‘Hey Rapists, Go Fuck Yourselves’: SlutWalk Arrives in NYC

From Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/story/152603/%27hey_rapists%2C_go_fuck_yourselves%27%3A_slutwalk_arrives_in_nyc/

A controversial grassroots anti-rape movement makes its way to New York, with style and substance on the streets of the Village.

By Sarah Seltzer and Lauren Kelley
October 3, 2011

Over much of the past year, the movement known as SlutWalk has been snaking its way through cities and towns around the world. Finally, with great fanfare, SlutWalk arrived in New York City this weekend, and we got to witness its provocative power firsthand.

SlutWalk originated in Toronto this April after a cop warned students “not to dress like sluts” to avoid getting raped. Since that first march, the movement has taken on a life of its own, pushing the idea that rapists, not short skirts, cause rape. The movement has been seen on campuses and streets throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia, and South Asia.

The power of the Internet to record these marches has enabled slogans, outfits, speeches and chants to go viral online and then pop up again in real life. Participants have glommed onto the most powerful and savvy messages from other SlutWalks, recreating them in their hometowns.

After months of the movement spreading this way, this past Saturday, October 1, Slutwalk NYC took to the appropriately diverse and countercultural streets of NYC’s East and West Village.

The march (and accompanying rally) couldn’t have come at a more critical moment for New York City anti-rape activists. Just days before SlutWalk NYC, the Washington Post reported that New York police officers were stopping women on the street in Brooklyn to shame them about their clothing choices, reportedly telling them they shouldn’t wear shorts or skirts because a rapist has been targeting women in the area. And there was this summer’s acquittal of the so-called New York City “rape cops,” who were accused of sexually assaulting a heavily intoxicated (and, for much of the evening, unconscious) woman they were supposed to be escorting home. The Dominique Strauss-Khan case has also been a focus for the NYC SlutWalk team.

Feminists, rape survivors, allies and supporters (according to organizers, the NYPD pegged attendance at 3,000) assembled first in Union Square, clad in everything from lingerie to hijabs to an oft-photographed Hester Prynne outfit. Illustrating that you really can wear whatever you want to SlutWalk, there was also a healthy representation of jeans and T-shirts at the event.

Continue reading at: http://www.alternet.org/story/152603/%27hey_rapists%2C_go_fuck_yourselves%27%3A_slutwalk_arrives_in_nyc/

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Who are the 99 percent?

From The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/who-are-the-99-percent/2011/08/25/gIQAt87jKL_blog.html

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I did everything I was supposed to and I have nothing to show for it.”

It’s not the arrests that convinced me that “Occupy Wall Street” was worth covering seriously. Nor was it their press strategy, which largely consisted of tweeting journalists to cover a small protest that couldn’t say what, exactly, it hoped to achieve. It was a Tumblr called, “We Are The 99 Percent,” and all it’s doing is posting grainy pictures of people holding handwritten signs telling their stories, one after the other.

“I am 20K in debt and am paying out of pocket for my current tuition while I start paying back loans with two part time jobs.”

These are not rants against the system. They’re not anarchist manifestos. They’re not calls for a revolution. They’re small stories of people who played by the rules, did what they were told, and now have nothing to show for it. Or, worse, they have tens of thousands in debt to show for it.

“I am a 28 year old female with debt that had to give up her apartment + pet because I have no money and I owe over $30,000.”

College debt shows up a lot in these stories, actually. It’s more insistently present than housing debt, or even unemployment. That might speak to the fact that the protests tilt towards the young. But it also speaks, I think, to the fact that college debt represents a special sort of betrayal. We told you that the way to get ahead in America was to get educated. You did it. And now you find yourself in the same place, but buried under debt. You were lied to.

Continue reading at:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/who-are-the-99-percent/2011/08/25/gIQAt87jKL_blog.htm

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Ohh The RadFem Klan is Saying Mean Stuff About Me

So the irrelevant wankers over at Gender Trender are saying mean shit about me.

I think they expect me to be hurt and feel that my self esteem is being harmed.

Guess again.

I feel honored when a bunch of crazy Nazis attack me.

