Tonight in Long Beach we agreed to hold the GA meetings 3 times a week instead of every night, move them to 7:30 instead of 6pm and hold the committee meetings at 6 pm every night, and have the GA only for making proposals, sending them to committee, and ratifying or turning down committee proposals. This was because of the unwieldy and unproductive nature of GA meetings that always went on for 3 hours or more. We also decided to switch focus from occupying the park to community outreach and developing our procedures. We also decided to move some of the occupation to another part of the park closer to where traffic would see us. These are very close to my own proposals, By focusing on the committees the idea is that specific teams will be more productive than the general assembly. We shall see.
The solidarity with the homeless that some of us had been encouraging may be disrupted as the focus shifting away from sleeping in the park and to using the park as a meeting place may take the emphasis off of hassles with the homeless resident drug dealers and their customers. People have had their bag and batteries stolen, and some of the Occupiers claim that the location i.e. presence of the homeless was keeping people from joining us. It is my opinion that people have not joined us because they don’t see us as more than a rag tag group of latter day hippies. We need to come up with serious demands, and real tactics that work, to impress people in the community.
I have suggested a list of demands.
A) Worker participation in management at all companies.
B) Collective bargaining at all workplaces larger than family operations.
C) Community participation in industry relocation decisions.
D) Replacement of all banks with Co-ops
E) Elimination of Wall Street replacing it with an Enterprise Investment Bureau
F) Public funding of Elections
G) All parties eligible for public funding based on voter registration.
H) Recall of elected officials with 2/3 majority decision
I) Free prime time access on media for Electoral debates as part of public service
J) Free Public Transportation
K) Free Medical Care
L) Free Education
M) Basic housing and food allowance
each of them is something that can be done and gives people an idea of a direction to move in.
Practical tactical actions we can take
1) Teach-ins at institutions such as banks explaining their role in the current crisis.
2) Speaking at local community churches, retirement homes, schools, etc. to explain our position and drum up support, also to get an idea as to what other people want.
3) Postering, passing out flyers, setting up information tables around town.
4) Joining other progressive groups in protests, marches and other actions.
5) Expanding occupations to other sites and eventually getting a storefront or other space.
6) Networking with other Occupy groups and forming regional and national groups.
There also is news of several Occupy sites from around the USA and the world. Albany , where the city police refused to arrest Occupy Albany participants despite orders from Governor Cuomo. News from Denver where a squat was busted. News from San Diego where the city hall meeting was disrupted by Occupy San Diego. News from Oakland of a battle with the police when Occupy Oakland was evicted from their site. News of people being arrested when they tried to Occupy Santa Ana, and Occupy Irvine being hit with sprinklers over the weekend. Occupy Gainesville, Florida is having a regional conference on the 29th of Oct. Occupy London is having a family day with moms and kids in Cambridge.
From Times Union.com Albany, NY.
Under pressure to make arrests, police and troopers push back
Governor’s office urged mayor to press police to make arrests at protest
By BRENDAN J. LYONS Senior writer
Updated 09:17 a.m., Monday, October 24, 2011
ALBANY- In a tense battle of wills, state troopers and Albany police held off making arrests of dozens of protesters near the Capitol over the weekend even as Albany’s mayor, under pressure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, had urged his police chief to enforce a city curfew.
The situation intensified late Friday evening when Jennings, who has cultivated a strong relationship with Cuomo, directed his department to arrest protesters who refused to leave the city-owned portion of a large park that’s across Washington Avenue from the Capitol and City Hall.
At the Capitol, in anticipation of possibly dozens of arrests, a State Police civil disturbance unit was quietly activated, according to officials briefed on the matter but not authorized to comment publicly. But as the curfew neared, the group of protesters estimated at several hundred moved across an invisible line in the park from state land onto city property.
“We were ready to make arrests if needed, but these people complied with our orders,” a State Police official said. However, he added that State Police supported the defiant posture of Albany police leaders to hold off making arrests for the low-level offense of trespassing, in part because of concern it could incite a riot or draw thousands of protesters in a backlash that could endanger police and the public.
“We don’t have those resources, and these people were not causing trouble,” the official said. “The bottom line is the police know policing, not the governor and not the mayor.”
A city police source said his department also was reluctant to damage what he considers to be good community relations that have taken years to rebuild. In addition, the crowd included elderly people and many others who brought their children with them.
“There was a lot of discussion about how it would look if we started pulling people away from their kids and arresting them … and then what do we do with the children?” one officer said.
Around midnight Friday, police leaders reported that the protesters were confined to city sidewalks and therefore they were not in violation of the city’s curfew governing park land. But in truth, the protesters had set up tents in the park and several dozen slept there.
Meanwhile, Albany County District Attorney David Soares on Sunday said that over the weekend he had conversations with Jennings, Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff and State Police officials about his concerns regarding prosecution of “peaceful protesters.”
