RAW VIDEO: Chopper footage of 100,000+ OccupyOakland takes back Highway

Note to the Teaparty™ — here’s what actual grass roots activism looks like. 

Do people still think media blackout is a myth?

Morning! Awesome photo: Taking the port at #OccupyOakland

(Photos) OccupyOakland & General Strike — SUCCESS!

At least 4,000 are at the gates to the Port of Oakland »

Source: evanfleischer
paxamericana: Occupy Oakland via reddit.

paxamericana: Occupy Oakland via reddit.

akagoldfish: cultureofresistance: Occupy Oakland: “If we want to stop the 1%, we have to go to their factories, we have to go to the pipelines, we have to go to the ports where trade happens, we have to go to the stock exchanges inside… and all those things have to be occupied.” - Premadasi Amada, Deep Green Resistance HOLY FUCK, THE GAME’S ON


progressivefriends: (via Photo: LARGE group of #OccupyOakland protesters still Heading… on Twitpic)

progressivefriends: (via Photo: LARGE group of #OccupyOakland protesters still Heading… on Twitpic)

phroyd: Chase Bank Oakland, California Apox: 5:50pm PST

phroyd: Chase Bank, Oakland, California ,Apox: 5:50pm PST

kileyrae: Veterans March For Occupy Wall Street — And It’s Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen Before

Confirmed: Oakland port shut down

“OAKLAND — Protesters have effectively shut down maritime operations at the Port, Director Omar Benjamin said at a media briefing Tuesday, as more than 4,000 people are at the gates.” (Oakland Tribune) via: the-dis-ease

This Modern World: Officer Friendly and OWS

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November 2: General Strike! OccupyOakland OWS

via: paxamericana

@occupyoakland — Occupy OaklandBREAKING NEWS: #SEIU Local 1021, the biggest union in Oakland, just joined Wednesdays #GeneralStrike They’re callin workers into the street!






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Scott Olsen / OccupyOakland: hoping for some accountability

Occupy Oakland’s wounded vet has regained consciousness but has temporarily lost the ability to speak: (via: andrewsullivan)

Olsen, 24, is communicating with friends and family at his bedside by writing notes, but his injury is believed to have damaged the speech centre of his brain, according to Keith Shannon, who served with Olsen in Iraq… “He cannot talk right now, and that is because the fracture is right on the speech center of his brain,” said Shannon. “However, they are expecting he will get that back.” Shannon added that Olsen’s “spelling is not near what it used to be”.

Let’s hope for some accountability:

OccupyMarines believes that either ESU Officer Scott Bergstresser threw the grenade that injured Scott Olsen or he knows who did. Let’s not let them give out another Tony Baloney punishment. (via: fearandwar)

ESU Officer Bergstresser who is being fingered as the guy who shot Scott Olsen. (via: fearandwar)

(Photo) 1,300 people attended a candlelight vigil for Scott Olsen at OccupyOakland


1,300 people attended a candlelight vigil for Scott Olsen at Occupy Oakland, an Iraq veteran left in critical condition after a police crackdown.

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(Photo) The faces of terror at OccupyOakland

photo via sfgate

Terrifying radicals occupying Oakland yesterday. Thank God the cops cleared these frightening people out.

A bunch of them have cameras, and I’m sure that one guy is a hippy.

via: jron

Scary — no wonder the Oakland police department needed rubber bullets, tear gas, and flash bang grenades! 

Scott Olsen / OccupyOakland update: awake and alert

Occupy Wall Street Movement News Update of the Day: 24-year-old Iraq vet Scott Olsen, who has become “a figurehead of the Occupy Wall Street movement” since being hit in the head by an as-yet-unidentified police projectile, is awake and alert after being unconscious for 12 hours.

According to Highland General hospital spokesman Warren Lyons, Olsen is “able to write and hear but has a little difficulty with his speech.” Doctors will likely perform brain surgery to reduce swelling, but are holding off for the time being to see if it eases on its own.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who reportedly met with Olsenreleased a statement earlier today expressing support for the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and announcing a reduction in police presence at the plaza where Occupy Oakland protesters congregate.

