Today in Occupy-related news:
- President Obama was met with a mic check today during a speech in New Hampshire. Obama responded, in part: “You’re the reason that I ran for office in the first place.”
After his speech, a protester handed Obama a small note. It read:
Over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While banksters continue to destroy the economy with impunity. You must stop the assault on our 1st ammendment rights. Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.
See the community-recommended diary by joanneleon for more.
- This was the biggest week ever for mainstream Occupy coverage:
All totaled, the Occupy Wall Street story accounted for 13% of the overall newshole during the week of November 14-20, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.
That coverage marked a major spike from the week before when media attention to the protests had dropped to just 1% of the newshole. It surpassed even the week of October 10-16, when the protests, largely focused on income inequality, filled 10% of the newshole as the demonstrations expanded around the country and partisans began turning it into a major political issue.
News about the demonstrations unfolded dramatically last week, as Occupy sites in Oakland, Portland and other cities were cleared by law enforcement, precipitating a spike in arrests and several injuries. And coverage really took off when New York’s Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the movement, was cleared of encampments for cleaning on Tuesday, November 15.
- Occupy Los Angeles:
[A]fter nearly two months of the City Hall lawn being used as a campground, the city leaders would like to politely move the protest off the grounds while also supporting its continued work.
The solution, which has yet to be accepted but which we think is genius for all involved, is to “rent” some downtown office space the city has (10,000 square feet) to #OccupyLA for a ceremonial $ 1 per year. (The huge commercial space is in something called the “Los Angeles Mall” literally next door to City Hall.) And all the homeless who have come to the camp recently? They will be provided with housing. Oh yeah, and farmland will be provided to the group, so that it can be self-sufficient as far as growing food.
- Shepard Fairey has redesigned his “Occupy Hope” poster as a result of feedback from Occupy Wall Street folks.
- Brave, brave Sir Birgeneau: nearly two weeks after students at UC Berkeley were beaten by campus police, UC Berkeley’s chancellor issued an apology for the incident. But only after skipping town for Thanksgiving.
- An Austin protester threatens the police in what looks to be a uniquely effective way.
- Occupy Oakland continues to be a very strange place. Or maybe it’s just the free market at work?
- Video: the Occupy bat signal.
- Occupy around the world.
- Fox News is stuffed to the brim with idiots. Case in point: Megyn Kelly wants you to know that pepper spraying people is really no big thing, saying it’s “a food product, essentially“. Yes, it’s already an internet and Twitter meme. Amazon reviews for pepper spray have therefore been streaming in.
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