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DC: Occupier Attacked and Hospitalized by Park Service; Occupy DC Will Fight #J30 Eviction at 12 Noon!!

Posted 12 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."

From ODC:

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.



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[-] 6 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 12 years ago
  • The police are flat wrong to use force like that against a guy who held his hands up. Nobody in America deserves to be treated like this.

  • Let this video serve as one of many pieces of evidence.

  • I hop the cop who Tazed that guy loses her pension! Or gets fired.

[-] 4 points by Quark (236) 12 years ago

Hear, hear!





[-] 0 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 12 years ago

ya cause I don't need no pension when I'm old

I plan to die in a puddle of urine on the office floor

[-] 2 points by LetsGetReal (1420) from Grants, NM 12 years ago

I have no idea what to make of your comment but it made me laugh.

[-] 1 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 12 years ago


[-] -1 points by Skippy2 (485) 12 years ago

The officer will NOT be fired and her pension will NOT be lost. She reacted to the situation within the guidelines of her training. We may not like the outcome, but thats opinion not fact.

[-] 2 points by Bspivey (3) from Asheville, NC 12 years ago

What situation??? He had his hands up and was doing nothing wrong!!! he was not resisting arrest when tased and the video proves that!! there was no reason for the police to CAUSE a scene!!! and yes, I said the police caused it simply because if they hadn't intervened, he prob would've went and made a sammich!!!


[-] 0 points by commonsense11 (195) 12 years ago

Really? Is that what you saw? I saw something completely different.

[-] 2 points by crgaillee (1) 12 years ago

God will give the victim Justice!!

[-] 2 points by Bighead1883 (285) 12 years ago

If there was a God.none of this would occur.Karmic reality binds us all.Be at peace and protest non violenly

[-] 0 points by ronjj (-241) 12 years ago

Can REALLY do fit your name of Bighead if you can tell what would and would not happen in relationship to God.

How in common sense can you arrive at the conclusion that this tazering incident is any kind of proof that God does not exist. That is like taking a baby step from the South rim of the Grand Canyon and expecting to set foot on the North rim.

Live in your Karmic reality. You logic seems to fit it better. Can you explain in all of your Karma how "protest" ="non violent" and "kill" = "don't shed blood" are not directly related.


[-] 1 points by Bighead1883 (285) 12 years ago

How misunderstood ronjj.The onus is that God is proven to exist,not that God does not.Spirituality exists,in the context of total philanthropy.Karmic behaviour is like gravity,unnoticed by most.That is how Ghandi taught so much to the world,protest non violently.The odds are massive but the resolution is in truth.This we all have,a basic ingrained truth.we know when wrong is done,we know that we maybe should not wear our designer outfits made by oppressed peoples.Yet we do,why?We know greed is an avarice,yet we all want more,why?We know intolerance is bad manners,yet we practice it,why?It maybe because we are human,with the frailties that come with being.But there`s one thing that is universal.and that is that we can see through the lies of where corporate hypocrisy is taking us.Be at peace ronjj.Google up Karmic reality.Big universe out there,and thank you for the time to make a comment to me.

[-] 0 points by ronjj (-241) 12 years ago

My personal belief is that neither you nor I will ever, in this life, prove scientifically, that God does or does not exist. We find this truth only through faith and even that is from God, not something inate within man.

You ask "why". This is fully explained in the only thing left of this earth related to the life of Jesus, our Bible, and this was written under the inspiration of God by man.

All religions of this world, with one exception, are based on violence, protest, and oppression based, for the most part on political motive.

That exception is Christianity, which is based only on Love. Jesus did not advocate violence, did not insight mobs to protest and did not preach any type of oppression. ]

If you are part of a system of religion where your Karmic behavior is like that, we have a common point of discussion. However, if your primary religion is one of not understanding the "why" of things or believing that there is one thing that is universal relative to corporate hyprocisy being unique in any way to human beings and separate and unique to only the corporation, we are so far apart that the singularity would probable devolve into an understanding that we really are not alike in any way.

[-] 1 points by Bighead1883 (285) 12 years ago

All is well ronjj.In a true Democracy we are allowed our beliefs.Questioning is way of education and tolerance is a virtue.Happy days.I just watched Michael Moores"Capitalism.A Love Story"it truly opened my eyes to the disgusting goings on in America.Im from Australia and our right wing media treat us like mushrooms.Im following all I can on this site.Just saw the battle for Oakland.Plutocracy at its finest using their corporate police paid for by the State.Go forth and protest hard but non violently.May your religious beliefs serve you well.I call them corporate police because they do the work of the 1% against the 99% who actually pay their salaries.


[-] 1 points by fourthofjuly (0) 12 years ago

yeah, the guidelines of fear, violence and oppression...

[-] 1 points by Neuwurldodr (744) 12 years ago

How true!! People have the misconception about the police and the military forces here in America.
TITLE 28 > PART VI > CHAPTER 176 > SUBCHAPTER A > § 3002 § 3002. Definitions (15) “United States” means— (A) a Federal corporation; (B) an agency, department, commission, board, or other entity of the United States; or (C) an instrumentality of the United States.

