Tag Archives: Occupy

Documentary Film Review: ‘Grasp The Nettle’

19 Jun

by Nafeez Ahmed / The Guardian

Simon_Cop_arrest_2_460Two years before the Occupy movement sprang forth in New York and London, a motley group of land rights activists occupied a piece of disused land in west London to create an alternative model of moneyless, sustainable living. Little did they know they were about to embark on an extraordinary journey, at once harrowing and inspiring, that would take them into the heart of Westminster.

Dean Puckett‘s new documentary, Grasp the Nettle, follows the bewildering and even amusing exploits of this group over a one year and three month period. The result is a powerful film which raises often unsettling questions – not just about the draconian trajectory of state policy, but about the potential pitfalls of activism.

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Whiny Right Wing Movie Review: Occupy, Eco-Anarchists and Thieves Take Over Hollywood

4 Jun

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(The following film review,  from a tired Right Wing media source, claims that the Occupy Wall Street Movement has left the streets for the big screen and that the eco-terrorists have now taken over Hollywood. It was written by a right-wing editor named Julie Seymour. This review does not represent the views of the Earth First! Journal. We’ve been known to support eco-sabotage, including, but to a lesser degree, the fictional kind like that carried out by Alexander Skarsgard in the film the East. The review is reposted here for your pleasure.)

 

by Julia Seymour /Right Side News

Occupy Wall Street and the class warfare diatribes of the 99 percent are making fewer national headlines, but their ideas are crowding movie theaters this month. Three May 2013 releases all call to mind the Zuccotti Park crowd’s grievances against capitalism, two in very violent and extreme ways.

Socialist cries for a “more equal economy” or college education as a “human right” were just a couple of the complaints of OWS. Calling for “revolution,” they also raged against “illegal foreclosures,” bailouts and bonuses, a “poisoned” food supply, outsourcing and more. All while the networks and national newspapers lauded them as the “protest of this current era.” Many wealthy celebrities also embraced the movement, touring Zuccotti Park and expressing support. According to the OWS website, on June 1, 2013, they planned to reoccupy Zuccotti Park and “take a militant stand against the NYPD to assert our right to exist in public spaces (nonviolently of course).

Given celebrities’ enthusiasm for the occupy movement, it comes as no surprise that the anti-business sentiments of the OWS crowd are now on the big screen. The May 10 release, “Assault on Wall Street” was a murderous “revenge fantasy” from Uwe Boll and Phase 4 Films. “The East” is a movie about a spy who infiltrates a band of eco-anarchists who target corporations in retaliation for their “crimes.” It is scheduled for limited release May 31, going national June 7. Co-writer and star Brit Marling admitted in a TV interview that her film is related to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Continue reading

Report Details Government/Corporate Surveillance of Occupy Movement

20 May

Cross Posted from Source Watch

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On May 20, 2013, DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy 
released the results of a year-long investigation: “Dissent or Terror:
 How the Nation’s Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With 
Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street.”

 The report, a distillation of thousands of pages of records obtained
 from counter terrorism/law enforcement agencies, details how
 state/regional “fusion center” personnel monitored the Occupy Wall
 Street movement over the course of 2011 and 2012.

The report also examines how fusion centers and other counter terrorism entities that 
have emerged since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have
 worked to benefit numerous corporations engaged in public-private
 intelligence sharing partnerships. 

While the report examines many instances of fusion center monitoring
 of Occupy activists nationwide, the bulk of the report 
details how counter terrorism personnel engaged in the Arizona Counter
 Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC, commonly known as the “Arizona fusion center”) monitored and otherwise surveilled citizens active in
 Occupy Phoenix, and how this surveillance benefited a number of 
corporations and banks that were subjects of Occupy Phoenix protest 
activity.


While small glimpses into the governmental monitoring of the Occupy Wall Street movement have emerged in the past, there has not been any reporting — until now — that details the breadth and depth with which the nation’s post-September 11, 2001 counter terrorism apparatus has been applied to politically engaged citizens exercising their Constitutionally-protected First Amendment rights.

REPORT Dissent or Terror: How the Nation’s ‘Counter Terrorism’ Apparatus, in Partnership with Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street

REPORT APPENDIX open records materials cited in report.

