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Unresolved 2015 protest case reveals Denver police have been concealing evidence from all activist trials

DENVER, COLORADO- A seemingly ordinary protester-in-the-roadway case has exploded in the face of Denver city lawyers from the prosecutor’s office to the department of civil liabilities. The case against activist Eric Brandt, for chasing a police motorcade which had falsely arrested a fellow demonstrator, today revealed that in arrests made at political protests, Denver police have been withholding key reports from the evidence disclosed to those defendants. Denver police file what’s called an “After Action Report” for public protests that prompt a mobilized law enforcement response. But the department doesn’t release the report to arrestees who face charges stemming from those actions. Ostensibly the reports are kept secret to avoid public scrutiny of crowd control strategies, but the reports also document the attendance of officers who witness the purported crimes. Those --otherwise undocumented-- personnel write reports which are then not included in the discovery evidence. That is what defense lawyers call “Brady Material”, witnesses who are not consulted about what they saw, possibly exculpatory evidence which is being denied to the accused. What role those officers might play in the circumstances leading to the arrests is also kept a mystery. Last week just before Eric Brandt’s trial, a DPD After Action Report for the protest arrests of August 28, 2015 was accidentally brought to the court’s attention the morning of trial. DPD Commander Tony Lopez brought the AAR report with him as a crib sheet to help his officers corroborate their witness testimonies. The prosecuting attorney coaching the witnesses was offered the report as an aid and as a consequence she was obligated to reveal it to the defense. At first Judge Frederick Rogers gave the defense one hour to study the new document. An hour later, after everyone had pondered the implications, the jury pool was excused for good and Rogers conceded that more time was needed for further subpoenas. At a pretrial conference today Judge Rogers tried to limit the extent of additional evidence needed before the case could proceed. He rejected a subpoena which he deemed too broad, and limited requests for further AARs to those filed August 26 and 28th. While a prosecuting attorney described such reports as so rare she’s never encountered one before, another city attorney sheepishly admitted that a paralegal in his office had unearthed three AARs that may meet the criteria. So much for rare, that’s three in as many days. Another city attorney insisted that she needed to vet those beforehand, but a peeved Judge Rogers volunteered to assess their applicability himself. If they weren’t in his in-box by 4pm, he’d assume they were forwarded to the defense as ordered. In question in this particular case was a mention that the head of Denver’s Dept of Public Works had ordered the police action on August 28. This is at odds with all previous police testimony which denied communication with Public Works. It goes toward impeachment of those officers as well as establishing whether Denver police have been abusing the city’s “encumbrance” ordinance. The encumbrance

#NuitDebout occupies Paris. March 51 marks 20th day of mass protest siege.

NUIT DEBOUT started as a protest against the weakening of labor protections. It's grown since March 31 into a pan European movement driven by students who resume daily protests every night at six. What's being lauded as a Paris Spring is also being likened to Occupy Wall Street because the assemblies have no leaders nor do they make any demands. They do present an ultimatum. The month of April will not begin until economic policies are reformulated. Until then the Nuitdeboutistes are counting successive days against March, not April, so today is March 51. If you think mainstream media is ignoring #DemocracySpring it's unanimously mum about this spontaneous uprising spreading across French cities and European capitols.

Occupy Your Liberal Tendencies

"OCCUPY YOUR LIBERAL TENDENCIES". Yeah, it doesn't mean what you think it means. Dems love the slogan because they read it as "embrace liberalism". Iliterate radicals fall for the same misconception. Occupy activists know the concept means to DISRUPT or BLOCK you liberal inclination. This slogan separates those who understood the Occupy Wall Street encampment from hipsters who always look for excuses not to participate when a movement is catching on. To "occupy" a space meant more than inhabiting it, or conquering it. Occupy Wall Street introduced a new definition which meant to inhibit the satus quo's regular function. Interrupt it. We still see "occupy" conjugated as an attachment: "Occupy Homes" or Occupy Sandy Relief, for example. Hopefully the reborn "Occupy Democrats" means to be a thorn in electoral politics, not just a herding mechanism. About the megaphone, I decided to retire it. Confiscated and returned multiple times, it still bore a zip-tie from its last PD property tag, but it only barely survived the last arrest. I considered keeping this bullhorn, or "blowhorn" as Caryn called it- as a momento, but it was more valuable as a trade-in. What good are warrantees when we usually lose bullhorns to the police before they have a chance break? Maybe we're using them wrong. No doubt we're using them short of their full potential.

