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32 Arrested in Occupy Des Moines Protest

Oct. 10, 2011
By: Lisa Martone and Jessica Daley

UPDATE: According to the Iowa State Patrol, 32 people with the Occupy Des Moines rally, including two juveniles, were arrested for trespass. Cptn. Mike Winter said there is an 11:00 p.m. curfew for the capitol complex, which included the lawn west of the Statehouse where the protest was held.

Protestors estimated about 150-200 people were still at the park, recently renamed to People’s Park, at 11:00 p.m.  Those arrested face a simple misdemeanor. The adults were booked into Polk County Jail.

Witnesses say law enforcement pepper sprayed several people. Cptn. Winter disputed that, saying pepper spray was used on only one person. He said they asked people to leave peacefully. When they didn’t, troopers used “what force was necessary.”

Protestors plan to return to the park Monday.

DES MOINES– It’s gaining momentum all over the country, and now, here in Iowa it’s picking up steam. The people who call themselves Iowa’s 99 percent are now jumping on board the largest grass roots movements this year.

Before noon on Sunday there was a slow trickle of people to the state capitol. By 2 p.m. the crowd stretched in the hundreds.

“I just decided that I would like to show up here and show my support,” said protestor Byron Stuart.

This group says they are out here in support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement that is sweeping across the nation. They claim they are the 99 percent of the population that is being kept down by the richest 1 percent.

“I feel that our country is just going down the wrong path,” said Stuart. “I think we are relying way too much on big corporations, and come on corporations are not people, they are a mass of people but just a few are making money off of it.”

They held signs in protest against big business and corporate greed.

“It is important, because people don’t really understand how the economy works in this country, and if people took a real look at it they would see it is a fraud what has been happening to the lower and middle class,” said Ken Mott of Des Moines. 

Chicago’s ‘Occupy’ Protest Issues Specific Demands

Wall Street Journal
Oct. 9, 2011

CHICAGO—The local spin-off of the Occupy Wall Street protests born in Manhattan released 12 proposed demands during the weekend, some of the first specifics to emerge from collection of groups that have sprung up in recent weeks across the U.S.

Occupy Chicago, an independent group inspired by the New York protests, which take aim at corporations and the wealthy, appear to be the first in the movement to adopt official demands: Repeal the Bush tax cuts and prosecute “Wall Street criminals.” At an open meeting Saturday in downtown Chicago, nine-tenths of the nearly 300 present voted to adopt those demands.

This week, the group plans to vote on other proposed demands, which include giving the Securities and Exchange Commission more regulatory power, forgiving student debt, reforming campaign-finance law and enacting the so-called Buffett Rule, a White House proposal to prevent millionaires from paying lower tax rates than middle-class Americans.

Occupy Wall Street has taken flak for not announcing specific demands in a protest that has engulfed sections of lower Manhattan and is now entering its fourth week. Bill Dobbs, a member of the Occupy Wall Street press committee, said he doesn’t know of plans to adopt specific demands.

“I mean, I’ve got my own set of demands,” he said. But “all our energy is going to ringing the alarm bells about economic conditions in this country.”

Full Article Here – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204450804576621481385921832.html

Recession Officially Over, U.S. Incomes Kept Falling

New York Times
Oct. 9, 2011

WASHINGTON — In a grim sign of the enduring nature of the economic slump, household income declined more in the two years after the recession ended than it did during the recession itself, new research has found.

Between June 2009, when the recession officially ended, and June 2011, inflation-adjusted median household income fell 6.7 percent, to $49,909, according to a study by two former Census Bureau officials. During the recession — from December 2007 to June 2009 — household income fell 3.2 percent.

The finding helps explain why Americans’ attitudes toward the economy, the country’s direction and its political leaders have continued to sour even as the economy has been growing. Unhappiness and anger have come to dominate the political scene, including the early stages of the 2012 presidential campaign.

President Obama recently called the economic situation “an emergency,” and over the weekend he assailed Congressional Republicans for opposing his jobs bill, which includes tax cuts that would raise take-home pay. Republicans blame Mr. Obama for the slump, saying he has issued a blizzard of regulations and promised future tax increases that have hurt business and consumer confidence.

Those arguments may be heard repeatedly this week, as the Senate begins debating the jobs bill. The full bill — a mix of tax cuts, public works, unemployment benefits and other items, costing $447 billion — is unlikely to pass, but individual parts seem to have a significant chance.

The full 9.8 percent drop in income from the start of the recession to this June — the most recent month in the study — appears to be the largest in several decades, according to other Census Bureau data. Gordon W. Green Jr., who wrote the report with John F. Coder, called the decline “a significant reduction in the American standard of living.”

That reduction occurred even though the unemployment rate fell slightly, to 9.2 percent in June compared with 9.5 percent two years earlier. Two main forces appear to have held down pay: the number of people outside the labor force — neither working nor looking for work — has risen; and the hourly pay of employed people has failed to keep pace with inflation, as the prices of oil products and many foods have jumped.

