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Standoff between NYPD and Occupy Protesters at Zuccoti Park

They have a court order requiring the police to allow them to reenter the park, here’s  a link for the court order: http://www.yettakurland.com/ows/osc-tro.pdf

But dozens of police officers are blocking the way and arresting any that enter the park, in direct violation of the court order. Fantastic livestream of the action here: http://www.yettakurland.com/ows/osc-tro.pdf

EDIT: Looks like this Livestream is down currently, but it’s been a bit in and out, so check back. If you can find any other streams, post them. People need to see this. Repression like this cannot stand. 

EDIT: The link is working again! 

This is another livestream that is also working, though I like the first better personally: http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution


the raid on zuccotti park (by Casey Neistat)

NBA Lockout Watch:

This might be a bargaining chip the NBA players can use to end this lockout. It’s to soon to say if they will, but the NLRB has denied David Stern’s request to dismiss unfair labor practice charge. The irony? The unfairly treated players are making millions, and a certain group of largely unemployed people with considerably less $ at their disposal is sitting in Zuccoti Park right now. They’d probably go with a 50/50 BRI. I am basically the poster child for what the (largely white) group of protestors are representing, but I’m too busy looking for work to go protest. This is why I don’t take sides.

Via the New York Daily News:

Locked-out NBA players believe they scored a major victory Wednesday when the National Labor Relations Board denied David Stern’s request to have the union’s charge of an unfair labor practice dismissed, although the players are a long way from seeing this tactic get them back onto the basketball court.

The NBA commissioner went before the NLRB on Wednesday seeking the dismissal, as first reported by the Daily News, but the NLRB decided to continue with the case, which the players union hopes will lead to the league being forced to restart operations and open the season under the previous collective bargaining rules.

I can’t remember where the pic came from, but if you want credit, just email me.

October 1: Occupy Wall Street "We are the 99%" March from Zuccoti Park to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Ok, so after sleeping for 12 hours and decompressing from a very long day yesterday, this is the conclusion I have come to about our day spent with the Occupy Wall St. Movement: finally, our country has had enough. The gap between the super rich and the middle/lower class continues to grow and it’s sickening. Generation X (the 50 and early 60 somethings) are completely tied in upside down on their mortgages, and our generation is going to be in debt forever due to student loans and most likely, only a fraction of us will ever own a house because of this. If you marry someone who also has student loans up the ass, I’m crossing my fingers for you. This country needs to reform the tax system and we need to make this a country of manufacturing again – not a country of outsourcing, and companies who do outsource should be punished with taxes, but instead, as of now, they are given tax breaks. This country needs healthcare. Socialist healthcare is not the answer, because overseas and in Canada, the government controls what medicine doctors are allowed to prescribe and the lack of specialists and surgeons causes people to wait on lists for months before getting properly treated. However, there are other options, but I know that in this country, which is supposed to be the country of opportunity, it is UNACCEPTABLE that a man has to rob a bank for a dollar in order to go to jail to receive proper healthcare. Google that shit and look at the humiliation and despair on the man’s face, it’s devastating. There are a lot of things wrong in America right now that need fixing, and FINALLY people are starting to get it and stomp their feet. I heard several times in the last 24 hours that there are “other ways” to create reform rather than throwing a tantrum and marching through the streets. I ask you this, when were revolutions ever worthwhile when they were started over an intellectual conversation over brunch and a round of golf? Never. To create change, the masses have to stomp their feet and open their mouths, and take their heads out of the sand and be ready to take some heat for it. It aint pretty and it aint easy, but if you dare complain about they way your country is running you better be willing to do something about it, and if you’re not, close your mouth; sounds harsh, but its true. Stop getting your information from only the media, try engaging in life and getting your information first hand. As for the NYPD arrests on the bridge yesterday, I will tell you this: the police were doing their jobs. There was no police brutality, and as I walked by with my sign saying “110K in student loan debt so I can teach your kids cuz I love what I do even if it means I can never retire. I am one of the 99%” they all smiled and nodded their head. I spoke with many and thanked them for protecting us while we marched and they smiled. Stop putting this on them, they have a job to do and it is in fact illegal to march in a highway that isn’t shut down with permits. In my last comments about this for now, I will tell you this: if you want to “peacefully” protest, then by all means, please do so. However, remember that to be peaceful means to be respectful – even if the other side isn’t respecting you.

