I’ve been live-blogging OWS since October 1. For yesterday’s blog, click on my name at top. All times ET.  E-mail: epic1934@aol.com.  Twitter @gregmitch.  My new books vs. the death penalty and exposing atomic cover-up..

NOTE:  I launched the Thursday blog a little early tonight,  for continuity on covering actions in Oakland and other rallies tonight.  Go here for it.

8:55 OccupyOakland (saw this on livestream)  just called for vigils for Scott Olsen tomorrow night–terming what happened to him "the shot heard ’round the world."

8:50  We covered a wedding proposal two weeks ago at Zuccotti Park, and now an actual Occupy Wedding in Portland.

 8:43  On Countdown tonight, roomate of injured vet Scott Olsen (still trending on Twitter) tells Keith O that at least  Scott  "would be glad to know his injury at least served to illuminate the cause," Keith writes.  Meanwhile, in moving tribute, marches in dozens of cities tonight, from Portland to Boston.

8:00  Mondo bizarro:  Rightwing  filmmaker linked to James O’Keefe in the past caught at Zuccotti Park passing out bongs and Che Guevara rolling papers in effort to get "money shot" (probably for Fox) showing drug-addicted young Occupyers.   Watch video as it happens.  Rats, foiled again!  Isn’t it funny how so many boomers have visited park and remarked on relative  absence of marijuana smell compared to past protests….

7:40  MoveOn just sent out email appeal for donations for major "rapid response" ad to run in Oakland "as part of our efforts to fight back and defend Occupy protesters’ rights to peacefully exercise their first amendment rights….urging the mayor and the police to end their brutal tactics and respect the protesters’ rights. We want to make sure everyone in Oakland sees the footage of the crackdown for themselves."

7:35  The always quotable Charles P. Pierce at Esquire:  "Make no mistake about it: The actions of the police department in Oakland last night were a military assault on a legitimate political demonstration. That it was a milder military assault than it could have been, which is to say it wasn’t a massacre, is very much beside the point. There was no possible provocation that warranted this display of force. (Graffiti? Litter? Rodents? Is the Oakland PD now a SWAT team for the city’s health department?) If you are a police department in this country in 2011, this is something you do because you have the power and the technology and the license from society to do it. This is a problem that has been brewing for a long time. It predates the Occupy movement for more than a decade. It even predates the ‘war on terror,’ although that has acted as what the arson squad would call an “accelerant” to the essential dynamic. Basic law enforcement in this country is thoroughly, totally militarized. It is militarized at its most basic levels."

7:30  OccupyPortland fears it has lost $20,000 in donations after one member took control of PayPal account.

6:30  At today’s press "gaggle"  aboard Air Force 1, not one reporter asked Jay Carney about Oakland, transcript shows. (h/t Sean Quinn).  We did get this:  "Jay, do you have a comment on the State Department spending $70,000 on President Obama’s books?"  And how did that meeting with Hollywood execs go.  Etc.

6:20 Snowing in Denver.  Well,  I guess this will be early test of Will Occupyers Get Frozen Out Soon?

6:10  Injured Iaq vet Scott Olsen now among Top 10 trending on Twitter.   You can donate via Iraq Veterans Against the War site.  Graphic photo after he got hit….. Oakland mayor due for presser right now.

5:20 Vet  "shot" by police last night in Oakland still in serious condition and inspiring national outrage.   Lengthy post at NYT site on the man himself, how he was shot, and aftermath, with videos.   "I think its terrible for him to go two tours in Iraq and exercise his rights that he fought so hard to defend and get a serious injury like this," said his roommate Keith Shannon, who served alongside Olsen in the Marines in Iraq.  Then post goes on to good piece on Atlanta and "Mayor Greed."  Shannon appears on "Countdown" tonight.  Olsen is a member of Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War.

"Stand With Oakland" rallies in many cities tonight, e.g. Austin, Boston, New York, much more..

5:15 Big march in NYC over health care and insurance, ending at fabled St. Vincent’s Hospital in the Village, — where my mother worked and son was born — and recently shut due to budget trevails.

5:10  Russell Simmons with several pro-OWS tweets today, god bless him, then just now tweets: "my life-long friend just blessed me with these very beautiful diamond prayer beads." 

5:05 Big debate and possible vote tonight at Zuccotti on key "spokes" proposal, right?

5:00  OccupyDenver seeking help from city in getting some warm supplies — five campers there reportedly hospitalized this week because of cold (and it won’t get much warmer, folks). … .

4:50  What a shock.  Dems on "super-committee" offer super-capitulation.

4:40  The Atlantic Wire looks at how "wintry" conditons already cause cases of hypotermia in NY and, hey, look at the forecasts in Denver and Winnipeg.

4:10  College Humor reveals how NYT, NY Post, Fox News, Huff Post — even High Times and Highlights for Children – come up with their OWS headlines.  

3:40  Top story at L.A. Times this morning:  "Angst" over student loans driving many OWS protesters. 

