In the beginning of the video, police are seen pulling an individual off of her bike onto the ground, and arresting her.
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Workers express anger, gloom, elation on May Day With Europe’s unemployed denouncing austerity measures, Asia’s laborers demanding higher salaries and U.S. protesters condemning Wall Street, Tuesday’s demonstrations by hundreds of thousands were less a celebration of workers’ rights than a furious venting over spending cuts, tax hikes and soaring unemployment. In Boston, activities are being planned that will include a noon rally at City Hall, and a “Death of Capitalism Street Theater Funeral Procession” later in the evening, according to CBS Station WBZ Boston. Occupy Boston called for people to skip work and school, strike and not shop. (CBS News) http://tinyurl.com/7d33hm5 Boston Phoenix photo album: Occupy Boston’s May Day rally http://tinyurl.com/7boxeqk Occupy Boston Marks May Day With Rallies, ‘Funeral’ It’s May Day, an international labor holiday, and demonstrations of varying size and message are under way around the world, as NPR and other outlets are reporting. Here, Occupy Boston planned “A Day Without The 99%,” as it urged “the 99% to strike, skip work, walk out of school, and refrain from shopping, banking, and business.” The group began its schedule of area events this morning in Boston’s Financial District, where, as WCVB-TV reports, “[a] small group of Occupy Boston protesters braved the rain and marched.” Demonstrators then gathered at Copley Square and Boston City Hall Plaza. (WBUR) http://tinyurl.com/c4moc3p Occupy Boston protesters return to rally (NECN) (video) http://tinyurl.com/cg7r58r May Day Occupy protests – live coverage (Occupy Boston photo embed at The Guardian) http://tinyurl.com/c6lv8g8 Occupy Boston protesters rally for May Day On the first day of May, Occupy Boston protesters rallied through the city’s streets in honor of May Day. Although the group was small, demonstrators were still without permits. The protesters began their march in the Financial District then headed to City Hall and Downtown Boston. The “May Day” protesters marched for workers’ right. (My Fox Boston) http://tinyurl.com/cbpr9hy UPDATED: Protesters Rally for Workers’ Rights What Occupiers lacked in numbers they made up for in enthusiasm as about 100 protesters huddled under Trinity Church before marching to Government Center to mark International Worker’s Day. “We’re really trying to be advocates for workers rights,” said Steve Revilak, an Arlington resident who took the day off from work in spirit of May Day. (South End Patch) http://tinyurl.com/cg3kzje ‘Occupy’ Marchers Return To Boston A small group of Occupy Boston protesters braved the rain and marched through Boston’s financial district Tuesday morning, saying their Dewey Square encampment may be gone, but their message is here to stay. The protesters, which numbered a few dozen, marched past many of the institutions they accuse of creating and maintaining disparity between the rich, the 1 percent, and the masses, the 99 percent. Tuesday’s march is part of a full-day of May Day events Occupy groups have planned around Greater Boston and the country. (Boston Channel) http://tinyurl.com/dxx8sps Occupy May Day Goes Global Occupy May Day went global on Tuesday, as demonstrations stretched from California to New York and from Europe to the Caribbean. Occupy San Francisco got an early start to the traditional May Day workers’ protest, kicking off its organized rally at 8 p.m. local time on Monday. “San Francisco, once a stronghold of the dispossessed, has become a playground for the rich and a living hell for those of us who can’t keep up or have no interest in capitalist relations,” Bay Area protest organizers said in a statement. http://tinyurl.com/cdkppy6 Flashpoints but mostly calm Occupy May Day May Day was targeted by the Occupy movement as the day “the people of the planet will take to the streets.” Crowds did in many major cities demonstrating against the control of the “1 percent.” But promised stoppage of mass transportation and commerce largely fizzled across the country. Overall there were a modest number of arrests and minor clashes in a few cities. The Occupy movement targeted May Day to disrupt “business as usual” nationwide. Organizers called on the 99 percent to abandon work, school, and all commercial activities with marches planned in major hubs like New York, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington D.C. What started out as a day of mostly peaceful protests saw increasing arrests and acts of violence. Here’s a roundup of flashpoints: http://tinyurl.com/7u3afv6 Occupy May Day protests across US as activists and unions link up The Occupy Wall Street movement has attempted to breathe new life into its campaign against inequities in the