This is what I get for making a snarky comment about all the comparatively well-paid East Coast reporters writing about San Francisco and Oakland like they live here. Made me laugh, because I still have a sense of humor, but I’m not sure Oakland does. People here just don’t have enough weed!
"Joseph Hoover, S.J., was found guilty by a jury of his peers in a courtroom at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland, CA, for the crime of “obstructing a public thoroughfare.” His alleged (I suppose now confirmed) sin was that he did not get out of the way quickly enough at an Occupy Oakland rally and march two months ago in Oakland, Calif, when a charging line of Oakland Police Department officers in riot gear ran at him. That the arresting officer had quite clearly beaten Joe with his baton (the officer who hit him looked Joe and the jury in the face and perjured himself—I know his testimony to be a lie, since I saw the bruises myself the night I picked Joe up from jail) seemed to sway the jury from convicting Joe of a second charge: obstructing a law enforcement officer in the performance of his duties. That charge, it turns out, cannot be considered proved if the arresting officer uses excessive force. Joe himself took the stand and testified he had no intention of obstructing anyone—that he was an unarmed man in a Roman collar walking away from the police—but it made no difference as to the first charge, and Joe was found guilty. Of that, at least."
"I consider The Justice Party a second party. The Republican-Democratic parties have brought this country to its knees economically, and we still haven’t seen action taken for justice regarding Wall Street’s destruction of Main Street. Without the Democrats colluding with the Republicans, we would not have engaged in an illegal, aggressive war against Iraq. The Democrats and Republicans together granted retroactive immunity to the telecom companies. Then-Senator Obama promised this nation, before the primary, before he won the Democratic primary for the presidency, that he would join a filibuster against telecom company immunity. As soon as he won the nomination, he didn’t only back off on his promise to join a filibuster, he voted for the legislation. Who in this country gets Congress to grant them retroactive immunity for committing clearly felonious acts? We need real leadership, and we need it now."
Guess whether Stowers or Crawford is being tried for hate crimes! Go on, guess!
Stowers, who is white, denied assertions by the defense that she had directed racial slurs at Crawford, who is black. But during cross-examination, defense attorney Dan Siegel asked about an exchange in which a protester had approached Stowers and asked, “Did you call her a n-?”
Siegel asked Stowers if she responded by saying something like, “They were acting like that.”
“I may have said that,” Stowers testified.
The Mayor of Oakland has acknowledged that the Department of Homeland Security had participated in an 18-city mayor conference call advising mayors on “how to suppress” Occupy protests
US citizens of all political persuasions are still reeling from images of unparallelled police brutality in a coordinated crackdown against peaceful OWS protesters in cities across the nation this past week.
The National Union of Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a Freedom of Information Act request to investigate possible federal involvement with law enforcement practices that appeared to target journalists. The New York Times reported that “New York cops have arrested, punched, whacked, shoved to the ground and tossed a barrier at reporters and photographers” covering protests.
Wonkette and Washingtonsblog.com reported that the Mayor of Oakland acknowledged that the Department of Homeland Security had participated in an 18-city mayor conference call advising mayors on “how to suppress” Occupy protests.
To Europeans, the enormity of this breach may not be obvious at first. Our system of government prohibits the creation of a federalised police force, and forbids federal or militarised involvement in municipal peacekeeping.
I noticed that rightwing pundits and politicians on the TV shows on which I was appearing were all on-message against OWS. Journalist Chris Hayes reported on a leaked memo that revealed lobbyists vying for an $850,000 contract to smear Occupy. Message coordination of this kind is impossible without a full-court press at the top. This was clearly not simply a case of a freaked-out mayors’, city-by-city municipal overreaction against mess in the parks and cranky campers. As the puzzle pieces fit together, they began to show coordination against OWS at the highest national levels.
You know, sometimes the media really stands with people, and sometimes it doesn’t. How many media entities are still out there, saying “What is OWS about?” How many are taking the questions and positions of OWS strait to the politicians themselves? How many are taking outright stands against the police brutality, and prominently covering it before their own journalists become targets?
Furthermore, have we all forgotten about the despicable Rupert Murdoch trial already? Nobody even brings up the point that it was revealed nearly all major news agencies were implicated in illegal phone hacking and the illegal acquisition of personal information.
Lol no media company would report on how they were implicated on phone hacking. Nor would one narc on the other. They have standards. Clearly.