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You can’t evict an idea whose time has come.

Two months ago a few hundred New Yorkers set up an encampment at the doorstep of Wall Street. Since then, Occupy Wall Street has become a national and even international symbol — with similarly styled occupations popping up in cities and towns across America and around the world. A growing popular movement has significantly altered the national narrative about our economy, our democracy, and our future.

Americans are talking about the consolidation of wealth and power in our society, and the stranglehold that the top 1% have over our political system. More and more Americans are seeing the crises of our economy and our democracy as systemic problems, that require collective action to remedy. More and more Americans are identifying as part of the 99%, and saying “enough!”

This burgeoning movement is more than a protest, more than an occupation, and more than any tactic. The “us” in the movement is far broader than those who are able to participate in physical occupation. The movement is everyone who sends supplies, everyone who talks to their friends and families about the underlying issues, everyone who takes some form of action to get involved in this civic process.

This moment is nothing short of America rediscovering the strength we hold when we come together as citizens to take action to address crises that impact us all.

Such a movement cannot be evicted. Some politicians may physically remove us from public spaces — our spaces — and, physically, they may succeed. But we are engaged in a battle over ideas. Our idea is that our political structures should serve us, the people — all of us, not just those who have amassed great wealth and power. We believe that is a highly popular idea, and that is why so many people have come so quickly to identify with Occupy Wall Street and the 99% movement.

You cannot evict an idea whose time has come.

A note from our non-violence committee.

“After the events of last Saturday, the Nonviolence Committee was formed to study and promote effective Nonviolence strategies for Occupy Denver. One of the most frequent comments we heard from people was that they could feel the situation becoming increasingly tense and confusing, but didn’t feel that there was anything they could do to stop it.

Our first priority was to develop a tool for people to use to de-escalate those sorts of tense situations, and ensure that rash action on the part of individual protesters or law enforcement officers would not cause a general panic. With that in mind, we developed an extremely simple procedure.

This procedure is simply offered as a tool to bring a calming atmosphere to potential confrontation, and is not meant to be the only nonviolent response to be used in any situation.
We encourage people to be conscious of their safety and to exercise common sense. Since brevity takes priority over subtlety when designing these types of handouts, here is a more detailed explanation of the procedure and of alternative actions people might take.

1. Hold hands or link arms with the people near you.

This creates a sense of togetherness and acts as a calming influence. It also helps to stop instigators from darting in and out of a crowd and creating the impression that the entire crowd is behaving antagonistically. However, there are times when this might not be appropriate, such as when you need to move out of the way quickly or when it might be interpreted as a barrier or aggression by law enforcement.

2. Sit down.

By sitting down, you make it clear to law enforcement, your fellow protesters, media, and other observers that you are not acting aggressively. You ensure that you cannot be used as camouflage by people wishing to provoke violence, and make it less likely you will be mistaken for an aggressor. When people are standing in a dense crowd, it is very difficult to tell one from another and to judge motives of individuals in the general confusion and shouting. A mob mentality can build up that reinforces anger and aggression. By sitting down you help break that cycle, and reinforce calm and a desire for peace.
Clearly, there are situations in which sitting can cause safety concerns. If you are worried about a stampede, or think you might be injured by people stepping over you, move to a place you feel safe sitting down. If you are unable to sit or strongly prefer standing, move behind the rows of people sitting down and join hands with other people standing there.

3. Say “Shh”.

A low shushing sound is seen as calming to people around the world. When we see confusing situations resulting in unjust action, it is natural to try to explain that we are a peaceful protest. But when you have large groups of people shouting at once, any possible message is lost in the noise and all shouting is likely to be seen as aggressive. By saying “shh” we audibly call attention to the nonviolent response in a calming way that cannot be misinterpreted as aggression.
There are many other ways that this can be achieved. When you first try to get those around you to sit down with you, it may make more sense to use a chant of “Sit down, sit down.” When the situation is calm enough, a meditative silence may be appropriate. Or a calming and peaceful song. It is entirely up to the people participating in the de-escalation. The important thing to remember is that the calmer the situation is, the safer everyone is and the more effectively we will be able to get our message across.

The Nonviolence Committee is a completely open committee, and we encourage everyone to join.

If you’d like to get on our email list, go to http://groups.google.com/group/occupy-denver-nonviolence-committee and sign up. We hold Nonviolence trainings and discussions after every GA, and we would love to see you there. Thank you very much for your time, and we hope to see you on site.”

Looks like the authorities would do ANYTHING to stop a movement they don’t like.

#OCCUPYTOGETHER is a general movement that starts from the very heart of everybody involved, that is becoming so popular that authorities are afraid of it, the 1% is afraid of losing privileges, wealth, and mostly they are afraid of losing the grip that they are imposing on all the people of the WORLD.

