this ‘n that: #ows roundup

The Moment When the Police Lost the Occupy Portland Narrative – Excellent overview and analysis of the events in Portland.

Watchdog targets mayors: Stop harassing journalists covering Occupy protests — Lots of cases of journalists being blatantly attacked and arrested, not just in NYC but elsewere. Article includes many links to examples. Free Press watchdog groups tells mayors to knock it off.

Occupy Oakland: footage shows police beating ‘peaceful’ Iraq war veteran — A video has surfaced of the second vet at Oakland (after Scott Olsen) who was brutally beaten & then left without medical attention in jail. It’s appalling to watch dozens of officers standing around while one to four beat up on one lone unarmed man. More here.

Rep. Deutch Introduces OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment To Ban Corporate Money In Politics Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, today introduced an amendment that would ban corporate money in politics and end corporate personhood once and for all. Encouraging. Not sufficient by itself, but definitely encouraging.

New Mexico House Votes 65-0 To Move State’s Money To Credit Unions, Community Banks. Awesome.

NYPD Using Army ‘Snatch and Grab’ Techniques Against OWS Protesters — More on the militarization of the police.

Insight: The Wall Street disconnect — “David Mooney, chief executive officer of Alliant Credit Union in Chicago, one of the nation’s larger credit unions, used to work at one of Wall Street’s top banks, JPMorgan Chase. There’s a vast cultural gap between Wall Street and his new world, he says: Old friends from the Street, he says, now jokingly refer to him as a “socialist.” A credit union is supposed to be run in the interests of all members, he says, while commercial bankers tend to see consumers as customers who can be “exploited” by layering on more fees.” There more — much more. Worth reading.

Even in Churches, Wall Street Protesters Can’t Escape Watch of Police — Not that churches are the sanctuaries they once were, but this is still very chilling.

Number of Occupy Arrests Passes 4,000 Nationally. And none, so far, of those bankers whose illegal and reckless activity plunged us into recession in 2008…

A face full of pepper spray vaults Occupy Portland protestor to Internet fame, albeit painfully. Ouch, ouch, ouch. That photo still makes me wince. And to top it off, she was arrested, not the cop who sprayed her point blank for no reason.

U.S. banks should “undermine” Occupy protesters: memo — When banks ask themselves what they should do about Occupy, they don’t ask themselves if they should clean up their foreclosure fraud, if they should stop their outrageous (and mostly hidden) fee system, they don’t ask themselves if their CEO’s should get a more realistic salary. Oh no. The four-page memo outlined how the firm could analyze the source of protesters’ money, as well as their rhetoric and the backgrounds of protest leaders. “If we can show they have the same cynical motivation as a political opponent, it will undermine their credibility in a profound way,” said the memo. More detail here.

Illegal use of Pepper Spray. Yep. Also covered in some of the articles I linked into on yesterday’s UC Davis post.

Media Can Avoid NYPD Arrest By Getting Press Pass They Can’t Get. I’m tring to decide if this is more like 1984 or Kafka. That can’t be good.

Minneapolis Police Officer Drives Into Unarmed Non-Violent Protester — pretty bizarre. I also like how the same reason was given by the cops that the protesters had to leave that the city attorneys later said the protesters could stay: because ownership of the house was uncertain…

YES, YES, YES, AND YES!! Here’s what attempted co-option of OWS looks like. Glenn Greenwald says: I disagree with the prevailing wisdom that OWS should begin formulating specific legislative demands and working to elect specific candidates. I have no doubt that many OWS protesters will ultimately vote and even work for certain candidates — and that makes sense — but the U.S. desperately needs a citizen movement devoted to working outside of political and legal institutions and that is designed to be a place of dissent against it.

Occupy Wall Street November 17: Journalists Arrested, Beaten By Police.

Maybe It’s Time to Occupy the Police State

Too Much Violence and Pepper Spray at the OWS Protests: The Videos and Pictures — discusses the commonality of violence by the police toward the Occupy movements, includes a variety of pictures and videos.

Poet-Bashing Police recounts events at UC Berkeley.

Flanders: Will the media now focus on what OWS is really about? — talks about necessary role of media (article summarizes an un-captioned/no transcript video clip).

Report: Occupy Evictions Coordinated by Private Law Enforcement Think Tank — PERF has no business in advising government entities to deprive people of their constitutional rights. This needs to be addressed.

The roots of the UC-Davis pepper-spraying also by Glenn Greenwald sums it up:

Every time the citizenry watches peaceful protesters getting pepper-sprayed — or hears that an Occupy protester suffered brain damage and almost died after being shot in the skull with a rubber bullet — many become increasingly fearful of participating in this citizen movement, and also become fearful in general of exercising their rights in a way that is bothersome or threatening to those in power. That’s a natural response, and it’s exactly what the climate of fear imposed by all abusive police state actions is intended to achieve: to coerce citizens to “decide” on their own to be passive and compliant — to refrain from exercising their rights — out of fear of what will happen if they don’t. The genius of this approach is how insidious its effects are: because the rights continue to be offered on paper, the citizenry continues to believe it is free.

(Bold emphasis mine.)

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