How's the coverage of Occupy in you area?
Fox TV News covered our action yesterday at Bank of America in Santa Fe, NM. (It misses the march that followed where we committed Civil Disobedience and moved from the sidewalk into the narrow streets of the historic Plaza area. Of course since no police were in evidence during the 2.5 mile march Fox probably would not have like that.)
The embed code for the Fox News video is incomplete, but here is the link : http://www.krqe.com/...
Here's a critique posted on Occupy Santa Fe Facebook page by a guy we stood next to yesterday at Bank of America action:
The following e-mail was just sent to KQRE.COM-
I participated in yesterday's Occupy Santa Fe march, and have participated in several other Occupy Santa Fe actions.
While I appreciate your recognition that Occupy Santa Fe is non-violent, your coverage gave the false impression that this places Occupy Santa Fe in contrast with other Occupy movements across the nation that have been assailed by police violence.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The Occupy movement is a non-violent movement. Occupy Santa Fe is behaving no differently in this respect than Occupy movements across the nation. Responsibility for police violence against Occupy protesters in Oakland, Atlanta, Berkeley, New York, Boston and most recently UC-Davis rests solidly with the the police and those who give them orders. Your coverage yesterday implicitly shifted the blame for those outrageous and unprovoked attacks from the aggressors to the victims, and that is not acceptable.
Recognition is due for the lack of police violence against Occupy Santa Fe, but lets give credit where credit is due - to the Santa Fe Police Department and Mayor David Coss.
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What Fox missed, and would have loved to have captured, was when one 60 something went up to the Bank of America Manager and private security guard and began engaging them. Could not hear all of what was said since they were up by the Bank of America building entrance and we were out at the sidewalk. The manager seemed to be trying to get the guy to move on when up drives a car into the parking space where the Occupy guy was standing and came very close to him. The very tall driver, wearing a suit, then got into it with teh Occupy guy then began to walk away. The Occupy said something and the driver turned around menacingly and shook his finger and told the Occupy guy to shut up. The manager very clearly and loudly told the Occupy guy that if he did not leave he would 'have him arrested.'
Giving the Media Feedback
The Fox news clip also got some positive comments on the Occupy Santa Fe Facebook page. Its easy to be a passive non-critical consumer of TV news, but we all should dedicate a little time each day to give feedback to the media like this guy did imo.
The militarization of police and the use of inordinate force on Occupy Protesters should be opposed.
Moved Your Money Yet?
Overheard numerous Occupy participants sharing that they had moved their money, and while we were picketing Bank of America Lee had shared that he had moved part of his money to the
The Permaculture Credit Union
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Sounds much better than having your money in a TBTF bank that feeds the Wall Street casino!
Chant: "All night all day, Occupy Santa Fe!"
We marched round outside the island of Bank of America land a couple of times and showed our signs to the four abreast cars in the drive through.
After about two hours of mostly positive honks and waves from passing cars we marched to the Railyard Occupy camp via the historic Santa Fe Plaza.
The chanting was getting a little ragged as we went further along the route. One woman began a new one. In a quavering voice she led us to say:
Want to solve the 'debt crisis' ?
Tax the Rich, End the Wars !
I really drug up some volume for that one.
Famous Santa Fe Indian Artists Applaud Our March Around The Plaza
Made Front Page Santa Fe News
Occupy Santa Fe also received front page coverage in the Santa Fe New Mexican this week. This article also tends to make the camp seem like just a bunch of Dead Head DFH migrants and homeless who conflict with those who make up the General Assembly and the work groups.
While inaccurate in its statements about who founded the camp (see the comments section), it does provide something of a window into the conflicts that many Occupy groups around the country must surely be facing. (Note: My wife and I spent almost 100 days in our dome tent in Africa last summer and though that was awesome, sorry, we are not camping at Occupy Santa Fe. Hat goes off to the brave souls that are spending the night in temps that have been in the 20's and 30's over the last week.)
Here's the link to the online version of the front page article in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Please read the comments and comment yourself if you have time. Commenters slam Occupy, the Democratic Mayor of Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Police for allowing the camp.
I had to out myself in order to be able to respond online to the mostly negative commenters. Again, please add your own comments there is you feel like it.
Schism patched, Railyard occupiers in for long haul
While Occupy camps around U.S. face closure, Santa Fe protesters are settling in for the winter
Tom Sharpe | The New Mexican
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 11
Media Coverage of Occupy
What kinds of Occupy coverage are you seeing in your locale?
'Fair and balanced' ?