A protester handed President Barack Obama a note while shaking hands along a rope line in New Hampshire today. Photographer Charlie Dharapak smartly zoomed in so you can read the note for yourself.
“Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.”
Dhaparak likely had to move, slightly to the left, to get that shot. Which means the President must have held it up long enough to read it.
President Obama, please don’t ignore this anymore. Police brutality is police brutality. Speak out against it.
What would Occupiers want, hypothetically, for the President to do immediately to help?
Occupy L.A. receives offer to decamp: Protesters could get downtown office space and farmland if they leave City Hall.
Los Angeles officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters a package of incentives that includes downtown office space and farmland in an attempt to persuade them to abandon their camp outside of City Hall, according to several demonstrators who have been in negotiations with the city.
The details of the proposal were revealed Monday during the demonstration’s nightly general assembly meeting by Jim Lafferty, an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild who has been advocating on behalf of the protest since it began seven weeks ago.
Very interesting offer. What do you think?
Photo: Jim Lafferty, who has been negotiating with city officials on behalf of Occupy L.A., addresses protesters. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times
Keywords here: “demonstrators who have been in negotiations with the city.”
Compromise, coexistence and progress!
Civilian members of Egypt’s government have offered to step down after large scale conflicts in Cairo’s Tahrir Square this weekend.
Months of exasperation with Egypt’s military rule erupted into violence on Sunday as protesters faced off with soldiers.
As Egyptian troops attempted to clear the square, protesters resisted and were tear-gassed by soldiers. Rocks were flung back and forth. There are also allegations that live ammunition was used, and it’s being reported that at least 24 people have been killed.
Elections are scheduled a week from Monday, but protesters have long been demanding civilian government rule.
Global unrest, ya’ll.
UC Davis police officer pepper sprays sitting students because, well, just because.
Think that’s %$#ing horrible? The video’s worse.
Via John Aravosis at AmericaBlog:
I’m sorry, this has gone too far. This has happened in police department after police department, and it has gone too far. Our police look like the goons in Russia and China. Please watch this video and send it to everyone you know. This has gone too far.
So is there a manual that says “if protesters block quad, peacefully, we need to pepper spray indiscriminately.”
Our Occupy Wall Street display. Any donations to the People’s Library are 30% off—we’ll hand deliver them wherever they need to go.
McNally Jackson is, and will forever be, my favorite bookstore in the history of ever.
From The Guardian:
Video footage has emerged of a police officer beating an Iraq war veteran so hard that he suffered a ruptured spleen in an apparently unprovoked incident at a recent Occupy protest in California.
The footage, which has been shared with the Guardian, shows Kayvan Sabehgi standing in front of a police line on the night of Occupy Oakland's general strike on 2 November, when he is set upon by an officer.
He does not appear to be posing any threat, nor does he attempt to resist, yet he is hit numerous times by an officer clad in riot gear who appears determined to beat him to the ground.
Sabehgi, 32, an Oakland resident and former marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has since undergone surgery on his spleen. He says it took hours for him to be taken to hospital, despite complaining of severe pain. Police have told the Guardian they are investigating the incident.
Via @xeni at @BoingBoing. Projections on the Verizon building in Lower Manhattan. I bet someone has a view of this from the Q! Or from DUMBO! Get the pictures up!
From Josh Stearns Storify site:
I’m tracking, confirming and verifying reports of journalist arrests at Occupy protests all over the country since September. So far 26 journalists have been arrested, 10 of which were arrested in NYC on Nov. 15. Help me by sending tips and tweets to @jcstearns.
[Photo by Chang W. Lee/The New York Times]
Jesus. Was that necessary?
Really…when does “negotiation” become a tactic to consider by police? We don’t know if he was intentionally battered over the head. For all we know, it could have been an accident. But aggression leads to this. So maybe it’s time to come together as a society, a country, and talk, discuss, put down our masks, bandanas, shields, and guns to say hey “you’re probably someone’s father, uncle, brother, sister, mother, grandma…let’s get on the same page.”
Or we can go on seeing photos of pepper-sprayed grandmas and bloodied youth.
An Occupy Oakland protester who was detained during Monday’s police sweep of the movement’s encampment outside City Hall is being held without bail as federal immigration authorities determine whether to move forward with deportation proceedings.
Francisco “Pancho” Ramos Stierle is a 36-year-old Mexican immigrant who came to the United States six years ago to study astrophysics at UC Berkeley, friends told the San Francisco Chronicle. He’s been living in the country without legal status since he overstayed his student visa.
Stierle was one of 32 people detained during Monday’s sweep, but he’s the only one being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin because he’s an undocumented immigrant.
We wrote about the Department of Homeland Securities “Secure Communities” in August. Check it out.
Two Wall Streeters apparently forgot their jobs were saved by taxpayers, like many of these protesters.
H/T Justin Elliot
You’d think they would have money for better signs. These guys can afford buying the expensive stuff from Kinko’s, or whatever FedEx calls that place these days.
The guy on the right looks JUST like the guy the New York Times picked to “square off” with an Occupy Wall Street protester in early October. The multimedia segment was called "The Soft Drink Summit."
Video posted on YouTube showcases arrests made by NYPD during the second Zuccotti Park raid in two months. One of the arrestees appears to be Hero Vincent, who you can see in this gallery from last month’s cover article in NYMag.
We (the site I manage) also profiled him for a radio story we produced for National Public Radio.
Hopefully things remain peaceful for tomorrow’s big demonstration.
Broadly, Rainey has been active in politics and Seattle public life since the 1950s. A former schoolteacher, she ran for a seat on the King County Council in the 1970s and lost. During the same period, she was a school board member in Issaquah, a nearby city. Last year, she ran for mayor but eventually withdrew from the race saying, “I am old and should learn to be old, stay home, watch TV and sit still.” But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a good rapport with the current mayor. Read more.
From Seattle PI:
Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Westlake Park. Protesters gathered in the intersection of 5th Avenue and Pine Street after marching from their camp at Seattle Central Community College in support of Occupy Wall Street. Many refused to move from the intersection after being ordered by police. Police then began spraying pepper spray into the gathered crowd hitting dozens of people. A pregnant woman was taken from the melee in an ambulance after being struck with spray. Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO / SEATTLEPI.COM