Reblogged from cognitivedissonance September 25th, 2011 3,194 notes #Occupy Wall Street #Police brutality #First Amendment #protest #NYPD #New York City #peaceful protest #unlawful #unlawful arrest
In a disturbing scene from today’s “Occupy Wall Street” protests, a group of peaceful female protesters were rounded up in an orange-colored mesh pen by police and subsequently sprayed with mace without any provocation.
In spite of multiple reported incidents of possible police violence, major media outlets seem to be content to let the protests go by completely unreported, following the same “who-cares” attitude they have taken toward recent revelations that the NYPD has violated the Constitutional rights of American citizens by spying on them as possible terrorists and enemies of the state despite a complete absence of evidence of any crimes.
This is absolutely disturbing. Penning people up to mace them is police brutality. Period. What will it take to get the mainstream media to pay attention? If you follow the #OccupyWallStreet, you’ll find out that at least 80 were arrested today. AP and Wall Street Journal mentioned the arrests briefly today.
Reblogged from shortformblog September 26th, 2011 70 notes #Chelsea Elliott #controversial #occupy wall street #occupywallstreet #pepper spray #police brutality #take wall street #wall street
Not very often at all, according to the New York Times. In the weekend’s most unbelievable video, a number of young women were pepper sprayed after reacting towards another man’s arrest, seemingly arbitrarily. “A cop in a white shirt — I think he’s a superior officer — just comes along and…
Reblogged from cognitivedissonance October 2nd, 2011 47 notes #Occupy Wall Street #Wall Street #Politics #Economy #arrests #protest #inequality #New York City #NYC #NYPD
More than 700 people were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday evening during a march by anti-Wall Street protesters who have been occupying a downtown Manhattan square for two weeks.
During the afternoon a long line of protesters numbering several thousand snaked through the streets towards the landmark bridge across the East River with the aim of ending at a Brooklyn park.
However, during the march across the bridge groups of protesters sat down or strayed into the road from the pedestrian pathway. They were then arrested in large numbers by officers who were part of a heavy police presence shepherding the march along its path.
At one stage 500 protesters were blocked off by police on the bridge. At least one journalist, freelancer Natasha Lennard for the New York Times, was among those arrested.
Is anyone shocked by this? It will be interesting to see what happens as more people show up.
New York Times(!) has great coverage here. It appears police may have inadvertently (at best) or purposefully (at worst) led some of the marchers from the walk bridge to where they were arrested. Several reports have Tony Bologna as one of the officers who was walking ahead of marchers. Here’s one photo that appears to show him talking with officers watching over several handcuffed protesters on the bridge.
Hmmmm so it’s working, you say?
There are so many great Occupy Wall Street posts, and I’d love to reblog them all! But since I can’t (without completely derailing my blog), I will simply request that y’all check out the Occupy Wall Street tag instead.
Is this the entire quotation? If so, then he must have been one of the many people who were against Civil Rights & Voting Rights legislation. Too bad for him, I’m a citizen. By the way, this quote should be enough to vote him out of office. He obviously doesn’t need to be there.
(via moniquill)Reblogged from di-atribe October 9th, 2011 15 notes #occupy wall street #Rep. Peter King
“ I am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and other cities across our country.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, talking about Occupy Wall Street. “Believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans,” he continued. “But you sent us here to fight for you and for all Americans. You sent us here to bring about real change in Washington, real change to your federal government. And we’re committed to do that.” Pitting of Americans against Americans? Isn&’t that what you do, Eric? Let&’s be honest with ourselves before we criticize others. (via shortformblog)
(via rewritingnow)Reblogged from rewritingnow October 10th, 2011 163 notes #occupy wall street #eric cantor #house majority leader #responses #republicans #gop
Reblogged from brujacore October 11th, 2011 13 notes #indigenous people #occupy wall street #people of color #colonialism
On Monday October 10th, members of the indigenous community from Owe Aku International Justice Project, First Voice Indigenous Radio, and the United Confederation of the Taino people will bring their voices to Occupy Wall Street and remind us to rethink Columbus day. They will also address how corporate greed and indigenous history have for hundreds of years been an integral part of the indigenousstruggle to maintain a way of life, maintain Indigenous territories, and fulfill Indigneous responsibilities to the environment for future generations.
“Corporate greed is the driving factor for the global oppression and suffering of Indigenous populations. It is the driving factor for the conquest and continued suffering for the Indigenous peoples on this continent. The effects of greed eventually spills over and negatively impacts all peoples, everywhere. Indigenous peoples feel the pain first, but it eventually reaches all people. Understand our suffering to understand yours.”
—Rosalie Little Thunder. (Sicangu Lakota, Owe Aku International Justice Project, a Lakota grass-roots human rights organization based on Lakota territories on the High Plains of North American and, internationally, in New York City).
In the midst of the following the chaos at #occupyboston online, I noticed this timely bit of Wikipedia vandalism.
…but is it true? (Not being sarcastic.)Reblogged from andrewhartwell October 11th, 2011 125 notes #occupyboston #occupy Wall Street #occupytogether
“ ‘Occupy All Streets’ is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street. At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement.
A spokesperson for Rocawear • Discussing the Jay-Z-backed company’s plan to sell the “Occupy Wall Street”-aping shirts the rapper has recently started wearing … without a plan plan to offer any sort of monetary support to the movement for riffing on their slogan. The irony is painful. (via shortformblog)
Wow. I’m not surprised, but at the same time, I am (surprisingly) disappointed.
(via shortformblog)Reblogged from Business Insider November 12th, 2011 15 notes #Occupy Wall Street #Jay-Z #OWS