Jackson Browne and Dawes Perform ‘I Am A Patriot’ at Occupy Wall Street

On the afternoon of December 1st, 2011, Jackson Browne and Dawes played an acoustic set in solidarity with the occupiers at Liberty Square. Prior to his set, Browne announced that “We’re here to express our solidarity and stand with the occupiers.”

‘I Am A Patriot’ lyrics:

And the river opens for the righteous
Someday

I was walking with my brother
And he wondered what’s on my mind
I said what I believe in my soul
Ain’t what I see with my eyes
And we can’t turn our backs this time

I am a patriot
And I love my county
Because my country is all I know
I want to be with my family
The people who understand me
I’ve got nowhere else to go

And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
Someday

And I was talking with my sister
She looked so fine
I said, “Baby, what’s on your mind?”
She said, “I want to run like the lion
Released from the cages
Released from the rages
Burning in my heart tonight.”

And I ain’t no communist
And I ain’t no capitalist
And I ain’t no socialist
And I ain’t no imperialist
And I ain’t no democrat
And I ain’t no republican
I only know one party
And it is freedom

I am, I am, I am
I am a patriot
And I love my country
Because my county is all I know

And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
Someday

And the river opens for the righteous . . .

— By Steven Van Zandt

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“Occupy is Coming To Town!” – Occupy Springfield, IL : Mic Check & Political Theatre Regarding SB0397

SB0397 stood to give away millions to the CME and other large corporation in Illinois. We’ve stood against it in the past, and now this, on the day of voting. We start with a little Christmas Political Theatre, and after that we found out the Senate passed the bill, so we let them know how we felt about that. In the end the House killed the bill with an 8 to 99 vote. A win for the 99 and the 99%!!

Breaking News: Inside Occupy Wall Street’s (#OWS) New York Office (updated)

Occupy Wall Street protestors were cleared out of Zuccotti Park, but Now they are working in an office right next to Wall Street.  The Movement hasn’t changed, it has just gained a clearer focus. Help us grow, or hide and watch!

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Is America at War with it’s own citizens? Recent Crackdowns on #OWS protestors have made the world wonder.

After several months of protests at Occupy Wall Street camps all over the U.S. and hundreds of arrests, We take  a look at some of the increasingly militarized tactics the police have been using against American citizens.

Will The “Black Bloc” hijack the otherwise peaceful Occupy Movement?

The "Black Bloc"

by Richard Emanuel

(Occupy Cyberspace/Reclaim America from The Lunatic Fringe!)

The “Black Bloc” is sometimes confused with an actual anarchist movement, but in reality it is a tactic long in use by protesters around the world, having it’s origins in Germany after the 1977  Brokdorf demonstration. The “Black Bloc” tactic, was developed in direct response to the police brutality experienced during these demonstrations, similar to what many Occupy Movement protesters are experiencing in various cities, most notably Oakland California.

Tactics of a black bloc can include vandalism, rioting and street fighting, demonstrating without a permit, misleading the authorities, assisting in the escape of people arrested by the police, administering first aid to persons affected by tear gas in areas where protesters are barred from entering, building barricades, and resisting the police. Property destruction carried out by black blocs tends to have symbolic significance: common targets include banks, institutional buildings, outlets for multinational corporations, gasoline stations, and video-surveillance cameras.

There may be several black blocs within a particular protest, with different aims and tactics. As an ad hoc group, they share no universally common set of principles or beliefs  apart from an adherence to–usually–radical left or autonomist values. A few radical right-wing groups, like some of the “autonomous nationalists” of Europe  or the Australian National-Anarchists have adopted “black bloc” tactics and dress.

But it seems that the tactic so widely in use by protesters around the world, might soon serve to derail the burgeoning peaceful Occupy Movement.  An example of this was seen during the Occupy Oakland  protests this week.  The message and goals of the main Occupy objectives have been overshadowed by the actions of a few “Black Bloc” protesters, almost as if their actions were scripted by Fox News or the very institutions and policies that we are protesting against. Perhaps the “Black Bloc” participants are really agents of the authorities.Regardless of who they may be working for or against, their tactics are giving the police yet another reason to suppress the demonstrations around the country, responding with even more brutal force than has already been encountered.

The question we should be asking ourselves is, does this tactic really further our cause, or just demonstrate to our opposition, that they were right all along?

Watch this Canadian Tv report, showing Undercover Police dressed as “Black Bloc” protesters.

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Nashville Judge Tells Cops “You Have NO Lawful Basis To Arrest Occupy Protesters!”

Occupy Nashville

Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers arrested dozens of demonstrators in the Occupy Nashville
movement peacefully just after 3 a.m. Friday and sealed off Legislative Plaza, but a judge ruled after 5 a.m. that they will be released after he ruled that demonstrators did not have enough time to comply to new permit rules.  Yesterday, Tennessee changed the rules on demonstrations on the land around Legislative Plaza and the Capitol. The new Capitol rules prohibit camping and require demonstrations to have a permit, get insurance and operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.