Daily Topics - Thursday November 3rd, 2011

Daily Topics - Thursday November 3rd, 2011

Free Speech TV invites citizen journalists from around the world to send us videos of actions in your community that support the 99% Movement. They'll be posted @ www.freespeech.org and some will air on DirecTV-348 & DishTV-9415 which reach into 35 million households across the USA. Check www.freespeech.org for more details on how to submit.

Hour One: Eyewitness to Occupy Oakland's wild night - Joshua Holland, AlterNet

Hour Two: Who are the one percent? Robert Greenwald, Brave New Foundation / Plus, Geeky Science Rocks - the fingerprint of poverty

Hour Three: Thom vs. Wayne Root - The world is NOT flat...

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ProgressiveMews 3 years 6 weeks ago
#1

About the building that was occupied by general strikers last night in Oakland...

From the Oakland Tribute live blog: http://www.insidebayarea.com/top-stories/ci_19247017

10:30 p.m. Protesters take over vacant building -- About 100 protesters have stormed a building on 16th street, the site of the former Travelers Aid Society, and have hung a banner reading, "Occupy Everything."

10:34 p.m. Building takeover was pre-planned
As hundreds of people gather at the building at 16th and Telegraph, some are passing out fliers bemoaning the nonprofit organization's loss of funding.

The Travelers Aid Society helped homeless people, but lost funding during government cutbacks, protesters say. They have broken in, turned on the lights and are occupying the building to protest the cuts.

About 200-300 more people have headed over to join the initial group of protesters.

10:52 p.m. Vacant building had been foreclosed, according to flier
The taken-over building that formerly housed the Traveler's Aid Society was foreclosed upon, according to the flier distributed by protesters.

"Since then, the space sat vacant, as though it were disposable to those with the keys," the flier reads. "To us this space is invaluable. We are reclaiming it for the people. It is now open for our use."

The flier's authors say the space is open to the aid society if it wishes to return, and will otherwise be turned into a library and workshop for Oakland residents.

"This space is an example for the country," the note concludes. "When the political and financial systems of this nation fail to provide needed services, we must do it ourselves. We are the 99 percent. This is our future."

11:51 p.m. Quan wants to talk to protesters
Mayor Jean Quan wants protesters who've taken over the Traveler's Aid building to call her at 510-238-3141 to discuss turning the building over and returning it to the Traveler's Aid Society, said deputy mayor Sharon Cornu.

Quan has read the note protesters are distributing and wants to talk to them.
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Midnight. 100 police with gas masks converge on occupied building

mathboy's picture
mathboy 3 years 6 weeks ago
#2

Pres. Obama has ended more wars than he started--the very opposite of Bush.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 3 years 6 weeks ago
#3

Another idea for the use of flags in OWS is to make US flags with a big green dollar sign instead of stars and plant them on the grounds of unpatriotic multi-national corporations. (It should be done in a non-defacing way.)

BTW, a friend of mine in Chicago says the teachers' union there is about ready to strike.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 3 years 6 weeks ago
#4

Why is this teacher trying to bring BS such as transcendental meditation into her classroom?!

The Death of the Middle Class was by Design...

Even in the face of the so-called Recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country, and more wealth and power is flowing straight to the top. According to Paul Buchheit over at Alternet, this is the end result of winner-take-all capitalism, and this destruction of the working class has all been by design.

From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical research with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel."
David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World and Agenda for A New Economy
From Screwed:
"Once again, Thom Hartmann hits the bull’s eye with a much needed exposé of the so-called ‘free market.’ Anyone concerned about the future of our nation needs to read Screwed now."
Michael Toms, Founding President, New Dimensions World Broadcasting Network and author of A Time For Choices: Deep Dialogues for Deep Democracy
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom Hartmann is a creative thinker and committed small-d democrat. He has dealt with a wide range of topics throughout his life, and this book provides an excellent cross section. The Thom Hartmann Reader will make people both angry and motivated to act."
Dean Baker, economist and author of Plunder and Blunder, False Profits, and Taking Economics Seriously