Ben Harper and Tom Morello. McCarther Park:
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They tried to break up Occupation Wall Street this morning but the protesters stood their ground and Bloomerberg backed down. In Denver the cops stood their's.... They clear out homeless camps all the time and they know how to do it. I've been wondering how long the authorities are going to allow these occupations to continue in every city across the nation before they call out the National Guard and %#&!*% turns ugly. Could be they waited too long already. I think we're witnessing a real revolution and if they crack down it'll only make it stronger. But a revolution takes extreme determination. Civil Rights, Womens' Suffrage and Unionization took years to achieve. If we believe in this cause we better be committed to stick it out for the long haul
The Colorado State Patrol and Denver Police began clearing the Occupy Denver tent camp just after 3 a.m. Friday morning. Twenty-three arrests were made.
The protesters set up dozens of tents on state land and many of them did not leave when the state's curfew went into effect at 11 p.m. Thursday night, despite an order from the governor and repeated requests from the Colorado State Patrol.
During a news conference on Thursday night, the State Patrol said the protesters could not stay on the land around the Capital, in Lincoln Park, and it said it would enforce the 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. The police action began at about 2:45 a.m. Friday.
Xcel Energy was on the scene, trying to cut power to the tent city. Officials say the protesters tapped into the electricity of park structures (like lighting fixtures, etc.) to run their equipment. Xcel is repairing the damage the protesters caused, structure by structure.
Of the Occupy Denver protesters, 23 were arrested. Twenty-one of those arrests were made by Colorado State Patrol. The charges against the protesters are for unlawful conduct. Two of the arrests were made by Denver Police. One of which was for an assault among people in crowd and one for impeding traffic.
All the protesters appeared in court on Friday afternoon. If convicted, they could each face three months to a year in jail.
At about 2pm, demonstrators walked away from the Hennepin county government center and headed for the Federal Reserve Bank offices on Hennepin Avenue.
The march was unplanned but Minneapolis police met with organizers and suggested a route through the city. Officers on bikes and scooters stopped traffic and cleared the streets as the march went up 3rd Avenue, west on Washington Avenue and then followed Hennepin to the bank.
There the crowd beat drums and chanted for an end to the Federal Reserve.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson criticized the protesters on Wall Street and in Minneapolis. He told the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference in Bloomington that he was happier to be there than at his government center office.
"Because of you, I don't have to spend my Friday afternoon with a thousand or so clueless, obnoxious and frankly very messy anarchists or socialists or flower children or whatever they call themselves. Instead I get to spend my time with 1,000 or so patriots."
Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Minneapolis Friday for the opening of the OccupyMN demonstration, patterned after weeks of protest in New York's financial district.
Office workers, students, retirees and people who happened to be walking by gathered in front of the Hennepin County Government Center.
"People want to know what we want, what our list of demands is," said Virginia Simson, among the first to arrive. "There are a lot of things, but there's one main problem — that's profits over people."
The crowd was affable and relaxed for the morning, watched over by Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies standing atop the stairs to the government center's north entrance. Authorities have also installed portable, wireless video cameras on the plaza to watch the crowd.
The protest featured an appearance by Independence Party and former Gov. Jesse Ventura, who spoke as people started to gather. He compared the gatherings in New York, Minneapolis and around the country to recent revolutions around the world.
"I hope that this country can step forward and follow the leads that have happened in the Middle East to many of the Arab countries where people's movements rose up and you see the results of them," Ventura said.
He said he hopes the Occupy movement brings change to the U.S.
"It hasn't yet, but if it continues and grows it will. Absolutely. And I hope that it does," Ventura said.
He's one of the most prominent former elected officials to speak to an Occupy rally. Former U.S. Sen. Dean Barkley attended the gathering hailed the efforts of the protesters, as did current state Rep. Jim Davnie, DFL-Minneapolis.
"I'm very inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, around the country," Davnie said. "I'm glad to see it come to Minnesota, I think people need a place where they can express some of their outrage. We've not seen the economy turn around, we've seen reckless political activity here in Minnesota, with the state shutdown, and in Washington D.C. with the debt ceiling debate."
But most of the people gathered in the plaza were average citizens. Students and office workers, retirees and teachers, and a fair number of people who said they were out of work.
Retired dentist Mary McEvoy, of Minneapolis, was one of the crowd. "I'm here today because I'm angered by the unbridled greed that we see in Wall Street," McEvoy said. "Their delight in taking a public handout, and then when we ask them to abide by some rules, they decline. And they strenuously object. And that makes me very angry, since I'm a taxpayer that helped bail them out."
Organizers, like Diana Turner, of St. Paul, started moving in stacking chairs and blankets, food supplies and water. She said she hoped to see as many as 1,000 people on the plaza by the end of the weekend.
"I have no idea when it will end," she said of the demonstration overall.
Other organizers were taking donations and registering volunteers at a table beside the light rail stop in front of Minneapolis' City Hall. Volunteer legal advisers were roaming through the crowd, as were medics and even an "emergency consciousness worker" encouraging people to think positively to help bring about social change.
You can't count the cities now, because the movement is spreading so fast. I was getting counts of 30 to 40 cities 2 days ago and now they are saying 177 or 200. Occupy Venice starts Sunday. We're going to visit the Los Angeles Occupation tomorrow.
THIS FRIDAY OCT. 7
ALL OUT: Protest & Die-In on the
10th Anniversary of the Afghanistan War
STOP THE ATTACKS ON WORKING PEOPLE!
MONEY FOR JOBS & EDUCATION, NOT WALL ST.!
ANSWER Coalition is part of the Occupy LA encampment. After an action on Saturday and a march of over 700 that took over downtown streets on Monday in solidarity with the arrested protesters on Wall Street, it's time to make the connections between U.S. wars and Wall Street.
Join ANSWER and many others for a mass Protest and Die-In on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the U.S./NATO war on the people of Afghanistan. Dozens, if not hundreds, of Occupy LA activists will be supporting and attending the protest, and you should be there too. Here are a few reasons why:
Hundreds of thousands of Afghani people have been killed, wounded and displaced, and thousands of U.S. and NATO forces killed and wounded. The war costs more than $118 billion per year— $330 million per day—at a time when social programs are being slashed.
Jobs and education continue to be cut while the trillion-dollar military budget increases and Wall Streetcorporations make record profits. Millions of people can’t find a job. Be there on Friday to stand up and fight back! Only the people united can make real change!
- End All U.S. Wars & Occupations
- Money for Jobs, Healthcare & Education, Not for Wall Street & the Pentagon!
- Stop the attacks on workers and immigrants: No cuts, layoffs and deportations!
Wall Street is the problem. You are the solution.
Join the growing movement of people like yourself demanding change.
Meet Thursday, October 6, 2011 at California Plaza (350 S. Grand, Los Angeles, CA), at 11:30am.
Homeowners, community members, students, and advocates will be marching through the streets into the offices of a major bank and demanding that “Wall Street Banks Pay!”
For more information contact: Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our movement is growing. Community leaders are mobilizing to demand a "new bottom line" around the country. Wall Street must pay their fair share.
See you in the streets.
Sign the petition today and Make Wall Street Pay!
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Thanks Dave. Something like 30 to 40 cities have erupted so far. Here's a link to a real good article with lots of great photos:
The occupation movement that began at Wall Street is now spreading like wildfire. It is already spreading to more cities than I can count, including Los angeles, San Francisco and Orange County. This is a historic event and an opportunity for all of us to work together for change.
Here's a link to the Los Angeles group:
I'll try to see if I can find a link to all the cities across the nation that are participating.