I am currently outside of Room 1006 in the Suffolk Superior Courthouse waiting for the hearing on the ACLU of Massachusetts and NLG’s suit to protect Occupy Boston to wrap up. There are about twenty to thirty people here waiting including all the local press. Once the meeting started at 10 am, nobody was permitted to enter the court room.
I will be recording whatever press conference the attorneys give after the hearing. It has now been going for fifty minutes. In the meantime, here at Occupy Boston, like other encampments, winter gear and supplies are being considered contraband. I will have more on this later today.
10:52 PM Occupy Pensacola prepared for confrontation as city pulled the plug on power to the are, where the occupation is located
10:37 PM Over 50 arrests at Occupy San Francisco’s brief occupation of a Bank of America branch. They had a tent but police came in to make arrests.
7:08 PM Occupy London protests in front of US Embassy in London to show solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. (Occupy London is facing eviction.)
7:03 PM Occupy Columbia in South Carolina reports twenty-three have been arrested thus far. Governor Nikki Haley says group needs to get a leader. Haley says families should be able to view Christmas tree without “fear.” Also, mattresses and sleeping bags make statehouse grounds look bad. She pens this letter to occupiers.
6:59 PM Dustin Slaughter posts the eviction notice the city put up at site of Occupy Philly
6:13 PM Labor journalist for In These Times, Mike Elk, posts this story now, “What Can Labor Learn?” It features insight from Columbia University professor Dorian Warren, whom I appeared on Democracy Now! with just over a month ago. Warren finds “the labor movement has had trouble fully embracing movements it did not control.”
Unions have different functions than social movements…You see this with unions’ campaign contributions and scripted rallies. However, when you disrupt things and raise fundamental questions about society or the system, you have an ability to attract people and become more powerful. When unions speak, it’s often about a specific set of union members to which most people do not belong, and the rhetoric quickly starts to sound like ‘us versus them’ instead of the 99% movement.
5:59 PM Occupy Philly ordered to leave Dilworth Plaza where they have been occupying for more than a month immediately
5:51 PM Here’s more on 60 Wall Street, where Occupy Wall Street had been meeting. The occupation seems to have lost permission to meet in this space.
5:49 PM AP article that frames Occupy Wall Street as failing to bring change yet. Of course, the movement never claimed to be capable of instant reform. They have publicly stated they are in for the long haul and it will take a while for real and lasting change to be realized.
5:45 PM To pre-empt planned November 17 Day of Action, Bloomberg may shut down 60 Wall Street.
5:42 PM New rules posted during Occupy Wall Street eviction
5:17 PM Petition to recall Bloomberg has more than 600 signatures.
5:14 PM 84-year-old woman pepper sprayed at Occupy Seattle. (This is one of the more visceral images to come from police violence against occupations.)
5:06 PM AIG’s Steve Miller says Occupy Wall Street has “simplistic view” of economic issues.
The understanding of the Occupy Wall Street crowd of what makes our country work is probably fairly limited…It’s a very simplistic view of things. No one will ever know what would have happened to our country and our whole global financial system if AIG had been allowed just to go down.
4:54 PM November 17 global call to action from Occupy Wall Street:
The jarring importance of this moment cannot be overlooked: as civil society collapses, destroying our livelihoods and our public services, as we are enslaved by debt and forced out of our homes, as our folklore is mined by market predators, as we stand by and watch our global environment disintegrate to the point of threatening the extinction of our species, we are compelled to act. Tomorrow, November 17th we will remind the 1% and their representative Michael Bloomberg that you cannot stop an idea whose time has come!
4:51 PM Here is my write-up on the hearing in Boston today. Occupy Boston won protection—a temporary restraining order that is effective until December 1. The city is not to raid the camp unless their is an outbreak of violence or significant health/sanitary issues in the camp.
[Breaking 1:31 ET: Kevin just called from the court house. The Occupation appears to have won a victory; City must meet with Occupy representatives, yet to be chosen, to work out arrangements to avoid disruptions -- more details from Kevin soon-- Ed.]
11:54 AM Court is in recess. The ACLUm/NLG & city attorneys are being encouraged by Judge McIntyre to engage in mediation. They are likely to come to an agreement on some sort of a temporary restraining order. An injunction may be pursued but that could take weeks to secure. The court reconvenes at 12:30 pm. I will be in the court room for the final art of this hearing.
11:07 AM Tents at Occupy Cal stayed up all night.
10:50 AM AP scolds journalists who tweeter they were arrested at OWS raid