Police in riot gear closed in on anti-Wall Street activists in Los Angeles early on Wednesday, determined to enforce the mayor’s order to evict protesters who have camped outside City Hall for the past eight weeks.
Hundreds of Occupy LA activists, joined by supporters streaming into the area in a show of solidarity, stood crowding the lawn, sidewalks and streets around City Hall as throngs of helmeted officers moved into the encampment.
“I think if either political party or politician thinks they have any credibility to come down here and tap into this energy, they’re gravely misinformed.”
The last point is one I heard again and again from OWSers about Team Obama’s talk of channeling the movement. “They don’t have a fucking clue what they are talking about,” says Berger. “These [protesters] aren’t out here because they’re offended that they haven’t been spoken to nicely. They’re out here because they owe shitloads of money in student-loan debt and can’t find a job. Or they can’t afford their mortgage. And if Obama thinks that they’re gonna be able to divert this energy by talking about doing something, he’s got another thing coming.”
Since the sixties, starting with the backlash within the New Left against those same celebrities, the political counterculture has been ruled by loosey-goosey, bottom-up organizational precepts: horizontal and decentralized structures, an antipathy to hierarchy, a fetish for consensus. And this is true in spades of OWS. In such an environment, formal claims to leadership are invariably and forcefully rejected, leaving the processes for accomplishing anything in a state of near chaos, while at the same time opening the door to (indeed compelling) ad hoc reins-taking by those with the force of personality to gain ratification for their ideas about how to proceed. “In reality,” says Yotam Marom, one of the key OWS organizers, “movements like this are most conducive to being led by people already most conditioned to lead.”
And so in coffee shops and borrowed conference rooms around the city, far from the sound and fury in the park and on the streets, the prime movers have been doing just that—meeting, planning, talking (and talking) about the future of OWS. The debates between them have been fierce. Tensions have been laid bare, factions fomented, and ideological cleavages exposed—all of it a familiar recapitulation of the growing pains experienced by protesters of the past, from those in favor of civil rights and against the Vietnam War in the sixties to those fighting for workers’ rights in the thirties.
Tone is the illest. Hands down, bar none, without a question, you won’t find a New Yorker who doesn’t believe No Reservations is the greatest food/travel show of all time. Like Big, Tone got 357 ways to simmer sautee/he the winner all day…
The first time I met Tony was at Barnes and Noble when I MC’d his Medium Raw release event. I was playing ball on Houston St. when my phone kept ringing and it was his girl, Helen Cho (@intonores), telling me that they needed an MC. I hopped a cab from the LES and ten minutes later walked into Tony’s event unprepared and stinkin’ like my Godzilla Barkleys: size 10.5, you already know b. Once I walked in, I figured I’d stay off to the side and wait for Tone to finish his opening remarks, but the dude just stops what he’s doing, calls me to the front and we start drinking Brooklyn Beer and telling “milkshake jokes”, you know… baby throwing, chicken choking, etc. It was mad surreal, Tony will give back whatever energy you bring. Don’t approach him like a fan, just say what you want to say cause that’s what he wants to hear. For weeks after doing the Barnes and Noble event, every one I ran into asked the same question: “Yo, what’s Tone like man?” some girls didn’t even have questions, just statements “OMG that mother fucker is so HUGGGHHH.” Yea, it’s like that for Tone now. There’s no “cute”, “handsome”, “attractive”, shawties are gettin’ right to that Rick Ross: “HUGGH!”
I told every one the same thing, dude is mad nice, humble, smart, and full of references I can’t understand! It’s like Tony’s been living on a different planet listening to music and reading detective novels that are currently unavailable on Earth. About a month after the Barnes and Noble event, I met with the Zero Point Zero producers (What up Claudia! Helen! Jenn! Nicola!) to talk about ideas for the LES portion of The Layover: New York. They wanted to know where we hung out and who we hung out with that depicted the real NY. Not on some Mayor Bloomberg, Joan Rivers, Regis type shit, they wanted the raw. They told me Tony would be going to the Highline, M. Wells, doing the Shake Shack and book store thing so we’d have to really come with it downtown since we only got about 5 minutes to rep. I thought it was funny they asked me because I wasn’t born in NY. I’ve been here 7 years, but I guess I appreciate it more than born and raised New Yorkers since I came from bumfuck ho-lando. That’s the funny thing about B&R NY’ers. By the time they hit 13, they’re neurotic, nihilists, who’ve seen it all, done it all, and think the universe is expanding.
