Occupy Oklahoma City Now Facing Eviction
Posted 11 years ago on Nov. 28, 2011, 11:17 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Call Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (405-297-2424 - email firstname.lastname@example.org) and voice your opposition to the eviction of this peaceful expression of free speech!
The coordinated crackdown on free speech continues. While Occupations in Los Angeles and Philadelphia are still holding strong (as of 11pm EST) and Washingtonians are occupying their State Capitol, the encampment at Occupy Oklahoma City is now under threat of eviction.
City officials declined to renew a permit application and announced that overnight encampment will no longer be "tolerated" at Kerr Park, where the Occupation is currently centered. Officials also stated that the Occupiers will not be granted a permit at any other location. OccupyOKC had previously been paying $55 per day for the permit. After the city refused to accept payment for a renewal, the police department told the Occupiers in a letter to expect eviction between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m tonight. Several Occupiers have stated they are prepared to be arrested nonviolently.
During the Black Friday national day of action against consumerism, several Occupy OKC members were arrested inside a Walmart. Occupy OKC participants used the people's mic inside to show support for employees who had to work that day. Police allegedly over-responded, tackling protesters and using force against the peaceful disruption.
- 12:32am EST: Police are beginning to surround the park.
- 12:20am EST: Twenty minutes past the 11pm CST eviction deadline, at least fifty people reported in the park. No sign of police yet.
Be safe Occupy OKC! I am flying home for Christmas and will join you in solidarity then! Don't lose your confidence! I was a child when the OKC bombing destroyed my family and the lives of those around me. Now in the same city where the Survivor Tree stands next to the memorial for our loved ones, the state is using violence to oppress people who are just trying to push for the economic opportunity of our children. My heart is with you. Please, if it turns into a bad night, return again tomorrow! Stay strong and stay together! My prayers are with you now, and in three weeks I will be with you too.
We have to think in long term perspective. The wealthy (who control policies) will use police force as an attemt to stop the movements. It´s just a natural reaction; they want to keep all that they have stolen thru bailouts, exploitation etc. These tendencies are however an indication that we´re on the right track: The elites are getting scared, and react by increasing their effort in trying to crush movements. The finacial elite will however fail. Police brutality is counter-productive, it just leads to more support and sympathy for people engaged in the struggle among the general population.The Occupy Movement should, as I mentioned in the article "The Transition Phase: The Road to Freedom", react with non-violent means including an increasing number of strikes; sit-down strikes, local general strikes, all of´em.
"What you should do is exactly the kinds of things that are going to lead to hysteria among privileged and powerful people" -Noam Chomsky
Keep on growing, keep on fighting. yours s. struggleforfreedom
Thanks again for the Noam Chomsky trolling. Bleh.
you´re very welcome. My pleasure!
Be safe and stay strong, Occupy OKC!
You can't evict an idea. Occupy!!!
Stay strong OKC, we are with you. Stay united and resist peacefully, but resist at all cost. Cheers!
I sent an e-mail to Mayor Cornett early this morning, urging him not to deny the protestors their freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly. Stay strong, Occupy OKC!
the organized voiced is powerful
Although there are differences among us, we can surely be together. Thisi is from Japan.
This is probably the third time, I wrote this message.
I suggest strongly to occupy FOX News. Massively.
I think, it is necessary to make this step, in order, to send a message about the responsibility and the level of alienation that certain mainstream media corporations, are putting everyday, on the conscious and minds of million of people, not only in the United States, but around the world.
Occupy FOX News, May force them to take the movement more seriously, and to increase concerns and the level of the debate.
Best. S. RRC.
What would you gain by occupying FOX? They are simply reporting what they feel is fitting. It has been what two, almost three months? If they aren't taking you seriously now they probably won't.
I would imagine that the state run news agencies in China have more journalistic discretion than the poor souls who work at Faux News.
Its not their fault, if they don't toe the GOP line, they will be in the unemployment line.
It is just their opinion. Just like CNN. If you don't agree with it don't watch it.
