Oct 30, 2011

Occupy KC: Hundreds attend downtown rally and march

A warm and windy afternoon at Kansas City's Ilus Davis downtown park where several hundred attended Occupy KC's "We are One" rally and march. They listened to speakers, enjoyed the sun and marched to the northeast part of the city to demonstrate against racism. Oct 30th 2011, See many more! Rights on THESE additional hundred photos released. 
More photos from Michael Bersin. 
KCs Photo Artist Eric Bowers and his Beauty Shots!

Oct 29, 2011

Occupy Group Gears up for big Sunday in the Park

Outreach is the theme of volunteer Occupy movement workers to build attendance on what might be one of the last good weather events of the fall season, the downtown Rally at Ilus Davis park-- a park one protestor says was 'designed' for civil discourse.    Illus Davis is sandwiched between the new federal courthouse and Kansas City's city hall.

The 2pm rally features speakers then more outreach...a march to the northeast area calling attention to racism in our community.

Activists are fanning out to hand out fliers (like the one below) to urge attendance.  Said one outreach worker on facebook, "
"Today we passed out 2,000 to 3,000 pieces of lit between myself and two other canvassers, 50% of it was by myself.  If you want to do the most effective work ever talking face-to-face with the community and bringing them out to our event tomorrow."
While Sunday isn't a great day to reach the downtown workers, it lets the Occupy movement sample this centrally located park occupying two square blocks on Oak, between 9th and 11th. Some occupiers with a more 'in their faces' attitude plan to overnight in the park.  The main encampment is just south of the Liberty Memorial Mall. 
At right, a scene of the occupiers makeshift 'kitchen;  Saturday night there was soup and burgers welcoming a contingent of veterans to the evening General Assembly which takes place at 6:30 each night.  
A "GA" meeting is planned for the Davis park rally Sunday evening.  Dress with a light jacket for a cool fall evening after a warm afternoon's march.

Oct 28, 2011

Occupy KC: Police put camp on warning again about tents; threaten tickets and arrests

The Police came back again today (Thursday) to the occupy site around noon. The officers stated on the record that they would begin issuing tickets and removing tents. Arrest will be made if people do not comply and remove tents. They said this is the last warning. They could come back at any time and if we are not prepared then it will be a messy experience for everyone involved.

This is our 1st amendment right. We should not have to bend to the will of permits, fees, and intimidation. I encourage more people to come out and stay with us. The current occupiers that stay daily all agreed to stay and protect camp from being destroyed, even if that involves arrest or tickets.. Thank you all for your continued support and involvement in Occupy KC.
(Crane is one of the organizing activists at the site and wrote this on one of the site's facebook pages.)   Here is the Occupy KC community page.  

Mixed Messages 

Perhaps we're having a case of goodcop-badcop and some disagreement among the street officers.  This is the second time one officer has threatened or intimated ticketing and arrest and another officer has been more tolerant.  KSHB is reporting just one line in their latest story, "Police say rumors they will force the protesters to leave are false."

Someone slipped TKC a photo of a 99% sign in the window of city hall this morning...one of the more funny sights of the week.  See a variety of the comments on this on Tony's Kansas City
and then this one

Oct 27, 2011

Occupy KC: Some occupiers plan to sleep at Ilus Davis Park Sunday

Occupy KC will hold a rally and march on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event, called “We Are One,” will start at 2 p.m. at Ilus W. Davis Park, 901 Oak St., in downtown Kansas City.

Participants will march to the Northeast neighborhood at 4 p.m., returning to Ilus Davis Park at 6:30 p.m. There will be speakers and a General Assembly from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

According to Occupy KC organizers, the purpose of the event is to reach out to the Northeast community and “protest the racism and classism that continues to negatively impact that neighborhood.”

The KC Occupiers have had some division about whether to move from the Liberty Memorial area to Illus Davis park, sandwiched between City Hall and the new Federal Courthouse.

One General Assembly voted to move but the next night, a different GA reversed that decision for a number of reasons.  The city has said there would be no arrests or removal of tents for the time being from the Penn Valley Park location but nothing has been discussed about a satellite encampment -- even for a night-- downtown.

Some committed activists plan to spend the night Sunday at Davis park and while some want to move the entire encampment downtown, others are inclined to stay where parking, porta-potties and other logistical benefits exist.

One big worry by many Occupiers, whether they overnight or not, is that Kansas City winters can be bone chilling, even dangerous without proper outfitting.   More occupiers have brought tents as shelter from the cold and so far the city has not made an issue of it.  Said one spokesman for the movement, people wanting to encamp downtown are free to go there but so far the decision stands not to formally move.   So far, only two nights of freezing weather have occurred this season.

