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Fri Feb 3, 2012, 10:47 AM

Occupy has given America so much - we need to thank them

We are finally talking about Income Disparity in our media at a national level. Lawmakers have even proposed "The Buffet Rule" which would treat compensation in excess of $1Million annually with a minimum tax.

Nationally - and thanks to President Obama, he have finally begun to address our vanishing Manufacturing sector in America. Once the backbone of America's Middle Class job strength, and the path to upward mobility for many many American families. These jobs have been outsourced for the enrichment of a select few on Wall St and the demise of the Working Class.

And last but not least - Foreclosure Fraud. This issue alone has the power to win the White House this year, and I believe no candidate can win without proposing serious investigations and penalties be imposed on those that have perpetrated this fraud on a national scale. To those that ushered in the current recession through Wall St Greed, skirting Federal regulations, and profiting from disastrous financial products they knowingly sold World Wide.

To Obama's credit, he is actively addressing many of these issues.

But it the coming months in the lead up to the 2012 Election, the Monied Elite, the 1%, will seek to change the National Conversation from these issues through $Billions in Super Pac money while their political lackeys work to water down or sideline legislation addressing these issues.

Don't let the 1% Win

Support Occupy

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Reply Occupy has given America so much - we need to thank them (Original post)
FreakinDJ Feb 2012 OP
xchrom Feb 2012 #1
think Feb 2012 #2
RKP5637 Feb 2012 #3
bvar22 Feb 2012 #4
FreakinDJ Feb 2012 #5
2pooped2pop Feb 2012 #7
redqueen Feb 2012 #8
malaise Feb 2012 #16
sabrina 1 Feb 2012 #15
bvar22 Feb 2012 #17
sabrina 1 Feb 2012 #18
flexnor Feb 2012 #6
G_j Feb 2012 #9
lovemydog Feb 2012 #12
sabrina 1 Feb 2012 #13
donheld Feb 2012 #10
ellisonz Feb 2012 #11
unionworks Feb 2012 #14
ananda Feb 2012 #19

Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 10:52 AM

1. Thanks occupy. Nt

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 10:53 AM

2. K&R Political activism for good causes deserves our support

There are no billionaires bank rolling OWS and no MSM news agencies promoting OWS.

There is no hidden agenda like the corporations that hide behind non profit organizations like Americans For Prosperity or Freedom Works.

Thank you to those of you who take the time out of your lives to join OWS and give a damn!

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:00 AM

3. K&R !!! n/t

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:01 AM

4. We'll have to thank them at the gravesite.

I read right here on DU that OWS is now DEAD
because some asshole somewhere burned a flag.

Oh Well.




Solidarity99!
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Response to bvar22 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:04 AM

5. Far from it - think March

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:34 AM

7. snort

some did seem to over react didn't they?

My Love to Occupy!

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:35 AM

8. Someone actually said OWS was now dead?

Interesting.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 04:33 AM

16. Yes

I did laugh

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 04:14 AM

15. Lol, I read that too and laughed. They were dead according to probably the same people last

September, October, November, December. Wishful thinking.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #15)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 05:41 PM

17. They don't stop.

You would think that they would try to slip away un-noticed with some dignity still intact,
but NO!
Month after month after month, that same wishful thinking crap.

"OWS is dead."

"OWS won't last because it doesn't have a leader."

"OWS has no purpose, and will NEVER effect any change."

"OWS is just a bunch of dirty Hippies."




It just keeps getting funnier.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #17)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 07:03 PM

18. Lol, love that cartoon. And don't forget, despite the fact that children know what their message

is, there is classic 'but what do they waaaant'? I always think of Goldman Sachs' Spokeswoman, Erin Burnett, when I hear that.

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:08 AM

6. because of occupy, nobody can say 'we stole a trillion, and nobody said boo' nt

 

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:40 AM

9. (& please show some love to the National Lawyers Guild)


For as long as Oakland police trample on people's rights, the Guild will continue seeking to hold them accountable.


http://www.nlgsf.org/news/view.php?id=173

NLGSF Asks Federal Court to Certify Class Action by Oscar Grant Protesters
January 26, 2012

As OPD comes under increasing scrutiny, the NLG seeks an end to ongoing baseless arrests and incarceration of demonstrators.