I’ve been attacked and bullied from the cradle and I’m an old woman now.  Do you really think my skin is so thin that your words can hurt me?

You people are pathetic jokes.

I don’t live in a world where you have an impact on me because I don’t give a shit about your incestuous little community of bigots.

I think your little music festival in the woods is pathetic and wouldn’t waste my time or money going there.

Your acceptance of me or hatred of me is irrelevant.

Just as you are irrelevant.

So excuse me…  I have a real movement of relevant people and actions to cover.

Greece turmoil triggers market panic

From The Global Post: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/111004/greece-turmoil-triggers-market-panic

Default fears sent markets down as Europe dithers and Greece braces for unrest.

Ken Maguire
October 4, 2011

ATHENS, Greece — For the moment, the Greek government can’t seem to please anyone. And the pressure is mounting quickly.

Global financial markets plunged Tuesday on new fears of a Greek default. European markets lost between 2 and 4.5 percent by Tuesday afternoon. Bank stocks and Germany’s DAX led the drop.

Meanwhile, the troubled Mediterranean country braced for a massive strike Wednesday protesting austerity measures imposed to secure desperately needed international bailout funds.

Greece sparked new default concerns after revealing it would miss its deficit-reduction target. That revelation prompted European finance ministers Tuesday to delay signing off on more Greek aid.

Greece: “Don’t blame us” for Europe’s woes

The aid in question is an $11 billion installment of a $150 billion loan from European partners and the International Monetary Fund, initially negotiated in May 2010. A second loan of the same size was agreed to in June but is awaiting ratification.

If the $11 billion is not made available by mid-November, Greece says it will be unable to pay its bills, possibly leading to a disorderly default that could shake the global economy.

Continue reading at:  http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/111004/greece-turmoil-triggers-market-panic

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Why Environmentalists Should Occupy Wall Street

From The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phil-aroneanu/occupy-wall-street-environmentalists_b_994045.html

US Campaign Director, 350.org
October 4, 2011

“Go Paul!”

That’s what a top State Department official wrote in an email to the top lobbyist for TransCanada, a top tar sands oil producer, upon hearing that he had garnered support for the Keystone KL pipeline from a US Senator. That shouldn’t be too surprising, since the lobbyist was one of Hilary Clinton’s campaign aides during her presidential run. The cozy relationship between corporate lobbyists and decisionmakers isn’t anything new, but it’s just as despicable as ever. And with the Keystone XL pipeline issue, corporate America’s fingerprints are turning up all over the place.

That’s why over 1200 ordinary people from around the country took the extraordinarily courageous step of sitting-in and getting arrested at the White House in late August — to show President Obama and leaders on Capitol Hill that real people can be just as powerful as corporate interests. Will President Obama, who campaigned saying “I don’t take a dime of their [lobbyist] money, and when I am president, they won’t find a job in my White House,” be willing to push back against TransCanada, its Wall St. financiers, and the stranglehold these corporations have on our government, or will he be complicit in destroying our democracy, our land and our atmosphere?

Later on this year, when President Obama makes a decision whether to go forward with the tar sands pipeline, we’ll know where he stands. But the Occupy Wall Street protesters aren’t going to wait that long. The amount of energy that the Occupy Wall Street movement has generated so far is incredible. Over the course of two weeks, their numbers have ballooned from a few hundred to thousands, and Occupy movements have started up in dozens of other cities around the country and the world. Why? Because Americans are sick and tired of top officials cozying up to lobbyists, of political cronyism and petty corruption at the highest levels of government.

Complete article at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phil-aroneanu/occupy-wall-street-environmentalists_b_994045.html

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Wall St. Anger: Protest pill for US democracy deficit disorder?

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Demonstrations, Arrests and Pre-Op or Transgender Status

I did some audaciously brave and crazy shit back in the period between 1969 and 1972 during the period when I was pre-op.

I was arrested during one of the People’s Park events for disorderly conduct.  I had to go to trila rather than plead and accept the 10 days in jail that most other demonstrators were taking because I was on hormones and was so in-between at that point the police treated me as neither male nor female.

Fortunately I was acquitted.

