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thedailywhat:

Occupy Movement News Update of the Day: A powerful scene unfolded yesterday at UC Davis, where hundreds students gathered outside the on-campus site of a press conference held by chancellor Linda Katehi in the wake of Friday’s controversial pepper-spraying incident.

According to reports, Katehi refused to leave the building for several hours, intimating that she feared for her safety. She was eventually persuaded that there was no cause for alarm, and headed in the direction of her SUV through a path lined with silent students sitting with their arms linked.

Katehi, who has come under fire for ordering police to remove the Occupy Davis encampment from the campus quad, has been asked to resign by the board of the Davis Faculty Association. An open letter penned by Assistant English Professor Nathan Brown has spread throughout the net, rallying many behind it.

During the press conference Katehi said she didn’t think it was “appropriate for me to resign at this moment.”

In addition to calling for a investigative task force, Katehi will also address students directly tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in late-breaking news, the two UCD police officers responsible for administering the pepper spray have been placed on administrative leave.

Earlier, UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza said officers used the less-than-lethal agent because they feared for their own safety. One of the students who was sprayed says Lt. John Pike used military-grade pepper spray that is meant to be used “at a minimum of 15 feet,” but was instead blasted “at point blank range.”

Elsewhere:

In Oakland, an impromptu tent city established last night by Occupy protesters was cleared this morning by police officers. The Oakland arm of the OWS movement has been without a homebase since police dismantled the encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza in the early hours of November 14th

Powerful stuff.

(Source: thedailywhat)

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eddyizm:

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A stroll in the park.

eddyizm:

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A stroll in the park.

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This video of UC Davis students being pepper sprayed by police  is mind-blowing. The most remarkable part comes at the end when we see the incredible power of peaceful protest.

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"I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested… As I’m standing there, some African-American woman goes up to a police officer and says, ‘I need to get in. My daughter’s there. I want to know if she’s OK.’ And he said, ‘Move on, lady.’ And they kept pushing with their sticks, pushing back. And she was crying. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he throws her to the ground and starts hitting her in the head,” says Smith. “I walk over, and I say, ‘Look, cuff her if she’s done something, but you don’t need to do that.’ And he said, ‘Lady, do you want to get arrested?’ And I said, ‘Do you see my hat? I’m here as a legal observer.’ He said, ‘You want to get arrested?’ And he pushed me up against the wall."

— Retired New York Supreme Court Judge Karen Smith, working as a legal observer after the raids on Zucotti Park this Tuesday, via Paramilitary Policing of Occupy Wall Street: Excessive Use of Force amidst the New Military Urbanism (via seriouslyamerica)

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thedailywhat:

Hustler of the Day: Jay-Z’s Rocawear clothing label just released its Occupy Wall Street solidarity shirt, inviting you “to show your support for the Occupy Wall Street Movement…with a dope tee.”
And while you’re showing your support for Occupy Wall Street with Hova’s (potentially plagiarized) ode to anti-greed, the brand will be showing its support for Regular Wall Street by making bank.
When asked by Business Insider if any of the proceeds will be going to benefit OWS, a Rocawear rep responded: ”At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement.”
Problem?
[bi / gothamist.]

Shocker! The 1% has found a way to profit from the public’s outrage at the 1%.

thedailywhat:

Hustler of the Day: Jay-Z’s Rocawear clothing label just released its Occupy Wall Street solidarity shirt, inviting you “to show your support for the Occupy Wall Street Movement…with a dope tee.”

And while you’re showing your support for Occupy Wall Street with Hova’s (potentially plagiarized) ode to anti-greed, the brand will be showing its support for Regular Wall Street by making bank.

When asked by Business Insider if any of the proceeds will be going to benefit OWS, a Rocawear rep responded: ”At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement.”

Problem?

[bi / gothamist.]

Shocker! The 1% has found a way to profit from the public’s outrage at the 1%.

(Source: thedailywhat)

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flapjackstate:

[image: protest sign that says “warning: do not confuse the complexity of this movement with chaos”].
kinsey-val-kyrie:

livelaughawesome:

Found here.

BOOM.
ROASTED.

True democracy has as many aims as it does participants.

flapjackstate:

[image: protest sign that says “warning: do not confuse the complexity of this movement with chaos”].

kinsey-val-kyrie:

livelaughawesome:

Found here.