During the recession itself, by contrast, wage gains outpaced inflation.

One reason pay has stagnated is that many people who lost their jobs in the recession — and remained out of work for months — have taken pay cuts in order to be hired again. In a separate study, Henry S. Farber, an economics professor at Princeton, found that people who lost jobs in the recession and later found work again made an average of 17.5 percent less than they had in their old jobs.

Full Article Here – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/us/recession-officially-over-us-incomes-kept-falling.html

Occupying Indy

Oct. 9, 2011
By Mike Wells

Nearly 1,000 people spent Saturday afternoon marching several blocks from Veterans Memorial Plaza to Monument Circle to protest what they believe is an unbalanced economic system and flawed government.

“This isn’t a joking matter. This is our lives and jobs that we’re fighting for,” said Valerie Williams, 53. “There’s a lack of job opportunities for many people.”

The protest, called Occupy Indianapolis, was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York.
Some protesters covered their faces with masks, and many carried signs with slogans such as “I work, I save, I’m not your debt slave” and “You are the 99,” which refers to the 99 percent of Americans they believe the government and corporations take for granted.

“Our taxes are going to countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, where the people don’t even like us,” said Christian Garcia, 25.

“We’re sending money over there, and we can’t even find jobs for people in our country.”

The peaceful protest was organized mainly through Facebook and email.

“I was in Chicago a couple of weeks and saw what they were doing up there and thought it was a good idea to have one here,” said Kai Bennett, 27, a Ball State University student. “I’m surprised and glad at the way it’s turned out. We’ll continue to build off today.”

Full Article Here – http://www.indystar.com/article/20111009/LOCAL/110090356/Occupy-Indy-protest-draws-1-000-people-Downtown?odyssey=nav%7Chead

Occupy Anchorage protesters point to empowerment, jobs

Anchorage Daily News
Oct. 9, 2011

About 200 people rallied downtown Saturday for the continuation of Occupy Anchorage, an event sparked by a three-week-long protest on New York City’s Wall Street.

The gathering at Town Square was the second local installment of what has become a national movement that loosely targets corporate greed.

Protesters in Anchorage on Saturday waved signs as passing motorists cheered them on by honking horns. Participants grabbed a microphone and spoke their minds over loudspeakers. Some made plans to sleep in the park overnight.

A woman walking by angrily shouted, “Get a job!”

Why are the protesters gathering, and what exactly do they want? Here’s a small sampling of how demonstrators answered those questions Saturday:

– “I’m here to show solidarity with all the other people who are standing up finally … to show that we’re absolutely sick of money in politics the way that it’s structured right now. We pay for things that are outside of our country and lobby for things that are a waste, when our infrastructure’s failing and there’s hungry people and there’s unemployment rates beyond belief.”
– Jason Weir

Occupy Wall Street: Hundreds march in Denver

Denver Post
Oct. 10, 2011
By Kirk Mitchell

Hundreds of Occupy Denver protesters slogged up and down wet downtown streets Saturday, chanting and waving placards.

By their estimates, anywhere from a couple hundred to 700 protesters marched.They toted signs that read, “Attn: Bankers; You’re fired” and “All your banks belong to us.”

“We need changes,” said Matt Davidson, 28, a bioengineering graduate student at the University of Colorado Denver. “Most people aren’t involved.”

Davidson said he hoped that the demonstration would leave a message with politicians that views held by Tea Party members aren’t the only ones out there. Such demonstrations across the country will give politicians a reason to stand up to corporations, he said.

Protesters splashed through puddles in pouring rain, obeying traffic laws and remaining peaceful.

Full Article Here – http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_19073124

Protesters prepare to dig in for winter

Originally posted Oct. 8, 2011

The cold is coming — and they know it.

As the Occupy Wall Street protesters head into their fourth week, the camp is preparing to dig in for the long haul. Saturday, thoughts were turning to basic human needs and ways to plan and strategize for the challenges ahead.

At Saturday’s 9 a.m. coordination meeting, representatives on the numerous task forces dealt with the need for more donations of sleeping bags, ground pads and shoes. Right now there’s an oversupply of socks, T-shirts and thermal blankets.

“The cold is definitely a concern for all of us,” Olivia Nole-Malpezzi, 18, of Rochester said later. “We definitely need to prepare for the winter, mentally and physically. Donations are everything to us.”

The challenges aren’t deterring one Long Island protester.

“It’s important,” said Roy Sharkey, 51, of St. James. “I want this to be effective and result in some kind of change. I want to make a statement that’s loud and clear and right, for my children,” said the father of two, a carpenter and part-time musician now on disability.

Also discussed at the coordination meeting were compost, recycling, funding, and expanding the kitchen area to accommodate food donations.

“We’re feeding 2,000 people a day and growing but we need to coordinate with sanitation to get the trash out. We’re spilling into the areas where people sleep,” said a kitchen crew representative, who gave her name as Tami.

