For Immediate Release
Dottie Guy, Bay Area Chapter President
(415) 290-5447, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose Vasquez, Executive Director
(917) 587-3334, email@example.com
Keith Shannon, Deployed with Scott to Iraq
Marine Veteran Critically Injured at Occupy Oakland March
Two-time Iraq war veteran sustains skull fracture from police projectile
Late last night, Scott Olsen, a former Marine, two-time Iraq war veteran, and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, sustained a skull fracture after being shot in the head with a police projectile while peacefully participating in an Occupy Oakland march. The march began at a downtown library and headed towards City Hall in an effort to reclaim a site–recently cleared by police–that had previously served as an encampment for members of the 99% movement.
Scott joined the Marines in 2006, served two-tours in Iraq, and was discharged in 2010. Scott moved to California from Wisconsin and currently works as a systems network administrator in Daly, California.
Scott is one of an increasing number of war veterans who are participating in America’s growing Occupy movement. Said Keith Shannon, who deployed with Scott to Iraq, “Scott was marching with the 99% because he felt corporations and banks had too much control over our government, and that they weren’t being held accountable for their role… Continue reading
by Justin Berton, Will Kane, Chronicle Staff Writers
SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online)
Photo (left): Jay Finneburgh / AP — Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen lays on the ground bleeding from a head wound after being struck by a projectile during an Occupy Wall Street protest in Oakland, Calif. Olsen suffered a fractured skull while marching with other protesters attempting to reestablish a presence in the area of the disbanded camp, said Dottie Guy, of the Iraq Veterans Against the War. Police Chief Howard Jordan says an internal review board and local prosecutors have been asked to determine if officers on the scene used excessive force.
OAKLAND — Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq, stood calmly in front of a police line as tear gas canisters that officers shot into the Occupy Oakland protest Tuesday night whizzed past his head.
“He was standing perfectly still, provoking no one,” said Raleigh Latham, an Oakland filmmaker shooting footage of the confrontation between police and hundreds of protesters at 14th Street and Broadway. “If something didn’t hit him directly in the face, then it went off close to his head and knocked him down.”
The something was a projectile that apparently came from police lines, fractured Olsen’s skull and put him in Highland General Hospital. Doctors upgraded his condition Thursday from critical to fair, and said they expect him to make a full recovery.
His parents flew in from Wisconsin and spent Thursday at his bedside.… Continue reading
“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom.”
As the eloquent Ms. Nin explains above, there is such a thing as a
pain threshold. In the struggle for social change, this may be the point at
which inaction become more agonizing than the fear we all harbor about stepping
up and challenging this destructive culture.
I’ve often wondered when we will collectively decide that we’re less
afraid of the State than of living on a planet without trees,
without drinkable water,
without arable land, without a hint of justice. Thanks to Occupy
Wall Street (OWS) and all
related efforts, this moment is getting closer with each passing day and
in that spirit, I’ll say ssssshhhhhhh…
Silence your cell phones, your TVs, silence the noise in your head…and just
listen. Listen carefully. Can you hear it? It’s a cry from the future, a
mournful plea begging us to capture this moment. Can you hear it? Will
you hear it? Or have you gotten so accustomed to losing that you choose instead
to cover your ears, bury your head — finding endless excuses and myriad
methods to ignore and/or discredit the effort?
Listen again. Listen closer. This is probably our last, best chance…it’s… Continue reading
November 9, 2011
by Stephen C. Webster
In a video published to YouTube, an unidentified protester holding a video camera, filming a police line during the early hours of Thursday, Nov. 3, is apparently shot with a rubber bullet even after repeatedly asking officers, “Is this okay?”
Rubber bullets, though considered non-lethal, have killed people before. They can also cause serious internal injuries and even break bones. Despite their name, rubber bullets are small metal cylinders merely coated with a layer of rubber, and can be launched from traditional firearms. (Update: There’s been some speculation that this person may have been shot by a beanbag round instead, but it remains unclear.)
The incident took place following Thursday’s call to general strike, which saw tens of thousands of protesters shut down one of the city’s major highway overpasses. Though the event was largely peaceful, police said they made 103 arrests, mostly for protesters who failed to disperse after being told to leave public spaces. There were also reports of some vandalism and broken windows, although it was not widespread.
