Police have completely surrounded the park. Buses pulling up. Reports of some kind of sonic pain crowd control device on premises (people calling this "LRAD" on the Livestream chat).
1:27 a.m. Police scanner says EVERYONE is going to be swept.
1:20 a.m. Subway stops are closed.
1:20 a.m. Brooklyn bridge is closed.
1:20 a.m. Occupiers chanting "This is what a police state looks like."
1:20 a.m. Police are in riot gear.
1:20 a.m. Police are bringing in bulldozers.
1:58 a.m. "Spitting pepper spray out of my mouth now." Read more about Police invade Liberty Square in the middle of the night
Boy oh boy, Taibbi has been paying attention.
He even gets it about the police.
(I realize he still needs to own up to his misogynism.) Read more about How Taibbi Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Occupation
This is an open letter from The Association of Community Trainers that speaks to, among other things, the "diversity of tactics" discussion that has been ongoing here at Corrente and throughout the Occupy movement. Here's a summary of the advantages of what they call "strategic non-violent direct action":
Strategic nonviolent direct action has powerful advantages:
At the bottom of the list there is a request for help:
NOTE 4: There needs to be a very well researched and concise addendum that contains a list of the top 50 corporate crimes / harmful actions during the past 15 years. This ought to really blow people away and will help increase support both on the ground in DC and in living rooms across America as the story unfolds. We can't assume everyone knows why these demands are necessary. We must demonstrate.
It's been raining the last few days which is a great relief. It's the first soaking rain we have seen for since early in the year. What's the weather like inside Occupy Austin? I've been told that groups typically go through predictable stages: forming, storming, norming, performing. The movement here in Austin is in the second stage. Read more about Report, #OccupyAustin: Day 5 - Storm Warning
Thursday kick-off was awesome, with around 2000 at City Hall during the busy hour. Austin police not the NYPD, at this point anyway. This afternoon they offered to give us a traffic lane to march to BOA if we had at least 200 people involved. An hour later 600 people marched and the APD facilitated. Something like $60K removed from BOA before they shut their doors. I'm pretty sure we'll be back later.
Some unfortunate, ugly behavior at the GA tonight when things got temporarily off track, but the parties initially in conflict ended up in dialog and understanding each to be aligned on goals and beliefs, but not necessarily timing. Not only peace, but much understanding prevailed. Mistakes were made but owned up to and grieved. Read more about Report, #OccupyAustin: Start-up and General Assembly
For several days I have been meaning to update you on what's happening in Austin, TX. Between RL and pre-event GA activities I've just been too damm busy.
Tomorrow Today is the big day for Occupy Austin. Starting at 10am the 99% is occupying the City Hall block, with a General Assembly planned for 3pm CST. The Assembly will be live streamed at a link you can find on the OA web site. The AFL-CIO is showing up in support. Most people attending seem to be under 30, but the number from all walks of life in terms of age, gender, class, and vocation has grown with every GA. Read more about Report, #OccupyAustin: General assemblies