Why are they not moving in on the park?

They have a court order disallowing them from blocking reentry to the park currently! The officers there are in contempt of court. I really wish I was there right now. They need to, in mass, move in on the park with the court orders! Perform citizen’s arrests on any police officers that continue to defy the court order, and reclaim the park! This is not what democracy looks like, this is what repression and fascism look like!

Occupy Wall Street Ginger - Zuccotti Park, NYC

You gotta set the world on fire if you want to spark some change.  Is there a better way to start than by harnessing the power of a GINGER?  Look at this kid?  He’s one pita sandwich away from screaming anti-corporate slurs between texts on his iPhone 4GS (AT&T)!  Hell yeah!  Someone get this kid some hummus and a salad from Whole Foods; he’s on a damn mission for change and will single handedly abolish corporate greed (single handedly refers again to his non-texting hand)!  

Bravo Ginger Protester.  Raise a freckled fist to the fortune 500!  POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

A tour of Zuccotti Park: Home of the Occupy Wall Street movement

Channel: Economics

“I need to ask you to please move out of the kitchen area.” 

I heard this as I was preparing my camera to take some footage of Zuccotti Park, the home base of the Occupy Wall Street movement

The protestors have converted Zuccoti Park into a makeshift housing community, replete with the aforementioned kitchen, a library, a media center, a “comfort” area, and a drum circle.

One of the protestors, who has been “occupying” Wall Street since September 17, was kind enough to give me a tour of the park and explain how everything works.

O movimento Occupy Wall Street sedeou a sua luta em Zuccoti Park. O nome do parque inspirou a criação de uma colecção de livros com o mesmo nome - Zuccoti Park Press - cujo objectivo é publicar livros/panfletos baratos escritos por figuras que possam inspirar uma mudança social.

A primeira edição da colecção é o livro Occupy, escrito a partir das ideias de Noam Chomsky: dirigindo-se à assembleia popular do Occupy Boston em Dewey Square (Novembro de 2011); entrevistado por um aluno do MIT (Janeiro de 2012) e  a sua intervenção na conferência do InterOccupy (Janeiro de 2012).

Para Chomsky o Occupy é um dos movimentos com mais sucesso a que pôde assistir e, apesar de toda a repressão: prisões, vigilância, acusações forjadas; o movimento não cessou de crescer, de cidade para cidade, de país a país, até ao inner city (Occupy the Hood).

O movimento é uma forte resposta à crise económica actual e às imposições dos mercados financeiros sobre as pessoas. O desespero de agora recorda-lhe os tempos da grande depressão, e é atribuído a uma política constante de disempowerment dos cidadãos. 

Lembra-nos “Saint Alan” - Alan Greenspan (um dos principais responsáveis da crise actual), que numa declaração ao congresso durante o mandato de Clinton explicou os méritos da grande economia:

« He said a lot of sucess of this economy was based substantially on what he called “growing worker insecurity”. If working people are insecure, if they´re part of what we now call the “precariat”, living precarious existences, they´re not going to make demands, they won´t get benefits. We can kick´em out if we don´t need them.»

Em parte para responder às consequências dessa Grande Economia, Chomsky propõe unidades de autogestão, em especial nas unidades manufactureiras ameaçadas de deslocalização. Grande parte delas é lucrativa, e a deslocalização é apenas uma forma das grandes corporações atingirem mais lucros.

O modelo actual deve dar lugar a uma economia da comunidade, porque só com o apoio desta última será possível efectivar a autogestão nas unidades de produção.

Chomsky lembra tentativas recentes de comissões de trabalhadores que tentaram adquirir unidades de produção em vias de serem deslocalizadas, e que apesar das ofertas lucrativas, as empresas preferiram fechar as fábricas a vendê-las aos trabalhadores. Fizeram-no não por questões económicas mas de «classe».

Sobre estas últimas propostas de reformulação económica, Chomsky aconselha a leitura do trabalho desenvolvido por Gar Leporovitz - America Beyond Capitalism.

After two and a half months of protest, the real legacy of the Occupy camps is the damage done to our cities by vandalism and to our parks by the squalor Occupy considered a “better way”. There is little left of their legacy than to pay for the damage they caused and to clean up the mess they left.