PRESS RELEASE “New Report Details How Counter Terrorism Apparatus Was Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide”

SOURCE MATERIALS almost 10,000 pages of open records materials are archived on DBA Press.

PRWATCH ARTICLE “Dissent or Terror: How Arizona’s Counter Terrorism Apparatus, in Partnership with Corporate Interests, Turned on Occupy Phoenix”

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Occupy the Farm Protesters Forcibly Removed from Encampment

13 May

Press Release from Occupy the Farm

In August, protesters attempting to harvest crops were originally unable to enter the Gill Tract due to a locked gate and the police. They later entered through another entrance. http://www.dailycal.org

In August, protesters attempting to harvest crops were originally unable to enter the Gill Tract due to a locked gate and the police. They later entered through another entrance. http://www.dailycal.org

Albany, CA – UC police moved in to break up the two-day Gill Tract Farm in the early morning hours of May 13. Despite a transformation of the vacant lot from abandoned field to blossoming community farm and democratic forum, the UC used police force to evict the peaceful farmers. Occupy the Farm will continue to maintain a presence all day, and will be reconvening at 5 pm in order to water and continue caring for the recently transplanted vegetables.

“The University claims to care about ‘community interests and democratic processes,’ but this morning’s response is just another example of their one-sided and poor-faith interactions with the community groups who have been articulating an alternative vision for the Gill Tract over the past fifteen years,” says Jackie Hermes-Fletcher, Albany resident and founding member of the Albany Farm Alliance.

Approximately thirty police officers amassed shortly after 4:30 am, prepared to remove people from the newly planted farm. This show of force came in spite of Occupy the Farm’s public announcement declaring that the farmers would intentionally de-camp on Monday May 13th. Given the neglected quality of the land, it was decided that another day of farmwork and soil remediation was needed to get the farm into productive shape.

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Indigenous Peoples Stop Dam Construction With New Occupation at Belo Monte Site

2 May

Cross Posted from Amazon Watch:

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Altamira, Brazil – Some 200 indigenous people affected by the construction of large hydroelectric dams in the Amazon launched an occupation today on one of the main construction sites of the Belo Monte dam complex on the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon. The group demands that the Brazilian government adopt effective legislation on prior consultations with indigenous peoples regarding projects that affect their lands and livelihoods. As this has not happened, they are demanding the immediate suspension of construction, technical studies and police operations related to dams along the Xingu, Tapajos and Teles Pires rivers. Shock troops of the military police were awaiting indigenous protestors when they arrived at the Belo Monte dam site, but they were unable to impede the occupation.

The indigenous protestors include members of the Juruna, Kayapó, Xipaya, Kuruaya, Asurini, Parakanã, Arara tribes from the Xingu River, as well as warriors of the Munduruku, a large tribe from the neighboring Tapajós river basin. The indigenous peoples are joined by fishermen and local riverine communities from the Xingu region. Initial reports indicate that approximately 6,000 workers at one of the main Belo Monte construction sites, Pimental, have ceased operations as a result of the protest. The occupation, according to the indigenous communities, will continue indefinitely or until the federal government meets their demands.

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Anti-KXL Solidarity Action Targets Deutsche Bank on Palm Beach Island

19 Nov

Four arrested as concerned Florida residents demonstrate opposition to investments in Transcanada/ Keystone XL Pipeline

See corporate media coverage from Palm Beach Daily News here.

An activist is taken into custody by Palm Beach police during a protest on Royal Palm Way.

An activist is taken into custody by Palm Beach police during a protest on Royal Palm Way.

West Palm Beach, FL – Monday, November 19, 2012 – Dozens of protesters with Everglades Earth First! and supporters of the Tar Sands Blockade in East Texas are rallied today on Palm Beach island, demonstrating opposition to the construction of the Gulf Coast portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. As the nation rebounds from life-threatening droughts, raging wildfires, devastating hurricanes and ever rising temperatures, we wish to draw attention to investors financially responsible for the construction of a pipeline supporting the world’s most devastating fossil fuels project, TransCanada’s Alberta tar sands.

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Protesters Blockade Monsanto Seed Facility in California

13 Sep

By Lisa Baertlein and Carey Gillam, Reuters

Opponents of genetically engineered foods blocked shipments and deliveries yesterday at Monsanto Co’s vegetable seed company that developed a new genetically modified sweet corn that will hit stores this fall.

