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The NYPD sent video teams to film Black Lives Matter and Occupy protesters over 400 times

  • Since 2011, the New York Police Department has deployed officers with cameras to film protesters over 400 times, according to police documents obtained by the Verge.
  • The documents were obtained by New York City lawyer David Thompson, who discovered that the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit has been deployed to Occupy Wall Street protests as well as Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
  • The revelations come on the heels of a New York Supreme Court judge’s ruling that police had to turn over the records of the NYPD’s undercover surveillance of Black Lives Matter demonstrations after the death of Eric Garner. Read more (3/23/17)

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It is no longer sufficient to brand Donald Trump as abnormal, a designation that is surely applicable but that falls significantly short in registering the magnitude of the menace.

The standard nomenclature of normal politics must be abandoned. What we are witnessing is nothing less than an assault on the fundamentals of the country itself: on our legacy institutions and our sense of protocol, decency and honesty.

In any other circumstance, we might likely write this off as the trite protestations of a man trapped in a toddler’s temperament, full of meltdowns, magical thinking and make believe. But this man’s vindictiveness and mendacity are undergirded by the unequaled power of the American president, and as such he has graduated on the scale of power from toddler to budding tyrant.

This threat Trump poses — to our morals, ethics, norms and collective sense of propriety — may be without equal from a domestic source.

Everything he is doing is an assault and matters on some level.

[…]

There is an enduring expectation, particularly among American liberals, that progress in this society should move inexorably toward more openness, honesty and equality. But even the historical record doesn’t support that expectation.

In reality, America regularly experiences bouts of regression, but fortunately, it is in those regressive periods that some of our greatest movements and greatest voices had found their footing.

President Andrew Jackson’s atrocious American Indian removal program gave us the powerful Cherokee memorial letters. The standoff at Standing Rock gave us what the BBC called “the largest gathering of Native Americans in more than 100 years.”

Crackdowns on gay bars gave us the Stonewall uprising. America’s inept response to the AIDS epidemic gave us Act Up and Larry Kramer. California’s Proposition 8 breathed new life into the fight for marriage equality and led to a victory in the Supreme Court.

The racial terror that followed the Emancipation Proclamation gave us the anti-lynching movement, the N.A.A.C.P., W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells and James Weldon Johnson.

Jim Crow gave us the civil rights movement, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Congressman John Lewis, Fannie Lou Hamer and James Baldwin.

The latest rash of extrajudicial killing of black people gave us Black Lives Matter.

The financial crisis and the government’s completely inadequate response to it gave us Occupy Wall Street and the 99 percent.

A renewed assault on women’s rights, particularly a woman’s right to choose, gave us, at least in part, the Women’s March, likely the largest march in American history.

[…]

Multiple populations are being assaulted at once, across race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual identity.

So, in this moment of regression, all the targets of Trump’s ire must push back with a united front, before it is too late.

14 yr olds nowadays know how to apply the perfect smokey eye and contouring but i was here only putting eyeliner on my bottom waterline

I went to new york in 2008 and took a fucking picture in front of the occupy wall street protest lmfao

I used to walk to the Trump Tower after work when I was interning at the Met Museum. It was around the time of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and I would go sit in that gaudy temple of doom to reflect on how trickle down economics function (aka disfunction).

The Trump Tower is a dead mall. When you take the escalator upstairs, all that’s there is shuttered stores that used to exist to attract tourists, but now are out of business shrines to nothingness. It is a metaphor for what this presidency is going to look like.

So, my fellow Americans, it is up to us to fight back and to reclaim justice against those who seek to destroy & silence us in the name of greed & exclusionary uses of power. The next four years require strength & mobilization, and for us to come together to fight for what we believe in. Let’s get to work.

The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy
A businessman tries to break through a line of Occupy Wall Street protesters who had blocked access to the New York Stock Exchange area in November 2011. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Quite elaborate, but outstanding article that describes the idea of Robert David Steele, former marine and CIA officer, the man who trained more than 66 countries in open source methods. He claims that an open-source revolution will be unavoidable on the basis that the in-place system is more of a scheme that diminishes trust and equality among people.

It is arguable how the transformation of politics will occur, be it through a revolution or an adaption to the standards of the Internet. As quicker society gets used to the effect of the digital revolution as quicker a rethinking process about power inequality on the basis of the underlying principles of the web will happen.

Find below some snippets and quotes from the article, but I highly recommend to read the FULL ARTICLE

Open source everything offers us the chance to build on what we’ve learned through industrialisation, to learn from our mistakes, and catalyse the re-opening of the commons, in the process breaking the grip of defunct power structures and enabling the possibility of prosperity for all.

