Los Angeles, CA: At seven o'clock in the morning thousands of people from the Occupy Los Angeles movement and associated groups converged on the 55 story Bank of America Plaza building in the skyscraper riddled area of the downtown financial district. The crowd was loud and impassioned, chanting "Banks got bailed out, We got sold out" or "This is what a police state looks like"... Read More | Photo by Robert Stuart Lowden
Occupy Eugene Protesters Join "National Day of Action."
As part of the "National Day of Action" Occupy Eugene demonstrators are rallying against corporate greed today [November 17, 2011]. Protesters marched to Umpqua Bank where they hung a banner protesting the banks alleged involvement with clear cutting. A group remained blocking both entrances. Protesters then marched to U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo where they found both had closed. Signs were posted alerting customers they would remain closed until further notice. Read Report by Desmond O'Boyle (KLCC Radio)
The video of Scott Olsen being shot by tear gas projectiles at Occupy Oakland on October 25, looks and sounds like it is happening in the middle of a war zone. The camera is held by shaking hands as the crowd is screaming and shots are fired. Smoke from several explosions fill the darkened early morning air. Without some visual clues, this could be Baghdad, not the port of San Francisco Bay. A terrified voice screams “Medic, medic” after we see half a dozen protesters carrying Olsen’s body, which is draped with a Veterans for Peace flag, towards safety. Olsen, a 24 year old Marine, served two tours in Iraq only to be wounded on his home turf by peace officers who wore riot gear to break up Occupy Oakland protest before sunrise on that fateful day.
When the Occupy Portland encampment began on October 8th, we at KBOO knew that we would be very involved in reporting on the movement - the issues, the constituency involved, the bottom-up civic activism displayed by the camp's ad-hoc organizers all spoke directly to KBOO's long-established values of peace, justice, democracy, human rights, multiculturalism, freedom of expression and social change.
On November 17th, a Jerusalem civil court convene[d] regarding the case of Tristan Anderson, an international solidarity activist from Oakland, California, wounded in March 2009 when he was shot in the head by Israeli border police in Ni'ilin, Palestine. [Anderson] survived the attack on his life, but has been left paralyzed on one side of his body and with significant damage to his brain. To date, no one has been charged with any crime whatsoever related to the shooting.
Supporters write: "We demand that the State answer for the unprovoked attack on our friend, and we maintain that Tristan's shooting was not an isolated incident but part of a pattern of deadly and illegal violence being used against protesters in Palestine."