Posts filed under ‘Occupy Wall Street’
This news from Thom Hartmann is fantastic:
Speaking of getting active – it works! Occupy Buffalo protestors on Thursday convinced their city to end its business ties with JP Morgan Chase – and move $45 million out of the Wall Street giant and into a local bank – First Niagara Financial Group. As the Buffalo city comptroller said about the move: “Not only will the funds earn more interest with First Niagara, a major local employer headquartered in Buffalo, but it also sends a crystal-clear message to JPMorgan Chase that the City of Buffalo is not happy with their business practices.” One of the great successes of the Occupy movement since it began this year is convincing Americans, businesses, and entire cities to move hundreds of millions of dollars out of Wall Street banks and into local banks. Let’s keep it up.
Bravo to Occupy Buffalo. Good work people!
Imagine if this happened in oh, say, New York or Chicago:
German police officers escort an anti-capitalism protest march with some 20,000 people in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 19, 2012. Protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe’s biggest financial hub in their protest against the dominance of banks and what they perceive to be untamed capitalism, Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis said. The protest group calling itself Blockupy has called for blocking the access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt’s business district.
I love that shot. After all, the police are getting screwed by the banks and “untamed capitalism” just like the rest of us.
Don Lemon is on CNN right now (@6:54 p.m. ET) showing video of Chicago police beating Occupy Wall Street protesters with sticks.
Occupy Wall Street and other groups (like Iraq Veterans Against the War) are marching today in Chicago in the face of the NATO summit there.
The Chicago Police Department spent $1 million on riot gear-type stuff in preparation for the two-day summit, including buying an LRAD tanker that has the capacity to one’s ear drums:
That said, here’s my Tweet of the Day:
Interesting that the CPD has so much money but schools there are laying teachers off in the thousands.
Priorities of a ducked up country imho.
Demonstrations surrounding the NATO meeting in Chicago have begun. This pic was posted about an hour ago:
What’s happening here is the Chicago Police Department, whose salaries we pay for with Our Tax Dollars, are standing against We the People. They work for us, not the corporatocracy. Ah, do they know that?
A cause for concern.
More NATO/ Occupy things happening tomorrow and Monday in Chitown. If there’s a riot*, the “liberal media” will cover it. Otherwise, crickets.
* Per Martin Luther King, Jr.; “A riot is the language of the unheard.”
Occupy Wall Street protesters outside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house this afternoon:
Oops. Somebody leaked the NYPD’s plans for potential May Day protests tomorrow. They’re filed under “NYPD Shield — Countering Terrorism Through Information Sharing.”
See the six page “Shield” plan here (pdf). It’s incredible what they’re freaking out about: a few bicyclists here, a high school walkout there. They’re afraid of their own shadow and their goal is to protect the corporatocracy.