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The photo above, taken by Jay Finneburgh, shows Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen being carried away after he was struck in the head by a tear gas canister thrown by Oakland police during last night’s raid on Occupy Oakland.
Video shot at the scene shows police throwing a flash grenade into the crowd as other protesters rush to help him:

Olsen did two tours of duty in Iraq and is a current member of Veterans for Peace. He’s now listed in critical but stable condition with swelling of the brain and a skull fracture. He is also on a respirator due to the doctors sedating him in order to evaluate the possible injury to his brain.
From The Guardian:

Keith Shannon, who served with Olsen in Iraq, arrived at the hospital after protesters contacted him through Facebook. He confirmed Olsen had a fractured skull, and said he had been told by a doctor Olsen also had brain swelling. A neurosurgeon was due to assess Olsen to determine if he needed surgery, Shannon said.
"It’s really hard," Shannon said. "I really wish I had gone out with him instead of staying home last night."
Shannon, who is also 24, said he had seen the video footage showing Olsen lying on the floor as a police officer throws an explosive device near him. “It’s terrible to go over to Iraq twice and come back injured, and then get injured by the police that are supposed to be protecting us,” he said.

This is utter brutality. Scott Olsen enlisted in the military, fought for the U.S. in combat, and is thanked for it with a severe head injury while defending his fellow citizens from police action at home. Veterans for Peace have stood with numerous camps, including Boston, where elderly members were beaten by police.
In Oakland, despite police using multiple rounds of tear gas, flash grenades, rubber bullets and beanbag projectiles on protesters, they remained peaceful. Police denied the use of tear gas initially, but confirmed it at a press conference today. It was also claimed this started because a protester threw a rock at police, while Oakland Mayor Jean Quan stated the raid was because of “unsanitary conditions” and “ongoing vandalism” happening because of Occupy Oakland.
As for police denying the use of flash grenades and rubber bullets, the video above shows use of the flash grenade, and here’s a rubber bullet picked up by a demonstrator:

How long will this police aggression against unarmed, peaceful protest be allowed to continue? Scott Olsen is merely one of its victims. We, as citizens, must demand an end to the vicious crackdown at occupy protests across the nation. Remember, be peaceful, but stand resolute.
The tides are moving in favor of occupy movements. For example, Occupy Cleveland just won the right in federal court to occupy a city park around the clock. The judge wrote the demonstrators of Occupy Cleveland had their First Amendment rights violated and ordered the city to grant the protesters a permit.
Solidarity forever, my friends. Do not let the police scare you away.

The photo above, taken by Jay Finneburgh, shows Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen being carried away after he was struck in the head by a tear gas canister thrown by Oakland police during last night’s raid on Occupy Oakland.

Video shot at the scene shows police throwing a flash grenade into the crowd as other protesters rush to help him:

Olsen did two tours of duty in Iraq and is a current member of Veterans for Peace. He’s now listed in critical but stable condition with swelling of the brain and a skull fracture. He is also on a respirator due to the doctors sedating him in order to evaluate the possible injury to his brain.

From The Guardian:

Keith Shannon, who served with Olsen in Iraq, arrived at the hospital after protesters contacted him through Facebook. He confirmed Olsen had a fractured skull, and said he had been told by a doctor Olsen also had brain swelling. A neurosurgeon was due to assess Olsen to determine if he needed surgery, Shannon said.

"It’s really hard," Shannon said. "I really wish I had gone out with him instead of staying home last night."

Shannon, who is also 24, said he had seen the video footage showing Olsen lying on the floor as a police officer throws an explosive device near him. “It’s terrible to go over to Iraq twice and come back injured, and then get injured by the police that are supposed to be protecting us,” he said.

This is utter brutality. Scott Olsen enlisted in the military, fought for the U.S. in combat, and is thanked for it with a severe head injury while defending his fellow citizens from police action at home. Veterans for Peace have stood with numerous camps, including Boston, where elderly members were beaten by police.

In Oakland, despite police using multiple rounds of tear gas, flash grenades, rubber bullets and beanbag projectiles on protesters, they remained peaceful. Police denied the use of tear gas initially, but confirmed it at a press conference today. It was also claimed this started because a protester threw a rock at police, while Oakland Mayor Jean Quan stated the raid was because of “unsanitary conditions” and “ongoing vandalism” happening because of Occupy Oakland.

As for police denying the use of flash grenades and rubber bullets, the video above shows use of the flash grenade, and here’s a rubber bullet picked up by a demonstrator:

A police 12 ga. cartridge and a rubber bullet. #OccupyOakland on Twitpic

How long will this police aggression against unarmed, peaceful protest be allowed to continue? Scott Olsen is merely one of its victims. We, as citizens, must demand an end to the vicious crackdown at occupy protests across the nation. Remember, be peaceful, but stand resolute.

The tides are moving in favor of occupy movements. For example, Occupy Cleveland just won the right in federal court to occupy a city park around the clock. The judge wrote the demonstrators of Occupy Cleveland had their First Amendment rights violated and ordered the city to grant the protesters a permit.

Solidarity forever, my friends. Do not let the police scare you away.

Filed under Police brutality Scott Olsen Oakland Occupy Oakland police OPD Cleveland protest politics injustice economy government Occupy Together Occupy Everywhere OWS Veterans for Peace

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Text of OPD scanner: “OAKLAND: OPD REQUEST FULL SCALE MULTI COUNTY TACTICAL ALERT FOR RIOT IN PROGRESS. 500+ SUBJECTS IN AREA. [SFO024]”

Occupy Oakland is being raided, with tear gas canisters being fired into the crowd. 