Happy birthday to Occupy Wall Street. 4yrs old & still drawing party crashers (who took everything but the cake).

DENVER, COLORADO- Our #S17 bash for the fourth anniversary of #OWS was interrupted by an eviction, actually the second sweep of the Lindsey Flanigan Plaza that day, where Denver police and SWAT took everything, our inverter, sewing machine, banners, posters, flags, fliers, file cabinet (administration tower #1), even our kitchen sink. Everything but our CAKE!

The frequently cited St Paul Principles had their time and place: ST PAUL

In my circle they're called "Saint Paul's Principles" because my colleagues think the edicts are Catholic I guess. The St Paul Principles came from St Paul Minnesota, circa 2008, and were formally adopted by the varied groups organizing to disrupt the Republican National Convention of 2008. They've lived on as guiding principles for activists of all ilk. In 2011 many Occupy encampments ratified the StPP as their own code of conduct, indifferent to whether they were applicable or even beneficial. Let's examine the well intended dogma. Do they apply universally? Are they constructive? And how did they work out for St Paul? The last one is easy. As you may remember, disruption of the 2008 RNC failed spectacularly. The St. Paul Principles 1. Our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the plans of other groups. 2. The actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of time or space. 3. Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events. 4. We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption and violence. We agree not to assist law enforcement actions against activists and others. It's hard to argue against this elegant expression of solidarity. With the SPPs, the protest organizers aimed at preempting COINTELPRO style disruption from generating conflict within the movement. The implicit condemnation of violence was of state sponsored violence, not authentic barricade defense. And no snitching. The SPPs addressed the problems which were already scuttling Denver's 2008 DNC protests. In Denver, "Recreate '68" planners let the press infer they meant to revive the Chicago riots of 1968, prompting almost every traditional social justice group to circulate a contract which everyone was expected to sign. It was a vow of nonviolence. Organizations who refused to sign were ostracized and could expect the violent police clobbering they invited. Essentially the SPPs aimed to unite the nonviolent and non-nonviolent activists, to ensure neither denounced the other, and that physically neither wound up caught in each other's fights or sit-ins. Probably the chief concession was being asked of the nonviolent crowd: Please, as long as we promise not to shroud your family atmosphere and your baby strollers in tear gas, please let the Black Blocs do their thing without your repudiation. Please. We share the same goals. Can you begin to see where such a strategy might fail to lead? But the St Paul organizers did share the same goals. Their aim was to disrupt the RNC via a strategy they called "3S" actions. SWARM, SEIZE. STAY. It's easy to see why three years later Occupy Wall Street was attracted to these directives. "3S" defines Occupy and another three years on, OWS activist followed the 2014 Climate March with an action called "Flood Wall Street" the instructions for which rephrased 3S aquatically. The "movement" to which the SPPs refer shared a goal, to disrupt the RNC, by means of swarming, seizing, and staying, by whatever tactic each member

Get a job you dirty hippie! Unhelpful advice which activists take personally.

