Wall St OcCuPiEd by Hurricane Sandy…for Good?

Hurricane Sandy, the largest storm in US history north of the Carolinas, has accomplished in 24 hrs with a record near 14 ft storm surge what thousands of Occupy Wall St. activists could not do in over a year…shut down Wall St!

Since the Blizzard of 1888, when 2 feet of snow blanketed the city, the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) has not endured more than a single day of weather related closure. As October 28th & 29th mark the anniversary of the Stock Market Crash of 1929’s Black Monday & Black Tuesday, this year’s October 29th & 30th mark another Black Monday & Black Tuesday with the successful OcCuPaTiOn of Wall St, albeit with the mutual aid of our comrade Mother Nature.

According to contingency plans, NYSE Amex Options will continue to operate electronically and NYSE Arca system will be tested to replace floor trading though it has never before been implemented.

Gratefully, reports of human casualties have remained low, while early estimates of the damage to the US economy range from $20-$100 Billion dollars and 8.2 million people are without power. Reports of gas prices are conflicting and remain an area of interest as US demand significantly drops along with QE3’s performance.Will Wall St be asking for another Bail Out? Will QE3’s $40 billion each month in newly created Reserve Notes be seen as insufficient to sustain the already struggling economy? Perhaps, The Game is Up. Then what? And what will Pat Robertson pontificate the cause of the catastrophe to be?…certainly not Wall St’s post-Glass Steagall shenanigans.

Our Beloved Big Sister Occupy Wall St has organized Red Hook NYC Recovers and Lower East Side Recovers to assist the victims of the storm. Additionally, People affected by Hurricane Sandy can register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies. To register, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.

Upcoming ‘Yes on Prop 37′ Actions

OccupySF’s Environmental Justice Working Group is joining California Right To Know‘s battle for labeling undertested GMOs in our food supply. The following is their call to action:

This is it! We’re in a deadlock in the polls and it’s up to us to nudge out just a few more “Yes” votes so that we can win this thing! Our strength has always been in our grassroots power, and this is the final showdown! PLEASE come out and help during these last few crucial moments – it WILL make an impact on the outcome of the election. We understand that everyone is busy, which is why we’ve made a number of our events just an hour long. Please, please join us, or add your own event at http://www.carighttoknow.org/events if none of these are convenient!

Mon, 10/29, 5:30-6:30pm – Embarcadero BART
Tues, 10/30, 10am-2pm – Ferry Building FM
Tues, 10/30, 5:30-6:30pm – Mollie Stones
Wed, 10/31, 4-6pm – Halloween in the Castro
Thurs, 11/1, 10am-2pm – Ferry Building FM
Thurs, 11/1, 6-7pm – 24th St BART
Fri, 11/2, ALL DAY – Ride the Rails for Prop 37 (more details soon)
Sat, 11/3, 8am-2pm – Ferry Building FM
Sat, 11/3, 2pm – Mini rally then tabling throughout the city (more details soon)
Sat, 11/3, 11am-11pm – Scoops for the Right to Know at BiRite
Sun, 11/4, 11am-10pm – Scoops for the Right to Know at BiRite
Mon, 11/5, 5-8pm – BiRite Tabling
Mon, 11/5, 5:30-6:30pm – Montgomery BART
Tues, 11/6, ALL DAY – Visibility events (more details soon)

Join the Phone Bank and call California Voters!

VOTE YES ON PROP 37!

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First Raid on OccupySF at Montgomery

Around 10:30pm on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 24 SFPD officers surrounded OccupySF’s Market & Montgomery demonstration site; seized all protest materials, except for a table and a few flyers; and arrested two individuals under 647e, California’s “‘lodging’ without permission of the owner” code.

The raid marked the first assault on OccupySF’s 594 Market St demonstration site and a new tactic by SFPD of holding protest materials for evidence, instead of passing the materials off on DPW who are notorious for losing valuable items.

Unfortunately, District Attorney Gascon has a year to file the charges and the property may be held as long, depriving OccupySF of necessary media equipment and outreach materials. OccupySF has suffered the loss of thousands of dollars of equipment and countless protest signs, in the past, and recently submitted 5 claims to The City for some of the damages…which could be the cause of the recent unusual procedures.

OccupySF’s 594 Market St demonstration site still remains, despite last nights molestation, interference and arrests, and all parties are out of custody. Please stay tuned for updates on the legal battles, OccupyJustice has begun. Expect us.

OccupySF Strikes Back!

On October 23, 2012, five OccupySF demonstrators submitted claims against the City of San Francisco for damages. The damages include, but are not limited to personal injury from assaults, loss of property from SFPD and DPW raids and deprivation and conspiracy to deprive Constitutionally protected rights.

OccupySF has experienced over a year of political suppression and, now, we are fighting back by exercising the First Amendment Right to petition the government for redress of grievances. More and more police and banks are being held accountable for their reckless behavior and OccupySF is hopeful that justice will be served for the abuse that has carried on over the past year. Please, stay tuned…this should get interesting.