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The unprovoked pepper-spray attack on peaceful protester at UC Davis

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The unprovoked pepper-spray attack on peaceful protester at UC Davis by Lt. Pike has now gone viral, being picked up even by the major news outlets that have so far offered cavalier and tepid coverage to the Occupy movement. Accordingly, the official police “spin” of the unprovoked pepper-spraying has begun. Charles J. Kelly, a former Baltimore Police Department lieutenant who wrote the department’s use of force guidelines, said pepper spray is a “compliance tool” that can be used on subjects who do not resist, and is preferable to simply lifting protesters. “When you start picking up human bodies, you risk hurting them,” Kelly said. “Bodies don’t have handles on them.” (How considerate of him to prefer chemical warfare as against traditional police work.) After reviewing the video, Kelly said he observed at least two cases of “active resistance” from protesters. In one instance, a woman pulls her arm back from an officer. In the second instance, a protester curls into a ball.

Each of those actions could have warranted more force, including baton strikes and pressure-point techniques. “What I’m looking at is fairly standard police procedure,” Kelly said. UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza said the decision to use pepper spray was made at the scene. “The students had encircled the officers,” she said Saturday. “They needed to exit. They were looking to leave but were unable to get out.” A similar statement suggested that the Officers were “cut off” from their “support.” The above statements are the Lies of a Gestapo Police State attempting to cover its collective ass.
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Occupy the Home Front: Why Veterans Are Deploying With the 99 Percent


Occupy the Home Front: Why Veterans Are Deploying With the 99 Percent.

A story by John Nichols for the noteworthy publication of “The Nation”.

 
 

Veterans Occupy Wall Street | More information about Scott Olsen
A Story By Paolo Cravero for the noteworthy publication of “The Nation”.

The voices of Occupy Missoula (The Pod-casts)

The voices of Occupy Missoula (The Pod-casts)

This is a link to the pod-cast The voices of Occupy Missoula. You will get the full story on the 11 year old drunken boy. Also anyone who is considering setting up an occupy event “this is food for thought” and may help you avoid problems.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony – Friday, November 11, 2011

 

Veteran’s Day Ceremony – Friday, November 11, 2011

Occupy Missoula will voluntarily shut down during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2011 in a show of support and solidarity for Veterans and guests attending a Veteran’s Day Celebration on the courthouse lawn.

The east side of the courthouse grounds are to be cleared by 9:00 a.m., Friday November 11, 2011.  

The east side of the courthouse grounds, the side including the flag pole, is to be cleared of all tents, tarps, and personal items.  In addition to the east side grounds, the courthouse main entry, steps and main sidewalk must be cleared.  To clarify, the sidewalk to be cleared is the one leading to the main entrance to the courthouse, not the sidewalk with the porta-johns.

The Veterans will start their set up at 9:00 a.m.  

The Veteran’s ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.

Occupy Missoula, in support of the Veterans, asks that everyone respect and honor this request.

There will be no passing out fliers, sign carrying or any pro-Occupy Missoula activities during these hours.

Many Veterans agree with what we are doing and the ideals for which we stand.

Thank you for your support.  Hope to see you there.

Already, people are looking to capitalize on OWS.

We all know the system is corrupt and flawed and this is media spin on the movement. It’s support we need not apathy. It is important to keep the movement meaningful and peaceful. Violent incidents tend to confuse the reasonableness of the basic goals of this social movement: to seek real democracy and eliminate economic inequality.

Example : http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/10/19/occupy-wall-street-the-real-world/

I was occupying the Missoula county court house with this interesting Missoula man & I for the life of me can not recall his name. I’m not good with names. But his local news letter is a noteworthy publication. Link to article http://www.mssrbooks.com/step01n.htm

All Material Written by Gabrielle Lafayette. (Digital Mail to the editor)

The problems that we face here in Missoula are far different than those that befall the demonstrators in New York. The police brutality in major US cities has served to band the collective together making every account of false arrest, excessive force, and constitutional violation only cement our combined vitality. Police support here in Missoula has thus far meant finding any reason within our group that we can to bicker and gossip amongst ourselves, making mountains out of molehills at every chance we can. We bicker and squabble and gossip while our sisters and brothers are being shot in the streets o Yemen for participating in this worldwide demonstration.

