The leaderless Occupy Wall Street, which declares itself an horizontally-led group, has ACORN working behind the scenes. No surprise there. And you say, but ACORN no longer exists? It does. ACORN lives it life underground these days. Tip: if someone knocks on your door asking for donations for anything but Occupy Wall Street, send them on their way. It is likely an ACORN ploy. Don’t miss the video below. It’s current and addresses the concerns of citizens in New York City and other occupied cities.
NEW YORK (the photo above was snapped in NYC):
The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell FoxNews.com.
The former director of New York ACORN, Jon Kest, and his top aides are now busy working at protest events for New York Communities for Change (NYCC). That organization was created in late 2009 when some ACORN offices disbanded and reorganized under new names after undercover video exposes prompted Congress to cut off federal funds.
NYCC’s connection to ACORN isn’t a tenuous one: It works from the former ACORN offices in Brooklyn, uses old ACORN office stationery, employs much of the old ACORN staff and, according to several sources, engages in some of the old organization’s controversial techniques to raise money, interest and awareness for the protests. Read it all at Fox News.
In the video below, New Yorkers are demanding something be done about urinating in the streets and making noise at all hours of the night – group chanting and loud air horn blasts. Rather than arresting protestors for peeing in the streets with public lewdness, a neighborhood board suggested donors fund off-site bathrooms. A couple of weeks ago we heard that Zuccotti Park would be emptied to allow authorities to clean the place up, but that didn’t happen, as the publicity was too much for City Fathers to deal with. The place has stayed filthy for weeks now.
Goldman Sachs CEO head paraded on a pole with knife on skull. Obama received Reality Check: Obama received ONE MILLION DOLLARS FROM GOLDMAN SACHS. Source: FactReal
Occupy Wall Street protesters are the victims of crime: “lured by cheap drugs and free food, creepy thugs have infiltrated. Caption under a photo:
IN PLAIN SIGHT: A rotest attendee named Dave relaxes in Zuccoti Park, where he said he’s been getting high while running from warrants.” Source: New York Post
Local merchants say if the protesters don’t clear out soon, he will lose his business.
“If this doesn’t stop soon I will be out of business,” said Marc Epstein, 53, president of Milk Street Cafe on Wall Street, less than a block from the New York Stock Exchange.
Sales have dropped about 20 percent since the protests began last month and the 103 jobs created by the cafe’s opening in June are now at risk, said Epstein, who is not alone. Caroline Anderson, general manager of Boutique Tourbillon, a Wall Street jewelry store, said customer traffic is down about 20 percent, and Vincent Alessi, a managing partner at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse on Broad Street, said his lunch business has been cut in half. Source: SFGate/Bloomberg
Adbusters was the source of the call to action for Occupy Wall Street long before the first hippy foot hit the street. The Adbuster founder and editor, Kalle Lasn, has a history of writing anti-Semitic articles. His “Jew Watch” list received attention, to which he replied:
Is it not just as valid to comment on the Jewishness of the neocons as it is to point out that the majority of them are male or white or wealthy or from the Western world or have studied at a particular university? If half the neocons were Palestinians, would the U.S. have invaded Iraq?
The article author, Alana Goodman:
That’s not to say the Occupy Wall Street movement itself is anti-Semitic. But if the top organizer behind the Tea Party turned out to have published a blacklist of American Jews he claimed had dual loyalty to the U.S. and Israel, the backlash from the media would be massive. And if the top leader of the Tea Party fought a legal battle with the U.S. Holocaust Museum over an offensive collage he made using Warsaw Ghetto photos, politicians certainly wouldn’t be lining up to support the movement. Source: Commentary Magazine
Early in the movement, several New York legislators received threatening emails:
Several influential New York state lawmakers have received threatening mails saying it is “time to kill the wealthy” if they don’t renew the state’s tax surcharge on millionaires, according to reports.
“It’s time to tax the millionaires!” reads the email, according to WTEN in Albany. “If you don’t, I’m going to pay a visit with my carbine to one of those tech companies you are so proud of and shoot every spoiled Ivy League [expletive] I can find.” Source: Politico
[OAKLAND] Tear gas and bean bag rounds. Police in riot gear. In a three hour time period, police used tear gas to disperse the crowd away from the Oakland City Hall. In the video below you’ll hear there has been a sexual assault, a beating and a fire. Paramedics were denied access to the camp area. Citizens are concerned about rats, fire hazards and public urination. Police were pelted with rocks, bottles and utensils. Arrests were for “illegal lodging,” not assaults on police. Unbelievable!
The number of protesters has diminished with each round of gas. About 200 remained late Tuesday, mostly young adults, some riding bicycles, protecting themselves from the noxious fumes with bandanas and scarves wrapped around their faces.
Police have established a presence in a plaza where a pre-dawn raid Tuesday dismantled an encampment of Occupy Wall Street protesters that had dominated the area for more than two weeks.
Authorities removed about 170 demonstrators who had been staying in the area overnight after repeatedly being warned that such a camp was illegal and they faced arrest by remaining. City officials said 97 people were arrested in the morning raid. Source: Huffington Post
[ATLANTA] UPDATE 10-17-11: Police de-occupy Woodruff Park. Get this, Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed said he would not evict the protestors until clergy met with them to work out a solution. Apparently the “clergy” didn’t change minds or hearts.
“No one’s really listening to me,” said the Rev. Darrell Elligan, pastor of the True Light Baptist Church, following his meeting late Tuesday afternoon with Occupy Atlanta representatives. Elligan, president of the Atlanta chapter of the Concerned Black Clergy, was among a coalition of 30 faith leaders asked by Reed to meet with the demonstrators, though the pastor said they were not representing the mayor.
Occupy Atlanta wasn’t buying the clergy’s professed neutrality.
[ATLANTA] UPDATE 10-27-11: Hot Air has updated videos here.
[Chicago] “Occupy City Hall” resumes at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to demand charges be dropped and city permits be allowed for protesters to occupy a permanent city location without arrests.
They also want Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to acknowledge their request for permits to demonstrate “within sight and sound” of the G8 and NATO summits in May 2012 in Chicago. Source: NBC
[CHICAGO] UPDATE 10-27-11: Weather Undergrounder Bill Ayers showed up at Occupy Chicago for a Teach-In. See the Video here.
[CLEVELAND] A 19-year-old female told police she was raped inside a tent at Occupy Cleveland. She said “organizers” “directed” her to sleep in “Leland’s tent.” A spokesman for the leaderless organization says since they are “leaderless” no one directed the women to go to Leland’s tent. Source: Mediaite
[PORTLAND] UPDATE 10-27-11: $20,000 from an Occupy Portland PayPay account is missing.
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