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Today saw actions in cities large and small all across the nation. By far the most covered events were again in New York City, which saw organized protest efforts throughout the day.

The New York Times:

Occupy Wall Street marked its two-month anniversary in New York on Thursday with a “Day of Action” featuring an attempt to delay the opening of the New York Stock Exchange, demonstrations on the subways, a vast rally in Foley Square near the federal courthouse and unscheduled clashes with the police in Zuccotti Park that left a protester with a bloodied face and an officer with a lacerated hand.

"Sound cannons" were used by police against protesters at one point. Late in the day, 99 people, apparently including at least one city councilman and SEIU president Mary Kay Henry, were voluntarily arrested after staging a sit-down at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Times' City Room has been updating throughout the day, and seems a good source for ongoing information.

In assorted other Occupy news:

To keep up with Occupy related events, especially local actions and first-person accounts from our community, follow the Occupy Wall Street group and the Occupy Wall Street tag right here on Daily Kos.

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  •  I'm embarrased to share a first name (6+ / 0-)

    With that idiot who wrote Bloomberg's response.

    I may have to change my real name to my handle if he keeps digging much further.

    One of these days, I'm gonna learn that I'm only really good at convincing people when I'm being a wiseass.

    by detroitmechworks on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 06:04:28 PM PST

  •  Verizon Building is so full of win, (6+ / 0-)

    I am lizzing.

    0: Number of Wall Street bankers arrested over crash of 2008. 3516: Number of Americans arrested protesting Wall Street's fraudulent practices 11/10/2011

    by Scott Wooledge on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 06:04:54 PM PST

  •  So about this blocking traffic across the country. (7+ / 0-)

    Aren't most of the people stuck in traffic that will be inconvenienced by this also part of the 99%?  I'm for protesting... when you're afflicting the people who should be afflicted.  I wrote this a few days ago on another Kossack's post about activism.

    Poignant story Bill Walton tells in the "UCLA Dynasty" HBO special.  He was arrested for blocking traffic on the 405 Freeway during a Vietnam War protest.  Coach John Wooden had to bail him out, and they got in a very heated argument on the drive back over free speech, the war, etc.

    Coach finally asked Bill what if someone in a car he was blocking had needed to go to the hospital, or had some other kind of emergency?  Did he think about that?

    Bill said he hadn't.  To which Coach said, "Well, you NEED to."  That stuck with Walton ever since.  Good protesters need to be aware of this.

    Two years ago when we protested the UC Regents raising tuition, some students who came from another UC campus tried to block the regents from leaving UCLA by sitting on the road and blocking the path out from the Sunset Rec parking lot.  Not only did they not block the regents (who were parked elsewhere), they prevented a very worried parent who was using the pool from going to pick up her son from school.  Because she might have been a "regent in disguise".  Some protesters even demanded that the people trying to leave the pool open their trunks, in case a regent was HIDING inside.

    I tried pointing out to them that this was not helping our cause, and that we were making enemies of people who should be allies, but they didn't care.  How do you reason with people like that?

    And no, if you say, "Well, the mother should've had a backup plan" in response, as some did, then you're an idiot and/or a sociopath, plain and simple.

    I think this is part of the reason PPP's polling shows a drop in support for OWS.  As someone else said, it's become more about "Occupy" than "Wall Street".  And we can't let that happen.

    And BTW, even though I'm still sick, I was at Occupy UCLA for a little bit earlier today, and talked with some people there about the movement and its goals.  Notice how we're not blocking traffic so people can't get to and from work, or preventing parents from picking up their kids from school.

    There will be a General Assembly meeting at 9pm tonight.  The word is the police will ask the protesters to pack up their tents around 10:30pm tonight.  We'll see what happens then.

    •  I've been suggesting for some time (1+ / 0-)
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      that OWS needs to be more mobile, and that good targets for protests would include the big banking blocks of Wilshire Boulevard in L.A.  If you protest there, yup, you'll really snarl a lot of traffic.  But it's hard to protest injustice without taking the protest TO the injustice.  The powers that be should be happier than pig snot to keep the Occupy movements boxed into parks where they can control them, but if they're dumb enough to want people to disperse... well, yeah, disperse to Wilshire Boulevard!  

      (And in New York, may I suggest, the very busy Rockefeller Center, in time for Good Morning America, the Today Show, and Fox and Friends.)

      •  But you're not inconveniencing... (1+ / 0-)
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        the 1%.  You're inconveniencing the 99% who actually have to drive on Wilshire Boulevard at the time.  There's a reason John Wooden is such a revered figure, and one of them is because he could always see the big picture.

        •  I used to work on Wilshire Boulevard. (2+ / 0-)
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          For TTI when they were developing the first ATM systems.  The kind of people that will be inconvenienced the most are the kind that could use a little bit of awakening to the fact "that something's happenin' here."

      •  I quite agree. we should take a lesson from (2+ / 0-)
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        guerrillas---they do not "take and hold"; they "take, hold a little while, then move". It not only makes them more flexible and able to hit multiple targets, but it makes it harder for the authorities to catch a moving object.

        If we look at all the really effective tactics that the Occupy movement has used over the past couple weeks, NONE of them are based on holding a park--they are based on going to targets OUTSIDE the park.

        The occupations were important in establishing the movement and winning it initial support.  That mission has been accomplished. Time to change our tactics.  Out of the parks, and into the buildings.

    •  It IS more about "occupy" than "wall street". (4+ / 0-)
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      I think that puts it well: the coverage and the energy is going to battles over turf and possessing land, not ideas and not politics.   And it's not the MSM: it's daily kos and Maddow and Ed and Hartmann who can't see past the arguments over who gets to protest where and talk more about how to turn a protest into policy.

