Oops! Occupy the Farm in Albany, CA had sought to negotiated solution with UC-Berkeley to the dispute surrounding the public land known as “Gill Tract” but it appears the university is going the forced eviction route. Latest word is cops are mobilizing, yellow police lines are up, and “chemical agents” may be used to get people out. Yowsa. Nbcbayarea.com
Social network site Twitter sets the blogosphere abuzz after it files a motion to quash a court order to turn over tweets and account info for an arrested OWS protester. Twitter also claims the court does not have the right to deny the protester the ability to challenge the original court order for the data, since the NYC DA did not possess a warrant for such data, and such denial would put an undue burden on the company to stand up for user privacy.
Huffpost features MIT Professor Noam Chomsky writing on “Plutonomy and the Precariat” in which
he essays on Occupy's role in addressing the sweeping economic and workforce changes that have marked the United States in the last three decades.
The International Business Times questions the legal basis and legitimacy of arrests that took place at the end of the May Day march in VietnamVeterans Memorial Plaza. Protesters were told by NYPD that they were “illegally occupying a public park,” but it now appears they were occupying several addresses at once, including a private one, which would have required the occupant to (technically) summon police. The tenant says they would have, gladly, however did not.
Occupy the Farm has asked for a Monday meeting with UC-Berekeley to resolve ongoing issues concerning development at “Gill Tract.” The occupiers want the farm used for sustainable urban farming, and the university wants a Whole Foods there, among other things. The University had given the occupiers until midnight Saturday to leave. Berkeley.patch.com
Occupy Cleveland is still attempting to distance itself from the alleged plotters to blow up a Cleveland area bridge. Various news reports reveal that one of those named signed a lease for the warehouse that now houses approximately a dozen occupiers. Cleveland Plain Dealer
May Day fall out as media focuses on acts of violence in largely peaceful protests. Hannity beats up on Occupy organizer. Increased surveillance from cops.
Occupy Wall Street organizer Harrison Schultz goes toe-to-toe with the notorious Sean Hannity who takes the offensive from the get go, keeping Schultz off-balance the whole time with a rant on the advantages of the current system, cloaked as always as the “just get-a-job” spiel. Link to the interview is here
May Day is over, the pundits and politicos do the post-game analysis, and we are no exception. Except we do the post-game on the politicos and pundits...
MSM outlets like Christian Science Monitor call it a mixed affair, citing heavy turn-out in the cities of Chicago and New York and turning to experts like Drexel prof George Ciccariello-Maher who “gives it overall a B.” Other outlets note that endless confrontations with police and disruptions of the worker-bee commute spook the public and do not do Occupy any favors, PR-wise.