See this documentary, I know it’s kinda long but it’s really, really illuminating, and can explain what happened in Oakland, where there is a possibility that the violent acts have been STAGED, to make the protesters look like a bunch of unorganized, violent thugs. Like in Rome on #OCT15, or Seattle during the G8.

Ok, here we are. The movement is gaining momentum and the people are starting to listen to us, and to understand what we are talking about. And looks like the motivation must be valid, because there is more and more people joining the #OCCUPY in cities all around the World. Good.

Not good for the 1%, that sees the privileges (Tax cuts, huge bonuses, free bailouts from the mess they made…) in danger. So, what does the 1% do? They can’t, of course, give any good reason for the movement to stop, but they REALLY want it to be gone, finished, stopped and possibly crushed.

So they start another kind of action… They infiltrate a few provocateurs, to make the #OCCUPY movement look like a bunch of violent thugs that get their fun by burning cars, destroying Wells Fargo branches and generally make trouble. You think I’m paranoid?

I think I’m not. this kind of strategy has been documented, and PROVEN, in Rome on #OCT15, where a COP has been photographed together with the violent part of the demonstration, the part that ruined everything, because the press is still talking about the FEW VIOLENT IDIOTS, instead of the 250000 peaceful protesters that were on the streets.

San Francisco has some cops among the protesters, too!

Now that I think about that, though, I wonder what happened in Seattle, a few years ago…

Let’s not forget about the (not so) famous COINTELPRO!!!

Co-Intel, Agent Provocateurs, and Propaganda Techniques of the US Regime.

All Patriots should familiarize themselves with this knowledge before taking any pro-freedom action against the regime.

COINTELPRO (an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program) was a series of covert and often illegal projects conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation aimed at investigating and disrupting dissident political organizations within the United States. The FBI used covert operations from its inception, however formal COINTELPRO operations took place between 1956 and 1971. The FBI motivation at the time was “protecting national security, preventing violence, and maintaining the existing social and political order.

According to FBI records, 85% of COINTELPRO resources were expended on infiltrating, disrupting, marginalizing, and/or subverting groups suspected of being subversive, such as communist and socialist organizations, people suspected of building a “coalition of militant black nationalist groups” ranging from the Black Panther Party those in the non-violent civil rights movement Students for a Democratic Society, the National Lawyers Guild, almost all groups protesting the Vietnam War, and even individual student demonstrators with no group affiliations, and nationalist groups such as those seeking independence for Puerto Rico. The other 15% of COINTELPRO resources were expended to marginalize and subvert “white hate groups,” including the National States’ Rights Party.

The directives governing COINTELPRO were issued by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who ordered FBI agents to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” the activities of these movements and their leaders.

Methods.

According to attorney Brian Glick in his book War at Home, the FBI used four main methods during COINTELPRO:

1. Infiltration: Agents and informers did not merely spy on political activists. Their main purpose was to discredit and disrupt. Their very presence served to undermine trust and scare off potential supporters. The FBI and police exploited this fear to smear genuine activists as agents.

2. Psychological Warfare From the Outside: The FBI and police used myriad other “dirty tricks” to undermine progressive movements. They planted false media stories and published bogus leaflets and other publications in the name of targeted groups. They forged correspondence, sent anonymous letters, and made anonymous telephone calls. They spread misinformation about meetings and events, set up pseudo movement groups run by government agents, and manipulated or strong-armed parents, employers, landlords, school officials and others to cause trouble for activists.

3. Harassment Through the Legal System: The FBI and police abused the legal system to harass dissidents and make them appear to be criminals. Officers of the law gave perjured testimony and presented fabricated evidence as a pretext for false arrests and wrongful imprisonment. They discriminatorily enforced tax laws and other government regulations and used conspicuous surveillance, “investigative” interviews, and grand jury subpoenas in an effort to intimidate activists and silence their supporters.

4. Extralegal Force and Violence: The FBI and police threatened, instigated, and themselves conducted break-ins, vandalism, assaults, and beatings. The object was to frighten dissidents and disrupt their movements. In the case of radical Black and Puerto Rican activists (and later Native Americans), these attacks – including political assassinations were so extensive, vicious, and calculated that they can accurately be termed a form of official “terrorism”.

The FBI also conducted more than 200 “black bag jobs”,which were warrantless surreptitious entries, against the targeted groups and their members.

In 1969 the FBI special agent in San Francisco wrote Hoover that his investigation of the Black Panther Party (BPP) revealed that in his city, at least, the Black nationalists were primarily feeding breakfast to children. Hoover fired back a memo implying the career ambitions of the agent were directly related to his supplying evidence to support Hoover’s view that the BPP was “a violence-prone organization seeking to overthrow the Government by revolutionary means”.

