The Occupations Report, from around the World, for December 2
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Shut Down the Port
Occupy Oakland, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tacoma have all passed resolutions to shut down their city's port on Monday December 12th.
Occupy Our Homes
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - Huge day of action to fight back against the housing crisis and launch a new phase in the Occupy movement - occupying foreclosed homes and property. 99%ers will challenge Wall Street banks and demand they negotiate with homeowners instead of fraudulently foreclosing on them. Around the country people will stand up for the idea that everyone deserves to live with dignity in decent, affordable housing. Get more info at http://occupyourhomes.org/.
DA Supporting Occupy Gets Death Threat
Friday, December 02, 2011 [Times Union]- The FBI is investigating a threatening fax sent to Albany County District Attorney David Soares' office on Sunday. The one-page fax was sent to the district attorney's general fax number. It contained a depiction of a grave stone with two chimpanzees and what appears to be blood spatter, as well as racially-charged language directed at Soares, his mother, and President Barack Obama. Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Threatening-fax-sent-to-Soares-2336619.php#ixzz1fPifr0mR
Solidarity with Egypt
Friday, December 2, 2011 – Tomorrow, Saturday, Occupy Atlanta will have an entire day of actions in solidarity with Egypt. At 5:30pm the group will Occupy Lockheed Martin and will hold a Solidarity Candlelight Vigil at 10:30pm. On November 22, occupiers of Tahrir Square issued an urgent call for global solidarity, asking the world to:
- Occupy / shut-down Egyptian embassies worldwide. They now represent the junta; reclaim them for the Egyptian people.
- Shut down the arms dealers. Do not let them make weapons or ship them.
- Shut down the part of your government dealing with the Egyptian junta.
Durable Occupy Berkeley Avoids the Fate Of Other US Occupymovements
Friday, December 02, 2011 [Occupy Berkeley report] – “With an ineluctable population accretion in historically demonstration-prone Berkeley to Occupy Berkeley at Civic Park, contentious relations between house-based campers and homeless campers requires zero-tolerance oversight by no-nonsense monitors to avoid the fate of other Occupy movements throughout the country.” Check out the photo, Early Morning at Occupy Berkeley: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artsnooze/6443138061/in/photostream.
Occupy Boston to Remain in Dewey Square
Friday, December 2, 2011 [Occupy Boston report] - Occupy Boston is pleased that Judge Frances McIntyre has decided to continue the temporary restraining order against the City of Boston and Boston Police Department preventing the removal of Occupy Boston’s tent city from Dewey Square until she fully weigh the facts of the case to rule on whether to grant a Preliminary Injunction. Judge McIntyre indicated that a decision would be forthcoming on or before December 15. Occupy Boston is eager to hear the Judge’s ruling and hope that the Suffolk Superior Court acknowledges that 24-hour protests are an expression of freedom of speech and therefore protected by the First Amendment. We would like to thank our allies at the National Lawyers Guild, American Civil Liberties Union and Todd & Weld LLP.
Friday, December 2, 2011 – Yesterday, Occupy The Hood Chicago & The Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign began their warm-up for “Home For The Holidays” actions against bank foreclosures & illegal evictions. Occupy the Hood held a press conference regarding recent take-over of bank-foreclosure home and details of next week's actions to reclaim abandoned homes.
Local Occupier Arrested in Youngstown
Friday, December 02, 2011 – An Occupy Cleveland member was arrested while participating in an anti-fracking protest in Youngstown. Youngstown police arrested seven environmental protesters on the city’s West Side. Shortly after noon Wednesday, protesters blocked trucks from entering or leaving the D&L Energy Inc. injection well on Ohio Works Drive. Seven of them stood in front of a tractor-trailer truck carrying brine water, a byproduct of fracking, that was trying to leave the site.
Student Loan Debt, Solidarity Spark CWRU Student Strike
Friday, December 02, 2011 [Occupy Colleges report]- “Students need to realize that they’re not just here to learn, but to teach,” Patterson said, expressing hope that more students would choose to engage more actively in current events that interest them. Sarah Packer, a transfer student in her first year at CWRU, expressed concern for the political will of students, saying that undergraduates do not seem engaged in the political process or supportive of the Occupy protests in particular. As for her reasons for attending, Packer said, “my mother’s house is in foreclosure.” She has seen that even her parents’ education – one has a bachelor’s degree and the other a doctorate – has not protected them from the effects of unemployment and underemployment. Packer sees a clear reason to be out in the cold speaking out for a brighter future for herself and others. More at CWRU Observer
Take Your Money Out of Wells Fargo Action
Friday, December 02, 2011 [ODC report]- The DC community is organizing with Occupy DC to confront the toxic links between Wall Street, the growing private prison industry and mass incarceration. Join us TODAY, Friday Dec 2nd, at McPherson Square at 4pm to march to the Wells Fargo branch at 1901 7th ST, N.W. (between Florida and T) to protest, educate and urge those with holdings at Wells Fargo to take their money out!