Now, one must understand that a corporation has the right to create a military, or a police force to protect it (IT) not us!! We have the right to form a militia, or a protective force IF we are a CORPORATION, also!

The constitution is for the United States of America states: Section. 8.

The Congress shall have Power To...... To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces; To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

Now what is the militia? 10 U.S.C. § 311 : US Code - Section 311: Militia: composition and classes (a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard. (b) The classes of the militia are - (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia. So, can a police officer be a member of the Militia?

What do you think????

In order to understand what this country and its government is truly about, you MUST understand THE LAW!!!

[-] -1 points by owsleader2038 (-10) 12 years ago

Good point here. A felon in America cannot own a gun, but a felon can register a US corporation and that corporation can hold firearms and purchase mercenary army if it wish.

Welcome to America, where all laws are only for those without the financial means to bypass laws.

[-] 1 points by ronjj (-241) 12 years ago

There are also a lot of laws that some of do not readily understand.

This ignorance usually leads to personal interpretation of the "law" and it suits one's own purpose and it usually exclusively directed at the person, corporation or whatever that it is target of the misguided interpretation.

Maybe, that is why we have courts - suppose??

[-] -1 points by owsleader2038 (-10) 12 years ago

He wrote the influential book on legal theory The Common Law, which traced the creation of individual rights from ... José Ortega y Gasset (Spain, 1883–1955) ...

Courts only exist in times of post war to settle differences, during times of war everything is under martial-law, where the top military person can execute anyone any time they so wish.

Courts and law throughout history are only very short-time exercises during times of non-war, I think it was Jose Ortega that wrote best on this subject of 'Law'.

Ortega is to law, what Von Clauswitz is to War, he wrote the book.

[-] 1 points by ronjj (-241) 12 years ago

Not a book that I want to read. Who are these people that you so readily make reference to as the final voice on courts and law.

Are you aware of any time in America that martial law was the rule of the land and all courts where rendered inoperable.

How can you make reference to any person executed in this country under martial law.

If your references are to experiences outside of this country - then you should be specific to what you are posting.

For the most part, what I read in your post is your application of something you have read to some place that you do not make reference to. The world is full of books and even fuller of internet truth and garbage - only personal wisdom can distinguish the two.

I question where you stand in this matter.

[-] -1 points by owsleader2038 (-10) 12 years ago

thrassy, read a book, learn something.

But then you live in Bali, and are Canadian, and never even seen the USA.

I question how much they (CIA) pay's you to waste our time with your bullshit?

[-] 0 points by ronjj (-241) 12 years ago

Could you please translate your post into some extremely old and prehaps lost language that I could find a student of ancient languages to accurately translate for me into my native tongue.

Please include a map from that time period also. All the time, I throught I DID live in the USA.

PS - I grew up on a farm in the midwest so am fully capable of recognizing bullshit when I see it - though I must admit, it took some years to prefect being able to distinguish between "cow" and "bull" shit but preserverance pays off, doesn't it.

[-] -2 points by owsleader2038 (-10) 12 years ago

Thrassy your canadian, and I know that this is thrassy because RONJJ is on the list of Thrassy's 1,000's of monikers he uses in this forum.

You remind me of one of the most multiple personality disorder people who has lost track of their lies.

You live in Bali, and you surf everyday. Funny cuz I would think you live on the NET, and surf this forum everyday, ... but never-mind ... :)

[-] 1 points by April (3196) 12 years ago

He's not Thras. Thras already left. He said goodbye earlier. If you check the forum you'll see his post.

[-] 0 points by owsleader2038 (-10) 12 years ago

If you say Thras has gone, then you would know as you are thrass.

[-] -2 points by owsrebel1984 (-1) 12 years ago

Your are also Thrassy, funny that you defend Thrassy.

I get about 50 private messages an hour from Thrassy, and Ronjj, and April, and Thrasymaque, ... are all on his list.

It's funny, they only allow one post every two hours, and only allow one reply every five minutes, but it appears that Thrassy's Bot's can spew private messages every second.

For what?

But Yes, ... Thrassy left, ... but he has 1,000's of other names that live on :)

[-] 2 points by April (3196) 12 years ago

Have you lost your mind? I'm not Thras and I've never sent you a private message.

[-] -2 points by owsrebel1984 (-1) 12 years ago

I now have a theory of how to detect a Thrassy-Bot, if the HANDLE-MONIKER has over 500 points, you know that Thrassy used his perl code to 'like' those on his list, because REAL mortal humans can never have 1,000's of 'like-dislike' points, ... in every cases Thrassy's BOTS have 1,000's of points, ... just like April.

Just saying, ... just another way to know if your talking to a human, a Bot, or an asshole ( Thrassy ).

[-] 2 points by April (3196) 12 years ago

Yes you're a real genius alright. It wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that I've been here since Oct. 7. Your theory is dumb. Are you a conspiracy theorist?

[-] 1 points by April (3196) 12 years ago

And don't call him an asshole when your talking to me.

