Transmission 001 :: Oct 15 to Nov 15, 2011
News from the ongoing occupation,
an art project happening in your city right now!
Welcome Home People!
October 2011 was an amazing month of action. So much has happened!
Here are highlights:
Oct 15, 2011 :: Global Revolution Day
“On October 15, tens of thousands of demonstrators staged rallies in 900 cities around the world, including Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, São Paulo, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, and many other cities. In Frankfurt, 5,000 people protested at the European Central Bank and in Zurich, Switzerland’s financial hub, protesters carried banners reading “We won’t bail you out yet again” and “We are the 99 percent.” Protests were largely peaceful, however a protest in Rome that drew thousands turned violent when “a few thousand thugs from all over Italy, and possibly from all over Europe” caused extensive damage. Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered in Times Square in New York City and rallied for several hours. Several hundred protesters were arrested across the U.S., mostly for refusing to obey police orders to leave public areas. In Chicago there were 175 arrests, about 100 arrests in Arizona (53 in Tucson, 46 in Phoenix), and more than 70 in New York City, including at least 40 in Times Square. About 150 people camped out by city hall in Minneapolis.” — Wikipedia
Rome reaches the most violent the Occupy movement has become. Romans overturn vehicles and light them on fire. Violence in London as well. In New York City the police are on horseback as 1000s of occupants rally in Times Square. Occupy Spain, called “Take The Square” drew over 40,000 occupants.
JP Morgan Chase launches massive television advertising campaign entitled “Change” featuring motion graphics by the top special effects company in New York.
Here is one account from Occupy Denver: “After initially backing off, Denver riot police move in to clear demonstrators from Broadway Ave. The police line the street and surround the south and east ends of Civic Center park. After clearing the street and making arrests, police then move in on the people on the public sidewalk and make an announcement that they are part of an unlawful assembly and should move west through the park. Protesters stand their ground and attempt to protect a small tent that was temporarily erected to hand out food and water and serve as a first aid station. One protester offers food to police as a peace offering as they begin arrests, he thrusts it into their faces after falling back as an officer grabs his hands. The police push closer and begin physically pushing people with batons and spraying people with pepper spray.”
An Occupy Austin march was held to the JPMorgan Chase Tower and to the Texas State Capitol. Over 1000 people participated in the march. Some protesters closed their accounts at Chase Bank. Chase Bank allowed customers who could document that they had Chase accounts into the building singularly to close their accounts.
Occupy Radio Austin (occupyradioaustin.org) starts broadcasting.
Oct 16, 2011
Michael Moore visits Occupy Philadelphia.
Jesse Venture, former pro-wrestler and former governor of Minnesota, creates a scene on MSNBC by yelling at hosts about truth in politics.
Texas Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign raises $17 million dollars more than any other Republican candidate.
In Chicago, police arrested about 175 protesters in an operation to clear the city’s Grant Park of demonstrators camping out in protest against corporate greed.
Oct 17, 2011
The new Libyan government issues a press release directed at the New York City police department, urging them to show restraint in dealing with the Occupants.
The Occupation spreads to online virtual world Second Life.
Rome again erupts in violence: “As the tear gas and petrol bombs fly from one ancient city to the next, the social sustainability of our present political economic arrangement is once again being thrown into question. The outbreak of violence in Rome — like in London and Athens before — is a symptom of a much deeper disease: the crisis of global financial capitalism and the profound legitimation crisis of our national representative democracies.”
The Guardian publishes a report about how Gov. Rick Perry doctored environmental reports to remove signs of climate change.
The global population officially tops 7 million; double the global population of the 1970s.
Willie Nelson releases a 99% solidarity statement on Youtube.
Oct 18, 2011
Occupy Oakland raided by police during the night.
The International Performance Arts Association makes a grand solidarity statement with the Occupy Movement.
Harvard professor and creator of Creative Commons, Lawrence Lessig speaks at Occupy Wall Street.
The NYPD were questioned over brutality claims from Occupants.
Oct 21, 2011
Occupy Melbourne (Australia) gets messy. Police dragged surrounding protesters out of the crowd one by one.
