Occupy Boston Daily Digest for 5/25/12-5/27/12

Good Morning from Occupy Boston!

Stories of the Day: Tell me they aren’t going to use these on protesters: American police officers may soon be able to use unmanned aircraft not only for surveillance, but also for offensive action. The drones may be equipped to fire rubber rounds and tear gas. The US military and CIA have used drones armed with lethal weapons to target militants overseas for years. The prospect of having “lite” versions of those remotely controlled killer-machines circling over America gave some second thoughts to rights groups. “It’s simply not appropriate to use any force, lethal or non-lethal, on a drone,” Catherine Crump, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told CBSDC. For more, see Drones Over U.S. to Get Weaponized. And the business of marketing drones to law enforcement is booming. Now that Congress has ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to open up U.S. airspace to unmanned vehicles, the aerial surveillance technology first developed in the battle space of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan is fueling a burgeoning market in North America. And even though they’re moving from war zones to American markets, the language of combat and conflict remains an important part of their sales pitch — a fact that ought to concern citizens worried about the privacy implications of domestic drones. For more, see Drones for Urban Warfare. And the TSA is expanding its powers and is now conducting random searches on highways. For the video news report, click here. For a good round-up of recent news about attacks on our civil liberties, including TSA mistreatment of children and adults in airports, see Occupy Albany’s Civil Liberties Review. And a Saudi inventor’s proposal to insert semiconductors subcutaneously in visitors and remotely kill them if they misbehave will not be patented in Germany. Reporters said the document proposed that tiny semiconductors be implanted or placed by injection under the skin of people so their whereabouts could be tracked by global-positioning satellites. This could be used to prevent immigrants overstaying. A model B of the system would contain a poison such as cyanide, which could be released by remote control to “eliminate” people if they became a security risk. The document said this could be used against terrorists or criminals. For more, see Patent for Killer Chip Denied. And a member of Occupy Boston was among the NATO protesters who was attacked by police. He has 10 stitches in his head, and a genuine concern for those who were brutalized even harder. Asked whether he plans to attend the next major action wherever it may be, he answers in the affirmative. For more, see Behind The Stiches: The Face Of Chicago Police Violence At NATO Protests. And Occupy Chicago reports a first-hand account from the NATO protester who was run over by a Chicago Police van: “Amico was hit in the chest and fell hard, slamming his head onto the pavement. ‘It stomped on the gas the second I stepped in front. It was intentional,”’he told OCT. ‘Mind you, they sped off after this. It was a hit and run.’ James “Jack” Amico was struck, thrown to ground, and treated for a concussion at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.” For the story, see CPD’s Hit And Run Victim Exists, And Tells His Story.

Other Occupies/Protests: More than 400 protesters were “kettled” and arrested last night (5/23) in Montreal and mass arrests were reported in other cities in Canada as the student-led demonstrations gained even more momentum. This came after at least 300 people were arrested and twenty were injured in Montreal during weekend clashes between police and protesters, according to CTV. The movement began after a proposed tuition hike of $1,625, which would be implemented over several years. Support rallies were held in some cities in the US. For more, see 400 Arrested in Montreal Last Night, and Protests Spread to Other Cities. And on May 19, at least 20,000 people held a major rally of the local Occupy movement in Frankfurt, Germany, to decry austerity measures affecting much of Europe, the dominance of banks, and what they call untamed capitalism. The protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe’s biggest financial hub on a warm and pleasant afternoon, said Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis. He said 20,000 people were there, while organizers put the number at 25,000. The protest group, named Blockupy, has called for blocking access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt’s business district. For more, see 20,000 March at Frankfurt Occupy Protest Rally and Frankfurt sees 20,000 Protest Austerity. And Germany’s changed social stuctures means there’s a section of voters no longer served by the main parties. They are the only German party that treats freedom not just as an idealistic utopia or an economic principle but as a very real tenet of organisation. They want to protect civil rights, to increase every individual’s range to take action, and to give citizens more power to take part in political decisions through electronic means. Their method of policy-making illustrates their unconventional approach to policy-making. They call it “Liquid Democracy” and it involves members making suggestions online which then get bounced around through chat rooms, which they call Pirate Pads, before emerging from cyberspace into the real world as policy. Polls suggest that the biggest support for the Pirates is among those aged under 34. For more, see The Pirate Party Fills the Political Gap and Germany’s Pirate Party Riding High.

Attention Digest Fans: For the next two weeks while I take some much-needed time off, our special guest editor will be the Digest’s Founding Father, Kevin! Please email events to him at kevin@occupyboston.org.

