Nov 20, 2011

The Occupy Movement: Against Plutonomy that makes the rich richer

PBS' Bill Moyers explains what Occupy Wall Street is all about...even before OWS came into existence.  Check it:






1%Big Bankers.... The Empire Strikes Back.

A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program "Up w/ Chris Hayes."





Imperial Bank Guards: When all else fails, protect the money from the people


Nov 17, 2011

Nov 15, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Park Raided, Tents cleared out overnight

Crackdown on OWS: Zuccotti Park Raided Under Media Blackout, Pepper Spray and Batons Used, Tents Cleared Out

"We're being evicted!" the message went out around 1 am.
"The park has been cleared," the text message read a few hours later, as bedragged, pepper-sprayed protesters, having lost their home in the park, reconvened for a GA in Foley Square and vowed to keep the occupation going. Over 200 had been arrested, including city council member Ydanis Rodriguez. Blocks away, Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference at which he declared that police would be now able to search people entering the park.  More from Alternet




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Nov 14, 2011

OccupyKC: Ugly, money stolen allegedly for dope, drama, and a fix

The charges are ugly but given Occupy KC is such a new group where anonymity is common and startup organizing is not always ship shape... OKC is victim of a theft.  Theft of its website URL (OccupyKC.com) and even some money given in good faith donations.

Even as behind the scenes actions have been underway to recover the money, the movement moves on.

First, the charges of an internet account stolen by an individual who "owns" the account along with the occupykc.com URL.  TKC saw it on a website and went with it Monday morning, quoting an independent facebook page poster:

But it was indeed a stolen account by an individual who split with the dough and the URL too.  The rogue Occupykc. com site remains--even still asking for donations-- but individuals in the movement warned potential contributors NOT to donate there, even on the a rogue website now.


The ugliness came out at Sunday night's GA (General Assembly) at Liberty Memorial when Treasury member Melissa reported the bad news that money was absconded and used for drugs and personal use by a thief who apparently owned the account, legally.  

Since then, a new WEBSITE (www.OCCUPYKC.NET) has been established .

Melissa, who clearly has an accounting background, insists on multiple account signatories and a transparent set of NEW practices.  Her proposal passed unanimously by a Sunday night group very unhappy that a thief was amongst them for the beginning month.  Three people are in the current Treasury group which hopes for more members to keep tabs on the money.  Melissa, Ian (shown in the picture), and Tam, who was coincidentally shot!!! last weekend in a random crime near her home.

Melissa described the theft as a 'drama to say the least' and has consulted a lawyer to see what can be done about the theft of the money.  Meanwhile, the media group has replaced the hijacked occupykc .com with a new website, www.OCCUPYKC.NET.

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MY view is that it's too bad some of the 99 percent let us down but it's a young group, hard lessons are learned, and good people rise to maturity.  This is just a distraction...for thievery has happened on a grand scale, in the (B)illions.  Ah human greed, large and small.

Nov 10, 2011

GOP Sabotages Country to Defeat Obama!

Sabotage



You don’t have to take our word for it, here’s how Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) described his priorities:
The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.
Survey Says: Americans Think the GOP is Trying to Sabotage the Economy to Hurt President Obama
Three polls out in the past week indicate that half of Americans believe the GOP is stalling the economy in order to hurt President Obama politically and prevent him from being re-elected:
  • Public Policy Polling national poll: 50 percent believe that “Republicans are intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy to insure that Barack Obama is not reelected,” compared to 41 percent who said they didn’t believe so and the rest unsure.
  • Washington Post national poll: 50 percent believe that “President Obama is making a good faith effort to deal with the country’s economic problems, but the Republicans in Congress are playing politics by blocking his proposals and programs,” including 54 percent of independents and 57 percent of moderates.
  • Suffolk University Florida poll: 49 percent believe “the Republicans are intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy to insure that Barack Obama is not re-elected,” compared to 39 percent who did not believe so.
Just Take a Look at Their Record
Today, on the eve of Veterans Day, Senate Republicans did not filibuster the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, the part of the president’s jobs plan to help put our veterans back to work. We’d note that it is the sole part of the jobs plan voted on so far not financed by making millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share, something Republicans have strenuously objected to.  While today’s willingness to do anything at all to help the economy was certainly welcome, Republicans have repeatedly and unanimously voted against millions of jobs for other Americans, including teachers, firefighters, cops, and construction workers:
  • Oct. 11: 100 percent of Senate Republicans voted against millions of American jobs in order to protect the very wealthiest Americans — the top 0.5 percent — from having to pay their fair share.
  • Oct. 20: 100 percent of Senate Republicans voted against nearly 400,000 jobs for teachers, firefighters, and cops in order to protect the very wealthiest Americans — the top 0.5 percent — from having to pay their fair share.
  • Nov. 3: 100 percent of Senate Republicans voted against 450,000 Americans jobs rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, airports, and other critical infrastructure in order to protect the very wealthiest Americans — the top 0.5 percent — from having to pay their fair share.
IN ONE SENTENCE: If Republicans don’t want the American people to believe they’re trying to sabotage the economy just to stop President Obama from being reelected, they can easily dispel this notion by starting to cooperate with President Obama and Democrats to pass bills that will put millions of Americans back to work.

