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 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.
Reblogged from tumblr.com November 18th, 2011 3,997 notes #tumblr #politics #congress #internet #protest #SOPA
Tumblr just put up this site warning people about the dangers of PROTECT-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Read up, kids. This is important.
Some more links which might be useful:
TW: Police brutality
When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized … One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.
read the entire letter its powerful
(via karnythia)Reblogged from evanfleischer November 20th, 2011 2,810 notes #police #brutality #uc davis #students #protest #pepper spray
Am I the only one who reads these and counts the number of “sins” they’d be going to hell for if there really was a God? On the last sign I think I had 8 out of 13. This time around I was too busy shaking my head to count, but I’m guilty of lots of them. Does anyone know the source?
There wasn’t enough room for my response, so I’m reblogging. Lol. Yes, these are real signs. When I was at Uni, a group of men like this came to my school and started spouting off really unsavory things about their ideas on what it means to be Christian and female and male and Muslim and Pagan and atheist and any other religion really, and how white people are the dominant race…UGH! It sucked.
A bunch of students were yelling at them to leave, some were cursing at them, and some were trying to debate with them, but they were talking over the students with their loudspeakers. I wanted to confront the leader, but he was this big man and I was scared for half a second. But, I knew that I couldn’t let people like this espouse such lies, so I walked up to the leader who had the mic and called him and his group out on their bs. (Mind you I am Christian and mixed and I know my history, so that didn’t work very well for them.) Then the leader of the group started talking about how African Americans—which I am—and Native Americans—which I am—deserved to be slaves and wiped from the Earth, and how this is written in the Tanakh, Bible and Qur’an. (Which makes me wonder what color the sky is in his world, because that makes no sense whatsoever, but I digress…) I had to check myself because I could feel the rage coming up and I knew that he was trying to piss me off so that I’d act like a stereotype.
So I called them out on all that too. Then, more people came to debate with them too and the hate-filled “Christian” group was becoming very frustrated. Especially, since there were more of us, we were talking over them now. (I think that they forgot that they were on a college campus where some of us actually study and learn about things. ^_^)
I couldn’t take it once the leader started talking about how people in the Civil Rights movement deserved to be beat by the police and have dogs sicked on them, about how we need to return to segregation and how the KKK needs to take their power back. My family has had a lot of bad things happen to them because of colonialism and the system of white supremacy, and that was like a major slap in the face. So I walked off with my friend and we reported all of this to the Administration, only to be told that they were in a free speech zone and had the right to be there. (I had no words for that. That’s when my friend went off on the Admins. You’d think that he was tired from debating with fools.)
So my friend had the idea for us to report it to the school paper, which we did and a lot of people who didn’t know about this event were pissed. I mean, people were talking about this group for weeks! Eventually, and I do mean eventually, these guys weren’t allowed at the school anymore.
This whole event reinforced my belief that it doesn’t matter if you are religious or not, some humans are filled with hate and will use anything that they can to spread their hatred. ::kanyeshrug::December 6th, 2011 22 notes #religion #university #free speech #protest #signs
Occupy Portland activist enters 53rd day of hunger strike
July 23, 2012
Activist Cameron Whitten has been on a hunger strike outside of Portland City Hall for 53 days to bring attention to the city’s growing housing problem. Whitten’s hunger strike has been a part of Occupy Portland’s 24/7 vigil to call for immediate action to tackle Portland’s homelessness crisis.
Whitten has been on an all liquid diet & sleeping outside of City Hall since June 2. He was a mayoral candidate to bring light to the Portland’s increasing homeless population while many houses stay vacant.
The activist has set forth a platform based on a one year moratorium on foreclosures throughout the city and to work on peaceful solutions to the issue. He says he plans to continue the hunger strike for as long as necessary.
God bless him!Reblogged from thepeoplesrecord July 25th, 2012 59 notes #Cameron Whitten #Hunger Strike #Occupy #Portland #Foreclosures #Homelessness #Human rights #Protest #Occupy Portland #activism #awesome people being awesome
As of today (Dec 30 2012) The Houston Hunger Strike is on its 32 Day
Bob and Diane have gone 32 days without food demanding that Valero shut down its Manchester refinery, which sits in the middle of a thriving neighborhood. The residents of Manchester are largely Latin@ and are unable to move away from the factory that is poisoning them— even though their community was there before Valero was.
In Manchester, instances of childhood leukemia are 56% higher than average
Reblog, retweet, share, whatever— spread the word! Shut down the Manchester refinery!
Resist the Keystone XL!
(via mrmistofales)Reblogged from tarsandsblockade.org February 8th, 2013 289 notes #insitutional racism #capitalism #protest #resistance #hunger strike #trigger warning #tw: cancer #pollution #politics #economics #Houston Hunger Strike #Keystone XL
A cop holds a taser to the neck of a Lakota man who was attempting to block two Budweiser trucks from entering White Clay, Nebraska.
Many of the people of the Pine Ridge reservation have been focusing a lot lately on shutting down the town of White Clay, Nebraska, just off the reservation. Existing only to sell beer and liquor, largely to people suffering from alcoholism, White Clay profits from addiction and death. Alcoholism causes rampant social problems on Pine Ridge and elsewhere, such as abuse of children and deaths from drunk driving.
People gathered at the Zero Tolerance Camp at the edge of the reservation, bordering White Clay. Here, people have been camping out to maintain a continued presence, and holding weekly blockades to stop trucks from bringing in alcohol. On Monday, people joined together to stop the beer trucks from delivering.
Things escalated quickly after the arrival of President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Bryan V. Brewer, Sr. As the beer trucks arrived, he marched in the center of the crowd as it moved down the street into White Clay. Police approached him and, after a brief interaction, arrested him with no explanation of what he was being charged with. The crowd surrounded the cop car for several minutes before allowing it to drive away as Brewer motioned for them to step aside.
As people marched to block the beer trucks, police held tasers to people’s hearts and necks, violently pulled people’s hair, wrestled people to the ground, and forcefully pushed people. Crowds gathered around, screaming to let them go. We saw how, in White Clay, brutality was the first resort of the police although the Lakota people had no recourse other than direct action to stop White Clay from plaguing their people. But people held their ground, and the two Budweiser trucks that had come into White Clay never made their deliveries that day. Together, we all let out a massive cheer when the trucks finally drove away.
RALLY/MARCH to Pine Ridge from Brother Rene Hall
SHARE. it’s tomorrow 9am!
(via moniquill)Reblogged from thepeoplesrecord August 26th, 2013 5,103 notes #south dakota #lakota #protest #police brutality