In a filing today, a team of National Lawyers Guild attorneys asks the federal court to allow a law enforcement misconduct lawsuit against the Oakland Police and Alameda County Sheriff to proceed as a class action. The four named plaintiffs, including one NLG Legal Observer, seek to represent a class of 150 people who were arrested en masse on November 5, 2010, the day that former police officer Johannes Mehserle was sentenced.


The proposed class action, Spalding et al. v. Oakland, No. C11-2867 TEH, challenges the 2010 mass misdemeanor arrests and the prolonged detention of arrestees in the Alameda County Jails. The case is being heard by U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson as a related case to the ongoing proceedings in the lawsuits brought by victims of the “Riders” OPD gang. Earlier this week, in response to the Department’s glacial pace in completing the reform process agreed on in the 2003 Riders settlement, Judge Henderson stripped decision-making power from OPD, placing the Department under greatly increased oversight by monitors and bringing it one step closer to federal receivership. Last week, the monitor expressed particular concern over the OPD response to Occupy Oakland.

“The Spalding case is more important than ever, because OPD and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office are continuing these same abuses with regard to Occupy Oakland,” commented Michael Flynn, San Francisco Bay Area NLG Chapter President. “Over the past month and a half, the OPD has engaged in a campaign of brutal harassment, making repeated arrests of Occupy Oakland protesters on pretexts, and causing them to be held for days, only to be released without charges.”

“California law requires most misdemeanor arrestees to be released with a citation, but in Alameda County, even very minor charges often result in extended periods of time in jail,” explained Rachel Lederman, one of the lead attorneys on the Spalding case. “The Mehserle sentencing demonstrators were herded by police into a residential block and trapped there, along with neighborhood residents. Then they were all detained for 18-24 hours. There was no lawful basis for the mass arrest, and none of the 150 class members were ever charged with a crime.”

“There was never a dispersal order,” said plaintiff Daniel Spalding. “It was a classic illegal mass arrest. We were boxed in by lines of police officers in riot gear who announced, without warning, that we were all under arrest. I told one officer I was a National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer and showed him my identifying green hat but I was still arrested. Over a hundred of us were left sitting on the street, handcuffed, until we were finally put on a bus, where we kept for hours. One arrestee was begging for medical attention for his dislocated shoulder and the police ignored him. Eventually I was put in a jail cell with 27 other people with no place to sleep. I wasn’t released until 6:30pm - almost 24 hours after we were first detained. I was never charged with anything.”

“We were exercising our First Amendment right to protest the light sentence given to Mehserle, and police brutality more generally, by marching to the site of the shooting,” added Katharine Loncke, another named plaintiff, “but the OPD and their army of other police agencies blocked us all in and arrested us for nothing.” Loncke described that, “At the jail, all the women were made to go into a stall without a door on it and urinate into a cup for a pregnancy test. I was held in a very cold and crowded cell with fifteen other women. No food was provided for more than twelve hours after our initial detention. There was no room to lay down. I sat up against a wall for the entire night.”

In addition to monetary compensation for the arrestees, the Spalding lawsuit requests an injunction to stop the OPD from making unlawful arrests and violating its crowd control policy; require the ACSO to promptly release arrestees absent a legitimate, lawful basis to hold them; and, to provide basic humane conditions for those who are held. In November, the NLG and ACLU filed a second lawsuit against OPD challenging the use of force against Occupy Oakland, Campbell et al. v. City of Oakland, Case No. C11-05498 RS.

The NLGSF has provided legal support to progressive activism for decades, including training and sending legal observers to protests and providing pro bono lawyers to defend accused activists. The NLGSF is the Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild – a national non-profit legal and political organization of lawyers, legal workers, law students and jailhouse lawyers founded in 1937. We represent progressive political movements, using the law to protect human rights above property interests and to attain social justice.


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Response to G_j (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 12:33 AM

12. thank you occupy

I support you

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Response to G_j (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 02:59 AM

13. Yes, they have been wonderful.

Have to donate to them. I hope they do file and win a lawsuit against the OPD. They are acting like the Egyptian police towards women. Why are they forcing women to take pregnancy tests?? How can they do that? They are beyond despicable.

Thank you occupiers and the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild all the former Civil Rights activists who have joined this movement and everyone around the world who is occupying also.

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:36 PM

10. 100%

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:45 PM

11. K & R

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 03:21 AM

14. k&r

 

Occupy was the light in the darkness of 2011

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 07:18 PM

19. Thanks, OWS!

Keep the faith and keep occupyin!

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