global financial system with a series of May Day protests around the United States. Thousands of people turned out in New York for a day of action that culminated in a confident march down Broadway in the evening sunshine towards Wall Street, the crucible of the protest that began last year with an angry backlash against banking excess. The stated aim of bringing business in the commercial capital of the US to a standstill went unfulfilled, but as rain gave way to a bright spring afternoon, traffic ground to a halt around Lower Manhatttan as the Occupy movement’s most anticipated day of action in months took hold. http://tinyurl.com/bt69sor May Day in Seattle: Black-clad protesters smash bank, shop windows Downtown Seattle erupted in chaos Tuesday as black-clad May Day demonstrators marauded through the downtown shopping district, smashing plate glass windows at banks and retail outlets, spray-painting cars and slashing tires. Some arrests were reported in May Day protests in Portland, Ore., as well. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signed an emergency order authorizing police to confiscate sticks, tire irons, hammers and other implements that might be used for continued destruction, though the worst of the mayhem appeared to have died down by midafternoon. http://tinyurl.com/cams3bg Bankers Assault on Financial Reform (video) “Once [reforms] are in the regulatory environment rather than straight-forward law, then one, the regulatory agencies are subject to all this lobbying and two, partly what the Republicans are proposing is to underfund these agencies so that even if there is a regulation they can’t do anything about it.” http://tinyurl.com/d5q4neh Designed to Fail: Why Regulatory Agencies Don’t Work Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We have been “reforming” regulatory agencies over and over again, and over and over again they have failed. Yet, as a result of the recent catastrophic failures of regulatory agencies, politicians and pundits are talking about the same old “Regulatory Reform” again. “Fill the regulatory agencies with honest people who won’t cave in to special interests.” “Give them more money, more authority and more people.” But my experience has shown that by concentrating all legislative, executive and judiciary authority in one regulatory agency just makes it easier for it to be corrupted by the industries it regulates. I worked for the US Environmental Protection agency for 30 years and lived through many cycles of “Regulatory Reform,” doing the same “reforms” over and over again and expecting different results. I’ve learned that the way to achieve true regulatory reform is to give regulatory agencies less money, less authority, fewer people but more intelligent regulations. The theme of this article is that by dispersing regulatory authority, rather than concentrating it, we would make corruption more difficult and facilitate more sensible regulation. http://tinyurl.com/cf9cug8 America’s new working poor – In this economy, having a job is no longer a guarantee against poverty Last Friday, the U.S. Government announced that 7.2 percent of Americans in the labor force earn so little that they are living in poverty. Reuters noted that the percentage of the working poor is the highest in at least two decades. The rate was 7 percent in 2009, 5 percent in 1999, and 5.5 percent in 1987. http://tinyurl.com/6sp8tw6 May Day was big for the 1% too The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 13,338 Tuesday, it’s highest since December, 2007. The S&P 500 added 16 points. Wall Street will remember May 1 as a great day. But most of these gains are going to the richest 10 percent of Americans who own 90 percent of the shares traded on Wall Street. And the lion’s share of the gains are going to the wealthiest 1 percent. http://tinyurl.com/cdrysmv To get a daily listing of Occupy Boston?s events and activities (and more!), subscribe to the Daily Digest by going to https://lists.mayfirst.org/mailman/listinfo/obupdates. To subscribe to the OB Media Rundown, send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcements: reminders of events this weekend- film showing friday at 7:30 will be “the Take”. Saturday the People’s Preliminary Hearing on Monsanto will be from 11am-3, potluck starts at 6, bands start at 8pm, Sunday the presentation starts at 2pm. the media/tech committee will be meeting on thursdays (instead of wed) 8:30 pm at the
Linux Teach-In moved back one week to February 11, 2012. Rationale: Give us more time to do research and prepare, advertise for teach-in. Discussed new, more realistic monthly schedule for teach-ins: week1: major teach-in week2: no teach-in (IT workday?) week3: discussion of week1 topic week4: no teach-in (IT workday?) Peter & Wayne talked with City
