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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”.

February 2, 2012 2:15 pm

VIDEO: of OAKLAND ARRESTS on “Move-In Day” Livestream shot by Oaktown Pirate

Video (with excellent commentary) of the Jan 28, 2012 Move In Day Action aka “The Arrest-An-Occupier-West-Coast-Jamboree”…

Oaktown Pirate’s ongoing commentary is fantastic. Seriously, this guy’s ideas are great!  As he is watching this go down, he is telling us why he thinks it was a bad idea…I totally agree with him.

[NOTE* from Leftish: The Occupy Movement is going through some growth spurts, and might need to make some decisions about whether committing actions such as this one is actually helping or hurting the growth of the movement.

IMHO this was a poorly thought out plan…and this was not a valid reason to storm an abandoned building…because OccupyOakland needed an indoor space.  I am against violence of any kind, and we do not live in a country that has squatter’s rights!

So by doing this action, they were just sending the cops a message:  ”We will round ourselves up for you, and commit a crime, so you will have a good reason to arrest us, en masse…Not only that, but we will even tell you what time our march starts, and exactly where we plan to go, so you will be there in riot gear, ready to play your part in this cops and robbers game we’re playing.”

Then, to make matters worse, vandalism was committed, which really gave the cops license to do whatever the fuck they wanted to to the protesters.  Violence Begets Violence, and  ’Violence is the last refuge of the weak.’

This is NOT the Occupy Movement I signed up for!]

But seriously, watch this.

January 28, 2012 10:32 pm
100s Arrested - Occupy Oakland happening right now!

LIVESTREAM by OakFoSho, broadcasting from above…

2 Full Busloads have already left…

December 12, 2011 10:35 pm 8:55 pm 2:12 pm

PUNKBOYINSF STREAMING LIVE FROM OAKLAND - JUST BACK FROM THE PORT - STREAMING FROM OSCAR GRANT PLAZA - WILL BE COVERING THE EVENING ACTION AT THE PORT OF OAKLAND…

December 7, 2011 9:54 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/13911400477/you-saw-what-happened-in-oakland-california">"You saw what happened in Oakland, California.

Oh my God, the police fired tear gas. You gotta love that mentality. They’re there with a crowd of people holding up signs saying ‘We can’t find a job,’ ‘we’ve lost our home,’ ‘we can’t pay for college,’ and they think, ‘let’s make them cry.’”

~ Bill Maher

December 2, 2011 1:53 pm 9:01 am

12/1/11 ~ RACHEL MADDOW interviews SCOTT OLSEN - INSPIRATIONAL!

8:00 am
We are SO LUCKY that Scott Olsen was the guy who got hit!  He’s BRILLIANT!!  Every time I hear him speak I am TRULY INSPIRED!!
What a blessing for our movement, that such a peaceful, forgiving, sensible man was singled out by a police projectile and has since become one of our most eloquent spokespeople.
May we all remember AND always act upon Scott’s words:
STAY PEACEFUL!

We are SO LUCKY that Scott Olsen was the guy who got hit!  He’s BRILLIANT!!  Every time I hear him speak I am TRULY INSPIRED!!

What a blessing for our movement, that such a peaceful, forgiving, sensible man was singled out by a police projectile and has since become one of our most eloquent spokespeople.

May we all remember AND always act upon Scott’s words:

STAY PEACEFUL!

December 1, 2011 10:51 pm

Interview with Scott Olsen on his return to OccupyOakland with a reporter from IndyBay.

