What a difference a day makes: #OWS a look back to where it all began

A look back at the OWS movement, where it all started and how it has spread.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits 18 Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement

via capitoilette

Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC (excerpted on The Takeawayradio program–audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark), casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country. “I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation. . . .”

Mayor Quan then rambles about how she “spoke with protestors in my city” who professed an interest in “separating from anarchists,” implying that her police action was helping this somehow.

Interestingly, Quan then essentially advocates that occupiers move to private spaces, and specifically cites Zuccotti Park as an example:

In New York City, it’s interesting that the Wall Street movement is actually on a private park, so they’re not, again, in the public domain, and they’re not infringing on the public’s right to use a public park.

Many witnesses to the wave of government crackdowns on numerous #occupy encampments have been wondering aloud if the rapid succession was more than a coincidence; Jean Quan’s casual remark seems to clearly imply that it was.

Might it also be more than a coincidence that this succession of police raids started after President Obama left the US for an extended tour of the Pacific Rim?

#OWS WINS AGAIN!!! – Court order allows Wall Street protesters’ return to evicted camp

The National Lawyers Guild in New York City has obtained a court order to allow Occupy Wall Street protesters to return to Zuccotti park with their tents, just hours after police evicted the encampment and arrested over 200 protesters.

Al Jazeera’s Cath Turner reports from New York.

Whatever Occupy Wall Street Costs – It’s Worth It!

Rubert Murdoch’s “New York Post” accuses Occupy Wall Street of hurting local businesses. But what hurts local businesses even more? What’s a reasonable price to pay to ensure that the bankster 1% doesn’t destroy our economy again? In my Daily Take – I’ll tell you why whatever Occupy Wall Street costs – it’s well worth it