Unanimous Consensus on Occupy DC Declaration
Friday, December 02, 2011 – The Occupy DC Declaration is now available to the public. The declaration includes of a list of grievances and urges the 99% to exercise its right to peaceably assemble against injustice. You can read the Declaration in full at http://occupydc.org/community/declaration/. And also check out this video of Occupy DC members asking Congressman Garmendi to read the Declaration into the House record:
Solidarity with West Coast Port Shutdowns
Friday, December 02, 2011 - On December 12, Occupy Denver will organize a Walmart Distribution Center Shutdown, in solidarity with West Coast Port Shutdowns
Dec. 6 Rally to Stop Eviction
Friday, December 02, 2011 – Occupy Detroit released a statement today announcing their December 6 anti-foreclosure actions. The Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Occupy Detroit are joining together to say enough is enough. We are prepared to do what is necessary to keep Ms. Williams in her home and defend others like her. We are joining with the Occupy Our Homes campaign which is staging actions all over the U.S. on Dec. 6. And we are demanding that the governors and President Obama immediately enact a two-year moratorium on all foreclosures and foreclosure-related evictions, especially in light of the trillion-dollar bailout to the banks which takes place with every foreclosure and eviction through the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Occupy Long Beach
United at Union Station
Friday, December 02, 2011 – Tomorrow (Saturday) at 9am Occupy Long Beach, Occupy Los Angeles and Occupy Pasadena will participate in a public theatre action at Union Station. The event will serve as both an opportunity for networking between Occupations, and an opportunity for Outreach.
Occupy Los Angeles
Portrait of Arrested Protesters
Friday, December 02, 2011 [LA Times] - The nearly 300 protesters arrested as part of the Occupy L.A. eviction from City Hall skewed young, white and male, but included a wide spectrum of races and ages, an analysis of Los Angeles Police Department records showed. The arrestees mostly came from the Los Angeles area. Read the article at http://occupycolleges.org/2011/12/02/occupy-l-a-a-portrait-of-the-arrested-protesters/.
Occupy Palm Beach
Friday, December 02, 2011 – Occupy Palm Beach will convene the weekend of December 9-11, 2011 to develop a list of desired changes that will resonate with any ethical person. On January 10, 2012, the first day of the Florida legislative session, the group will march on Tallahassee to deliver The People’s Plan directly to the State Capitol.
Friday, December 02, 2011 – On Saturday, Occupy Portland will host a Re-Occu-Fest and march to their new site. You can find more info at http://occupyportland.org/2011/12/02/re-occu-fest-tomorrow/.
Help Take Occupy Portland to the Next Level with Targeted Online Ad Campaign
Occupy Portland Media Coalition is launching an online media campaign that focuses on the burden of debt weighing down on the 99% and how the big bank’s promotion of individual debt is destroying our economy, jobs and America’s future.
Proposed Code of Conduct
A proposed code of conduct and values will be discussed at Sunday’s General Assembly meeting at the Friends Meeting House, 4500 Kensington Avenue at 5:00 PM. You can review the proposed document here.
Occupy Wall St.
Dec 6 Actions Announced
Friday, December 02, 2011 - On December 6th Occupy Wall Street will join in solidarity with a Brooklyn community to re-occupy a foreclosed home. The day of action marks a national kick-off for a new frontier for the occupy movement: the liberation of vacant bank-owned homes for those in need. The banks got bailed out, but our families are getting kicked out.The fight to reclaim democracy from the banks is growing from Wall Street to Main Street.
The NYC foreclosure tour and home re-occupation is part of a big national day of action on Dec. 6 that will focus on the foreclosure crisis and protest fraudulent lending practices, corrupt securitization, and illegal evictions by banks.
Solidarity with Global Day for Climate Action
Friday, December 02, 2011 – Occupy Toronto is hosting a viewing event in solidarity with the Global Day for Climate Action. If you are in the area, you can hear speakers and live updates from Durban at 10am at Oakham House More info here:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=317239554953160¬if_t=event_invite
Activism Training for Your Site
Sign Your Site Up for Nonviolent Action, Group Facilitation or Trainer Education Training Session
The National Training Project (NTP) is a loose nationwide coalition of training groups and networks that are collaborating to combine resources to support the growing Occupy movement. The goal is to help match trainers and other resources with cities' needs. If you or anyone from your Occupy site is interested in Trainings for your site, sign-up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFVrX0VtbkR3ZGIxZkV6cy1ZNjA3VHc6MQ.
Take Back the Capitol
December 5-9, 2011 - From the 5th to the 9th, thousands of 99%ers will converge on Capitol Hill "to show Congress what democracy looks like." Over the four days, the camp will visit congressional offices to demand that members of Congress represent the 99%, swarm K street lobbying firms, and hold speak-outs throughout the Capitol. A tent city will be set up on the mall called the People's Camp, where there will be teach-ins, seminars, music, and other entertainment. Get more info at http://www.99indc.org/#lpoint
Stand for Freedom
December 10, 2011 - If you're in NYC, you can join tens of thousands in the streets of downtown NY to rally for voting rights and protest the spread of voter suppression legislation across the country. The rally will start at the office of the Koch Brothers, major proponents and funders of Voter ID legislation, and end in front of the UN to highlight that we must protect our right to vote on UN Human Rights Day. There's also a national petition on voting rights that the NAACP is willing to making customized landing pages for if your organization is interested. For more info, go to http://www.stand4freedom.org
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