It should be very obvious where my sympathies are regarding the 99% and various Occupy demonstrations.

I’m an openly left wing anarchist. I support the demonstrators.  I think that it is a noble thing for people to stand up and put their bodies against the wheels of the machine when the operation of the machine has become so odious as to call out for resistance to the machine.

But I also consider it unconscionable to urge pre-op and transgender folks to endanger themselves by getting arrested without alerting them to the possibility that they will suffer special abuse at the hands of the police.

The good news about demonstration arrests.  You usually are not alone.  Often times there will be hundreds of you.  Often times you will never actual make it much further than the processing holding cell.  At that point, after being photographed, finger printed and checked for outstanding warrants you will be permitted to make bail.

You may be taken before a judge.  That is your arraignment.  There they will read the charges against you and ask how you plead, in many cases you will have been offered a small fine in exchange for a guilty plea.  Depending on the conditions you might consider taking it, particularly if you are from out of town, as the alternative may well require you to make court appearances on a regular basis for as long as a year.  If you choose to not plead guilty and go to trial, you face the risk of losing.

In the halls of justice all the justice is in the halls.  If you face trial it will not matter that you are on the side of the angels and the police are lying scum.  Also the liberal judge is somewhat of a myth.  Actually you will go through the same court machinery that has filled the prisons of America with people of color and has a ling history of harshly punishing dissidents.

You will not be offered as good a deal as you were when you were arraigned with all your fellow demonstrators.  If you go to trial and lose, you will in all likelihood be sentenced to jail time.

Things are much trickier if you are transgender or pre-op.  From the case that caused me to write this post pre-op specifically means genital SRS, not top surgery plus hormones for the guys.

The cops are rarely nice or respectful to transsexual and transgender people.  They are especially mean to and treat people whose genitals  do not match their gender of presentation in a degrading and abusive manner.


I never believed I should let being transsexual and pre-op stop me from standing up for what I believed in…

So I went to demonstrations.  Including as part of an action faction/black bloc.

You have to gauge for yourself the level of risk you are willing to take.

Have proper identification.  Write contact numbers on your arm with indelible magic marker because if you are arrested the police will take your phone and all other property while you are in custody.

Do not carry any weapons.  A demonstration is a demonstration, not a revolution.

Know the people close to you and watch out for each other, share names.  You may be called upon later to be a witness.

Don’t let the police box you in.  Never strike a police officer, remember you are part of a demonstration not a revolution.

Be careful of people who want to lead you to more violent actions or who advocate using weapons such as bombs or Molotov cocktails on the police.  Automatically assume people advocating such action are police until proven innocent.

Do not talk of the actions of others.  Never volunteer information regarding the actions of those who might be taking actions outside the realm of demonstration related activities.  Particularly if those actions are illegal.

Keep such knowledge to yourself.  Talking about such knowledge implies involvement, which could in turn lead to your being prosecuted.

By all means go…

These demonstrations are about issues that affect all of us.

Just be careful.  Avoid arrest if you are in a vulnerable place in your life.  Keep moving, avoid illegal actions and don’t antagonize the cops.  Don’t get boxed in and stay on the sidewalks.

From Think Progress:  http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/10/04/335270/transgender-protester-police-mistreatment/

Starvation And Humiliation: A Transgender Protester’s Account Of Mistreatment By The NYPD

By Zack Ford on Oct 4, 2011 at 10:45 am

Justin Adkins found out the hard way that the New York Police Department does not have a protocol for how to treat transgender people when they are arrested. Adkins, who serves as assistant director of the Multicultural Center at Williams College in Massachusetts, was participating in an Occupy Wall Street protest this weekend on the Brooklyn Bridge. When he was arrested, he informed one of the protest’s legal observers that he was transgender, and that is when the disrespect began. In a detailed statement, Justin describes his alleged mistreatment, including being handcuffed to a handrail next to a toilet for eight hours, being denied food when others received it, and being humiliated by police officers:

Throughout the night it became clear that they wanted my fellow protestors to think that I did something criminally wrong. That I had done something different from them. That I was not just a peaceful protestor exercising my rights on that bridge. That I deserved to be handcuffed to a railing in the side of the precinct with violent criminals. Everyone seemed to wonder why I had been separated. When other officers chatted amongst themselves about why I was separated, one officer suspected aloud that I was a “ringleader.” The woman officer stood a few times outside the glass wall with the door open as male officers asked about me. It appeared that she told them that I was transgender as they gawked, giggled, and stared at me. This was embarrassing and humiliating. Only I have the right to out myself as a transgender person. She was using my identity to get a laugh with men who she thought would find me curious and freakish. It felt at these times that I was behind the glass of a freakshow where people could come look at the funny transgender guy. I decided that when they looked at me giggling I would just catch them off guard and wave. It at least made the time go by.

If there were any question that the NYPD has been treating protesters inappropriately, this is certainly an important case study to consider. Please read Justin’s full statement to appreciate how the experience of being transgender can compromise the respect a person receives.

Watch video of the 70 arrests that took place on the Brooklyn Bridge (Justin’s arrest can be seen at around the 10:30 mark):

Putting the Lie to the Republicans

From Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/03-7

by Ralph Nader
Published on Monday, October 3, 2011 by CommonDreams.org

Masters of the repeated lying sound byte, the craven Congressional Republicans are feasting on the health and safety of the American people with gleeful greed while making the corporate and trade association media swoon. “Job-killing regulations,” exudes daily from the mouths of Speak John Boehner, his Wall Street-licking side-kick Eric Cantor and Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell.

Then all the way down the line, the Republicans are on cue bellowing “job-killing regulations” must be revoked or stopped aborning over at OSHA (protecting workers), EPA (protecting clean air and water), FDA (safer drugs and food), and NHTSA (making your vehicle safer).  Imagine how much more civil servants could do to accomplish the statutory missions of their respective agencies if they could get the Republicans and their corporate pay masters off their backs.

These same Republicans get in their cars with their children and put on their seat belts. Out of sight are the air bags ready to deprive them of their freedom to go through the windshield in a crash. Who makes those seat belts and air bags? Workers in the USA.

The jobs these regulations may be “killing” are those that would have swelled the funeral industry, or some jobs in the healthcare and disability-care industry. On the other hand, by not being injured, workers stay on the job and do not drain the workers’ compensation funds or hamper the operations of their employer.

About twenty years ago, Professor Nicholas Ashford of MIT came to Washington and testified before Congress in great detail about how and where safety regulations create jobs and make the economy more efficient in avoiding the costs of preventable injuries and disease. He received a respectful hearing from members of the Committee. It is doubtful whether Messers Boehner, Cantor, McConnell and Dr. Coburn (Senator from Oklahoma) are reading Professor Ashford these days, who just co-authored a book with Ralph P. Hall called Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development.

Continue reading at:  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/03-7

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Thom Hartmann: Free Trade – POOF goes the Money & the Stimulus

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Keystone Pipeline Lobbyist Had Cozy Relationship With State Department Staffers, New Emails Show

From Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/03/keystone-pipeline-lobbying-state-department_n_991867.html


Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal continued their assault Monday on what they consider a corrupt federal approval process for the project, releasing dozens of new email messages between State Department employees and a lobbyist for the company behind the pipeline, TransCanada.

The emails, part of a growing cache obtained by the environmental group Friends of the Earth, focus on the interaction between TransCanada lobbyist Paul Elliott, a former deputy campaign director for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential bid, and representatives of the State Department, which is currently weighing approval of the Keystone XL project.

While no emails between Clinton and Elliott have been released, the newest messages reveal a cozy and solicitous relationship between Elliott and State Department staff — particularly one member of the senior diplomatic staff at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Marja Verloop.

“The emails between Verloop and Elliott are extremely friendly and illustrative of a cozy and complicitous relationship,” Friends of the Earth said in a memo released Monday morning. “They are filled with emoticons and contain an invitation to visit Ottawa’s ‘winter wonderland,’ acknowledgment that Elliott obtained his job as a lobbyist ‘precisely’ because of his connections, and an offer by Verloop to hand-deliver an invitation to Elliott. The emails also indicate that Elliott succeeded in securing multiple meetings between TransCanada and high-level officials at the State Department.”

