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University of California(Davis) has been reported to pay $175000 for this image to not appear when you search it on google

On November 18th, 2011, a peaceful protest was held in UC Davis. A branch of “Occupy Wallstreet”, Occupy UC Davis was intended to protest police violence on UC campuses. The police responded by hearing their concerns, agreeing and then pepper-sprayed the protesters. That’s right, they attacked students that were protesting the fact that they attack people. source

If you’re thinking “Oh man, someone got some compensation for this, right!?” Yup. Someone did. The cop. 

The stress of being the poor victim netted him a $38,000 in worker’s comp. 

That’s more than a lot of people make in a full year. source

UC Davis “Investigated” this. And the guy who conducted the investigation was a Police Chief William J. Bratton - Chairman of the private business that provides UC Davis’s security. SOMEHOW there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the officers involved in this incident. source

It just came out that UC Davis has paid $175,000+ to a private “Image Management firm”, who is putting all of that sweet, sweet dollar into manipulating Google’s search engines, as well as other networks, to make it a lot LOT harder to find reminders that this happened. Read that what-proper: 

They’re spending almost $200,000 of school funds to escape being remembered for this awful incident.

source

So let’s take a stand. Let’s fight back against their attempts to censor the truth and avoid accountability for their awful, awful actions and violent corruption. I have before you a perfectly shareable image set, complete with sources and screenshots of proof. Let’s all work together and get the word out about this chicanery. #Love it!

Dates To Remember

January 12th, 2010 - Earthquake in Haiti

May 16, 2010 - Aiyana Stanley-Jones

September 17, 2011 - Occupy Wall Street

February 26, 2012 - Trayvon Martin

April 14, 2014 - Nigerian school girls go missing

July 17, 2014 - Eric Garner

August 5th, 2014 - John Crawford III

August 9, 2014 - Mike Brown

August 9, 2014 (Still happening) - Ferguson Protests

January 3, 2015 - Nigeria Massacre

If I’ve forgotten anything, and I’m sure I have, please add on.

Occupy abolishes $4 million in other people’s student loan debt | CNN

After forgiving millions of dollars in medical debt, Occupy Wall Street is tackling a new beast: student loans.

Marking the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the group’s Strike Debt initiative announced Wednesday it has abolished $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt since January. It said it has been buying the debts for pennies on the dollar from debt collectors, and then simply forgiving that money rather than trying to collect it.

In total, the group spent a little more than $100,000 to purchase the $3.8 million in debt.

While the group is unable to purchase the majority of the country’s $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt because it is backed by the federal government, private student debt is fair game.

This debt Occupy bought belonged to 2,700 people who had taken out private student loans to attend Everest College, which is run byCorinthian Colleges. Occupy zeroed in on Everest because Corinthian Colleges is one of the country’s largest for-profit education companies and has been in serious legal hot water lately.

Following a number of federal investigations, the college told investors this summer that it plans to sell or close its 107 campuses due to financial problems – potentially leaving its 74,000 students in a lurch.

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U.S. Accuses Wal-Mart of Labor Violations & Anonymous Leaks Internal Anti-Union Documents

The National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency tasked with policing bad behavior by employers, is targeting Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over the retail behemoth’s alleged crackdown on its protesting workers.

The complaint, the largest ever against Walmart, refers to charges made in November 2012 during the Black Friday actions by associates speaking out for respect on the job, regular hours and a living wage of $25,000 a year. The complaint alleges Walmart illegally fired and disciplined nearly 70 workers in 34 stores in 14 states for rallying over workplace conditions.

The rallies spread to 100 cities. Nineteen employees were discharged from the company, allegedly as a reprimand for their involvement in the rallies, according to the NLRB.

Wal-Mart is accused of warning its employees of punishment in two news broadcasts televised nationally as well as in statements to Texas and California store employees.

The agency, echoing its November findings, also said that the retailer preemptively threatened, surveilled or lashed out at employees before expected labor activities in California, Florida, Missouri and Texas.

The case is set to go before an administrative law judge on an undetermined hearing date. Wal-Mart has until Jan. 28 to respond.