While many are still confused about what this demonstration is, let me clarify once and for all what it is not. This is not merely a protest, as a protest would legitimize the establishment that has already been rigged against us should we use their ways of channeling our political anger. This movement is not the leftist –version of the tea party (formerly Taxed Enough Already before the Republican ticket hijacked them and turned them into a party); this is the largest mass movement in human history, clocking in over 2100 cities worldwide this the 21st of October, I ask, how can a worldwide movement be epitomized by American politics? It’s insane – the United States only accounts for a fraction of the world population – roughly 4.5% – so how can a worldwide movement be seen as liberal or democrat, republican or conservative? This movement is not political. This movement is not a sludge fund. This movement is not a baby-sitting service. This movement is not a flea market. This movement is not a pet-sitting service. This movement is not a soup kitchen or a charity. This movement is not a weekend retreat nor a seminar.

In the name of unity, may we as children learn to put our egos away and learn to grow up and work together for progress. Continue reading

1500 cities worldwide participating in this movement now!

In Washington DC 6 supporters of #OWS were arrested in the senate’s Heart office building for chanting loudly and unfurling banners calling for an end to overseas wars and for increased taxes on the rich. Blocks away occupiers at Freedom Plaza have obtained permits from the Parks Service to remain where they are for another four months. This four-month extension comes after their temporary permit expired and they announced that since they were occupying a public space, it was irrelevant whether the permit had expired or not, and they weren’t leaving. They’ve immediately started working on organizing think tanks to help create a new infrastructure for our country.

Chicago 21 protesters who were arrested for trespassing in two separate incidents – 16 were taken into custody for protesting at a downtown hotel where the conference for the mortgage bankers association was underway – five more people, women ranging in ages from 55 – 80 were arrested for taking garbage from a foreclosed home owned by Bank of America and dumping it at one of the bank’s branches.

Video footage has emerged of the mass arrests at an Occupy Boston protest Monday night. More than 100 people were detained after police raided an encampment in the early morning hours. The video shows police grabbing members of the organization Veterans for Peace who repeatedly shout at the riot police, “We are Veterans of the United States of America,” while riot police tossed the old men to the ground along with the American flag, beating a 72 year old veteran while trampling the flag in the street.

U of M Students protesting for Occupy Missoula

UM students on the Missoula County Court House lawn protesting corporate greed in the nation. They protest whenever they can between classes and work. Students have different reasons for their involvement, but they still show up everyday to take part in Occupy Missoula. UM News reporter Tara Oster and photographer Maegan Simmons found two students that seem willing to forgo sleep to be a part of the movement.

A link to A video interview with one student protester,

http://umnewsmontana.blogspot.com/2011/10/students-protest-for-occupy-missoula.html

Thank you “Superior Septic Services”

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We of Occupy Missoula thank the anonymous individual who donated the Superior Septics portable toilet rentals .

Superior Septic is a family-owned local Montana business committed to providing outstanding customer service at reasonable prices. The service was exceptional and professional!

The United Agenda of Occupy Missoula (2nd Draft ) Based off of the Occupy Wall Street – list of issues on the agenda.

The  United Agenda of Occupy Missoula

They have taken our houses through illegal foreclosure proceedings, despite not having the original mortgage.

They, the trusted bankers, have taken too big to fail bailouts, from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based only on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. Continue reading

Tricia Opstad

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2270467473812                — The Link to the video

video from the 1st general assembly in Missoula on Oct. 8, 2011, next general assembly is tonight at 5pm on the Missoula Courthouse lawn. Working group meetings at 4pm.

Interview with Dr. Jeff Madrick

Update: the interview with Dr. Madrick has been posted at Plutocracy files:

Occupied Media: Interview with Jeff Madrick

Here’s the first segment:

Watch the rest of the interview at Plutocracy Files, or the OccupyMissoula YouTube channel.

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Good work everyone – I’ve been busy getting an interview of Jeff Madrick – hopefully, we’ll be able to post it tomorrow. For those of you not familiar with Mr. Madrick, here he is:

John (Buckallew) , Taryn, Willow, and Wade,

I’ve hooked up with Paul Shockey (you can read our emails on the gmail acct). He’s a videographer and photographer who wants to help get us going on a livefeed, and get a youtube channel and flickr acct rolling. he’ll be at the occupation wed night and at the GA. hopefully you guys can meet and chat…

-j