Occupy Wall Street composed a chant to rebut the ageless heckle hurled at protesters: GET A JOB YOU DIRTY HIPPIE! After Zuccotti Park was razed and Occupiers regrouped, they offerd this rejoinder. Remember it?     "Got a JOB. Took a SHOWER.     We're still occupying, speaking truth to power!" Of course it wasn't true, or at least whether we did or not was as irrelevant as the original misconception. But street activists come up against misguided advice much more pernicious than the crudely insulting. Consider the constructive advice from journeymen activists who've been at this for a long time and know how it's done. You know the ones, who preach nonviolence or you'll never get anywhere, as if they have a record of success or fount of experience more illustrative than the old grindstone. False history has even robbed them of the authentic lessons to glean from Gandhi and MLK. Yet even the best-intentioned of our peers caution that movements will never take hold without blablabla. This sacred cow, for instance: community outreach. A colleague of mine recently asked about my ideas to better reach out to the African American community vis-a-vis the protests which Occupy Denver has been spearheading to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter uprisings in Baltimore and Ferguson. At face value it's a reasonable question as Occupy franchizes across the country have been predominantly white. At base however, the distinction is academic and the implication insulting. In Denver, as probably in many multicultural urban centers since Ferguson, authorities have succeeded in working with community leaders to redirect street protest into the usual back channels. In Denver the spiritual leaders have kept their flocks locked in their churches. When Denver high schoolers began to stage walk-outs, school administrators put the schools on lockdown. Traditional social justice groups fell victim to academics and their identity politics diatribes. White priviledge must "make space", in effect, step back, whether or not alternative leaders were knocking. In Denver the most significant protest entity impervious to scholatisc impotence or the wiles of religious submission was Occupy Denver. Since 2011 this ad hoc collection of protest-hardened activists could mobilize at the flick of a switch, usually through social media. By definition, Occupy refused to bind themselves to everybody else's longstanding arrangements of detente. Of course this persistence is not static and there are ceaseless internal pressures to conform and play for crumbs. Table scraps are sustenance after all, and all mature decisions are compromises. Adults choose lesser evils, safety nets, the bird in the hand, wisdom over altruism. Can dreamers even be sure the burning stove isn't an adage meant to waylay us from our childish intuition about freedom? From the frying pan into the fire is more probably the forbidden roadmap to revolution. You want to know the sage advice that burns me up the most? Comrades telling me the struggle will be a long haul. A marathon. Are you kidding me? Revolution is a sprint! We've got to

Occupy Denver activist is arrested for filming cops brutalizing homeless man

DENVER, COLORADO- On the subject of filming cops, Denver activist Caryn Sodaro is in trouble again. Caryn was attending a community meeting on Colfax Avenue when attention was drawn to an arrest happening at an adjacent liquor store parking lot. Several people converged on the scene, Caryn ahead of everyone, her videocamera aimed at an officer grinding his knee into the face of a prone man, likely homeless. Another cop looked on, warning his partner that they were being filmed, while an Argonaut security guard prevented the witnesses from getting close. Unlike onlookers who only dare to record an abusive arrest, Caryn tried to prevent further brutality and so raised her voice to caution the officers that their acts were not going unnoticed. Soon enough the witnesses were being ordered to leave Argonaut's private property. Though deep within the departing group --everyone was complying-- Caryn was picked out for arrest anyway. Fortunately she passed her camera to a colleague who was able to prevent the footage from being confiscated by the DPD. It's all on tape: the details described here and the reinforcements piling on Caryn. She spent the afternoon in jail. Her next court date is April 27.

NYPD loses pissing-in-the-wind contest with FloodWallStreet pepper spray op

NEW YORK, NEW YORK- Alright, just for laughs, here are two photos of the pepper spray escalation at Flood Wall Street, taken Sept 22. Both are cropped for emphasis but below you can see the full images which show the poor NYPD faces wincing after being hit by their own pepper spray. We've all heard about IQ-caps in the popo recruiting process, evidently these cops pass/failed the pissing-in-the-wind test. Hong Kong Occupiers are wielding umbrellas against chemical attacks, if pro-democracy pNGOs really want to help, send them leaf blowers. This image actually preceded the other: the moment the pepper spray was discharged, aimed with the precision of Fabreze. This photograph shows how many NYPD officers were struck, some yet too stoic to react, while Officer Pepper Spray threatens the crowd with MORE OF THE SAME!

