Good morning Occupiers! Occupy is moving ahead into 2012 and not showing any signs of slowing down. New actions and demonstrations are springing up around the world showing the raids of November and December will not stop the movement.
- In New York City’s Grand Central Station over a hundred Occupiers took to the main atrium protesting Barack Obama’s signing of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act on December 31st, 2011. Demonstrators charge the legislation’s provisions on indefinite detention are an assault on American civil rights.
- Members of Occupy Albany joined in the 22nd annual People’s State of the State rally calling on Governor Cuomo to raise the minimum wage, fund free health care for all New Yorkers, and make the wealthiest residents of the state pay their fair share for state services.
- Irish Occupiers have shifted strategy and are squatting in homes taken over by Ireland’s banks in the economic crash. They are protesting the rampant homelessness in the country in stark contrast to the nearly 400,000 homes in Dublin currently empty due to foreclosures.
- Al Jezeera has an excellent report on the Chilean students’ uprising against Chile’s privatized school system and income inequality. Watch and learn more!
- A group of Occupy activists are working to build an Occupy version of Facebook. Activists are hoping to finish work by the end of this month and are hoping it will give Occupiers a safe and secure space for organizing.
- Now for a slightly older news item. On December 30th the Montana Supreme Court upheld the state’s ban on unlimited corporate campaign financing. Says Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock, “The Citizens United decision dealt with federal laws and elections — like those contests for president and Congress, but the vast majority of elections are held at the state or local level, and this is the first case I am aware of that examines state laws and elections.”
- Last night the Oakland Police Department revoked Occupy Oakland’s vigil permit in Oscar Grant Plaza, threatening eviction if the square was not cleared by 6:30 PM. So far the police have not raided the site and Occupiers are standing strong in solidarity.
- Occupy Portland and Reno are gathering signatures for petitions calling for their city governments to pass resolutions demanding an end to corporate personhood.
- Occupy Houston rallies today outside of the Russian consulate protesting discrimination against the Russian GLBT community.
- Occupy Detroit is calling for any citizen reporters who can help out. If you are interested and in the area please drop them a line and say hi!
- Occupy Tulsa announced they will be participating in Anonymous’ Operation BLACKOUT in protest of the signing of the 2012 NDAA with demonstrations and marches in Tulsa.
- Finally a call for action proposing a May 1st General Strike has gone out. Anyone interested can read it here.
And that’s a wrap for this morning. Keep fighting and never give up no matter how bleak it gets. As Gandhi once said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”