November 30, 2011 12:56 pm
 
Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran who had his skull fractured at an Occupy Oakland protest in October, made his first live television interview last night (Nov. 29) on MSNBC’s The Ed Show.
Introducing him as a “tough Wisconsin kid,” host Ed Schultz asked Olsen, 24, how he was doing.
"I’m doing better every day." Olsen answered. "It’s not always been a pleasant process. It’s been quite frustrating, but I’m doing better."
Olsen’s speech was at times slurred, halting and even garbled, indicating both how far he still is from a full recovery, but also how much he’s come along since first waking up in the hospital after a projectile struck his head.
"I had a head full of words that I wanted to say, but I couldn’t make them come out," he said.  "It was very frustrating."
Olsen criticized Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s decision to approve the October 25 crackdown, when resorted to using tear gas, rubber bullets and other projectiles in an attempt to evict the protesters.
"I don’t think it was right for her to do that," he said of his first days after the injury.  "We have the right to be in Oscar Grant Plaza (officially known as Frank H. Ogawa Plaza) and to voice our grievances any time of day."     Olsen said it was “a bit overwhelming” at first to become an international news figure, but is fine now with the media scrutiny.
"I’m happy to step into these shoes and guide this movement and be somebody to look up to for some people," he said.
Olsen, who did two tours in Iraq, also said he does not regret joining the Occupy movement and would do it again.
"When I took the enlistment oath, when I joined the Marines, I swore to uphold and defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic," he said.  "And I’m continuing to do that.
Olsen concedes the Occupy movement is “changing a lot,” but doesn’t think it’s “going anywhere any time soon.”
"Scott Olsen, I want to thank you for coming on the program tonight," Ed said to close the interview.  "God bless you. Keep fighting hard. And keep recovering. We`ll follow your recovery.  All the best to you, my friend."

Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran who had his skull fractured at an Occupy Oakland protest in October, made his first live television interview last night (Nov. 29) on MSNBC’s The Ed Show.

Introducing him as a “tough Wisconsin kid,” host Ed Schultz asked Olsen, 24, how he was doing.

"I’m doing better every day." Olsen answered. "It’s not always been a pleasant process. It’s been quite frustrating, but I’m doing better."

Olsen’s speech was at times slurred, halting and even garbled, indicating both how far he still is from a full recovery, but also how much he’s come along since first waking up in the hospital after a projectile struck his head.

"I had a head full of words that I wanted to say, but I couldn’t make them come out," he said.  "It was very frustrating."

Olsen criticized Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s decision to approve the October 25 crackdown, when resorted to using tear gas, rubber bullets and other projectiles in an attempt to evict the protesters.

"I don’t think it was right for her to do that," he said of his first days after the injury.  "We have the right to be in Oscar Grant Plaza (officially known as Frank H. Ogawa Plaza) and to voice our grievances any time of day."    
 
Olsen said it was “a bit overwhelming” at first to become an international news figure, but is fine now with the media scrutiny.

"I’m happy to step into these shoes and guide this movement and be somebody to look up to for some people," he said.

Olsen, who did two tours in Iraq, also said he does not regret joining the Occupy movement and would do it again.

"When I took the enlistment oath, when I joined the Marines, I swore to uphold and defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic," he said.  "And I’m continuing to do that.

Olsen concedes the Occupy movement is “changing a lot,” but doesn’t think it’s “going anywhere any time soon.”

"Scott Olsen, I want to thank you for coming on the program tonight," Ed said to close the interview.  "God bless you. Keep fighting hard. And keep recovering. We`ll follow your recovery.  All the best to you, my friend."

12:33 pm
The movement may be forced to change…but as we’ve discovered, we are not the encampments - maybe we don’t even need them any more.
Make Way for OWS 2.0…
We are the 99%, and WE WILL PREVAIL!!

The movement may be forced to change…but as we’ve discovered, we are not the encampments - maybe we don’t even need them any more.

Make Way for OWS 2.0…

We are the 99%, and WE WILL PREVAIL!!

November 4, 2011 7:31 pm
Occupy Oakland Screenprinting during the GA - While You Wait!

Occupy Oakland Screenprinting during the GA - While You Wait!

5:34 pm
I live in Bolinas, an amazing small town in the SF Bay Area.  My friend, Jeff, went to the Oakland Strike, and wrote about if for our local paper, The Bolinas Hearsay News, which is a paper of 8.5x11 sheets, produced three times a week, and costs .50¢…I got chills reading it.
Had to share.

I live in Bolinas, an amazing small town in the SF Bay Area.  My friend, Jeff, went to the Oakland Strike, and wrote about if for our local paper, The Bolinas Hearsay News, which is a paper of 8.5x11 sheets, produced three times a week, and costs .50¢…I got chills reading it.

Had to share.