Obama NDAA OK Draws OccupyMN Protest At Obama Reelection HQ

Think bad thoughts about the government and you could go to jail…forever. That may sound like a Soviet-era law, but civil libertarians say it’s possible under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which is awaiting President Obama’s promised signature.

The NDAA, was passed by the US Senate 86 to 13. Minnesota senators split on the act, Franken opposing and Klobuchar voting for it. OccupyMN organized a pre-Christmas protest at the Minneapolis Obama Reelection Headquarters. The act is characterized by the ACLU and many others as a major assault on the Bill of Rights.

The 600 pages contain provisions that allow indefinite detention by the military of anyone, including US Citizens on US soil, without trial and without legal representation. The act makes it virtually impossible to close Guantanamo Bay. The Occupy movements in many cities other that Minneapolis have initiated actions against this act.

(Nashville, Portland, Los Angeles) Military Officers have spoken out against it even though it grants the military extensive new powers. Montanans launched a recall of senators voting for it. Former FBI agent turned activist Coleen Rowley said, “This will apply to Quakers, to Catholic workers, to people that oppose the death penalty.

All of these groups have been spied upon by the FBI. Ironically, this action takes it away from the FBI and gives it to the military.” OccupyMN promises more specifically targeted actions on other legislative figures.


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West Coast Port Shutdown – Occupy Portland successful in hampering port operations

(Occupy Portland) PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, rank and file union members, non-union workers, the unemployed, the retired, veterans, and other members of the 99% march on,”Wall Street on the Waterfront” at the Port of Portland. Organizers expect hundreds of people to mobilize to engage in a moving community picket of the terminals at the port, effectively shutting down the ports on this day.

The West Coast Port Shut Down specifically aims to disrupt business-as-usual for Wall Streeton the Waterfront.

Goldman Sachs, a well know Wall Street institution, is the majority shareholder of Stevedore Services of America (SSA), which provides services, equipment and labor at Terminal 2, and full operational management at Terminal 5 at the Port of Portland.LA port truck drivers are in a labor struggle with SSA for what the drivers term a ‘sweatshop on wheels’. 17,000 truck drivers are on strike in Los Angeles to demand their right to organize and for safe working conditions.

EGT is a multinational grain export corporation and another target of this action. Bunge Ltd is the largest partner in EGT who reported $2.5 billion in profit in 2010 and has direct ties to Wall Street. Locally, EGT is refusing to honor the Longshore worker union contract in Longview, WA.

“By shutting down work at the ports this one more day that Goldman Sachs and Wall Street firms are unable to create profit,” said Kari Koch, organizer with Shut Down the Ports Working Group of Occupy Portland. “We are picketing to say, Enough! We will not stand for corporate profits at the expense of working people, we will not stand for attacks on workers, and we will not allow our schools to be closed, social services slashed, and families to be impoverished by your greed!”

The community picket is organized by Occupy Portland with the support of rank and file union members. Occupy Portland has been engaging directly with rank and file port workers multiple times a day during the organizing; and numerous rank and file union members are active in the working group.

“The support from workers at the port has been incredible. We were out at the ports talking to workers multiple times a day during the organizing of this action and today we see them honoring the community picket,” says Jordan McIntyre rank and file union painter “Occupy is a place for union members, non-union, and the unemployed to gather together to change the inequality of wealth and power in our system.”

The Portland action is part of a West Coast Port shut down movement that is historic in scope. The West Coast Port Shut Down demonstrates a notable level of coordination between at least 30 different occupy movements across the country, including Oakland, Eugene, Seattle, Vancouver BC, Anchorage, and Longview, beyond the West Coast, Houston, TX, Honolulu, HI, and the Doro-Chiba railway workers in Japan will participate.

#OWS: From the Street to Foreclosed Homes

Thom talks with journalist, Sarah Seltzer and Deputy Director of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Christina Livingston about the protesters of Occupy Wall Street‘s decision to shift their focus from occupying city streets to occupying the homes of people at risk of foreclosure.

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.

Evictions and Arrests at ‘Occupy’ LA and Philadelphia after last nights raids

Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia stormed ‘Occupy’ encampments in both cities Wednesday, demanding protestors leave demonstration sites that had become two of the movement’s largest after evictions upended others across the country.

Occupy Protester: ‘It’s Important to Stay’

Dozens of tents remain at the Occupy Philly site, more than twelve hours after a city-imposed deadline for the protesters to move to make way for a construction project. No arrests have been reported. (Nov. 28)

The Streets Belong to The People! – Eviction Deadline Arrives and Passes but Protesters Remain at Occupy LA

Wall Street protesters in Los Angeles defied the mayor’s early Monday deadline to vacate their encampment near City Hall until police moved in about five hours later, cleared them out and arrested three people. 

The City of Los Angeles tries to buy off Occupy L.A. with a Farm, Office space, and housing

If the Occupy L.A. protesters will just leave their tent city at City Hall, officials promise to supply them with offices. And a farm. And a place to live, for the homeless demonstrators who have drifted over to the encampment from skid row. And, er, how about a pony? Would you guys leave if we gave you a pony?

Jim Lafferty, an attorney who has been negotiating with the city on behalf of the demonstrators, revealed the details of the city’s offer Monday night, to wildly mixed reviews among the Occupy crowd, a leaderless group that doesn’t much appreciate private backroom negotiations among people they didn’t elect to represent them. Actually, we’re not thrilled with that notion either. If public resources are going to be handed out, shouldn’t the talks be in the open? Although details remain highly unclear, apparently the city is willing to give away 10,000 square feet of office space for $1 a year in rent and supply a plot of land to those protesters who want to farm.This page has called, more than once, for a creative, negotiated solution to the occupation that doesn’t involve police in riot gear rousting nonviolent protesters, a scene that has played out in too many cities and university campuses for our taste. But giving away taxpayer-supported goodies to placate the group — whose cause, while worthy, isn’t necessarily more noble than many others in the past that haven’t received such generous offers from the city — isn’t quite what we had in mind. And we’re troubled by the political implications for the city, which by giving office space to the Occupy movement seems to be endorsing its aims and agenda.If the mayor and City Council do agree to give special perks to Occupy L.A., they should explain why they didn’t give similar bonuses to, say, the South Central Farmers, who launched a years-long protest in 2006 to save a community garden in South L.A. that had been seized by the city but was returned to its former owner. Or to the May Day protesters who march yearly downtown to protest federal immigration policies. Or to any future group — neo-Nazis, anyone? — that holds City Hall for ransom by camping out there for a few months in the name of protest. Occupy L.A. has raised some legitimate points about income disparity, but that hardly entitles it to free office space.We wouldn’t object if the city found another plot of public land somewhere for the protesters to camp on. And there’s no burning need to kick these demonstrators out immediately (the lawn is already dead, after all). But buying them off sets a bad precedent that we suspect few voters would appreciate.via Los Angeles Times Editorial