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F.B.I. Counterterrorism Agents Monitored Occupy Movement, Records Show


New York Times
Dec. 24, 2012
By and

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation used counterterrorism agents to investigate the Occupy Wall Street movement, including its communications and planning, according to newly disclosed agency records.

The F.B.I. records show that as early as September 2011, an agent from a counterterrorism task force in New York notified officials of two landmarks in Lower Manhattan — Federal Hall and the Museum of American Finance — “that their building was identified as a point of interest for the Occupy Wall Street.”

That was around the time that Occupy Wall Street activists set up a camp in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, spawning a protest movement across the United States that focused the nation’s attention on issues of income inequality.

Occupy Sandy: Onetime protesters find new cause

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Associated Press
Nov. 10, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — You might be surprised at what has become a lauded and effective relief organization for victims of Superstorm Sandy: Occupy Wall Street.

The social media savvy that helped Occupy protesters create a grass-roots global movement last year — one that ultimately collapsed under its leaderless format — is proving a strength as members fan out across New York to deliver aid including hot meals, medicine and blankets.

They’re the ones who took food and water to Glenn Nisall, a 53-year-old resident of Queens’ hard-hit and isolated Rockaway section who lost power and lives alone, with no family nearby.

“I said: ‘Occupy? You mean Occupy Wall Street?’” he said. “I said: ‘Awesome, man. I’m one of the 99 percent, you know?’”

Occupy Wall Street protesters: Protect them, recognize human rights begin at home


Washington Post
Sept. 17, 2012

The police crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street movement, since its beginning one- year ago today on Sept. 17, 2011, undermines core American values of freedom in the eyes of the world.

Particularly now, when extremist religious rhetoric is being used (and abused) to spark anti-American demonstrations around the world, this is an especially important time for the practice of respect for freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, freedoms that are indispensable to the freedom of religion and the practice of democracy, to be on display in the United States.

Instead, what the world is seeing is photos of arrests of Occupy protesters as they attempt to take their message of Wall Street’s responsibility for the nation’s economic meltdown to the streets once again and call for policies that support economic equality and fairness.

Suppressing the message of Occupy Wall Street is wrong on many levels, both political and religious. It is anti-democratic, and also, in my view as a Christian pastor and teacher, in contradiction to the message at the center of the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth of caring for the poor, and rejecting violence.

Arrests Near Stock Exchange Top 100 on Occupy Wall St. Anniversary


New York Times
Sept. 17, 2012

More than 100 arrests were reported on Monday, the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, as protesters converged near the New York Stock Exchange and tried to block access to the exchange.

Demonstrators had planned to converge from several directions to form a “human wall” around the stock exchange to protest what they said was an unfair economic system that benefited the rich and corporations at the expense of ordinary citizens.

Police officers and protesters squared off at various points, with protesters briefly blocking intersections and sidewalks before being dispersed and sometimes arrested.

The police appeared prepared to counter the protesters’ blockade with one of their own, ringing the streets and sidewalks leading to the exchange with metal barricades and asking for identification from workers seeking to gain access.

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Occupy Wall Street returns to NYC, arrests follow


Market Watch
Sept. 16, 2012
By Sam Mamudi

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Activists returned to downtown Manhattan Saturday, ahead of the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests and announced plans to surround the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.

Several media reports said about 25 people were arrested, mostly during a March from Washington Square to Zuccotti Park.

The Wall Street Journal said Sunday that it wasn’t clear what charges protesters faced, and a New York Police Department spokesperson wouldn’t confirm that any arrests had been made.

DNC protesters continue march after standoff

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Associated Press
Sept. 4, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dozens of protesters clogged streets and blocked traffic Tuesday outside the Democratic National Convention on its opening day, making for some tense moments that ultimately brought more theater than violence.

Just five blocks from Time Warner Cable Arena, where delegates are meeting this week, protesters took over an intersection for about two hours, attracting hundreds of police officers who swooped in to surround them and try to funnel them to more secure areas.

Officers took two protesters away in handcuffs. Other demonstrators got into shouting matches with delegates and cut off the primary route used by buses bringing convention attendees to the area. Still, no violence or significant damage occurred even after the protesters were eventually allowed to march into the heart of Charlotte’s central business district.

Sunday, NYC: Silent March to End Stop and Frisk

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June 16, 2012

In contrast to previous demonstrations, we will march in silence as an illustration of both the tragedy and serious threat that stop and frisk and other forms of racial profiling present to our society. The silent march was first used in 1917 by the NAACP—then just eight years old—to draw attention to race riots that tore through communities in East St. Louis, Illinois, and build national opposition to lynching.

Now, 95 years later, you can join us in powerful protest to help end this great injustice and begin rebuilding national opposition to racial profiling.

If you’re outraged that police, security guards and even community watch volunteers in so many neighborhoods continue to treat young people of color differently, or if you’re concerned for your children, or your neighbors’ and friends’ children, then channel these emotions into action by joining thousands in calling for an end to racial profiling and the abuse of New York’s stop and frisk laws.

Silence is a powerful force that, like other forms of non-violent protest, holds a mirror to the brutality of one’s opponents. On June 17, we will hold up a mirror to New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy. It is not only discriminatory, it actively seeks to humiliate innocent citizens—particularly African American and Latino men—and criminalize otherwise legal behavior.

Join Civil Rights, Faith, Labor and Community groups in a silent march against NYC’s “Stop and Frisk” Policy! On Father’s Day, let’s stand together to show that New Yorkers refuse to let our children be victimized by racial profiling.

Father’s Day
Sunday, June 17th – march begins at 3 pm
Assemble on West 110th St. between Central Park West/8th Ave. and Fifth Ave.

- Enter the assembly area from the west or from the north, NOT from the east!

- You can begin gathering as early as 1pm, but remember – the march starts at 3 pm!

- Closest subway stops: Cathedral Parkway (110 St) on the B and C trains, Central Park North (110 St.) on the and 3 trains.

- Please check subway schedules for any changes.

- Contingents are being assigned locations within the assembly area. Please check back here in a few days for details.

March route

- The march begins at 110th St. and Fifth Ave.

- We will march south on Fifth Ave. to 78th Street.

- Mayor Bloomberg’s mansion is on 79th St., just east of Fifth Ave.

REMINDER: this will be a silent march for the entire route!

Full Article Here – http://occupywallst.org/ 

Third Case Against Occupy Wall Street Protester Is Thrown Out

The Nation
May 25, 2012
By Allison Kilkenny

The Occupy Wall Street movement has been quietly racking up legal victories in court with the third case in a row being thrown out by a judge Wednesday due to an “insufficient” summons.

Occupy’s “freedom fairy,” Marni Halasa was ticketed by the NYPD for “impeding pedestrian traffic” during a protest at Zuccotti Park back in March.
New York Daily News:

“It’s absolutely ridiculous that I was impeding pedestrian traffic with silk chiffon wings and Rollerblades,” said Halasa, who was ready to plead not guilty and request her day in court for the alleged offense.
“I wanted the case to go further to really challenge the law.”

Halasa added that she felt like her First Amendment rights had been violated.

The excellent Nick Pinto over at the Village Voice has been following Occupy’s legal battles in court and summarized the other two OWS victories.

In a single month, Occupy secured three court wins, beginning with the case of Alexander Arbuckle.
Arbuckle was arrested while photographing a march on January 1 and was charged with disorderly conduct for standing in the middle of the street blocking traffic.

That was the police version of the story—told under oath.

As it turns out, Officer Elisheba Vera lied to the court. Arbuckle’s own photographs from the evening place him squarely on the sidewalk during the march, and all video from the NYPD’s Technical Research Assistance Unit also showed Arbuckle standing on the sidewalk.

Full Article Here – http://www.thenation.com/blog/168070/third-case-against-occupy-wall-street-protester-thrown-out  

Occupy Wall Street sues NYC over confiscated books

May 24, 2012
By Joseph Ax

(Reuters) – Occupy Wall Street filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against New York City, claiming authorities destroyed $47,000 worth of books, computers and other equipment confiscated from the protesters’ encampment in lower Manhattan last fall.

Police conducted a surprise overnight raid at Zuccotti Park in November, clearing scores of protesters who had set up tents at the plaza near Wall Street and dealing a significant blow to the movement’s potency.

As part of the sweep, Occupy claims, police officers seized approximately 3,600 books from the “People’s Library” that had been donated to the movement. The protesters claim only 1,000 were returned, 200 of them in unusable condition – including a copy of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s autobiography.

“To this day, OWS has not been told by the City of New York what happened to the missing books and the Library furnishings and equipment,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan federal court.

Norman Siegel, one of the lawyers representing Occupy, said other cities that conducted similar crackdowns went to court before seizing property, a step that New York chose to skip.

“This is a David vs. Goliath lawsuit,” he said. “We’re confident that we will prevail.”

Kate O’Brien Ahlers, a spokeswoman for the city’s law department, said the city was waiting to be served with a copy of the lawsuit before commenting.

The lawsuit alleges several constitutional violations, including due process and unreasonable seizure claims. It names Bloomberg, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, the city’s sanitation chief and unnamed workers who may have destroyed the books.

Michele Hardesty, 34, an associate professor at Hunter College in New York and one of the Occupy librarians, said the movement had carefully cataloged every book and could document each missing item.

Since the predawn sweep at Zuccotti, Occupy Wall Street has struggled to recapture the momentum of its fall campaign, when camps across the country inspired widespread protests against income inequality. The movement has faced funding problems in recent months as donations dried up.

Full Article Here – http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/24/us-usa-occupy-lawsuit-idUSBRE84N1FI20120524?irpc=932

Police arrest 14 in two New York Occupy protests

Credit: Reuters/Andrew Kelly

Mar. 24, 2012

(Reuters) – Fourteen protesters were arrested on Saturday in separate Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, one that involved an hours-long march through Manhattan streets and a second at the United Nations, authorities said.

Several hundred protesters zig-zagged from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan where the anti-Wall Street Occupy movement was born last year to Union Square Park in what was billed as a demonstration against police brutality.

Protesters carried banners that said “end police brutality” and signs that questioned such as “Angry Pacifist”, “Shame on NYPD”, and “They never stop & frisk old white guys like me.”

Ten protesters were arrested in that demonstration, which lasted about four hours, mainly for disorderly conduct, police said. It was not clear what formal charges were issued.

The protest came a day after the New York Police Department said it was firing an undercover detective who had fired the first shots of a hail of police gunfire that killed an unarmed black man who was leaving his bachelor party in 2006.

The killing of Sean Bell sparked outrage and criticism from black community leaders, who said it was evidence of groundless racial profiling and excessive force in the department.

Police detained two demonstrators who lied down in the middle of a Manhattan street. Dozens of protesters lied down on sidewalks, or cut across busy intersections.

Full Article Here – http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/25/us-occupy-newyork-idUSBRE82O01I20120325