For more information, visit www.occupykc.com.


Police in Oakland make 75 Occupier Arrests

VIDEO:  Television video of the orders and the grenades

Mother Jones Occupier US MAP of encampments and arrests 

Lawrence protest shut down

At about the time Oakland police were shutting down that city's Occupy encampment, Lawrence police did the same in the hometown of the University of Kansas.  said one local Occupier from KC:

The tents are down. The camp is gone. The occupation continues - and you are all invited to join - General Assembly 6pm South Park

Jim Davidson I gather on information and belief that the occupiers at South Park were ordered to disperse at 4 a.m. In response, they marched on the sidewalk near the park until 6 a.m., when the park "re-opened." There was an emergency assembly at 3 p.m. Tuesday, a regularly scheduled assembly at 6 pm, after which the crowd marched to City Hall for the city commission meeting. There they confronted the mayor. I gather from one attendee that his attitude was that the rules are the rules (Javert couldn't have said it better) and that the elders and betters in the community form the rules that the little people must obey. Supercilious twit Aron Cromwell.

Hudson Luce You can harass Aron Cromwell, which will piss him off and make him harden his position, or you can organize East and North Lawrence, and change the rules - and change the identity of the "elders and betters in the community". Neither of those neighborhoods had more than an 8% turnout in the last city election and none of them fielded a candidate, nor have they for the past 15 years. If you wonder why Lawrence is the way it is and live in those places, just look in the mirror... 

Lawrence Rally Planned Saturday downtown 
Now my view is that Lawrence, with its liberal university population, could SMOKE Kansas City's occupy population when it comes to turnout.  The question is this:  Has the City of Lawrence sufficiently pissed them off to protest Saturday?   We shall see what they're made of.  Are they conservative graduates of KU waiting to grow into their careers for themelves....or are they a liberal thinking, eager generation wanting to make a difference in their country instead?

Oct 24, 2011

OCCUPY KC: I'm Disappointed In Tony and his jones about unions

KC's most popular blogger, Tony Botello claims to be supportive of the OCCUPY KC group which speaks for the 99 percent of ordinary folks against the 1 percent of millionaires and billionaires who are blatently bribing our government.

But Tony hates unions more than anything, no doubt in part because he's being sued by a former Firefighter union pres.  That's not OCCUPYKC's problem.  That's HIS.

My problem is that he's tried linking OCCUPY KC with takover unions which isn't really true at all.  At their big event yesterday, one out of work electrical worker cooked up gallons of chili.  That is hardly co-opting the movement.  I was there.  It was a sunny fun time about understanding racial advantages, making creative signs, understanding and working effectively with activists, and otherwise having a good Sunday afternoon with like-minded people.  No union people put their causes in anybody's face at all.

Tony needs to chill out, keep his anger to himself regarding unions he somehow has his nose out of joint about.  It was a fun time in the sun.  It would have probably been fun time for MORE folks had Tony not had his nose out of joint on this group.  I'm disappointed when he spoke of weekend activities, he so obviously ignored THIS one!

Cooking chili by an occupy enthusiast does not constitute being 'cooped' by the dreaded union movement that tends to support the middle class...in fact helped to DEFINE the middle class.  The classes were mostly about being an effective activist with creative sign making and understanding how things work in society.

Shame on you TEE.  There were both hispanic and blacks at the event, I know I was there.  Shame on people who apply stereotypes because that's all they wanted to see.

He was suprised KSHB ran a 'fair' story about the Sunday educational program near OccupyKC's Liberty Memorial encampment.  Why shouldn't they?  They don't have a 'jones' of preconceived notions about this movement.  If anything, a guy like Tony living in his mom's basement must surely part of the 99 percent!   :)  I hope he comes by and sees that while the movement is a bit counter-culture, it's not anything to be afraid of.

Oct 23, 2011

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Oct 22, 2011

Occupy KC sunny Sunday all day event; Lawrence tickets their occupiers

A purr-fect Sunday with 70 degrees for an allday Education Event at Liberty Memorial.

Occupy KC will host a 7-hour forum at the main Occupy site in the park just south of Liberty Memorial on Sunday, October 23. We will start at 12:Noon  and go until 7pm. There will be guest lecturers that include professors, business professionals, subject matter experts and—of course—KC Occupiers.

We will show films that highlight and illustrate the problems we face in this challenging time of high unemployment, low class mobility and
oppression of the 99% at the hands of the wealthy few. We will also hold  several work-groups throughout the day so that we don’t just talk about our problems, we actually get together and brainstorm ideas to solve those problems.

