Twenty people were arrested from Occupy Mobile in Mobile, Alabama, while in Birmingham, Alabama, authorities let Occupy Bham launch an occupation in the Financial District. Occupy Bham thanked the Birmingham police on Twitter for their “professionalism, respect, courtesy & general friendliness.” In sharp contrast, this morning the Occupy Mobile Twitter account warns, “It is not safe to go in the park at night. The police will beat you.”
It is hard to discern how much brutality went on at Occupy Mobile when the city had police move in to Memorial Park to carry out the eviction. The videos posted feature many occupiers shouting at police and making claims that police are trying to hurt those being arrested. The occupiers are frantically trying to get badges and license plate numbers on police cars and all the video they can so they can have what they need to challenge the police in court later. But, the darkness of the video makes it tough to see if the police are trying to break any occupiers’ arms or not.
The clearest example of brute force is at the 1:42 mark in this video. An occupier is pulled down the concrete steps. The occupier could have sustained a head injury.
Occupy Mobile had been in Spanish Plaza earlier on Tuesday. They had tents up but were informed that the tents would have to come down, as their permit would expire on Wednesday. The occupiers sought a new location and setup an occupation in Memorial Park.
Toward the end of the linked video, occupiers can be heard saying this is the only city in the region doing this and that Mobile looks really bad now. There is some truth to that. For a second time, Occupy Birmingham tried to hold a 24/7 occupation. This time they made it through the night. They also appear to have been left alone by the city’s authorities.
There is a news conference on the arrests at Occupy Mobile planned for noon CT.
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11:40 PM And, Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland is telling Occupy Oakland to pack up and go home. Again.
11:39 PM UCPD using batons to beat back Occupy Cal
10:02 PM @kade_ellis posts this photo from Occupy Harvard
9:19 PM Occupy Harvard reached a consensus and they plan to try and setup a camp on the university campus tonight.
9:13 PM Arrests have been made at Occupy Harvard. Looks like authorities have shut the gates to Harvard. The crowd, however, is pushing back.
9:10 PM Police appear to have shut down Occupy Seattle’s dance party. This is probably when KRS-One was going to appear and perform.
9:02 PM A Ustream from Occupy Cal.
8:50 PM Detroit Free Press article suggests there is no intention to shut down Occupy Detroit. Apparently, there are high winds and they are being asked to sleep elsewhere tonight so that they do not get hurt by anything that might fall in the wind. Apparently, one occupier was injured by a metal barricade during early days of the occupation.
7:56 PM Video of UCPD moving in on Occupy Cal (from just a bit ago)
7:37 PM Rapper KRS-One will be at Occupy Seattle tonight at 6 pm PST. If you are unfamiliar, here is a song he is known for: “That’s the Sound of the Police.”
7:26 PM ABC News has posted a stream from an aerial camera of Occupy Cal.
7:16 PM Students retake the grass where riot police were treading. Two tents managed to stay up. GA is reconvening. Inspiring moment as six are arrested (not ten) but then the police stop for whatever reason (perhaps, because they do not want to arrest hundreds of people).
6:57 PM Adbusters, which posted the call to Occupy Wall Street, now suggests Occupy Oakland found the next tactical breakthrough: #OccupyHomes
Sure would take care of a portion of the winterization issues plaguing encampments all over the country.
6:56 PM 10 people arrested at Occupy Harvard. Police reportedly retreating. All tents are down.
6:51 PM @DailyCal reporting “Protesters have linked arms & police are using batons to break through the crowd”
6:28 PM And Harvard Police are not letting anybody into the Harvard Yard without a proper school ID. People will just gather at the gates then if that is how the university of the white privileged wants to handle it…
6:25 PM Police have issued a dispersal order. They are in riot gear and ready to haul those peacefully assembling away.
6:15 PM Occupy Harvard is also beginning.
6:10 PM Occupy Detroit is facing eviction tonight. Here is the livestream.
5:56 PM Huge action going on with Occupy Cal at Berkeley. Thousands rallied early in the afternoon. A General Assembly was convened to launch an occupation. More than 400 of the less than 500 people participating in the GA voted in favor of setting up an encampment. Occupiers with tents and supplies were called upon to setup camp. Police on the scene moved in instantly and within minutes tents were taken down. Some tried to block police from taking down tents. No word on number of arrests or if any arrests were made. There are still some tents up as a standoff continues. Students are gathering to protect the tents that have not been confiscated by police.
Angus Johnson who runs the Student Activism blog has been live blogging all day. Go here for more on what has happened so far.
@CalTVNews posts this photo -
And, @MattKrupnick posts this photo showing students lining up several deep to protect those putting up tents:
5:51 PM Photos of Occupy UW’s (University of Washington) action at Chase Bank today. The police were out in force to protect this branch location.