Instead of picking the big trendy restaurants that wouldn’t even be here when people make it around to visiting NY, I picked the classics. Shit, two locations on this episode of The Layover have since moved: M.Wells and my original Baohaus location. Things move fast in NY, but I wanted to show people the places we go on the regular and are quintessentially NY. It was more about the culture than the food. In other places, maybe it’s just about the food, but there’s a soul to NY and these are the places you’ll catch a glimpse.
Tammany Hall - This is where we go in the LES to get weird these days. I brought Tony and some friends for Diddy Liquor during the shoot. What you know about that Coconut Ciroc?!?! We forgot that the Smif ‘n Wesson album release party was going on so that was dope until the cops showed up and started aggin’ on every one. Literally, there was a riot while we were shooting.
Castillo de Jagua - The best Dominican food is up in the Heights, but Castillo de Jagua holds us down in the LES. I pop in here for lunch, dinner, late night, or even just to duck the snow and have a bowl of shrimp soupy rice. If you’re visiting NY make it here or Sandy’s Lechoneria in Harlem. Get the Pernil, Rabo (oxtail), and mofongo.
Schiller’s - It’s a Keith McNally restaurant right next to Baohaus that we always went to for a night cap. The spot is legendary for Subway tile, bartenders with dishwasher shirts, and co-ed bathrooms. I also like the Pimm’s Cup and Wellfleet Oysters.
Opening Ceremony Chinatown - This is hands down the best boutique in NY. It’s internationally known and globally respected. Amongst NYers it may be a obvious choice, but if you’re from out of town, you gots to go.
Great NY Noodletown - Chinatown classic, no one hits in Chinatown without first buying girls wontons here Saturday night! Real talk, wherever you got twisted earlier in the night, you end up here for wonton noodle soup, oyster and red sausage casserole, char siu pork, roast duck, all the hit records.
DJ Soul - Downtown’s best parties are DJ Soul’s. From the reOpened party with Just Blaze at Santos to his current Good Fridays @ Tammany Hall, and THE WHUT? @ Submercer Sundays, the boy goes hammer. . I mean, come on, this is the man that put me on to Breaking Bad, his taste phenomenal immaculate.
Prodigy from Mobb Deep - P had come down to Baohaus for food/drinks before his set at Summer Jam and I mentioned to him that I was going to be on 24 Hour Layover and he was into it. So, first we called his P.O. to coordinate his availability post-7pm and the state was kind enough to Free P. I took him to Noodletown where P schooled us on the virtues of P.F. Chang’s, Popular Science, and how much he hates the Ed Koch bridge. It’s the QBORO, don’t never call it nothin’ else!
Chris Jackson - Chris is not only my editor, but one of the funniest guys you’ll ever meet. I rarely befriend producers, editors, etc. but Chris is the homie, he loves the Knicks, Marc Jackson, and Chris Mullin so of course we see eye to eye. He also edited the Matt Taibi books and The Other Wes Moore, but I know him for Decoded. Some call him Young, some call him Hova…
Kenzo Digital - Kenzo is the director of City of God’s Son, Beyonce’s 2011 Billboard Music Award performance, and most recently a Kanye West project. You can catch up on him here (http://lifeandtimes.com/the-visionaire) rockin’ that Snow Beach!
Emma Hearst - Emma owns Sorella on Allen St. and she in the hood like Chinese wings. <—-Jadakiss! She’s one of the youngest chefs in the city and I like how she’s just doing her own thing with Italian food at Sorella.
