Occupy Wall Street
And by elevated I mean infused with cannabis.
There were plenty of police (and barricades) around Foley Square on September 16, the anniversary of the Occupy movement, but nothing like when a politician or other political operative appears in the city.
Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris saw his bid to stop prosecutors from subpoenaing his Twitter records shut down by Manhattan's geekiest judge, Matthew Sciarrino Jr.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to throw a whole bunch of money off a building and into the street? So did we.
Check out the graffiti and digital art Occupy Wall Street is using to publicize their May Day General Strike!
A few protesters tried to disrupt Sarah Palin's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference today. They didn't last long: the crowd (and Palin herself!) chanted "USA, USA" at the occupiers as security removed them.
Andrew Breitbart really lost it Friday night on Occupiers protesting outside the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Members of San Francisco's Rainforest Action Network covered 85 Bank of America ATM screens with overlay stickers, the environmental organization reported, to create awareness of "everything BoA customers' money is being used for."
The owner of Java Joe's in Des Moines gave the boot to a handful of Occupy Iowa demonstrators Friday morning. The coffee shop's proprietor, who was hosting a scheduled appearance by GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich, said she "had to shut [the protest] down" and "couldn't stand it."
Not a good look for the movement. The mishap occurred Friday in Iowa during Chris Christie's stump speech for Mitt Romney.
My hometown paper reported yesterday that "police confiscated signs and other items from the Occupy Fort Worth site" yesterday -- but there was just, like, one guy there. "Before it got cold maybe six dudes were hangin' out," one local told BuzzFeed. "They were about as distracting to motorists as those guys dressed in gorilla costumes waving around vacuum-for-sale signs." Check out the before/after photos of the sleepy Texas town's "site" below.
It’s illegal to camp out in the parks in Melbourne, Australia, so protesters decided to wear their tents as clothing. In America, this is what we would call trolling the cops.
Watch and despair for humanity.
San Francisco artist Doctor Popular used an abandoned newspaper receptacle to install his LEGO diorama of last week's pepper spray incident at UC Davis. Doc Pop said he wanted "to get people thinking about recent police violence while they were trying to do their holiday shopping."
The venerable Senator (and Occupy Wall Street supporter) Bernie Sanders held a town hall meeting at a Vermont high school last weekend, where World War II Veteran Verne McGrew stole the show. Listen to the kind man's wise words.
This is the same Ai Weiwei who was arrested by the Chinese government for his human rights activism, so, yeah...how dare he not be more involved. From an MSNBC live chat with the outspoken artist, who still faces threat of imprisonment for his struggle against the repressive regime. A commenter named Angelina didn't think Ai was sufficiently reverential in his response about OWS. This is infuriating.
A group of Occupy Wall Street protestors interrupted President Obama during a speech promoting his jobs bill in Manchester, NH. I don't know about you, but I think he handled it pretty well.
I will say that for one brief second Megyn Kelly seems to concede that this was a bad move by police. But then Bill O'Reilly comes out and says, "I don't think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police. Particularly at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus." What does that even mean?
Their protests were an inspiration for ours, so why shouldn't our police's violent response be an inspiration for theirs?
Another day, another batch of police brutality videos. God bless America.
In response to Lt. John Pike's pepper spraying of UC Davis protestors, the international hacking group Anonymous has put out this video urging people to flood his home phone, cell, email, office, and mail box with messages condemning his actions. What do you think? Is this a fair response to an officer's use of pepper spray?
In the video, Kayvan Sabehgi, war veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who claims he was peacefully protesting as part of the Occupy Oakland, Calif., movement on November 2nd. He was protesting in front of line of marching police officers in riot gear. At one point, a single officer appears to command Sabehgi to leave before shoving him and hitting him with a nightstick.
I honestly have no idea what the man's talking about. Well, most of what he's saying anyway. Maybe he's just ripped.
Are we the 99 percent? "The Guardian" crunches the numbers behind Occupy Wall Street's rallying cry.
At the faith-based
Republican debate Thanksgiving Family Forum on Saturday evening, Newt Gingrich shared his particularly mean sentiments about Occupy Wall Street with Iowa churchgoers. (via gotchamediablog.com)
One horror story in North Carolina might help shine more light on why banks need shorter leashes.
Police maced a group of students at the University of California, Davis, yesterday after they refused to remove their tents from the quad. About 50 protesters have been camping out there since they were kicked out of the administration building two days prior. No fatal injuries were reported on the scene, but ... I'm not so sure UC Davis police can justify their actions here.
It's pretty amazing that the artist that helped President Obama get elected is now using his own iconic design to appeal to the President on behalf of the #Occupy movement.
Police remove most laid back protester ever from the corner of 4th and Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles.
I still can't get over the fact that photos like this have been coming out so consistently from protests in our own country. It's becoming harder not to become desensitized by it.
Nothing like a little bat-signal-style protest. The side of the Verizon Building has been displaying pro-99% messages this evening as protestors marched across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Twitter user @Elana_Brooklyn tweeted a photo of someone who resembles the star holding a sign that said "Blackboards Not Bullets" during today's protests in Union Square. Hathaway does live in New York and her newest movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," did just wrap filming near Zuccotti Park, but it's hard to tell if it's her. What do you think?
I don't think I could love Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee any more. It is an impossibility.
Food for thought.
Filmmaker Casey Neistat filmed the November 15th OWS raid and set the beautifully tense scene to the iconic "New York, New York". If you can make it there you can make it anywhere. (Best bit is at 3:05)
Well said, Mr. Olbermann. Bloomberg Now, Bloomberg Tomorrow, Bloomberg Forever!
