“The issue is much broader. Its whether we want to live in a free society or whether we want to live under what amounts to a form of self-imposed totalitarianism, with the bewildered herd marginalized, directed elsewhere, terrified, screaming patriotic slogans, fearing for their lives and admiring with awe the leader who saved them from destruction, while the educated masses goose-step on command and repeat the slogans they’re supposed to repeat and the society deteriorates at home. We end up serving as a mercenary enforcer state, hoping that others are going to smash up the world.”—Noam Chomsky (via cultureofresistance)
“It was a busy Saturday for Occupy Philly. Members met at the Thomas Paine Plaza at 9 a.m. and were then shuttled to 27th and Sterner Streets to partake in a cleanup project.
The group also held a launch party at noon at Thomas Paine for “a day of celebration as we launch the newly formed ‘Free Speech Demonstration Space’ at Thomas Paine Plaza.”
Finally, at 2 p.m., group members marched from 15th and Market to Independence Hall.
The group vowed to continue their movement against corporate greed and economic inequality despite the demise of their tent city at City Hall, and they challenged the city’s assessment that their eviction occurred in a peaceful and orderly fashion.
Police raided the group’s nearly 2-month-old tent city early Wednesday, and 52 people were arrested in the aftermath of the raid, as dozens of protesters began roving through downtown. Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey have praised the officers involved for avoiding major problems like those that have come in other cities, saying they showed a tremendous amount of restraint and professionalism.
City officials also announced Friday that the protests had cost the city a little more than $1 million, about 90 percent of that in police overtime.
Gwen Snyder, one of the group’s leaders, said some members will lobby to reform in Washington, D.C., next week. However, they have not decided whether to apply for another permit in Philadelphia.
“We are still strong, stronger than ever and galvanized by the events of the eviction,” she said. “Eviction is not an ending. It is an escalation.”~Read More: NBCPhilly
We, the undersigned, do hereby petition the City Council of the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioners to protect and ensure the First Amendment rights of the people by amending the Park Rules and the Rules of Fountain Square to provide for a twenty four hour per day public forum available to the people of Cincinnati for protected speech, expression, and assembly. We believe firmly that providing a public space for protected speech will foster open dialogue among the residents of the City, will encourage involvement of the citizenry in government and community affairs, will improve the quality of life in the City of Cincinnati and will comply with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
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The U.S. military has some of the most advanced killing equipment in the world that allows it to invade almost wherever it likes at will.
We produce so much military equipment that inventories of military robots, M-16 assault rifles, helicopters, armored vehicles, and grenade launchers eventually start to pile up and it turns out a lot of these weapons are going straight to American police forces to be used against US citizens.
Here’s what happened last night. Having been setback by the restraining order that the NLG won against the City of Boston for Occupy Boston, the BPD has been harassing OB since it can’t outright shut it down. This means taking away the winterization equipment, apparently there have been drug arrests, and then last night they came to seize the sink being used to wash dishes in the food tent. Basically, try to make the camp unlivable if they can’t shut it down. The cops stepped on a protester—Suzi, a part of Emerson Students Occupy Boston—but she’s ok. Full article and video below. Obviously a bad move and a harbinger of what’s to come by the cops, but the fact that people mobilized and defended the sink is a very, very good sign. A few weeks ago, there wasn’t a sense that the inevitable raid should be opposed through mobilization to defend the camp…the past two weeks—OWS, Portland, LA, Philly—have been a reality check. There’s now a good infrastructure to defend the camp when the attacks come and it worked fairly well last night for a low-level skirmish.
This evening, riot police invaded the Occupy Boston encampment to seize the protestors’ kitchen sink. The action, which led to the arrest of three protesters and a police officer accidentally stepping on a college-age female protester, was in evident violation of the restraining order that forbids the seizure of personal belongings extended today by Suffolk Superior Court Frances McIntyre.
Police seized the newly donated graywater sink and tossed it into the back of a police wagon, as other police with flex cuffs blocked occupiers. Dozens of motorcycle police arrived. A brief skirmish ensued as some protesters linked arms to block the wagon from leaving. In the ensuing sink seizure chaos, occupier Suzi Pietroluongo was stepped on by a police officer. When the police wagon sped off, the back doors were open and the sink was hanging out.