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Excerpts of My 2011 Zuccotti Diary: Fretting Toilets & Arrest

Writing my last blog about wrongly convicted political activist Cecily McMillan made me think back to my own NYC OWS protest experiences. Here are excerpts from two blogs I posted 10-16-11 and 10-18-11 about a night I spent at Zuccotti Park.
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The Judicial Frame-Up of OWS Protester Cecily McMillan

Let’s say you are a passionate, peace-and-justice advocating 25-year old female graduate student at NYC’s School of Social Research, participating in a legal OWS demonstration of several hundred in March 2012 at Zuccotti Park in NYC -- its sixth month memorial celebration. Suddenly from behind a man gropes your chest and you instinctively elbow him in the eye. Immediately you are set upon and beaten to the ground by multiple police officers. You are arrested and taken to a hospital where you are handcuffed to a bed. Read below the fold...

Obama/Congress Traitors to Privacy, Assembly, Due Process

According to Naomi Wolf, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund filed a request for documentation records about government surveillance of the Occupy Movement. Read below the fold...

Just what ARE 'American values'?

Based on what I perceive happening in industrialized society and in particular the U.S.
the psychological state of denial is fully rampant.

This article titled "America in denial: We're number 29 (of 30)" certaainly makes a case for such a state. Read below the fold...

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Blockupy is coming to NYC!

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Blockupy is coming to NYC!

Starting June 28th, we will meet at Zuccotti Park and organize mass marches in the NYC area. There will be a series of anti-capitalist marches, bank blocks, anti-war demonstrations, solidarity marches with Quebec protesters, etc.

The event was inspired by the Blockupy protests in Germany and the student uprising in Canada. Our main goal is to start a series of large daily protests in NYC similar to that in Quebec.

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How disorganization is damaging Occupy

UPDATE: Two of the links in this post have been criticized for being misleading. I have changed them in order to clear up any confusion, and moved one of the original links to later in the piece for context. None of the text has been altered. Thanks to commenter anons for the feedback.

This was published with considerable feedback from affinis, Jasper, JuliaWilliams and lambert. My sincere thanks to them for their help.

A few weeks ago Occupy Oakland (OO) began to emphasize secrecy (or security culture) over transparency, which resulted in livestreamers being attacked as snitches or quasi-authorities. In addition, large group of transparency advocates have been ostracized as racists with little or no due process. Read below the fold...

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Provocateur tactics and the subversion of Occupy

This was published with considerable feedback from affinis and lambert. My sincere thanks to both of them for their help. Read below the fold...

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Working title: Provocateur tactics and the subversion of Occupy

This was published with considerable feedback from affinis and lambert. My sincere thanks to both of them for their help. Read below the fold...

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Opacity and creeping exclusion at Occupy

This was published with considerable feedback from several bloggers at Corrente: DCblogger, affinis, lambert and okanogen. My sincere thanks to all of them for their help.

Occupy has seemed to be in a bit of a winter hibernation. There are still encampments, meetings, decisions, protests, and so on, but it seems like there has been a relative lull in its activity level. This is fine; you can't stay cranked all the way up to 10 all the time. A little pause to regroup, rethink and recharge is a good thing. There is a chance that the some occupations that emerge might have a very different character than the one that began to recede from public consciousness towards the end of last year, though. Read below the fold...

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Opacity and creeping exclusion at Occupy

Occupy has seemed to be in a bit of a winter hibernation. There are still encampments, meetings, decisions, protests, and so on, but it seems like there has been a relative lull in its activity level. This is fine; you can't stay cranked all the way up to 10 all the time. A little pause to regroup, rethink and recharge is a good thing. There is a chance that the some occupations that emerge might have a very different character than the one that began to recede from public consciousness towards the end of last year, though. Read below the fold...

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Concerning violence advocates and nailing jello to walls

This was published with considerable feedback from several bloggers: DCblogger, affinis, lambert and okanogen. My sincere thanks to all of them for their help. Note: this post was updated shortly after publication.

When writing about violence at Occupy there seems to be a great deal of controversy over what the word itself means, so I'll lead this post with what I hope is an unobjectionable definition. Since it comes from Google (via) it may well be the most-read definition of violence in the English speaking world: Read below the fold...

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Diversity of tactics - and uniformity of outcomes

Economics is a closed system; internally it is perfectly logical, operating according to a consistent set of principles. Unfortunately, the same could be said of psychosis. What's more, once having entered the closed system of the economist, you, like the psychotic, may have a hard time getting out.

- Judy Jones and William Wilson

The Occupy movement has largely been relegated to the margins of mainstream coverage lately - big outlets may mention something in a news capsule but generally have ignored it beyond that. It is still very much alive though, and one aspect of it has become the subject of intense debate recently: The use of violence, or what proponents call diversity of tactics. Read below the fold...

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Occupy Oakland March Live Stream

Live stream of the march, happening right now:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oaktownpirate

The march is supposed to lead into a building takeover. Read below the fold...

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Liberty Park retaken

https://twitter.com/JoshandMusic/status/156892774350852096

Word from the Livestream chat here is that this document (PDF) triggered the removal of barricades this evening by Brookfield staff. Is Bloomberg afraid he'll lose in court? Read below the fold...

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12 Dec: Occupy Ports, West Coast Port Shutdown and More

A national effort aimed at "Wall Street on the waterfront." Some back story from Hip Hop Occupies:

From Seattle to San Diego, oppressed peoples of all backgrounds are mobilizing to shut down the power of the 1% in this coordinated national effort. We choose to occupy capital, not capitol buildings, because we are no longer waiting to have our voices validated at the whim of elected officials.

More in this 6-minute YouTube.

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