Continued arrest of Denver Occupiers confirms homeless protest is battle line where people’s rights offend Capitalism

DENVER, COLORADO- The weekly demonstration in front of the Tattered Cover bookstore ended once again in arrests yesterday. Three Occupiers were arrested, led away in handcuffs, detained at length in the back of police cruisers, and given citations for "disturbing the peace". Four bucket drums were confiscated, presumably one was beating itself. This marks the fifth arrest at the Tattered Cover action. Arrestees at earlier homeless ban actions had been cited for jaywalking, some required to post bond before being released from jail. Many more Friday night actions have been interrupted and truncated by a DPD show of force or DPD warning that a complaint gave officers license to restrict "time, place and manner" of what the activists decry as their free speech. Although a bullhorn was initially taken last night and declared to be evidence, it was returned to the Occupiers, probably for fear the act would too literally represent their voices being silenced. The Tattered Cover disturbers of the peace are scheduled for arraignment on June 16 and June 30. These cases are not unrelated to other Denver protest arrestees who have court dates on June 10 for obstructing traffic and other technicalities contrived to intimidate political demonstrations. Until defendants are able to confront their charges, the DPD appears determined to arrest protesters at will.

Occupy Denver: not as badass as they pretend to be

DENVER, COLORADO- Occupy activists were making their usual cacophony on Friday night when Denver police cruisers began converging into a familiar disproportionate show of force. Experienced skirmishers though Occupiers are, we couldn't help whispering to each other as we watched more DPD officers accumulate on foot from vehicles yet unseen. The unintended effect of course was that our chanting diminished as the tension rose and Denver onlookers were treated to a literal illustration of the chilling effect of police intimidation. To make matters more embarassing, Occupy was shouting that we would not be silenced! By the time police were trooping upon us there was no sound but DPD boot steps and our "cameras on, everybody, cameras on." Our Friday night boycott of the Tattered Cover Bookstore is part of an OD operation to pressure downtown businesses to withdraw their support for the city's urban camping ban, an ordinance which in effect criminalizes the homeless. The Tattered Cover claims to have asserted neutrality on the city's decision to forbid sleeping and sheltering in public, but OD stands with Howard Zinn when he claimed "you can't be neutral on a moving train." Silence is consent. Injustice prevails when good people say nothing, yada yada. So it's the Tattered Cover's turn to step up to what is everyone's responsibility. OD invited the Tattered Cover to sign a letter rescinding their support for the inhumane ordinance, but the Tattered Cover's owner held to her obstinence. She was confident that her customers would have sympathy for her business's precarious balancing act with the community's unchristian conservatives. If the Tattered Cover wants to put business over doing the right thing, OD concluded that a boycott could provide the commensurate incentive. A boycott strategy has worked twice before on this campaign. Actually, boycotts and pickets seldom fail. The global have-nots owe everything to street protest. Grown prosperous, middle America has been shorn of this wisdom. Most Americans do not know what protest is about, thus Friday nights in downtown Denver are also a teaching moment for Occupy. Pardon the inconvenience people of Denver, you're welcome. To be fair, for the uninitiated, protests are a messy, noisy thing. As this Friday evening progressed, occupiers suspected the police were going to make an issue of the serenading, it was self-evidently less melodious than the previous weeks. Earlier we noticed officers dispatched in pairs into multiple directions seeking interviewees from among our audience. But we did not expect a DPD delegation to descend upon us at troop strengh. We began shouting down the DPD as their commander shouted "Can everybody hear me?" What authority had officers to interrupt our constitutional right to assemble? It is amply documented that when activists attempt to interrupt the meetings of others, with Occupy's "mic check" for example, we are escorted from the room with rough haste. In Occupy's defense Friday night, we didn't submit ourselves to being lectured about "what you are free to do etc, etc." We knew our rights. We also suspected a noise

Gazette not only blocks story of local fracking protest, but assigns goon to disrupt it

