I have to keep this short today, so I can be sure I catch the bus.
Here is your news for today.:
-- The deadline for Occupy Orlando has passed, yet protesters remain in the park. They were waiting for an eviction. They say that if they are evicted, it will be peaceful. News 13 in Orlando wrote that Occupiers know an eviction would be televised, which is why they would remain peaceful. (Because apparently people are only peaceful if they're being watched.)
-- Occupy Albany is meeting with city officials today, to discuss evictions and permits. The city says they may issue a permit to protesters if they will comply with the rules set by them.
-- The newspaper in Oakland today held a special message from the Port of Oakland: Please don't shut us down. Occupiers plan on shutting down all West Coast ports later this month. Local union leaders are saying they do not support the shutdown, but Occupy Oakland still expects for actual union members to show support.
-- Occupy SF is having more issues with relocating. While the Mayor wants to move them to an empty area in the Mission district, those who live there aren't so happy. The Supervisor who represents the Mission District has come out in support of Occupiers, but says she and other neighbors are worried about what the encampment would mean for the area. Many people who live there say that the Mission District already has many problems.
-- Occupy Jersey City is holding a rally at Christ Hospital. The hospital's Board of Trustees is working on selling the hospital to a company from California, and Occupiers are concerned about what that means for jobs and care.
-- City officials have told Occupy Bethlehem that they are taking part in an "illegal protest." While Occupiers have been encamped at the space next to the library since October, they were recently told they needed a permit to be there. They say they are working on applying for one.
-- Occupy LSX is meeting with the head of the FSA (Financial Services Authority) on Wednesday. Representatives from Occupy will be discussing concerns they have over the industry, as well as regulations in place. Occupy London is asking the public to weigh in with comments and questions online before the meeting.
-- Also in London, police are coming under fire for a letter released concerning terrorist/extremist groups. Listed are Al-Qaida, terrorists from Colombia and Belarus, and Occupy London. Police say that the letter is authentic, but that it was not intended to imply Occupiers were terrorists. A spokesperson called it "poorly worded."
-- Some Occupy Chicago have joined Rev. Corey Brooks in his fight to buy a vacant motel. The Reverend has been camping on the roof of the vacant property, which he says is a major source of problems for the South Side area. He wants to turn the motel into a community development center, but needs $450,000 to purchase it.
-- The city of Vancouver has changed their annual holiday parade route, and is blaming Occupiers for the move. They say that they were unable to fix the lawn in front of the Art Gallery in time, so they needed to adjust the route accordingly.
-- Occupy Nashville had more arrests yesterday, but it is unclear how many were detained. Around 14 protesters "forced their way into an abandoned Motor Vehicle Management building" yesterday, resulting in the arrests.Occupiers were arrested for trespassing, except for one minor who was charged with breaking curfew and sent to a juvenile facility.
-- Three Occupiers on a hunger strike in NYC have been arrested for trespassing. (They really like these trespassing charges.)
-- In Maine today, a judge will hear Occupy Augusta's arguments for being able to remain in a park without a permit. Last week, protesters and police agreed to a standstill of activity until the case could be heard in Federal Court.
-- Occupy D.C. had a big run-in with police yesterday. Protesters brought a large wooden structure into the park, and refused to remove it. At one point, police were attempting to remove protesters from the structure with a cherry picker. SWAT teams eventually moved in, and over 30 people were arrested for various charges, such as disobeying police orders and crossing a police line. Some protesters simply stood by and watched, describing the structure as "meant to antagonize police."
-- Here's a pretty interesting article about police targeting veterans: http://www.salem-news.com/articles/december042011/marine-la-arrest-tk.php
That's all I have time for today. I'm already running a bit late. I hope your weekend was good. :)
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