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Black activists leading the struggle against foreclosures welcomes OWS to their communities
(the rest is in video at the link)
Now, remember, this guy was not in the cordoned off area. He was sitting on the ground holding a sign, a total non-threat. And the police not only grabbed him and pulled him from the “safe zone” but hurt him bad enough that the paramedics had to imobilize him for transport.
Right around the time this was happening people were getting pretty angry. The crowd swelled and the police were outnumbered three- or four-to-one. Things were turning ugly in a swift hurry. Someone with a camera caught a SFPD officer (I assume a sergeant) telling his troopers on the line: ”If they do not do what you tell them, strike them.” at around 3:00 of the video below:
to crash them in a power and resource grab.
(Video at link)
This week the winner of the 2011 James Dyson Award (named for the high-tech vacuum guy) was announced. Edward Linacre from Australia was chosen from over 500 entries for his Airdrop irrigation system, an original low-tech solution to one of the world’s major problems: drought. After witnessing Australia’s worst drought in a century, Linacre came up with his idea by studying the Namib beetle. This desert-dwelling insect is able to collect condensation from the morning mist on its back, a unique survival skill that allows it to live in one of the world’s most arid areas. Linacre’s solar powered Airdrop mimics this method of collecting water by pumping air into its underground piping system, where it cools to create condensation. The water collected is then distributed directly to the roots of nearby plants. In a dry area in which one prototype was tested, over a liter of water was collected from thin air in a single day.
Architects, designers and engineers have been using biomimicry since Leonardo da Vinci looked at birds and sketched out ideas of possible flying machines. Sir James Dyson said, “Airdrop shows how simple, natural principles like the condensation of water, can be applied to good effect through skilled design and robust engineering.” It is hoped that the £10,000 prize money will help fund the development of an improved industrial prototype of the Airdrop that can be used on a larger scale. Eventually this technology could help bring irrigation water to drought-stricken farmers in rural Australia and other desert regions throughout the world.
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"Dear Occupy and other citizen activists: as your camps are being systematically cleared, in violaiton of the first amendment, I want to share practical info I got yesterday from Charlotte Dennett the brave VT attorney who ran for AG on a platform of arresting Bush for war crimes. She pointed out that in every city there is a city hall and that any citizen can call city hall to book a room -- for a press conference but also for a meeting, seminar, etc. So OCCUPY -- OCCUPY CITY HALLS nationwide, phoning first to book the room. That is public space that is specifically designed for citizen asssembly and they will have to do contortions to bar you or arrest you in that setting."
Section K would appear to negate LAPD and judges' directions to not return to #Occupy in any way after having been arrested.
We should learn from them.
and it is growing, and growing, and will not be stopped.
"The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said 'This is mine,' and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody." — Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality, 1754
Submitted by Bradley Maxwell on Tue, 12/06/2011 - 6:48pm
So to end this, I want you all to think about this carefully. I’m sure there will be controversy at what I am about to say, but I feel it needs to be said. We need to seek peace with the LAPD. For one, they are very, very powerful. If we keep poking at “the beast” with a stick, we will surely be bitten. Two, our fight is with the banks and multinational corporations—not necessarily all of them, but the ones who make their living off parasitic behavior. You know, the ones who perpetuate starvation, poverty and violence on a global scale? When Martin Luther King Jr. led the people against segregation, he kept civil rights as his focus. I don’t think he stopped to put all of his energy in to fighting police; he kept his eye on target…just as we should do. While the following statement is easier said than done, we should forgive the LAPD for their ignorance and for their abuses. It’s what any man or woman who holds any real value of righteousness would do. This is not to say the pain will automatically subside, but it will inspire others to rally around the Occupy Movement’s true concerns. It is important that we remember a great many Americans are watching to see what the Occupy Movement does post-eviction. If all the Americans standing on the sidelines see is anger toward the LAPD, and fear about the N.D.A.A. (currently making its way through congress), then that feeling will shape the movement, and ultimately kill it. This is what the powers that be want. The strongest emotion we can convey to the American people, is our love. Love inspires hope. I believe that if the people see our non-violent movement is based on love and understanding, then our numbers will continue to grow. However, if we show the people our anger and ferocity, we will fail. Anger, fear and suspicion increase division, while love, understanding and forgiveness inspire unity. It is a very old formula, relevant to any time.
I end this with one final phrase: LOVE CHECK!
There goes #Occupy SF's Fourth Amendment rights, into the dump truck. Any Dems issuing horrified pronouncements about this? No?
" 'On September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices,' read Adbusters' initial blog post. Going on to demand the immediate 'ending
Uh-oh, looks like the LA Times are a mouthpiece, a yipping lap dog for the rich, and cannot TELL THE TRUTH as it would make them complicit with the wrong side of history.
This is a day of national action to block banks from stealing unlawfully foreclosed upon properties. Here I will briefly describe what I witnessed in one of the Los Angeles actions.
"Two LA area families are taking the courageous step of refusing to leave their homes after their banks foreclosed. Arturo D. lives in the Inland Empire area - a veteran of the armed forces and long-time aerospace worker has moved back in with his wife and four kids to demand that their bank begin accepting payments. Ana Wison, a court interpreter and disability advocate with cerebral palsy, has announced that she and her family are refusing to leave their home after Wells Fargo foreclosed on them despite three stable incomes and the ability to pay the mortgage. A broad group of community members, union members and activists will join Arturo and Ana in setting up around the clock encampments at their homes to demand that their banks return the homes and properly evaluate them for a loan modification."
DUer Pinboy3niner and I met at the corner across from city hall. GUESS WHO WAS THERE TO GREET EVERYONE!? (cue cool music...)
Guys, if you are foreclosed upon, call us. We will be there for you. Even if your co-workers show up like this to attempt to intimidate us out of so doing.
In this photo, a union of RNs showed support:
After some information and a meeting of those attending, we got on a chartered bus to Ana's home. The yard was full, and the crowd easily spilled out into the street.
After this, my camera annihilated two sets of new batteries without taking any further pictures. Pinboy3niner took some very good ones, and I look forward to his addition to this thread.
Several news stations were present, including local Spanish-speaking, as well as web-based news such as insideout (can't find a link). The mood and mic checks were loud and joyous. It it is implied but not specifically mentioned above, but Ana gets around in a wheelchair. After saying our piece, we set out to Riverside...with a stop for pizza. News media interviewed several members of the action, some asking questions about our specific destination. One asked how many of us there were, positing the number 24...I asked the bus driver how many seats there were on the bus...47...not counting those driving or already there.
At the home, members of #Occupy Riverside joined in, as well as one gent who had been at #Wall Street! People helped Arturo move some furniture back into his house. Channels 5 and 7 were there, as well as NHK Japan Television. Large banners were put up, some painted upon sheets, railing against the banks. Pinboy3niner relates that Arturo's daughters were surrounded and greeted by their neighborhood friends.
Press gathered tightly around Arturo and a couple of others who made statements, including Chase from #OccupyLosAngeles. They were asked to all step back to give them some room; not a one of them budged a single inch. They didn't move at all. That tells me how seriously they take this story, these actions. Most of them stayed for hours afterward, when food was served to everyone, and some #Occupiers were given advice by a civil-rights attorney (as with Ana's home, they are setting up and #Occupying in case sheriffs come in the night). Sheriffs, taking orders from banks. Who do you protect? Who do you serve?
The overall mood was of unity and satisfaction, of the Right Thing having been done. I hope that this is the same for each and every other such action taken today, across the nation, and I look forward to reading their stories!
(Aside: The #OLA tree house and mural have been removed. Rumor has it that the city sold them to a museum. Unconfirmed!)
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