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 below the fold...
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:Read below the fold...
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.Read below the fold...
Fool us once blame you. Fool us twice and then again and again and again?
Obama is being credited due to the usual bureaucratic numbers twisting that though he hasn’t been able to increase jobs, he has at least arrested job losses. This is profound bullshit.
Hugh has done the real math which deserves a serious read. He has dug into The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ September jobs report with its “undercount” and unearthed the real and horrifying dimensions of disemployment in America. He has also explained just how pathetically and grotesquely inadequate Obama’s and the Dem’s faux-emergency solution to the jobs crisis actually is.
Hugh: Read below the fold...
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 below the fold...
Starting September 17th and lasting until ....? (The ending date above is just a guess.) Initiated by Adbusters, with Anonymous and other groups joining in.
On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices and we will not leave until that demand has been met.Read below the fold...