May 1st, 2012
Let freedom Spring. 
motherjones:

Occupy May Day: Pictures from the Williamsburg Bridge.
On a rainy May Day morning, at least 200 people marched from Brooklyn to Manhattan across the Williamsburg Bridge, and were met by around 100 police in varying degrees of riot uniform. The crowd was mostly local and largely peaceful. There were four arrests recorded. Police confiscated a shopping cart filled with riots shields fashioned from traffic barriers. Nearly every MTA train that passed the protest honked loudly in support. 
James West compiled this short photo essay.

Let freedom Spring. 

motherjones:

Occupy May Day: Pictures from the Williamsburg Bridge.

On a rainy May Day morning, at least 200 people marched from Brooklyn to Manhattan across the Williamsburg Bridge, and were met by around 100 police in varying degrees of riot uniform. The crowd was mostly local and largely peaceful. There were four arrests recorded. Police confiscated a shopping cart filled with riots shields fashioned from traffic barriers. Nearly every MTA train that passed the protest honked loudly in support.

James West compiled this short photo essay.

December 2nd, 2011

vicemag:

A couple weeks ago Occupy Wall Street got kicked out of Zuccotti Park and 48 hours later took to the streets of Manhattan to express their disapproval. It was a molotov cocktail away from turning into a full-fledged riot, but in the end the march peacefully dissipated and left many wondering if the movement had hit a dead end (at least in New York).

Apparently this isn’t the case because yesterday OWS announced that they will be occupying Times Square for the next 24 hours as a slew of over 70 left-leaning acts perform plays, songs, and undoubtedly recite more than one manifesto. “Occupy Broadway,” as they’re calling it, starts at 6 PM tonight and will end tomorrow evening with the “Church of Stop” singing the First Amendment. That’s what will happen if things go according to plan and the NYPD don’t get involved, of course, but given the cops’ and the protesters’ history, things are not likely to go according to plan. We thought this would be the perfect time to road test our shiny new live broadcast rig, so VICE Editor-in-Chief Rocco Castoro is down there right now with a crew to see what’s doin’.

We want to reiterate that this is our first go at the whole live streaming thing, so apologies in advance if it freezes or cuts out. We’re probably just changing batteries or something, so just wait a few minutes an try refreshing the page.

November 22nd, 2011
It’s time to say something, Mr. President. Tick tock.
yahoopolitics:

Occupy protester hands President Obama a note:
Mr. President: Over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While bankers continue to destroy the American economy. You must stop the assault on our 1st amendment rights.  Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.
Captured by the AP’s Charles Dharapak

It’s time to say something, Mr. President. Tick tock.

yahoopolitics:

Occupy protester hands President Obama a note:

Mr. President: Over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While bankers continue to destroy the American economy. You must stop the assault on our 1st amendment rights.  Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.

Captured by the AP’s Charles Dharapak

November 20th, 2011

Silence is more powerful than words.  This is incredible. 

November 19th, 2011

Students Pepper-Sprayed at UC Davis

It seems like every day a new story comes out about agressive pepper-spraying at Occupy protests from images of the first three girls in New York to Seattle’s 84-year-old Dorli Rainey to the Portland woman getting blasted with her mouth open.  The latest video of cops using what seems to be insane amounts (really, how much of this stuff do they need to use for it to be effective?) comes from UC Davis in California where a group of students were hosed down while sitting on the quad yesterday.

See the video.  [Blackbook]

peterfeld:

UC Davis pepper spray maestro Lt. John Pike. 530-752-3989 japikeiii@ucdavis.edu (video)

peterfeld:

UC Davis pepper spray maestro Lt. John Pike. 530-752-3989 japikeiii@ucdavis.edu (video)

November 18th, 2011
I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested… As I’m standing there, some African-American woman goes up to a police officer and says, ‘I need to get in. My daughter’s there. I want to know if she’s OK.’ And he said, ‘Move on, lady.’ And they kept pushing with their sticks, pushing back. And she was crying. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he throws her to the ground and starts hitting her in the head,” says Smith. “I walk over, and I say, ‘Look, cuff her if she’s done something, but you don’t need to do that.’ And he said, ‘Lady, do you want to get arrested?’ And I said, ‘Do you see my hat? I’m here as a legal observer.’ He said, ‘You want to get arrested?’ And he pushed me up against the wall.

Retired New York Supreme Court Judge Karen Smith, working as a legal observer after the raids on Zucotti Park this Tuesday, via Paramilitary Policing of Occupy Wall Street: Excessive Use of Force amidst the New Military Urbanism (via seriouslyamerica)

In case you still weren’t convinced we live in a police state. 

(via brianvan)

November 15th, 2011

They may keep out those with a press pass, you may not see video on local or national news because they were not allowed in, but while the revolution, in the most literal sense, may not be televised, it will still be heard. You can arrest members of the media, but never the concept of free speech.  ”The revolution will be live.”

Gil Scott Heron-The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

October 17th, 2011

This video is amazing.  On one hand, not all cops should be vilified, they are just doing their jobs and you can see how uncomfortable his words make them.  They are part of the 99%.  But on the other hand, this is exactly what the cops who have abused their power need to see and hear.  Anthony Bologna and other white shirts who have been beating people needlessly should be forced to watch this to see what a real hero looks like. Introducing Sergeant Shamar Thomas and the members of Occupy Marines.

youngmanhattanite:

awpoops:

Ex marine yells at cops, telling them to stop being asshole bullies.

If you didn’t see this before, watch it now.