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Politics For Breakfast: Occupy Miami raided by police yesterday


Between the subpenaed Twitter accounts, the women arrested at the Manhattan bridge buying coffee blocks from a protest, and now this, I’m beginning to feel like I have been shot through a time machine to the McCarthy era.


My news feed on Facebook is being taken over by news of the raid on Occupy Miami from my Occupy friends all over Florida. I can’t exactly comprehend this. It’s that ridiculous. Granted I haven’t been to their occupation since December, but when I was there, they were very nonviolent people…

Chilean students 'occupy' school and run it by themselves


Chilean students question the education system as commercial and elitist because it reproduces existing social inequities and makes them worse. But they are not just asking questions: They are practicing the kind of education they have spent years dreaming about and struggling to obtain.

“If workers can manage a factory, we can manage the school,” says Cristóbal, 17, as he flashes a smile. Cristóbal is a student at the Luis Galecio Corvera A-90 high school in the Santiago borough of San Miguel. The school is among the 200 in the city that students have occupied. But on September 26, they decided to follow the example of the workers of Cerámicas Zanón, the Argentine factory workers took over and began running 10 years ago.

“Things were getting complicated because the occupation was weakening,” Cristóbal says. “It was clear to us that it wasn’t enough to just criticize our education. We had to do something more, but we didn’t know where to start until we heard that the Zanón workers were giving a talk at the University of Chile. We went to listen to them and when we came back we started running the school ourselves.”

After the takeover, a majority of students—with the enthusiastic support of many parents—returned to school. Some of the teachers joined them. “When I saw that my children were getting up and going to school without having to wake them up, that they were excited about going, I understood that they were doing something important, something that adds up to a different kind of education,” says a mother at the basketball court, where the November sun shines brightly.

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Holy shit. This is fucking awesome.

On Jan 28th 2012 over 1000 OccupyOakland  protesters were brutality attacked by the Oakland Police Dept. They were teargased, shot by rubber bullets and over 300 people were arrested included medics. On Jan 29th thousands of people in the Occupy Movement responded across the country by taking to the streets. Here is some of what happened in NYC.

What really happened at Occupy Oakland on Saturday January 28

What really happened at Occupy Oakland on Saturday January 28
by reposted from Boogie Man Journal
Sunday Jan 29th, 2012 9:32 AM
For the internet, here’s a first-hand account of Occupy Oakland on 1/28/2012, because the news never tells the full story. I’ll tell you about the street battle, the 300+ arrests, the vandalism, the flag burning, all in the context of my experience today. This is deeper than the headlines. No major news source can do that for you. The stated goal for the day was to “move-in” to a large, abandoned, building to turn it into a social and political center. It is a long vacant convention center - the only people ever near there are the homeless who use the space outside the building as a bed. The building occupation also draws attention to the large number of abandoned and unused buildings in Oakland. The day started with a rally and a march to the proposed building. The police knew which building was the target, surrounded it, and used highly mobile units to try and divert the protest. After avoiding police lines, the group made it to one side of the building. Now, this is a very large building, and we were on a road with construction fences on both sides, and a large ditch separating us from the cops. The police fired smoke grenades into the crowd as the group neared a small path around the ditch, towards the building. They declared an unlawful assembly, and this is when the crowd broke down the construction fence. A few people broke fences to escape the situation, others because they were pissed. A couple more fences were taken down then necessary, but no valuable equipment was destroyed. They only things broken were fences.
The crowd decided to continue moving, and walked up the block to a more regular street. We decided to turn left up the street, and a police line formed to stop the march. They again declared an unlawful assembly. The protesters challenged the line, marching towards the police with our own shields in front. The shields, some small and black and a few large metal sheets. The police fired tear-gas as the group approached, and shot less-than-lethal rounds at the crowd. The protesters returned one volley of firecrackers, small projectiles, and funny things like balloons. A very weak attack, 3 officers may have been hit by something but none of them got injured. Tear gas forced many people back. The protesters quickly regrouped, and pressed the line again. This time the police opened fire with flash-grenades, tear gas, paint-filled beanbag shotguns, and rubber bullets.