Soares said protests at the state Capitol are common, and historically anyone arrested for trespassing generally faces a low-level charge that’s later dismissed.
“Our official policy with peaceful protesters is that unless there is property damage or injuries to law enforcement, we don’t prosecute people protesting,” Soares said. “If law enforcement engaged in a pre-emptive strike and started arresting people I believe it would lead to calamitous results, and the people protesting so far are peaceful.”
News From Occupy Denver
October 24, 2011
UPDATE: DPD Raids Squat, Support Needed
Please Post and Forward Widely
Sunday afternoon a squat in the Jefferson Park Neighborhood of Northwest Denver was raided by over a dozen officers from District 1 of the Denver Police Department.
Witnesses report that the raid was very violent, with at least 8 officers repeatedly beating one of the arrestees, and eventually using paramedics to sedate them while they laid face down, bleeding, in the street.
Four people were arrested, one being sent to a hospital in an ambulance to receive medical care. As of Sunday night, three of the arrestees are facing 2nd degree Burglary (a class 3 felony) and $10,000 bonds. The fourth arrestee’s charges remain unknown because she is still hospitalized. All four have been active participants of Occupy Denver.
How to Help:
-Contribute to our bail fund! Contact DenverABC at DenverABC@Rocketmail.com for information on how to donate to the fund.
-Courtroom solidarity! Bond hearings will be Monday (10/24), 10am, at the Van Cise- Simonet Detention Facility (Colfax and Delaware). Future hearings will be posted on denverabc.wordpress.com
-The first solidarity action will be Monday (10/24), 5pm, at the Van Cise facility.
-Stay in the loop for future solidarity actions and opportunities at denverabc.wordpress.com. We are also on Twitter and Facebook. Also request to be on our announcement list by emailing us.
Channel Ten News San Diego
City Council Meeting Halted After Occupy San Diego Outburst
Meeting Halted After Disruption By Those Seeking Resolution Supporting Occupy San Diego
POSTED: 12:30 pm PDT October 25, 2011
UPDATED: 7:53 pm PDT October 25, 2011
SAN DIEGO — Demands from representatives of Occupy San Diego for support from the City Council on Tuesday resulted in an early halt to the panel’s morning meeting, but the afternoon session went off without a hitch.
After a group of about 50 activists asked council members for a resolution of support — similar to one passed by the Los Angeles City Council — their chanting led council President Tony Young to announce that the morning session was over with about 30 minutes remaining.
Jill Esterbrooks of Young’s office said he halted the meeting “in order to clarify the best way to let people express themselves without infringing on others or preventing the city from conducting business. The bottom line is the ‘Occupy San Diego’ people want to protest, and as long as they obey the laws and chamber rules, we’ll allow them to speak up.”
One of the protest organizers called it typical.
“The public comes in to talk to them… they won’t talk about it because they say the Brown Act restricts them from saying anything and then they leave,” protest organizer Ray Lutz told 10News. “What kind of people do we have elected? Get the money out of politics and we can clean it up. If we don’t, then all bets are off because they will undo any steps we make in the right direction by paying people off with legalized bribery, which is what we have today.”
The activists left the council chamber peacefully and sat through the afternoon session quietly. Before the meeting resumed, they huddled with city officials to discuss ground rules.
“I really do appreciate how this went this afternoon — good job,” Young said when the proceedings ended.
SFGATE - News Of Occupy Oakland
Police tear gas Occupy Oakland protesters
Matthai Kuruvila, Justin Berton,Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writers
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
OAKLAND — Police fired tear gas at least five times Tuesday night into a crowd of several hundred protesters backing the Occupy movement who unsuccessfully tried to retake an encampment outside Oakland City Hall that officers had cleared away more than 12 hours earlier.
Police gave repeated warnings to protesters to disperse from the entrance to Frank Ogawa Plaza at 14th Street and Broadway before firing several tear gas canisters into the crowd at about 7:45 p.m. Police had announced over a loudspeaker that those who refused to leave could be targeted by “chemical agents.”
Protesters scattered in both directions on Broadway as the tear gas canisters and several flash-bang grenades went off. Regrouping, protesters tried to help one another and offered each other eye drops.
One wounded woman, who others said had been hit by one of the canisters, was carried away by two protesters.
One protester, 35-year-old Jerry Smith, said a tear gas canister had rolled to his feet and sprayed him in the face.
“I got the feeling they meant business, but people were not going to be intimidated,” Smith said. “We can do this peacefully, but still not back down.”
Police forcibly dispersed the crowd with tear gas again about 9:30 p.m., when protesters began throwing objects at them. As protesters scattered, police closed off Broadway between 13th and 16th streets.
