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The current federal minimum wage is a starvation wage. It’s got to be raised to a living wage.

The people who serve our food and clean our offices should not be forced to work two or three jobs just to pay the bills.

Today, we send a very loud and clear message to the United States Congress, to the president of the United States and to corporate America. In the richest country on the face of the Earth, no one who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty.

YouTube: Al Jazeera English: Rome ‘Occupy’ Protest Turns Violent

Reuters: WRAPUP 11- Wall Street Protests Go Global; Riots in Rome

All Headline News: Occupy Wall Street Movement now in London, Rome

Al Jazeera: English: Arrests at New York and Rome 'Occupy’ Rallies

YouTube: Russia Today: Fight & Chaos: First Video of 'Occupy Rome’ Rally Turning Violent

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Echoes Of The Occupation

“Echoes of the Occupation” is a newsletter sporadically published and which contains much material that has been used in groups fighting oppression from all over the world. By sharing information we are not condoning one view point or another we are simply providing information so that the reader has knowledge of what is happening in the “Occupy” movement, where it came from, why it is happening now. We have long term and far reaching contacts in a wide variety of activist groups from all walks of the spectrum. The news letter is sold in several cities and the donations are help keep underground, independent media alive. Contact us at echoesoftheoccupation@gmail.com for details of being a distributor.

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Good News: Economists Join #FightFor15 - #ows

Occupy USA Update....

12 Charged in Occupy Oakland Protests

A dozen protesters have been charged after Saturday’s arrests and at least 11 have been ordered to stay away from the area outside Oakland City Hall known to the movement as “Oscar Grant Plaza.”

Judge Rejects Attempt to Block Camping Ban on Occupy D.C.

A federal judge has rejected a motion that would have blocked the enforcement of a camping ban targeting Occupy D.C protesters. The judge ruled Tuesday that officials must give protesters at least 24 hours notice if it seeks to evict them. Some protesters left the encampments at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza after a no-camping order went into effect on Monday, but many remained despite the ban.

Riot Police Clear Occupy Miami Encampment

Florida riot police have cleared out the Occupy Miami encampment after three months. At least three people were arrested when police moved in on Tuesday.

Occupy shuts down 3 West Coast portsThe San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is seen in the background as protesters block one of the entrances to the Port of Oakland, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. Anti-Wall Street protesters along the West Coast joined an effort Monday to blockade some of the nation’s busiest docks. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach) (via Occupy shuts down 3 West Coast ports - CBS News)

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Occupy Media

There are six members now, and thousands to come. The videos are good and those working here are apparently populating videos, audios, blogs, forming new groups, and posting images.  Please feel free to invite others and check back daily! If your in a Communication Group, this would be a good place to share your news for cross-posting to Occupy News.

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Denied on Video: Occupy Tampa Visits Police HQ with Requests for Information

Read the story here: http://openletternews.org/2011/11/09/denied-on-video-occupy-tampa-visits-police-hq-with-requests-for-information/

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Here are today’s headlines from the Occupy Wall Street movement & Occupy events happening around the globe, as presented by Occupy Out Loud streaming internet radio. More news updates will be made as stories develop. If you have a current story that you’d like to submit, please email text, links, video or audio files to occupyoutloud [at] gmail.com

Premiering May 1: Occupy Wall Street, the sequel

Protest group set for mass demonstrations against banks; ‘spring offensive’

The world’s biggest banks are working with one another and police to gather intelligence as protesters try to rejuvenate the Occupy Wall Street movement with May demonstrations, industry security consultants said.

Among 99 protest targets in midtown Manhattan on May 1 are JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) offices, said Marisa Holmes, a member of Occupy’s May Day planning committee. Events are scheduled for more than 115 cities, including an effort to shut down the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, where Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) investors relied on police to get past protests at their annual meeting this week.

“Our goal is to kick off the spring offensive and go directly to where the financial elite play and plan,” she said.

After evictions and arrests from Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to London that began last year, the movement against income inequality and corporate abuse will regain strength, said Brian McNary, director of global risk at Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, a subsidiary of Sweden’s Securitas AB. (SECUB) He works with international financial firms to “identify, map and track” protesters across social media and at their assemblies, he said. The companies gather data “carefully and methodically” to prevent business disruptions.

Banks are preparing for Occupy demonstrations at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Chicago summit on May 20 and 21 by sharing information from video surveillance, robots and officers in buildings, giving “a real-time, 360-degree” view, said McNary, who works on the project.

Elk Versus Wolves

Banks cooperating on surveillance are like elk fending off wolves in Yellowstone National Park, he said. While other animals try in vain to sprint away alone, elk survive attacks by forming a ring together, he said.

Planning for May 1 in New York began in January in a fourth-floor workspace at 16 Beaver St., about two blocks from Wall Street, according to Holmes. The date serves as an international labor day, commemorating a deadly 1886 clash between police and workers in Chicago’s Haymarket Square.

The midtown demonstrations will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a march from Bryant Park to Union Square and a 4 p.m. rally there, according to an online schedule. Protesters, including labor unions and community groups, have a permit to march from Union Square to lower Manhattan, according to police. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS)’s headquarters is among financial- district picketing options, Holmes said.

