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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The State versus the People


You gotta' love independent media for stories like these ... you won't see these stories in the mainstream press.

Check out Propublica, Truthout, and Common Dreams for more, among other sources.


 Just How Much Can the State Restrict a Peaceful Protest?

As protests supporting Occupy Wall Street have swelled in recent weeks, hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested across the U.S. This weekend, nearly 100 people were arrested in New York and 175 in Chicago. More than 100 protesters were arrested in Boston last week; a few weeks ago, 700 were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge.

This Week's Occupy Evictions Were Systematically Plotted By The Nations Mayors

Conspiracy theorists are going to love this one. In an interview with the BBC, Mayor Quan admitted that she discussed dismantling Occupy Oakland with Mayors from 18 other cities.


  1. Obviously, the Occupy movement is something that hits close to home for me. As we heard the horror stories from the original Occupy locations, we cringed as word of a Charlotte occupation emerged. Without getting into any of the intelligence or logistical information related to Charlotte, I would like to comment on these posts from this perspective.

    The First Amendment issue is both a serious and touchy one. We are required as an agency to permit the rights provided in the Amendment. Simultaneously, we have an obligation to the residents of Charlotte to ensure a quality of life standard. Therefore the juggle becomes a difficult policy consideration.

    Where some of the other cities have experienced riots, violence and mass arrests, we have not. I attribute this difference largely to the department's response to the Occupation. Rather than exhausting tremendous department resources, money, etc., the department collaborated with the group. A clear agreement was reached regarding the interpretation of Constitutional rights, and the two sides basically have agreed to and let long as that agreement is not breached. The rights are preserved; peace is maintained. More importantly from a planning perspective, minimal resources are required.

    Think about it...

  2. Protesting is one thing. Setting up camp is another. They should protest 8 hours a day. Work 8 hours a day. Sleep 8 hours a day. If they did that they probably wouldn't be running into road blocks.