Senseless Assault! – Cops attack and tase non-violent Occupy DC protester

U.S. Park Police officer used an electronic stun gun on an Occupy DC protester. Police say he was tearing down fliers warning protesters about the ban on camping in McPherson Square. Police also said the unidentified man was charged with disorderly conduct. The arrest took place shortly after noon Sunday. It is reported that after the incident the man had a seizure, and was then refused medical treatment. A park police spokesman said the man became “aggressive and confrontational” when officers tried to arrest him and that is why the stun gun was used.

Arrests In Iowa:Campaigns Lock Out “Occupy” Message (w/Video)

They didn’t come to get arrested. “Occupy The Caucus” activists said they just wanted to have the campaigns of Ron Paul and Barack Obama listen to what they had to say. But at both presidential campaign headquarters in the Des Moines area, Occupy was locked out and people were eventually arrested when they refused to move away from the campaigns’ front doors.

This video from the protest outside Democratic Party headquarters was shot and edited by one of Occupy’s supporters Roger Routh. He is also a journalist in the Des Moines area.

What did the group want to tell the candidates? In Occupy “mic check” fashion the crowd repeated their bullet point list as one of their organizers spoke.

“I asked our friends who are sitting in front of the door why they are here. And we have a list. We’re here to stop the global military empire. We’re here because there’s too money in politics. We’re here because we’re shut out of the two major parities. We’re here because the federal reserve bank is backed by debt and oil and war. We’re here because the National Defense Authorization Act is wrong”

People were then asked to come forward and say why else there were there today.

“Under Obama more immigrants have been deported than under the eight years of Bush”, said one woman. “Immigrants help fuel our economy and we shouldn’t use them as scapegoats.

Another woman said “I am here because education shouldn’t lead to debt slavery. That is wrong. That is sick. And we are one of the only free nations where that happens.

The Associated Press reports five protesters were arrested outside Ron Paul’s headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa and 12 more were taken into custody outside the Democratic Party headquarters in Des Moines.

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Occupy WalMart – Occupy Movement protesters rally at local Wally Worlds

One of the glaring examples of corporate greed may be just down the street in the city we live in.  WalMart makes massive profits, yet their employees suffer from some of the poorest working conditions and pay in any American workplace.

Many Arrested at ‘Occupy’ Encampments as Cities try to dismantle #OWS

Police drove hundreds of Anti-Wall Street demonstrators from weeks-old encampments in Portland and arrested more than 50 of them, as authorities in Oakland, Calif., warned Occupy campers that a similar crackdown was coming. (Nov. 14)

American’s Be Fruitful and Occupy…. except if you host a show on NPR

(AP) WASHINGTON – A freelance radio host was fired from a documentary program that airs on NPR affiliates after she became a spokeswoman for a Washington protest because her producers believed she violated the public radio network’s code of ethics, the host said Thursday.

Lisa Simeone said she was fired the previous evening from “Soundprint,” a music documentary show that isn’t produced by NPR but is aired by its affiliates across the country. She said the head of Soundprint Media Center Inc., which produces the show, read NPR’s code of ethics to her before she was fired.

NPR also questioned Simeone’s involvement in the “Occupy D.C.” protest and said its ethics code applies to the shows it carries. But NPR said Simeone doesn’t work for the radio network, and it hadn’t pressured Soundprint to fire her.

Simeone also hosts “World of Opera,” a show produced by North Carolina-based music and arts station WDAV. That program is distributed by NPR. She said that station is supporting her so far.

Simeone told The Associated Press she is not a news reporter.

“I don’t cover news. In none of the shows that I do, do I cover the news,” she said. “What is NPR afraid I’ll do? Insert a seditious comment into a synopsis of `Madame Butterfly?”‘

Simeone, who lives in Baltimore, said she has been serving with about 50 people on a steering committee for an occupation protest on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. She said it is not connected to the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York, but they share similar philosophies.

NPR issued a statement on its website Wednesday saying it had learned Simeon was participating in an “Occupy D.C.” group but that she is not an NPR employee.

“We’re in conversations with WDAV about how they intend to handle this,” the statement read. “We of course take this issue very seriously.”

On Thursday, NPR spokeswoman Anna Christopher said no one at the network has had contact with producers of “Soundprint” or pressured them to fire Simeone.

As for “World of Opera,” Christopher said the network’s code of ethics applies to cultural programs, as well as news, that the network produces, acquires or distributes.

“We are not her employer, but she is a host for a show that we distribute,” Christopher said. “She has that public presence.”

WDAV, a station based in Davidson, N.C., issued a statement saying it was working with NPR to find a solution for the show.

“WDAV and NPR have different missions,” WDAV spokeswoman Lisa Gray said in an emailed statement. “WDAV respects NPR’s mission to serve as a leading news provider. WDAV on the other hand, exists to serve as a leading provider of arts and cultural programming nationally and internationally.”

In the past year, NPR has come under scrutiny for its firing of news analyst Juan Williams after he said on Fox News that he was uncomfortable being on a plane with someone wearing clothing that identifies them as Muslim. At the time, NPR said Williams’s comments violated its code of ethics by participating in media “that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.”

The network has been sensitive to accusations that it carries a liberal bias. An NPR CEO was forced to resign after conservative activist James O’Keefe posted a video portraying NPR’s chief fundraiser complaining about the tea party’s influence on the Republican Party.