Monday, January 2, 2012

Updates 1/2/12

Hello everyone.

I need some coffee. :)

Here's the news for today:

-- On Sunday, Occupy El Paso and Occupy Las Cruces got together to hold a protest on the Pase del Norte Bridge. The Occupiers were protesting NAFTA, saying that the agreement only adds to corporate greed. They handed out multiple fliers to passersby, choosing Sunday because it was the 19th anniversary of the agreement's passing.

-- Anonymous is taking responsibility for hacking the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association Union's website, releasing thousands of names, emails, phone numbers, and even credit card information. They say they targeted the site because California police have shown a large history of police brutality, and their next target will be New York Police Chiefs.

-- After 18 people were previously arrested in Iowa for protesting at the Republican candidate's offices, 15 more were escorted out of the Democratic ones, after they stormed into the "war room" that Democrats have been using for briefings. Occupiers were upset that they were prevented from meeting with the Democratic National Committee.

-- Hundreds of Occupiers and other people marched through Oakland's streets yesterday, in memory of the unarmed shooting of Oscar Grant on New Year's Day in 2009. Grant had a confrontation with BART officer Johannes Mehserle, leading to Grant being shot and killed. Mehserle was charged with involuntary manslaughter, and served less than a year in prison. Protesters are calling for the BART police force to disband, and for other agencies to disarm their officers.

-- The last Occupy DC hunger striker has had to give up his fast, due to kidney and other health issues. Adrian Parsons' first meal was broth and coconut water, which he said he enjoyed. He is recuperating at his girlfriend's home, after losing some 27 pounds.

-- Columbia University has announced that they will be offering a course on Occupy Wall Street through the Anthropology department. The course is very hands on, encouraging students to go and visit the Occupiers in the field.

That's all I have for today. It's not much, I know. No news is good news??


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