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Occupy Wall St. protest to march into Canada

Canadian Press
Oct. 2, 2011

Activists are planning an occupation of Toronto’s financial district as well as other Canadian cities following in the footsteps of protesters currently camped out on Wall Street in New York City.

A group calling itself Occupy Toronto Market Exchange has launched a website to organize a march on Bay Street beginning Oct. 15.

That’s a Saturday, when the stock exchange is closed and few people are working in Canada’s financial capital.

About 830 people on Facebook have replied they would attend the event in Toronto.

Occupations are also planned in the streets in other Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.

South of the border, protesters speaking out against corporate greed and other grievances remain in Manhattan’s financial district.

They are holding their ground even after more than 700 of them were arrested Saturday during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge in a tense confrontation with police.

Full Article Here – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/10/02/occupy-wallst-canada.html?cmp=rss 

Occupy Boston joins Wall Street protest movement

Plymouth Daily News
Oct. 2, 2011
By Jane Logan

Occupy Boston held their first protest last night at Dewey Square across the street from the Federal Reserve building and South Station and quickly spread around the city to include the City Hall area and Federal office buildings nearby.  

I walked out of South Station at 6:00 and there were what looked like police “swat teams” stationed on both sides of the exit.  Hovering over Dewey Square were at least three helicopters.  Uniformed Police Officers gathered on the perimeter of the square, watching as protesters gathered for a night of civil disobedience.

The youngest protester was a little girl just old enough to walk.  This little girl waddled around Dewey Square squirming with innocence and joy.  As I watched this child move around the square, I thought about the dismal future she faces if the “occupy” movement fails.

The oldest protesters were die-hard hippies who, after 50 years, are still fighting the establishment.  As I watched these aging hippies move around the square, I thought about the dismal future they face if the “occupy” movement fails.

Hopefully the emerging “occupy” movement will be “too big to fail” and save this country from itself.

Protest moves to Bank of America

Meanwhile twenty-four people were arrested yesterday during an anti foreclosure protest outside of Bank of America Corp.’s downtown Boston headquarters. According to the Boston Globe organizers, several thousand protesters gathered on Federal Street to show support of homeowners fighting foreclosure. Some staged a sit-in inside the bank’s lobby in an attempt to pressure the country’s largest bank to help struggling property owners save their homes. The arrests were made after some refused police orders to leave the building. Those arrested were charged with trespassing.

Wall Street protests spread to other cities

Protests inspired by “Occupy Wall Street” movement have emerged in Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. This may become another major, worldwide story which the US media will only report after the Arab Language network Al Jezeera forces them to, like the Arab Spring protest earlier this year.

Full Article Here – http://plymouthdailynews.com/occupy-boston-joins-wall-street-protest-movement-14489

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on september 29, 2011

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments.

We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

Link – http://nycga.cc/2011/09/30/declaration-of-the-occupation-of-new-york-city/ 

Occupy Wall Street protest: NYPD accused of heavy-handed tactics

Oct. 2, 2011

The New York police department has come under criticism for heavy-handed tactics during the Occupy Wall Street march over Brooklyn bridge, in which more than 700 protesters were arrested and held for several hours.

Activists involved in the march, as well as commentators who are following the protest against inequality and corporate excess, claim the response of the city’s police force to the peaceful event was vastly out of proportion.

The total number of people who have been arrested in the past two weeks stands at almost 1,000 – substantially more than the number of financiers who led the world into the 2008 economic meltdown.

As Salman Rushdie put it in a tweet: “The world’s economy has been wrecked by these rapacious traders. Yet it is the protesters who are jailed.”

The march began on Saturday afternoon in Zuccotti Park, the Manhattan space that has been the base of the core of 200 or so OWS demonstrators. By the time it reached Brooklyn bridge it had swollen to several thousand.

Accounts vary as to how about 500 protesters found themselves on one lane of the road across the bridge. Some protesters accused the police of having led them on to the road as a sort of trap, after which they penned them in using orange netting and arrested them all.

Video clips posted on YouTube appeared to support this view, showing a small body of police officers marching on to the road ahead of the mass of demonstrators.

