Thursday, November 17, 2011

Live Blogging #OWS - 11/17/11

8:48 AM: Occupy Wall Street's Day of Action
Live Updates / Live Streaming

11:00: LRAD apparently used on protestors while singing national anthem...
(Source: We are the other 99% live blog)

11:05 AM: New post by Glenn Greenwald: OWS Inspired Activism
"It was only a matter of time before a coordinated police crackdown was imposed to end the Occupy encampments. Law enforcement officials and policy-makers in America know full well that serious protests — and more — are inevitable given the economic tumult and suffering the U.S. has seen over the last three years (and will continue to see for the foreseeable future). A country cannot radically reduce quality-of-life expectations, devote itself to the interests of its super-rich, and all but eliminate its middle class without triggering sustained citizen fury."

11:30 AM: AdBusters Blog Post: Renewing Occupy resolve--and entering a new phase
"This assault has stiffened our resolve. Now begins the second, visceral, canny, militant phase of our nonviolent march to real democracy. We regroup, lick our wounds and begin our counterattack..."
11:38 AM: Taibblog post: Woman Gets Jail For Food-Stamp Fraud; Wall Street Fraudsters Get Bailouts
"Had a quick piece of news I wanted to call attention to, in light of the recent developments at Zuccotti Park. For all of those who say the protesters have it wrong, and don’t really have a cause worth causing public unrest over, consider this story, sent to me by a friend on the Hill. Last week, a federal judge in Mississippi sentenced a mother of two named Anita McLemore to three years in federal prison for lying on a government application in order to obtain food stamps."
12:10 PM: @LucyKafanov Twitpic

12:35 PM: Kevin Gosztola post: 84 Year Old Woman Tells Story of Being Pepper Sprayed, Saved by Veteran at Occupy Seattle Protest

2:28 PM: Videographer reports assault by undercover cop (from OWS Web site).

3:41 PM: Not what democracy looks like:

4:38: In spite of the violence, think it's safe to say that the theme of the day is: Re-energized and inspired.

Inspiring Words from Redditor Aniadrift

"Sorry for gushing, but I feel the need to right now. When the mass evictions started happening, I was filled with a sense of despair. Now that I see this, that despair has been replaced with inspiration. My heart bursts with it. I want you people to know, all of you who have been in the streets fighting, that you have given me hope for the country that I never thought I would have before." (OWS Web site)

UPDATE: With respect to Dept. of Homeland Security crack down, please see POTENTIAL CORRECTION on November 26, 2011 Daily Blog.