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This is well worth the read.

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I am going to post a series of photos that others have taken of the protesters - these are attractive, photogenic, mediagenic people. And yet almost none of these images have been selected by the mainstream media to represent the protesters. Instead, the media appears to almost be selecting images which are designed to seem “other” and to not create a sense of empathy or identification among the audiences.

In other words, if the mainstream media posted more pictures of protesters who resembled our sisters, brothers, children, ourselves then there would be a greater likelihood that we would identify with the protesters, and would likely join then at an #occupy protest.

georgiahruby:

This is what the NYPD does to children’s art right in front of the children.

(Source: georgiahruby)

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n many countries, using a camera or taking notes can get you into trouble. That is not supposed to happen in New York City. Yet as police cleared Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan on Nov. 15, a number of journalists were roughed up and arrested. Many were prevented by police from documenting what happened that night.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly should take a hard look at how officers ignored the department’s guidelines for dealing with the news media, which prohibit interfering with news-gathering activity. In a letter on Monday to Paul Browne, the deputy police commissioner, The New York Times and 12 other news organizations said the police was “more hostile to the press” covering these protests than at “any other event in recent memory.”

Before clearing tents and other structures from Zuccotti Park, for example, a police representative asked journalists in the area for press credentials. Reporters and photographers do not need credentials to be in a public area. The passes are supposed to give them better access, but those who admitted having passes were instead herded to a penned area blocks away from the police action.

At another spot closer to the park, police were carrying a protester covered with blood when a photographer raised his camera. When two police officers spotted the camera, they shoved a barricade into the photographer, screaming that he was not permitted to take pictures even though he was on the sidewalk.

The letter from the news media says extra training “may have helped avoid the numerous inappropriate, if not unconstitutional actions” by officers. A place to start would be a review of the 1999 reforms and policy statement issued by Police Commissioner Howard Safir that year.

That policy stated clearly that unless there are “exceptional circumstances,” those with press credentials will not be restricted to press areas, and that, “under no circumstances should the press be provided less access than that afforded the general public.” It is time that Commissioner Kelly made a serious effort to enforce the department’s own code.

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On Monday or Tuesday the Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself, and would permit the military to imprison civilians without charge or trial.

The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. Even Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised his concerns about the NDAA detention provisions during last night’s Republican debate. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself.

The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.

I know it sounds incredible. New powers to use the military worldwide, even within the United States? Hasn’t anyone told the Senate that Osama bin Laden is dead, that the president is pulling all of the combat troops out of Iraq and trying to figure out how to get combat troops out of Afghanistan too? And American citizens and people picked up on American or Canadian or British streets being sent to military prisons indefinitely without even being charged with a crime. Really? Does anyone think this is a good idea? And why now?

The answer on why now is nothing more than election season politics. The White House, the Secretary of Defense, and the Attorney General have all said that the indefinite detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act are harmful and counterproductive. The White House has even threatened a veto. But Senate politics has propelled this bad legislation to the Senate floor.

But there is a way to stop this dangerous legislation. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is offering the Udall Amendment that will delete the harmful provisions and replace them with a requirement for an orderly Congressional review of detention power. The Udall Amendment will make sure that the bill matches up with American values.

In support of this harmful bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained that the bill will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield” and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial “American citizen or not.” Another supporter, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) also declared that the bill is needed because “America is part of the battlefield.”

The solution is the Udall Amendment; a way for the Senate to say no to indefinite detention without charge or trial anywhere in the world where any president decides to use the military. Instead of simply going along with a bill that was drafted in secret and is being jammed through the Senate, the Udall Amendment deletes the provisions and sets up an orderly review of detention power. It tries to take the politics out and put American values back in.

In response to proponents of the indefinite detention legislation who contend that the bill “applies to American citizens and designates the world as the battlefield,” and that the “heart of the issue is whether or not the United States is part of the battlefield,” Sen. Udall disagrees, and says that we can win this fight without worldwide war and worldwide indefinite detention.

The senators pushing the indefinite detention proposal have made their goals very clear that they want an okay for a worldwide military battlefield, that even extends to your hometown. That is an extreme position that will forever change our country.

Now is the time to stop this bad idea. Please urge your senators to vote YES on the Udall Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

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greenchestnuts:

TW police brutality

“For legal reasons, I’ve been advised not to discuss the details of my own arrest, but I feel compelled to report at least this: I saw the police deliberately and strategically escalate peaceful protests into violent confrontations. Standing in line outside Police H.Q. on Friday morning, waiting with the others to reclaim our confiscated possessions, I met a young Hispanic man with missing teeth, bloody eyes, and bruises all over his face. Inside Police H.Q., I watched a young woman finally retrieve her handbag from the police storeroom, only to find all the money missing from inside. This is the price Americans pay for engaging in acts of civil disobedience.

At the outset of the march, I gave the police the benefit of the doubt. While other protesters chanted, “This is what a police state looks like,” I preferred the cheer of solidarity, “Police are the 99 percent.” I was operating under the assumption that the police are fundamentally keepers of the peace; that if I did everything the police told me to do, I was in no danger of being arrested; that as long as I remained non-violent, the police would protect my rights as an American citizen to protest peacefully in a public space. It turns out that America is not that kind of country. I grieve now for the America I thought I lived in.”

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First-person video of a protester who was assaulted by an undercover policeman wearing a hoodie and backpack (Ever wonder about some of those stories about how the camps were becoming ‘violent’ started? Now you know.) - but the disturbing part of this video is when the protester is following his assailant past a line of policemen and women, asking them to stop him: “That man assaulted me. Please detain him. He assaulted me. I would like to press charges. Stop him.”

The police ignored the citizen’s repeated requests for help.

Their motto, “to serve and protect” becomes ever more hypocritical as day after day of this footage emerges.

When you contrast this with their willingness to beat citizens, and the images of them massed in front of the banks and ATMs … this is what a police state looks like.

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pricklylegs:
how dare you sit on the ground!

sofapizza:

pricklylegs:

how dare you sit on the ground!

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andananachronism:

Video of Vet Brutally Beaten by Oakland Cops Finally Surfaces - His spleen was lacerated due to injuries.

Kayvan Sabeghi, the 32-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran and Occupy Oakland protester was beaten by baton-wielding Oakland cops. Sabeghi had to undergo surgery as a result of the beating.

“Shoot me I’m recording you, shoot me”

I hate those fucking pigs.

(Source: occupyallstreets, via troublicious)

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"Have you no sense of decency, sir?"

eldergreene:

Listen, no matter what your stance on the OWS protests are, there is something truly horrifying about a police officer casually spraying UC Davis students in the face. There is something wrong when all I see on my dashboard are tutorials on how to make a homemade gas mask, just so protesters can feel safe.

The first video I ever saw of the police brutality was of the two girls in new york getting pepper sprayed. If you go back and watch that video, that officer at least had a pained expression when he shot those girls in the face. This officer at UC Davis? Nothing. Just doing his job.

Police in riot gear, protesters wearing vinegar soaked soda bottles. May I ask, who are you serving and protecting? 

As Joseph Welch said to McCarthy, “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”