But the NYPD rejected that rendition of events, saying that many warnings were given by police to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway that runs across the bridge at a level above the road. Paul Browne, the deputy commissioner, said protesters were clearly told that if they went on to the road they would be arrested.

“Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested. Others proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway and were,” he said.

The police version of events was supported by some protesters.

Malcolm Harris, a blogger who took part in the march, tweeted that the police were wrong-footed.
“The police didn’t lead us on to the bridge. They were backing the fuck up.”

Other participants suggested the confluence of so many on the road was an innocent misunderstanding. Robert Cammiso, 48, told Associated Press: “We were supposed to go up the pedestrian roadway. There was a huge funnel, a bottleneck, and we couldn’t fit. People jumped from the walkway on to the roadway. We thought the roadway was open to us.”

The NYPD was also accused of over-weening behaviour towards the protesters once they were “kettled” on the bridge. Video footage showed police grappling with protesters and strong-arming them away, despite no apparent signs of any violence.
Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/02/occupy-wall-street-nypd-tactics?CMP=twt_fd 

Occupy Seattle protests corporate America

The Seattle Times
Oct. 1, 2011
By Emily Heffter

For Libby Smith, 65, it was the frustration that her political involvement didn’t seem to influence anyone.

For Andrew Tuttle, 23, it was the homeless family living in the bus stop near his Wallingford house.
Garth Donald, 27, was inspired by protests in the Middle East where young people sparked revolutions through protest.

Those who turned out for an Occupy Seattle protest against corporate control of government had different motivations but agreed that taking to the streets was necessary to change the country.

The local protest at Westlake Park Saturday morning was one of dozens echoing across the country in response to weeks-long protests in New York City by a youth movement called Occupy Wall Street.

Like those in New York, Seattle protesters were largely young. A few wore dollar bills taped across their mouths.

Those who organized the protest — they reported more than 100 participated in the event — said it drew all kinds of people who want more control over their own government.

“It’s amazing the diversity and the singular voice that we have,” said Albert Postema, of Snohomish.

He and his daughter traveled to New York to participate in protests there, and he helped bring the cause back to Seattle.

On Saturday, he wore a noose around his neck, taping and un-taping a dollar bill across his face as needed so he could arrange the protesters into a circle.

“Banks got bailed out, you got sold out!” they chanted.

Jon Ramer, 53, said he wanted to show protesters on Wall Street that they aren’t alone.

Full Article Here – http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016378830_protest02m.html 

Economic protesters remain camped out at L.A. City Hall

Los Angeles Times
Oct. 1, 2011

After a daylong protest against what they view as inequities in economic policies, more than 100 protesters remained on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday night, drumming, singing and discoursing on fiscal policy.

The Occupy LA protest, which drew hundreds of people in peaceful waves all day Saturday, is modeled after a similar movement in New York that has been staging a sit-in on Wall Street for almost two weeks. Most participants said they hope to change or expose economic polices that benefit the richest 1% of Americans.

Like their Manhattan counterparts, the Los Angeles protesters said they plan to camp out by City Hall indefinitely or until they draw enough attention to their cause. Other protests have been springing up around the world, including in Cleveland and Australia.

Andrew Roberts, a 33-year-old father from Long Beach, said he was protesting to try to ensure a better future for his children. “The system that’s in place clearly isn’t working anymore.” Roberts said. “If this carries on my children aren’t going to have the same standard of living as I do, and that’s sorry.”

Full Article Here – http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/10/economic-protestors-remain-camped-out-at-la-city-hall-.html

700 arrested after protest on NY’s Brooklyn Bridge

Associated Press
Oct. 1, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 700 protesters demonstrating against corporate greed, global warming and social inequality, among other grievances, were arrested Saturday after they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours in a tense confrontation with police.
The group Occupy Wall Street has been camped out in a plaza in Manhattan’s Financial District for nearly two weeks staging various marches, and had orchestrated an impromptu trek to Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. They walked in thick rows on the sidewalk up to the bridge, where some demonstrators spilled onto the roadway after being told to stay on the pedestrian pathway, police said.