Making Change at Walmart reported in a press release:

If Walmart is found liable, workers could be awarded back pay, reinstatement and the reversal of disciplinary actions through the decision; and Walmart could be required to inform and educate all employees of their legally protected rights. While historic, the complaint alone is not enough to stop Walmart from violating the law. Since the start of the year, Walmart has continued to retaliate against workers who speak out for better jobs. 

In other news, the Internet group Anonymous leaked a set of Walmart PowerPoints (bottom photos) for managers that included ways to discourage workers from joining a union and how to identify “early warning signs.”

Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesman, confirmed the documents are Walmart’s and said they’ve been around for a while.

The PowerPoints also detailed legal ways an employer could discourage workers from organizing (click photo’s for caption).

It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, in a groundbreaking scoop that should once more shame major US media outlets (why are nonprofits now some of the only entities in America left breaking major civil liberties news?), filed this request. The document – reproduced here in an easily searchable format – shows a terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: in some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council. And it reveals this merged entity to have one centrally planned, locally executed mission. The documents, in short, show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens.

The documents, released after long delay in the week between Christmas and New Year, show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world: six American universities are sites where campus police funneled information about students involved with OWS to the FBI, with the administrations’ knowledge (p51); banks sat down with FBI officials to pool information about OWS protesters harvested by private security; plans to crush Occupy events, planned for a month down the road, were made by the FBI – and offered to the representatives of the same organizations that the protests would target; and even threats of the assassination of OWS leaders by sniper fire – by whom? Where? – now remain redacted and undisclosed to those American citizens in danger, contrary to standard FBI practice to inform the person concerned when there is a threat against a political leader (p61).

As Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the PCJF, put it, the documents show that from the start, the FBI – though it acknowledges Occupy movement as being, in fact, a peaceful organization – nonetheless designated OWS repeatedly as a “terrorist threat”

This Is How The Media Chooses To Profile A Female Activist

Cecily McMillan, the 25-year-old Occupy Wall Street activist who was jailed for elbowing a police officer during a protest, returned to court on Thursday, where a cadre of hard-hitting journalists greeted her with questions about her courtroom attire.

My editor told me to ask who you’re wearing, a photographer was spotted eagerly asking McMillan, according to The Village Voice.

McMillan, who was earlier this month released from Rikers Island – one of the country’s most notoriously violent jails – explained that although she was free, she no longer felt safe in New York “because I was sexually assaulted and then put in jail for it,” according to the Voice. McMillan has alleged from the start that the officer involved in her assault case forcibly grabbed her breast from behind during the protest; after elbowing him, she was promptly arrested and put in jail.

Upon hearing her explanation Thursday, a Post reporter responded, Well, you look fabulous! But you should eat more.

The interactions resulted in a blatantly sexist portrayal of McMillan sprinkled with mocking details about her fashion choices – all of which fail to mention that she was asked such questions by the press.

The Daily News went straight to the sartorial details with the headline, “Occupy Wall Street protester wears Calvin Klein to court.

The Post’s own coverage included a previously dated photo of an emotional McMillan with the caption, “McMillan cries in court in May after being given an outfit she had already worn.” The paper led with the headline “Rikers Island: The new way to lose weight.

Rikers is currently at the center of damning allegations of officer abuse, contraband smuggling by officers, regular beatings of the mentally ill, and corruption.

McMillan has been using her newfound freedom to speak out against the treatment of inmates at Rikers – a cause that is essentially being buried for more important notes on her outfit choices. Well done, New York media!

A 23-year-old Occupy Wall Street activist, Cecily McMillan, whose encounter with police left her bleeding and hospitalized for several days now faces assault charges which could lock her away for seven years. The charges stem from her accidental, reflexive elbowing of an officer in the eye as he touched her (reportedly on her breast) from behind. (And even if it weren’t accidental, seven years for elbowing? Really?)

The Guardian reports:

McMillan’s attorney, Martin Stolar, told the Guardian that while there was “no question” the officer was struck below the eye by McMillan’s elbow, he planned to argue that no crime had been committed.

