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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David Graeber, the Anti-Leader of Occupy Wall Street

Excerpt from the article:

A “general assembly” means something specific and special to an anarchist. In a way, it’s the central concept of contemporary anarchist activism, which is premised on the idea that revolutionary movements relying on coercion of any kind only result in repressive societies. A “GA” is a carefully facilitated group discussion through which decisions are made—not by a few leaders, or even by majority rule, but by consensus. Unresolved questions are referred to working groups within the assembly, but eventually everyone has to agree, even in assemblies that swell into the thousands. It can be an arduous process. One of the things Occupy Wall Street has done is introduce the GA to a wider audience, along with the distinctive sign language participants use to raise questions or express support, disapproval, or outright opposition.

Read full article at Bloomberg Businessweek.

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.

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A Note on Solidarity and the Fist

We’ve had a couple of comments about our use of the raised fist, alluding that we are aligning ourselves with a socialist movement. The fist in our logo is the same fist used in the OccupyWallStreet logo, and was chosen to show solidarity with them and the broader Occupy movement. This symbol has seen much use across a wide array of movements.

There is a very good “brief history of the clenched fist image” at Docs Populi. If people are concerned about imagery, this is as good of a place as any to begin the exploration of a universal symbol for a movement. Feel free to add in your comments and other information about the fist!

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