Tuesday night, Occupy Oakland was attacked by the police. They were physically forced out of their camp early morning, and later attacked again during a peaceful non-violent demonstration. One of the victims of this attack was Scott Olsen, who is now in the hospital recovering from a coma and a fractured skull after the police fired an unknown projectile at him. The news of the attack spread like fire, and cities around the country were already planning marches of solidarity with Oakland. Keeping their word, demonstrators in Cairo, Egypt marched from Tahrir Square, to the U.S Embassy in support of Occupy Oakland today, October 28th 2011.
At the same time of the solidarity oakland march, Tahrir Square was home to a larger demonstration about issue’s that hit closer to home for the people of Cairo. The people are demanding that the military’s power be dismantled, and put in the hands of a civilian government after the brutal, torture and death of Essam Ali Atta.
“Essam Ali Atta, a civilian serving a two-year jail term in Cairo’s high-security Tora prison following his conviction in a military tribunal earlier this year for an apparently “common crime”, was reportedly attacked by prison guards after trying to smuggle a mobile phone sim card into his cell. According to statements from other prisoners who witnessed the assault, Atta had large water hoses repeatedly forced into his mouth and anus on more than one occasion, causing severe internal bleeding. An officer then transferred Atta to a central Cairo hospital, but he died within an hour.”- Boing Boing
As some have noted, Essam was the same age as Scott, the victim at Occupy Oakland; making both of them victims of state brutality.
Below is the proposal passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza. 1607 people voted. 1484 voted in favor of the resolution, 77 abstained and 46 voted against it, passing the proposal at 96.9%. The General Assembly operates on a modified consensus process that passes proposals with 90% in favor and with abstaining votes removed from the final count.
We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%.
We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city.
All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.
While we are calling for a general strike, we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces and families are encouraged to self organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of.
The whole world is watching Oakland. Let’s show them what is possible.
The Strike Coordinating Council will begin meeting everyday at 5pm in Oscar Grant Plaza before the daily General Assembly at 7pm. All strike participants are invited. Stay tuned for much more information and see you next Wednesday.
Kellie Marshall and Victor Vandoren were arrested on October 10th, 2011 at a mink farm near State Stone Park in Iowa. “According to court documents, Marshall and Vanorden cut an exterior fence at a mink farm on Memorial Drive and then used bolt cutters to cut several holes in a chicken-wire fence. Officers reported in the documents of finding maps, hiking equipment, police scanners, a machete and more than $700 cash in a vehicle parked next to a gate at the property.”
It is unclear whether or not Kellie and Victor were able to let any animals escape, but they both deserve our support regardless. As you can see, they are facing some pretty heavy charges. (As of Oct. 20th. 2011) ANIMAL FACILITY-DESTRUCT OF PROP/INJURY TO ANIMAL (Class D Felony), BURGLARY 3RD DEGREE (Class D Felony), POSSESSION OF BURGLAR’S TOOLS (Aggravated Misdemeanor), and CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 4TH DEGREE (Serious Misdemeanor).
They really need our help with their legal fee’s, as well as our overall support. Below, you will find the paypal donation link, and their current addresses where you can write them a letter of support! Please make sure your envelope has a return address on it, or it will not be accepted. Keep in mind, they are not convicted of animal liberation, it is only alleged, so do not speak of the case in the letter!
Kellie Marshall / Victor Vandoren
Woodbury County Jail
PO Box 3083
Sioux City, Iowa 51102
Money orders can be sent to Victors mother at the following address
Victor and Kellie Fund
c/o Bonnie VanOrden
5145 Porterstown Rd
Keedysville MD 21756
I am a self-taught computer scientist. I’ve been doing that for about 10 years. My specialty is low level programming and computer security. I’ve been vegan for 6 years and I volunteer as an organizer for an animal rights group in the town I live in.
I will be writing about computer security tactics, current events related to computers and their security, and I will be posting tutorials to help activists stay safe.
As activists, we feel it is important to know defensive strategy when working online or on a computer in general. I feel most activists naively use computers to conduct their research and set themselves up for compromise. It is my goal to help change this and start a movement of activists that can detect fundamental vulnerabilities early.
Well, my cats are hungry and are begging to occupy my bed, so I will leave you with the promise that I will help you use a computer securely. Word.
I am very excited about this website, and very excited about how awesome this blog is going to become. My name is Jeff, but I will be posting under the name ‘BWM’ (Because We Must). For the last 6 years (or so), I have been blogging, and running the website veganTHIS.org. VeganTHIS was a website dedicated to all things vegan & animal liberation. It was a fun ride, but my politics don’t stop at animal liberation. I felt like I needed to build a site that was a perfect blend of my politics, and the politics of the people who I organize and work with. If you try to go to the site, you’ll notice that it now directs you to Because We Must. This new website is going to be everything I wanted veganTHIS to be and a lot more. This means the site will be focusing on all things social justice, and the people who make the movements up. I am very excited for this organization to grow, and I hope you enjoy watching, and helping us grow. Now that you have the ‘deets’ about the transition, I feel like you should know a bit about me.
Although I have been vegan for quite sometime, before I was on the streets fighting for animal liberation, I was on the streets fighting for human liberation and the rights of working migrant people. I grew up in southern california, home to the racist vigilante group known as the minutemen. As a teen that grew up in the punk scene, myself, along with friends felt that it was our duty to counter the actions of the minutemen. The main course of action of the minutemen was to protest day-labor sites where working people get picked up by folks looking to hire some manual labor. They would try to scare the employer into not hiring an ‘illegal-alien’ by telling them lies of jail or prison time. We would dumpster food, and bring the food to day labor sites for the workers to bring home to their families, we attended city council meetings to show our support for day laborers, and counter the (also present) minutemen. We showed up at every event, or location the minutemen were at. Sometimes it got very confrontational, even physically violent, but we knew we had to do it. We worked with the day laborers, and other local indigenous rights groups, outnumbering the minutemen 50-1 and effectively shutting the minutemen down at nearly every demonstration. As of right now, the minutemen are so burnt out and beat that they are barely functioning, and this means they are not accomplishing anything.
This struggle is only one of the examples of what sort of info I will be discussing. I will be all over the board, as my passion for liberation is everywhere.
I put in the same effort in fighting for the rights of the people, then I do to fight to give animals the rights they deserve.I fight as hard for the people as I do to keep the forests standing as they should be. ¿por qué? Porque Debemos!