January 17, 2012 : Occupy Congress Begins

Thousands of Occupy protesters from across the country are expected to converge Tuesday on Capitol Hill to take their message to the halls of Congress, in what some observers say is the movement’s overdue moment to engage the American political system. Msnbc.com

Also today, Occupiers are protesting in Hawaii and 79 federal courthouses around the country the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, which opened the door to unlimited corporate spending on elections in various forms. Hawaii Reporter

While many encampments have been taken down or moved, Occupy Asheville remains Asheville Citizen Times

Today's Kansas City Star considers whether Occupy is a continuation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s push for Social Justice, beginning with the Poor People's Campaign. In starting the campaign, King said, “We believe the highest patriotism demands the ending of the war and the opening of a bloodless war to final victory over racism and poverty”.[2]

In Baltimore, State Police and officials are trying to work toward a peaceful solution with protestors. According to state police spokesman Greg Shipley, "We certainly don't want to make arrests." The protestors have erected a red painted schoolhouse at the site of a proposed juvenile detention center in East Baltimore. The schools not jails refrain seems to be growing louder, a truthout analysis of the school to jails pipeline appeared over the weekend. Truthout.org