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Seeing as people are protesting everything these days, we might as well feature some of the great signs that have been photographed recently:
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(For everyone who read up on KONY, please be aware that the Invisible Children Organization has their own skeletons in the closet. Not only do they work with Sudan People’s Liberation Army (who has a similar reputation as the LRA), they also exaggerate the statistics and refuse to let the BBB look into their operation. While I love that they raised awareness, I don’t know if their organization is what we should support, but rather the people of Africa as well as humanity. Research and awareness takes time and effort while following the majority takes nothing. Be aware and continue on fighting!)
When I first sat down to watch this amazing film, I had no idea what I was getting myself in for and very little knowledge on what it would actually be about. I must admit that a range of emotions have since overwhelmed me and I can’t help but to feel ashamed, saddened, angry, bitter, hopeless, hopeful, but more than anything, I am happy to feel compassion for humanity.
Joseph Kony is a despicable
man coward, that preys on those who can’t fight him, controls their will, desires, AND freedom, all to gain nothing but power and superiority over the masses. What bothered me even more that Kony himself was the carelessness and inhumane way that OUR government, the Unites States of America, reacted when they first heard the pleas of this filmmaker (who is truly, much more than that). Financially and socially not a big enough issue for us to get involved?! Excuse me, but are you fucking serious?! Thank goodness you though otherwise during the time of Hitler or we may be a much different world today.
The film brings great insight into the advantages of technology in the modern world and how we, as a people, can use this to our advantage. No longer should the politicians, 1%, and media have the say in who or what we fight for, but rather, the people, are the ones who can now make decisions on a global level. Please watch this film and find a way to be a part of the change in our system! Don’t fight for America, fight for humanity!
UPDATE March 7th, 2012 at 3:05PM: I was hoping to do more research on this after I got home from work and was able to spend some time investigating, but have discovered, I shouldn’t wait that long. An article posted by Jezebel has already brought up many issues that I feel everyone who watches this video should be aware of:
From “Visible Children”:
“Invisible Children has been condemned time and time again. As a registered not-for-profit, its finances are public. Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 32% went to direct services (page 6), with much of the rest going to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production. This is far from ideal, and Charity Navigator rates their accountability 2/4 stars because they haven’t had their finances externally audited. But it goes way deeper than that.
In their campaigns, such organizations [as Invisible Children] have manipulated facts for strategic purposes, exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders and emphasizing the LRA’s use of innocent children as soldiers, and portraying Kony — a brutal man, to be sure — as uniquely awful, a Kurtz-like embodiment of evil.
Support for Military Intervention
From “Visible Children:”
The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money supports the Ugandan government‘s army and various other military forces. Here’s a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them,arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defending.
“[The video] feels much the same, laced with more macho bravado. The movie feels like it’s about the filmmakers, and not the cause. There might be something to the argument that American teenagers are more likely to relate to an issue through the eyes of a peer. That’s the argument that was made after the first film. It’s not entirely convincing, especially given the distinctly non-teenage political influence IC now has. The cavalier first film did the trick. Maybe now it’s time to start acting like grownups.
There are a few other things that are troubling. It’s questionable whether one should be showing the faces of child soldiers on film. And watching the film one gets the sense that the US and IC were instrumental in getting the peace talks to happen. These things diminish credibility more than anything.
“Invisible Children is staffed by douchebags” (A woman after my own heart.)
“Now when I first watched the Kony 2012 video, there was a horrible pang of self-knowledge as I finally grasped quite how shallow I am. I found it impossible to completely overlook the smug indie-ness of it all. It reminded me of a manipulative technology advert, or the Kings of Leon video where they party with black families, or the 30 Seconds to Mars video where all the kids talk about how Jared Leto’s music saved their lives. I mean, watch the first few seconds of this again. It’s pompous twaddle with no relevance to fucking anything.”