“Sharing, not secrecy, is the means by which we realise such a lofty destiny as well as create infinite wealth. The wealth of networks, the wealth of knowledge, revolutionary wealth - all can create a nonzero win-win Earth that works for one hundred percent of humanity.

A major part of our problem in the public policy arena is the decline in intelligence with integrity among key politicians and staff at the same time that think tanks and universities and non-governmental organisations have also suffered a similar intellectual diminishment.

Secrecy enables corruption. So also does an inattentive public enable corruption.

So what exactly do you mean by open source everything?
"We have over 5 billion human brains that are the one infinite resource available to us going forward. Crowd-sourcing and cognitive surplus are two terms of art for the changing power dynamic between those at the top that are ignorant and corrupt, and those across the bottom that are attentive and ethical. The open source ecology is made up of a wide range of opens – open farm technology, open source software, open hardware, open networks, open money, open small business technology, open patents – to name just a few. The key point is that they must all develop together, otherwise the existing system will isolate them into ineffectiveness. Open data is largely worthless unless you have open hardware and open software. Open government demands open cloud and open spectrum, or money will dominate feeds and speeds.”
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Robert Steele’s vision for open source systems

On 1st May, Steele sent an open letter to US vice president Joe Biden requesting him to consider establishing an Open Source Agency that would transform the operation of the intelligence community, dramatically reduce costs, increasing oversight and accountability, while increasing access to the best possible information to support holistic policy-making. To date, he has received no response.
I’m not particularly surprised. Open source everything pretty much undermines everything the national security state stands for.
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Robert Steele’s graphic on open source systems thinking

Open source everything is about the five billion poor coming together to reclaim their collective wealth and mobilise it to transform their lives. There is zero chance of the revolution being put down. Public agency is emergent, and the ability of the public to literally put any bank or corporation out of business overnight is looming.

I want to know what’s to stop this revolution from turning into a violent, destructive mess.
Steele is characteristically optimistic. “I have struggled with this question. What I see happening is an end to national dictat and the emergence of bottom-up clarity, diversity, integrity, and sustainability.

The one unlimited resource we have on the planet is the human brain – the current strategy of 1% capitalism is failing because it is killing the Golden Goose at multiple levels.

So how does open source everything have the potential to ’re-engineer the Earth’?
- "Open Source Everything overturns top-down ‘because I say so at the point of a gun’ power. Open Source Everything makes truth rather than violence the currency of power. Open Source Everything demands that true cost economics and the indigenous concept of 'seventh generation thinking’ – how will this affect society 200 years ahead – become central.

We are at the end of an era in which lies can be used to steal from the public and the commons. We are at the beginning of an era in which truth in public service can restore us all to a state of grace.”

Danny Lyon, Ferguson Prison, Huntsville, Texas, 1967.

Lyon, Danny (1942)

The son of German immigrants, Danny Lyon was raised in New York, where his father was a doctor. One of his father’s patients was the great photographer Alfred Stieglitz, which he interprets ‘as a sign, a kind of omen’. In the late 1960s, he buys a Triumph motorcycle and joins the Chicago Outlaws before publishing The Bikeriders, in 1968 - an edgy yet romantic book of photographs and conversations with the gang members. A strong step in his search of observing America’s marginal groups, the book also prefigured the film, Easy Rider and helped him join the Magnum agency. He has since depicted the Civil Rights struggle but also America’s prison system as well as the Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011 -  an involvement proving an authentic and uncompromising trajectory: ‘From the start, I saw photography as a powerful political tool’. And also a certain rebellious spirit as he was fired from the Magnum group, in 1975 because he never attended any meeting or when he greeted the photographer Susan Meisela, just after she had joined the agency ‘by saying that he had just stolen my book, Carnival Strippers, from a local bookstore.’

#Danny Lyon  #Social Documentary  #Black and White

Theater of Justice: Courtrooms Are Violent Stages Where ‘Justice’ Is Rarely Found

Last week, I sketched an evidentiary hearing for a woman named Cecily McMillan.

Two years ago, I’d seen Cecily convulse in handcuffs as the police shut down an Occupy Wall Street protest. Cecily was an organizer. A plain-clothes cop had grabbed her breast from behind, hard enough to leave a bruise shaped like his handprint. Instinctively, she elbowed him. Most women would do the same if a man grabbed them from behind.

The cops beat Cecily till they broke her ribs. As she had a seizure on the pavement, the crowd screamed for the police to call 911. The police just watched.

Two years later, Cecily is charged with assaulting an officer. She faces seven years in prison.