Guest editorial 

Nov 9, 2011

Blatantly Biased Tabloids and Clueless Mainstream Media Keep Missing the Obvious Big Story at OWS

(From Alternet) Many mainstream news outlets are flummoxed at best, condescending at worst, when it comes to their coverage of the new movement.



"Occupy Wall Street, go home!" The New York Post has launched what can best be described, metaphorically, as an "all-out-war" on the protesters camping downtown in Zuccotti Park, making a naked effort to aid any ouster by throwing every filthy hippie stereotype in the book at the occupiers and seeing what sticks (so far, not much).




If the Post, and other media players, stepped away from Zuccotti Park, or flashpoint rallies, they might see something different: seriousness, cooperation, an "open-source movement " that is actually (really, it is!) different in key ways from other social justice coalitions that have come before it, instead of trying to fit this into a traditional media narrative.

Because while the Post's bias is clear, many other mainstream news outlets can be described as flummoxed at best, condescending at worst, when it comes to their coverage of a new movement that is leaderless, has no list of demands, and is aiming to be as much a state of mind as an organization, a multi-faceted sea-change rather than a single entity.

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Occupy Kansas City planners look some more for a satellite expansion site Wednesday.... and on FRIDAY:

Nov 5, 2011

Occupy KC plans to move into a downtown park

In a surprise move during the encampment's General Assembly Friday evening, consensus passed to divide the camp and move a contingent down to the small Oppenstein Park right in Kansas City's financial district.

The park is only a quarter block with limited grass and it's run--not by the city, but according to a sign by Jackson County Parks and Recreation.  The park is at 12th and Walnut, surrounded by glass and steel buildings, big banks.  Office space.   Not so far from P&L district and Sprint Center.

Elements of the Occupy Kansas City group have wanted to move away from Penn Valley Park near the Liberty Memorial Mall because it's almost like a reservation...out of the way....safe enough-- but with little visibility because traffic is limited.  Numbers of occupiers, whether actually camping, or just regularly visiting, have been disappointing compared to other larger cities.

Kansas City police have told campers that for the time being, they are not forcing the issue about sleeping in Penn Valley, or even tents which are forbidden without an expensive permit.  The Occupy encampment has not had the several thousand dollars a month for a permit.

One spokesman told the Occupiers at GA that there won't be a problem moving to the 12th & Walnut; the mayor reportedly told a representative that one unacceptable location would be Ilus Davis Park where a week ago, Occupy KC held a rally.  Davis is directly across from City Hall. But the Occupy presenter told the group this park in the financial district "would not be a problem."
This park, Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park is right in the middle of downtown business 12th and Walnut....much like other cities like Occupy Wall street in New York.

In fact, right next to the park is Kansas City's Wall Street building at 11th and Walnut,  M&I bank... Bank of America's only a block away and other financial houses are nearby.  What it lacks that Penn Valley has is parking and relative safety....Relationship with Kansas City police has been good at Liberty Memorial...there's no report how Jackson County will take an occupy encampment downtown.



Homeless issue common at Occupy sites.

The financial district park is also an area where pedestrians can be found walking around late at night and, like this man, sleeping in the park.  Occupy planners have voiced some concerned over how to work with homeless who might be likely there.  There was agreement among the group's town planners that drugs and alcohol won't be tolerated, which has been the policy, though not actively enough enforced, if one believes a single media report.

In a logistics meeting after the GA decision, 'town planning work group" members expressed concern about the homeless who may join the group, or help them find other services. More on this, mostly audio is available of this meeting. 

TWO camps...for now


For the time being, occupiers are not calling this a "move", but a "satellite expansion."

The point of the group is to protest banks and corporate influence on government... so many occupy sites around the country are also centrally located in downtown parks.  The decision to move was just made Friday night so some logistics are being planned for a contingent of Penn Valley campers to move downtown.

Part of the strategy is to make the move before hard winter occurs; there are designs on moving the entire encampment at some point to this downtown location, away from the windy open field of Penn Valley.

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kctv5 coverage
Saturday, a demonstration was held outside the Westport Branch of Bank of America...(Broadway at Westport Rd),  a move to urge customers to close their accounts with the bank and move them to home grown Credit Unions.  This nationwide action is occurring right after Bank of America has withdrawn plans to charge its debit card customers $5 a month for use of the cards.  KCTV5's coverage here....