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March 22, 2014 12:35 pm
Iraq War Veteran Scott Olsen Reaches $4.5M Settlement in Occupy Oakland Police Brutality Case

Iraq War Vet against the War, and Occupier, Scott Olsen was on Democracy Now this morning. He is still unable to work, a part of his brain is dead and he will need to use this money to live on for the rest of his life. He decided to settle, rather than fight it in court, as a court battle would have been extremely stressful for him. He still wants to encourage Oakland Police to stop the use of less than lethal weapons to “control crowds”.

November 5, 2012 3:18 pm
Occupy Oakland: FBI refuses Occupy FOIA requests citing "National Security"

via The Daily Kos

Although the FBI has been forthcoming about their involvement in domestic spying regarding some of the Occupy activities of Constitutionally protected protests the ACLU has received a disturbing response regarding Occupiers in Northern California. I immediately thought of Occupy Oakland when I saw this:

"in the interest of national defense or foreign policy."

…Perhaps they consider Northern California the hippie vortex- the source of peace, love, and tolerance- three things authoritarians hate thus must be prevented from spreading. 

ut more troubling than what the FBI has revealed is what it’s refused to reveal. We asked for FBI records about Occupy protests in Northern California, where several of the most high profile demonstrations have taken place, as well as intelligence bulletins, training materials, or justifications for investigating the Occupy movement anywhere in the country. The agency claims it only has a grand total of 37 pages on all of these topics, and is refusing to hand over more than half of those documents. One of the justifications for withholding the information, is that it supposed must be kept secret "in the interest of national defense or foreign policy."

Read more…

June 12, 2012 10:17 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/24961559223/ive-been-away-lately">I’ve been away lately.

New Kittens, and my 100 year old father’s passing have taken up most of my time.

Also, I’ve been depressed about politics, and feeling frustration with my own unimportance and impotence.  I can’t seem to inspire anyone to get more involved politically, and I understand their apathy.  It seems so hopeless.  I care desperately about our planet’s future, and about injustices in our world that could lead to further oppression, but see no other way to combat the direction we are going besides us all banding together and demanding change.

I had such high hopes for Occupy, but the Government nipped that in the bud, and squashed many of our hopes.  IMHO the “Occupy Brand” has been wrongfully sullied, but nonetheless, no longer has a pristine and pacifistic reputation.

All those people who came out last fall are still around…We have the numbers, and we could “win”, but not without the courage to stand up and be willing to die for these causes.

I know, it’s heavy to picture dying for a cause, but our WORLD is dying, and soon, too.  If we care about our future, we need to do something about it.

May 26, 2012 1:28 pm
PEACE OFFICERS GATHER FOR THE NATO MEETING, 2012.
Land of the Free, yup.

PEACE OFFICERS GATHER FOR THE NATO MEETING, 2012.

Land of the Free, yup.

May 1, 2012 11:14 pm
OCCUPYSF INFILTRATED? Chaos in the Mission, Smashed Windows, Tires, and Stores...and the Police do nothing.

scottrossi:

Notes from an Occupation 17: Dolores Park “Ruckus”

So I’m just going to quick talk about what happened tonight, 30 April, 2012, on the eve of the May Day 2012 General Strike. I don’t know everything yet, and I’m too busy getting ready for tomorrow to really sit down and do homework. You’re getting my on the ground observations and you’re getting…

April 28, 2012 5:39 pm 4:37 pm
Getting ready for OCCUPY MAY DAY = Tuesday, May 1st GENERAL STRIKE and day of Action…
FIND OUT MORE HERE…

Getting ready for OCCUPY MAY DAY = Tuesday, May 1st GENERAL STRIKE and day of Action…

FIND OUT MORE HERE…

3:55 pm
MAY DAY 2012
Tuesday, May 1st GENERAL STRIKE and DAY of ACTION…
FIND OUT MORE HERE…

MAY DAY 2012

Tuesday, May 1st GENERAL STRIKE and DAY of ACTION…

FIND OUT MORE HERE…

11:40 am April 20, 2012 5:14 pm
BREAKING: Feds Standoff with Occupy against NYPD Eviction on Wall Street (Live Link)

via Charlie Grapski

COPS ISSUE NEW RULES to NY OCCUPIERS:

No Signs Bigger Than 3’x4’x.25”

No bags of belongings larger than Subway Carry-On limit

http://fdl.me/I1sHWq from @firedoglake

This is breaking. I will try and put more info up shortly. But right now there is a stand-off on Wall Street between the Occupiers backed by the Federal Park Police and the NYPD. For a week Occupiers have camped out on the steps of Federal Hall, location of the authoring of the Bill of Rights, af…

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Watch Live as it Unfolds: http://www.ustream.tv/occupiedair

April 17, 2012 8:48 pm
Declaration from Occupy San Francisco General Assembly

[NOTE* from Leftish:  This is IT!  This is what the media wanted from us 7 months ago, today!!  Yes, today is Occupy’s 7 month Birthday…and what a great Birthday Present!  FINALLY A COHESIVE, WELL THOUGHT-OUT MISSION STATEMENT….I hope all Occupy Movements throughout the country will adopt this…it’s THAT good!]

sfideawar:

It has been well-established in declaration and law that all people are endowed with inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly. We, and our descendants, share common human needs — a sustainable global…

2:15 pm
It’s the new American Way…If you try and express your right to Free Speech expect to  be pummeled…

It’s the new American Way…If you try and express your right to Free Speech expect to  be pummeled…

1:53 pm
Occupy Wall Street Activists Respond to the 99 Percent Spring | The Nation

Seizing on the popularity of Occupy Wall Street, a broad coalition of liberal-left groups and organizations created the 99 Percent Spring, a movement aiming to recruit and train 100,000 Americans to learn the ways of non-violent direct action. The initiative includes support from MoveOn.org, AFL-CIO, Greenpeace, the Working Families Party, 350.org, Campaign for America’s Future, United Students Against Sweatshops, CodePink, Global Exchange and Color of Change, among other groups.

The plan has been heavily promoted by celebrities such as Edward Norton, Elijah Wood, Marisa Tomei and Jason Alexander and political heavyweights like Van Jones, founder of Rebuild the Dream.

However, Occupy Wall Street protesters have expressed mixed feelings about the 99 Percent Spring, a response that should have been expected given a statement like, “Occupiers have varying opinions,” is a beige platitude akin to, “humans have varying opinions on life.” OWS is a big tent movement, and as such, it attracts the entire gamut of the (generally) lefty political spectrum.

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