 3:30  Chicagoans occupying City Hall now with chants of "Whose house? Our house."  Da-do-Rahm-rahm.

3:25  Another lively night promised in Oakland.  From OccupyOakland:  "GA, 6pm, 14th & Bdwy. If it is impossible to meet there, we’ll immediately reconverge at the Main Library at 14 & Madison" .. Vet hit by …something … last night has skull fracture, friends say.

3:20 Occupied Times launches in London!  And, as they say, Here to Stay.   See it here.

2:05  Another picture of those non-existent rubber bullets from Oakland. .. And video of non-existent flash grenades tossed by police… Soon even the tear-gassing will be said to have not happened. …  Yes, believe it or not, 10cc song "Rubber Bullets" was a big hit back in the day (1973).

1:55 More on Elizabeth Warren and standing firm on Occupy from good guy Greg Sargent at Wash Post.

1:45  No mistake by the lake: OccupyCleveland wins court injunction…. From OccupyOakland: "Marine Vet Scott Olsen, hit by projectile in head, currently in ICU at a local hospital. Still unfolding." … AFL-CIO leader Trumka will reportedly  put out statement today condemning OWS arrests, calling them "a tremendous dishonor to America." … Fears rising of police move on San Fran camp.

1:25 Keith Olbermann in tweet promises that on tonight’s "Countdown" show he will call for resignation of Oakland’s troubled mayor (she was across the country last night).

1:20  The Women of Occupy–no, not another "Hot Chicks" video–and how they play key roles.

12:55 Even in Greensboro, N.C., a representative panel of newspapers readers backs the local Occupy by 3-1…hearings for 52 arrested in Atlanta now underway…have not yet confirmed reports of $10,000 bail needed for Oakland arrestees.

12:30  We’ve joked about this claim arriving some day and now that day has arrived!  Story at Fox News, natch, says ACORN behind #OWS, and paying homeless to join up!  "The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed ‘leaderless’ Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell FoxNews.com….

"Sources said NYCC has hired about 100 former ACORN-affiliated staff members from other cities – paying some of them $100 a day – to attend and support Occupy Wall Street. Dozens of New York homeless people recruited from shelters are also being paid to support the protests, at the rate of $10 an hour, the sources said."

12:15 My colleague ARi Berman tweets: "Lest there be any doubt, Paul Ryan is now a first-rate demagogue, class warrior for the wealthy and phony deficit hawk."

12:10  Today’s apt song for Occupyers and fans (a daily feature), The Clash’s "Guns of Brixton" (my daughter lived there last year and we saw sites of riots, and much conflict there in demos this year).

 12:05  Dave Weigel, who is there, with more on "super-committee" getting "occupied" today…..  Clamp down on Occupy sites across U.S.  Baltimore targeted.  NYC?… New from Newt:  "frightening amount of anti-Semitism" at OWS. 

11:45  Protester interupts super-committee just now, speaking for the 99%:  tax the rich, end the wars.  Then hauled off, multiple reporters on scene just reported, saying she speaks for country (which polls seem to support). 

11:40  Eliz Warren "clarifies" statements on OWS after crtiicized. …

11:20   Showdwn right now at super-committee in D.C. over income inequality, live tweeted by Nation writer…. Joshua Hol, who has covered Oakland protests close at hand: On stunning overall victory for OWS.

11:00  New CBO study finds top 1% have doubled income.  As if they needed it. … Haven’t heard much from OccupyMiami so here is something.

10:30   Yes, Russell Simmons is easy to mock on one level, but at least he keeps saying the right things and probably (a guess) has put his money where his mouth is.  Simmons, clearly one of the 1% but OWS backer, tweets:  "I am part of the 100%. If they suffer, I suffer."  More:  "I proudly stand in solidarity with the Occupy movement as I believe that our govt should represent the people, not corporations & lobbyists…If we stand on the sideline and allow the media to tell us who can support and who cannot support, we will never make our country better."

10:25  OWS solidarity march with labor at 11:45 am today. .. Who knew?  Police arrest a couple of dozen OWSers in Albuquerque.

10:05 Bank of America CEO "incensed" people don’t recognize how truly great his bank is…. Gov. Walker in Wisc. proposed freezing pay for state workers for two years…

9:55 NYT online (well down the page) publishes some graphic photos of those shot in Oakland last night.  Also a helpful shot of a "bean bag" projectile, which sounds so sweet but take a look at it…. Troubling photo of other bullets from the scene, but this person says not "rubber," based on his experience in Middle East.

9:40  D.C. protesters agree to 16 rules…. Nice piece on Atlanta bust and background on wide issues…. National Lawyers Guild counts 105 arrests in Oakland, two had hands broken, one hospitalized…..an Occupy the Super Congress march exiting Freedom Plaze in D.C. just now. ..

9:30  In ’60s.  antiwar protests driven by young people facing draft (such as yours truly). In 2011 support comes from parents who see own kids protesting or facing lousy future (my son one of them).

