Twenty stories for your Occupy Wall Street fix:
- In an act of domestic terrorism early Sunday morning, a chemical bomb was thrown into the Occupy Maine encampment in Portland.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pressed Albany's mayor, Jerry Jennings, to shut down Occupy Albany. While Jennings originally agreed to do so, he ultimately backed down when the local district attorney said he would not prosecute the demonstrators and police refused to make arrests.
- National Nurses United protested outside of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office today for the arrest of nurses and other medical volunteers at Occupy Chicago over the weekend.
- The search term "Occupy" is now banned in China when combined with the name of a region or city.
- A new poll from CNN (PDF) shows Occupy Wall Street with a favorable rating of 32 percent and an unfavorable rating of 29 percent, with positive numbers among moderates and independents. Also, large majorities say Wall Street bankers and brokers are greedy (80 percent), overpaid (77 percent) and dishonest (65 percent).
- Pew also finds a narrow plurality supporting Occupy Wall Street, 39 percent to 35 percent. While Pew also finds a clear plurality opposing the tea party, 44 percent to 32 percent, to date, every single poll on Occupy Wall Street has shown it with a positive rating.
- Pollster Celinda Lake believes that "we are the 99 percent" is better messaging that "Occupy Wall Street," based on preliminary research.
- After receiving an eviction notice from the city over the weekend, Occupy Oakland is now planning to defy the order through the same tactic used at Zuccotti Park on October 14: get as many people in the encampment as possible so that the city decides to stand down. An alert at the top of the Occupy Oakland website reads:
A police raid of Oscar Grant Plaza is very likely this week. Text bayaction to 41411 to get on the emergency text alert system of #occupyoakland. In the event of an attempted police eviction, please alert all your friends and swarm downtown Oakland asap!
- Occupy Oakland also temporarily shut down a Chase bank over the weekend, and is being viciously attacked by right-wing media. Here's the video:
- Professional concern troll and Bank of America executive Harold Ford Jr. warns President Obama not to listen to Occupy Wall Street.
- According to several online metrics, the Occupy movement is starting to level off, and enter a period of consolidation. Organic online interest in Occupy remains well above the tea party, however. Here are how the two movements matchup on Google:
- The Vatican calls for sweeping reform of the world financial system, but says any similarities between its proposals and those of the Indignados and other street protests, such as Occupy Wall Street, are coincidental.
- Cooperation between Occupy Wall Street and organized labor continues to grow.
- Goldman Sachs has pulled out as a sponsor of a fundraising dinner for a New York City credit union after it was revealed that the credit union would be honoring Occupy Wall Street at the dinner.
- With temperatures dropping, tents are going back up in Zuccotti Park. This is in defiance of new rules from Brookfield Properties, and could possibly the stage for another showdown with the New York City Police Department.
- The New York District Attorney's office will not drop charges against over 300 protesters arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. Instead of accepting plea bargains, many of the protesters have been demanding jury trials in this eventuality.
- Mayor Bloomberg concedes that Occupy Wall Street has been good for tourism.
- Sean Lennon and others performing "Material Girl" at Zuccotti Park last night:
- Photo diaries from Occupy encampments in Missoula, Pittsburg, San Jose, and New York.
- MTV is set to air a reality show about Occupy Wall Street on Nov. 5. It will be called "True Life: I'm Occupying Wall Street."
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