I am still going to try and decide where I stand on this matter, because whatever the facts about Invisible Children are, they still made one difference: People all over the world now feel empowered to know that they can make a difference. One person can make change, (s)he just has to ignite the passion within another. Kony is a bad man. Invisible Children is an organization trying to make change (whether it be 2 stars or 4). You decide what you want to do, because YOU have the freedom to do so.
KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.
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Join TRI or Donate to Invisible Children: http://bit.ly/yp5Ffv
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DIRECTOR: Jason Russell
LEAD EDITOR: Kathryn Lang
EDITORS: Kevin Trout, Jay Salbert, Jesse Eslinger
LEAD ANIMATOR: Chad Clendinen
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3-D MODELING: Victor Soto
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“02 Ghosts I”
Performed by Nine Inch Nails
Written by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor
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“Punching in a Dream”
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Produced by Thom Powers
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“Arrival of the Birds”
Performed by The Cinematic Orchestra
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“Roll Away Your Stone“
Performed by Mumford and Sons
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Produced by Markus Dravs
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Performed by Bloc Party
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“A Dream within a Dream”
Performed by The Glitch Mob
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“I Can’t Stop”
Performed by Flux Pavilion
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- Information About Kony 2012 and Details of Augusta Event to “Plaster the City” on April 20, 2012 (thevalleyvoice.org)
- Kony 2012: Viral Campaign Aims to Take Down War Criminal [Video] (inquisitr.com)
- Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 Video About Uganda Conflict: The Making Of A Viral Masterpiece (fastcompany.com)
- Millennials Want To Make Kony Famous In 2012 (ypulse.com)
- Meet Kony: He’s a Ugandan warlord and he’s about to be famous (thestar.com)
- What You Need to Know About Joseph Kony (collegecandy.com)
- Kony 2012 (girlmeetsbulgaria.com)
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Apparently some employees at an XBox Plant in Wuhan, China are pretty outraged by not being paid what they’re owed. In fact, these people are so bothered by their lack of pay that they have threatened to commit mass suicide. Normally, I would think this was a rather ingenious way to get what you want, but unfortunately the circumstances are a bit different with this story given its origin. China is incredibly overpopulated and don’t allow their citizens to have more than two children per family. Given the opportunity to knock off an entire workforce and make room for some younger workers may be just the thing they’re hoping for.
Instead of giving them an ultimatum, you made it easier for them to not pay you and help out the population control. I know this is wrong of me to be thinking, but seriously, who really thinks this is going to work in the employees favor?
Three hundred staff at a factory that builds Xbox 360s have threatened to commit mass suicide if their wage demands are not met, it emerged today.
Employees working for electronics giant Foxcon in Wuhan, China, claim the company has failed to hand over wages they’re owed.
Campaign group China Jasmine Revolution said they would throw themselves from the plant’s roof if the missing money isn’t paid.
Throw themselves off the roof?! These people are fucking serious about their money. It must really mean something when someone would rather kill themselves than work one more day for your company without getting what they feel they deserve. Like, it really can’t be all 300 people who are willing to die that are at fault in this scenario. Maybe Foxconn should do some self-evaluation and get to the root of the problem here (greed).
The American companies with ties to Foxconn better hurry up and step in so as not to get your name tarnished. You wouldn’t want mainstream America to be aware that you could care less about how the employees who make your products are feeling, because it really is the cheapest and obviously more justifiable when trying to stuff as much income into your pockets as humanly possible.
- Microsoft probes mass suicide threat at China plant (cnn.com)
- 300 Foxcon staff at Xbox 360 plant in China threaten mass suicide over pay (dailymail.co.uk)
- Mass suicide threat at Xbox plant (thesun.co.uk)
- 300 Chinese Workers At XBox 360 Plant Threaten To Jump Off Roof In Mass Suicide If They Don’t Receive Wages Owed! (bossip.com)
- Mass suicide threats at Xbox 360 plant (ingame.msnbc.msn.com)
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I just watched this video and felt it was very creative and intriguing. Definitely felt it was worth watching and thought you might enjoy it as well. If you’ve been to Burning Man, I suspect this is something you would appreciate.