Announcements: reminder about the art and revolution teach-in happening this sunday the 25th. short discussion about chicago g8. Need to coordinate people interested in going. a signup sheet has been started and is at the imc. It was suggested that we start a bail fund to have ready just in case. A suggestion was made
OC Media & Tech Committee Meeting Minutes for 9-April-2012 Peter suggested the group get involved with setting up Mesh-net nodes Distributed, free, internet replacement Wayne mentioned needing help with the IMC Yard Sale will hold a Thursday meeting at Gaia House group decided on May 5th (Saturday) Matt will make a flier for IMC Yard sale,
Occupy Hartford GA – March 17, 2012 Facilitator – Alice Leibowitz Notes – Debra Cohen Announcements April 21, 2012 – Rally in Hartford to protest “War on Women” March 26, 2012 – Kaballah House showing movie on Transition Towns. 5:30 – 8:00 April 14, 2012 – 2nd NDAA meeting at the mosque in Berlin, CT at 1:00. This will be an action planning meeting. April 15, 2012 – Picnic at Turning Point Park at noon. Report Backs Occupy the Midwest – 1,000-1,500 in St. Louis with police attacks reported Last Monday at Kaballah House there were 5 people from Trinity College who attended with questions about Occupy Hartford and Turning Point Park. Occupy New Haven was in major disarray after taking down lots of community tents in preparation for eviction that didn’t happen. The experience was described as emotionally confusing, disorienting and exhausting. Waiting for a court decision and working on other projects are on the agenda for the next 2 weeks. The Existence Group will hopefully be meeting with the mayor. Proposals Proposals were made in an effort to accommodate people who want to attend the GA and NDAA meeting on April 14th: ask for the NDAA meeting to change the time of that meeting move the time and day of our GA people choose between the events have our GA at the mosque location before the NDAA meeting It was decided to keep the time and location of the GA. People will attend each event as they are able. Proposal was made for a silent protest with signs when secret service is known to be in attendance at an event. This was tabled until a specific event is proposed. Proposal that we pass the hat and provide $75 from Occupy Hartford funds to reimburse for action on Feb. 29th. The proposal was passed. Proposal that Occupy Harford endorse the hanging of banners at night from bridges. The proposal was passed with the specification that the banners are event specific. Proposal to adopt a new process to replace consensus. Tabled until next week. Proposal to reimburse Sara for her most recent cell phone bill. Proposal passed.
Occupy Hartford GA – March 24, 2012 Facilitator : Ted D Minutes : Jessica N Emergencies: None Announcements: There was a Women’s Caucus Meeting today at 2:00 pm and some members attended The National Anti-War Conference was being held this weekend in Stamford, CT and some members were in attendance Monday, March 26, 2012 is Movie Night featuring Transition Towns . Location: Kabbalah House, Hartford, CT Time: 5:30-7:30 Potluck included. Tuesday, March 27, 2012 is the Justice for Trayvon Martin event at the New Haven Courthouse from 6:00-7:00 pm. Picnic at Turning Point Park April 15th at noon. No tents. The Kingswood-Oxford Workers will be speaking at universities in the coming weeks. April 3rd they will be at Central Connecticut State University and next weekend they will be speaking at Trinity College in Hartford, CT The ACLU will be having a Racial Profiling Event on April 3rd from 5:30-7:45 at the New Haven Public Library Report Backs: ONH- the 2-week stay is up this Wednesday, March 28. It is estimated that around 30 full-time people are occupying at this point. There may be a call to have supporters go down on Tuesday and Wednesday. The “Groton 8″ were charged with an infraction and were charged a $35 fine and were given 4 hours of community service to complete ( Update : It appears the fine was dropped). On March 17th Occupy Midwest occupiers were leaving the park and were attacked by police. Videos are available online. Proposals: Return to two GA’s a week. One on Saturday from 2:30-4:30 pm and the other on Mondays from 5:30-6:00 at the Kabbalah House prior to the Monday Gathering- PASSED Proposal to change from 90% consensus to a solution-oriented, 100% consensus, decision-making method based on the N-Street Method created by N Street Cohousing in California. If we do not reach a consensus on a proposal and just one or two people block, the person(s) who block set up a working group with one person who supports the proposal and one person who sees both sides and meet to come up with a new proposal that addresses the needs of both sides. If they don’t bring a new proposal within two meetings, the person(s) are asked to withdraw their block. If time does not allow two meetings worth of discussion, a shorter emergency time frame can be set at the meeting, giving people a minimum of 10 minutes to make a new proposal.- PASSED