They do. Ever read "The People's Daily" (available in English)? It's considerably more fair, balanced, and informative than fox news.
How is there anything even resembling decency in a wal-mart employee having an average salary of 8.81 and hour having all benefits cut constantly while the ceo makes near 9000.00 an hour? I don't know what the other staffers at the top make but they are only being asked to pay a little more taxes. Look at the charts of what happened over the last few decades.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2827239/picts/ScreenShot001.jpg "chart for income change"
Keep Up the Good Work. Keep Focusing Attention on the 1% and their Greed. Fair-ness.
Do the city officials even have the legal right to refuse the Occupiers their permit?
I assume they would be allowed if they had a legitimate reason; but not simply because they did not like the content of the speech. The trick would be trying to establish that the "legitimate" reason was used as a pretext to shut down speech.
OWS please be aware Christine Quinn Mike’s mini-me has suddenly and falsely turned on Mike Bloomberg to sue him on behalf of the homeless. http://mayorbloombergkingofnewyork.blogspot.com/2011/11/christine-quinn-hates-homeless-cruel-to.html read this and learn about intro 48 and abandoned buildings if you don’t already know and how Quinn ruled against it as well as banned the homeless group Picture the homeless who set up a table with you in Liberty Park from attending public City Council meetings. Norman Siegel famed Civil Rights lawyer also who stood up for you had to call Quinn’s lawyers at City Hall and explain the constitution to Quinn’s lawyers!
Christine Quinn must never be mayor of NYC she is Mike’s mini-me. Read the post. If you are not a democrat convert now so you can vote in the primary and vote against her, Stringer and Thompson. Stringer just ruled in favor of Bill Rudin’s condos where St. Vincent’s hospital was and Bill Thompson allowed NY Pensions to be raided and allowed City Time billion dollar fraud to go on and on. As soon as John Liu replaced him he shut down SAIC militray type with pentagon that was illegally billing us for services they did not deliver. Rudy brought in CityTime threw away AutoTime a payroll system created and run by City Workers to outsource. Than Bloomberg took it to an extreme along with other corrupt contracts like ECTP our 911 tech system over 2 billion, plus corrupt board of ed deals = largest white collar crimes ever and Christine Quinn brushed aside 2 investigations in to CityTime! Tax payers raped and robbed and no arrests of NYC gov officials just thousands of innocent OWS protestors!
UPDATE: Occupy OKC organizers filed suit in federal court here in OKC & today, after a hearing this afternoon, the judge granted our emergency motion & issued a TRO against City officials allowing us to stay in park 24 hours a day. The complaint in the suit and the judge's TRO are now posted on our website. Judge is requiring us to post a $550 security bond within 5 days, so we need donations! Please help: http://OccupyOKC.bandzoogle.com/
I predicted this revolution of Wall Street affairs- As if opening Pandoras Box, my research for the Book The Eternal Flapper ( the life of Edna Wallace Hopper )took me into the dark world of greed, power and control of the economic, social and financial war moguls of Wall Street who made history what it was, and is today. This placed a shift of focus upon my book to a more important message, of the truths which have occurred in her times and how it connects to the events that have surround our present lives. The screenplay I am currently writing is two stories in one, the events of the modern investigation and the events that surrounded Edna Wallace Hopper. Anyone interested in the film project please contact me. The book reveals her darkest secrets as well as other notables who surrounded her life, including the Royal House of Windsor and a dark secret held since the 1860’s, until now……. The last career in her life was as a key Wall Street trader in the 1940’s through 1959. In my investigation, I find some of her darkest unknown secrets to come from her surroundings in the 120 Broadway building. The contemporaries that she invested for and mingled with were primarliy the rich and powerful members of the secret Skull and Bones Society as well as the World powerful Illuminati members and founder family members. It is no wonder that Edna placed such an importance on the welfare of her story to the generations that would follow her timeline. – Jim Alessio, author of The Eternal Flapper : The Many Lives of Edna Wallace Hopper
where did they "stays" before they occupied?
