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Daily Occupation Report: Monday, October 24th

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This report includes updates from Occupy sites and related efforts across the country and the globe. It includes big wins, local organizing efforts, protests/events and calls to action where additional support from allies/general public may be needed.

Daily Occupation Report: Monday, October 24th

by Mary Clinton on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

This report includes updates from Occupy sites and related efforts across the country and the globe. It includes big wins, local organizing efforts, protests/events and calls to action where additional support from allies/general public may be needed. Where applicable, I have included reports on police activity and legal battles which have been separated into two categories: Category 1 [police crackdowns including city code violations] and Category 2 [civil disobedience arrests]

For more updates from occupations around the country, listen to the Occupation America podcast at http://soundcloud.com/occupation-america

NATIONWIDE** TONIGHT: The National Movement-Building Working Group at OWS NYC is hosting a national conference call tonight at 10 PM EST to discuss opening up lines of communication. You can find more info and register here: http://bit.ly/qbymfR

***NATIONWIDE**** Over the weekend, we reported that OccupyMARINES was mobilizing across the country to support OWS. Now, a second organization, Occupy Police, is spinning off for police in support of the 99%. On Friday OccupyPolice posted this statement: We are in open Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and all Occupy movements across the nation. We’re starting off Day 1 with a mass e-mail to all police departments throughout the US. We want them to know that they ARE part of the 99% and to get involved with the movement. We openly support positive communication between Police/People and we encourage you to do the same. Here is a nice image of a Dallas police officer lending a hand to OccupyDallas: http://www.occupydallas.org/police-love.

***NATIONWIDE*** Banks across America appear to be fighting the growing protest against income disparity and rising fees as the Occupy Wall Street movement spreads worldwide. A series of videos filmed across the U.S. in New York City; Santa Cruz, California and St Louis, Missouri, show customers staging protests and mass account closures. However, footage also shows what appears to be dozens of Citibank and Bank of America customers denied requests to close their accounts, some even being arrested after alleged clashes with branch managers. Watch footage here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2049976/Banks-country-refuse-let-customers-close-accounts-protest.html.

WALL ST.** AM: A small offshoot of OWS will occupy the Federal Reserve Bank @11am. PM: The national movement building working group at OWS NYC will host a national conference call tonight at 10 PM EST to discuss opening up lines of communication. You can find more info and register here: http://bit.ly/qbymfR

ALBANY Albany County D.A David Soares backed the Occupy Albany activists today and says he will not be prosecuting those arrested in connection with the movement. Soares said: We have people exercising their first amendment rights peacefully… Sure there are some people that come from out of town who want to break things or attack law enforcement as acts of civil disobedience…but these are not those people. The backdrop to this is that on Friday we had three kids shot and you are going to try and tell Chief Krokoff to take his officers off those cases to arrest people who are playing the guitar and eating cider donuts?

ATLANTA Occupy Atlanta will hold a press conference at 11am featuring Afrika Bambaataa and Killer Mic from the Hip Hop community, Civil Rights leader Joe Beasley, Missy Stafford, the mother of Joetavious Stafford, and E Red, a close friend of Troy Davis. The purpose of the press conference is to begin a conversation about critical flaws in the judicial system.

CALL TO ACTION: Occupy Atlanta wants to go solar. Power in the park has been turned off and they have been forbidden to use propane heat or generators. They are asking for donations of solar power system components, smaller units for laptops and hot spots, money to buy those items, and some professional help putting it together. They could also use things like chemical heat packs and cold weather camping gear. Drop those off at 60 Walton St. You can tell Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to stop trying to freeze out Occupiers. Call him at 404-330-6100.

BOSTON Representatives from OccupyBoston and Occupy the Hood Boston were on 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s NPR station, today discussing the movement. Reps said that regardless of whether or not the movement dissipates in the next few weeks, it will have been a complete success in unifying the 99% and bringing attention to the cracks in the economic system. The Occupy the Hood rep went on to say he didn’t see the movement dissipating as local groups are linking up with other organizations to continue the work.

CHICAGO SUNDAY: Occupy Chicago activists stood their ground in a downtown park in noisy but peaceful defiance of police orders to clear out, prompting 130 [Cat. 1] arrests early Sunday. MONDAY: RNs will Picket Mayor’s Office Monday 24 October at 10 am. Registered nurses from across the USA condemned Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his decision to arrest nurse volunteers, as well as peaceful protesters, in a late night crackdown Saturday night at the Occupy Chicago protest. According to Talking Union, Emanuel has been perhaps the most aggressive mayor in the nation in repression of the Occupy Wall Street movement with mass arrests on at least two occasions now. The Chicago Tribune Saturday reported that city officials are trying to send a message to world leaders of being *tough* on demonstrators in advance of upcoming meetings of G-8 and NATO leaders in May.

CALL TO ACTION: The National Nurses Union (NNU) is asking supporters to call Mayor Emanuel’s office at 312-744-5000 and demand they immediately drop all charges against the nurses and other protesters, and stop the harassment and arrests of the nurses and others peacefully exercising their free speech rights.

CINCINNATI Police reported 11 arrests overnight in the Occupy Cincinnati protests. Police said those arrested had stayed in that city's Fountain Square after Sunday's 3 a.m. closing time and each was charged with criminal trespass.

CLEVELAND Starting Friday night, Cleveland PD began arresting Occupiers because a three-month permit held by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance went into effect. DCA is a local non-profit supported by local businesses who pay a special assessment can set up Christmas Decorations for the annual Winter Fest.

CALL TO ACTION: Occupy Cleveland needs people to call Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson at 216-664-3990 and ask that he share the park with Occupy Cleveland.

DENVER 1,500 signatures left to meet their goal to stop the arrests at Occupy Denver.

CALL TO ACTION: Sign the petition http://www.change.org/petitions/gov-of-colorado-and-mayor-of-denver-stop-the-occupy-denver-arrests

DETROIT Over 300 OccupyDetroit protesters marched on Bank of America on Friday, carrying a golden calf as a symbol of false idols of Wall Street and chanting: Banks got bailed out, we got sold out! Occupy Detroit is planning on occupying Grand Circus Park for 60 days, which means they’re planning on camping through the freezing northern winter.

CALL TO ACTION: To help Occupy Detroit, supplies and donations can be sent to: Central United Methodist Church; Reverend Edward Rowe;23 East Adams; Detroit, MI 48226; (marked: Occupy Detroit)

MIAMI** Occupy Wall Street protesters have merged with environmental groups to rally outside a Miami convention. Police estimate nearly 100 protesters were outside the Society of Environmental Journalists Convention on Saturday.

OAKLAND [Cat. 1 crackdown] Oakland police began cracking down Saturday on parking and traffic laws around the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Police have been issuing tickets to passing motorists on 14th Street who have stopped to offer donations to OccupyOakland. The crackdown follows a warning issued by police earlier Saturday indicating that the all vehicles including those associated with the media will be subject to ticketing. However, police did not interfere in a march by protesters this afternoon along Lake Merritt and even closed some streets as the marchers moved through the city. Some protesters entered a bank during the march, but no arrests were reported.

ORLANDO Orlando police arrested 19 Occupy protesters for trespassing in a city park after hours on Saturday.

PHILADELPHIA {Cat. 2 arrests] Fifteen members of the Occupy Philadelphia protest were arrested on Sunday after blocking traffic near the police administration building. A splinter group of about 100 people marched to police headquarters as part of Saturday’s *National Day of Action Against Police Brutality.* Most of the group had returned to Dilworth plaza by noon on Sunday, but 15 people refused to leave and were arrested and charged with obstructing the highway, a misdemeanor. Civil affairs officers described the arrests as a minor glitch in what has otherwise been a smooth relationship between protesters and police.

PORTLAND Police arrested two people at Occupy Portland this weekend for alleged drug-related parole violations.

PROVIDENCE Occupy Providence is facing eviction.

CALL TO ACTION: Sign the petition to tell Mayor Angel Taveras to allow the Occupy Providence movement to stay in Burnside Park. http://www.change.org/petitions/providence-mayor-angel-taveras-public-safety-commissioner-par-allow-the-occupy-providence-movement-to-stay-in-burnside-park-indefinitely?mid=50

SAN FRANCISCO Oakland police began cracking down Saturday on parking and traffic laws around the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza. The crackdown follows a warning issued by police earlier Saturday indicating that the City of Oakland parking division would be ticketing all vehicles including those associated with the media.

TUCSON The City Council will vote tomorrow on whether or not Occupy Tucson will be allowed to stay in the park. Councilwoman Karin Ulich has said that though they can’t make the citations disappear, the city could allow protesters to stay if council members believe the action is widely supported by the public.

CALL TO ACTION:  OccupyTucson, MoveOn and other allies are asking supporters to call City Council members Karin Ulich at 520-791-4711 and Steve Kozachik at 520-791-4601 and sign the petition here: http://signon.org/sign/allow-occupy-tucson-to?source=s.tw&r_by=252160

WORLDWIDE:

EDINBURGH Occupy Edinburgh has been occupying the Scottish capital for 10 days now. People are camping out in St. Andrew’s Square and speaking with members of the public explaining the reasoning behind the Occupy Movement and the part Occupy Edinburgh plays in it.

The Daily Occupation Report is compiled by Rebuild the Dream using information gathered from online news sites, Twitter, blogs and other sources of occupation-related updates. You are welcome to share this report and can find it at http://rebuildthedream.com/occupy-update.

If you have any questions, feedback or additions, please send them along with your contact information to monique@rebuildthedream.com or lizbutlerdc@gmail.com.

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