Posted 10 months ago on Jan. 23, 2013, 9:55 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
On Monday, December 31st, Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post reported that weapons and high explosive powder were found in the home of a Greenwich Village couple. New York Post reporter Jamie Schram claimed that the accused is an "Occupy Wall Street activist", sans a single source (not even an anonymous one) for the OWS connection.
And so as the OWS PR working group was forced to call the press to account: "We urge members of the media to refrain from spreading rumors and misinformation," emphasizing in the immediate aftermath of the story that "There is nothing… to support a link between OWS and the individual arrested."
Soon after, this was confirmed by the NYPD in the New York Times, which acknowledged there was no evidence the accused was active in any political movements whatsoever. Within another day, Schram himself was forced to write an update which struck any mention of Occupy from the record. The Village Voice documented the lies in New York Post Helps NYPD Slander Occupy Wall Street (Again), followed by FAIR's account of the phony link between Occupy and the arrests, and another Voice headline: More Misresporting on the West Village Explosive Arrests.
This is far from the first time that the Post has distorted the facts of a story in order to associate the movement with violence. As Your Inbox: Occupied, has noted, the results of media misinformation have contributed to "the marginalization of constituencies and views that deserve respectful treatment by reporters, documented police violence, and unconstitutional domestic spying activities."
As Nick Pinto of the Village Voice notes, "a full two days after the Occupy link had already been debunked, CBS This Morning ran a segment doubling down on the false claim," going so far as to bring on Mitchell Silber of K2 Intelligence, a corporate investigation firm. "It's unclear why CBS doesn't bother to identify him as such," writes Pinto, "but well into 2012, Silber was the Director of the Analytic and Cyber Units in the NYPD's controversial Intelligence Division, where he was associated with the division's program of widespread surveillance of Muslim Americans."
Multiple times this year it has become clear that the effort to cast aspersions of criminality over this movement for equity and democracy portends an escalation in repression. When we first called attention to the National Defense Authorization Act, we were seeing frightening signs that violent elements acting outside of Occupy Wall Street and against our principles, will be marshaled to justify a future crackdown heralding from the inner sanctum of the Executive. And the scope of this problem has recently become even more pronounced through disclosures that the "FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity. These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America." This pathetic, yet extremely damaging example of collusion between Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street tabloid and elements within the FBI, proves the point.
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Reprinted with edits from OccupyWallStreet.net
Posted 11 months ago on Jan. 2, 2013, 1:48 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
The People’s Reconstruction Series is a sequence of educational encounters, organized by Occupy University, that address several issues related to Hurricane Sandy. Each encounter will gather at Bluestockings (172 Allen St. New York, NY 10002) and feature a presentation followed by horizontal discussion. We hope to provide a space for people to collectively reflect on the politics of climate disaster in New York City.
More info: RSVP on Facebook
Encounter 1, “Rising Water”
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
*What are the politics of climate change at local, national, and international levels?
Encounter 2, “Individual Consequences”
Thursday, January 17, 2013
*How are individuals affected financially, emotionally, and otherwise by climate change? Specific emphasis will be given to communities in New York City impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Encounter 3, “Community Response”
Thursday, January 24, 2013
*What can communities do to address immediate threats and consequences of climate change as well as address systemic injustices disasters like Sandy uncover.
Posted 11 months ago on Jan. 2, 2013, 1:07 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
tar sands blockade,
link to background information on Houston's toxic East End,
more info on projects going on in Manchester such as the Free Store, and
photos from other events. For more information contact
On Thursday, December 27th, in Houston, TX residents of the Manchester
neighborhood joined in unity with anarchist community organizers, Tar
Sands Blockaders, Occupiers, leaders from TEJAS (Texas Environmental
Justice Advocacy Services), and hunger strikers Diane Wilson and Bob
Lindsey, now in their 33rd day of a sustained hunger strike to protest
Valero’s involvement with the Keystone XL Pipeline and ultimately their
presence in this community. Movements like Occupy Wall Street have given
rise to resistance movements that aim to prove that another world is
Anarchists and Tar Sands Blockaders
have been organizing in Houston’s toxic East End. For the past two months
they have been working to cultivate a community of resistance in the fence-line
neighborhood of Manchester. This was most recently displayed when
residents of Manchester cheered on Diane Wilson and Bob Lindsey, after they chained
their necks to industrial trucks outside this Valero refinery during a
TSB action. People came out into the streets and began chanting, “Shut
down Valero! Protect Manchester” and, “What do we want? Clean air! When
do we want it? NOW!” Diane and Bob began a hunger strike immediately
after being arrested for their actions. They were taken to the Harris
County Jail where they were made to endure torturous and illegal conditions.
Anarchists and Tar Sands Blockaders
helped to facilitate the gathering based on principles of mutual aid and
solidarity. A barbecue was held less than one block away from the Valero
refinery that poisons the neighborhood.
A sign proclaimed, “EVERYONE WELCOME! TODⒶS BIENVENIDⒶS!” and was
accompanied by a free store containing many warm clothing items, books
from Tony Diaz’s project, Librotraficante, live music from an Occupy Wall Street
member, and toys for children collected and donated by Cherri Foytlin.
Cherri, an indigenous woman, and mother of six from Louisiana, chained
herself to a Keystone XL Pipeyard gate on October 24th, a Tar Sands
“From destructive tar sands development that destroy
indigenous sovereignty and health at the route’s start to the toxic
emissions that will lay further burden on environmental justice
communities along the Gulf of Mexico, this pipeline not only
disproportionately affects indigenous frontline communities but its clear
that it will bring death and disease to all in its path.”
Residents and allies marched the half block to the neighborhoods only park
sitting in the shadow of the Valero refinery and it's insidious smokestacks to issue new demands on the
corporate giant. “We demand to know what you are forcing us to breathe!
¡Exigimos saber lo que nos están obligando a respirar!” The community
came together in a celebration of unity and strength. The following day,
a young woman from the community who helped to write a demand letter to
amplify the all too often silenced voices of Manchester, made her way to
San Antonio. The president and CEO of Valero, William Kleese, lives there
in a multi-billion dollar home in a gated community with a security check
point. The young woman, Yudith, intended to speak directly to Kleese but
no one came to the door. Yudith left a copy of this
letter on the holiday wreath on Kleese's door.
History January 2013