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- Oh! the Places You’ll Go at Burning Man! (milkandcookies.com)
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Rosemount High School held an event where some students were told to expect a kiss from someone special, except the person giving the kiss were their own parents.
A KARE-TV report says the prank for last week’s assembly was planned by the staff.
The winter-sport team captains were blindfolded as their mothers and fathers approached. A video posted on YouTube shows some of the kisses lasting several seconds.
One parent and child are even seen moving down to the gym floor and rolling around for some time. This would be inappropriate for any high school kids I would think, but a parents and a kid?! Wow.
- Principal apologizes for prank: Blindfolded students unwittingly kissed parents (mercurynews.com)
- Principal apologizes for kissing gag (upi.com)
- High School’s Incest ‘Prank’ Is Year’s Dumbest, Grossest Idea [Video] (gawker.com)
- Rosemount High School Prank: Blindfolded Students Make Out with Their Parents (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
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Although some of you may recognize this speech from the film ‘The Great Dictator‘ featuring Charlie Chaplin, most of you probably do not. Using this speech with these images proved to be pretty moving which is ironic due to the fact that the film was a comedy used to make fun of Hitler and the Nazis. If you haven’t yet seen it, I suggest you give it a try. Until then, take the message from the video above. It’s a great one.
- “Invented People” Comment Echoes Herr Garbitsch (offbeathistory.com)
- Trailer For Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator, In Which He Plays A Gaddafi-Like Ruler, Looks Amazing (mediaite.com)
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My Occupy LA Arrest, by Patrick Meighan
I was arrested at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning with 291 other people at Occupy LA. I was sitting in City Hall Park with a pillow, a blanket, and a copy of Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Being Peace” when 1,400 heavily-armed LAPD officers in paramilitary SWAT gear streamed in. I was in a group of about 50 peaceful protestors who sat Indian-style, arms interlocked, around a tent (the symbolic image of the Occupy movement). The LAPD officers encircled us, weapons drawn, while we chanted “We Are Peaceful” and “We Are Nonviolent” and “Join Us.”
As we sat there, encircled, a separate team of LAPD officers used knives to slice open every personal tent in the park. They forcibly removed anyone sleeping inside, and then yanked out and destroyed any personal property inside those tents, scattering the contents across the park. They then did the same with the communal property of the Occupy LA movement. For example, I watched as the LAPD destroyed a pop-up canopy tent that, until that moment, had been serving as Occupy LA’s First Aid and Wellness tent, in which volunteer health professionals gave free medical care to absolutely anyone who requested it. As it happens, my family had personally contributed that exact canopy tent to Occupy LA, at a cost of several hundred of my family’s dollars. As I watched, the LAPD sliced that canopy tent to shreds, broke the telescoping poles into pieces and scattered the detritus across the park. Note that these were the objects described in subsequent mainstream press reports as “30 tons of garbage” that was “abandoned” by Occupy LA: personal property forcibly stolen from us, destroyed in front of our eyes and then left for maintenance workers to dispose of while we were sent to prison.
When the LAPD finally began arresting those of us interlocked around the symbolic tent, we were all ordered by the LAPD to unlink from each other (in order to facilitate the arrests). Each seated, nonviolent protester beside me who refused to cooperate by unlinking his arms had the following done to him: an LAPD officer would forcibly extend the protestor’s legs, grab his left foot, twist it all the way around and then stomp his boot on the insole, pinning the protestor’s left foot to the pavement, twisted backwards. Then the LAPD officer would grab the protestor’s right foot and twist it all the way the other direction until the non-violent protestor, in incredible agony, would shriek in pain and unlink from his neighbor.