After the police fired heavily on the protesters, they pushed their line forward and made a few arrests. The protesters regrouped down the block and began to march the other way (followed by police), back to Oscar Grant Plaza.

All of this occurred during the day, but it was that street battle that set the tone for the police response later in the evening. After taking a break in Oscar Grant Plaza, feeding everyone and resting, the group headed out for their evening march. Around 5pm, the group took to the street at 14th and Broadway and began a First-amendment sanctioned march around the city. The police response was very aggressive.

About 15 minutes into the march, the police attempted to kettle the protesters. This march was entirely non-violent; nobody threw shit at the cops and an unlawful assembly was never declared. . This is a very important detail. The march was 1000+ strong, conservatively. The police were very mobile, using 25+ rented 10seater vans to bring the ‘troops’ to the march.

For their first attempt at a kettle, the cops charged the group with police lines from the front and back. They ran towards us aggressively. Us being 1000+ peaceful marching protesters. The group was forced to move up a side street. The police moved quickly to surround the entire area; they formed a line on every street that the side street connected to. Police state status: very efficient. They kettled almost the entire protest in the park near the Fox theater. AFTERWARDS, as in after they surrounded everyone, they declared it to be an unlawful assembly BUT OFFERED NO EXIT ROUTE. Gas was used, could of been tear or smoke gas. The crowd then broke down a fence that was on one side of the kettle, and 1000 people ran across a field escaping a police kettle and embarrassing the entire police force. It was literally a massive jailbreak from a kettle. The group re-took Telegraph ave. and left the police way behind.

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Borrowing a page from the nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement, about 20 students on Monday occupied the campus center at University of Massachusetts Boston to protest cuts in public education spending and hikes in tuition.”

Others like Ashley Inza, an 18-year-old prospective student of the university, said the message is important. “No, I don’t think tuition should be increased at all,” said Inza. “I like how the movement is trying to change things for the better.”“

Members of the university’s administration were not present at the informal rally but in a statement the university said, “UMass Boston respects our students’ rights to free speech and interest in advocating for change. We look forward to working with them in a cooperative manner.”“

Please share, comment, and make sure everyone knows about #OUMB and PLEASE give UMB chancellor J. Keith Motley a call and tell him you support #OUMB and our occupation should stay! 617-287-6800 #OWS 

5 Occuprint Posters Tell the Tale of Global Solidarity for 99 Percent


Cities across the country are grappling with how to respond to the 99 percent movement. Some, like Oakland, have turned to violence. Others, like New York City, have drummed up evictions.Throughout all of it, artists have played a large in visualizing an often deeply personal and political narrative.

That’s where Occuprint comes into play. It’s a poster series that’s curated by artists Molly Fair, Jesse Goldstein, Josh MacPhee and John Boy. The collaboration came about after The Occupied Wall Street Journal put together an issue highlighting Occupy movement poster art. Artists from global Occupy movements have contributed posters to the Occuprint website to be shared freely through creative commons for noncommercial use.

And it’s not just online, it’s a print-media movement. Occuprint is working with OWS Screen Printing Guild which provides folks free access to screen printing and prints through OWS Print Labs. They provide free prints and t-shirst for people passing through the park and “for anyone who wants a print and who values what we have to offer as a symbol of solidarity.”

Below are some posters artists have submitted—from Brooklyn to Indonesia.

MoneyTalksTooMuch.pngCreated by: Josh MacPhee   Origin: Brooklyn, NY

TeachThemWell.pngCreated by: Christy C Road   Origin: Brooklyn, NY 

DudukiJakarta.pngCreated by: Nobodycorp.Internationale Unlimited   Origin: Indonesia

SomosEl99.pngCreated by: Dignidad Rebelde   Origin: Bay Area, Califas, Occupied Ohlone Territory


HeToiled.pngCreated by: Jamaa Al-Yad   Origin: Beirut

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