Occupy News

UWS Digital News covers all the Occupy News of the day, from East Coast to West, and around the globe, and rolls it up in one big Occupy News Digest for you, dear readers. We try to identify significant Occupy trends so you're always in the loop about what's coming next from Occupy and how it impacts working people and organized labor in the United States and beyond. "We Cover those who Cover Occupy!"

April 12, 2012 : UC-Davis Report Slams Cops, Sleepful Protest in Cities

Cities :

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

April 10, 2012 : What is the 99% Spring? Occupy Makes Hay on Foreclosures

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.

April 9, 2012 : Gitlin on Occupy Next Moves, Working Groups Take on Banking Sector

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

April 6 2012 : Keeping With the Season, Occupy Faith and the IRS

You wonder if the “get a jobbers” (one of the most frequent slams used on Occupiers), who value getting to work on time, will fully appreciate Occupy Transit. As the era's mania for privatization and incessant cutbacks extends to transit systems across the United States, commuters and worker bees everywhere deal with fare hikes and service reductions.

Today Bob Simpson on Open Salon goes deeper on the issue, and how recent Occupy protests in Boston and elsewhere have led to a collaboration between the transport workers union (ATU) and Occupy.

April 5, 2012 : Occupy Transit, Ayers Kerfuffle, Eyes Turn to May 1

Former Weatherman uber-vandal and mass media-labeled “domestic terrorist,” Bill Ayers appears at an OWS rally and again ruffles blogosphere feathers with his comments.

The now retired academic and education theorist doesn't utter words without causing kerfuffle and yesterday was no exception as Ayers critiqued the US' “militarized society,” and told the crowd that he wished plane crews that frequently seat our nation's military ahead of other passengers, should “let the teachers and nurses get on first.”

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