Occupied Media: Interviews With Punkboyinsf & Spencer Mills (a/k/a OakFoSho)

From OccupiedMedia and OccupyMissoula, Taryn Hart:

Here’s Occupied Media’s interview with J’Tao a/k/a Punkboyinsf. steaming out of the Bay Area. My main impression of Punkboyinsf – having gotten to know him a bit – is how generous he is: He’s thrilled promote and help out small occupations and fellow streamers. When I asked him about donations, he really wasn’t interested in money, but thought maybe he could use some equipment. However, since then, he’s lost his phone/camera and had to replace it, courtesy his Mom who he really needs to pay back. I will get a donate link up as soon as that is available, but in the the meantime, anyone who wants to donate can contact him on twitter, @punkboyinsf.

Like my interview with OakFoSho, we cover a lot of ground, starting with how he fell into streaming and all of the twists and turns he and the movement have taken since then. Unfortunately, my side of the video was lost due to technical difficulties, but in terms of content, I’m really pleased with the interview:

This interview with Spencer Mills (a/k/a OakFoSho) – as well as a slightly earlier interview with Punkboyinsf (which is held up in editing due to technical issues) – are my first interviews of fellow Occupiers. Partially for that reason, but also because I think these guys are absolutely amazing, these interviews may be my favorite.

Spencer and I pretty much cover the map – how he got started with Occupy and streaming, media objectivity, “diversity of tactics” and transparency, the raid of Occupy LA, the various people Occupying trees (I absolutely LOVE the tree people) and the impressive occupation that is Occupy Oakland. As anyone who has watched OakFoSho’s stream knows, he’s incredibly interesting and opinionated – pretty much a dream interview. So, the one and only, OakFoSho:

Missoula County “Requests Occupy Missoula Relocate Their Camp” by Dec. 12

MISSOULA, MT 59802-4292
PHONE: (406) 258-4877
FAX: (406) 721-4043

Occupy Missoula Participants:

Missoula County Commissioners and staff continue to monitor the presence of Occupy Missoula on the Courthouse lawn. Missoula County strongly supports the right of any group to peaceably assemble and articulate grievances. The County respects the resourcefulness of the Occupy Missoula group and is grateful for what has been a peaceful and relatively respectful relationship to date despite frustration experienced by each entity.

Missoula County has fielded dozens of calls and emails from County citizens complaining about the presence of Occupy Missoula on the Courthouse lawn. Missoula County staff has spent countless hours developing and maintaining relationships with numerous individuals associated with the Occupy Missoula movement. Staff has seen a significant increase in incidences of unsanitary conduct requiring even more staff time to mitigate the problem and causing increased exposure of County staff to pathogens. The nature and source of the unsanitary conduct, whether from Occupy Missoula or the adjacent population of homeless individuals, is immaterial. Regardless of who the culprits are, the situation is untenable and frankly, well above and beyond what the County should be asking of its staff on a frequency such as this.

Missoula County has been patient with Occupy Missoula, but the movement’s presence on the Courthouse lawn is creating more problems than the County has the staff or money to solve. Missoula County would like to request that Occupy Missoula relocate their camp or use the gazebo without tents during the day. Commissioners and staff are concerned that this request will cause Occupy Missoula to believe the County is trying to undermine their movement. That is not the case. The County must manage its grounds and staff in a way that is responsible to tax payers and residents. This movement appears to be long-term and focuses on issues that are beyond the ability of Missoula County to resolve. Missoula County must emphasize that the current situation inappropriately requires taxpayers to subsidize Occupy Missoula’s camp. Missoula County respectfully requests that Occupy Missoula re-shape the physical presence of its movement in order to address these issues.

Please advise Missoula County of Occupy Missoula’s intentions by Monday, December 12th, 2011. We look forward to hearing from you.

Missoula Board of County Commissioners

Letter from County to Occupy Missoula: occupystmt.doc

i’ve setup a discussion thread on our forum.

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Occupied Media: Interview With Ryan Devereaux

By Taryn Hart, Occupied Media

I cannot tell you how excited I am to present Occupied Media’s interview with Ryan Devereaux of Democracy Now! Ryan has been covering Occupy Wall Street since before the physical occupation began. He has covered and live tweeted many of the critical moments, including – among many other events – the mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge and the arrests and violence that occurred at the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway.

In addition to reporting for Democracy Now!, Ryan is a contributing writer for The GuardianAl Jazeera English,The NationAlterNetNew America Media, and others. You can also follow him on Twitter at @RDevro.

This interview is actually from about mid-October, but there were terrible sound issues that required painstaking editing. Many thanks to video editor Paul Shockley for doing that very slow-going work. And thank you to Ryan for agreeing to meet with us and for his patience. I cannot say enough about Ryan – everyone should follow him on twitter, follow his work on Democracy Now! and should read everything he writes.

Occupy Missoula and OccupyMontana MASS DAY OF OCCUPATION this Weekend

For Immediate Release December 1, 2011

Occupy Montana call to action:

Occupy Missoula and OccupyMontana are organizing a MASS DAY OF OCCUPATION on Dec. 3rd 2011. We are inviting people/ organizations/ groups to sponsor an info tent and build a presence for this one event.

Missoula County Court House Lawn Saturday 12/3 10AM

Facilitation workshop at noon

Betsy Mulligan-Dague, Executive Director of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, at 1:00 pm giving a talk on Non-violent Communication

There will be an Occupy Montana General Assembly at 3:00 reports from around the state – building the statewide network – planning for Dec 17th actions – connecting to the wider Occupy Movement – Citizens Press

Then at 6:00 we’ll have a potluck (sponsored by Occupy Missoula) Music and Drum Circle? Come hang out – may move indoors if too BRR!