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.- This past Tuesday saw the largest demonstration yet against oil and gas drilling in Colorado Springs and the ugly practice of hydraulic fracturing. Several dozen fractivists allied with Colorado Springs Citizens for Community Rights (CSCCR) and Occupy were joined on the steps of City Hall by Colorado College students who'd marched from their campus with banners and posters denouncing fracking. You didn't hear about it did you? After the rally everyone filled the council chamber to give 3-minute personal testimonials that ran for two hours. That too went unreported, in particular by the Gazette, who had two reporters in the room, one who'd conducted interviews, and both who took notes during the presentations. But neither produced a story -- an odd dereliction of responsibility you might say. Even more odd was the role played by Gazette editorial page writer Wayne Laugesen who ultimately opined on the city council's decision to postpone their vote, as "caving to anti-energy activists", offering no details. Laugesen actually interjected himself into the rally outside as a lone counter-protester, interrupting interviews being filmed for TV stations KRDO and KKTV. When they asked Laugesen to let them do their job, the goon replied that he was doing his. So the Gazette was not satisfied to blackout reports of the community rally, but aimed to sabotage it as well. Whose job was Wayne Laugesen doing exactly? Was he confusing his publisher for the overseers who hold his tether: the pro-industry PR mill Americans For Prosperity? It could be. But the Gazette is now hardly distinguishable from contract stink-tank corporate profiteering advocacy. When conservative mummies Freedom Communications supervised the Gazette, the pretense was tax-cutting, tax-dodging libertarianism. The Gazette's new owner made his billions in corrupt oil, real estate and privatization schemes, so prospects are looking dim for the region's daily paper to offer authentic news. Having their editorial hit-man on the ground as a pretend grass root weed killer is a disturbing development that must not go unchallenged. Contrast the Gazette blackout and the relatively tepid coverage by the weekly Independent, with the monthly African American Voice which gave the previous anti-fracking rally a front-page, full color, two-page article, whose theme accurately accused the city council of being "out of touch with the community." AAV publisher James Tucker has participated in several of the rallies and understands whose interest he represents. On the other hand, Tuesday was the umpteenth time the Gazette has ignored the rising community effort to oppose the oil and gas lobby. For many months of city council meetings, Gazette correspondent Daniel Chacon has dutifully sat at his stenographer's seat and witnessed testimony after testimony from community voices without reporting a single one. On one particularly contentious council meeting in November, Chacon summarized the council's decision without mentioning the overwhelming community presence. This Tueday's voices were joined by EPA-whistleblower Wes Wilson and environmental activist Phil Doe, who'd come from Denver to testify before the Colorado Springs council. Phil Doe made an earnest plea for council to

Letter to Michael Moore, indelible hero, retrograde Occupy Obama supporter

Dear Michael, I write you as a longtime, enthusiastic fan, and please pardon me if the deference and affection I'd like to convey have been overcome by my shock at your recent emails. My question may sound rhetorical, but I would really like to know: what the hell compels you to shill once again for Barack Obama? Beside the campaign pablum. When you visited Occupys across the country, including ours in Denver, I defended you to friends who dismissed you as the usual shepherd's crook for the Democratic Party. No no no I assured them, he gets it. But did you? We weren't protesting eight years of Bush followed by an ineffectual Obama, we were protesting Obama and the economic system under his watch. We weren't protesting the Democratic Party being insufficiently adversarial to the Republicans, we were protesting the corporate party system, the Democrat face being the more two-faced. Most significantly, while our anger was vented at Wall Street, the repression we were dealt, and which dissenters continue to suffer, came directly from the agencies of President Obama. Yet now you presume to accuse the same audience of cynicism about the election, and urge us to support Democrat Obama, the wolf in sheep's clothing, out of fear of the Big Bad Wolf, as usual Republican. Maybe as the election draws to a climax you've become privy to an unseen power struggle you need to tell us about. Because it's at odds with your earlier giddiness with Occupy. Then your enthusiasm was unclouded by your pragmatism today. Please do tell, because Mitt Romney seems more a sheep in wolf's clothing to me. He's a cartoonish straw man villain spouting wedge-issue threats to scare us crows from lighting upon the real corporate agenda. The banking kleptocracy doesn't care about gay/women's rights except to restrict all rights, the easier to pursue its grand thefts. If the GOP had wanted to pick a winner, I'm certain the average doctor or teacher you come across everyday would have made a more suited contender. Could the GOP have chosen a greedier more callous thug, who didn't pay his taxes, tainted by so much scandal that a new one emerged every day to titillate and offend? Obama had to sluff the first presidential debate because they'd chosen such an unbelievable, lame duck opponent that the ratings threatened to tank. When the Neocon Washington Post endorsed President Obama, I knew the stooge from the ringer. The empire would be screwed without Obama to placate its victims. As Glen Ford argues, Obama may appear the lesser evil, but he's the more effective evil. He'll sell what arrogantly-white Romney never could: more war, austerity, privatization, fossil fuel. Without Obama, the global populace would push back. I don't favor a Romney win, but for another reason than you. A Romney presidency would mean another cycle of voter outrage, with MoveOn once again rallying Democrats, as if they were any different, and you probably among them. But the election is not even going to be close. The six billion

