Whenever journalists are arrested/detained for reporting the news, everyone’s freedom is at risk.KGO Radio reporter Kristin Hanes • Discussing her arrest late Saturday as the Occupy Oakland protests flared up. She and Gavin Aronson of Mother Jones were among the over 200 people placed into custody Saturday night, as the Oakland protests reached a new breaking point — including the burning of an American flag. Both mayor Jean Quan and the police were quick to pin negative attention on the protesters: “The Bay Area Occupy Movement has got to stop using Oakland as their playground,” Quan said in a statement. However, it’s important to keep in mind the nature of the police actions — including violence towards protesters and the use of tear gas grenades. An OpenSalon writer has a pretty informative first-person piece worth reading, which describes both the nature of the protesters (not as bad as reported) and why things flared up Saturday. source (via • follow)
scattered--stars asks: A few questions. First, do you know where I can access the full text of Herman Cain's Tea Party rebuttal? I'd really appreciate it. Secondly, I know that a text of what is supposed to be the Occupy rebuttal is floating around. (I found it on Huffington Post.) Do you know if the human mic delivery actually happened and if there's a video? I haven't been able to find anything on the DC movement's official UStream. Thanks so much!
» SFB says: I haven’t spotted a full text of Cain’s speech — I really get the impression, having watched it, that he improvised off a set of notes — but the video’s over here. I’ve yet to see an actual mic check video, but the text is here. So we have a dual-pronged problem: A response without text, and a response without video. Heh. I’ll keep an eye out for both! — Ernie @ SFB
We’re here because we got pushed out of New York, but we’re also here because this is the heart of where all politics happen.An Occupy Wall Street protester • Discussing why he made the move to one of D.C.’s two Occupy encampments. It appears the encampments stand a good chance of sticking around for a while longer, though — as the National Park Service considers the movement’s McPherson Square location a “24-hour vigil” and has applied the most liberal interpretation of the laws to the movement, and recently offered an extension of the permit for the Freedom Plaza encampment — which was initially supposed to end with the new year. So as a result, protesters who started hanging out at Zuccotti Park have started making their way to the encampments, which have recently passed the three-month mark. source (via • follow)
imwithkanye says: I’m actually quite annoyed by this. It’s one thing to protest but it’s another to disrupt a TV set (& people’s jobs - the crew? the 99%). L&O always uses headlines as back drops and would it be so bad to shine light on the rape that’s been happening?
» SFB says: That’s a fair point. They could’ve taken this energy in a different direction for sure. Certainly it’s not the most bizarre thing the Occupy movement’s been involved in. I think though, that there’s an effort not to get their movement co-opted by anyone, least of all a TV crew. But certainly a TV show that airs 12 times a day on TNT and makes clear that it’s ripped from the headlines isn’t really the enemy. — Ernie @ SFB
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There are certainly some folks who feel really offended by the attempt to kind of use this very real, very living movement, this economic justice movement that’s making real change for working families in this country, to use it in some kind of story line in this dramatic cop show. There are probably other folks among us who think it’s just a fun excuse to get together and share in public.Occupy Wall Street press team member Ian Shan • Explaining why Occupy protesters raided the filming of a Zuccotti Park-themed “Law & Order: SVU” episode late last night. The actual Occupy protesters heard about the protest and decided to stage a “mockupy” protest at the event, which sounds like an amazing idea. And much like a real Occupy protest, police cleared out the scene around 1 a.m. last night. This sounds like the most amazing idea, ever — hopefully most did it with a sense of humor instead of malicious intent. source (via • follow)
» However … In a major difference between the end of a number of other protests (most notably Occupy Oakland), police did not have to pull out pepper spray to end these protests. The LAPD was very careful with their strategy in this department. Despite the mayor calling for the closure of the camp early Monday, the police department held off two days, giving protesters time to leave on their own. That thinned out the numbers. As for those that remained, they had some minor scuffles with police at first, but those eventually faded, and protesters only got arrested after they didn’t immediately leave the park. Only a handful of major Occupy encampments remain at this point, most notably in DC and San Francisco. (EDIT: Updated Occupy Philly arrest count; the protesters left the encampment peacefully but were arrested for disturbances outside of the encampment.)