The protesters, who want to remove all so-called genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from the food supply, say their action is a preview of about five dozen other events planned for countries around the world next week.

They also hope to drum up support for a California ballot measure that would require food sellers to label a broad range of products, including soup, soy milk, breakfast cereals and chips, that contain GMOs.

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Earth First! group calls for eco-action during RNC in Tampa

16 Aug

EEF! blockades Loxahatchee FPL plant construction, 2008

by Clinton Tyree

Organizers from Everglades Earth First! (EEF!) invite eco-activists far and wide to join us in bringing our message to the RNC this month.

While we stand in solidarity with those who will be out struggling for social and economic justice, we also feel there is a need to contribute an action-based analysis which views the ecological crisis as a central concern for those of us struggling to change the direction of this society.

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Occupy Well Street [OWS Stands in Solidarity Fighting Extraction]

17 May

New York, NY- May 12-

Occupy Wall Street  partnered with Occupy Well Street, a regional, direct action oriented anti-fracking group, and other city and regional environmental groups to voice resistance to the Spectra Energy Natural Gas Pipeline and the issues associated with hydraulic fracturing. A broad coalition of groups were present, including New York’s Sane Energy Project, Reverend Billy, OWS’s Environmental Solidarity Group, Times Up, Eco-Buddies, and Earth First!. Colorful and joyful, many protesters arrived in a costumed bike brigade and participated in some clown trainings on Pier 54, the proposed entry point for the pipeline. Some of the groups present say they were acting in solidarity with a day of action called for May 19th by Occupy Well Street.

There was unity in the broad coalition in the message that those opposed to the Spectra Pipeline will not compromise in protecting the safety of their communities and will pursue a variety of strategies to see this project ended. “The Spectra Pipeline isn’t being built in a vacuum,” said a protestor affiliated with Occupy Well Street. “There is a natural gas boom in our region right now that’s threatening our rivers, our homes and the eco-systems that we rely on. We stand in solidarity with all the groups resisting fracking and the transportation infrastructure that will allow the natural gas industry to expand.”

The Spectra Pipeline is a 16 mile natural gas pipeline that will run through Jersey City, Hoboken, and Bayonne under the Hudson River to New York City’s West Village. Spectra Energy claims that it will provide necessary natural gas for New York City and surrounding areas. Activist groups opposed to the pipeline claim that inadequate safety standards, a history of accidents and the fact that the gas will be provided by hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale are unacceptable risks for the highly populated areas the pipeline will pass through. There have been numerous protests at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hearings throughout the environmental review process.  Continue reading

Eugene Po-Po Pick On Little Kids, Then Mace Moms

28 Apr

While CFD is out in the woods occupying the Goose timber sale, their friends in town are busy Occupying trees as well.  It seems like the local media mostly didn’t notice, so Eugene Occupy the Trees had a small march. It was called by some a “kids’ march”, and was indeed a family friendly event before some big, stinky police decided to mess with the kids…

[Occupier] Lotus says officers were trying to hand out stickers to some children, and that’s when the problems escalated.

“She said, ‘Don’t take that. Don’t give that to my son, and I don’t want you to have that. You’re not welcome here.’ And then he reached out to give him another sticker, and then she reached out and slap her son’s hand away and made contact with cop and so she hit his hand,” Lotus said.

The officer didn’t arrest the woman because of the large crowd, but then approached her a short time later to make an arrest.

“Another person interfered with that arrest and both were subsequently arrested. There was some physical resistance, and that’s when pepper spray was used,” [the Po] said.

“They took her and literally threw her on to the ground. Her girlfriend was pepper maced, and it was just a really overblown police response. The entire area was full of vehicles and the kids were there screaming,” Lotus said.

Seriously? Eugene Po-Po giving unwanted objects to kids and then macing their Moms in broad daylight. Why? Because they can get away with it in today’s Eugene, as well as widespread treatment of Occupiers like scum.

A.C.A.B. of course, but it’s notable that the Eugene Po have long been under the impression that street kids (or those who look like street kids) are not actually people.

They’ll get theirs.

Want to join the Cascadian Ecoinsurrection? Come out to the Cascadian Rondy, June 20th-24th.

P.S. Click here for some reports from Occupy the Trees in Tasmania.