We all hate bad teachers, and so do teachers. Chicago Teachers Strike is about improving education

No one hates bad teachers more than fellow teachers. What a vile media construct to assert the Chicago Teachers Strike wants to force bad teachers on the public school system. The strike is a bid to strengthen the union and public education. Who better to fight privatization, standardized testing and the deliberate mis-education of common students than teachers? Unions are regularly maligned as parasites bent on destroying their host, but it's an obvious falsehood which ironically depends on an audience being unschooled in critical thinking, or being unemployed. If you have a job, you know that wishing against the interest of your communal enterprise is not human nature, and also that your job is made more difficult and unpleasant by workers who don't pull their weight. A strong union fights for the interests of its members, and what do teachers, the most altruist among us, want? Not just a better work environment, a better education system.

Steve Bass found guilty of camping not occupying, but could jury have ruled otherwise without hearing his defense?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- You may have underestimated the importance of today's Camping Ban trial. The local media, social justice community and rights watchdogs missed it. But judging from the police force on hand and the elaborate lock-downs placed on the jury pools, it was evident the City of Colorado Springs thought a lot was at stake. I've written already about the draconian motions to prevent defendant Steve Bass from explaining his motives, including a ban of the word "Occupy." Today the court made audience members remove their "Occupy Colorado Springs" t-shirts, but let the cat out of the bag by the palpable gravitas with which the court officials and police handled jury selection. Except for the absence of TV crews outside, you'd have thought Steve Bass was Hannibal Lector tripped up by an urban camping ordinance at "what happened last year in October at a park downtown." Yeah, even mention of "Acacia Park" was giving away too much, the prosecuting attorney preferred to call it "115 W. Platte Ave." Every so often a prospective juror would stand up and say "I presume you're referring to OCCUPY WALL STREET?" like he was solving a riddle, but instead of the door prize that volunteer would be dismissed from the pool for knowing too much. After a trial that lasted one third the length of the jury selection, Steve Bass was found guilty. He offered no testimony, his lawyer, the very capable Patty Perelo, made no closing statement, because what defense could be made? Steve and his council elected not to have him testify, because to begin with, he'd have to swear to tell the whole truth, and if he explained he could only tell part of the truth, he'd be slapped with Contempt of Court. We thought the jurors might have been curious, after seeing the city's 8x10 glossy pictures with the circles and arrows telling what each one was and hearing not a peep from Bass, but they didn't express it, and left after giving their verdict. This is Colorado Springs. One of the prosecution's witnesses, the arresting officer, nearly spilled the beans when he identified the defendant as someone he couldn't have confused for someone else, because he'd said he'd encountered Bass many times in the park and shared many conversations. "Oh?" the defense attorney Perelo perked her ears and asked, "and WHAT did you talk about?" "Um... homeless policy, mostly." That's all HE could say. He couldn't explain why he'd encountered the defendant so many times, or what the defendant was doing. Attorney Perelo couldn't push it, because that would be leading him into forbidden territory. His testimony for the prosecutor was delivered straight from his notes. There were two police witnesses, a map and several photographs, showing the tent and another showing just the poles. Was this necessary for a conviction? Because it necessitated explaining to the jury that said poles were in their "unerected state". Not to be confused with the tent which was "fully erected", which the judge pronounced like expressions

Steve Bass to get his day in court, but he can’t say what he was doing or why, & above all he can’t mention “Occupy”