It was horrible to watch, and apparently designed to terrorize the rest of us. At least I was sufficiently terrorized. I unlinked my arms voluntarily and informed the LAPD officers that I would go peacefully and cooperatively. I stood as instructed, and then I had my arms wrenched behind my back, and an officer hyperextended my wrists into my inner arms. It was super violent, it hurt really really bad, and he was doing it on purpose. When I involuntarily recoiled from the pain, the LAPD officer threw me face-first to the pavement. He had my hands behind my back, so I landed right on my face. The officer dropped with his knee on my back and ground my face into the pavement. It really, really hurt and my face started bleeding and I was very scared. I begged for mercy and I promised that I was honestly not resisting and would not resist.
My hands were then zipcuffed very tightly behind my back, where they turned blue. I am now suffering nerve damage in my right thumb and palm.
I was put on a paddywagon with other nonviolent protestors and taken to a parking garage in Parker Center. They forced us to kneel on the hard pavement of that parking garage for seven straight hours with our hands still tightly zipcuffed behind our backs. Some began to pass out. One man rolled to the ground and vomited for a long, long time before falling unconscious. The LAPD officers watched and did nothing.
At 9 a.m. we were finally taken from the pavement into the station to be processed. The charge was sitting in the park after the police said not to. It’s a misdemeanor. Almost always, for a misdemeanor, the police just give you a ticket and let you go. It costs you a couple hundred dollars. Apparently, that’s what happened with most every other misdemeanor arrest in LA that day.
With us Occupy LA protestors, however, they set bail at $5,000 and booked us into jail. Almost none of the protesters could afford to bail themselves out. I’m lucky and I could afford it, except the LAPD spent all day refusing to actually *accept* the bail they set. If you were an accused murderer or a rapist in LAPD custody that day, you could bail yourself right out and be back on the street, no problem. But if you were a nonviolent Occupy LA protestor with bail money in hand, you were held long into the following morning, with absolutely no access to a lawyer.
I spent most of my day and night crammed into an eight-man jail cell, along with sixteen other Occupy LA protesters. My sleeping spot was on the floor next to the toilet.
Finally, at 2:30 the next morning, after twenty-five hours in custody, I was released on bail. But there were at least 200 Occupy LA protestors who couldn’t afford the bail. The LAPD chose to keep those peaceful, non-violent protesters in prison for two full days… the absolute legal maximum that the LAPD is allowed to detain someone on misdemeanor charges.
As a reminder, Antonio Villaraigosa has referred to all of this as “the LAPD’s finest hour.”
So that’s what happened to the 292 women and men were arrested last Wednesday. Now let’s talk about a man who was not arrested last Wednesday. He is former Citigroup CEO Charles Prince. Under Charles Prince, Citigroup was guilty of massive, coordinated securities fraud.
Citigroup spent years intentionally buying up every bad mortgage loan it could find, creating bad securities out of those bad loans and then selling shares in those bad securities to duped investors. And then they sometimes secretly bet *against* their *own* bad securities to make even more money. For one such bad Citigroup security, Citigroup executives were internally calling it, quote, “a collection of dogshit”. To investors, however, they called it, quote, “an attractive investment rigorously selected by an independent investment adviser”.
This is fraud, and it’s a felony, and the Charles Princes of the world spent several years doing it again and again: knowingly writing bad mortgages, and then packaging them into fraudulent securities which they then sold to suckers and then repeating the process. This is a big part of why your property values went up so fast. But then the bubble burst, and that’s why our economy is now shattered for a generation, and it’s also why your home is now underwater. Or at least mine is.
Anyway, if your retirement fund lost a decade’s-worth of gains overnight, this is why.
If your son’s middle school has added furlough days because the school district can’t afford to keep its doors open for a full school year, this is why.
If your daughter has come out of college with a degree only to discover that there are no jobs for her, this is why.
But back to Charles Prince. For his four years of in charge of massive, repeated fraud at Citigroup, he received fifty-three million dollars in salary and also received another ninety-four million dollars in stock holdings. What Charles Prince has *not* received is a pair of zipcuffs. The nerves in his thumb are fine. No cop has thrown Charles Prince into the pavement, face-first. Each and every peaceful, nonviolent Occupy LA protester arrested last week has has spent more time sleeping on a jail floor than every single Charles Prince on Wall Street, combined.