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 3/31/12 – Minutes INTRODUCTIONS EMERGENCIES: None ANNOUNCEMENTS: Upcoming events 4/1 – HOG planning meeting for May Day, Charter Oak Community Center, 4pm 4/2 – Red light traffic camera rally, New Haven City Hall, 5:30pm 4/7 – Trayvon Martin/anti-racism/anti-violence rally and march to the capital, 9:30am. Meet at Main/Albany. Free parking on weekends. 4/14 – NDAA forum, Greater Hartford Islamic Association, Berlin, 1pm 4/15 – OH Picnic, in planning mode, Turning Point Park, Hartford, 1pm 4/21 – Teach-in on racism, Hartford Public Library (tentative location), 12pm. Additional teach-ins being planned for every 3 rd Saturday. 4/22 – March of the 1%, Upper Green New Haven, in planning mode. 12Pm 5/1 – May Day actions – various actions being planned, including action by HOG MSNBC aired piece on ALEC’s role in voter suppression and “stand your ground” law. Work with HOG on Kingswood Oxford janitor action is continuing, with some members of OH participating. REPORT-BACKS Trayvon Martin rally just before GA was well-attended considering the rain. About 8 members of OH present. Possibility of teach-in by Swan at Kabbalah House on “Undoing White Liberal Racism.” More info will be provided as it becomes available. Occupy New Haven – camp continues to devolve. Judge will decide in next few days, but likely camp will be disbanded on or before 4/9. Trust report: Bank account opened at Hartford Public Credit Union. Tonia reported on Alternative Banking Committee at OWS. Has attended “Occupy the SEC” meetings. Comments have been submitted on the behalf of Occupy on the Volker Rule, and people are working on amicus briefs to pending legal actions (BoA penalties, etc). Other issues being discussed are rollback of statue usury laws, MF global settlement, and the possibility of offering “Occupy U” seminars in the NYC area and elsewhere. Tonia reports the energy is high in this area, and there are high caliber people from the financial and banking industries working together in this committee. NPR aired an in-depth story on the committee recently. Another OWS idea that is being explored is “Occupy the Town Square,” a method of taking G As to other neighborhoods/towns. Devon reported on UNAC conference – many excellent workshops. Sessions may be posted online soon. A sampling of issues discussed include a resolution regarding Honduras, and the upcoming NATO/G8 protests in Chicago. There is a possibility of a camping area being set up at Camp David. Bus from CCSU will be transporting people to Chicago on or around 5/19. Diane reported that Occupy Kansas City’s camp was dismantled, and they are mounting a “24-hour/day protest.” PROPOSALS Temp check on concert by Roy Zimmerman (political satirist/musician) on Monday 4/16 at the Monday Gathering at Kabbalah House. Admission will be $20, which includes a $5 donation for Kabbalah House. More research is needed, and Nancy will report back. PASSED . Temp check on “cleaning the banks” action by Lindsey and Devon. More information will be provided as action develops. PASSED . Movie night (“The Take”) at MG at the Kabbalah House on 4/23. PASSED . Change the structure of G As to include a few minutes for “take aways” at the end of each meeting. This will encourage accountability and focus, especially keeping focus on five important items on our platform: End corporate control by the 1%, humane human services, end the war and bring the money home, end profit-driven growth, and tax the rich). PASSED . It was noted that we need a mechanism for people to provide report-backs even if they cannot attend the GA. Will continue to discuss. Provide speech at Trayvon Martin rally on 4/7. NOT PASSED after discussion of importance for OH to be in supportive rather than dominant role at rally. Hold picnic on 4/15 at TPP. After some discussion, picnic was defined as action, rather than community event, due to the nature of the event (civil disobedience implied due to “no trespassing/no loitering” signs at TPP. Action will challenge these signs in format of legal picnic/street theater. Event page on Facebook will be changed (Alice?). More discussion needed. PASSED . Ratify Action Guidelines document. PASSED . TAKE AWAYS: Lindsey and Devon to work on “Clean the Banks” action. Nancy to follow up on Zimmerman concert. Alice to contact Eric and Garret for input on picnic. Jay to put minutes and guidelines on webpage, to obtain “The Take” DVD for movie night, and to sort out the WePay account. Rebecca to get minutes to Jay. Tonia to get in touch with Jeff in New Haven regarding alternative currency issue, and to continue providing OWS Banking Committee reports. Next GA: Saturday, April 7, 2:30pm, HPL Downtown Branch.