Interim police chief Howard Jordan promised a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, telling reporters “It’s unfortunate it happened. I wish that it didn’t happen.”

Around the country vigils were held for Olsen, who is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. “I think people would have been outraged even had this been a civilian,” said the group’s executive director Jose Vasquez, “but the fact that he survived two tours of duty and then to have this happen to him, people are really upset about that.”

The Obama administration has released no official statement on the matter, except to say that the Justice Department is not investigating potential abuse of power on the part of the Oakland PD. An Anonymous member has taken matters into his own hands, offering $1,000 for the name of the officer directly responsible for injuring Olsen.

Both Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace have started funds to help Olsen and his family members cover their medical expenses.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly, in front of whom Quan is expected to speak tonight (livestream here), passed a proposal last night calling for a city-wide strike to commence next Wednesday, November 2nd.

via: thedailywhat

Scott Olsen’s condition upgraded

S.F. CHRONICLE: Scott Olsen’s condition upgraded to “fair.”

Some good news.

Heinous crimes of OWS / OccupyOakland: ILLEGAL CAMPING

ILLEGAL CAMPING: A crime so heinous only one hundred cops in riot gear, firing tear gas and rubber bullets, can stop it.

Jon Stewart: ‘What the Fuck happened in Oakland?’

Stewart says Oakland’s response to the protesters seems a little heavy-handed. Unless this was one of the protesters:

(Videos) Marine Vet Scott Olsen shot in the face with a tear gas canister by the Oakland PD

Video of the brutality of the Oakland police department and the wounding of Scott Olsen, a Marine veteran who survived two tours in Iraq, by the Oakland PD — on U.S. soil for demonstrating peacefully.

Here’s a screen grab of Scott standing with a Navy veteran right before the Oakland PD shot him in the face with a tear gas canister:
Scott Olsen

And after:

Scott Olsen, two-tour veteran of the Iraq war, was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister fired by police at Occupy Oakland, has a fractured skull, brain swelling and is in serious condition (via: whipporwill)

If the police claim Scott Olsen attacked them — THIS VIDEO may show differently. Olsen appears at 3:30 into the clip. 

Scott is currently in the hospital with a skull fracture and a swollen brain. There are unconfirmed reports he’s been placed in a medically-induced coma and is on a respirator. Let him know the world is watching:

Well wishes and cards can be sent to:

USMC Scott Olsen
Highland Hospital
1411 East 31st St.
Oakland CA 94602

via: kammakali

OWS: NOT the America we want to live in: OccupyOakland and Iraq veteran Scott Olsen

We are all Scott Olsen. OccupyOakland OWS

“I’m just absolutely devastated that someone who did two tours of Iraq and came home safely is now lying in a US hospital because of the domestic police force”

Occupy Oakland: Iraq war veteran in critical condition after police clashes / guardian.co.uk (via rachelfershleiser)

thepoliticalnotebook: This is truly atrocious. Scott Olsen, 23, served in Iraq twice with the Marines and is currently under sedation with a skull fracture and brain swelling after the Oakland police [shot] a tear gas canister at him. They threw a second as fellow demonstrators rushed to his aid.

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In response to the police brutality against peaceful American protesters –hereherehereherehereand here – military and police groups are forming to protect American citizens.

In fact, many in the military support the protests (and see this).

As of today, OccupyMarines, Occupy PoliceOccupy NavyOccupy Airforce, and Occupy Army have formed to protect the people against police brutality.

After Veterans for Peace member Scott Olsen – a Marine Corps veteran twice deployed to Iraq – was critically wounded in the Occupy Oakland protest, Occupy Marines tweeted:

WHEN YOU SHOOT ONE MARINE, YOU SHOOT AT ALL OF US. OORAH. Do It Peacefully Occupy We Stand In Solidarity

(via: paxamericana)