The majority of those arrested were given citations for disorderly conduct and were released, police said.

Some protesters sat on the roadway, chanting “Let us go,” while others chanted and yelled at police from the pedestrian walkaway above. Police used orange netting to stop the group from going farther down the bridge, which is under construction.

Some of the protesters said they were lured onto the roadway by police, or they didn’t hear the calls from authorities to head to the pedestrian walkway. Police said no one was tricked into being arrested, and those in the back of the group who couldn’t hear were allowed to leave.
“Multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway and that if they took roadway they would be arrested,” said Paul Browne, the chief spokesman of the New York Police Department.
Erin Larkins, a Columbia University graduate student at who says she and her boyfriend have significant student loan debt, was among the thousands of protesters on the bridge. She said a friend persuaded her to join the march and she’s glad she did.
“I don’t think we’re asking for much, just to wake up every morning not worrying whether we can pay the rent, or whether our next meal will be rice and beans again,” Larkins wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “No one is expecting immediate change. I think everyone is just hopeful that people will wake up a bit and realize that the more we speak up, the more the people that do have the authority to make changes in this world listen.”
Several videos taken of the event show a confusing, chaotic scene. Some show protesters screaming obscenities at police and taking a hat from one of the officers. Others show police struggling with people who refuse to get up. Nearby, a couple posed for wedding pictures on the bridge.
“We were supposed to go up the pedestrian roadway,” said Robert Cammiso, a 48-year-old student from Brooklyn told the Daily News. “There was a huge funnel, a bottleneck, and we couldn’t fit. 
People jumped from the walkway onto the roadway. We thought the roadway was open to us.”
Earlier Saturday, thousands who joined two other marches crossed the Brooklyn Bridge without problems. One was from Brooklyn to Manhattan by a group opposed to genetically modified food. 
Another in the opposite direction marched against poverty organized by United Way.
Elsewhere in the U.S. on Saturday, protesters assembled in Albuquerque, N.M., Boston and Los Angeles to express their solidarity with the movement in New York, though their demands remain unclear. Occupy Wall Street demonstrators have been camped in Zuccotti Park and have clashed with police on earlier occasions. Mostly, the protests have been peaceful, and the movement has shown no signs of losing steam. Celebrities including Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon made recent stops to encourage the group.

More than 500 arrested in Wall Street protest

Oct. 1, 2011
By Ray Sanchez

(Reuters) – Police reopened the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday evening after more than 500 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested for blocking traffic lanes and attempting an unauthorized march across the span.

The arrests took place when a large group of marchers, participating in a second week of protests by the Occupy Wall Street movement, broke off from others on the bridge’s pedestrian walkway and headed across the Brooklyn-bound lanes.

“More than 500 were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge late this afternoon after multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway,” a police spokesman said.

“Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested. Others locked arms and proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway and were arrested,” he added.

The bridge was reopened at 8:05 p.m. EDT after being closed for hours.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene on the famous suspension bridge as a sea of police officers surrounded the protesters using orange mesh netting.

Some protesters tried to get away as officers started handcuffing members of the group. Dozens of protesters were seen handcuffed and sitting on the span as three buses were called in to take them away, witnesses and organizers said.

The march started about 3:30 p.m. EDT from the protesters’ camp in Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan near the former World Trade Center. Members of the group have vowed to stay at the park
through the winter.


In addition to what they view as excessive force and unfair treatment of minorities, including Muslims, the movement is also protesting against home foreclosures, high unemployment and the 2008 bailouts.

Filmmaker Michael Moore and actress Susan Sarandon have stopped by the protesters’ camp, which is plastered with posters with anti-Wall Street slogans and has a kitchen and library, to offer their support.

On Friday evening, more than 1,000 demonstrators, including representatives of labor organizations, held a peaceful march to police headquarters a few blocks north of City Hall to protest what they said was a heavy-handed police response the previous week. No arrests were reported.

Full Article Here – http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/02/us-wallstreet-protests-idUSTRE7900BL20111002