The more I think about that, the madder I get. What does it say about our country that nonviolent protesters are given the bottom of a police boot while those who steal hundreds of billions, do trillions worth of damage to our economy and shatter our social fabric for a generation are not only spared the zipcuffs but showered with rewards?
In any event, believe it or not, I’m really not angry that I got arrested. I chose to get arrested. And I’m not even angry that the mayor and the LAPD decided to give non-violent protestors like me a little extra shiv in jail (although I’m not especially grateful for it either).
I’m just really angry that every single Charles Prince wasn’t in jail with me.
Thank you for letting me share that anger with you today.
- Reason TV: LAPD Raids Occupy LA (reason.com)
- Occupy L.A. Protestor Arrested in ‘Free Speech Zone’ at City Hall (laist.com)
- Increase seen in hacking attempts on LAPD computers, website (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- Harsh Treatment Of Occupy LA Protesters By The LAPD (practikel.com)
- Occupy LA Raid Imminent: A Collection Of Tweets Sets The Stage For Potential LAPD-Enforced Eviction [LATEST UPDATES] (huffingtonpost.com)
- Video: Occupy LA Livestreamer Threatened With Arrest for Recording LAPD Traffic Stop (laist.com)
- LAPD went undercover in Occupy L.A. camp before raid (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
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Are you fucking kidding me?! I highly doubt that the comedian who came up with the idea to make the Muppets Movie (Jason Segel) was attempting to brainwash the youth in America to help raise awareness for the Liberal Political agenda. I mean, that’s as ludicrous as saying that the gay community has a “gay agenda“, one that virtually no gay person I know is aware of.
Also, do you remember the inappropriate jokes from children’s shows that you watched when you were little? No. You remember how great they were and how when you watch them now, you UNDERSTAND so much more than you did when you first watched them.
Either way, explaining away Occupy Wall Street and the entire Occupy Movement on the brainwashing that has been done by Hollywood and Liberals within Hollywood, is absolutely ridiculous. This whole generation does not feel this way because of subliminal messages within the shows they watched as children. Unfortunately, Fox has to make up some sort of excuse for why so many people are involved and not on their side in regards to politics.
Pathetic. Fox News is a joke.
- LOL: Fox Business Report Says ‘The Muppets’ is Brainwashing Kids Against Capitalism and the Oil Industry (slashfilm.com)
- Is ‘The Muppets’ a communist Trojan horse? – Entertainment Weekly (popwatch.ew.com)
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Yasha Levine is one of the hundreds of LA Protesters that was taken to jail by the LAPD. He has recently been released and wanted to share his story from the point of arrest through the treatment of arrestees while in LAPD’s custody.
I finally got home Thursday afternoon after spending two nights in jail, and have had a hard time getting my bearings. On top of severe dehydration and sleep deprivation, I’ve got one hell of pounding migraine. So I’ll have to keep this brief for now. But I wanted to write down a few things that I witnessed and heard while locked up by LA’s finest…
First off, don’t believe the PR bullshit. There was nothing peaceful or professional about the LAPD’s attack on Occupy LA–not unless you think that people peacefully protesting against the power of the financial oligarchy deserve to be treated the way I saw Russian cops treating the protesters in Moscow and St. Petersburg who were demonstrating against the oligarchy under Putin and Yeltsin, before we at The eXiled all got tossed out in 2008. Back then, everyone in the West protested and criticized the way the Russian cops brutally snuffed out dissent, myself included. Now I’m in America, at a demonstration, watching exactly the same brutal crackdown…
While people are now beginning to learn that the police attack on Occupy LA was much more violent than previously reported, few actually realize that much—if not most—of the abuse happened while the protesters were in police custody, completely outside the range of the press and news media. And the disgraceful truth is that a lot of the abuse was police sadism, pure and simple:
* I heard from two different sources that at least one busload of protesters (around 40 people) was forced to spend seven excruciating hours locked in tiny cages on a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. prison bus, denied food, water and access to bathroom facilities. Both men and women were forced to urinate in their seats. Meanwhile, the cops in charge of the bus took an extended Starbucks coffee break.