Cinema verite-style documentary footage of Zuccotti Park at night, before it got cleared out by NYC police on November 15, 2011.
The police used LRADs (Long Range Acoustic Devices) on peaceful protestors last night. These devices have been known to destroy ear drums and in some cases kill people. This is what they can sound like.
The evicted protestors speak out. They do not seem to be going away.
Dan Siegel will no longer be advising Mayor Jean Quan on legal matters. Instead he has decided to stand with the 99%. This comes after Siegel urged people to head to the protests last night to stand with the protestors as the police raided their camp.
This politically-charged mashup edits Ally Bank's "Stop Accepting Nonsense" commercial the way it should be -- with spliced fragments of bank heists from Hollywood movies. That's your money they're taking.
#Occupy protestors receive some kind words from a somewhat unlikely place.
"Village Voice" cartoonist Ward Sutton had some ideas of his own how D.C. Comics should reboot their characters. It's never too late, D.C.! We've got at least an entire year until Election merch goes bad.
This is shocking. A man is filming a police line in Oakland when a police officer opens fires on him. I honestly am at a loss for words. But I'd like to take this moment to remind our boys in blue that pointing a camera at a police officer is not a crime.
This guy rules.
Five minutes into Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's speech at Chicago's ritzy Union League Club, the union buster was interrupted by some unexpected guests. About 70 of them, actually.
Former U.S. Army ranger Kayvan Sabeghi was badly beaten with batons by Oakland police as he was on his way home from an Occupy demonstration Wednesday night. Sabeghi, a local business owner, was denied medical treatment for 18 hours while in jail and is now in intensive care with a ruptured spleen.
Occupy Oakland is so big that a photograph couldn't even capture it. This is mind-blowing to see.
About 20 to 30 protestors began a peaceful demonstration inside Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office this morning in Washington D.C. Organizers of the group say they want to speak to him "face to face" about President Obama's Rebuild America Act, which McConnell and fellow Senate Republicans killed in a 51 to 49 vote.
Disclaimer: In this political banter, we cover the shocking truth about Occupy Wall Street from the POV of conservatives who aren't taking kindly to the prostests.
Citing "potential fire hazards," city officials confiscated six power generators and dozens of fuel canisters from the OWS camp this weekend. But protesters are still hanging in there -- despite the record October snowfall, high winds, inches of slush, and reports of hypothermia in Zuccotti Park. About 20 percent of the demonstrators left the scene Saturday, but "they'll be back," one protester said. "We're not going anywhere."
The Wizard says the protestors are high on poppy.
A nice visualization of why people are Occupying everything. If they didn't look how little room they'd have!
The holy man says demonstrations should only be held for those who are oppressed.
After the violence of the other night, it came out that one of the victims was a marine and two-time veteran of the Iraq war. Another marine took to reddit to respond.
So last night the streets of Oakland turned into a Michael Bay movie for a while. The images and video are somewhat reminiscent of those we saw in Egypt earlier this year. Seeing as these type of images occurring in our country are somewhat rare, I figured it would be interesting to see how the media was covering the story. Here are a few looks at where and how news sites featured the story.
The famed street artist put together a pretty fantastic piece for the protests. But then again, I always hated Mr. Moneybags so maybe I'm biased. (So in putting this together I discovered the Monopoly mascot's official name is apparently "Rich Uncle Pennybags." You mean those bags of money are filled with pennies? I don't think that's how rich uncles roll.)
Rachel Maddow points out that the current Republican "big lie" is that taxing rich people discourages job growth.
MTV is officially turning Occupy Wall Street into a reality show.
Typical rich people. They're always about the class warfare and illegal helicopter parking.
The fowl has no sense of obligation to Duckburg. He's a businessman from beginning to end, nothing more.
Albuquerque Police tasered 39-year-old Miguel Aguirre after he lunged at Occupy protesters with a knife and asked, "Who wants to be first?" He later told police his reason for the attack was because he felt the demonstration was disrespectful to the nearby university. He also admitted that he was on a days-long drinking binge.
"The big corporations have shit on us long enough, now it's time for me to shit on them."
The Occupy Melbourne movement got nasty yesterday as police broke up the demonstration and arrested approximately 100 protesters at Melbourne, Australia's City Square. Protesters resumed their demonstration today with more than 400 participants marching through the heart of the city.
The daughter of former Presidential Candidate John McCain, and an heiress in her own right spent some time in Zucotti Park. She says that she has a "column soon to follow." Judging from her Twitter she seems sympathetic to the situation. She would certainly make for an interesting #OWS supporter...
He is the 1%.
Occupy Everywhere. Even fictional worlds are not exempt from the greed of wealth.
#Occupy Wall Street is on the move. It finally reached Andy's room and Toy Story.
The force is 99% strong with this one.
Welcome to The Jungle. Man, it's like there was some crazy parallel "Gilded Age" somewhere in our not so distant past...
This literally could not be more perfect. It's impossible. How could anyone argue with points like these?
A growing movement gets its moment in the political cartoon spotlight. Some of these would look great on placards.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has finally arrived in Norway. So far it consists of one man only: 27-year-old Simen Spikkeland, who's set up camp outside Oslo Stock Exchange. It's hard to fight the system in a country with free health care and virtually no unemployment.
The Princeton professor and the 18 other demonstrators taken into custody will not be prosecuted for occupying the steps of the Supreme Court as part of the Occupy D.C. movement.
This seems like a gross misuse of the "people's microphone." But it is pretty damn cute.
This little guy was seen at Zuccotti Park on October 16th.
I wanted this moment to be a part of my story, and so I decided to take my special lady down to Liberty Plaza and ask her to be my wife using the people's mic to help me out.