Police were heavily criticized for their alleged role in beating Iraq veteran Kayvan Sabehgi with nightsticks as he was walking home from the protest. Although he suffered a ruptured spleen and was in extreme pain pleading for medical attention, none was given, and officers allegedly accused him of being a drug addict. Sabehgi was finally allowed to see doctors 18 hours later, when paramedics had to physically remove him from his cell because he was in too much pain to walk.…Continue reading
November 14, 2011
By Michael Collins
The Money Party RSS
Photo: K. Kendall. “The problems we are facing were not created by us, but we deign to shed
light on them and so we are blamed for them. The truth is, every person at our
protest is there because the system is broken.” Samuel
Rutledge, Open Newswire, Portland Indymedia
The fascist financiers of the Money Party are growing restless. Occupy Wall Street began with a call to action
from the activist online group Anonymous in August. It was barely
featured in the mainstream or alternate media. Instead of a small crowd
that could easily be ignored then disbursed, fifty thousand citizens
showed up at the headquarters for the world financial system, Wall
Street. Despite the best efforts of Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD, the Occupy
Wall Street continues. The message went out to the country and the world. Now, there are over 100 occupy events in Oakland, Kansas City, Washington, DC, and elsewhere.(Image: K. Kendall)
Occupy Portland began on October 6, 2011. It has maintained a steady presence in downtown Portland, a major West Coast center of commerce. The participants refuse to leave until the government addresses their grievances. Police scare tactics, planted provocateurs, and the elements are no barrier.
Portland evicted occupiers from their camps on Sunday morning. The occupy forces regrouped. Drawing local support, the crowd grew throughout the day. Sunday evening, the police tried a forced eviction from the downtown area that involved mounted police, shoving and pushing, and pepper spray.…Continue reading
Story posted here at 7:00pm EST, updated above:
Not that the situation hasn’t been urgent before, and not that the similar situations in Oakland, Denver, Portland and everywhere else aren’t urgent (see RSS feeds on 175 cities here, www.occupynews.blogspot.com/, but … here’s a call, posted tonight at 5:59pm EST, from New York City OWS for assistance TONIGHT, Tuesday, November 15th. Please read the details at OccupyWallSt.org, but here’s a summary —
Early this morning (1am) NYPD, on orders of Bloomberg, violently cleared the citizens of Zuccotti Park due to concerns over ‘health and fire concerns’ to OWS’s neighboring communities, trashed citizens’ belongings, injured some, arrested many …
This morning, a NY court found, after the National Lawyers guild requested an injunction, the citizens COULD be in the park, WITH their stuff…
This afternoon, the NY Supreme Court found, after New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU.org) lawyers filed suit, that the citizens COULD be in the park but NOT with their stuff…
Nonetheless, New York’s Finest (yes, part of the 99% themselves…) apparently don’t want any citizens in the park and have decided to once again clear the park IN DEFIANCE of the court order.
#OWS is calling on everyone to get to the park to stand firm, NONVIOLENTLY (and have linked in the call to a resource on “how to fight back nonviolently”).
At the moment I’m watching with 94,000 other people what’s happening — for instance, Sgt. Thomas, a Marine veteran, just appealed to other veterans to come out and protect the people — available on the live-streaming video of Zuccotti Square at the livelink, which we’ve embedded below.…Continue reading
November 17, 2011
Today, November 17th, over 30,000 New Yorkers took to the streets to resist austerity, rebuild our economy, and reclaim our democracy. It was our largest action to date.
Our will was only emboldened by Mayor Bloomberg’s heavy-handed attempt to eradicate Occupy Wall Street; our brutal eviction from our homes at Liberty Square has strengthened both our resolve and our legitimacy. Together, we raised our voices to declare: “No to evictions! No to the 1% that profits from our collective impoverishment.” We showed the world we are not a fringe group of naive idealists–we are truly a people’s uprising embodying the revolutionary spirit of economic justice, mutual aid, and participatory, consensus-based democracy. We are the 99%.
And the world responded.
Protestors across the United States occupied our most tangible symbols of oligarchic neglect: bridges–essential public infrastructure the 1% has blithely let decay:
Los Angeles, CA: protestors peacefully shut down a bridge into the financial district. 16 were arrested.
Portland, OR: the Steel Bridge was occupied.
Detroit, MI: in one of the cities hardest hit by foreclosures and evictions, 1000s marched across the 2nd Ave Bridge.
Washington, DC: protestors demonstrated in support of increased infrastructure projects on the Key Bridge.
Philadelphia, PA: 1500 people marched on the Market St Bridge where at least 25 people were arrested during a nonviolent sit-in.
Miami, FL: over 2,000 people gathered under the overpass at Jose Marti Park.
Hartford, CT: 200 people blocked the entrance ramp to 1-84, with 10 arrests.
Houston,… Continue reading