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‘Occupy Wall Street’ Spreads

From National Public Radio: www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10/03/141004247/occupy-wall-street-spreads

October 3, 2011

The “Occupy Wall Street” protests “appears to be settling in for the long term,” NPR’s Jeff Brady reports.

And as Jeff said on Weekend Edition Sunday:

“Anywhere from hundreds to thousands of supporters are showing up for marches each day. A protest on the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday resulted in about 700 arrests. Another major demonstration is set for mid-week as union members join protesters.

“Pick just about any cause, including the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia in September, and it’s likely represented here. The primary focus is on corporations, the wealthy and income distribution.”

Meanwhile, the movement has “spread to other cities including Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles,” Morning Edition reported today.

The mass arrests on Saturday attracted considerable attention, as you might expect. Natasha Lennard, a freelance journalist who was on the scene reporting for The New York Times, was among those picked up and taken away by police.

Continue reading at:   www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10/03/141004247/occupy-wall-street-spreads

The Occupation Is On The Move, Find a Big Bank Protest Near You

From PR Watch:  http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/10/11054/occupation-move-find-big-bank-protest-near-you

by Mary Bottari
October 3, 2011

U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone used to say “sometimes you have to pick a fight to win one.”

Now Occupy Wall Street has picked one, right in Jamie Dimon’s backyard.

But it won’t stay contained in Zuccotti Park. While Brookfield Properties called the park a “public sanctuary” in 2005, they have apparently changed their minds. Mr. Zuccotti wants his park back and the police are preparing to clear it with new rules barring camping, sleeping and breathing.

They are too late. The train has left the station and the Occupation is on the move. From Manhattan to Hawaii big bank protests are planned. Everyone who cares about creating an economy that works for working people should get on board.

“Savvy Businessmen”

In 2009, President Obama told a group of 13 bankers “my administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.” Now the pitchforks are being tuned.

It hasn’t escaped notice of the 99% that while 1,000 top officers were jailed after the Savings and Loan debacle, not a single bankers has been jailed for their role in collapsing the global economy. The only firm really punished in the entire affair was Lehman Brothers, allowed to fail by Bush’s Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.

When Obama took over, he failed to crack down on Wall Street, he failed to even tag the Banksters as the culprits for the global economic meltdown. Rather he praised Goldman Sach’s LLoyd Blankfein and JP Morgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon as friends and “savvy businessmen.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/10/11054/occupation-move-find-big-bank-protest-near-you

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Even Organic Strawberries Are Grown With Toxic Fumigants

From Mother Jones: http://motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/09/organic-strawberries-not-always-grown-without-toxic-fumigants

By Tom Philpott
Wed Sep. 28, 2011

Conventionally grown strawberries are hard orbs, bred to endure long-haul travel and leisurely stints on supermarket shelves, not to taste good.

Aesthetics aside, their real scandal is chemical. It takes a lot of pesticides to keep them healthy and growing in vast monocrops, including some of the very most toxic ones available in the US: fumigants that sterilize the soil and imperil farm workers.

For years, I’ve been urging consumers to denounce the use of such poisons by buying only organic strawberries. But it turns out, in California at least, most organic strawberries have a dirty secret: they come from plants that spend time on nurseries that use “millions of pounds of toxic chemicals,” including methyl bromide, before being transplanted to organically managed fields, The New York Times reports.

To be clear, dramatically fewer toxic chemicals are used in the production of organic strawberries, because such poisons are banned in the fields where the fruit is actually grown. But to me and no doubt to many others, the fact that they’re used at all is jarring news.

The Times points to a letter signed by three California organic farmers and the Pesticide Action Network urging the USDA’s National Organic Program to clarify rules around organic seed and plant stock. Organic code stipulates that farmers must use organically produced seeds and plants whenever they are “commercially available,” meaning they can resort to non-organic ones otherwise. Consumers have shown they want an alternative to fumigant-grown strawberries. It’s time for the USDA to step up.