[-] -1 points by owsrebel1984 (-1) 12 years ago

damn dude, your mind is a regular fun factory. the reason the reply button disappears is that the tread has gotten too long. I had thought it was possible to disable the reply bottom until I tried it myself and it did not work. I have a working theory on who is a bot and who is not. If the person tells where they are from, in my mind, they are automatically not a bot, but if they are anonymous then there is a bigger probability they are a bot. Also bots never not reply back or use double negatives. - JH the BOT

Funny, but every time you step in to write for your BOT, you always fail to capitalize your sentences, you do this for everyone of your Monikers, ... do you ever stop for a moment and think, your only fooling yourself?

[-] -2 points by owsrebel1984 (-1) 12 years ago

Below April aka Thrassy has disabled reply's... So I'll have to post and reply his response.

Yes you're a real genius alright. It wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that I've been here since Oct. 7. Your theory is dumb. Are you a conspiracy theorist? - April aka Thrasymaque aka Thrassy aka Jjons, ... aka 10,000 monikers on OWS Forum

Well April, this is thrassy, always has a reason to prove more 'human than human', first it was websites, then youtube, and now its dates, .... Thrassy has been around here since the beginning when he created you.

Why must you disable reply's what do you fear?

[-] 1 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 12 years ago
  • So you think the guidelines and training of those officers is sufficient?

  • You think their behavior was OK?

[-] -2 points by bill1102inf2 (357) 12 years ago

You bunch of pussies should have jumped those cops breaking the law, taken their oppressive weapons and radios away, they would have run off like scared little thugs they are

[-] 0 points by skizzy (445) 12 years ago

If only American sheepeople were not so obedient .... and dumb

[-] 0 points by ronjj (-241) 12 years ago

Well, as an American - T H A N K Y O U. I am not that impressed with your wisdom, either.

[-] 5 points by Chance (15) 12 years ago

Why are the cops even there?!?! This country is on the verge of ruin, and police are deployed against citizens exercising their Constitutional right to free speech and assembly? It's a complete outrage.

[-] 2 points by kfreed (19) 12 years ago

Because tea party rep. Darrell Issa told the the mayo, who in turn told the police, to evict the protesters:

Story via michaelmoore.com: Documents Reveal DC Mayor Gray, U.S. Conference of Mayors Dramatizing and Inflating Cost of Occupy DC to the District

"Mayor Gray’s office today pandered to the call to shut down the encampments coming from Rep. Issa, the richest member of Congress who, with an estimated net worth of $450 million, is firmly rooted in the upper 1%. Issa is also the architect and principal cheerleader for the massive attacks, cutbacks and layoffs targeting postal workers....'



[-] -1 points by ronjj (-241) 12 years ago

I think we are on the verge of a very important time in our history. For many years, we have stood silent, depending on the society and it's resources to take care of the criminals, the irresponsible, and such, but I really feel that that time is about to end.

As an example, the DC incident and the claim that if "free speech" gives a person the right to put a mask on a statue and pitch a big tent, then "free speech" should also give a person the right to take down the mask and the big tent.

Citizens of America do not hold the right of eminent domain, as you should be aware - pitching a tent, or gaining access to a space where no one else is currenly occupying, does not imply possession or ownership as this movement seems to think.

Overall, we are talking a very trivial amount of space, hardly signigicant in the larger scheme of things, HOWEVER, I believe we are about to find out just how broad that "freedom of speech" thing that is being preached as belonging to a few, really is, and how equally it applies to the "silent".

[-] 5 points by Quark (236) 12 years ago

They only make the movement stronger.

[-] 4 points by ThunderclapNewman (1083) from Nanty Glo, PA 12 years ago

These situations are an unfortunate thing for the person or people the violence happens to, but they do serve a purpose for those of us who believe in a non-violent revolution. Tactics we employ that creates the dynamic between Occupy and the authorities have been used with a good amount of success in the past, as I'm sure you are all well aware. We know our cause is just and that is our strength - justice - political, economic, educational justice.

Others will see that brutality used on us will have the opposite effect of what the oppressors intend. The oppressors' use of their strength (brute force) is their weakness and when they employ such tactics the strength of oppressors abandons them and reenforces ours (justice).

We must remain steadfast in our commitment to non-violence as a strategic method for getting to where we want to be- justice!

[-] 4 points by guylene (4) 12 years ago

I'm french.I've been living in Belgium for a long time.Today in Bruxelles it's a national day of strike against austerity, against the lies of governments and I think about you American people in Wall Street because it's the same fight with the same aim. But I feel you stronger than us,Europeans.Maybe because we're just feeling the effects now,after 20 years of European rules of economy and we're a little bit after you...Well, I just want to say : you aren't alone,we're more and more people who are aware of the cynicism of this unfair capitalist world.My english isn't very good but : I'm proud of your courage and it brings me hope in an another world!Just a thought for you in these hard days against the silent war lead by greedy people who have no morality,no shame and no heart.

[-] 2 points by tsunami (8) 12 years ago

& NO CONCIENCE!!! either merci bocoupes my friend stand strong together!

