On #F29 we shut down Wells Fargo. In the trial of the century, the 99% and #OccupyCorvallis convicted Wells Fargo on all counts of fraudulent foreclosures, working closely with ALEC to corrupt OUR government, promoting the for-profit prison industry, predatory lending against minorities, refusing to pay their fair share of taxes, and enriching its CEOs while receiving Bail Out funds. #F29 received great publicity and got out the message of ALEC and Moving Our Money out of Wells Fargo!
Our six-strong Occupy group met that morning at the gazebo in our Central Park little dreaming of the success which awaited us at the 2012 Oregon State Legislature. Or that our story would attract the attention of Mother Jones.
Earlier that week, we had been alerted by one of our fellow Occupiers who had combed through the proposed 2012 bills and found one which appeared to be directly targeting freedom of assembly and free speech. Senate Bill 1534, which criminalized electronic communication, changed any misdemeanor into a Class C felony if it was arranged via the internet “aggravated solicitation”) and carried a $125,000 fine and up to five years in prison. Sound like anyone you know?
We posted a Stop Senate Bill 1534 iPetition which gathered around 200 signatures over the weekend. Fliers were distributed around town. Very late on Friday, SB 1534 appeared on the list of scheduled hearings for Monday. One of us caught it.
Ironically, we had arranged this particular Monday action face-to-face at our Saturday potluck; if this bill had been in force, we would have been in no fear of having our jaywalking misdemeanors morphing into Class C felonies.
We joined two Occupiers from Salem, so Occupy made up eight of the ten citizens who testified against SB 1534 with no one testifying in favor. One of us caught most of the testimony on video (part 1 and part 2). We spoke of the threat to civil liberties guaranteed Oregonians under the Oregon Constitution by this bill which could be used as a threat to our right to practice civil disobedience and free speech. We also promised “extreme opposition” if it somehow passed through the committee. The attorney representing the Oregon Progressive Party remarked at the end of this testimony, “I have to say, this is the kind of law that I would expect to see in Myanmar, Turkmenistan, North Korea or Zimbabwe, but not in Oregon.”
After the hearing, we decided to visit the Republican Senator from our adjacent town who had been a cosponsor of this ill-conceived attack on our civil liberties. He sat down with us for a long rather uncomfortable dialogue about the bill since he was not on the Judicial Committee which heard the testimony. We asked him to withdraw his sponsorship, and he did distance himself from the bill. We also told him that we were watching the legislature very closely this year which is how we found this particular bill, and we would follow up if the bill moved forward.
I stayed overnight, meaning to drive right home in the morning. However, I just felt drawn back to our Statehouse. I wanted to be very sure that SB 1534 was no longer listed, but it turned out to be more than that. I spent the entire day there. I visited the office of the Eugene Democrat, Senator Floyd Prozanski, who as Judicial Committee Chair had declared the bill dead, and left my thanks. I enjoyed the buffet lunch—along with legislators–served by the compost/recycle organizations which were set up in the lobby. I was given a small complementary bag of compost. I visited my own representative. I wandered around every floor and hallway, reading posted bills, viewing art, checking schedules, stuffing my parking meter, and watching the Senate Assembly from the gallery.
I wore my red suit coat and Occupy shirt from yesterday’s meeting, complete with my 99 percent button. I began to notice that I was being noticed which is when I realized why I was there.
This was the walk around.
Not that I was gloating. Well, maybe a little. I was proud of all of us and how we the people had made our voices heard. In Western Oregon, local Occupys had organized into a loose coalition of “Occupy Oregon” so we could Occupy the Legislature for this month-long session.
And it all worked.
Thanx to Stacey Phillips And Occupy Salem Oregon on Facebook
OK i went to info desk on 3 floors checked out on all agenda boards and it looks like 1534 is dead. Good job occupyers north and south of salem you just proved that we can and do make a diffrence I love you all and will C U @ T steps in the AM I am so proud of you all
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The New York Times reported recently on what income levels put people in
the top 1% in their cities. Obviously there were wide variations in the
income required to exceed the local 99%, but the national average was
$380,000 a year. Read the story at :
Here’s how NW cities ranked:
Seattle: $ 408,000
Bremerton: $ 374,000
Bellingham: $ 346,000
Portland: $ 343,000
Spokane: $ 341,000
Salem: $ 316,000
Eugene: $ 301,000
Medford: $ 300,000
Richland: $ 299,000
Tacoma: $ 287,000
Olympia: $ 283,000
Yakima: $ 271,000
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The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights to freedom of expression by protecting speech, a free press, the freedom of assembly and the right of redress of grievances to the government. Recent events on public university campuses however, brings into question whether these rights are being repressed on U.S. campuses.