In New York, police arrested about 30 protesters including veteran civil rights activist Cornel West during a demonstration by the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Oct 22, 2011
16th Annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality in many cities, including Austin where the march was joined by an Anti-Death Penalty march.
Tea Party sends out a letter to small business owners suggesting they stop hiring new employees.
10 Occupants arrested in Cleveland.
Iranian women gather in front of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran to show their support of anti-Wall Street demonstrators in the United States.
Oct 23, 2011
Seattle Cops confiscate and destroy over 140 tents From Occupy Seattle protesters.
Michael Moore, on his book tour, begins pitching a national labor stand in Flint, Michigan.
A documentary premiers about the criminality of the financial crisis, called “Inside Job” and narrated by Matt Damon.
Philosopher Slavoj Zizek speaks at Occupy Wall Street.
130 demonstrators are arrested at Occupy Chicago.
5 Occupants arrested in Ft. Worth protest.
Oct 24, 2011
Early Sunday morning, protesters and nurses defended the first aid station against Chicago police by surrounding it. No arrests were made.
Celebrity, Naomi Wolf makes regular talk show appearances detailing her arrest at the Occupation. She repeated points out that she had broken no laws.
In Melbourne, protesters were being subdued with tasers and other shock weapons.
Occupy Museums movement flash mobs art museums in New York City.
Oct 25, 2011
“In the early morning hours of October 25, police cleared and closed an Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa Park in Oakland, California. The raid on the encampment was described as “violent and chaotic at times,” and resulted in over 102 arrests but there were no injuries. A street march that afternoon protesting the closure culminated in a confrontation between police and protesters, who sought to re-establish the Ogawa Plaza encampment. A group within the protesters threw stones, bottles and paint at officers, and the police fired tear gas into the crowds. During this confrontation, protester Scott Olsen, a former Marine and Iraq War veteran, suffered a skull fracture allegedly caused by a tear-gas projectile or smoke canister fired by police.” — Wikipedia
1000s of occupants march in Portland.
Oct 27, 2011
Several cities such as Cleveland and Detroit win minor legal battles, extending curfews and gaining permits to continue the Occupation.
Wall Street firms are found to be planting protesters within the movement.
Oct 28, 2011
The Interfaith communities release a solidarity statement with the Occupy movement.
The hacker group, Anonymous releases personal details on 100s of individuals including known provocateurs and police accused of brutality.
Oakland’s Mayor says she didn’t know about the eviction of Oakland’s protesters and encourages state employees to attend the Occupy march.
About 50 people were arrested during Occupy San Diego protest and 30 were arrested in Tennessee protests.
The City of Austin declared in a memo that new restrictions had been approved and would begin being enforced. These included a prohibition of sleeping on the mezzanine, exhibiting unattended signs, and the operation of food tables during certain hours.
Oct 29, 2011
“There were about 2300 occupied zones around 2000 cities worldwide.” — Wikipedia
Global “Robin Hood” March, called for by Adbusters, demands a tax on global money exchange to benefit the poorest humans.
Regular coverage of the Occupation on cable television shows like the Cobert Show, Daily Show and Politically Incorrect.
Occupy Austin takes a stand at City Hall to defend their food table from being confiscated by police. 40 people are arrested and the Occupation is evicted from City Hall.
Occupy Denver gets hit hard again, with tear gas: “In the most violent Saturday in more than a month of Occupy Denver demonstrations and marches, Denver police fired mace and pepper balls at a crowd of protesters in Civic Center today and arrested 20 people. Just before 6 p.m., with ambulances waiting and police cruisers covering whole blocks around the park, officers donned gas masks and used megaphones to warn protesters the remaining tents were illegal. Wielding long batons, a few dozen officers pushed into the park and formed a circle around the tents. More officers were able to move in after several rounds of pepper spray and one round of pepper balls were fired.”
Oct 30, 2011
Occupation arrests in Nashville are thrown out by a judge as unconstitutional.
Oct 31, 2011
Pro-democracy protesters marched from Tahrir square in Egypt to the U.S. Embassy in support of Occupy Oakland.
An Occupation protester breaks into the floor of the Congressional Deficit Super Committee in DC.
5 progressive members of congress start calling themselves “Occupy Congress” and declare that they stand with the 99%.
