Here’s another day as #OccupyWallStreet catches fire around the country. For yesterday’s blog, click on my name at top. All times ET. E-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s my new book vs. the death penalty.
5:50 More from Billy Bragg: He tweets that via BBC he chatted with activists from OccupyCleveland (and rapper from Cairo).
5:20 Firsthand account of Boston raid/arrests last night, and some new photos.
5:05 New NYT piece looks at protests around USA—and fresh crackdowns by police... Plan to occupy Tomkins Sq Park in East Village in NYC overnight Saturday drawing some attacks (see Comments section) here.
4:50 Photo of OccupyDC on the march up Constitution Ave. right now.
3:50 Obama “goes there,” as Greg Sargent puts it—no, not to Zuccotti Park, but accusing GOP of destroying the economy on purpose. Sargent says not sure Obama has ever gone that far before.
3:45 New flyer for OccupyLA is kinda cool. Relations with police there still pretty good, they say.
3:35 Seventy-two colleges now confirmed for big Thursday action, follow it @OccupyColleges.
3:20 Okay! My man Billy Bragg backs Occupy in piece here. “The time may come when OWS needs to nail a set of demands to the doors of the New York Stock Exchange, but for now, just the fact that so many people across the United States are willing to take a stand against globalised capitalism is inspiring. It shows that, unlike the poor souls in ‘Melancholia’, we are not resigned to our fate, that, as the bloated financial markets career out of control, we are busy working out a new trajectory for our economy, one that will ensure that such a devastating crash never happens again.” And below:
2:45 New op-ed by our chief Katrina in Wash Post on Occupy possibly “reshaping” our politics.
2:00 NYC marchers reach David Koch’s apt building. Photo here. Reporter at Daily News tweeting it all @NYDNHelenK
1:55 Minnesotans on the march vs. Wells Fargo today, story here. Also @OccupyMN
1:35 New Allison Kilkenny piece here at The Nation on Occupy and “disappearing rights.”
1:25 NY Daily News reporter on Twitter says marchers at Murdoch’s apt building, chanting “enough is enough.”
12:50 Brief video of activists unfurling huge “Tax the Rich” banner at Senate office building today.
12:35 NY ACLU fears facial recognition software (a lot of filming has been going on) could be used to trace and track #OWS activists… Hundreds gathering in NYC for the march on the 1% action. Picture: No Billionaire Left Behind… Yes, there is now an OccupySantaCruz…
12:20 Victory is complete! Suze Orman backs Occupy in Huff Post piece.
12:05 Paul Krugman on why he hasn’t visited Zuccotti Park, despite backing it. With video from Feist.
11:40 Protesters attempting to shut down if briefly Hart Senate building right now. Watch livestream. At least a couple of arrests so far. Watch cops issue warnings live: almost pleading and polite. May be mainly Stop the Machine, not Occupy. Reportedly people were chanting on all eight levels. Mainly exiting now, declaring victory and leaving? Or not.
@brookejarvis “Civil disobedience will not be tolerated.” —Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, missing some city history.
11:30 Ten charts that debunk economic “myths.”
11:15 Today’s song pick for Occupyers everywhere: Talking Heads’ classic “Life During Wartime.” This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco. This ain’t no fooling around. I ain’t got time for that now.
11:05 Report: all 129 arrested in Boston now released. Probably heading for Dewey Park?
11:00 Cool headline on Boston bust (to save shrubbery): “Bush Whacked.”
10:45 Dean Baker takes apart David Brooks’s column today. “Bard of the One Percent.”
10:30 The unoccupied Wall Street Journal on NY Protesters plans to dig in for the winter.
10:20 GE boss Immelt: You guys should be rooting for me!… And I’m sure you have been counting the minutes until David Brooks weighs in… Also for a laff, you can now hear the Hank Jr. song written in response to last week’s events. Papa rolls over in grave (again).
10:15 American Prospect poll: Vote on what demands of movement should be.
10:10 Buddy Roemer heading down to Zuccotti Park. Hey, Kanye West, James O’Keefe, everyone welcome (well, maybe not)!
9:55 Another interesting New Haven Independent look at Occupy collection of donations and snafu.
