Imagine my surprise when I began looking for news on Black Friday this morning, and the mainstream media greeted me with... Thanksgiving stuff. It seems they're so hung up on Thanksgiving being celebrated by Occupiers that they are ignoring Black Friday protests. Or they are simply trying to hide them.
Here's what news I could get my hands on:
-- Occupy Oakland had a potty problem during Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. Port-a-Potties were delivered to the plaza, but police refused to allow them to be unloaded. A small fight broke out, leading to two protesters being knocked to the ground. After cries of "call an ambulance" rang out, the video provided by Occupy Oakland shows an officer pulling a taser, but being stopped by a female protester. You can watch the video here: http://sfbayview.com/2011/police-turn-occupy-oaklands-thanksgiving-into-potty-riot/ (That girl who stops the taser is bad-ass, in my opinion.)
-- Occupy Cleveland is saying their permits have been renewed, allowing them to remain in the square until the end of the year.
-- 3 people were arrested in Edmonton early this morning as police swarmed the park. They dismantled tents at around 4am, with 40 officers present.
-- The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of Occupy Minneapolis earlier this week. They are arguing that the procedures implemented by Hennepin County, both written and unwritten, violate the First Amendment of the Constitution. You can read more about this here: http://www.fightbacknews.org/2011/11/24/lawsuit-filed-aclu-protect-occupy-minneapolis
Here's the info I could find on Black Friday:
-- Occupy Eugene planned on occupying the Valley River Center mall this morning. They are doing a flash mob type gathering, with music and dancing.
-- Occupy Atlanta is holding a "free market" in Woodruff Park today. The market will offer free food, clothing, and other goods to those who attend.
-- Occupy Albany will be protesting at two different malls, where they will be singing Christmas Carols to bring attention to the corporate perversion of the holidays.
-- Protesters in Idaho are dressing up to show just how much society is ingrained with 'corporate zombie' thinking.
-- Occupy Las Vegas is taking on several malls. Nevada currently has the highest jobless rate in the country, and they want to remind people what their spending money is feeding- Corporations.
-- According to this article, all Occupiers are disciples of Adbusters, and we are "doing their bidding" by protesting Black Friday. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/faith/occupy-instigators-adbusters-urge-disciples-to-wreak-holiday-shopping-havoc-134483263.html
I know this isn't much, but I'm sure I'll be able to find more info tomorrow. Hopefully.
If your Occupy group did something for Black Friday, please email me and let me know. If I get enough information, I'll do a second update later today.
If you have any questions, comments, corrections, or other news, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.