“‎It is very easy to conform to what our society or your parents or your teachers tell you. That is a safe and easy way of existing: but that is not living. To live is to find out for yourself what is true.”  Jiddu Krishnamurti

 Upcoming Events:

  • This Monday, May 28, we encourage everyone to attend the Community Gathering hosted by the Anti-Oppression Working Group in which segments of the video series “Race: The Power of An Illusion” will be viewed and discussed, include how colonialism structured the creation of racism in the U.S. context.  This event will be held at the Community Church of Boston from 6-9PM.  See the notice below attached to this email or go to the Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.  https://www.facebook.com/events/396328103743103/  (NOTE: There is a significant overlap in membership between the Decolonize to Liberate and Anti-Oppression Working Groups and over the summer, the AOWG members may be visiting more of DtL meetings/events and DtL is likewise encouraged to visit any AOWG events to explore compatibility and broadening of shared analyses.)
  • Planning the Next Occupation: June 1, 7pm-11pm, Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common. We call on every supporter (past and present) to come to this Popular Assembly. We ask that you help be the change we all want to see in this world. We ask you to come, and share YOUR VOICE as Occupy begins its next step towards SOCIAL JUSTICE! Oh and bring a tent 😉 (who knows what we all will together decide!)
  • June 2, 2012, 11am, Riley Plaza, Salem, corner of Washington and New Derby Streets. Occupy Salem is holding a Salem Trial of Bank of America. Join us – Offer Testimony & March to the the Bank to deliver the Verdict! Bank of America stands accused of: Predatory lending practices and Foreclosure Fraud; Being the US’s #1 financier of the coal industry, and in turn, a leading contributor to climate change in the United States; Extortion of the public through excessive fees and penalties; Paying CEOs Millions in Bonuses while Crashing the Economy;  Lobbying, bribes, credit card loan-sharking; paying $0 taxes, etc. For more information, contact OccupySalemMass@gmail.com.

  • June 2, 2012: Occupy the Judge Rotenberg Center Peaceful Protest. Occupy the JRC is a coalition of cross disability activists and allies who are determined to get the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts closed down, or at the very least force them to stop using electric shocks, restraints, and aversives on the students who are sent there. For those who may not know, the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) is a “school of last resort” for children with developmental disabilities (many of their students are Autistic) or other difficulties which eschews the use of psychiatric medications in favor of physical restraints and aversives, including the use of two-second skin shocks. Speakers: Senator Brian A. Joyce, Kat Whitehead (Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth), Dan Fisher (National Empowerment Center), Ari Ne’eman (Autistic Self Advocacy Network), Laurie Ahern (Disability Rights International), Daniel Hazen (Voices of the Heart), Joseph Sitinbull (Helping Others to Promote Equality) and more! For more information, contact: Daniel@ (518) 932-3137. info@occupyjrc.org and see http://www.occupyjrc.org.
  • American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism. Sponsored by Haymarket Books and the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture SeriesSunday, June 3, 2012 – 3pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave – 5th Floor, Boston, MA. ALL EMPIRES SPIN self-serving myths, and in the United States the most potent of these is that America is a force for democracy around the world. Yet there is a tradition of American anti-imperialism that gives the lie to this mythology. Richard Seymour examines this complex relationship from the American Revolution to the present-day. RICHARD SEYMOUR is a socialist writer and columnist and runs the blog Lenin’s Tomb. He is the author of The Liberal Defense of Murder and The Meaning of David Cameron. He has appeared on Democracy Now!, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Radical Philosophy and Historical Materialism. Originally from Northern Ireland, he now resides in London, where he is studying for a PhD at the London School of Economics. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit: http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/American-Insurgents.
    To view an excerpt of American Insurgents, visit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/93260547/American-Insurgents
  • Anti ACTA, SOPA, PIPA, CCI, CISPA, MPAA, RIAA, MPA, ARAA, internet ID, censorship protest June 9, 2012.
    Occupy Wall Street
    Liberty Plaza, New York, NY 10006

    NATIONWIDE, CALLING ALL OCCUPIERS!!!! Knowledge should be free. This is a serious threat to education of people lower on the caste system. It will damage opportunity for all greatly. It also promotes monopoly and greed within governance as well as control of the people. This protest is to take place on the same date as a similar protest taking place in Paris France. MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD. SUPPORT FAIR USE AND EDUCATION! Facebook event page:  http://www.facebook.com/events/287232521354857