9:50 A TPM study attempts to find consensus on “what Occupy wants.”
9:40 Humorist Andy Borowitz: “BREAKING: Millionaires Launch Occupy NPR.” And Josh Greenman: “The NBA lockout: An epic struggle between the 99.5% and the 99.9%.”
9:30 Meanwhile, despite fears, no arrests in Atlanta last night, and Protesters held park… Photo gallery from Boston… Interview with a vet for piece just before bust… As I noted last night, Occupy in NY plans to march to offices/ homes to fat cats today, including David Koch.. But some dissent in NYC of idea of marching to Rupert Murdoch’s house today, as being “off-message”… Some actions and surprises planned for DC today.
9:10 Video of bust in Boston, vets plead, thrown to ground.
9:00 More on Boston bust from local Phoenix, plus photos and video.
8:55 Another big Occupy day at Democracy Now!, will be streaming soon here.
8:10 More on Boston: more than 100 arrests. Activists claim “beatings.” They hail Veterans for Peace for putting themselves between campers and cops. One vet, age 74, knocked to ground. Bail money being raised. Police and city had charged that “anarchy” was taking over, then just unlawful assembly past 11 pm park closing. Another reason: $150,000 in shrubbery imperiled. They say no Protesters hurt. Protesters moved back to Dewey Park.
For the MSM view, here’s Boston Globe wrapup. “At 1:20 a.m., the first riot police officers lined up on Atlantic Avenue. Minutes later, dozens of sheriff vans and police wagons arrived and over 200 officers in uniforms and riot gear surrounded the Greenway.Police Superintendent William Evans and Commissioner Edward F. Davis watched from across the street. Evans gave the crowd two minutes to disperse from the park, warning that they would be locked up if they did not comply. About 10 minutes later, the first officers entered the park and surrounded the group. Evans, using a loudspeaker, gave one more warning and then each protester was individually put on his or her stomach, cable-tied, and dragged off as others tore down tents and arrested and detained people on the fringe of the park.”
From late Monday
Atlanta, Denver and Boston all facing evictions at this hour. It’s second encampment in Boston that is under siege. Police action expected at any time now. Many EMPs and ambulances on the scene. Activists following police scanners. Live stream shows park from above. Follow @Occupy_Nation.
Brand new from Tom Tomorrow today:
A media person at #OWS, Jeff Smith, tells me in email, “Could just be coincidence, but a ConEd crew showed up tonight with jackhammers right next to Liberty Plaza. They will be working through the night here for at least the next 2 weeks.”
Very tense in Boston as police crackdown looms. Latest from @Occupy_Boston: “If we are all arrested tonight, it will be the biggest mass arrest in Massachusetts since a huge 1968 Vietnam protest” OccupyDallas also given eviction notice. OccupyLA, however, now in tenth day at City Hall, nothing bad looming, seemingly.
On Ed Show, a teacher’s union chief in Chicago ripped Rahm E. for anti-union moves.
TPM: James O’Keefe’s probation officer says he approved his saunter through Zuccotti Park today. He needs approval to leave New Jersey. “Ryan Girdusky, a spokesman for O’Keefe told TPM that O’Keefe got permission to make the trip from his probation officer. O’Keefe’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a call and an email, and O’Keefe didn’t immediately reply to a tweet asking for clarification. We’ll update if we hear back.” See links to picture and video of the visit below.
Nice photo of John Carlos speaking at Zuccotti Park tonight, with Dave Zirin. Photo by the tireless prof @MichaelKBusch who seems to be everywhere down there.
After big march today, Occupyers in Boston expect police to move in tonight Ditto in Atlanta. Some arrests in Chicago today and worries there, too.
Smart idea, after couple days of staying in park—#OWS in NY to march to locates of local tycoons.
Transcript of my appearance on Countdown with Keith O re Occupy is posted.
Follow @OccupyColleges for updates on nationwide student action this Thursday…
“Failure after failure”: ProPublica charts Obama’s response to foreclosure crisis.
Greg Mitchell’s new e-book vs. the death penalty is Dead Reckoning: Executions in America (and just $2.99). His other current book: Atomic Cover-Up, on the censorship of film footage from Hiroshima and Nagasaki for decades.