Here’s an interactive map no less, courtesy of USA Today. Unfortunately, you have to click past an ad for GE Capital, but it’s an interesting concept. We sure as hell can’t afford it, so thanks to USA Today and GE Capital for the assist:
The last report on the subject says that 80 were arrested Wednesday night. Occupy Oakland has condemned the violence, but it was established that about a hundred “protesters” split off and went on the “march” that caused the damage, and therefore, most of the video that is being posted.
Mostly peaceful engulfment:
First the libertarians, now this:
And read more about Bank Transfer Day:
After Bank Transfer Day there will be an opportunity to find “common ground” with city leaders in Los Angeles who have made it clear they support the rights of the protesters, but also see an end-point to the occupation of City Hall despite the fact the encampment has become something of an attraction for many of the right reasons:
Students visit for lesson in democracy:
This view was first published by the Los Angeles Times:
“Another location for the protest should be found, and if the participants are organized enough to put out a joint statement, they’re organized enough to negotiate a peaceful departure.”
Will there come a time when demonstrations can be held from another starting point? Can protesters work with city officials to find another site that will allow for the exercise of First Amendment rights while preserving the City Hall lawn? Yesterday, LAPD made it clear that a garden, for instance, is not welcome. They have also fielded complaints about noise, amplified electronically, after 9 PM. These are legitimate concerns, not to be confused with the constitutional issues that Judge Trauger in Nashville helped to define with her ruling in favor of the protesters.
Perhaps it is time to schedule talks that will address the issues on both sides. Perhaps the city leaders can find a suitable location, or suggest one, that addresses the various concerns that have surfaced over the last four weeks. To this point both parties have demonstrated the ability to work together as evidenced by the fact that there have been no arrests or significant police actions that were the result of protesters or their activities; only isolated problems from predictable sources.
Who knows, maybe the Occupation Movement will continue to grow from an established location that could become permanent.
In the meantime, Bank Transfer Day will show Americans that they have the power to do great things, to change the status quo, with a simple act of defiance. Anyone can participate. Unless you are content with the current state of affairs, Bank Transfer Day is perhaps the only opportunity you’ll have to express your contempt for the financial institutions that have rendered so many people jobless, homeless or deeply in debt to the same institutions that caused these hardships.
I think you should join us.
This is the raw video of the LAPD meeting yesterday. Part 2 and 3 at these links: