The Charlotte City Council in North Carolina is considering “crowd control ordinances” that they intend to pass for the Democratic National Convention in September. Occupiers attended a city council meeting last night to oppose the ordinances because they would effectively end their “camping” or 24/7 protest that has been taking place on city property.
Occupiers spoke out against the anti-Occupy provisions that would prohibit them, as the Charlotte Observer reports, from from being able to “pitch tents, sleep or store their personal belongings.” [They would still be able to stay at City Hall 24 hours a day but that means nothing to a group that would like to maintain a physical base of operations so they can keep up their protest.]
According to the Observer, about thirty occupiers gave public comments. A few present “gagged themselves with yellow ‘Do Not Cross’ crime-scene tape.” The police removed two from the meeting after they “violated the three-minute speaker time limit.” One of the people removed was arrested, News Channel 36 reports. Michael Zytkow was charged with “disrupting a public meeting.
Scottie Wingfield, one of the people removed from the hearing, said at the meeting “City property is public property and people’s property is public space.”
The ordinances would not only mean Occupy Charlotte would no longer be able to use tents or have personal belongings during all hours of the day. The “city is considering prohibiting people involved with protests, or watching protests, from carrying a ‘backpack, duffle bag, satchel or cooler …with the intent to conceal weapons or other prohibited items.'” This is immensely bothersome to the ACLU because, as Katy Parker of the ACLU told the Observer, “scores of innocent people could be stopped and searched on the street, even if their backpack had nothing more than a book and a drink.”
Mayor Anthony Foxx tried to justify the proposed restrictions, “The one area where government can place limits on speech isn’t on the content, it is on the time, place and manner of the speech.”
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3:55 PM Judge hears BNY Mellon’s arguments for kicking out Occupy Pittsburgh from property the bank owns
3:05 PM Occupy Wall Street protesters reel off George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV” outside Supreme Court hearing on FCC rules. Reuters reports the hearing was on the FCC’s “tougher enforcement protocol announced in 2004 in reaction to separate instances of foul language and nudity on both Fox and ABC television networks.”
Occupiers shouted, “You can kill people half a world away, but you can’t say ‘fuck.'”
Since I fully agree with the sentiment behind OWS’s demonstration and really appreciate how they cited Carlin, here’s his “Seven Words” skit.
2:30 PM Peter Rothberg of The Nation: Act now and “Occupy Congress” January 17.
2:20 PM Occupy Rochester’s permit allowing the group to protest 24/7, with tents, in Washington Square Park expires and must be renewed January 11 or else the city could remove the occupation.
12:32 PM Female Occupy Wall Street protester held for 26 hours in detention cell in Grand Central Station for protesting NDAA in the station. That and more in Allison Kilkenny’s great report on the Orwellian times we live in “where things like arbitrary arrests, ‘freeze zones,’ the barricading of public space, and intimidation of the press are all tools used by police to ‘protect’ citizens.”
12:26 PM Music: “We Are” by New Party Systems, a supergroup that the music website Pitchfork notes met at Zuccotti Park when Occupy Wall Street was just beginning. They recorded this anthem. The group includes guitarist David First (of the Notekillers), Kyp Malone (vocalist from TV on the Radio) and drummer Greg Fox (of Guardian/Alien/GDFX) and bassist Bernard Gann (of Liturgy).
Listen for the chant at the end of the song of “We are the 99%,” which was recorded during the November 17 march on Wall Street (two days after OWS was evicted).
12:11 PM At Dissident Voice, John Jacobsen argues Occupy must win “immediate gains” now especially since it is election season.
12:08 PM FDL‘s David Dayen on Occupy Nigeria
12:02 PM Occupy Iowa protesters arrested on October 9 for “refusing to leave Capital grounds” ask judge to have their charges dismissed.
11:55 AM Star-Ledger in New Jersey editorial calls on Gov. Chris Christie to stop being a chauvinist pig. (Actually, they don’t use those words. They write he should “stop talking down to women.”)