Action Bronson - Lastly, my MANS, Action Bronson. He set NY on fire this year with his Dr. Lecter tape and on 11/22 dropped the follow-up Well Done. The Barry Horowitz of rap, the Ronnie Coleman of Flushing, you don’t even know who Larry Csonka is man!NY’s holy trinity of beats, rhymes, and rice: Sam Sifton, Action Bronson, yours truly…
Eddie Huang - You can find me at Baohaus, Dim Sum Parlors, Chinese Weddings, Karaoke, Arcades, and Pai Gow tables from here to Macao. When I’m not cheffing, I’m hitting the Roor, watching my Redskins shit the bed, and wishing the Knicks drafted Ron Artest instead of Frederic Weis. Hit me @mreddiehuang . Ching chong, I’m gone…
A great sneak peek of the upcoming New York City episode of The Layover.
The Fed didn’t tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers didn’t mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy. And no one calculated until now that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion of income by taking advantage of the Fed’s below-market rates, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its January issue.
Saved by the bailout, bankers lobbied against government regulations, a job made easier by the Fed, which never disclosed the details of the rescue to lawmakers even as Congress doled out more money and debated new rules aimed at preventing the next collapse.
“Pool and his partner Henry Ferry are doing more with $500 Samsung Galaxy S II phones on Sprint’s 4G Network than TV networks can muster with thousands of dollars of gear, satellite trucks, pretty anchors, and helicopters. CBS News’s UStream, for example, offers an unfiltered feed from its eye in the sky. But the CBS feed has often felt like a mere complement to Pool’s on-the-ground coverage. (Plus, Pool and Ferry hope to get flying video drones that would augment their coverage—read on). On Nov. 17th, for example, when Pool was among thousands who first gathered at Foley Square in Manhattan then walked over the Brooklyn Bridge, the helicopter pilot on the CBS Ustream searched for the right shot, panned around the city randomly, and talked to a person presumably back in some studio about his wife’s prowess for holiday tree decorating.”—Sean Captain, Tim Pool And Henry Ferry: The Men Behind Occupy Wall Street’s “The Other 99” Live Stream
I am a junior faculty member at UC Davis. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and I teach in the Program in Critical Theory and in Science & Technology Studies. I have a strong record of research, teaching, and service. I am currently a Board Member of the Davis Faculty Association. I have also taken an active role in supporting the student movement to defend public education on our campus and throughout the UC system. In a word: I am the sort of young faculty member, like many of my colleagues, this campus needs. I am an asset to the University of California at Davis.
You are not.
I write to you and to my colleagues for three reasons:
1) to express my outrage at the police brutality which occurred against students engaged in peaceful protest on the UC Davis campus today
2) to hold you accountable for this police brutality
3) to demand your immediate resignation
Today you ordered police onto our campus to clear student protesters from the quad. These were protesters who participated in a rally speaking out against tuition increases and police brutality on UC campuses on Tuesday—a rally that I organized, and which was endorsed by the Davis Faculty Association. These students attended that rally in response to a call for solidarity from students and faculty who were bludgeoned with batons,hospitalized, and arrested at UC Berkeley last week. In the highest tradition of non-violent civil disobedience, those protesters had linked arms and held their ground in defense of tents they set up beside Sproul Hall. In a gesture of solidarity with those students and faculty, and in solidarity with the national Occupy movement, students at UC Davis set up tents on the main quad. When you ordered police outfitted with riot helmets, brandishing batons and teargas guns to remove their tents today, those students sat down on the ground in a circle and linked arms to protect them.
Without any provocation whatsoever, other than the bodies of these students sitting where they were on the ground, with their arms linked, police pepper-sprayed students.Students remained on the ground, now writhing in pain, with their arms linked.
What happened next?
Police used batons to try to push the students apart. Those they could separate, they arrested, kneeling on their bodies and pushing their heads into the ground. Those they could not separate, they pepper-sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.
This is what happened. You are responsible for it.
You are responsible for it because this is what happens when UC Chancellors order police onto our campuses to disperse peaceful protesters through the use of force: students get hurt. Faculty get hurt. One of the most inspiring things (inspiring for those of us who care about students who assert their rights to free speech and peaceful assembly) about the demonstration in Berkeley on November 9 is that UC Berkeley faculty stood together with students, their arms linked together. Associate Professor of English Celeste Langan was grabbed by her hair, thrown on the ground, and arrested. Associate Professor Geoffrey O’Brien was injured by baton blows. Professor Robert Hass, former Poet Laureate of the United States, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner, was also struck with a baton. These faculty stood together with students in solidarity, and they too were beaten and arrested by the police. In writing this letter, I stand together with those faculty and with the students they supported.
