Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Updates 9/18/12

Hello everyone.

Running out of money, pain medication, and cigarettes at the exact same time can make someone want to put their head through a brick wall.

Just sayin'.

::: Demonstrators marched in multiple cities across the country yesterday, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the movement. Here's some news from different cities:

-- Portland Occupiers marched across the southeast portion of the city yesterday. A 4,000 signature petition was handed to the owner of a car dealership who promised to turn it in to GM headquarters in support of those who claim they were wrongfully fired after work-related injuries. No arrests were made, and the protest remained peaceful. 

-- Seattle's silent march was certainly a strong display. Hundreds marched together through the streets, many with money taped over their mouths. They spread the message of getting money out of politics without saying a word. 

-- Women Occupy San Diego led a march against Monsanto, in support of Proposition 37, which would require labeling of GMO foods.

-- Occupy Chicago took a few minutes off the picket line with the Chicago Teachers Union to hold an anniversary rally.

-- More than 180 Occupiers were arrested in NYC. They were mostly charged with disorderly conduct, a violation roughly equal to a parking ticket. Journalists and legal observers were arrested as well. Even New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams did not escape being assaulted by the NYPD. 

-- [Charles] A photo that says it all.

Moving on to other topics now.. 

-- The FBI claims that its monitoring of Occupy Oakland was and is completely within the confines of the law, even as the ACLU argues otherwise. The group obtained files from the FBI as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.

-- Republican Presidential Candidate Romney is once again pulling the "open mouth, insert foot" routine. A video leaked from a private fundraiser in which Romney declares that 47% of the country is dependent on the government, and will vote for President Obama no matter what. He stated that these people don't pay income tax, which is partially accurate, but only if you don't consider payroll taxes to be an income tax. He also doesn't consider that many of those individuals are either elderly or make less than $20,000 a year. He says that is is not his job to worry about those people. 

It seems that there may also be a more interesting connection between Romney and this fundraiser... Truthdig looks into it.


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