Sun at noon there will be a consensus workshop. We will also have a Bradley Manning card making station.

For more information please contact:
Taryn Hart
(406) 207-1556

Download OccupyMontana D3-4-2011 graphic: (3.4MB pdf)
Download OccupyMontana Banner: (5.2MB pdf)

OccupyMissoula GA stands in Solidarity with West Coast Port Shutdown!

Press Release: Support Grows for West Coast Port Shut Down
From: West Coast Port Shutdown

As of November 27, 2011, the Occupy movement in every major West Coast port city: Occupy LA, Occupy San Diego, Occupy Portland, Occupy Tacoma, Occupy Seattle have joined Occupy Oakland in calling for and organizing a coordinated West Coast Port Blockade and Shutdown on December 12, 2011. Other West Coast Occupies, including Occupy Anchorage and Vancouver, Canada are planning to join the economic blockade and disruption of the 1% on that date, according to organizers.

“We’re shutting down these ports because of the union busting and attacks on the working class by the 1%: the firing of Port truckers organizing at SSA terminals in LA; the attempt to rupture ILWU union jurisdiction in Longview, WA by EGT. EGT includes Bunge LTD, a company which reported 2.5 billion dollars in profit last year and has economically devastated poor people in Argentina and Brazil. SSA is responsible for inhumane working conditions and gross exploitation of port truckers and is owned by Goldman Sachs. EGT and Goldman Sachs is Wallstreet on the Waterfront” stated Barucha Peller of the West Coast Port Blockade Assembly of Occupy Oakland. Continue reading

Mass Occupation P O T L U C K

Mass Occupation P O T L U C K

When – Saturday, 3 December – 6 p.m.
Where – Missoula County Courthouse – Broadway and Ryman
Who – All and sundry peaceful folks, like minded or not, are invited to attend
What – Food and non-alcoholic beverages to share (Those bringing extra garbage bags to donate to camp and/or taking a bag of trash away from camp receive double karma points)
Why – Because the Constitution SAYS WE CAN!!!!

Food Rotation (recommended IF you can manage it — if not NO WORRIES! We just want

*Y O U R* company!)

Born in January or February – bring veggies or side dish
Born in March or April – bring beverages
Born in May or June – bring vegetarian protein main dish
Born in July or August – bring animal protein main dish
Born in September or October – bring bread and spreads
Born in November or December – bring dessert


Come at 430 pm for a drum/dance circle to work up your appetite and afterward for a drum circle to stay warm! (We’re all about the impromptu drum circles around here!)


Carry On

Occupied Media: Interview With Sarah Jaffe

I’m really excited to present our most recent Occupied Media interview with journalist Sarah Jaffe. Sarah is an associate editor with AlterNet and has been covering OWS from almost the beginning. She maintains a blog at Ohyouprettythings.net and she tweets at @seasonothebitch (I really want a second interview so that we can talk about Sarah’s Bowie obsession).

Sarah and I talk about OWS, her thoughts on the movement and where it might be going. We also discuss student debt and the potential for a debt strike. Sarah presents a good point of contrast to Tamara Draut, whose interview – also about student debt – will be posted later this week.

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

Scoville ratings: 500,000 – 2,000,000 – Most Law enforcement grade pepper spray
More About Pepper Spray.

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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Sunday GA, 2pm at the Union Hall. Forum Starts at 1pm.

See you all there!

Facilitation meets beforehand at noon. The proposed agenda is as follows.

I. Agenda Review and Review of Consensus Process

II. Announcements

III. Working Group Reports and Statements of Proposals (discussions prompted by working group reports will be delayed until after proposal section)

IV. Discussion of Working Group Proposals
i. Finance Working Group Proposal
ii. Facilitation Working Group Proposal

V. Discussion of Stacked Topics

VI. Other Business? Evaluation

VII. Confirmation of Next GA Time and Place

EPI Economist Larry Mishel: An Occupied Media Virtual Teach-in

Occupied Media’s most recent virtual teach-in is with EPI economist Larry Mishel. EPI is celebrating its 25th year fighting for the 99%. EPI was recently recognized by the Washington Post and Paul Krugman. Krugman had this to say about EPI and Larry Mishel:

At this point EPI is the single best source for analysis of labor issues, one of the best sources of macroeconomic analysis, and in general a bastion of humane clarity. The institute’s success demonstrates just how powerful it is when you combine intellectual integrity with commitment, when you make a point of doing the math right, but also never forget that you stand for something….

Put it this way: I’ve had a number of meetings with senior officials along with other progressive economists, and I always feel that of the group, Larry Mishel is talking the most sense — and, whaddya know, agreeing with me.

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OM Mass Day of Occupation Dec 3-4, Missoula, Courthouse Lawn

Occupy Missoula and OccupyMontana are organizing a MASS DAY OF OCCUPATION on Dec. 3rd 2011. We are inviting people/ organizations/ groups to sponsor a info tent and build a presence for this one event. We want to show our true numbers. We have been told we will be given notice of eviction in advance. So there is a low arrest level for this event. All are welcome!

1. Occupy Missoula has in place a non-violence policy, as well as a policy against the presence of alcohol, drugs, or weapons on-site, passed by consensus of the General Assembly.

2. Occupy Missoula has agreed not to put stakes in the ground due to underground sprinkler system. Tents have to be pitched using ballast.

3. Essentially, Occupy Missoula is just the meeting spot. We will organize a pot luck dinner, but otherwise you should provide for all needs for yourself or group. This includes being responsible for your own food and water, camping gear, and the security thereof while on site, as well as for cleaning up after yourself and any pets you may have.

4. We want a drum circle and request that people bring acoustic instruments!

We would love to see you there!