DC: Occupier Attacked and Hospitalized by Park Service; Occupy DC Will Fight #J30 Eviction at 12 Noon!!
Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 30, 2012, 7:17 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Sunday morning, while the National Park Service police were handing out "no camping" notices to McPherson Square, an occupier at Occupy DC was tazed apparently for walking near his home. The tazing resulted in a seizure - most likely due to a pre-existing medical condition. Witnesses say the victim attempted to notify the police about his medical condition but the police initially blocked his request for an ambulance. He was eventually sent to a hospital. The attacking officer's name is allegedly Lemke - NPS badge number #398.
According to the NPS, police will begin enforcing the no-camping rule at 12PM EST Monday. Occupy DC has vowed "to defend our dream and right to sleep." Anyone in the area should join them as soon as possible to prepare for possible eviction this week! The DC Metro Labor Council has called local labor to turn out, saying "Occupy DC has been on the frontlines for working people. It's our turn to stand with them."
We have a dream of a better world. Let us sleep so we have the energy to create it.
Participants of Occupy DC at McPherson Square, both sleeping members and non-sleeping members, will defend the public space we have used as our center for activism on this Monday, January 30th. The National Park Service has given notice that they will be giving citations to – i.e. likely arresting – occupiers at noon for having camping material in an attempt to shut down our movement. Occupy DC will peacefully resist this politically motivated attempt to suppress the free speech of the disenfranchised 99%.
The 1%, led by Darrell Issa, the wealthiest member of Congress, has launched an attack upon the free speech of those of us who disagree with the direction in which our country is going but cannot afford to give unlimited contributions to Super PACs or have lobbyists write legislation for us. In occupying public spaces we act as an ongoing challenge to the K Street lobbyists and elected officials undermining our democracy through the corrosive influence of money in politics.
We give shelter and voice to those who have had none. Attempted foreclosure upon our home will not solve homelessness or improve our health and safety. Nor will it quiet us.
At a time in American history when corporations are deemed to be people and money is considered free speech, structures sustaining people who are working to improve our democracy should be equally protected by society. Occupy DC is a voice for the 99%, whose voices have been kept out of the back rooms and muzzled in our economic and political conversations.
It’s no accident that the 1% earned 60 percent of all new income in the last three decades. The system is rigged against us, the 99%, and it will take more than voting to fix. On Monday we will defend free speech and our vision of a just society from attempted repression by the 1% – by any peaceful means necessary.
We will be providing updates to the press, and participants will be available for interviews throughout the day. People will be livetweeting with the #defend99 and #J30 hashtags. Livestream URLs will be published on those tweets. Occupy DC Media can be reached at 202-540-0155.