Just say you are part Navajo and say you were forced to come here.
the general public don't realize this. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2827239/picts/ScreenShot001.jpg
I really believe it is time for some new strategies. camping in the park has gotten some attention and that was good. However, the strategy needs to change with changing situations and is now in need of some new ideas. Some way to make the general public more aware of what has happened to them over the past 30 years. most don't even realize it happened.
Why the “Space” to Occupy is so Important
Summary: We had our lands.
They were taken from us.
We cannot live without land.
We are taking our land back.
Ever since the invention of the “Domination society” (the one where someone knows better than you what you should do and will force you if necessary), lands have been taken away from those who previously inhabited them. I say ‘inhabited’ because many of the disenfranchised societies didn’t have much concept of ownership, though both the society and the individuals within society did have ‘stewardship’ over specific portions of the land.
But this meant the opposite of what land ownership means today. Today ownership of land often means that that land is used to speculate or to generate passive income.
In contrast, stewardship indicates a relationship where that which comes from the land to feed, clothe, and shelter is gratefully received and honored and in which that land and all the minerals, plants, and animals on it are treated in a way that this gift is neither dishonored nor destroyed. It is instead tended and passed on to the next generation.
With stewardship, no person or group needs to claim possession of more land than the individual or the group actually needs and uses. As the individual, family, or tribe wisely utilizes the resources that this land provides, he, she, or they can benefit from the land for many generations without being driven by an irrational fear to ‘possess’ more and more land which neither feeds, nor clothes any better nor provides the owner with any better shelter than before.
Still, many have been so deceived by the concept of money and the seeming security it provides for the future and have been inculcated into a deep fear of scarcity in the future that they have been driven, even at the point of a sword, to take control of more and more land. Those pursuing this route have generally found that the empire is never big enough. There was always more to conquer, more to control, and the bloodsheds of recent and distant history have demonstrated an amazing distain for the concept of stewardship and needs of the present. Even death was accepted in an attempt to gain security for the future.
Those who were not as warlike as their brethren had their lands taken from them in ever greater amounts until many were unable to feed themselves (one notes the starvations of the centuries and sees how much was due to the nonproductive armies which needed to be fed as well as feudal or government management).
The very system of thought which led men to conquer more and more could be compared to a beast that ultimately endangered both them and their fellows and brought them all to ruin and near extinction…all because of the thought that enough to eat now is not enough and that more must be owned, possessed, and taken.
This very spirit—which cannot be satisfied no matter how many billions are on its bank account—is threatening us today.
It has been this influence which has deprived the ‘peasants’ of virtually all of their arable land. Derrick Jensen points out in a letter from a southerner to an abolitionist before the civil war:
“We wish we could live without slavery, but here land is so plentiful that if we do not have slaves, no one will work our fields. They will simply grow their own food, build their own homes, and make their own clothing. It isn’t as in the northern cities where men must work if they are not to starve.”
In other words, the ‘morality’ of the yankees before the Civil War was to have found a method to continue a very profitable slavery without owning the actual slaves. By taking lands away through force of State, (which land provided food, clothing, and shelter) the poor had no way to provide these things for themselves except through working for the money which the owners of the capital paid them.
However, they became unnecessary competitors with their brethren, each trying to outdo the other for the lowest wage and became engaged in a massive contest to improve the value of their labor for their employers so as to be able to provide in some fashion adequately for themselves and their families. And this in a world where there was more than enough land for everyone to have their own area to subsist upon. But such is the power of the concept of domination, carried out primarily by the State.
Even the Church was used to teach those who were without that their treasures would be great in heaven, in a future life, and that they should simply turn the other cheek and endure inhuman working conditions rather than fight against a system that through arms and the force of finance kept them as slaves in fact if not in name.
Which brings us to today.
We see a stronger tendency than ever, everywhere in the world for land to be claimed, ‘owned’ and managed by the rich and powerful, and especially by faceless governments and multinational corporations.