Occupy London starts a major controversy by occupying St. Paul’s Cathedral, many of the priests support and many do not.
Nov 1, 2011
Youtube announces that the US Government is asking them to remove videos of police brutality from their online service.
Nov 2, 2011
“On November 2, protesters in Oakland, California shut down the Port of Oakland, the fifth busiest port in the nation. Police estimated that about 3,000 demonstrators were gathered at the port and 4,500 had marched across the city, however a member of the Occupy movement was quoted by the BBC as estimating as many as 30,000 may have taken part.” — Wikipedia
Archbishop of Canterbury (London) urges debate of tax on bankers.
Nov 3, 2011
Veterans march in New York City.
Nov 4, 2011
Winter begins. Many Occupations including New York, DC and Chicago bundle up as the snow begin.
Occupy Oakland raided again by police. “Around one in the morning they brought out the riot police. At one point, they pushed the crowd out of the park, killed the floodlights, and surrounded us with officers armed with beanbag guns, rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and nightsticks.”
Nov 5, 2011
National Bank Transfer Day
“Frankfurt took the day of the Guy Fawkes Night as occasion for an extra loud and long demonstration, and Occupy Portland made its “Move Your $” campaign.” — Wikipedia
Over 650,000 Americans switch from banks to credit unions in the last month, more the the entire previous year.
Nov 6, 2011
Major demonstration at Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprisings, in Cairo, Egypt.
Nov 7, 2011
Protestors from Occupy Philly participate in a ‘die in’ demonstration outside a PNC Bank branch in Philadelphia on Monday.
Susanna Camusso, leader of Italy’s largest labor confederation CGIL, arrives to deliver her speech during a demonstration to protest government policies regarding the economical crisis, in Rome.
Nov 8, 2011
Occupation Film Festival happen in Berlin. Many Occupations around the global launch technology projects. Occupy Portland makes 1000s of pies. Occupy Austin launches Occupy Apps, providing mobile phone programs for occupants.
Major legal victory in Ohio repealing anti-labor legislation created by Ohio’s governor. Several Labor groups release pro-occupy posters.
Nov 9, 2011
Occupy Worcester (Mass) Occupies a home foreclosure auction.
High School students seize City Hall in Chile’s capital. Lots of violence.
Two members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) who are covered from head to toe in green and blue bodypaint, as they hold a banner reading, “Save the Planet, Go Vegan,” at the Nanjing pedestrian street in Shanghai, China
Student protests and some police clashes in London.
UCLA graduate student Cheryl Deutsch is arrested by Los Angeles Police Department officers after she and 10 other student protesters sat in circle in middle of the Westwood and Wilshire boulevard intersection as part of a protest of bank practices and rising fees at public universities.
Nov 10, 2011
Demonstrator marches during a student protest against government plans to reform higher education at the main square in Bogota, Colombia.
Demonstrators of a group “Occupy Rio” protest against Rio de Janeiro’s governor Sergio Cabral in downtown Rio de Janeiro.
Protesters from the communist-affiliated trade union PAME shout slogans during an anti-government protest in Athens November 10, 2011. Greece named former European Central Bank vice-president Lucas Papademos on Thursday to head a crisis government, ending a chaotic search for a leader to save the country from default, bankruptcy and an exit from the euro zone. Reuters
Nov 11, 2011
“November 11th was another international protest day.” — Wikipedia
Nov 13, 2011
Berlusconi, the prime minister of Italy, is forced to resign in shame for his role in the global financial crisis.
Over 100 police threaten Occupy St. Louis.
Occupy Portland triumphantly overwhelms police at their midnight curfew, only to be evicted a few hours later.
Nov 14, 2011
“On 14 November, Occupy protesters in Oakland, California were forced to leave by Oakland Police Department and local sheriff deputies. Multiple arrests were made.” — Wikipedia
Ultra-right wing political groups in London arrested by Scotland Yard for plotting to infiltrate Occupy London.
Police show up threaten Occupants with assault rifles at Occupy Chapel Hill.
Nov 15, 2011
Occupy Wall Street evicted from Zuccotti Park for the first time. Mayor Bloomberg vows they will not be able to return with “equipment.”