“The question for the jury is whether she intentionally assaulted him,” Stolar said. “We’re going to present evidence that indicates: No1 that she had no idea it was a police officer behind her and No2 that she reacted when someone grabbed her right breast.”

Stolar said it was being grabbed from behind that prompted McMillan to throw the elbow.

McMillan herself commented after the incident, “My body is bruised from head to toe, and I’ve been in and out of three hospitals, two clinics…I was going to make a statement about my condition, but also about my innocence of the charges being brought against me. I expect to be fully vindicated, despite other accusations. And I also was going to reiterate publicly my long-standing commitment to nonviolence…”

The trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

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OCCUPY COMICS Collected Book Hits Comic Shops This Week
with brand new 10-page story by Amanda Palmer and David Mack

One of the largest coalitions of socially-conscious creators in the history of comics, Occupy Comics will finally bring its complete, collected book to specialty retailers on April 1, with an advance release to comic shops on March 26.

The 160-page book features the work of over 60 creators including Alan Moore (Watchmen, V For Vendetta), David Lloyd (V For Vendetta), Molly Crabapple mollycrabapple (Shell Game), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), J.M. DeMatteis (JLA, Spider-Man), Matt Bors (War Is Boring), Bill Ayers & Ryan Alexander-Tanner (To Teach: The Journey in Comics), Joshua Dysart (Harbinger), Mike Allred (Madman), Matt Miner mattminerxvx (Liberator), Matthew Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon ashcanpress (12 Reasons To Die), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), and dozens more.

Debuting in this collected book is a brand-new, never-before-seen 10-page story by Amanda Palmer amandapalmer (The Dresden Dolls) and David Mack drdavidmrmack (Kabuki, Daredevil).

Founded by Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller) shortly after Occupy Wall Street took over Zuccotti Park in September 2011, Occupy Comics began as a means of spreading the word about Occupy at the 2011 New York Comic Con and evolved into a forum for artistic expression about the goals and themes of Occupy.

Pizzolo and co-organizer Aaron Colter launched a Kickstarter in November 2011 to fund a comic series devoted to creating a time capsule of the Occupy movement and raising funds to support protesters. The Kickstarter campaign earned three-times its funding goal in December 2011. To this day, 100% of Occupy Comics profits are donated to Occupy-related initiatives.

Occupy Comics issues began reaching Kickstarter backers in May 2012, and then new editions began reaching comic book stores in May 2013 through Black Mask Studios, the publisher Pizzolo co-founded with Steve Niles arcaneimages (30 Days of Night) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) to distribute Occupy Comics and other likeminded comics. Black Mask Studios does not take any fees or profits from Occupy Comics.

Although Occupy Comics emerged as a means to support and reflect the Occupy movement, the project developed into a unique aspect of Occupy’s ongoing evolution by presenting a chorus of voices addressing a range of issues and themes as diverse as the movement itself.

Continuing the tradition of boldly political comics from Raw Magazine to WW3 Illustrated to V For Vendetta, Occupy Comics is already a modern classic and it’s not done yet.

“A worthy piece of the 99%’s long overdue payback.”
-Scott Thill, Wired

One of 2013’s Best Graphic Novels
-R.C. Baker, The Village Voice

“It feels real and it feels hopeful, it allows you to feel and it doesn’t do your thinking for you. It’s a comic unlike any other comic you’ll find in the shop, for now…”
-Louis Falcetti, Bleeding Cool

“The support of Moore and Lloyd is notable both because of the weight they carry in the comics community, and because it was their comic, V For Vendetta, which first introduced the Guy Fawkes masks regularly worn by Occupy Wall Street protesters.”
-Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly

“Thought-provoking, entertaining, & shockingly non-partisan.”
-Brett Schenker, Graphic Policy

“Fuck this comic for being so good.”
-Jamil Scalese, Comics Bulletin

Grab it today at your local comic shop, order it direct from Black Mask Store, or pre-order it now on Amazon.