  • June 11: THREE national routes… THIRTEEN hub cities… TWENTY days… ONE NATIONAL OCCUPY GATHERING IN THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE. The Occupy Caravan plan is officially launched! “This Land is Our Land” Summer Caravan kicks off June 11 from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. We will travel three routes across America on our way to Philadelphia for the five-day Occupy National Gathering that ends July 4 on Independence Mall! At each stop, cities will be organizing events to welcome the Caravan which brings with it musicians, speakers and performers — a traveling democratic road show that educates as it entertains! Feed-in caravans will be joining along the way, and a full day of celebration is scheduled in half a dozen Hub cities. Invite neighbors, friends and family to come out for this continental gathering where we’ll share stories as individuals and communities growing stronger together — then hop on board and travel the rest of the way to Philly! How bad do you want your democracy? Enough to take it back? As we celebrate the history of America that we are about to write, only one thing is required: Our Participation. Visit the Schedules and Cities page to find out when the Caravan reaches your town so you can plan an event and then climb aboard. Official route map to be issued soon…See you in June! http://occupycaravan.webs.com/. Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Caravan/307692495949585.
  • June 22: Occupy Summer Camp in Maine.  Dobson’s Farm, 78 Old Cape Road, Kennebunkport, Maine. Occupy Our Neighborhood, the Kennebunk Occupy group is hosting Occupy Summer Camp with a number of folks from Occupy Maine Portland.  This is our opportunity to work with other Occupy groups to focus our efforts on reversing corporate personhood and the issues related to money in politics, environment and local economies. We hope to have a good attendance to include your thoughts and ideas and to plan the camp. Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/238631406237615/.
  • From Occupy Wall Street: September 17, 2012, The People’s Picket on Wall Street, 7am-10am. We will form a massive moving picket line on our one-year anniversary, and continue the conversation we started One year prior with boots on the ground. People from all over the world get ready to shut it down.

Friday, May 25-Sunday, May 27, 2012

Event Highlights:

  • This Friday, May 25, the Decolonize to Liberate Working Group of Occupy Boston will be continuing its discussion of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and action implications for our work together.  Maria Cristina will facilitate.  Our weekly meeting is held on Fridays, 6-8PM, at The First Parish Church in Cambridge, corner of Mass Avenue and Church Street, and easily accessible from the Harvard Square T-Stop.  Enter through the far door on Church Street and ring the bell for entrance on the inner door.
  • From Occupy Wall Street: On Saturday, May 26th, at 12pm at Bryant Park, 42nd Street at 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10018, OWS Direct Action Group launches Summer Disobedience School – kicking off 3 months of city-wide mayhem! We’ve completed Spring Training – and we’re moving and communicating in the streets like never before. Now we take our fight to sites of injustices throughout NYC, gradually building a culture of radical non-violent disobedience. We’ll be disrupting banks, corporations and the state all summer long, starting with the crooks in mid-town. We graduate as a full-on revolutionary force September 17th: City-Wide Shut Down! More details to come… Facebook event page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/343421022384775/355202957873248.

Calendar for Friday, May 25, 2012

5:30pm – 7pm, Women’s Caucus Working Group Meeting, 14 Beacon St, First Floor, Boston.

6pm-8pm Queer Trans DA Working Group Meeting, Boston Common Bandstand (if rain, City Place Food Court, in the Transportation Building)
7pm – 9pm Radio WG Meeting,  Encuentro 5 (33 Harrison Ave, 5th floor) We need as much help as possible, have room for shows, need producers and people to follow up on the Music Department. We’d love your ideas, concerns and suggestion as we get up to the present updates and check-ins from various depts in the radio station.
Calendar for Saturday, May 26, 2012

2pm-4pm Safer Spaces Cluster Meeting, at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Avenue, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02111

3pm-4:45pm Facilitation WG meeting, at City Place Food Court in the Transportation Building

4:30pm-6:30pm Anti-Oppression WG Meeting, at Arlington St. Church (1st floor) 351 Arlington St. (corner of Arlington and Boylston Sts.)

5pm-8:30 pm General Assembly, at Community Church of Boston – 565 Boylston Street. In Copley Square.

Calendar for Sunday, May 27, 2012

1pm – 3pm The Icarus Project WG Meeting, Gazebo on Boston Common (City Place Food Court in the Transportation Building if raining) Radical mental health support and activism.

1pm – 3pm People of Color WG Meeting, First Church of Roxbury – 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury

4pm – 5pm Socialist Caucus Meeting, Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave 5th Floor

5pm – 8:30pm, Action Assembly, Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street (across from Copley)

Please note! Meetings and their locations are subject to change. We encourage you to check the Occupy Boston Calendar for the most up-to-date information. There are events scheduled all day for the May 1 General Strike and regularly scheduled events may not be held.

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