A government that says corporate money is “speech” dispatches lines of police to stop actual human-being citizens from actually speaking out. It’s all right there in front of us: Wall Street got bailouts, the rich got tax cuts, corporations got to buy elections, people got job loss and home loss and pension loss and health care loss, protests got crackdowns.
(All pics are from twitter streams, clickable for larger, hover over them for descriptions.)
This is a BIG day of action in cities and towns all across the country. Here is a mid-day roundup of just some — just some — of what is going on. Click here to see a map of the hundreds of planned actions across the country. The scope and scale of this is just amazing, and is not at all being conveyed in the media.
Wall Street: Chanting “You’re sexy, you’re cute, now take off those riot suits,” demonstrators marched on the New York Stock Exchange. Retired police captain Ray Lewis was arrested holding a sign that read “NYPD Don’t Be Wall Street Mercenaries.”
A tweet: @digby56digby
RT @OccupyWallSt: Some bankers are holding signs that say, “get a job.” Unemployment is at 10% and they’re smug in suits. #N17 #OWS
At a Portland, Oregon bridge:
Los Angeles: AP: LA protesters march in financial district,
Los Angeles police have begun to arrest about 20 people sitting in an intersection at a rally by Occupy Wall Street sympathizers in the downtown financial district.
Hundreds of people marched Thursday before the small group linked arms around several tents and awaited arrest.
Dallas: Reuters: Occupy Dallas protesters evicted, more than a dozen arrested,
More than a dozen people were arrested on Thursday morning in Dallas when police on horseback and in riot gear evicted Occupy Dallas protesters from a site near City Hall where they have been camping for the past six weeks.
There was no violence. Dallas city officials put the number of people arrested at 18, while Occupy Dallas officials said 17 were arrested.
Detroit: Huffington Post: Occupy Detroit Joins Nov. 17 Day Of Action
Occupy Detroit protesters on Thursday were set to join nationwide protests on the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement’s initial encampment in New York City.
… The group’s day of action comes the morning after Detroit Mayor Dave bing announced the need for significant austerity measures to avoid an even greater financial crisis in the city. In a Wednesday night address, the mayor called for a further 10 percent wage cut for city workers and an increase in worker contributions to health care coverage. Bing city police and firefighters should give the same concessions.
Albany: WGRZ: Occupy Buffalo Joins Demonstrations in Albany, NYC
About 250 protesters gathered Thursday at the Occupy Albany demonstration near the state Capitol, where activists planned to present their grievances to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
Buses from Buffalo, Rochester and other Occupy Wall Street encampments from around the state delivered the protesters to downtown Lafayette Park. Members of public employee unions have joined the Occupy Albany protesters.
A bridge in Montana:
Denver: ABC7: Occupy Denver Joins ‘Day Of Action’,
The first rally at noon will be at the Denver Municipal Building at 201 West Colfax Ave. The building is across the street from Civic Center Park where the Occupy Denver protesters have been camped out.
The second rally will be held at the Greek Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. in Civic Center Park.
Occupy Denver said the 6 p.m. rally will be a “General Assembly meeting” where they will discuss the Occupy movement as a whole and how the group feels they should progress over the coming months.
“Occupy Houston stands in solidarity with those Occupy movements who have recently come under attack, including Occupy Oakland, Occupy Wall Street and now, Occupy Dallas,” spokesman Dustin Phipps said in a statement. “We continue to assert our right to occupy public space and conduct our first amendment right to peaceably assemble.”
One Occupy protester was arrested earlier this week during an argument with police over tarps the group placed over electronic equipment in Tranquility Park, an ongoing point of contention between the protesters and City Hall.
NY Daily News: Occupy Wall St. spreads across the United States has pictures from around the country (not necessarily today) including Minneapolis, Miami, Providence, New Orleans, Lincoln, Seattle, Anchorage, Montgomery, Cincinnati, Burlington, Salt Lake City, Little Rock, Jackson, Ashland, Richmond, Hartford, Casper, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, St. Louis, Boise, Honolulu, Salem, Austin and others.
Don’t forget San Francisco, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Oakland/Berkeley, Philadelphia, Muncie, Davenport, Lexington, …
Around The World, Too
London, Sydney, Toronto, Rome and Tokyo … Is this pic really Tokyo?