[The incredible David Mack (whose beautiful art graces the cover of Occupy Comics as well as the preview pages we’ve embedded) has his own Kickstarter going right now, please help spread the word: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/337503446/david-mack-muse-life-drawings-2012-2014 ]

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. “General Strike”
Molly Crabapple
mollycrabapple

4. “Occupy Milano (allievi che cantano)”
Guy Denning

6. “Occupy Wall Street (piece of me)”
Guy Denning

7. Foreword
Aaron Colter, December 2013

8. Mike Allred

9. Thank You

13. Introduction, from “Occupy Comics #1 Kickstarter Edition”
Matt Pizzolo, May 2012

14. “Citizen Journalist”
Ales Kot aleskot – writer
Tyler Crook misterelephant – artist
Jeromy Cox – colorist

15. “Can You See The New World Through The Teargas”
Molly Crabapple

16. “Homestead”
Joshua Hale Fialkov joshfialkov – writer
Joseph Infurnari joeinfurnari – artist

26. “Occupy Wall Street (the revolution will not be televised)”
Guy Denning

27. “That Which Is Most Needed”
J.M. DeMatteis – writer
Mike Cavallaro mikecavallaro – artist

33. Charlie Adlard

34. Portraits of Occupy Protesters
Molly Crabapple

36. “Single Family Home”
Matthew Rosenberg ashcanpress – writer
Patrick Kindlon ashcanpress – writer
Joe Ruff – artist
Adam Geen – colorist

39. “Exploitation: Our Noble Tradition”
Douglas Rushkoff – writer
Dean Haspiel – artist

40. David Lloyd

42. “Light”
Matt Miner mattminerxvx – writer
Sean Von Gorman seanvongormanart – artist

49. Riley Rossmo
rileyrossmo

50. “Occupy”
Mark L. Miller

53. “Detective Warlock, Warlock Detective”
Zane Grant zanegrant – writer
Brea Grant breagrant – writer
Jonathan Spies – artist
Adam Fletcher – letterer

57. Matt Bors
mattbors

64. “The One Percent Solution”
Mark Sable marksable – writer
Megan Hutchison mhutchison – artist
Thomas Mauer – letterer

68. “A History of Nonviolence”
Caleb Monroe calebmonroe – writer
Theo Ellsworth theoellsworth – artist

73. “Police Brutality”
Molly Crabapple

74. Amanda Palmer & David Mack
amandapalmer drdavidmrmack

84. Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk

85. “New Thumbs”
Si Spurrier – writer
Smudge – artist
Frank Barbiere – letterer

89. Jerem Morrow
jeremmorrow

90. Salgood Sam salgood

92. David Mack
drdavidmrmack

94. “We Are All In This Together”
Molly Crabapple

95. “Buster Brown At The Barricades”
Alan Moore

118. Amancay Nahuelpan-Bustamante
annbonline

119. “The Green”
Patrick Meaney patrickmmeaney – writer
Eric Zawadzki ericxyz – artist

123. “Follow The Cards”
Swifty Lang – writer
Frank Reynoso frankreynoso – artist

127. “Occupy Shadows”
Ronald Wimberly d-pi

128. “Obey”
Kevin Colden

129. “How To Be Happy”
Shannon Wheeler

132. “plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose”
Guy Denning

134. Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz
jennydevildoll

135. Zoetica
zoetica

136. Salgood Sam salgood

138. “Care For All”
Molly Crabapple

139. “Pay Attention! Be Astonished! Act!”
Bill Ayers – writer
Ryan Alexander-Tanner sorryaboutyourdad – artist

141. Eric Drooker

142. “Occupy Wall Street (bologna’s enthusiasm)”
Guy Denning

144. “Occupy Wall Street (the lost ideal)”
Guy Denning

145. “Casino Nation”
Joshua Dysart – writer
Kelly Bruce kellythebruce – writer
Allen Gladfelter allengladfelter – artist

153. Art Spiegelman

154. “Clever”
Ben Templesmith
@templesmith

156. “Channel 1%”
Matt Pizzolo – writer
Ayhan Hayrula – artist

159. “Rebuild Renew Remember”
Molly Crabapple

160. “Occupy Wall Street (student photography project)”
Guy Denning

Postscript
Matt Pizzolo, February 2014

Inside Cover by Salgood Sam salgood

Cover by David Mack drdavidmrmack