Atrium Closed

Banks are bracing. Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) is closing the public atrium of its U.S. headquarters at 60 Wall St., which protesters have used for meetings, Holmes said. Duncan King, a bank spokesman, declined to comment.

New York police can handle picketers, said Paul Browne, a spokesman. “We’re experienced at accommodating lawful protests and responding appropriately to anyone who engages in unlawful activity,” he said. “We’re prepared to do both next month.”

Banks have a history of coordinating security with city authorities. At a 2009 U.S. Senate hearing, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly described a partnership with financial-district firms that gives his department “access to hundreds of private- security cameras.” Footage is monitored in a downtown Manhattan center, he said. A 2005 letter Kelly wrote to Edward Forst, then chief administrative officer at Goldman Sachs, shows it was among firms getting space in the facility.

‘Fire’ Rekindling

Starting in 2010, JPMorgan gave the New York City Police Foundation the largest donation in the group’s history, the bank’s website shows. The gift, valued at $4.6 million, included 1,000 patrol car laptops. “These officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, 56, said in a statement on the website.

New York companies have provided services and equipment for decades and are proud to show their support, Browne said. The foundation is the department’s fundraising arm. Goldman Sachs, News Corp. and Barclays Plc (BARC) were among 16 donors who gave at least $100,000 through the year ended June 30, 2010, according to the foundation’s website. Dozens of others gave less.

Last year’s anti-bank protests were “like a big forest fire that was suppressed and put out,” Chris Swecker, the former head of security at Bank of America, said in an interview. Firms are studying protesters because “there’s also the opportunity for spontaneous fires to spring back up again,” said Swecker, who runs a security-consulting firm in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Private-security teams in London have become an “incredible army” and “the eyes and ears of the city” thanks to a coordination program called Project Griffin, according to Rachel Briggs, policy director at the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue. The organization develops responses to security challenges.

‘Show of Strength’

The heads of security of most of the major banks there have formed a group called “sister banks,” said Ian Mansfield, a London police counterterrorism security adviser. They do more than gather and share information with one another and the police, he said by e-mail. “Sometimes we will ask for a high- visibility deployment around premises basically as a ‘show of strength,'” he wrote.

Spokesmen for Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup Inc. ©, Morgan Stanley (MS), UBS AG (UBSN) and Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) wouldn’t describe security measures for the protests. One likened commenting to telling al-Qaeda about the bank’s continuity plans.

“When you portray a position of weakness, it invites attack,” said McNary, the Pinkerton director. “They don’t want to provide the perception that they’re hunkering down behind their bulwarks and putting up big walls.”

–Bloomberg News–

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As Obama has already deployed North Com inside the USA, and as North Com Activates it’s 20,000 American Troops in our States, is this what we have to look forward to in say California, New York, Illinois or any other State in America?

News from the Occupation

Occupy Protesters Interrupt State Budget Hearing - NYTimes.com
Lawmakers did not try to stop the protesters, and one legislator, Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther, a Democrat of Sullivan County, even took out her smartphone to capture the moment.

How the Occupy Movement Changed Urban Government - Politics 
In an increasingly globalized world, Occupy Wall Street reinforced the primacy of place.

Occupy Vermont Mic Checks Board of Trustees

Occupy Burlington/UVM Mic Checks UVM’s Board of Trustees over Bill Ruprecht being on the board. After hearing about there being a protest, Ruprecht cancelled plans to be at the Board of Trustees Meeting.

 

Homeless Camp Shut Down, Occupy KC Camp Remains | fox4kc 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Homeless men and women who were forced out of a Kansas City homeless camp are on their own again. Some people are asking how come Occupy KC supporters are able to stay in their camp, but the homeless camp 

Occupy, Economic Inequality and Business Initiatives: Insights from 
Occupy movements highlighting economic inequality have quickly spread around the world. But they have also excluded several countries.

 

Video from Occupy Boston and Berlin “No War on Iran” Rally | Take 
On Saturday, February 4th Occupy Boston’s Action for Peace Work Group joined communities across the nation, with over 60 endorsing organizations, to alert people to the ominous drumbeat, that unimpeded, will lead to war on Iran.

Occupy Wall Street to Visit Occupy Syracuse | NCC News
Around 20-30 members of Occupy Wall Street will meet at Perseverance Park at 2:30 p.m. to visit with members of Occupy Syraucse. At 3:15 p.m. the combined group is schedule to march to Columbus 

Out in the Cold- Occupy Montreal and the Homelessness Question 
Part of the worldwide infamy Occupy Wall Street gained was because of its quasi-primitivist communal organization. Occupy Montreal followed suit. Soon, the kitchen got up and running, along with the first aid station and the media centre.

This is a major step in the global fight against fracking, which I feel positive we are winning. There are plenty of us all over the planet, we are young – and I don’t mean in body, but young in mind,“ she says. “We won’t allow the few to destroy the world. We will reclaim the power.
—  María Olteanu from the Romanian anti-fracking organization Sustainable Local and Autonomous Energy Transition (TESLA).

Global Fracktivists Converge At First International Anti-Frack Camp In Basque Country