Posts Tagged ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Occupy Tampa supporters angry about prolonged detention of protester Timothy Sommers

Posted on: December 20th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

Occupy Tampa logo (Photo: Facebook)

Occupy Tampa supporters are up in arms over the possible months-long detention of protester Timothy Sommers, arrested alongside 28 others at a Dec. 2 demonstration in Riverfront Park for trespassing and “obstructing or opposing an officer without violence.” (more…)

Florida People’s Convention drafts proposals for 2012 session

Posted on: December 20th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment

Florida Speaker of the House Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, right (Photo: Mark Foley, via myfloridahouse.gov)

Occupy Wall Street-inspired groups from around the state have begun to draft proposals to be handed to House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, on the first day of the Florida legislative session, Jan. 10.

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Occupy Tampa protest Obama, National Defense Authorization Act

Posted on: December 16th, 2011 by The American Independent 2 Comments

President Barack Obama aboard Air Force One (Pic by The White House, via Flickr)

Occupy Tampa protesters plan to march to Obama’s Ybor City campaign office today to protest the president’s decision to support the National Defense Authorization Act, a bill that authorizes the “indefinite detention of terrorist suspects” — including American citizens — “without trial.”

In a statement given to Obama’s office yesterday, Occupy Tampa protesters wrote:

In your newly stated support for the provisions that allow for the indefinite detainment of American citizens, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, you have betrayed the trust of those who have put you into office and the trust of the citizens that your office was created to serve.

If you fail to veto this bill in its entirety due to these provisions, you can expect members of occupations all over the country to dedicate ourselves to act against your political interests in the 2012 election and beyond.

This bill threatens the first amendment.

This bill explicitly violates Art. III, Sec. 3 of the constitution which states, “No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court”. The removal of the rights of citizenship without due process of law allows for the destruction of the rights and liberties that we, the citizens, have, for generations, fought and bled for.

This bill violates the Fourth amendment, and the founding principles of due process that stands as the basis for justice in our country.

This bill further eliminates the protections guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment right to make use of due process of law.

This bill violates the Sixth amendment of the Constitution, as it denies citizens to the basic protection of a guaranteed trial by jury.

For the first time in legislative history the government of the United States has, through legislative fiat, designated the entire planet upon which we live a war zone and every citizen a potential enemy of the state.

This bill goes against everything that you have said previously, everything you have purported to stand for, and what has distinguished this nation as the founder of the free world.

We expect you to veto this assault on the American way of life.

The NDAA has drawn fierce criticism from civil liberties advocates. The executive director of Human Rights Watch said that by deciding to support the bill, Obama “will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in US law.” An ACLU representative said that “if President Obama signs this bill, it will damage both his legacy and American’s reputation for upholding the rule of law.”

Former congressman who says Muslim Brotherhood is behind Occupy Wall Street endorses Gingrich

Posted on: December 15th, 2011 by The American Independent 3 Comments

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore)

Mother Jones reports that presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has received an endorsement from former Rep. Fred Grandy, R-Iowa, an anti-Islam activist.

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Florida Occupy groups organize for upcoming legislative session

Posted on: December 14th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment

An Occupy Miami protester (Photo: FLORIDA INDEPENDENT/Ashley Lopez)

This past weekend, Occupy Wall Street-inspired groups from all over the state came to together in Orlando to outline priorities for the upcoming state legislative session. (more…)

VIDEO: Occupy Tampa protesters target campaign-funders’ accountants

Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

610 South Blvd., Tampa (Photo: Phil Bardi)

Occupy Tampa protesters today targeted the accounting firm Robert Watkins and Co., famous in Florida political circles for handling the finances for dozens of campaign funds and political action committees.

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Occupy movement organizes on Texas college campuses, prepares for future action

Posted on: December 8th, 2011 by Teddy Wilson 1 Comment

In the months since the Occupy Movement has begun, a significant segment of the protest has been focused on issues relevant to college students. The rising cost of higher education and the heavy burden of student loan debt have spurred students to get involved in the movement.

