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The Prez is making the media rounds to kick off his re-election bid, with the latest stop at Rolling Stone, where he sits down (for an hour) with long-time Jagger groupie and RS Publisher Jann Wenner. The Prez says Occupy is “part of a broader anxiety” while mentioning that he remains a champ of the “free market system.” Content.usatoday.com
Occupier tactics take all forms. The more creative the better, at least for this space. Yes Men hit another home run with a bogus press release announcing that BofA was soliciting ideas from the public as to what they would do once they owned the Bank. The release included authentic logos, fake content, and an alleged advertising campaign. The release, sent under fake Busineswire auspices, looked genuine enough for Dow Jones News wires to publish it, briefly. Yeslab.org
Occupy the Southside Chicago Woodlawn Clinic : As noted, Occupy moves on many fronts, spinning off various advocacy and protest groups, carried out by citizens of all stripes who act on issues they have identified in their community. Salon.com gets top billing, as they carry an in-depth reports and videos of the Occupation, carried out by supporters and advocates who barricaded themselves inside the clinic to demanded a meeting with political noble Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Rallies on Tax Day across the US. Occupy makes in-roads into board-rooms and think-tanks. Guitarmy will join May 1st rally. Bloomie to give commencement speech. Tax Dodgers at Anne Romney's birthday bash.
Buzz through-out the blogosphere over Citi's shareholder rejection of what is typically pro-forma approval of senior executive compensation. Many claim Occupy has reached the board room. Huffpost
April 17, 2012: No more sleep-overs as NYPD strikes back. Arrests at Stock Exchange and in the Bronx. More scooped from Fed Hall rally. DC feels the heat. Commentators parse the meaning of Occupy. Occupy Redding gives Verizon an Award.
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The jig may be up for sidewalk sleep-overs as at least 5 demonstrators arrested by NYPD for blocking the New York Stock Exchange. Cops appeared on the scene at 6 AM rousing protesters and telling them anyone sitting or lying on a sidewalk “is eligible for arrest.” Protesters cite a 2000 ruling that claim it;s allowed. Others are picked out of a crowd by cops, cuffed, and led away.