Members of Occupy Boulder are planning a protest over the University of Colorado’s efforts to shut down the annual 4/20 celebration. At a general assembly Saturday on Pearl Street, members of the group said the measures being taken by CU — including shutting down the campus to visitors and closing Norlin Quad — were turning the university into a “police state.” “We need to address the police lockdown at CU, which is a response to a peaceful protest that has gone on for 20 years,” said Daniel Schwartz. “These are draconian measures that are suppressing our First Amendment rights.” CU announced last week that it will close the campus to all visitors on Friday. Only CU students and employees will be allowed on the campus on April 20, officials said, and they will be required to show their Buff OneCard identification to authorities. The Norlin Quad area will also be closed off to all people, including students. While Occupy Boulder has not finalized its protest details, the group plans on meeting on the lawn of the Boulder County Courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall on Friday and then marching towards the campus and then returning to the courthouse lawn for a smokeout. The group is also encouraging people who aren’t able to make the event to smoke to protest marijuana laws. “Wherever you are, get off the couch and go outside and smoke there,” said Occupy Boulder protestor Lee Buchsbaum. “It’s your 4/20; it’s your day. If you believe in marijauna rights, if you believe it should be legal and regulated like alcohol, go outside.” Contact Camera Staff Writer Mitchell Byars at 303-473-1329 or email@example.com. You can read the rest of this article at:: http://www.timescall.com/news/longmont-local-news/ci_20397992/occupy-boulder-planning-4-20-protest
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A new kind of Mav-wreck It was a week that packed enough drama for a season’s worth of episodes on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” — or “Jersey Shore,” for that matter. There were confrontations, finger-pointing and plenty of regrets, all involving one Lamar Joseph Odom. It started with the infamous locker-room clash last weekend between Odom and his boss, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who reportedly asked his mopey, underachieving forward whether he wanted “to go for it or not?” Odom allegedly shouted “Stop playing games!” at Cuban, prompting the owner to place Odom on the inactive list for the rest of a season in which the veteran was averaging career lows in every meaningful category for a team fighting to make the Western Conference playoffs, never mind defend its NBA title. Charles Barkley then weighed in on the matter, saying it was “a joke” that the Mavericks would have to pay Odom the remainder of his $8.9-million salary for doing nothing. The final indignity came when Fox Sports Florida reported that Odom had been eliminated from consideration for Team USA for this summer’s Olympic Games in London. Dallas is expected to exercise the $2.4-million buyout of Odom’s contract, which many Mavericks fans would probably consider the team’s first wise investment in the former Laker and Clipper. The rest of the story Maybe Gregg Popovich has something against 12-game winning streaks. For the second time this season, the San Antonio coach rested top players after his team had amassed 11 consecutive victories. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili sat out the Spurs’ 91-84 loss to Utah on Monday, with Popovich explaining You can read the rest of this article at:: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-coast-to-coast-20120415,0,6321276.story
ROCKFORD (WIFR) — It was a different kind of rally in Downtown Rockford today, as members of the group Occupy Rockford set up a camp across from the BMO Harris Bank Center. Protestors say the camp was a place to discuss issues like foreclosure, race and corruption in the Stateline. “We really hope that it’s kind of going to be a neutral ground for different minds and different people of the city to come together to start a discussion about how to change things in Rockford, says Occupy Rockford member Eric Howaneitz. Their message and camp didn’t go unnoticed. Both Rockford and State police arrived downtown, asking that Occupy Rockford leave the area because they were on private property. A request that sparked a nearly three hour standoff between the two sides. Howaneitz says, “That’s one of the most important things that we did today. We gathered together as one activist group and really solidified our scene and our community to do things in the future.” Police took action nearly two hours later, removing everything from the camp except for Occupy members, who continued to stand their ground. It wasn’t long after that, that fears of being arrested and the potential use of police force caused protestors to walk away, ending the standoff without violence. Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson says he’s glad it ended peacefully and knows the group will rally again another day. “We recognize their need of their wanting to protest various agendas and whatever those are, we’re going to assure their constitutional rights are protected. There was tremendous restraint on both sides to have this today. I think it was a win-win both for the citizens of Rockford, Occupy Rockford and the Police Department, says Epperson. Some of the members of Occupy Rockford yelled we’ll see you tomorrow as they walked away from the property, although the people we spoke to were unsure if another camp would take place on Sunday. Latest Comments Posted by: Steven Location: Rockford on Apr 14, 2012 at 09:04 PM
