Occupy London Ontario, Day 16, City's letter, Abused Woman's support, Remembrance Day
As a veteran activist from the anti-globalization movement who has jumped on the bandwagon of the OWS and OO movements, I am extremely concerned about some of the events that occurred on Nov 2nd in Oakland California, but maybe not for all the reasons you might expect. Before I go deeper I would like to stop and say that the negative aspects of what happened are a tiny fraction of an otherwise profound and inspiring day. I can tell you that the media flat out and deliberately lied about our numbers. Conservative estimates are at 50,000. Its hard to know for sure because the march stretched for 4 miles with 3 separate marches, the smaller one estimated at 20,000. This looked far bigger than Seattle 1999 which some claim was 60k. This is only the third General Strike since the days of the IWW, which is profound. What we accomplished is HUGE and should be an inspiration to the rest of the movement.
AnthonyV speaks about on the current situation at Occupy London Ontario as of October 27th 2011.
Hamilton CopWatch have been patrolling downtown in recent weeks. They report on their efforts and a minor run in with the cops at Occupy Hamilton on their website,
Steel City Solidarity is a solidarity network based in Hamilton, Ontario. Local Common Cause members helped found the group and remain active as key organizers and supporters. They recently won two campaigns against companies who had stolen wages from their workers.
Luc joined Steel City Solidarity and we determined that in fact Luc was an employee according to the labour code. No one can sign away their rights and so the company owed Luc a little over $900 in wages.
During a visit to Oslo Noam Chomsky gave a 70 minute video interview with our Anarkismo sister group, Counterpower. Chomsky says the most important task is the creation of Libertarian Socialist organisations and that if we keep the current system we are doomed. Counterpower describe the event as "an evening dedicated to the question of alternatives both beyond capitalism and state socialism, including what the alternative could look like and how we could get there."
The video of the interview is above, the first minute - which is in Norwegian - is bascially Chomsky being introduced to the audience and some practical information about the meeting. The remainder of the interview is conducted in English
From London Free Press: [http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/09/26/18740111.html#/news/london/2011/09/26/pf-18740111.html]
Taunting police and chanting obscenities, a crowd of rowdy youths took to London streets for nearly eight hours Monday, protesting against last week’s caught-on-video police Tasering of a city-high school student.
“F--- the police,” the protestors — most of them students at Beal secondary, near where the incident took place — chanted, dozens of them thrusting their middle fingers up at a handful of police officers who stood outside police headquarters.
Occasionally, the crowd changed its chant to “peace and love,” “shame on you,” or “stop police brutality.”
But the overriding message was against the police.
“It’s taking a bunch of teenage kids to tell the police they are doing a bad job,” shouted one protestor by megaphone.
“We had a 17-year-old shot in the face with a Taser, and we want accountability.”