      I suppose the living in the park drew attention, but not all publicity is good publicity, and now that the attention is gained, it's not being focused on issues.

      My wife says I couldn't have done it. And leave my wife out of this.

      by Inland on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 06:20:14 PM PST

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      •  I quite agree. In most cities the occupation is (4+ / 0-)
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        now no longer DOING anything.  Instead of everyone sitting on their couch doing nothing, they're all sitting in the PARK doing nothing, and the only "news" we see now is who is getting clubbed by the cops today. Big deal.  If we want to be effective, we have to move beyond just sitting on our asses in the park. That was fine in the initial stages when the goal was simply to demonstrate the existence of the movement. But now that this goal has been accomplished, we need to USE the power we have created. Our targets are not in the park.  So we need to go to where our targets are.

        Out of the parks--into the buildings.

      •  And even further... (0+ / 0-)

        there's growing divisions even among the Occupiers at Zuccotti Park.

        Some people were upset at Jon and the Daily Show for this piece, but is it not a legitimate critique?

        The people I talked to at Occupy UCLA agreed about the methods, but due to it being a leaderless movement, they weren't sure if they could convince the others there about turning the focus on those who deserve to feel the pressure.

    •  I think we need to organize strikes till repugs (0+ / 0-)

      stop the wars, tax the rich, create jobs and evenly distribute the burden of bringing down the debt across all groups and departments.

      Id rather be a tax and spend democrat than a borrow and spend republican any day. I pay my bills. - me

      by AustinLiberal on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 08:33:57 PM PST

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  •  LRAD sound cannons against protestors. (5+ / 0-)

    I asked this on Americablog as well...

    I'd REALLY like to know if there are any export sales restrictions on the LRAD cannons to states like China, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, where they could be used against protestors there.

    If they ARE restricted, then why are they allowed to be used in this country against our own citizens when we try to prevent other countries from doing that to their own citizens?

    And if they aren't restricted, WHY aren't they?  What's to keep Syria from bombarding the streets with American-made LRAD weaponry against its citizens?  What is there to keep Cuba to use it against their people?  What's to keep the Chinese from using it in places like Tianamen Square?  

    Or, to go to past tense, what was there to keep Qadaffi from using it against the Libyan people, or Mubarak using it against Egyptians during their uprising?  

    Before we let them pull this weasel bullshit of saying, "Oh, it's just crowd control technology, no big deal," ask them this.  Because either it's okay for us to sell this to other countries to use against their citizens or it shouldn't be used here against ours.  

  •  The people are revolting (3+ / 0-)
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    I love Pootie Diaries

    by arizonablue on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 06:18:34 PM PST

  •  Thanks for the roundup (5+ / 0-)
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  •  Bloomberg is a dick (3+ / 0-)
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    26 reporters knocked over? I so want to see some lawsuits filed over that one. Hell, I hope they keep NYC in court for the next ten years.

    Maybe, just maybe - if enough reporters get their heads busted open - the MSM might start reporting the truth.

    It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness - Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Fish in Illinois on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 06:28:32 PM PST

  •  Another mess happening (0+ / 0-)

    seems like Zucc again.....

  •  Occupy roundup tag (0+ / 0-)

    I'm hoping all future Occupy roundup posts will carry an "Occupy roundup" tag. I've added the tag to this entry.

    Protest is what democracy looks like. Voting is what republican governance looks like.

    by DeanObama on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 06:46:28 PM PST

  •  This is so reminiscent of the Tea Party (0+ / 0-)


    -7.5 -7.28, I refuse to believe corporations are people until Texas executes one.

    by Blueslide on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 06:49:28 PM PST

  •  Wack-a-Mole (0+ / 0-)

    phase is now beginning.

    ... the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." - Carl Schurz; Oct. 17, 1899

    by NevDem on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 07:01:49 PM PST

  •  Am having a happy (1+ / 0-)
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    cuz I am finally fortunate enough to be able to pay off my Chase card. I've had that account for over 20 years, but am very much looking forward to calling or writing them to say "close my account, drop dead, have a nice day, goodbye..." once the payment posts.

    All the rest of (what little money I have in) my accounts (along with rather a bit of other debt yet) have been at a credit union for years now but this stinkin' credit card was the last holdout on my books...

    REPEAL the Telecomm Act & REVIEW this decision. NO journalist should be fired because their boss can't have the truth told.

    by lunachickie on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 07:03:28 PM PST

  •  NYT: "unscheduled clashes with police"... (3+ / 0-)
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    vs. the police scheduling clashes...

    I don't recall #OWS scheduling any clashes...


    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 07:09:03 PM PST

  •  Flipping between Bill O'Reilly & Ed Schultz (0+ / 0-)

    It's amazing how Billy is insisting that OWS is declining and has caused civil unrest, death, rape, and is full of college students who are hyped up on coke & meth.
    Fear mongering much?

  •  WNBC 4 New York found Fran Goldin (0+ / 0-)

    She's an 87 year old progressive protester with a history of arrests and causes (including Mumia!)

    Great bit about kicking the cop in the...well, y'know.

  •  If your camera or card data got erased... (1+ / 0-)
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    From Twitter.

    AnonCorpWatch AnonCorpWatch™
    Anyone that has had their data wiped by NYPD please contact us or @kade_ellis #OWS #AnonCorpWatch #ACW

  •  When police stop news copters from overflights (1+ / 0-)
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    model airplane enthusiasts have recourse: People's Drones!

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 10:51:01 PM PST

  •  Advice for the Robocops (2+ / 0-)
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    DRo, Matt Z

    Hey, take off your riot gear
    There ain't no freakin' riot here
    I know you have a lot of fear
    But, you need  to take a effin pill.

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 11:47:09 PM PST

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