#SolidaritySunday with Oakland Marches in NYC and Across the US; Bank of Ideas Being Evicted in London
Posted 11 years ago on Jan. 29, 2012, 9:10 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
As of 8pm EST, actions are currently happening or planned in response to extreme police violence used against Occupy Oakland yesterday in New York City, Boston, Toronto, Vancouver, Melbourne, Oslo, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Portland, Tampa, Indianapolis, New Haven, Orlando, Jackson, Des Moines, Hollywood, Baltimore, Portland ME, Tulsa, Denver, St. Louis, Eugene, Nashville, and Detroit. We have also received word that the Bank of Ideas in London is being raided!
Update, 1/30: Click here to watch Livestream clips from several other cities. At least 12 people were arrested in New York. The protesters marched to the now-empty Charas / El Bohio Cultural and Community Center that was evicted ten years ago by a developer. According to the New York Times:
...a man wearing dark clothes and wearing no visible badge grabbed a woman by the arm and threw her to the ground. Uniformed officers arrested her and a second woman as other officers blocked the lens of a newspaper photographer attempting to document the arrests. As they were led away in handcuff, the two told onlookers that they had done nothing to deserve being arrested. The woman thrown to the ground ... said that the man in the dark clothes had thrown her down after she told him not to push her.
This mic check was read before the march in Boston:
1) once again we are here for oakland a mighty city and a fierce ally in the international struggle for economic justice
2) yesterday our brothers and sisters moved to convert a vacant building into a community center to provide education health care and housing services for the 99%. Police responded with tear gas, flashbang grenades, rubber bullets, and mass arrests.
3) The city of Oakland has a longstanding policy of callous indifference when it comes to the needs of its community it has compounded this cruelty with a ruthless display of violent repression.
4) we also recognize that the corporate media has a vested interest in justifying violence against the occupation movement city councilman de la fuente referred to protesters as domestic terrorists
5) we ask you what is terrorism? we are 19 cities marching in unison in solidiarty with oakland is this terrorism? we seek to reclaim
the buildings left vacant while our families suffer is this terrorism? we seek to build a worldwide commuity where there have been only nations is this terrorism?
6) when the state is invested in keeping space empty the better to serve its billionaire masters we will act and when the police are bought and paid for by corporate leviathans we will fight
7) and when our children ask us what it is that we did when their future was threatened we will tell them that we occupied