* The bus that I was shoved into didn’t move for at least an hour. The whole time we listened to the screams and crying from a young woman whom the cops locked into a tiny cage at the front of the bus. She was in agony, begging and pleading for one of the policemen to loosen her plastic handcuffs. A police officer sat a couple of feet away the entire time that she screamed–but wouldn’t lift a finger.
* Everyone on my bus felt her pain–literally felt it. That’s because the zip-tie handcuffs they use—like the ones you see on Iraq prisoners in Abu Ghraib—cut off your circulation and wedge deep through your skin, where they can do some serious nerve damage, if that’s the point. And it did seem to be the point. A couple of guys around me were writhing in agony in their hard plastic seats, hands handcuffed behind their back.
* The 100 protesters in my detainee group were kept handcuffed with their hands behind their backs for 7 hours, denied food and water and forced to sit/sleep on a concrete floor. Some were so tired they passed out face down on the cold and dirty concrete, hands tied behind their back. As a result of the tight cuffs, I wound up losing sensation in my left palm/thumb and still haven’t recovered it now, a day and a half after they finally took them off.
* One seriously injured protester, who had been shot with a shotgun beanbag round and had an oozing bloody welt the size of a grapefruit just above his elbow, was denied medical attention for five hours. Another young guy, who complained that he thought his arm had been broken, was not given medical attention for at least as long. Instead, he spent the entire pre-booking procedure handcuffed to a wall, completely spaced out and staring blankly into space like he was in shock.
* An Occupy LA demonstrator in his 50s who was in my cell block in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center told us all about when a police officer forced him to take a shit with his hands handcuffed behind his back, which made pulling down his pants and sitting down on the toilet extremely difficult and awkward. And he had to do this in sight of female police officers, all of which made him feel extremely ashamed, to say the least.
* There were two vegetarians and one vegan in my cell. When I left jail around 1:30 pm, they still had not been given food, despite the fact that they were constantly being promised that it would come.
* There were 292 people arrested at Occupy LA. About 75 of them have been released or have gotten out on bail, according the National Lawyers Guild. Most are still inside, slapped with $5,000 to $10,000 bail. According to a bail bondsman I know, this is unprecedented. Misdemeanors are almost always released on their own recognizance, which means that they don’t pay any bail at all. Or at most it’s a $100.
* That means the harsh, long detentions are meant to be are a purely punitive measure against Occupy LA protesters–an order that had to come from the very top.
- Occupy L.A.: Protesters march downtown past LAPD headquarters (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- Reason TV: LAPD Raids Occupy LA (reason.com)
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Below is an inforgraphic that shares how many arrests were made in each city as a result of protesting in the Occupy Movement. It is rather large, so if you click on the image below, you’ll be able to read it much more clearly. Muhammad Saleem from Online MBA shared this infographic with me and I feel I have no choice but to pass it on and share with everyone just how many people have been arrested and/or jailed while fighting for a change in our economy, government, laws, etc.
The Occupy Movement is a coming together of the 99% who have no say in our justice system, economy, government, etc. and to see the sheer amount of people who have been arrested while fighting for our freedoms and a chance to bring America back as a thriving country, is absolutely mind-blowing. Please share this with people and if you’re still confused about what the Occupy Movement is truly about, check out another post:
Via: Online MBA Guide
- Ballard church to discuss Occupy movement (myballard.com)
- Vatican joins Occupy Movement [Jeff Mowatt] (ecademy.com)
- The Occupy Movement (everymaninvesting.com)
- Occupy Wall Street Infographic (iflizwerequeen.com)
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