On college campuses around the country the occupy movement has been engaged, and the reaction to the protests by some administrators has spurred controversy. Democracy Now! reported that at the University of California at Berkeley police forcibly removed students and arrested 39 people, and at University of California, Davis, campus police pepper-sprayed student protesters as they sat together to protest the dismantling of the “Occupy UC Davis” encampment.

In Texas the occupy movement has been embraced on some college campuses, but there has not been the same types of confrontations with campus police that have been seen elsewhere. The students have often chosen to work with local occupy movement organizers than to focus solely on campus actions. However, as the movement has grown that appears to be changing.

According to the student newspaper the Daily Texan, a student walkout began the occupy movement at the University of Texas at Austin on October 5 as students joined with Occupy Austin. The event took place nationwide as Occupy Colleges called for students and faculty at college campus across the country to protest in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

According to the Occupy UT Austin Facebook page, the group stands in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. “The community is comprised of students, staff, faculty, and anyone affiliated with (or standing in support of) occupying university members.” A semester long event is being planned for January 16 until May 4 to occupy the University of Texas Tower. The Facebook event page says “that beginning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Occupy Wall Street movement will come to the University of Texas.” According to the group’s web site, a planning meeting is scheduled for December 13.

The Occupy Movement has also come to Texas A&M University. In November students organized with professors and community members in Occupy Bryan-College Station protests. The Texas A&M student newspaper the Battalion reported that a protest in November organized on campus, and an estimated 40 occupiers marched to the local branch of Bank of America.

However, students at Texas A&M have not “occupied” areas on campus, and their activities have been limited to protests and days of action. Junior mechanical engineering major Justin Montgomery told the Battalion that it wouldn’t be effective to set up occupied encampments. “We’re doing this to show our support for what’s going on elsewhere, and also for all these people to have an outlet to voice their opinions,” said Montgomery.

Joshua Christopher Harvey, one of the organizers of Occupy Texas State, told the Texas Independent that he became involved in the occupy movement because “over the years it had become apparent to me that our government has grown less accountable to the people.” Harvey went on to say that the “encroachment of corporate personhood in our society and its impact on our political system was also of great concern.”

“Here in Texas,” said Harvey, “grants and funding for higher education were and are being cut. These cuts have led my university to increase the student population in an attempt to balance the $10 million budget cut by the state. This puts a great burden on our teaching staff. Due to further cuts next year, our tuition will rise. The Occupy Colleges Movement, which started in California allowed me and others an outlet to be a participant in the greater movement at a local level and to seek solutions to counteract the negative effects of corporate personhood and a failed economy on education in our state.”

Like Occupy UT Austin, Occupy Texas State is also planning future events, including the possibility of acts of peaceful and minor civil disobedience. These events could be “sit-ins or erecting a tent on the Quad and occupying it for a number of hours or possibly days to challenge university policies that we feel limit free speech and expression,” said Harvey. In addition Occupy Texas State is planning on working with the Texas State Employees Union, CWA-TSEU, in the coming weeks to address cuts and freezes to faculty and staff pay at our university.

Moving forward, Harvey says that the Occupy Movement on the Texas State campus is going to continue its efforts to further the message of the movement and engage students in action. “We will hold more Days of Action rallies, shows of solidarity to the greater Occupy Movement and seek to work with our local and state governments. We feel it is time to move from demonstrating to action and we are planning a host of activities for the Spring semester including a voting drive to register the incoming students in time for the 2012 elections,” said Harvey.

VIDEO: Ron Paul defends Occupy movement

Posted on: December 5th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment

For most of the Republican presidential contenders, Occupy Wall Street and its assorted spin-offs such as Occupy Denver are bad news. Occupiers have been characterized essentially as lazy bums and their message as a cry for class warfare. (more…)