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."
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.
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?
Another day, another batch of police brutality videos. God bless America.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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."
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...
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.
This is one of those videos that gives me great hope in the American people. Hoorah! I salute you, Sgt. Shamar Thomas.
When the Occupy Wall Street protest moved to Times Square on October 15th, Marine Sergeant Shamar Thomas was there to tell the police how it is. There is no honor brutalizing peaceful Occupy Wall Street protests.
The protests in Madrid, were peaceful, family-oriented, and included people of all ages. The most amazing moment of the demonstration, which took place at Plaza del Sol (the heart of Spain's capital), was when a live orchestra performed Beethoven's 9th Symphony over loud speakers. It was an amazing experience, unlike anything I've ever seen in the States.
In addition to the other #OccupyWallStreet demonstrations in New York today, an estimated 15-20,000 protesters have taken over Times Square. NYPD responded with paddy wagons in tow and have arrested somewhere between 40 to 100 protesters. Check out footage of tonight's event below, including a live stream of the Times Square scene.
I know the video looks like total chaos, but wait for the 0:90 mark.
The News Corp. CEO gave a speech in San Francisco yesterday at an education summit and was interrupted by #OccupySesameStreet activists, ostensibly speaking out for education reform. All six protesters were ejected from the conference but no arrests were made. Staged? (via Gawker and Xinhua News.)
Demonstrators linked to #OccupyWallStreet are going to picnic in East Village, Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park at noon Saturday. The picnic in the park will be followed by a general assembly which, according to one activist, will include "food to share, drums, musical instruments, art supplies anything else you can think of to make this a fun and noisy but peaceful occupation." Some protesters have considered staying overnight.
At the 1:40 mark, a white-shirted NYPD officer decks a protester in a green shirt.
The video is shocking and the pictures are powerful. The man was a Legal Aid Society observer, but that didn't stop the beating. This is not a good look for the NYPD.
Seriously Sean? You made your name off of Napster (a program that took pirating mainstream and into the digital age) and are famous for being a wild partier. These people believe in something.
It's not just the poor who recognize that there is a problem.
A couple of guys were sitting around watching footage from Occupy Wall Street and noticed a lot of fine ladies making sure that the voice of the 99% gets heard.
We had to do something to stop the bleeding.
Actual Quote from Jackson in the video: "The real issue is, Obama is a Marxist, and he is stirring up racial divide and class warfare on purpose." If she hadn't already long since ruined the re-watchability of Chris Farley-era SNL, she has now.
Nailed it. Pass this along. I'll see you in Zuccotti Park.
We started years ago and we will never stop. Our plan? Take the 99%, and drain it until it's the 1%, then we'll make it 0%. Then we'll go back to the store and make it 100% again. See the percentage changes all the time.
We've seen the wide variety of people who are at Occupy Wall Street, and now that the movement has been lasting weeks, more and more kids are showing up to support their parents and fight for a better future for themselves. And they look as cute as you'd think they'd look while doing it.