BOOM.

ROASTED.

True democracy has as many aims as it does participants.

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mudwerks:

(via Super I.T.C.H » Blog Archive » The Flies to the Spider: Wall Street Frauds Make Wonderful Cartoons, Part 66)

Above, The Flies Got Wise, from the January 22nd, 1913 issue of Puck magazine, proposing a public that has finally got wise to the Wall Street’s traps. Of course, we know this 1913 cover is pure fantasy — the public has since been ripped off, again and again.

mudwerks:

(via Super I.T.C.H » Blog Archive » The Flies to the Spider: Wall Street Frauds Make Wonderful Cartoons, Part 66)

Above, The Flies Got Wise, from the January 22nd, 1913 issue of Puck magazine, proposing a public that has finally got wise to the Wall Street’s traps. Of course, we know this 1913 cover is pure fantasy — the public has since been ripped off, again and again.

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liberalsarecool:

Seven weeks of Occupy Wall Street photos.

This is wonderful.

liberalsarecool:

Seven weeks of Occupy Wall Street photos.

This is wonderful.

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lawsonry:

entropyforever:

Image text reads:

I made millions studying the math of mortgages and bonds and helping bankers pass the Chartered Financial Analyst Exam.
It isn’t fair that I have retired in comfort after a career working with financial instruments while people who worked as nurses, teachers, soldiers, etc are worried about paying for their future, their healthcare, and their children’s educations.
They are the backbone of this country that allowed me to succeed.
I am willing to pay more taxes so that everyone can look forward to a secure future like I do.
I am the 1%
I stand with the 99%
(Which equals 100% of America)
Tax me.



 Inspiring.

lawsonry:

entropyforever:

Image text reads:

I made millions studying the math of mortgages and bonds and helping bankers pass the Chartered Financial Analyst Exam.

It isn’t fair that I have retired in comfort after a career working with financial instruments while people who worked as nurses, teachers, soldiers, etc are worried about paying for their future, their healthcare, and their children’s educations.

They are the backbone of this country that allowed me to succeed.

I am willing to pay more taxes so that everyone can look forward to a secure future like I do.

I am the 1%

I stand with the 99%

(Which equals 100% of America)

Tax me.


 Inspiring.

(Source: badddandi, via agirlcalledchris)

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"I’m just absolutely devastated that someone who did two tours of Iraq and came home safely is now lying in a US hospital because of the domestic police force"

Occupy Oakland: Iraq war veteran in critical condition after police clashes / guardian.co.uk (via rachelfershleiser)

This is truly atrocious. Scott Olsen, 23, served in Iraq twice with the Marines and is currently under sedation with a skull fracture and brain swelling after the Oakland police threw a tear gas canister at him. They threw a second as fellow demonstrators rushed to his aid.

(via thepoliticalnotebook)

Out of curiosity, were there any other injuries to protestors? I feel like the only reason people are outraged by this is because he’s a Marine, which I find troubling on a few levels.

(via getradified)

Well I think we know why! The military has always occupied an extremely high place in the mythology of the United States. From George Washington onward military service has exemplified in the public mind the highest duty one can perform for the nation. 

What’s interesting is how this particular moment of police repression highlights the inability of mythology of the military as protector of the nation to comfortably exist alongside the policing of citizens at home. When those who served are brutilized by police forces while protesting, the disjuncture is made material. Naturally there are many others who were injured by the police, but the injury of ex-military protesters is a highly symbolic act, and serves as a very powerful rhetorical tool for the movement itself. 

By the way! This great doc, Sir! No Sir! which is about military protest and insurrection during the Vietnam war, is great. And everybody should watch it. 

(via dropouthangoutspaceout)

^^ dan drops science over here.

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Perfectly stated. I also think the attack on a two-time Iraq War veteran demonstrates Conservative hypocrisy pretty nicely. As stated above, military service is the highest duty one can serve for the nation, in the nationalist mindset and if you are critical of this (or any other) war, you hate soldiers. But when those same soldiers come home and are themselves critical of domestic policies, they are made out to be lazy parasites by the same pundits who claimed to champion them before. Sadly, Scott Olsen’s injuries represent the conservative media’s usery of military personnel to further their agenda. It won’t be long before the wags are calling him a traitor.

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