Continue reading at:  http://motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/09/organic-strawberries-not-always-grown-without-toxic-fumigants

Arctic ozone hole breaks all records

From New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20988-arctic-ozone-hole-breaks-all-records.html

by Michael Marshall
02 October 2011

In the first three months of this year, something unprecedented happened in the skies over the Arctic. A large hole appeared in the ozone layer, far bigger than any seen there before.

The Arctic ozone layer suffers a little damage every winter, but the effect is normally short-lived. “This is a clear step beyond that,” says Neil Harris of the University of Cambridge. As the measurements came in, ozone researchers began to debate whether the loss could be compared to that seen over the Antarctic. “It’s the first time we’ve even discussed that question,” says Harris.

Between 18 and 20 kilometres up, over 80 per cent of the existing ozone was destroyed. “The loss in 2011 was twice that in the two previous record-setting Arctic winters, 1996 and 2005,” says Nathaniel Livesey of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The hole was similar in size to those seen in Antarctica in the 1980s. The Antarctic hole has continued to grow since then, and is far larger today.

The Arctic ozone hole will have allowed more ultraviolet radiation than before through, but it is unlikely anyone has been seriously harmed, says Bruce Armstrong of the University of Sydney, Australia. “Occasional ozone depletion episodes such as this would add very little to the underlying population’s risk of UV-related cancer.”

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America’s New Radicals Attack a System That Ignores Them

From Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/03-4

by Ted Rall
Published on Monday, October 3, 2011 by CommonDreams.org

“Enraged young people,” The New York Times worries aloud, are kicking off the dust of phony democracy, in which “the job of a citizen was limited to occasional trips to the polling places to vote” while decision-making remains in the claws of a rarified elite of overpaid corporate executives and their corrupt pet politicians.

“From South Asia to the heartland of Europe and now even to Wall Street,” the paper continues, “these protesters share something else: wariness, even contempt, toward traditional politicians and the democratic political process they preside over. They are taking to the streets, in part, because they have little faith in the ballot box.

The rage of the young is real. It is justified. It is just beginning to play out.

The political class thinks it can ignore the people it purports to represent. They’re right–but not forever. A reckoning is at hand. Forty years of elections without politics will cost them.

Americans’ pent-up demand for a forum to express their disgust is so vast that they are embracing slapdash movements like Occupy Wall Street, which reverses the traditional tactic of organizing for a demonstration. People are protesting first, then organizing, then coming up with demands. They have no other choice. With no organized Left in the U.S., disaffected people are being forced to build resistance from the ground up.

Who can blame young adults for rejecting the system? The political issue people care most about–jobs and the economy–prompts no real action from the political elite. Even their lip service is half-assed. Liberals know “green jobs” can’t replace 14 million lost jobs; conservatives aren’t stupid enough to think tax cuts for the rich will help them pay this month’s bills.

Continue reading at:  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/03-4

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Occupy Wall Street protests spread to Baltimore, other cities

From The Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/bs-ae-occupy-baltimore-1004-20111003,0,2774231.story

Demonstrators plan to camp out in the Inner Harbor, joining similar rallies in Los Angeles and Washington

By Erik Maza and Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun
8:37 p.m. EDT, October 3, 2011

St. John’s United Methodist Church, a centuries-old church on St. Paul Street, looked the way it does during its occasional rock concerts. Hundreds of people — some older than 40, some in their 20s — gathered there Sunday not for the music, or a prayer service, but to vent.

“Banks got bailed out,” yelled Mike McGuire, one of the organizers of the meeting. “We got sold out,” the crowd shouted back.

And just like that, the Occupy Wall Street movement that has brought throngs of young people to the streets of Manhattan arrived in Baltimore, the latest city — Los Angeles and Washington are among the others — to brace for occupations against corporate greed. Starting at noon Tuesday, protesters will stage a demonstration at McKeldin Square in theInner Harbor.

By Monday, more than 800 people had signed up on Facebook to attend the initial rally, with some planning on staying overnight for days.

Much as in New York, the occupiers know what they’ll be rallying against, but to what end, they’re still not sure. Not yet, anyway.

Continue reading at:  http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/bs-ae-occupy-baltimore-1004-20111003,0,2774231.story

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