State of the Occupation (Friday Roundup)
– A second Iraq war veteran has been injured by Oakland police. “Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen after being beaten by police close to the Occupy Oakland camp.”
– Tomorrow, Nov 5th, is Bank Transfer Day, and this afternoon the term was trending nationally on twitter!
– Great news from ThinkProgress: 650,000 Americans Joined Credit Unions Last Month — More Than In All Of 2010 Combined
– Here’s a depressing Reuters article to read if you feel like putting yourself in a bad mood, “NY mayor lashes out at Occupy Wall Street protesters.”
– Some sort of fight is going on at Occupy Las Vegas between the Democratic party and libertarians (and it might be a one-sided fight coming from the Democratic party?)
– AWESOME Video: Governor Walker Meets the 99 Percent, Gets “Mic Checked”
– Here’s a pic of Dr Cornel West in NY today.
– This is a transcript of Chris Hedges’ speech, delivered in Zucotti yesterday before his arrest.
– From Time, “Why the U.S. is No Longer the Land of Opportunity.”
– If you don’t read or watch anything else today, read or watch this. Wise words from Bill Moyers. Video here. Text here. “”Reporters keep scratching their heads and asking: “Why are you here?” But it’s clear they are occupying Wall Street because Wall Street has occupied the country. ”
– Here’s the recorded livestream of last night’s arrests at Occupy Tulsa.
– From indybay.org, a Statement on the Occupation of the former Traveler’s Aid Society at 520 16th Street.
The answer: they fear this logical next step from the movement more than anything else. They fear it because they know how much appeal it will have. All across the US thousands upon thousands of commercial and residential spaces sit empty while more and more people are forced to sleep in the streets, or driven deep into poverty while trying to pay their rent despite unemployment or poverty wages. We understand that capitalism is a system that has no care for human needs. It is a system which produces hundreds of thousands of empty houses at the same time as it produces hundreds of thousands of homeless people. The police are the line between these people and these houses. They say: you can stay in your rat-infested park. You can camp out here as long as we want. But the moment that you threaten property rights, we will come at you with everything we have.
– This appears to be a kind of prototype for how the mass arrests in NY will be handled in the courts.
– More great news from ThinkProgress: Large Majority Of Pennsylvanians Say They’d Vote For Candidates Who Supported Occupy Wall Street
– OccupyKids: too small to fail. Pic.
– Great video: #OccupyColumbia Ad: The People’s Lobby
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