Though many in the developed world have enjoyed relative prosperity under this system, even the former winners of the system are being edged out of the basic space in which to live as ownership of housing consolidates to the mega-rich and to banks and financial institutions (anyone who pays a mortgage does not own their dwelling. As an aside, mortgage is a French word coming from mort = death and gage = to engage—so an engagement to or until death).
Those without resources to pay—monthly—are consigned to homelessness or to rely on the very system that enfranchised them and stole their property to feed and clothe them.
In this context, Occupy was born.
Occupy is to me the fundamental realization of ‘space’. It answers the question of ‘where’.
This question is very key, but is often ignored.
If we do not have any space in which we can be, the questions of what and how and why are irrelevant. Lacking fundamental spaces in which to meet, discuss, express ourselves, and find solutions to fulfilling our needs, we have chosen to occupy those spaces which have been stolen from us.
And this is declaring war upon the system which has stolen our space from us.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and that certainly fits the situation now seen at the highest levels of power in Western civilization. In essence, the story is that the true source of power in the West, control of the financial system, fell into the hands of fanatical religious cultists who wanted to artificially make the prophecies in an ancient religious text (the Torah or Old Testament), come true. This fraud-based is enterprise is now falling apart. The result is unprecedented chaos at the highest levels of power in the sect-controlled governments of the United States, England, France, Italy, Germany and their slave states. One of the immediate triggers is a lawsuit that was filed in New York on November 23rd, claiming the assets of the global financial system belong to the people of the planet and not a powerful religious cult that uses the United Nations as a façade.
What the hell? A live stream from OKC in Spanish? This makes no sense considering most of us don't speak Spanish. Oklahoma may be southern, but it's not part of Mexico. Who's brilliant idea was this?
city by city occupy has eventually led to eviction. it's time for a new strategy. http://littlebiggy.org/4660547
More sky-is-falling rhetoric - wow - 18 - now 19 comments! The movement has REALLY taken off. You do see you're now talking to yourselves, right? Jumped the shark ages ago - LOVE the bank ads on your U Stream
OWS supporters. Go Get a job you losers or better yet, move out of my great country. your empire has ended and will not longer exist other than your shitty hippie loving website. Read and weap. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/11/30/occupy-los-angeles-protesters-brace-for-eviction-as-police-deploy/?test=latestnews What a bunch of liberal assholes
Get out of YOUR country? Got news for you, pal. It's not your country any more. I belongs to the billionaires, who own it lock, stock, and barrel.
We "liberal assholes" (and independents, and veterans, and even some conservatives, mostly working people) are actually trying to restore the democracy that made what was once our country - yours and mine alike - a beacon to the world. Too bad you are too afraid or stupid to understand that. Too bad you hate the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. If Thomas Jefferson were alive today he would be far more likely carrying a sign at an OWS event than having a beer with you. Unlike you, he would not be spitting at a call to justice, freedom and the representation that is supposed to go along with taxation..
Perhaps you might be less afraid or stupid if you got your information from a source other than Fox (guarding the hen house) News, hardly a wellspring of objective, truthful journalism.
Your first 2 paragraphs are typical liberal pandering bullshit so I won't comment on them other than that Thomas Jefferson would not be with you losers ruining lives, parks and private property; furthermore causing strain on our federal and local agencies to control you fucking animals.
That being said, Perhaps you might be a normal person (Republican) if you got your information from a source other than CNN, MSNBC or Barney (queer) Frank.
Your trolling is offensive. Perhaps you should follow your own advise and get a life.
You reference to Mr. Frank does nothing but reveal you as a hate-filled bigot, anything but normal. Doctorhate would be a more accurate username. You are clearly afraid of something: nothing engenders vitriol like yours other than fear. Perhaps it is the image of your own moral corruption in the mirror.
Since, however, you are a well-known troll lurking on these fora, I will no longer reply to you. So have yourself a field day of spewing your bile.
(Really, getting a life would be so much better.)
Your an asshole, asshole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You've never had a girlfriend have you?
i'm a woman so know. But I take it hard and long every day in the ass
No you're not, you sound more like a virginal guy, women can be catty but only men can be full of this much hate.