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Municipal Court Judge Spottswood W. F. Williams heard a final motion today before the AUGUST 10 trial of Occupier Steve Bass, charged with violating the city's camping ban. The prosecution motioned to forbid from trial, "discussion of political, economic, or religious beliefs or ideology as a purported justification for the alleged acts", and even "arguments related to the belief that the defendant's conduct was constitutionally protected", and in true Colorado Springs fashion, the judge GRANTED the city's motion! YES THAT'S RIGHT, now if Bass wanted to say he wasn't "camping," he can't say what else you would call it! In effect, Defendant Bass is prevented from explaining WHY he was occupying, or even THAT he was occupying, because saying "OCCUPY" is expressly forbidden. The judge will play it by ear whether to make an exception for himself during "voir dire" if selecting impartial jurors might require asking their opinion of "Occupy". That's IF BASS GETS A JURY AT ALL, because next, Judge Williams prompted the city prosecutor to research whether Bass was entitled to a jury of his peers for the infraction of camping... The issue had already been resolved in an earlier hearing. Unable to find definitive wording on whether a camping ban violation invoked the right to a jury trial, the court ruled to proceed as if it did. But at today's hearing Judge Williams related that in the interim over a casual dinner conversation, another judge informed him that the law read otherwise. So he put the question again to the prosecution. And again the citations came up inconclusive. This time however, with the clerk advised to continue the search, the decision stands at "pending". If Judge Williams opts to eliminate the jury, the forbidding of political or constitutional discussion is a moot point, actually two. There won't be a jury to confuse, nor a judge either, because Judge Williams decided, by allowing the city's motion, that the defendant has no arguments to make. Case closed. If the judge gets his way. The point of today's hearing was to hear not a judge's motion but the city's, a "motion in limine" used to reach agreement about what arguments can be excluded from the trial, often a defendant's prior convictions which might prejudice a jury. The core of the city's motion was this: ...that the Defendant be ordered to refrain from raising the following issues at the Jury Trial... 1. Discussion of political, economic, or religious beliefs or ideology as a purported justification for the alleged acts, or as an issue to be evaluated by the jury; 2. Presentation of facts or arguments related to the belief that the defendant's conduct was constitutionally protected expressive conduct; 3. Presentation of facts or arguments with the primary purpose or effect of proselytizing for the occupy movement, or otherwise using the Courtroom as a public forum; 4. Any reference to settlement negotiations with the Defendant prior to trial; The city is guessing that because defendant Bass has passed on all opportunities to dismiss his case on

The Los Angeles Chalk Wars

Has the US Police State ever gotten down to such a base level of Stupid before? The Los Angeles cops and Occupy are now battling it out over the Occupy practice of chalking side walks and walls with political messages. It's like any level of Free Speech actually practiced is just too much for the Pigs in Blue there! What are the city government managers thinking? Chalk protests at downtown L.A.'s ArtWalk draw a defiant new line Occupy L.A. members clash with police as they use ArtWalk as a canvas for their anti-gentrification theme. Don't they have better ways to spend city money in LA than on cops policing people for chalking? Let's hope that this level of Stupid never ever hits Colorado, though I am absolutely sure that it certainly could happen. The Police State is everywhere these days!

Now is the time of the Biggest Financial Scandal in British History, and nobody can find the Occupy Movement out there. Is it the same here in the US?

Where is British Occupy? Where are they? Biggest Financial Scandal in Britain’s History, Yet Not a Single Occupy Sign; What Happened? by ALEXANDER COCKBURN This commentary by Cockburn only goes to demonstrate that Occupy's tactics and operations do need to be discussed out some and not just implemented willy nilly ad lib. If not, the lack of real discussion will soon lead to a movement just being disappeared, as much by itself as by the government working to do the movement in. I fear it is now well too late for Occupy at this point though. It has already done itself in. The only hope for any reconstitution is perhaps in Orlando, and Charlotte, which the RP and DP conventions coming up. However these conventions are merely possibilities for Occupy to operate in negative manner more so than in doing much positive. What is needed is really some hard goals to be picked by Occupy, and then for Occupy to stick with them and try to achieve them without being distracted.

How much does Occupy not believe in elections? Enough to boycott them?

