Occupy Oakland: 400 Arrests, Tear Gas & Flag Burning

Mass arrests, chemical weapons, and nationwide solidarity – the Occupy Wall Street movement was the big story over the weekend – and so too was how hundreds of Americans were screwed out of their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly. More than 400 members of the Occupy movement were arrested Saturday in downtown Oakland as riot police using flash-bang grenades, chemical weapons, and less-lethal rubber-coated steel bullets cracked down on an attempt to occupy a long-abandoned city building. An unknown number of patriots were hospitalized with injuries after the assault by Oakland Police, and at least four journalists were arrested – the most since Mayor Bloomberg‘s midnight raid on Zuccotti Park last November. All-in-all it was an ugly day in Oakland Saturday.

Sgt. Shamar Thomas Introduces OccupyEducated.org – A New Online Library that Can’t Be Destroyed

This is an emergency response to the destruction of the library at Occupy Wall Street, a clear attempt to destroy the education of passionate people who are tired of living in a deeply flawed system.

Razing libraries and burning books has historically failed every time; thiis will be the most colossal failure to repress education in history, because this time, the education will not be centralized.

Just as the library was a collection of donated books, OccupyEducated.org is a place where you can have your say as to what books are important reading for understanding the occupation.

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

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

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

And the river opens for the righteous . . .

— By Steven Van Zandt

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.

Bloomberg Eviction Only Reinforces OWS Determination

Occupy Wall Street supporters will attempt to shut down Wall Street and New York subways

Reverend Billy and His Choir Re-Occupy Zuccotti Park

Bloomberg says Wall Street protesters trying to destroy jobs

New York (CNN) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted Wall Street protesters, entering their 22nd day Saturday, for targeting the financial sector and “trying to destroy the jobs of working people in the city.”

Speaking on WOR radio Friday, Bloomberg said the city’s labor unions — many of whom swelled demonstrator ranks earlier this week — depend on salaries that “come from the taxes paid by the people they’re trying to vilify.”

Still, the mayor described the city’s unemployment rate as “unacceptably high,” and acknowledged that “a lot of people are disaffected.”

“Some are legit, some aren’t,” Bloomberg said, describing the concerns of the demonstrators in Lower Manhattan.

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His comments coincided with the city’s announcement that 700 education workers will be laid off in an effort close a budget gap. They also follow recently released census data that shows New York’s poverty level has increased to 20.1 %, the highest in more than a decade.

Saturday, protesters encamped in a privately-owned park capped off their biggest week yet when the ambiguously defined movement against corporate greed and other social ills spread to more than a dozen cities nationwide.

The group is scheduled to march to New York’s Washington Square Park Saturday afternoon and then return to Zuccotti Park, considered a rallying point for the largely leaderless movement in New York.

Demonstrations have erupted in more than a dozen cities throughout the week, from the thousands who marched in lower Manhattan Wednesday after receiving support from local unions to the dozens of college students who staged walkouts at various campuses.

The movement started in New York and some of the protests there have been marred by scuffles with police.

Last Saturday, police made hundreds of arrests as demonstrators marched without a permit toward the Brooklyn Bridge, blocking city traffic for hours.

The previous Saturday, authorities detained dozens of protesters as they marched, also without a permit, through Manhattan’s financial district toward Union Square

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 11:28 AM EST, Sat October 8, 2011