[-] 2 points by RockyJ (208) 12 years ago

You're awesome. But remember the courage of the Greeks, and British students. My inspiration also comes from all the protests in the middle east, Arab Spring.

[-] 0 points by TIOUAISE (2526) 12 years ago

Merci, Guylene, et BON CHANCE!



[-] 3 points by cristianfg (3) from San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán 12 years ago

Don´t surrender, don´t give my brothers!! I saw the images of Oakland's Repression. Barack Obama, police, everybody, etc must hear the voice of 99% people . I support you and admire you from Argentina, South America. Keep going on, sigan adelante!!!! Let us know the truth, figth for the Free Expression too, against the corporations, government and medias that are friends of politicians.

[-] 3 points by Mrrotten (18) 12 years ago

Certainly seems like excessive force to me. And it's not clear from this vid what exactly he's being arrested for? ripping down flyers? how absurd. the female pig's overreaction to so quickly tase the guy w/o any warning is crazy. pigs need better training. lawsuit- you can count on it.

[-] 2 points by Fearnoone (4) 12 years ago

People need to learn how to claim their Sovereignty ASAP, in numbers. Educate yourselves and free yourselves from the system and the control: Mary Croft is a great place to start. Send a copy EVERYONE you know! http://www.freedomfiles.org/mary-book.pdf

[-] -1 points by ronjj (-241) 12 years ago

So, now Mary is your god too.

Look at what this lady represents. She did not create herself and cannot determine the date and time of her death - yet she speaks as one totally in charge of her own purposes and destiny. She simply represents a brief, very brief period in time and you believe that she it the great IT.

In high school, this would have been called the great "suck-up".

[-] 2 points by phrasebouquet (1) 12 years ago

@Skippy2 Did you watch the video? They never said you are under arrest, they just start chasing the guy and grab him and with multiple people hold him and tase him. You can talk all you want about "legal" conduct (it is legal to indefinitly detain anyone for no reason at all, do you think that all laws made absolutely have to be followed?), but this is not ok. This is a completely unbelieveable situation we have found ourselves in. Don't let their system be used against you, fight ethically wrong laws, and stand up for your brothers and sisters. Unfortunately they are NOT the ones in uniform.

[-] 0 points by commonsense11 (195) 12 years ago

Just because you didn't hear them doesn't mean it wasn't said. The microphone had a limited range to pick up sound.

[-] 0 points by Skippy2 (485) 12 years ago

Watched the video and he was told he was under arrest and to stop. When you wave your arms and walk away the police are allowed and trained to use force. I'm sad he was tasered but that was a result of his own actions.

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[-] 1 points by fatimah (5) 12 years ago

Brothers and sisters,it is time to move from the occupying stage and take it to the next logical level.The police are wrong for the use of excessive force,but I must comment on what happened in Oakland.It hurts our cause when we vandalize buildings and particularly burn the American flag.That does not represent the movement,it does not help struggling homeowners remain in their homes, and it does not help with making crooks pay for the crimes that were committed in the name of greed.Occupy Columbia was a great example and I urge others to follw that example.Beware of the infiltrators who claim to be and who are not.I am busy registering people to vote,because I still believe in change.

[-] 1 points by fatimah (5) 12 years ago

Brothers and sisters,it is time to move from the occupying stage and take it to the next logical level.The police are wrong for the use of excessive force,but I must comment on what happened in Oakland.It hurts our cause when we vandalize buildings and particularly burn the American flag.That does not represent the movement,it does not help struggling homeowners remain in their homes, and it does not help with making crooks pay for the crimes that were committed in the name of greed.Occupy Columbia was a great example and I urge others to follw that example.Beware of the infiltrators who claim to be and who are not.I am busy registering people to vote,because I still believe in change.

[-] 1 points by ProudAmerican1970 (-11) 12 years ago

LOL Get the hell out of our parks if you don't want your asses tazed!

[-] 1 points by stebird (1) from St Albert, AB 12 years ago

HAHAHA GO TO 3:10 !! Its the same cop who attacked those people at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial for dancing!!!!!!!

Looks like he got a promotion from bike cop for showing no heart to protesters!!


[-] 1 points by Bighead1883 (285) 12 years ago

Well if you did not already know,we all know now,The police forces in all corporation run countries are in their employ.Yes they are all corporate cops.Get that into your heads.This is going to get a lot worse.Just wait until some State declares a"State Of Emergency"We`ve all seen it before.So prepare and stay non violent.

[-] 1 points by unkown5968325 (5) from Victoria, BC 12 years ago

What is being done about this? Blatantly breaking “their own” laws as well as human rights tenets has them in direct violation of Supreme Court, State ordered, historically precedential, and socially binding legal (allowable) conduct ON THE PART OF these POLICE OFFICERS: our supposed protectors; “to serve and protect.” What one human being is allowed to do to another human being is regulated BECAUSE SOME F** S* YOU JUST DON’T DO TO ANOTHER PERSON (like attack them)!!! A police officer tazering someone without proper procedure or protocol upon arrest… because that’s what they did. Each physical step those police officers took to detain that individual (physical force, hand cuffs, tazering) was indeed the act of arresting a citizen. HELL, just to frisk a citizen one needs to follow proper protocol and provide official documentation (including a “backup” story from a partner and/or other police officers).