With numbers swelling, there are concerns the protest may soon outgrow Zuccotti Park, a sliver of open space amid lower Manhattan’s canyons.

“If we do get to the point when we reach capacity, we’re going to have to look for other venues to legally occupy,” said Nicole Pace, 23, a Patchogue native now living in Harlem.

Full Article Here – http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/protesters-prepare-to-dig-in-for-winter-1.3232008

Hundreds march in KC ‘Occupy’ movement

Kansas City Star
Oct. 9, 2011

About 300 people gathered today in Penn Valley Park across from the Federal Reserve Bank to mark the 10th day of the “Occupy” movement spawned by Wall Street protests.

“It is so great to see that so many of you are outraged,” Judy Ancel, a labor studies professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, told the crowd. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”

People from across the political spectrum gathered to voice their frustration with what they see as corporate control of politicians and to say they want a government that listens to the masses, instead of just the wealthy. Some described themselves as liberals, while others were die-hard fans of the libertarian champion Ron Paul.

They sported signs with messages like, “Corporations are Not People,” “We the other 99 percent of the People Want A Voice” and “Wall Street Bailed Out. Main Street Kicked Out.”

Occupy Wall Street-style protests spread to Britain

Oct. 10, 2011
By William Kennedy

LONDON — A young woman spray-paints the final letter on a floral-patterned sheet. Unfurled it reads: “Occupy London, 15 Oct, occupylsx.org.”

The small group of assembled activists applaud its look. “I love the kitschiness of it. It’s so ‘Laura Ashley’ English — perfect for a protest,” one says, namechecking the British brand known for its prim-and-proper fashions.

Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests on the other side of the Atlantic, demonstrators plan to establish a tent city in London’s City financial district next weekend.

“The Wall Street protests sort of inspired everything,” said Kai Wargalla, who co-created the Occupy London Facebook group. “It was just time to start here. We need people to step up and speak out.”

This movement aims to unite the United Kingdom’s far-flung activist communities in addressing ”the inequality of the financial system,” Wargalla said.

‘Not just dirty hippies’
The dozen hipster-chic men and women making signs on Saturday in a funky, tropical-themed club in north London’s Hackney borough have varied protest backgrounds. Some come from “Free Bradley Manning” and anti-nuclear campaigns, others from the Spanish 15-M movement, which occupied Madrid on May 15.

“These people are rightfully complaining about a lot of things,” said Matthew Slatter, an activist programmer with a theology degree. “They’re not just dirty hippies.”

“We’re the beginning of something,” said Ronan McNern, a member of U.K. rights group Queer Resistance who has a background in public relations. “People are not stakeholders in democracy, in the workings of the nation anymore. This [movement] gives a lot of hope for the future.”

Occupy London’s members largely identify with the “We are the 99 Percent” slogan made popular by protesters in the U.S.

Full Article Here – http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/09/8234525-occupy-wall-street-style-protests-spread-to-britain

Twenty four killed as Egyptian Christians, police clash

Oct. 10, 2011

Twenty four people were killed in Cairo Sunday, the health ministry said, when Christians, some carrying crosses and pictures of Jesus, clashed with military police in the latest sectarian flare-up in a country in political turmoil.

Christians protesting against an attack on a church say they were marching peacefully when thugs attacked them, drawing in military police who used what activists described as unnecessary force.

More than four vehicles were set ablaze and television footage showed army personnel carriers driving full speed toward crowds of protesters.

Pictures and videos of smashed faces and dead bodies of what activists said were people run over by military vehicles circulated online, prompting angry comments comparing the violence used by the military to that of ousted President Hosni Mubaraks police during the uprising that toppled him this year.

“What happened today is unprecedented. Seventeen corpses were crushed by military trucks,” human rights activist Hossam Bahgat said from the hospital where the bodies were taken.

Protesters threw rocks and petrol bombs and set cars on fire, as thick smoke wafted through the streets in some of the most violent scenes since the uprising that ousted Mubarak.

Hundreds fought with sticks on a Cairo bridge and protests later spread to Tahrir Square, the focal point of the February uprising, as Muslims joined the rally out of solidarity.

Smoke from tear gas swirled over the square as thousands of protesters chanted “The people demand the fall of the field marshal,” referring to Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of Egypts army council which now rules the country.

A Reuters witness said the army had moved in to contain the unrest, beating some protesters with batons. State television announced a curfew from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m to apply to Tahrir and downtown Cairo, as well as any roads leading to the square.

State TV said at least 150 people were injured Sunday, without saying how many of them were protesters. It had earlier said three of those killed were soldiers.

Tensions between Christians and Muslims have increased since the uprising. The latest violence comes just weeks before a parliamentary election on November 28, the first such vote since Mubarak was ousted.

The government has appealed for calm and denied that the violence was sectarian in nature. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf said he had contacted security and church authorities to contain the situation.

Full Article Here – http://news.egypt.com/english/permalink/54238.html