9:25  Somehow, in middle of last night’s action, I also watched new film "Margin Call" via Zune.  Very good and valuable viewing for Occupyers re: Wall Street thievery and ethics.  Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons steal it.

9:00 Scary one-minute video  (see below) of a Veteran for Peace shot by rubber bullet (or, as police would claim, "bean bag" projectile) in Oakland….  A collection of links ‘n stuff on Oakland conflict via Wash Post…. an Oakland video collection from DailyKos…

8:55   Big march in NYC at mid-afternoon on health care and insuracne issues  today…. Reminder: tonight there is big debate/vote at Zuccotti on key "spokes" organization proposal.

8:45  Here’s official Oakland statement and more on last night’s Oakland crisis.  Started when protesters "threw paint"  and did not disperse.  They claim the reported "flash bangs" were due to demonstrators throwing M-80s.  Say rubber bullets not used.  And no injuries.  All contrary to most witnesses from MSM as well as activists.  But a key:  there were many, many other police units from region deployed and this does not cover them one presumes.

8:30  California Nurses condemn Oakland city and police…. Democracy Now! with much coverage now…

8:20, And, we’re back after too few hours sleep.  I’ll be catching up, and you can, too, below or in this lengthy NYT re-cap on Oakland street action and Atlanta arrests (53 or more).   NYT had stringer on the scene in Oakalnd who got gassed, but sent video.   Police in the former saying only used tear gas because protesters throwing things at them.  Not what most saw.

1:45 KTVU with active site and live coverage and video of Oakland.  They confirm use of rubber bullents and flash cans.  Yet another tear gas attack a few minutes ago.   Also story there on seven arrested at Occupy San Jose.

1:10  Atlanta newspaper report on arrests there a few minutes ago — including  a state senator.  Now they are searching tents for more.   "Some of the people waiting to be arrested waved small American flags. About 40 to 50 people remained inside the park after midnight, including Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), former Atlanta city councilman Derrick Boazman and Joe Beasley, the southern regional director of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Several hundred others were in the street, chanting and carrying signs. Fort was arrested around 1 a.m."  That’s Sen. Fort at left.

1:00 Picture of soldier and sailor in Oakland holding copy of Constitution. … Arrests underway in Atlanta, a few dozen likely.

12:50  NYT stringer @mwollan among those tear gassed and slow to recover… Witness: "Oakland North reporter Megan Molteni shot in foot with pellet gun." .. Chant from crowd tells cops they’re "sexy" so take off their riot gear!

12:45  Livestream again, mainly Oakland:

 12:45  Occupyers in Atlanta awaiting arrests (sorry, no reliable livestream).  And, surprise, now move to evict Orlando.  

12:40  Another tear gas attack in Oakland caught on livestream below.  Then guy shows "bean bag" bullets being fired.

12:25  Massive tear gas attack in Oakland just now via livestream (below).  Captured crowd retreating in both aerial and streets views.  But it keeps cutting out and going to Baltimore or Atlanta, with pending evictions. That ABC view from copter is back up now.

12:10   Oakland witness: "OPD trying to kettle us from all sides at 14th & Broadway."  Another:  "From the police scanner: OPD REQUEST FULL SCALE MULTI COUNTY TACTICAL ALERT FOR RIOT IN PROGRESS. 500+ SUBJECTS IN AREA."…  Guy livestreaming from his phone right in the middle of things. 

From late Tuesday

11:55 Meanwhile, Atlanta Journal-Constitution on eviction in Atlanta.

11:45 Multiple reports of "sound cannon" being used.  One witness says guy on bike riding through gave cop the finger and he caught a rubber bullet in the chest in reply.

11:35 Atlanta being evicted now, it seems.

11:30  Josh Holland on the ground in Oakland on the radio.

11:20  See dramatic video of moment tear gas thrown into large crowd tonight.  Spectacular street-view video here of tear gassing and chaos….  And it’s far from over in Oakland.  Witness: "A protester just threw $$$ at the police line yelling ‘will you protect us now?’"… As noted earlier, besides live coverage below, local ABC has continuing coverage from overhead. … Reports of multiple people struck by…something…and on the ground…. other trying to avoid being arrested or kettled.

11:05 KRON TV coverage of Oakland crisis.  ABC coverage here from copter and on scene. Epic photo of woman in wheelchair amid gas.

10:55 More from Oakland.  Max Blumenthal sends along picture of person bleeding from head, struck by rubber bullet?  And  to think that the city cited "health and safety" reasons for breaking up the camp this morning….Some children in crowd, women in wheelchairs. 

10:50  Meanwhile, red alert from Atlanta: "Being evicted!"

10:45 Tear gas used in Oakland in new major confrontation. I’ll try to cover via tweets and livestream. East Bay reporter:  "Just got teargassed. Am legitimately terrified."  12 arrested earlier this evening.  People running while also saying will keep resisting.  Hundreds of cops, hundreds of protesters. 


Greg Mitchell’s 12th book is new e-book vs. the death penalty,  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.  He’s also recently written books about WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning.  His book The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair’s Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics won the Goldsmith Book Prize.