Pundits, even friendlies, are infecting the Occupy Movement with direction-waylaying cynicism, so I'll tell you what I think Occupy should do next. Never mind the usual grievances, leave those to existing advocacy groups, although they do benefit from Occu-proding obviously. No matter what you think Occupy Wall Street's core issue was, by definition OWS asserted our system of governance was broken, our regime is not responsive, not representative, and immovable by the conventional permitted mechanisms. So right now, which bankrupt democratic mechanism is being paraded before us, taunting a debunking from Occupy? We've been paying it lip service already: the fraud of our electoral process. Isn't it time Occupy said DON'T VOTE? Don't dignify Election 2012 with your buy-in, undignify it with a vote of no confidence. I don't mean merely not vote, let's Get Out The No Vote! Now wouldn't that separate the men from the Dems! MoveOn and the 99% Foundation et al, have been co-opting OWS numbers already, herding Occupy's newly activated citizenry back into the Obama fold. Apparently there's still hope to be squeezed, that Barack Obama isn't the people's nemesis he pretends to be in office. If we threaten to occupy Obama's vote, the Dems will roar! They'll accuse us of ensuring the GOP villain's win. They'll be positively shrill, can you imagine? Occupy will go from a nostalgically eulogized Prague Spring, to People's Enemy Number One, a national threat, inestimably unpatriotic, and suddenly more relevant than anyone's ever dared admit. Our unoccupied friends will go from politely avoiding talking politics around us to actively begging us to reconsider. Anyway, how are we going to explain our demonstrations at the RNC and DNC? We protest because the people are given no real choices. We protest because elections are a sham. Do we believe it ourselves? Think of fellow occupiers who'd earlier agreed that elections are mere show. Was all that talk polite patronizing? The inefficacy of voting is in fact a huge contention, and not one of those partisan niceties upon which we can agree to disagree. The illusion of Democracy is WHY WE OCCUPY. Our government is broken, the entire electoral system is election fraud. The presidential race is just a bold Kabuki show-stopper to please the crowd. Maybe Occupy can make it a real show stopper.

Quebec – corporate government there pits itself against the students

Our US students and the English speaking Canadian ones mainly snore away, as the government and banks force them into debt slavery in order to get what has become an increasingly shoddy product, which is just what exactly educational credentialing has become as it has gotten more and more costly to obtain. And in Quebec, the provincial government has essentially moved to outlaw protests against rising credentialing costs! The students are now responding! Quebec’s largest student group vows to defy government’s new emergency law Why does the US daily press keep us uninformed of this struggle? They don't want us to know about it, right? Here is the Quebec student response to corporate greed in short... On Day 100 of Quebec student strikes, red river of protest runs through Montreal Meanwhile here in the USA, the overwhelming mass of the population acts as if it hasn't a clue as to why The Occupy Movement has chosen to mobilize against the NATO meeting at headquarters in Chicago? These constant US Pentagon-NATO wars are bankrupting not only us, but the entire world as well, that's why. Until we wake up as a population as the Quebec students have done, we will only have less and less to look forward to ahead. The ruling class calls it AUSTERITY.... meaning AUSTERITY FOR OTHERS than they themselves of the 1 %. Wake up America! Don't let the 2012 corporate selections lull you into total dead sleep.

The Occupy Movement highlights opposing NATO in its coming protest

NATO, like the United Nations itself, has become nothing more than a military appendage to the Pentagon and D.C.'s imperialist foreign policies. As such, it is a wide open gullet where our tax monies are fed to promote continuous warfare around the globe. The Occupy Movement is 100% right to make NATO the central target for its next protest against the 1% Establishment. Occupy Chicago NATO Week of Actions Preview

May Day march was big unpermitted party! Occupez les bons temps rouler!

OCCUPIED DENVER-- If Denver Occupiers accomplished one thing this May Day, in solidarity with global calls for a general strike, and in sync with more aggressive protests in Oakland and elsewhere, Occupy Denver had a great time. THAT WAS ALL IT HAD TO BE. The crowd was largely young, with the energy, idealism and ideology reminiscent of the early days last fall. OCCUPEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER!

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