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If you have some news from the hundreds of occupations around the country and the world post it here! Lots of little news snippets are of interest but too small for an article, so post them as comments to this article!
The corporate media is owned by the super rich and does their bidding. They will not represent justice movements honestly. People have to be the media. The more people who contribute to independent media the more authentic journalism that will be available for citizens to read. So many still are captives of the commercial media. Break through the corporate veil!

Senior Banking Official: Occupations Have 'Impacted All The Banks' 01.Nov.2011 15:54

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Today, Bank of America announced that it will be dropping its planned $5 monthly debit card fee. The Plum Line's Greg Sargent interviewed a "senior banking official familiar with the discussions about Bank of America's decision." The official credited the protests with helping impact the decision and "all the banks":


"It's all connected," the official said. "There are a lot of issues out there that have added to the conversation. If you take a lot of customer complaints, and you add on to it something along the lines of the protest, it's amplified the concerns. From our perspective it has clearly amplified things. It has amplified the concerns our customers have. It's heightened the conversation. It has impacted all the banks."

GENERAL STRIKE: OAKLAND SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS WILL CLOSE ITS DOORS TOMORROW 01.Nov.2011 15:56

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Tomorrow, activists from Occupy Oakland are calling on the city's residents to go on a general strike to protest the police brutality that took place last week. In a sign that this strike is gaining momentum, the Oakland School of the Arts announced today that it will be closing its doors for one day tomorrow

Occupy Paris: Calling for Change at the G20 Summit 01.Nov.2011 15:58

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This week marks the beginning of the G20 summit in Paris, where representatives from the 20 richest countries will gather to discuss global economic policy. The G20 has been meeting since the late 1990s to respond to global financial crises. But the policies they espouse—from cutting back on government spending to deregulation—have only led to more poverty, inequality and instability.

Ahead of this week's meetings, MADRE, an international women's human rights organization, calls on the G20 states to take effective action to address financial crisis. One important step is to stabilize the market by creating a 'Robin Hood' tax on currency exchanges and financial transactions. MADRE stands with economic justice advocates worldwide in endorsing the call for such a tax.

In a global economy wracked by speculation and rapid-fire trading, the 'Robin Hood' tax would tame the profit-driven speculation that has made our world financial markets so volatile. It would curb short-sighted trading practices that move trillions of dollars each day, generating huge profits for a tiny few without reinvestment in social services, infrastructure and other necessities for the global 99 percent. By taxing these financial transactions, money could be funneled into critical social services such as health care and education.

The practices of traders and speculators in global markets have also turned basic rights like food, water, health care and education into commodities, pushing these resources out of reach for many of the world's people. For example, this year's famine in the Horn of Africa is in part the result of rampant speculation on grains—the world's staple food.

Today, grassroots protests against economic injustice are growing around the world. The Occupy Wall Street movement was born in downtown New York City, but it has links that span geographies and time.

MADRE joins our allies worldwide in calling on the G20 to recognize the fundamental and unjust imbalances of the global economic system and endorse the creation of a 'Robin Hood' Tax.

Activists to shut down 73rd Precinct in NYC Tues Nov 1 01.Nov.2011 16:03

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Nonviolent civil disobedience is on the agenda as local activists, community members and religious leaders gear up to challenge the NYPD's controversial 'stop and frisk' practices at the 73rd Police Precinct in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The 73rd Precinct has the highest rate of stops-and-frisks in New York City.

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network, on Nov. 1 at 4 PM, will stage the second of a series of similar events in neighborhoods around New York City targeting to stop the repressive NYPD practice of Stop and Frisk - a policy the Center for Constitutional Rights, the New York Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups have challenged as illegal. On Friday, October 21, a group of more than 200 demonstrators marched on the 28th Precinct in Harlem where 34 community members, activists, and allies from Occupy Wall Street, were arrested for blocking the entrance to the police station. Among those arrested were Dr. Cornel West, Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party, Debra Sweet of World Can't Wait, Rev. Stephen Phelps of Riverside Church, and comedian/activist Randy Credico.

