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This is epic funny and sad. You definitely see Romney’s base
Occupy National Gathering - June 30 - July 4. Participants include: Matt Taibi, President of National Lawyers Guild, Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping, Michael Moore, Guitar Army, Retired Police Captain and Occupier Ray Lewis.
Just released —the latest Tactical Briefing (#34) from Adbusters
Flash Encampments: Occupy morphs into a new model!
Hey all you wild cats, do-gooders and steadfast rebels out there,
Our movement is living through a painful rebirth… “There has been a unfortunate consolidation of power in #OWS,” writes one founding Zuccotti. “This translates into ideological dominance and recurring lines of thought. We are facing a nauseating poverty of ideas.” Burned out, out of money, out of ideas… seduced by salaries, comfy offices, book deals, old lefty cash and minor celebrity status, some of the most prominent early heroes of our leaderless uprising are losing the edge that catalyzed last year’s one thousand encampments. Bit by bit, Occupy’s first generation is succumbing to an insidious institutionalization and ossification that could be fatal to our young spiritual insurrection unless we leap over it right now. Putting our movement back on track will take nothing short of a revolution within Occupy.
The new tone was set on Earth Day, April 22, in a suburb bordering Berkeley, California when a dozen occupiers quietly marched a small crowd to a tract of endangered urban agricultural land, cut through the locked fence and set up tents, kitchens and a people’s assembly. Acting autonomously under the banner of Occupy, without waiting for approval from any preexisting General Assembly, Occupy The Farm was notable for its sophisticated preplanning and careful execution — they even brought chickens — that offered a positive vision for the future and engendered broad community support. While encampments across the world were unable to re-establish themselves on May Day, this small cadre of farm occupiers boldly maintained their inspiring occupation for nearly four weeks.
In Minneapolis, a core of occupiers have launched an Occupy Homes campaign that is unique for its edgy tenacity. “What is unusual, in fact utterly unprecedented, is the level of aggression and defiance of the law by these activists,” a spokesperson for Freddie Mac, a U.S. corporation that trades in mortgages, told a local paper. “Over the past week … the city has tossed out protesters and boarded up the house, only to see the demonstrators peel back the boards and use chains, concrete-filled barrels and other obstacles to make it more difficult to carry them away,” the article reports. Last Friday, police were so desperate to prevent a re-occupation of the foreclosed home that they surrounded the house with “30 Minneapolis police officers with batons” and “over two dozen marked and undercover squad cars and a paddy wagon.” Occupiers responded by laughing and signing songs… joyous in their struggle to elevate the home into an symbol of democratic resistance to the banks.
In its own sweet way, our movement is now moving beyond the Zuccotti model and developing a tactical imperative of its own: Small groups of fired up second generation occupiers acting independently, swiftly and tenaciously pulling off myriad visceral local actions, disrupting capitalist business-as-usual across the globe.
The next big bang to capture the world’s imagination could come not from a thousand encampments but from a hundred thousand ephemeral jams… a global cascade of flash encampments may well be what this hot Summer will look like.
Meanwhile, tents are up once again in Tahrir Square and youth from Quebec to Auckland to Moscow to Oakland are rising up against a future that does not compute.
Stay loose, play jazz, keep the faith … Capitalism is crashing and our movement has just begun.
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Scahill: Obama Has ‘Murdered’ People With Drone Strikes
Upset over President Barack Obama’s “kill list” and continued usage of drone striking throughout his administration, The Nation‘s national security correspondent Jeremy Scahill called the commander-in-chief’s actions “murderous.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s Up with Chris Hayes, Scahill argued for the justification of labeling President Obama’s decisions to authorize the strikes as “murder,” specifically the drone attack on al-Qaeda America figure Anwar Al-Awlaki’s son in Yemen in 2011 recently covered by PBS’ Frontline.
“If someone goes into a shopping mall in pursuit of one of their enemies and opens fire on a crowd of people, and guns down a bunch of innocent people in a shopping mall, they’ve murdered those people,” Scahill said.
“If you go to Yemen where I was, and you see the unexploded cluster bombs, and you have the list and photographic evidence, as I do, of women and children that represented the vast majority of deaths in the first strike that Obama authorized on Yemen, those people were murdered by President Obama, on his orders, because there was believed to be someone from al-Qaeda in that area. There’s only one person that’s been identified that had any connection to al-Qaeda there. And 21 women and 14 children were killed in that strike.”
“And the U.S. tried to cover it up and say it was a Yemenize strike. And we know from the Wikileaks cables that David Petraus conspired with the president to lie to the world about who did that bombing. It’s murder, it’s mass murder. When you say, ‘We’re going to bomb this area because we believe a terrorist is there,’ and you know that women and children are there, [then] the United States has an obligation to not bomb that area if they believe women and children are there. That’s murder.”