Veterans for Peace showed up to protect protesters. According to live reports from those at the camp, one Iraq War vet was hit in the head with a canister and was taken to the hospital.

Here’s medical info on protecting yourself from tear gas.

Protesters attempt to evacuate one woman in a wheelchair:

A video of what’s happening tonight:

Thought experiment: Pretend this is Tahir Square several months ago. What would be the reaction of most Americans witnessing this brutal crackdown on peaceful protest?

Filed under Occupy Oakland EMERGENCY police police brutality politics economy protest Occupy Wall Street OWS Occupy Together

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Where are the anti-Semites of Occupy Wall Street?

Reckless Jew that I am, I muscled my way into the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Lower Manhattan despite multiple reports of virulent and conceivably lethal anti-Semitism. Projecting an unvarnished Semitism, I circled the place, encountering nothing and no one to suggest bigotry — not a sign, not a book and not even the guy who some weeks ago held up a placard with the instruction to Google the phrase “Zionists control Wall St.” Google “nut case” instead.

This was my second visit to the Occupy Wall Street site and the second time my keen reporter’s eye has failed to detect even a hint of the anti-Semitism that had been trumpeted by certain right-wing Web sites and bloggers, most prominently Bill Kristol. He is a founder of the Emergency Committee for Israel, which has been running cable TV ads alleging a virtual hate rally at the Occupy Wall Street site and calling on President Obama and other important Democrats to denounce what is — as it happens — not happening there. The commercial ran on Fox News the very day I was at the site.

Kristol’s cri de wolf (a French term of my own invention) was taken up by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post’s conservative blogger, who noted the Kristol group’s “eye-popping ad.” Citing an article from Israel Today that linked a single statement by someone named Patricia McAllister in Los Angeles with some vitriol on the American Nazi Party’s Web site and a reference to the editor of Adbusters, she fashioned a veritable pogrom out of pretty close to thin air and demanded, “Where is the outrage?” I have a better question: Where are the anti-Semites?

I’m tired of this claim about Antisemitism being widespread in the Occupy protests. Any protest will attract the fringes - right or left. It’s intellectually dishonest to claim otherwise. 

Filed under antisemitism Occupy Wall Street politics protest OWS Occupy Together

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Goldman Sachs Sends Its Regrets to This Awkward Dinner Invitation

Earlier this month, hundreds of New Yorkers received an unusual dinner invitation from the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union.

The Credit Union, a small lender serving New York’s poor, was holding a fund-raiser to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Among the chief sponsors listed on the invitation was Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Among the honorees: “Occupy Wall Street.”

They might as well have asked Marie Antoinette to dig into her purse to support Madame Defarge’s knitting business.

Shortly after the invitation was sent out, Goldman withdrew its name from the dinner. It also pulled the plug on its $5,000 funding pledge.

"Their money was welcome, but not at the price of giving up what we believe in," said Pablo DeFilippi, one of the dinner hosts and associate director of member development at the National Federal of Community Development Credit Unions. "We lost their $5,000, but we have our principles."

Linda Levy, CEO of the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union, declined comment saying “I made promises to people about talking about this.” 

Looks like if Goldman Sachs can’t control the game, they’ll take their ball and go home. They could have spun this into a marvelous PR opportunity. Goldman Sachs could have, but they didn’t. 

Good job, guys. You’ve done the 1% proud.

Filed under Goldman Sachs politics Occupy Wall Street economy New York City Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union New York NYC missed opportunity OWS Occupy Together

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Here’s the University of Arkansas Kappa Sigma fraternity house across the street from Occupy Fayetteville protesters with a banner reading “The 1%”. Way to keep it classy, bros. Here’s the thing: I’m 100% sure that the majority of you are not in the 1%. Those of you who might be in that 1%, I’d bet it’s technically your parents who are in the 1%. ¿Comprende? You just made your frat look like it’s full of asshole rich kids. Fabulous job, guys.
And a video of the sign hanging:

Here’s the University of Arkansas Kappa Sigma fraternity house across the street from Occupy Fayetteville protesters with a banner reading “The 1%”. Way to keep it classy, bros. Here’s the thing: I’m 100% sure that the majority of you are not in the 1%. Those of you who might be in that 1%, I’d bet it’s technically your parents who are in the 1%. ¿Comprende? You just made your frat look like it’s full of asshole rich kids. Fabulous job, guys.

And a video of the sign hanging:

Filed under Occupy Arkansas Occupy Fayetteville University of Arkansas Occupy Wall Street Occupy Together asshats rich kids Arkansas politics economy inequality douchebaggery frat brothers brat in the frat

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Occupy Cheyenne in Cheyenne, Wyoming 

Photos taken Oct. 15, at the Cheyenne Railroad Depot plaza. It was a blast! We had roughly 80-100 in attendance at 12:30 pm. There were quite a few horn honks and waves, a few dirty looks. However, the reception was largely positive. Plans to do it again are in the works.

As for police, they circled a few times. However, leaving Cheyenne, I was pulled over. The officer asked about the signs and I told him I was at Occupy Cheyenne. He snapped his notebook shut and said, “Yeah? Well, good. I’m in the 99 percent too. Have a good night!” Some of the police get it. I’m still a titch surprised.

Filed under Occupy Cheyenne Occupy Everywhere Occupy Wall Street Occupy Together photos politics protest inequality October 15 USdor Cheyenne Wyoming Occupy WY OWS economy