Do you have fake tits?
CNN, MSNBC, and Barney Frank are part of the problem. They are part of the 1% and cater to the elite just as fox news does. Although I think Fox News keeps the masses ignorant and misinformed. There was recentley a study done that shows Fox News viewers are actually less informed than people who don't watch the news at all. Frank being gay has nothing to this with this you homophobic prick. He is still part of the 1% though. CNN, NBC and Fox are all part of the problem, Fox is just a little more extreme. This liberal/conservative labelling is a false paradigm. Political views are much more complex and difficult to label.
Go back to your hole in Nova Scotia and stick your finger up your ass and rotate on it. You are a mindless extreme liberal from Canada. We don't like you in the United States. Go hang with your free healthcare left wing loser Canadian brothers and stay out of my great country asshole
i'll travel where i please, do me a favour and stay the hell out of nova scotia. you'd probably get your ass kicked within 2 minutes of opening your mouth. we don't take kindly to assholes up here.
I will never come to Nova Scotia. Canada is a shit hole and full of French fucks and losers assholes
You must be part of the 1%? You like Fox News so obviously you are a member of the Christian Right. What do you think of these quotes from the man himself, JC. I'm not much of a bible thumper myself, I'm from Canada, a frozen hippie wasteland where we are all atheists, but Jesus seems like a good guy. You guys just stole him and use him for your own purposes. I think if Jesus came back, he'd stand with the protesters.
5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”
the poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. that weep now: for ye shall laugh. when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake
I don't think any of these quotes apply to the 1%.
You are absolutely clueless. Don't spread the word of Christ if you don't study it, you are making a fool of yourself. First off, they are called the Beatitudes and Jesus would in no way condone this behavior. These losers (including yourself) have no purpose in life. Their purpose is to be queer fudgepacking hippies and it must be your purpose as well.
Well first off i'm not queer, not that there is anything wrong with that. Besides you should talk about fudgepacking, you just said in another quote you like to take it long and hard up the ass. I don't think Jesus would condone your behaviour either. I know most people ignore you because you are a troll and likely a 30 year old male virgin who lives in his parents basement but you should be called out for what you are, an idiot.
and you are a stupid poor person so fuck off
why don't you offer a job? please explain. many people supporting this movement whom i know earn 6 figures at stable jobs and show support for the ideas expressed in the rare moments they're not working or sleeping.
Of course they were arrested in WalMart. Its not a public area. The right to protest means you are allowed to protest, NOT break other laws while you protest. That means you have to respect things like private property, park curfews, and other laws. Your message does not allow you to control the world.
You're right- they were breaking the law in Walmart so it's no surprise they got arrested.
I'm really proud of them though.
If you've ever been to Oklahoma, it's Walmart-Land. Where my grandma lives, they got over half the small city population (7k people, nearly 4k signatures) to sign a petition to keep Walmart out. They just completely ignored it and the powers that be sold them out. Walmart moved in, and like everywhere, all the locally owned small businesses that had been there since before statehood went bust. Everyone I know who works at Walmart is on welfare and their kids are on the state-funded lunches at school. It's an absolute leech on the community. The fruit they sell is full of chemicals and is picked way too early to retain the proper nutrients from the soil so they can ship across the world in time. They also don't offer anything in the way of healthy options. You can eat salads from Walmart and still be malnourished. The only food they sell is junk, and Oklahomans already struggle with cancer and obesity rates as it is.
You could blame this all on the people and not on Walmart. Try it, but it won't hold true for my experiences. These people band together and take care of each other. The small businesses may charge more, but since they know you, if you are hard up they will help you. If you lose your job, people will make you food and bring it to your house. Walmart does not respect people. As one voice in this movement, I don't want to control the world, I just want economic opportunity and mutual respect.
Sounds like that Oklahoma town wanted Walmart more than they thought. If 4/7 of the town really didn't want Walmart then they wouldn't have shopped there and put the local businesses out of business.