5:46 PM October 2011, still in Freedom Plaza in DC, held an Occupied Super Committee today, which C-SPAN covered. (It is unknown when footage will air.)
5:38 PM Here a homeless man talks about Occupy Atlanta end his 30-year addiction to crack cocaine. The video produced by RollingOut.com not only gives voice to people like this man but also speaks to the power homeless people can have in the Occupy Movement. The man in the video addresses what it is like to be looked at as less than human and says, “If we get unity amongst the homeless, which the people fear, we can build us a country.” He also says if you need something, help somebody else and watch your needs be met.
5:22 PM My post on my visit to Occupy Des Moines.
5:14 PM At the LA Review of Books blog, a detailed post on the day of the “General Strike” in Oakland. He writes about the 2nd veteran, Kayvan Sabehgi, who was the victim of police violence in Oakland (the first being Scott Olsen):
According to his own account, 32-year-old Sabehgi was surrounded by a group of cops — he was then struck, forced down, and struck repeatedly with batons. In severe pain, he arrived at jail where the “nurse” suggested a suppository for his vomiting and diarrhea. When he was finally bailed out the following afternoon, he was too weak to leave his cell. His jailers shut the door; eventually an ambulance rushed him to treatment. While corporate media outlets busily reported on the “violent” window breaking and graffiti from Wednesday, the real violence thethousands on the ground saw was, as usual, concentrated in the hands of the state.
5:12 PM Here’s a video of musician Billy Bragg singing “Which Side Are You On?” with his own lyrics at Occupy London.
4:58 PM Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to Occupy Oakland: “Oakland has demonstrated its support for the 99%. Now is the time for the encampment to show its support for Oakland.” She calls for cooperation.
2:22 PM I was waiting for someone to actually post video of the full performance that David Crosby & Graham Nash did. Since I am a fan, I have posted the four videos at The Dissenter here. Enjoy and remember, as Crosby says, the park is the spark. This movement is bigger than the park.
2:17 PM More David Crosby & Graham Nash from Rolling Stone. This video shows clips of them performing as well as footage from a ride around interview the magazine conducted with the musicians.
1:26 PM Camping store in lower Manhattan, Tents & Trails, sees a surge in business as a result of Occupy Wall Street
1:23 PM A lawyer in Wilmington, Delaware, threatens action if restrictions placed on Occupy Delaware are not lifted
12:46 PM Kristen Christian, who put up the Facebook page calling for Bank Transfer Day, was on Democracy Now! to talk about the “exodus” she inspired. Tens of thousands of people moved their money from Big Banks to credit unions.
12:14 PM Wells Fargo CEO interrupted during speech by Occupy Minneapolis. He claims to “get it.” He urges the 99% to work together with the 1%. He says people need to come together. The suggestion that people need to bargain with those at the top, who typically just do as they please whether it hurts those at the bottom or not, seems to be another indication of how powerful this movement is becoming.
A CEO of a Big Bank did not belittle this interruption as Gov. Scott Walker did to Occupy Chicago participants, who mic checked him at the Union League Club. No, he suggested it is time to figure out a way out of this economic mess together.
Absurd and impractical? Yes, but it affirms the Occupy movement is making all the right moves at this point.
12:08 PM 40,000 Americans joined a credit union on Bank Transfer Day. More from FDL’s David Dayen here.
12:05 PM Chicago police department has seized Occupy Chicago’s food carts. They are forced to be mobile and anytime the police think they are not moving around enough they have property confiscated.
12:01 PM Allison Kilkenny for In These Times reports on the march from NYC to DC that Occupy Wall Street participants are beginning today.
11:38 AM Lynn Fraser, an Asheville police officer in North Carolina, has been put on “administrative leave” for her comments about Occupy Asheville, which she posted to Facebook. She called them “dirtasses.” She even posted a comment suggesting some of them deserved to by lynched.
The article mentions a second employee was put on leave too. I do not know what this employee was involved in doing, but the employee may have commented on what Fraser said on Facebook.
11:20 AM Good op-ed posted on CNN highlighting the militarization of police. It examines how police are not soldiers and should not be acting like soldiers when they are on patrol:
Police officers have the power to either make their job simpler or more difficult. If they treat people well and build relations, people will cooperate. They’ll have leads, witnesses and informants. But if they see the people they’re supposed to “protect and serve” the way an occupying army sees the native population, they’re going to encounter resistance, suspicion, defiance and other things that make their job harder. That’s a recipe for chaos.
11:17 AM The city of Minneapolis is moving to end Occupy Minneapolis in Minnesota. The Anti-War Committee has issued this statement in solidarity. (Note: Some may know of this group because it has faced FBI repression over the past year with a few of its leaders subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. The FBI even raided the AWC’s office.)
11:15 AM Toronto mayor wants Occupy Toronto to leave the park they are occupying now.