This is a major event that will serve to educate and inform the public about our causes and concerns.  We want a very high turnout. Please come. Bring your family. Bring your friends. But also, bring your ideas, your concerns and your passion to empower the 99%.

This is a family-friendly event which means no drugs, no alcohol and (as best as we can help it) family-friendly language. The group Howjido will perform a Family sing-along at 4pm. There will be childcare provided throughout the day.

Best of all, all events, all lectures, all films, and all childcare are absolutely free.

Here are the hour by hour details of whats up

 Kansas City police remain tolerant but watchful

KC Police have assigned a team of officers to gently watch over and be available to the campers at Liberty Memorial.  Friday evening, they stopped to visit with some of the curious campers to say their role is not to intrude or arrest anyone for curfew or tent violations.  Occupiers are continuing to work with the city after gaining a reprieve from the Mayor's office to remain with tents to protect them on nights of freezing weather.  The officers were diplomatic and supportive of the peaceful protesters.

Friday and Saturday campers were keeping the park tidy and visiting in small groups.  Saturday, a group went to 43rd and Troost to help with a mid morning  neighborhood cleanup.

Saturday night, some of the occupiers have organized what they're calling a Slumber Party for overnight when the weather is expected to be tame, with an overnight low around 50.  Campers are invited to bring themselves and tents for a campout and talk ahead of Sunday's Education Event.  


Lawrence City not so Tolerant

At least eight members of the protest group Occupy Lawrence were ticketed early Saturday morning for remaining in South Park after hours.

Lawrence Police Department officers arrived at South Park at around 2 a.m., where members of the group have been camping for the past week. The citations included a summons to appear in municipal court on Nov. 15.

It appeared that those who wished were given the option to leave the park before being cited. Several members of the group said they left to avoid penalties and then returned after police officers had gone.

A handful of onlookers in a separate part of the park watched as protesters received tickets.
Occupy Lawrence member Jessica Barron said officers targeted members of her group, but failed to ticket anyone who did not appear to be a member.

"Their justification for issuing those tickets is they have to universally apply the law. But they did not universally apply the law."

Protester Stephen Robinson said he was happy to stay and receive a citation, but he would not be willing to be arrested because he could not afford to lose his job.

Protesters remained in the park after police officers left.

Check back to LJWorld.com for updates as the story develops.

Things not so perfect at New York's Occupation...from Huffington Post
Events at Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement in Lower Manhattan, have become increasingly dramatic in recent days, as egos have clashed, visions competed, and the unity of the protesters has been questioned. 

Oct 20, 2011

Tents can stay for now....at OccupyKC

The point of the evening bringing cheers was announcement at GA (the sunset General Assembly meeting)  that the Mayors office had granted a reprieve from tent removal for the time being. The 40-50 occupiers  were told there would not be the expected removal or arrest over tents tonight and for an undefined period. Police had earlier told group members that empty tents would be taken downtown sometime after midnight Thursday, and occupants would be ordered to remove theirs under penalty of arrest -- but that is on indefinite time hold. 
Several people said the police who have been patrolling the area have been gentle and supportive of the group and one said she felt police didn't want to arrest anybody at the encampment.

Further discussions with the mayor's office are expected and group members leading suggested occupiers and supporters call the major's office to urge for continued reprieve, and to reduce or waive any fees normally required for renting the park space. 
An attorney pointed out that tents don't constitute free speech and she warned that tents and other loose property could be inspected by police. There is a prominent sign at the encampment urging "No alcohol and no drugs".  There have been active signs this group wants to stay on good terms with both police and the city's Parks and Recreation Department which has charge of Penn Valley Park.
It was also announced at the GA that the Lawrence encampment would be closed by law enforcement after 11pm at an occupation going on in one of that city's public parks.  A representative from that encampment urged KC occupiers to join them Thursday night for a show of support.  UPDATE: Reportedly the Lawrence encampment was NOT closed down.  (Maybe they're deciding that its better politically to be tolerant, like NY Mayor Bloomberg has been)
The large sculpture created out of overseas shipping containers, called the "IOU/USA" sculpture nearby has been taken down...all remaining now are a couple containers yet to be hauled away.  The sculpture has been considered a fitting backdrop for the encampment and there was more than a little disappointment that it was time for the sculpture to be removed.
Sunday, an all day set of educational and fun activities are planned at the Penn Valley encampment located at the entrance to Liberty Memorial's mall, and across from the Federal Reserve Bldg.  Occupy camps all over the country are putting on education programs this Sunday.
Things not so perfect at New York's Occupation...from Huffington Post
Events at Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement in Lower Manhattan, have become increasingly dramatic in recent days, as egos have clashed, visions competed, and the unity of the protesters has been questioned. 