Hoover was willing to use false claims to attack his political enemies. In one memo he wrote: “Purpose of counterintelligence action is to disrupt the BPP and it is immaterial whether facts exist to substantiate the charge.”

In one particularly controversial 1965 incident, civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo was murdered by Ku Klux Klansmen who gave chase and fired shots into her car after noticing that her passenger was a young black man; one of the Klansmen was acknowledged FBI informant Gary Thomas Rowe. Afterward COINTELPRO spread false rumors that Liuzzo was a member of the Communist Party and abandoned her children to have sexual relationships with African Americans involved in the civil rights movement. FBI informant Rowe has also been implicated in some of the most violent crimes of the 1960s civil rights era, including attacks on the Freedom Riders and the 1963 Birmingham, Alabama 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. In another instance in San Diego the FBI financed, armed, and controlled an extreme right-wing group of former Minutemen, transforming it into a group called the Secret Army Organization which targeted groups, activists, and leaders involved in the anti-War Movement for both intimidation and violent acts.

Hoover ordered preemptive action….”to pinpoint potential troublemakers and neutralize them before they exercise their potential for violence.”

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UPDATE!!! Oakland Police using LRAD on protesters!

From Gawker

UPDATE!!! Oakland Police using LRAD on protesters!

A tense scene is unfolding in Oakland right now as protesters, attempting to reclaim the plaza from which they were evicted early this morning, face off with police—who’ve used tear gas and percussion grenades on the occupiers.

The Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza—renamed Oscar Grant Plaza by its new residents—was kicked out by Oakland police using smoke grenades on Tuesday morning over what authorities claimed were “sanitary and public safety concerns.” At least 75 people were arrested in the process, and protesters say three were hurt. “I think we allowed people to exercise their rights to free speech and free assembly,” OPD Chief Howard Jordan told reporters.

But the Oakland movement is one of the largest in the country, and as many as 1000 occupiers met this afternoon outside the public library to begin a march back to their plaza. The police had barricaded the plaza and threatened to arrest the protesters unless they dispersed; some protesters were arrested and others were tear-gassed. The crowd appears to be moving, but it’s not clear that there’s a direction; we’ll update this post as the situation develops.

You can watch a live helicopter feed of the demonstration on ABC 7’s website here.

Update: Alternet’s Josh Holland reports that 500 people have been tear-gassed; others on Twitter say flash-bangs and percussion grenades have been used as well. Live helicopter camera feeds from ABC and CBS were apparently cut off right before the police threw the gas grenades. (Update:They’re back!) Left, a picture of riot cops in gas masks via @jankyhellface.

[image of protesters in cloud of tear gas via @Adreadonymous]

I can’t say anything. Let the images speak for themselves.

I AM NOT MOVING!

From ABCNews.com

When former enlisted Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas saw New York police officers strike Occupy Wall Street protestors with a baton Saturday night, he was furious.

“Protestors were shouting things like, ‘Police come join us!’,” Thomas recalled in an interview with ABCNews.com. Instead, the police started moving closer and closer to the crowd. Soon, pushing and shoving started.

“I saw a woman and a man getting hit with a baton. That infuriated me,” he said. This prompted him to unleash verbal fury on stunned police officers, who stared at him blankly as he shouted to them repeatedly, “These are unarmed people. It doesn’t make you tough to hurt these people.”

Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas

See the video on the ABC Website

Thomas’ plea, captured on video by Jannah Handy, Thomas’ aunt and an Occupy Wall Street protester, has already garnered more than 750,000 hits.

That wasn’t the first time he saw violence break out during the protests. The first time he went to a protest was October 5. He had taken a video then, while he was trying to reason with the NYPD.

“When I was there on October 5, I took a video that was posted before this [most recent one]. I tried to reason with NYPD, but they weren’t taking me seriously, they weren’t really receptive,” he said. But he said on Saturday, they were “going to have to hear my voice. I wasn’t going to hold any punches this time.”

Thomas said when he came back last Saturday, he was “acting like an onlooker.”

“To see the [brutality] happen again, in front of me, was unbelievable,” he said. At least one NYPD officer has been disciplined by the department for his actions against protestors. According to a source, the senior police officer used pepper spray against a group already corralled by police.

During one of his two tours to Iraq in 2004 and 2006, he remembers seeing a fellow Marine get hit in the face with a rock thrown by an unarmed Iraqi civilian.

“I was literally involved in a riot where I saw a Marine get hit in the face with a rock. He literally fell off the truck and we didn’t go into the crowd and start beating people — our mission is to win the hearts and minds, we didn’t attack the people. And to see the NYPD now hurting unarmed civilians, and these people were not even throwing rocks, it didn’t make any sense to me,” Thomas said.

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