Minutes later, protesters regrouped at the 15th Street entrance to the plaza. Protesters began throwing objects again. Police responded by firing more tear gas canisters.
The protesters were trying to make good on a vow to retake an encampment that Occupy Oakland activists had inhabited for 15 days, until police evicted them early Tuesday.
The evening protest started around 5 p.m., when about 400 people began marching from the main library at 14th and Madison streets toward the plaza, which police had barricaded and city officials had declared would be closed for at least several days.
“We’re going to march and reclaim what was already ours, what we call Oscar Grant Plaza and what they call City Hall,” said protester Krystof Lopaur, referring to the unarmed man shot to death by a BART police officer in January 2009.
Early on, the scene outside City Hall was largely peaceful, but it was a different story a few blocks west on Washington Street.
Officers in riot gear hemmed in protesters around 6 p.m. and attempted to arrest one person, as about 50 more surrounded them shouting, “Let him go, let him go.”
Protesters threw turquoise and red paint at the riot officers. Some led the crowd in chanting, “This is why we call you pigs.”
Others pleaded with agitators to be peaceful and return to the march; some protesters tried to fight with police and were clubbed and kicked in return.
Interim Oakland police chief Howard Jordan said his officers had no choice but to respond with tear gas. The crowd at its peak grew to more than 1,000 at about 8:30 p.m., and two officers were wounded from the paint and chemicals thrown at them.
“We felt that the deployment of the gas was necessary to protect our officers,” he said at a news conference.
Although police did not provide a number of arrests in Tuesday night’s demonstration, he said five people involved with the Occupy movement had been arrested earlier, after the morning raid.
KPCC News about Occupy Santa Ana and Occpy Irvine.
4 arrested at Occupy Santa Ana
Oct. 23, 2011 | KPCC wire services
Four members of the “Occupy Orange County” movement were arrested, cited and released today for failure to obey a Santa Ana ordinance against camping.
The four men had set up tents and stayed all night at the Civic Center in Santa Ana despite a city ordinance that bans camping.
One of them posted a sign on the side of his tent as he was arrested, the Orange County Register reported. It said “I am wrongfully being arrested for ‘camping’ yet I am not ‘camping,’ I’m engaging in a long-term peaceful assembly,” wrote Sam Areshah.
Another, Anthony Velloza, wrote “I did not serve in Iraq advocating ‘freedom’ to return to a police-run state,” the newspaper reported on its website.
Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department said another protest has been planned for today, adding the demonstrators have been issued a permit from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to peacefully protest.
“I guess we’ll see what happens,” Bertagna said. “When we started meeting with the group, we told them that we have a no camping ordinance.”
He said there were 125 demonstrators at Saturday’s protest in Santa Ana.
Meanwhile, Irvine city officials have reportedly apologized to protesters there because a maintenance crew made “an inadvertent mistake” and switched on lawn sprinklers in the midst of demonstrators — twice — midmorning Saturday.
“There was nothing deliberate about it,” Irvine city manager Sean Joyce told the Orange County Register. “We would never do anything of that nature to disrupt the folks who are out there.”
One man was reportedly dozing next to some electrical amplifiers when he was doused with water shortly after 9 a.m. Protesters in Irvine have been leaving the Civic Center park every night, to continue their all-night occupation on nearby sidewalks.
Occupy Gainesville, Fla. News
Occupy Together Regional Fest Conference and General Assembly
Occupy Together Regional Fest Conference and General Assembly
Saturday, October 29 · 11:00am – 2:00pm
Bo Diddley Community Plaza
This weekend will be an opportunity for organizers from Occupy movements from around the world to meet here and share resources, goals, stories, good times.
A schedule of workshops, etc. will be posted soon. Let us know you are coming!
Please Note: we request that all visitors respect our continuing organizing efforts here by not using our Occupation as an after party for drunken rowdiness. Frolicking is welcome and encouraged tho!
Occupy Half Term – Today at OccupyLSX
Posted on October 26, 2011 by occupylsx
A group of mothers and children from Cambridge has issued an invitation to every mother in the UK to join them today, Wednesday 26th October at Occupy London Stock Exchange at St Paul’s Churchyard. This is an opportunity to find out more about the camp, which is part of the global movement for real democracy aiming to challenge social and economic injustice in the UK and beyond.
Parents and children are invited to meet members of the occupation, as well as supporting groups including Anonymous (UK) and Global Women’s Strike. Through a special workshop, put together by the camp’s Tent City University, children will have the chance to practice direct democracy in an open and inclusive space. There will also be a short dance and a procession back to Liverpool Street Station at 2.45pm, for those taking the train from London back to Cambridge. Parents and carers unable to attend can track Occupy Half Term with their playgroups and schools online. More information can be found at the facebook group Occupy Half Term and at the blog http://www.libertyandowain.blogspot.com/.