Thursday, July 12, 2012

Updates 7/12/12

Hello everyone.

I've been getting plenty of info from people, which I greatly appreciate. If you've left your name, I will credit you. Thanks!

These first two are from Charles.

-- Occupy Philly isn't the only group unhappy with the city's "No feeding the homeless" laws. Four religious organizations have challenged the law on its constitutionality, claiming that it limits their First Amendment rights to serve the needy on religious grounds.

-- What is happening to the job market in America? Economic inequality is "at levels not seen since the Depression." How are corporations helping or hurting? This article brings together polls and surveys to find out what's going on here, and why it isn't getting better.

-- This infographic has been making rounds on the web. If you've been hearing about the Libor Scandal, but aren't sure how it affects you, have a look here. It makes one wonder... Will there ever be criminal charges brought for something like this?

-- Remember the DNA link I mentioned yesterday, between OWS and a 2004 murder? Apparently the connection is just an accident. The person matching the DNA is actually with the police department, and works with the Medical Examiner. Lab accidents do happen. (It seems to me that they might have checked out this possibility before going public with "OMG someone from Occupy is a murderer!" but what do I know? I only studied Forensic Science.)

-- Occupy Eugene was evicted yesterday night, and one woman dubbed "Brave Beatrice" was arrested. The woman, whose is really 58 year-old Emily Semple, plans to fight back against the charges with the help of Occupy attorneys and the Civil Liberties Defense Center. Eugene police closed off the park, saying it was no longer open to the public.

-- Zuccotti Park was re-Occupied yesterday in honor of Woody Guthrie's birthday. At least one protester was injured in scuffles with police and taken away in an ambulance. Protesters sang "This Land is Your Land" and gave speeches. Several of the Occupiers had marched from Philly to NYC.

-- A ruling concerning a 2004 incident at a party may work in Occupy's favor, an idea concerning many of the officers being sued. Judges ruled that police can be held accountable for injuries sustained from pepper balls, concluding that a case from a party in which a young man was permanently injured was a use of "excessive force." 


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