The proposed Denver city ordinance to criminalize our homeless sisters and brothers in Denver is now making its way through various meetings at the city. There are two meetings this week about the ordinance at the Health, Safety, Education & Services Committee and the Commission on Homelessness. Occupy Denver has formally requested time to speak at both meetings. We need to take two critical actions this week. First , we need as many people as possible to attend the city meetings about the ordinance. Second , we need to continue to visit, call and email city council members about the ordinance. Attend City Meetings This Week Tuesday, April 17, 1:30 pm – Health, Safety, Education & Services Committee ( Agenda ) Room 391, City and County Building 1437 Bannock St, Denver, Colorado 80202 Thursday, April 19, 3:30 pm – Denver Homeless Commission Parr-Widener Community Room, City and County Building 1437 Bannock St, Denver, Colorado 80202 Members of the Denver Homeless Commission are appointed by Mayor Hancock to participate in a community-wide effort to develop a ten year plan to end homelessness in the City and County of Denver and to help oversee the implementation of such a plan. Visit, Call and Email City Council Members and the Mayor’s Office Susan K. Shepherd , District 1 (720-337-7701 | firstname.lastname@example.org) Jeanne Faatz, District 2 (720-337-2222 | email@example.com) Paul D. Lopez, District 3 (720-337-3333 | firstname.lastname@example.org) Peggy Lehmann, Council President Pro Tem – District 4 (720-337-4444 | email@example.com) Mary Beth Susman, District 5 (720-337-5555, firstname.lastname@example.org) Charlie Brown, District 6 (720-337-6666 | email@example.com) Chris Nevitt, Council President – District 7 (720-337-7777 | firstname.lastname@example.org) Albus Brooks, District 8 (720-337-8888 | email@example.com) Judy H. Montero, District 9 (720-337-7709 | firstname.lastname@example.org) Jeanne Robb, District 10 (720-337-7710 | email@example.com) Christopher Herndon, District 11 (720-337-7711 | firstname.lastname@example.org) Robin Kniech , City Council At-Large (720-337-7712 | email@example.com) Deborah (Debbie) Ortega , City Council At-Large (720-337-7713 | firstname.lastname@example.org) Office of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock (720-865-9011 | email@example.com) Janice Sinden, Chief of Staff to the Mayor (firstname.lastname@example.org) Evan Dreyer, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor (email@example.com) Key resources to share with city council members include: The Homes Not Handcuffs page at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless; Occupy Denver’s Open Letter to Mayor Hancock ; and, Homes Not Handcuffs: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities , a new report from the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. Dr. Cornel West, “Don’t Let This Happen in Denver.” Dr. Cornel West was the keynote speaker at the University of Colorado Denver’s Art of Social Justice Conference on Thursday, April 5th. He opened his speech to overflow crowds condemning the proposed Denver city ordinance criminalizing homelessness. Dr. West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. Watch: Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Ordinance Meeting If you missed the Tuesday, April 3rd Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee meeting about the ordinance, you may watch it here . There have been many attempts to criminalize homelessness in the United States and the rhetoric defending these attempts is often the same. Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D. wrote an essay titled “ Patterns of exclusion: sanitizing space, criminalizing homelessness ” that provides an important critique of the ideas used to criminalize homelessness. Dr. Amster teaches Peace Studies and is Chair of the Master’s Program in Humanities at Prescott College and also serves as the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Studies Association. He authored the work Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness (LFB Scholarly 2008). Amster led an effort to overturn an ordinance making it a criminal offense to sit on the local sidewalks in Temple, AZ. He argued the case before a Federal Judge and won an injunction against enforcement of the law before it was overturned on appeal. Amster organized “sit-in” demonstrations against the ordinance, which he argued was aimed primarily at the local homeless population. He also helped to spearhead a successful campaign to preserve one of the last remaining open spaces in downtown Temple.
Notulen General Assembly Occupy Amsterdam Zaterdag 14 April 2012 Mededelingen: Ocuppy College Afgelopen donderdag werd er weer een succesvolle Occupy College in de Vondelbunker georganiseerd. Er werd een inspirerende documentaire vertoond (‘The Take’) over hoe Argentijnse arbeiders hun stilgelegde fabrieken bezetten, overnemen en omvormen tot cooperatieven in de nasleep van de financiele crisis die dat [lees meer...]
A foreclosure and eviction from one’s home is always a tragic situation, and in this case it’s especially so. (CNN) — A locksmith hired to help in the process of evicting a California tenant was shot dead, along with the sheriff’s deputy serving the eviction notice, police said Friday. In addition to the two men shot dead, a lone body has been found inside the charred ruins of the Modesto, California, apartment building, Modesto police Officer Chris Adams told CNN on Friday. He did not say definitively that this was the same person being sought out for the eviction notice, adding that it could take days or weeks to positively identify the body. But he did say that police are no longer looking for any suspects in the case. Condolences to all the families involved.