In that fake-wood courtroom in lower Manhattan, the judge told Cecily’s lawyer the fact that her arresting officer had beaten up other people was not relevant to her case. His records would be sealed. Afterward, addressing her supporters, Cecily tried to hide the tremor in her voice.

Courtrooms are a violent theater. The violence happens off-scene: in Rikers Island where a homeless man recently baked to death; in the shackles and beatings and the years far from everything you love. But the courtroom itself is the performative space, the stage where the best story triumphs, and where all parties, except (usually) the defendant, are just playing parts.

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TEA PARTIERS vs. 99%ers

How to compare and contrast America’s two “populist” movements – the Tea Party movement vs. the Occupy Wall Street/We are the 99%ers movement…

- Both are angry at Wall Street bailouts, American plutocracy, and our whorish two-party system.

- One blames the poor, immigrants, unions, non-Christians and Americans who happen to be liberal for what’s wrong; the other blames Wall Street, plutocrats. and whorish politicians.

- One is funded by right-wing billionaires and corporate money; the other isn’t really funded by anybody.

- One got major media coverage (lead by FOX) even when they could only produce a few hundred people at a rally in Washington, DC; the other got almost no media coverage even when they produced demonstrations coast to coast.

- One shouted down Democratic constituent town meetings, threatened secession, packed guns, somehow were never hassled by police, and were called “patriots;” the other came without guns, threatened no one, appealed to American ideals, got arrested, and were called “mobs.”

- One trades on what divides us because they are proxies for powerful interests who benefit from public division; the other appeals to what unites us because they still believe in an American Promise which actually includes all Americans.

Police moved into a downtown Atlanta park and arrested around 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters who had been encamped there for about two weeks early Wednesday, while across the country in Oakland, Calif., officers in riot gear stood watch after clashes there with demonstrators overnight.

Numerous camps that have sprung up around the country as protesters rally against what they see as corporate greed and a wide range of other economic issues. The protests have attracted a wide range of people, including college students looking for work and the homeless.

Read more about the spreading Occupy Wall Street protests here.

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An activist group in the United States has been carrying out deeds that some might think the stuff of dreams - buying and cancelling other people’s student debts.

Rolling Jubilee has purchased and abolished $3.8m (£2.35m) of debt owed by 2,700 students, paying just over $100,000 (£62,000), or as it says, “pennies on the dollar”.

The campaign group, which wants to “liberate debtors”, says it takes its name from the tradition in many religions of marking a “jubilee” celebration by freeing people from debt.

An offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protest that began in New York, the campaigners, funded by donations, say that more than three quarters of US households are in debt.

Debts can be bought and sold in the financial marketplace. But student debt, which has spiralled to an estimated $1.2 trillion (£619bn), is not usually as available to buy as other debts, such as unpaid medical bills.

In this speculative secondary market, third parties buy debt for a fraction of its original cost and try to collect the full amount from debtors.

But these debt campaigners are buying debts and then writing them off.

Student debt can pursue people all through their working lives and into retirement.

The United States Government Accountability Office published figures last month showing there were more than 700,000 households with people aged over 65 still repaying student debt.

More than half of student debtors who are over 75 are in default on their loans.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29505582

Old guard back in the trenches at ‘Occupy’ protests- Older activists — some hobbling along on canes and leg braces — are quickly becoming a presence at “Occupy” protests across the country. And the veterans of the civil rights movement, anti-Vietnam war protests and anti-nuclear proliferation demonstrations appear to be relishing being back in the struggle, supporting the “kids” and mobilizing other seniors to join in.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Occupy Wall Street Protests:

Dude, what in the actual fuck. These girls were doing absolutely nothing wrong and got corralled and then pepper sprayed. For no goddamn reason.

I’m not political as a general rule. But blatant injustices like this (that will probably go unpunished, even though the officer has been identified) just make me rage.

Bernie Sanders’ rise in this election season is inconceivable without Occupy Wall Street having elevated the conversation around inequality and the way that the 1% are ravaging this country. You just can’t imagine one without the other.
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Charles Lenchner, Occupy activist and co-founder of People for Bernie Sanders, a group that supports the Vermont senator, but that is unconnected to his campaign.

Read and share the full article in The Guardian: Former Occupy Wall Street protesters rally around Bernie Sanders campaign

Who is occupying Wall Street? Not just your average Joe: Retired New York City couple Elizabeth and Dennis Carbone have made a few trips to the camp since the protest began on September 17. At one time, they were resident managers of a corporate bed-and-breakfast. They had to live in a shelter once, and now a dispute over their rent may land them there again. Their 51-year-old son died from an illness earlier this year, just a few days after his home went into foreclosure.

More photos and stories from the Occupy Wall Street protest here.