One week after this happened at UC Berkeley, you ordered police to clear tents from the quad at UC Davis. When students responded in the same way—linking arms and holding their ground—police also responded in the same way: with violent force. The fact is: the administration of UC campuses systematically uses police brutality to terrorize students and faculty, to crush political dissent on our campuses, and to suppress free speech and peaceful assembly. Many people know this. Many more people are learning it very quickly.
You are responsible for the police violence directed against students on the UC Davis quad on November 18, 2011. As I said, I am writing to hold you responsible and to demand your immediate resignation on these grounds.
On Wednesday November 16, you issued a letter by email to the campus community. In this letter, you discussed a hate crime which occurred at UC Davis on Sunday November 13. In this letter, you express concern about the safety of our students. You write, “it is particularly disturbing that such an act of intolerance should occur at a time when the campus community is working to create a safe and inviting space for all our students.” You write, “while these are turbulent economic times, as a campus community, we must all be committed to a safe, welcoming environment that advances our efforts to diversity and excellence at UC Davis.”
I will leave it to my colleagues and every reader of this letter to decide what poses a greater threat to “a safe and inviting space for all our students” or “a safe, welcoming environment” at UC Davis: 1) Setting up tents on the quad in solidarity with faculty and students brutalized by police at UC Berkeley? or 2) Sending in riot police to disperse students with batons, pepper-spray, and tear-gas guns, while those students sit peacefully on the ground with their arms linked? Is this what you have in mind when you refer to creating “a safe and inviting space?” Is this what you have in mind when you express commitment to “a safe, welcoming environment?”
I am writing to tell you in no uncertain terms that there must be space for protest on our campus. There must be space for political dissent on our campus. There must be space for civil disobedience on our campus. There must be space for students to assert their right to decide on the form of their protest, their dissent, and their civil disobedience—including the simple act of setting up tents in solidarity with other students who have done so. There must be space for protest and dissent, especially, when the object of protest and dissent is police brutality itself. You may not order police to forcefully disperse student protesters peacefully protesting police brutality. You may not do so. It is not an option available to you as the Chancellor of a UC campus. That is why I am calling for your immediate resignation.
Your words express concern for the safety of our students. Your actions express no concern whatsoever for the safety of our students. I deduce from this discrepancy that you are not, in fact, concerned about the safety of our students. Your actions directly threaten the safety of our students. And I want you to know that this is clear. It is clear to anyone who reads your campus emails concerning our “Principles of Community” and who also takes the time to inform themselves about your actions. You should bear in mind that when you send emails to the UC Davis community, you address a body of faculty and students who are well trained to see through rhetoric that evinces care for students while implicitly threatening them. I see through your rhetoric very clearly. You also write to a campus community that knows how to speak truth to power. That is what I am doing.
I call for your resignation because you are unfit to do your job. You are unfit to ensure the safety of students at UC Davis. In fact: you are the primary threat to the safety of students at UC Davis. As such, I call upon you to resign immediately.
Nathan Brown Assistant Professor Department of English Program in Critical Theory University of California at Davis
"The police in New York don’t realize that it doesn’t matter to not have journalists on the scene," Damman says, "because everybody is a reporter. What happens last night shows that they don’t get that."
"Most of the content comes from the people on the ground, from the 99%."
The protesters will be allowed to return to Zuccotti Park, where they camped for the past two months, but will have to abide by the park rules — designed to prevent them from setting up a camp again — that included a ban on sleeping bags, tents and the storage of belongings in the space.
The day the Supreme Court gathered behind closed doors to consider the politically divisive question of whether it would hear a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law, two of its justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, were feted at a dinner sponsored by the law firm that will argue the case before the high court.
When Jerry Sandusky was initially arraigned, as previously reported by Sara Ganim, prosecutors requested $500,000.00 bail and that Sandusky be required to wear a leg monitor. District Judge Leslie Dutchcot, however, ordered that Sandusky be freed on $100,000.00 unsecured bail. She ordered that Sandusky be freed and pay nothing unless he failed to show up for a court hearing.