Three separate but related events over the past three weeks, on the UC Berkeley and UC Davis campuses in California, and the CUNY campus in New York, all represent threats to our civil rights and should therefore raise great concern among U.S. citizens, and students in particular. The brutality perpetrated by police against peaceful student protesters, on behalf of campus officials, calls into question current policy on public universities.
What exactly is OSU campus policy regarding the ability of students to exercise their freedom of speech and assembly rights? To what extent can campus officials and police abridge our constitutional rights? All public universities, which are supposed to foster peaceful civic engagement, critical thinking and open debate, should be a “free speech zone.” The repression of free speech and assembly we have witnessed would lead us to believe otherwise.
The real elephant in the room regarding the Davis, Berkeley and CULY incidents are the heinous displays of excessive force by campus police. Campus police clearly escalated a peaceful situation into a public safety hazard to students. Police deployed nightsticks and pepper spray callously against peaceful students and faculty, causing unnecessary injuries, fear and panic.
What are the limits on use of force by police on campus? How does use of force by police discourage any future expressions of free speech and assembly rights?
The sick irony of the brutal use of pepper spray against nonviolent UC Davis protesters is that students were protesting the use of excessive force and repression of freedom of speech witnessed on the UC Berkeley campus just two weeks prior. Davis students were also protesting crippling levels of student debt, tuition and fees.
So, within the context of our once in a lifetime financial crisis that is contributing to unprecedented economic inequality for young adults, unsustainable tuition fee hikes and suffocating student debt, it seems prudent to ask OSU officials whether freedom of expression is allowed on public universities like OSU.
I presume OSU officials would learn from the state violence caused by using riot police deployed to quell free speech and peaceable assembly of student protesters. Use of force in this manner is harmful to a university’s image in terms of a welcoming and peaceful learning environment, and more importantly, it clearly stifles freedom of thought and expression. Any move by university officials to stifle OSU student’s capacity to freely express their political and economic criticisms and ideas, through the use of state violence, would be damaging from a student perspective and will not be tolerated.
It is also important to remember that these instances of repression on college campuses are all connected to a broader movement, commonly referred to as the #Occupy Wall Street movement. This coast-to-coast nonviolent movement has spread rapidly, but has borne witness to police brutality multiple times, much of which has been cell phone video recorded and flashed all over YouTube and the News. As the #Occupy Oregon State movement develops, let us just hope that public universities will be a safe haven for freedom of thought, expression, and peaceful assembly.
First Year PhD student, School of Public Health
Oregon State University
Resounding success for our local action, the Funeral March for the American Dream.
The Gazette Times reported on it here: http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/corvallis-protesters-march-in-funeral-procession-for-the-american-dream/article_11a9411a-116e-11e1-8aa2-001cc4c03286.html
Why did we do the “Funeral to the American Dream?” This is one small reason why:
Here are views from the bicycle support on eviction deadline, where thousands of protestors remained non-violent:
Vivid photojournalism showing the events at the Occupy Portland eviction enforcement on Sunday, November 13th 2011.
One protestor, a peaceful American Sign Language interpreter, was injured by police but not arrested. The initial report can be found here:
Follow OccupyPortland.org for updates.
Read here to learn how and why he did it.
Here are the Lyrics:
We come here, gather ’round the stageThe time has come for us to voice our rageAgainst the ones who’ve trapped us in a cageTo steal from us the value of our wageFrom underneath the vestiture of lawThe lobbyists at Washington do gnawAt liberty, the bureaucrats guffawAnd until they are purged, we won’t withdrawWe’ll occupy the streetsWe’ll occupy the courtsWe’ll occupy the offices of youTill you doThe bidding of the many, not the fewOur nation was built upon the rightOf every person to improve their plightBut laws of this Republic they rewriteAnd now a few own everything in sightThey own it free of liabilityThey own, but they are not like you and meTheir influence dictates legalityAnd until they are stopped we are not freeWe’ll occupy the streetsWe’ll occupy the courtsWe’ll occupy the offices of youTill you doThe bidding of the many, not the fewYou enforce your monopolies with gunsWhile sacrificing our daughters and sonsBut certain things belong to everyoneYour thievery has left the people noneSo take heed of our notice to redressWe have little to lose, we must confessYour empty words do leave us unimpressedA growing number join us in protestWe occupy the streetsWe occupy the courtsWe occupy the offices of youTill you doThe bidding of the many, not the fewYou can’t divide us into sidesAnd from our gaze, you cannot hideDenial serves to amplifyAnd our allegiance you can’t buyOur government is not for saleThe banks do not deserve a bailWe will not reward those who failWe will not move till we prevailWe’ll occupy the streetsWe’ll occupy the courtsWe’ll occupy the offices of youTill you doThe bidding of the many, not the fewWe are the manyYou are the few