The problem is, as it stands, according to THE LAW this act (on the part of the police officers) was an assault and a violation of human rights. Fact: NOT EVEN COPS ARE ALLOWED TO HURT PEOPLE, and WE ALL KNOW THIS. No free citizen should have to reside in fear of being “arrested” in this way without fairness or legal distinction.


[-] 1 points by ForwardWeGo (99) 12 years ago

Seek within for strength and guidance, as martyrs of truth you carry the weight of injustice across the land and there are millions who will ultimately have your back IF you rise to the task of remaining completely peaceful in the face of tyranny. Avoid at all cost, the trappings of violent anarchy and confrontation as we witnessed in Oakland. These actions only serve to alienate those whose support is vital to creation of the next millennium. Peace and Solidarity in Light and Love

[-] 1 points by totalrevolutiontravis (3) 12 years ago

The attack in Oakland is exactly why we need to call out to the millions that have been inspired by Occupy to come out into the streets to stop this suppression. Please, read and circulate "A Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement". See below or go http://www.dontsuppressows.org/

A Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement

These past several months have witnessed something very different in the U.S. People from many different walks of life came together to occupy public space in nearly 1,000 cities in the U.S. They stood up to vicious police violence, they broke through the confines of “protest as usual,” and in the middle of all that, they built community. Even in the face of media attempts to ridicule, distort, and demonize these protests, their basic message began to get through. People throughout the U.S.—and even the world—took notice of and took heart from these brave and creative protesters.

The political terms of discourse began to shift; the iced-over thinking of people in the U.S. began to thaw. Standing up to the unjust brutality and arrests became a badge of honor. People began to listen to and read the stories of some of the victims of this economic crisis, and to share their own. And most of all, as the protests spread to city after city, the fact of people occupying public space forced open debate and raised big questions among millions as to what kind of society this is, and what it should be. Why does such poverty and need exist in the face of a relative handful of people amassing obscene amounts of wealth? Why do the political institutions of society seem only to serve that handful? Why do so many youth feel they face such a bleak future? Why does the insane destruction of the environment continue to accelerate? And what is needed to overcome all this?

Those who actually wield power in this country regarded these protests, and these questions, as dangerous, and reacted accordingly. Time and again those who wield power violated their own laws and ordered police to pepper spray, beat with clubs, and shoot tear gas canisters at the heads of people who were doing nothing more than non-violently expressing their dissent and seeking community. This reached a peak in the recent coordinated and systematic attacks of the past few weeks against all the major occupations. In fact, the mayor of Oakland admitted on BBC to being part of conference calls that coordinated national strategy against the occupiers. On top of all that, and in another blatant show of illegitimate force and power, they attempted to prevent journalists and photographers from covering these acts of repression—unless they were “embedded” with the police.

To put the matter bluntly, but truly: the state planned and unleashed naked and systematic violence and repression against people attempting to exercise rights that are supposed to be legally guaranteed. This response by those who wield power in this society is utterly shameful from a moral standpoint, and thoroughly illegitimate from a legal and political one.

Now this movement faces a true crossroads. Will it be dispersed, driven into the margins, or co-opted? Or will it come back stronger? This question now poses itself, extremely sharply.

One thing is clear already: if this illegitimate wave of repression is allowed to stand... if the powers-that-be succeed in suppressing or marginalizing this new movement... if people are once again “penned in”—both literally and symbolically—things will be much worse. THIS SUPPRESSION MUST BE MASSIVELY OPPOSED, AND DEFEATED.

On the other hand, this too is true: movements grow, and can only grow, by answering repression with even greater and more powerful mobilization.

The need to act is urgent.

As a first step in the necessary response, there must be a massive political mobilization on a day, or days, very soon to say NO! to this attempt to suppress thought and expression with brutality and violence. This mobilization should most of all be in New York, where this movement started... but it should at the same time be powerfully echoed all around the country and yes, around the world. This is a call for massive demonstrations—soon—carried out in public spaces where they can have maximum impact and exposure and where the authorities cannot pen in, suppress, and otherwise attempt to marginalize these demonstrations.

These demonstrations must be large enough to show clearly that people will not tolerate that which is intolerable... that people will not adjust to that which is so manifestly unjust. Such demonstrations, along with the efforts to reach out and build them, can draw many more people from passive sympathy into active support and can awaken and inspire even millions more who have not yet been reached. Such demonstrations can powerfully answer the attempt by “the 1%” to crush and/or derail this broad movement. Thousands and thousands in the streets, acting together, can seize new initiative and change the whole political equation. The urgent questions raised by Occupy—and other urgent questions that have yet to be raised in this movement—can once more reverberate, and more powerfully than before.

The repression of the Occupy movement must not stand. Act.

