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October 8, 2011
This could be the tipping point. I marched against the Vietnam war before I was drafted into the army and this movement is now getting towards that critical mass.
Former Silicon Valley executive Dick Steinkamp • Explaining why he’s chosen to take part in the Occupy Seattle protests. Folks like Steincamp, a 63-year-old firmly in the “Baby Boomer” camp, have added themselves to the Occupy movement in recent days, giving the movement significant age diversity and making it something that’s becoming much larger than its original starting point. Roughly 70 major cities now have their own Occupy movement, as well as 600 smaller communities. Last week’s Brooklyn Bridge arrests really gave the movement a spark — now it’s spreading at full speed. source (viafollow)
10:43 // 2 years ago
October 7, 2011

capitalnewyork:

@OccupyTheHood

A reaction to OccupyWallStreet’s limited diversity: "With anything, the white community has a cold, we have the flu," Malik, the group’s creator, says. The group, which is planning movements throughout the country, also has a Facebook page.

13:32 // 2 years ago
11:03 // 2 years ago
October 6, 2011

Switching gears a little bit, tonight’s Occupy Wall Street rallies hit a new peak, in part thanks to fresh support from unions such as AFL-CIO, the United Federation of Teachers, the Communications Workers of America and District Council 37. (According to one estimate, the crowd hit 20,000, but an exact number couldn’t be narrowed down — either way, it was large.) But the new peak in attendance came with a price — police brutality, some of which hit journalists covering the march. “I don’t know what sparked it, but people started tossed about, and I did see people getting beaten with clubs, and I personally was pepper sprayed,” said Flux Rostrum, a journalist and videographer for Mobile Broadcast News. Above is a clip of one of the more violent scenes tonight — the way that they’re throwing around those batons is nothing short of frightening. In all, at least 28 people were arrested. (thanks usualchatter for the kick in the pants; this take on the evening’s events is also worth a read) source

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1:17 // 2 years ago
October 5, 2011

imwithkanye says: What are your thoughts on #OccupySesameStreet? Does the meme help or hurt the overall cause? And should a meme like this even influence the discussion at hand? Thx!

» SFB says: I admit I found the Twitter meme funny, but I think at the same time, it has the effect of softening the overall discussion, in good ways and bad. I think we need to be careful not to trivialize the idea of this, but on the other hand, if Occupy Wall Street needs more attention, this is a way to get it. — Ernie @ SFB

16:25 // 2 years ago
October 3, 2011
There’s NYPD brass with guns on buses saying ‘Move the bus, this bus is now under the control of the NYPD. What room to protest is there? It’s not a transit supervisor you’re dealing with.
New York Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen • Discussing the way that the Brooklyn Bridge Occupy Wall Street arrests went down, particularly how the NYPD commandeered buses to arrest protesters en masse. The union is seeking injunctions (preliminary and permanent) against the NYPD to prevent them from doing this again. “The actions of the NYPD on Oct. 1, 2011, amounted to a seizure of the bus drivers,” the union’s lawyer, Arthur Schwartz, claimed in court. Will be curious to see how this goes. source (viafollow)
21:25 // 2 years ago
October 2, 2011
Occupy Wall Street: Where the Ruffalo roam. Mark Ruffalo, that is:

I have spent the last two days at the Occupy Wall Street gathering. It was a beautiful display of peaceful action: so much kindness and gentleness in the camp, so much belief in our world and democracy. And so many different kinds of people all looking for a chance at the dream that America had promised them.

Lovely. Posted with Percolate

Occupy Wall Street: Where the Ruffalo roam. Mark Ruffalo, that is:

I have spent the last two days at the Occupy Wall Street gathering. It was a beautiful display of peaceful action: so much kindness and gentleness in the camp, so much belief in our world and democracy. And so many different kinds of people all looking for a chance at the dream that America had promised them.

Lovely. Posted with Percolate

18:36 // 2 years ago
inothernews:

Front page, the New York Post, Sunday 2 October 2011.
(via the Newseum)

Surprisingly, the only NYC paper to give the story banner play. The NYT played it below the fold; the Daily News only made it a box.

inothernews:

Front page, the New York Post, Sunday 2 October 2011.

(via the Newseum)

Surprisingly, the only NYC paper to give the story banner play. The NYT played it below the fold; the Daily News only made it a box.

12:21 // 3 years ago
October 1, 2011
Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested. Other locked arms and proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway. The latter were arrested.
A NYPD police spokesman • Discussing the arrests of 400 protesters (EDIT: This number jumped significantly from an earlier version of this story — from 50 to 400) on the Brooklyn Bridge earlier today, during the Occupy Wall Street protests, which are starting to pick up some steam (along with union support). Witnesses say that police used orange netting to surround and control the movements of protesters, and those arrested were taken away on three separate buses. source (viafollow)
20:38 // 3 years ago
inothernews:

So, not only do high-ranking members of the New York City Police Department mace innocent protestors, they also arrest New York Times journalists doing their jobs.
Does that idiot mayor Michael Bloomberg realize that he and the NYPD are just agitating the protestors more?

Pretty much. Don’t arrest journalists. It’s bad for everyone involved.

inothernews:

So, not only do high-ranking members of the New York City Police Department mace innocent protestors, they also arrest New York Times journalists doing their jobs.

Does that idiot mayor Michael Bloomberg realize that he and the NYPD are just agitating the protestors more?

Pretty much. Don’t arrest journalists. It’s bad for everyone involved.

(via firthofforth)

19:04 // 3 years ago