My name is Clifford Reese, I am CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou’s cousin. I was proud to attend the action started by Firedoglake to put pressure on Senate and Congress members to request John be moved to a halfway house near his family.
|By: Kit OConnell Tuesday June 19, 2012 7:20 pm|
Among the many signs of the profound threat that the Occupy movement poses to the status quo has been the coordinated effort by local and state police together with the Department of Homeland Security to suppress the rights of protesters. The United Nations recently criticized the United States for its violent police attacks on the movement.
In the month since the pre-NATO arrests, a new tool in the arsenal is becoming clear: turning dedicated activists into political prisoners.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday November 18, 2011 6:50 am|
This idea that Occupy was about “disrupting traffic” or, in the case of New York, shutting down Wall Street likely originated from a spokesperson with the New York Police Department. Most of the movement wants to march. It does not want to stop in one location and hold up traffic. It is the police who are unable or unwilling to keep moving the crowd, who create situations where protesters disrupt traffic.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 17, 2011 6:07 am|
The day of action was planned well-ahead of the raid (here is a video of the call to action). The bold nature of the plans (“Shut down Wall St!”) likely freaked out the city, as it has seen how powerful the movement has become and that they are capable of turning out thousands of people.
Today, Occupy Wall Street marks its two-month anniversary. The march has taken off for the New York Stock Exchange. It left from the park, paused at the red cube and is moving onward to get as close to the NYSE as possible.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday July 19, 2011 12:00 pm|
I was one of the 2700 people who pledged to go to the office of their member of congress and let them know that if they support cuts to Social Security or Medicare, we won’t support them in the next election. And moreover, that “supporting cuts” meant voting for the creation of any committee with the power to make recommendations that would be given an up-or-down vote in Congress, bypassing regular procedure (Catfood II).