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Greetings from OWS PR! Let's Clear the Air.

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 25, 2012, 9:57 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

Greetings from the Occupy Wall Street Public Relations Working Group, sometimes called the OWS Press Team, which goes back to the earliest days of the Occupation in New York City. Many of you may have met us at the Press Table in Liberty Square and many more of you media-makers have continued to reach out and tell the stories of the 99%.

Yesterday a press release went around that gave many the impression that Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is represented by a public relations firm. Read More...

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OccupySF: "BOA: People's Food"

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 20, 2012, 6:12 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

Occupy Wall St. West

via Occupy SF:

"At Van Ness and Geary protesters squared off against a blockade of riot cops in the rain. "Cops go home!" was chanted with brazen voices as the police rampantly pepper sprayed protesters as they waited for reinforcements. The march continued onward when suddenly the familiar sound of revolution rang through the air as [the Black Bloc] smashed through a luxury car dealerships window which caused a rift amongst the march. At this point a meeting was called and the decision was made to head to the Cathedral Hill Hotel which had been expropriated by the protesters. A marching band played jubilant tunes and a banner was dropped: People's Food: Bank of America."

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UC Riverside Regents: "You're fired!"

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 19, 2012, 6:51 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

UC Riverside Brings in sheriffs with riot gear. (Cropped)

Occupy LA vists UC Riverside, previous coverage:

[...] Riot cops w/ pepper ball guns massing to "guard" the regents from a nonviolent, peaceful protests of students. The same students that the regents at UC-Riverside are supposed to be representing[...]

They've declared it an unlawful assembly twice now, but have since tried to fictionalize the narrative w/ "Stop advancing on the officers" -- Students ARE NOT ADVANCING, just demanding free education and the regents to open up their meeting. Private regents meeting is actually against the law.

Lots of OLA'ers in the protest of about 500.

~ Ryan Rice

The cops were not happy with no arrests at the action earlier in the day, and have used rubber bullets on peaceful students, and community members (as reported by PMBeers).

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AMERICA OCCUPIES THE CAPITAL

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 16, 2012, 1:20 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

occupycongress

January 17 at 9 am
Capitol Hill

Washington, DC—On January 17 Americans from across the nation and the world will assemble in the shadows of a broken system to participate in real democracy.

At 9 am on the opening day of Congress, Occupy Congress will convene for a day of action against a corrupt political institution. Actions include a multi-occupational General Assembly, teach-ins, an OCCUParty, a pink slip for every congressional “representative” and a march on all three branches of a puppet government that sold our rights and our futures to the 1%.

This is an illegitimate system. Around half of the nation’s population doesn’t participate in electoral politics. More than 6 million Americans who want to vote are disenfranchised, including the entire populace of the District of Columbia. There is consensus that we are on the wrong track and that our “leaders” do not have our interests at heart.

All “elected” officials bought their way into gerrymandered seats with Wall Street money. These bankers’ henchmen have shown themselves both unwilling and unable to take on the tremendous, systemic issues in our country, our place in this world.

In the face of this endemic corruption, the Occupy movement is about organizing locally to discuss and change these problems from the ground up. We came to show the 1%’s Congress what democracy looks like.

Our nation, and our world, is in crisis and our “elected” officials have failed us. They refused to hold their bankrollers—Wall Street—responsible for the financial crimes that bankrupted our nation and destroyed the global economy. This last legislative cycle was the least productive in recorded U.S. history; 90% of the country disapproves of these “elected” officials.

We refuse to accept the grim future that Wall Street’s cronies have designed. We refuse to be the 1%’s captive citizenry. We stand together to show that the 99% are creating a better world.

The 99% will no longer be complacent. Our many voices will be amplified on the steps of Capitol Hill. We shall have a nation by, for, and powered by the people once again. We are building it.

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#OccupyCongress is a part of the Occupy movement, which began with Occupy Wall Street on Sept. 17, 2011, in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District. #Occupy is a people powered movement that has spread to sustained occupations in hundreds of cities in the United States and actions in thousands of cities globally. #Occupy is fighting back against the corrosive power major banks and multinational corporations have over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest depression in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Spain, Greece, Italy and the UK, and aims to expose how the richest 1% are writing the rules of the global economy and the laws of the land, imposing an agenda of neoliberalism and economic inequality that is foreclosing on our future.

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