Gadhafi gone...good riddance.

Raah, raah, Gadhafi apparently is no more.  Good for Obama, the UN, and the fighters who fought and died to take back their country from that asshole dictator.  It's a big deal for the west who spend more time than they expected weeding him from power.  Amazingly no American lives lost.


Social Security recipients will receive a cost of living adjustment of 3.6% starting in January, their first raise in three years.

Because inflation has been very low in recent years, beneficiaries have not seen an increase since 2009, when they received a 5.8% boost.

However, most seniors are not likely to receive the full amount of the increase because an expected hike in Medicare premiums could eat up part of the raise. The change in Medicare premiums, which could increase by a double-digit rate, is expected to be announced next month.

 Tea Party to Businesses: "Stop Hiring!"
Just when I think conservatives can't surprise me any more, they surprise me with another jaw-dropper. And, no, I'm not talking about the recent Republican debate — though that yielded some real stunners, both from the candidates and the studio audience.
I'm talking about the latest attempt by conservatives to (further) sabotage the economy and smother any hope of recovery. There have been a more than few. But this latest one takes the cake.
The tea party has a message for American businesses: "Stop hiring!"    Read more


The latest news from and analysis of the "Occupy" movement:
--Occupy Wall Street has raised an impressive $435,000 so far, $85,000 of which was donated in-person at Zuccotti Park. What is that money being used for? "The protesters have been spending about $1,500 a day on food, and also just covered a $2,000 laundry bill for sleeping bags and jackets and sweaters. They’ve spent about $20,000 on equipment such as laptops and cameras, and costs associated with streaming video of the protest on the Internet." [via the AP]    Read more

Oct 19, 2011

NO TENTS; Americans still unsure of Occupy Movement's goals

IT was discussed at General Assembly  Tonight WEDNESDAY that a KCPD officer stopped by and told them tents weren't allowed until or if they get a permit for them.  Some GA participants said they were taking their tents down after the meeting.   Reportedly, some of occupiers did not remove their tents as of the middle of the night.  This was the second freezing overnight of the season.

Occupy KC joins a hospital union rally in midtown Wednesday

Occupy KC joined a number of unions around kansas city in support of the SEIU (Service employees) in their contract dispute with Research Medical Center, now owned by hospital mega company HCA.  The 6pm rally was held outside the hospital at Prospect & Meyer and featured speakers from the health care and other unions.  About 100 people attended the hour long rally.



 The Occupy KC Movement has planned a downtown rally with speakers across from City Hall Sunday-after-next followed by a 4pm march and back to a Northeast KC destination. More speakers are then planned including a General Assembly meeting.    Visitors who do not camp are advised to park downtown and go directly to the rally point  at 10th and Oak.  Some 'occupiers' (campers) may be marching to Kansas City's Ilus Davis Park to meet those already waiting there.  Plans are not fully firmed up.  Ilus Davis is a 2 square block green space located in downtown Kansas City between City Hall and the Federal Courthouse.

Survey shows most Americans unsure still of the Occupy Movement.  

PRINCETON, NJ -- Less than half of Americans express an opinion about either the Occupy Wall Street movement's goals or the way it has conducted its protests. Those with an opinion are more likely to approve than disapprove.
Do you approve or disapprove of the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, or don’t you know enough to say? Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Occupy Wall Street movement protests are being conducted, or don’t you know enough to say? October 2011 results
The results are based on an Oct. 15-16 USA Today/Gallup poll. The Occupy Wall Street movement has attracted significant media attention for its nearly month-long protest of major U.S. financial institutions in New York, with similar demonstrations taking place in numerous other cities in the United States in recent weeks.  More on the survey including additional results from Gallup.



Jesus throws a fit with the merchants and moneychangers in the temple, telling them to get out.

Oct 17, 2011

Occupiers saying police are showing some leniency at base camp

From the OccupyKC facebook page today:

Only a couple dozen people are braving the cold temperatures overnight at Penn Valley Park.  On Saturday, when some 300 people marched from Liberty Memorial to Troost Park, police blocked side streets as marchers stayed obediently on the sidewalks.  And officers cruised close by.

One Occupier said Lawrence's encampment uses tents but other cities found police much more interested in forbidding tents and overnight encampments, including St Louis, Denver, and Seattle.  Tents have been tolerated in New York City.

The activity week after next weekend will not be a march, but a rally downtown in a 2 square block park across from Kansas City's City Hall.   2pm Sunday, after NEXT.  The 30th.