12 through higher education in public and private institutions- and all Occupy assemblies, labor unions, and organizations of oppressed communities, to mobilize on March 1st, 2012 across the country to tell those in power, “The resources exist for high-quality education for all. If we make the rich and the corporations pay we can reverse the budget cuts, tuition hikes, and attacks on job security, and fully fund public education and social services.” This is a call to work together, but it is up to each school and organization to determine what local and regional actions-such as strikes, walkouts, occupations, marches, etc.-they will take to say no to business as usual. More: http://www.occupyed.org/
OCCUPY NEWS Carlos Miller Arrested At Occupy Miami Eviction – Free Keene Photo journalism activist Carlos Miller was arrested Tuesday evening while he was attempting to cover the police’s eviction of Occupy Miami. Carlos is no stranger to arrest for photography. He has beaten two separate prior charges for …
Occupy Healdsburg protesters to target Bank of America Chase and Wells Fargo banks in Healdsburg have been picketed recently; now it’s Bank of America’s turn on Saturday.
Police Claim Occupy Rochester Protesters Now Have to Show IDs … Police in Rochester have received an order to go to Occupy Rochester every night from this day forward and have occupiers show IDs.
Why Occupy Grinnell matters Scarlet & Black Since its inception last fall, the reaction I receive most frequently from my fellow students when I tell them about Occupy Grinnell is something along the lines of: Really? What’s the point? And that is completely understandable. Superficially, the …
Occupy Boise Faces Eviction Boise State Public Radio Occupy Wall Street sparked a national movement last fall that resonated in Idaho too. By November,Occupy Boise protestors had set up camp on state land and now some legislators want them off. What’s happening locally reflects a national …
Occupy CU Boulder members protest proposed tuition increase CU … Members of Occupy CU Boulder, wielding cardboard signs and Sharpie markers, are protesting the possibility of a 15.7 percent in-state tuition increase and are encouraging other CU students to do the same. Occupy CU’s “Teach-In” event …
Police Violence Targets Occupy Oakland Demonstration, NLGSF … The Oscar Grant Plaza Gazette aims to be a voice and record of the historic Occupy Oakland movement, part of a national and international movement of resistance. Please consider contributing your thoughts, reflections, opinions, and what …
Occupy The Solutions The Future of Occupy By Colin Davis I find it healthy that Occupy groups are oriented in a way which lets any and all opinions be heard and lets a group be steered by the members collectively rather than by a leader or core membership’s rule. But I have to say that I think that there … The Future of Occupy
Occupy Oakland supports Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions … The Oakland, Calif., chapter of the Occupy movement overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. According to Twitter accounts by pro-Palestinian activists pushing the …
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