Scahill added: “The most dangerous thing that the U.S. is doing, besides murdering innocent people in many cases, is giving people in Yemen or Somalia, or Pakistan, a non ideological reason to hate the United States, to fight the United States. Non-ideological reasons, meaning personal vendetta, is much more powerful than, ‘We hate your freedom, we hate your McDondalds, we have your Christianity, that’s real to them.”
Rima Elkouri: The Philosophy Teacher and His Ski Goggles
Street medic solidarity
By Rima Elkouri, published in La Presse, May 30, 2012
Original French Text Here: http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/chroniques/rima-elkouri/201205/30/01-4529910-le-prof-de-philo-et-ses-lunettes-de-ski.php
“It’s really the nightstick blow that started it all.”
The man who is talking to me in a hoarse voice is named Olivier Roy. He’s 31. Ski goggles are sitting on his table. He’s visibly exhausted. Visibly indignant.
By day, Olivier Roy is a philosophy teacher at CÉGEP de Terrebonne. By night, for more than a month, he has demonstrated against police brutality. He has participated in some thirty marches. He was still out there Tuesday night.
Olivier tells me, almost shyly, that he recently had to buy these ski goggles. Not for skiing, you understand. Neither for confronting the police—that’s not at all his style. But just to be able to demonstrate peacefully without worrying about his eyes. For more than a month, he’s felt too much pepper. He’s seen too many plastic bullets fired, too many concussion grenades that can blind a person. After his marathon of demonstrations, he has arrived at the sad conclusion that a citizen who wishes to protest needs two things; ski goggles and a camera.
Dozens of Minneapolis police raided a foreclosed home surrounded by Occupy Homes activists on May 30 and arrested 14 protestors. The raid seemed to contradict statements from Mayor RT Rybak and Police Chief Tim Dolan that indicated the city and its police were done assisting in the foreclosure and security was now Freddie Mac’s responsibility.
Police finally dislodged occupiers on their third try on May 29. Afterward, police boarded up the house, the mayor’s office released a statement about the situation, and Dolan talked to reporters. The mayor’s office told Freddie Mac, “The City plays a limited role to protect public safety. The property is the responsibility of its owner.” At the house, Police Chief Tim Dolan said, “We’re done here. It’s their responsibility,” referring to Freddie Mac.
The Cruz family had lived in the house until it was foreclosed on by PNC, which owned their mortgage. The family says their mortgage was triggered by a computer error. Occupy Homes had been occupying the house to force PNC to renegotiate the mortgage.
After the mayor’s statements, activist Anthony Newby said Occupy planned to reoccupy the home. Late in the evening of May 29, though, Minneapolis police still seemed to be guarding the house, indicating a reoccupation could be contentious.
Activist Camille Roberts said that about 100 demonstrators surrounded the house at 4044 Cedar Ave. S. at around 8:30 PM on May 30. She said two private security guards were at the house but unable to stop the activists. Then, Roberts said, activists removed the boards covering the front and back door and some sat down in front of the now open entrances.
“Tons of cops” were patrolling the area, she said. They surrounded the protestors, blocked the intersections at both ends of the block, and told them to leave or they would be arrested. Most moved to the sidewalk, but eight stayed, seated in a line in front of the front door with arms linked, Roberts said. About 50 police moved in, she said, violently pushing back the crowd of protestors.
Martha Ockenfels-Martinez, another activist at the scene, said described the first arrest. As the police moved onto the property, one officer pointed at young, male protestor standing in the Occupy group. She said he started to leave the area and was across the street when she saw a group of cops tackle and arrest him.
The next day, police were still holding the man on probable cause of burglary. Sergeant Bill Palmer said, “he was identified as being inside the home.”
Roberts said police next entered the house, and she saw them stepping on top of protestors as they walked inside. Then, she said, police began dragging the eight seated protestors off the stoop and to squad cars.
Ockenfels-Martinez one person who stayed and was arrested was Nick Espinosa. She said she saw police first pull him into the house and out of sight, but they soon reemerged walking Espinosa to a paddy wagon.
After those arrests, Roberts said, police arrested more people as they were leaving including three who were unlocking their bicycles.
When asked why police returned to the house after Chief Dolan said they were done there, Sergeant Palmer said police were responding to 911 calls from neighbors and the private security guards reporting a burglary. “We can’t ignore 911 calls,” he said. He added that the security guards “weren’t able to contain the situation.”
John Stiles, communications director for the mayor’s office, said that police were aware of the mayor’s views in regard to the Cedar Avenue house. He said police responded because protestors were breaking the law. He added, “Freddie Mac had insufficient security. That was irresponsible.” Stiles refused to comment on whether police would react if protestors went back to the house. “That’s a hypothetical question,” he said.
- Eric Blom
If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us. In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.
— Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (via charlesbivona)