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Today : tactics diversify, with varying levels of success. Fears of “co-optation” in the form of the “99% Spring” abound. Action and discussions in the camps, particularly New Haven, where an early founder says it's time to pack up and not make the city the enemy. Demonstration in NYC echoes black bloc bs in Oakland.
Occupy Portland's field trip to the Hanford Nuclear Power plant culminated in a rally to urge a speedier clean-up. Long-time anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott urged more citizens to get involved, calling the plant “the belly of the beast.” Concerns expressed ranged from pollution of the Columbia River, protecting indigenous land, and fears of a Fukushima-type disaster. Bellinghamherald.com
Sfgate.com (San Francisco Chronicle) describes how the former Occupy Oakland flash point in downtown Oakland is starting to see some life as businesses move in and vacant storefronts disappear. While the entrepreneurs fear the Occupation coming back, we find it curious that only two months later, the area comes to life.
OWS was back for the third straight night on Wall St., sleeping on the sidewalk in front of financial institutions. The new wave of Occupiers unrolled their sleeping bags on Wall, Nassau, and Broad Streets. The police have so far taken notice but have not asked the protesters to move. The legal basis for the action apparently resides in a 2000 decision that permits protesters to sleep on sidewalks so long as they do not block doorways. NY Times
A report by a UC-Davis appointed task force has found that campus police made errors in judgment in pepper-spraying demonstrators. The report ripped a “cascading series of errors” that led to the incident and questioned the legal basis for the action, rebutting police claims that the use of force on occupy demonstrators was justified and necessary. LA Times
The 99% Spring...what is it, exactly? Brooklyn-based journalist Natasha Lennard looks carefully at this new initiative in today's Salon and how it has some occupiers worried about being co-opted by moveon.org. Labor unions such as the UFCW, and Teamsters and the AFL-CIO are also participating. Occupiers note that, as of yet, there is no indication that the 99% Spring will support the May 1st General strike, which may be the first wedge between the two.
The sh*t hits the fans all over again in Minneapolis as Occupy protesters stormed back with a 130 pm Saturday rally in Hennepin Square, leading to 12 arrests and allegations of police brutality, including one complaint filed by a KSP-TV cameraman whose camera appears upended and tossed by cops (video above).
Occupy Philly staged its own attempted re-occupation over the weekend in Independence Plaza, doing so successfully, before being confronted by city park rangers who, naturally, insisted on seeing a permit. Blogs.philadelphiaweekly.com