The initial organizing group is calling on all those inspired by the spirit of the Occupy movement to widely circulate the Call, garnering 100’s of signatures including widely known people, a broad range of organizations including “Occupy” in many cities, as well as prominent voices of conscience next week. If you are in NY, join the organizing committee and come to the next meeting on Thursday, February 2.

Contact: dontsuppressows@yahoo.com

Signers of this Call include: Gbenga Akinnagbe, actor on the HBO series “The Wire” Carole Ashley Fr. Luis Barrios Renate Bridenthal, Professor of History, Brooklyn College, CUNY, retired Elaine Brower, World Can't Wait & Military Families Speak Out Cynthia Carlson, artist Nina Felshin, independent curator Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, NYC Harmony Hammond Barry Holden Camille Hankins, Founder and Director: Win Animal Rights and No Kill New York Ray Hill, producer/host of Ray on the Raydio Internet radio show, Houston, TX Lee Siu Hin, National Coordinator, National Immigrant Solidarity Network Judith Henry Rev. Dr. James Karpen, Church of St Paul and St Andrew, New York City Chuck Kaufman, Executive Director, Alliance for Global Justice Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Harlem Jim Long, artist Waqas Malik, artist Lydia Matthews, Dean of Academic Programs, Associate Dean of Parsons/ Professor Ann Messner, artist Travis Morales Dorinda Moreno, Fuerza Mundial / FM Global / Hitec Aztec, U.S. Liaison Secretariat, International Tribunal of Conscience of Peoples in Movement/TICPM Nick Mottern, ConsumersforPeace.org & kNOwdrones.org National Immigrant Solidarity Network Bradley Olson, Psychologist, Activist Rosemary O'Neill Lindsay O'Neill-Caffrey The Rt. Rev. George E. Packard, Retired Bishop of the Episcopal Church for the Armed Services and Federal Ministries Craig Phipps, Ombudsman, Casa Esperanza Ana Ratner Suzanne Ross, PH.D., Clinical Psychologist David E. Rousline, Ph.D. Berkeley CA Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz, New Sanctuary Movement Jayce Salloum, artist, Vancouver Irving Sandler Donna Schaper, Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church Theodora Skipitares, Associate Professor, Pratt Institute Stephen Soldz, Director, Center for Research, Evaluation, and Program Development, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Past President, Psychologists for Social Responsibility Bob Stein Rev. Max Surjadinata, Area Coordinator of Friends of Sabeel North America David Swanson, warisacrime.org Matthew Swaye Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait Athena Tacha Dennis Trainor, Jr, Writer, Producer & Host of Acronym TV Marina Urbach, independent curator, other projects, New York Nancy Vining Van Ness, Director, American Creative Dance Jim Vrettos, Adjunct Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Jen Waller Vince Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights Dr. Cornel West, Andy Zee, Spokesperson, Revolution Books David Zeiger, Displaced Films *For identification purposes only




[-] 1 points by HelperJames (2) 12 years ago

Anyone interested in contacting the other 1%, the site billionairemailinglist.com has all the U.S. billionaires home addresses. You can write to them directly there.









[-] 0 points by Fearnoone (4) 12 years ago

This makes me so sad. Why does everyone just stand back and let one of their own get attacked like that? Those cops have no authority over you or anyone else....until you do NOTHING. God, its like Nazi Germany all over again. If we are indeed the 99% and they are just the 1%, our children or future generations may turn to us and ask, "in that case why didn't you do anything?" Those pigs, politicians and banksters must chuckle to themselves when they watch the videos and see all the sheeple just stand around and watch them do whatever the fuck they want to them. Really sad. The fear of your government has you stopped dead in your tracks - just the way they like it. Land of the free huh?

[-] 0 points by i8jomomma (80) 12 years ago

fuck the police.........take the shit away from them ...........shove it up their ass and use their shit against them.........

[-] 0 points by MARINE46 (-2) from Twentynine Palms, CA 12 years ago

i find it hard to believe that the Police were acting out of their laws, rules and regulations or even morals. i highly doubt that the video covers every last detail of what the police were even doing there or what the man in question was doing there. you can put whatever words in to the detail that you want by saying that the police "assulted" the idividual but really they were doing their job trying to earn a living. and while itsgreat that you are all exercising your right to protest but do you know the very letter of the law? or are you going off of what you learned in highschool? perhaps you should look it up because there are a fair few prerequsits (Spell check? please?) that you must meet before you can actually have said protest.

i am by no means attempting to bash the movement here, frankly i respect you all who are a part of it because it takes guts to stand up for what you all stand for.

i do have to ask however what that is? What exactly do you want changed? how would it be implemented if everybody was willing to coperate?

don't give me something vague, i want to know what the actual plan is. did you think that far and that deeply? or did you simply see that something was wrong with the way things are now and want them changed? if you haven't thought that far ahead i suggest doing so otherwise how can one such as myself take you all seriously?

i don't like our government but in my personal opinion i think it works better than any other government in the world. i can appreciate wanting to live in a country that has nothing wrong with its system but really is that even possible? with free will in the equation there will always be a problem with something in someone's eyes.

free will is the reason the movement hasnt died yet, because many of you have the will to not back down even if proven wrong at times (i refer to various ways you went about something, and i'm speaking of the movement as a whole) perhaps there should be an article in the webiste specifically stating what you want to accomplish and how you want it done. if any of it has anything to do with someone giving some of THEIR EARNED money then you are clearly living a fantasy. i only make about $20,000 a year working for the military but i make it work. i'll also be damned if i'm going to let anyone change my salary for the worse.

as i said i do not mean to insult the movement in any way. i'm just a curious mind who wants to learn more about it before i render how i feel about it, whether or not i'd personally want it to continue.

[-] 0 points by skizzy (445) 12 years ago

A federal judge denied a petition on Tuesday that would have allowed anti-Wall Street protesters to keep camping -- at least temporarily -- in two Washington parks where they have lived for months. The National Park Service had banned protesters with the Occupy DC movement from camping in McPherson Square

You ask a judge for permission ? Don't ask for permission ! civil disobedience OWS Protesters in Oakland are not responsible for violence it's the free american army ....



[-] 0 points by DarthBuddaGreenPassion (15) 12 years ago

I am getting Sick of These Pigs,,,,,

I know have know a few in my days.... 10% do it for the right reasons

Other 90% are greedy Whores.. We pay them enough to let them live above the common man. So, they don't think they are part of the people.

[-] 0 points by sadierebelle (43) 12 years ago

totally agree with your distrust of cops, but whores are the 99% too! it's insulting to compare sex workers to cops... we're just as (actually probably much much MORE) fucked over by police as protesters are. (and a lot of whores are with OWS too!)

[-] 0 points by DarthBuddaGreenPassion (15) 12 years ago

Whores did not refer to Sex Workers,,,,

[-] 0 points by sadierebelle (43) 12 years ago

whore is a hate term for sex workers. that's like saying "fag did not refer to gay people"

[-] 2 points by DarthBuddaGreenPassion (15) 12 years ago

Fag is a English term for a cigarette...

Take it how you want. You could turn any word in to a hate word. It's what you mean, when you say it..

Whore is not a Hate term.

Definition of WHORE 1 : a woman who engages in sexual acts for money : prostitute; also : a promiscuous or immoral woman 2 : a male who engages in sexual acts for money 3 : a venal or unscrupulous person

I was using the 3rd meaning in the OP ,,,,,,, If you sell your self for money,, you are a whore. Now does that mean it's a hate term No.

The term "Gay" was at first said as a hate term,,, but the Gay community ran with it. Now it is PC. So really get off it.

[-] 1 points by DarthBuddaGreenPassion (15) 12 years ago

I am getting Sick of These Pigs,,,,,

I know have know a few in my days.... 10% do it for the right reasons

Other 90% are greedy "unscrupulous persons" .. We pay them enough to let them live above the common man. So, they don't think they are part of the people.

Their does that make you feel better?







[-] -1 points by commonsense11 (195) 12 years ago

I was forced to watch this video without sound but here goes what I saw. Police were on a mission to apprehend guy in the red shirt. What none of us know is what for. They didn't just happen upon him they were headed there for the specific purpose of apprehending him. What did he do? Perhaps he was a pedophile, rapist, robbed a bank, or damaged property. We don't know why the police were seeking him out but they were definitely looking for him specifically. After they found him he tried to scoot out the back until he ran into one of the police. He then headed for the side walk, raised his hands up as though to say here I am I give up but he really didn't give up. He continued to try to get away from the police. He didn't take off in an all out sprint, more then likely he would have gotten winded since he is more then likely out of shape due to the number of long nights playing World of Warcraft and smoking pot. The police apprehended him and attempted to handcuff him so they could take him back to the station. He refused and struggled. The police could have pulled out a nightstick and forced him into submission but instead chose to subdue him via a tazing. Couldn't here him telling them about a medical condition but I surprised the police doubted him with that trustworthy face of his. Of course had he simply stopped and went with the police as requested there would have been no problem to start with. Just got sound to listen to the confrontation. His claim to have done nothing wrong I'm sure has never been uttered by any criminal before so we would have to assume the police were just looking for someone to taze that day and had no reason to go after him. After all he looks to be an honest and upstanding citizen. Oh well off to the squad car. As a side note at the end of the video there appears to be another fine upstanding citizen in a green coat and blue hat shaking his fist violently at the police and yelling. The whole time leaning forward and stepping closer to the police in a threatening manner. Wonder if that Police car can hold two in the back seat?

I wouldn't make assumptions to the innocence of this tazed individual. Seemed to me they were after him specifically and he failed to stop and communicate. Lots of red flags going up in regards to the innocence of this guy.

[-] 1 points by Fearnoone (4) 12 years ago

Go troll somewhere else, pig!

[-] 0 points by commonsense11 (195) 12 years ago

Defend the criminals and call those that call it like it is trolls and pigs. You're kind sways no one to seek reform. It only labels the movement as a lazy disenchanted people seeking handouts without anything practical realistic ideas to bring about change.

[-] 1 points by Mrrotten (18) 12 years ago

He was tased because the lady pig wasn't strong enough to take him to the ground.

However he could have first been given a warning-: stop removing the flyers or you will be arrested. Instead the dumbass cops decided to make a spectacle of the matter and it makes them, the cops, look bad in the eyes of more people than less.

they teach conflict resolution in grade school- maybe the pigs could use a refresher course.

[-] 0 points by commonsense11 (195) 12 years ago

Didn't make THEM look bad in my opinion. Removing an official order to vacate is a CRIME. Had I been guilty of what he did (and I never would blatantly break the law like that), I would have stood still and not given the police a reason to have to take me down. Translation: He had it coming to him! Of course for all the ODD infected people, that just can't stand authority even though they half of them can't properly govern their own actions, this line of thinking is difficult to grasp.

[-] 2 points by Mrrotten (18) 12 years ago

There are crimes and then there are "CRIMES". This is a gross over reaction on the part of the police.

Our resources would be better spent investigating and prosecuting Corporate Fraud.--oh wait, the Feds can't prosecute Corp Fraud, because that is not (yet) a criminal offense. We'll just let the SEC give them a slap on the wrist- no need to put the Banksters in jail- they're all overcrowded w black guys anyway.

[-] 0 points by commonsense11 (195) 12 years ago

Elect Politicians that will write legislation that makes it a crime. That's how you accomplish change.

[-] 1 points by tsunami (8) 12 years ago

ho ho ho ha ha ha hee hee hee

[-] 0 points by commonsense11 (195) 12 years ago

Your attitude is exactly why it won't happen. People are either to apathetic or just plain ignorant to think and act.

[-] 1 points by tsunami (8) 12 years ago

I was laughing at your ignorance......that supposedly most sacred right of the people in a democracy you speak of was stolen from them at least a decade ago. THAT among many other greivous supressions is why im here ..... THINK & ACT PEOPLE!!!!!

[-] 1 points by commonsense11 (195) 12 years ago

I have to disagree with you. The problem lies in people that continue to vote career politicians into office. They follow party lines religiously. Can it change? Only if people desire it and vote the career politicians out of office.

[-] 1 points by tsunami (8) 12 years ago

once again ho ho ho hee hee hee ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[-] 0 points by commonsense11 (195) 12 years ago

and once again you are part of the problem not the solution.

[-] 1 points by tsunami (8) 12 years ago

I hope and aspire and am proud to be part of YOUR problem ... commononsense.

[-] 0 points by commonsense11 (195) 12 years ago

Wrong answer. If everyone in America takes your attitude (and many do) then we have already lost. You have the power of your vote. You have the ability to educate and persuade others that have a vote. Living in tents, tearing down Police Orders to vacate educates no one. It draws attention to a movement that states a problem but offers no solution and fails to enlist those that can offer a solution.

Like it or not this country is not going to make some major change to the way our officials are elected. We're not rewriting the Constitution to appease a generation of "Entitled" individuals. We can however elect those that change the way campaigns or funded and can impose term limits. We can elect officials that close loop holes in the system and demand accountability. That seems to be too much work for those that want to live in tents and take a year off work (if they ever had a job) and proclaim themselves to be activists.

[-] 1 points by tsunami (8) 12 years ago

commononsense actually YOUR problem is you just like to hear yourself your own ignorant assinign rhetoric. I know your not talking to me its clear your just here to bring down this movement. end of conversation!

[-] 0 points by orias12 (24) 12 years ago

So, your solution is blame the people, his solution is blame the system. Progress! I think not. You are both right and wrong at the same time. The peoples minds are mush commonsense11. Why, just yesterday on NPR I was listening how these political advertisers know that if you repeat something enough over the air, people will believe it.

It's psychological, and if you think the masses are able to rise above this fundamental truth, why hasn't it happened yet. Oh I know, because we don't want too...right? If we didn't want too, there wouldn't be an OWS movement! But wait, they are not being conventional. They are not doing it right.

Oh, you mean we don't have an almost unlimited supply of funds to advertise non-stop, to repeat lies and half truths over the air waves to make people believe in our cause.

So a small group of people stand up to the system in an unconventional manner, so what. They are being heard. Whether or not you agree with the message, it is a message they hope will resound over and over again in the ears of the masses. Unfortunately, you actually have to look now for the news on OWS because major media won't touch it anymore. Wonder why that is?

You can't beat psychology. The real problem here isn't that the system is stacked against us, it's that we have stopped standing together in true unity. Our sense of community is lost. Instead of working together for a common good, we stand alone, struggling for just enough for our kids to eat, get a somewhat decent education, and laugh at the fact that no matter how hard we work, we will never have a retirement. Face it, we are screwed unless we can create real change. And as it stands now, that change will never happen unless the 1% support it.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 12 years ago

we didn't know what he did

but we know he plays world of warcraft and smokes pot

is he a consistent writer?


[-] 0 points by commonsense11 (195) 12 years ago

A rushed writer trying to multitask.