During 2010 NYPD recorded more than 600,000 warrant-less stops -- the vast majority Back and Latino youths -- and are on pace to top 700,000 in 2011. This is up from 86,000 just ten years ago. The stop and frisk exchange, the humiliating is first step into the pipeline of mass incarceration and criminalization of minority young people. It is often a young man's first introduction to the police in his neighborhood. It leaves an indelible stain on a young man's self-awareness, and antagonizes and terrorizes community members. A handful of police officers have stepped forward to oppose the policy — documented by the Village Voice, and by WABC-TV News — which has been loudly supported by Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Recent news reports of police involvement in gun smuggling, traffic ticket fixing, and the routine planting of illegal drugs on innocent persons have further added spotlight to illegal activities associated with the NYPD.

SEIU 1021 Joins the November 2nd General Strike 01.Nov.2011 16:04

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Representing 50,000 workers, Oakland Local 1021 of the SEIU issued a statement saying the "SEIU 1021 Executive Board calls on all members of SEIU 1021 to join a day-long "Peaceful Day of Action" in support of Occupy Oakland and against the banking industry and last week's police brutality against the Occupy Oakland encampment."

With this statement the SEIU joins Carpenters Local 713 and leading local members of the ILWU and IBU in backing the vote of the Occupy Oakland General Assembly for a general strike and mass demonstrations on November 2nd. (For more on the support of those unions read "Scott Olsen Cannot Talk, General Strike Nov. 2nd!" linked after this article)

Speaking of the repression carried out by the City government that sparked the strike Local 1021 pointed out, "Last Monday and Tuesday, Oakland made headlines when 30 police departments were brought in to break up the protest. Several SEIU 1021 members and their family members were injured or arrested for peacefully exercising their 1st Amendment rights. This is not right. We need to stand up for Oakland!"

read more:  http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2011/11/116848.html

CITY OF OAKLAND WARNING BUSINESSES TO USE ‘DEADBOLT LOCKS’ IN PREPARATION 01.Nov.2011 16:08

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Occupy Oakland has called for a city-wide general strike this Wednesday, which would mark the first general strike in a major American city since 130,000 workers also in Oakland walked off their jobs in 1946. Yesterday evening, the city of Oakland published a special "Merchant and Business Bulletin" in preparation for the general strike. The recommendations for businesses appear to be precautions more fitting for a crime wave than a general strike. The bulletin says that "deadbolt locks" are a "must" for businesses with exterior doors and says that businesses should keep their cash drawer "empty and open after business hours."

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SF Supervisors Vote to Support Occupy SF
 http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/01/18696569.php

BOWING TO CONSUMER PRESSURE, BANK OF AMERICA DROPS DEBIT CARD FEES 01.Nov.2011 16:09

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Bank of America is dropping its plan to charge customers $5 a month for use of debit cards, making a "dramatic retreat" after vocal consumer complaints dissuaded some major rivals from instituting similar fees. "The about-face represents a rare concession to customer sensitivities over fees," the Wall Street Journal reports. Bank of America has been one of the most prominent targets of the 99 Percenters.

FACING FINANCIAL HARDSHIP, COUPLE HOSTS WEDDING AT OCCUPY DETROIT 01.Nov.2011 16:11

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Stan and Brook Guarnelo were facing financial hardships but had resolved to get married anyway. Unable to afford the expenses for a lavish, private wedding, the couple instead decided to exchange vows late last month at a fitting location: Grand Circus Park in Downtown Detroit, the location of Occupy Detroit.

FEDERAL JUDGE TELLS TENNESSEE TO STOP ARRESTING OCCUPY NASHVILLE PROTESTERS 01.Nov.2011 16:12

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Last week, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) tried to enforce new curfew rules that would have essentially shutdown an ongoing occupation in Nashville by demonstrators outraged by corporate influence on American politics and income inequality. Late yesterday, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued an order telling the state it could not enforce this curfew — a major victory for protesters. The order will stand for 21 days.

Are Obama and NATO plotting a military coup in Greece? 03.Nov.2011 11:07

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(Oct.31) The Greek crisis deepened Monday night after Prime Minister George Papandreou's surprise decision to call a referendum on the eurozone rescue plan agreed last week. Several sources state that the referendum will be posed as whether or not to support Greece's membership of the EU and the euro zone.

(Nov.1) Prime Minister George Papandreou sacked the Greek military high command Tuesday dismissing his chief of national defense, the Greek Army general staff chief, the heads of the Air Force and the Navy, along with 12 other senior officers.

Amid international uproar over the proposal for a referendum, a number of daily papers in Europe have raised the question of whether the sacking of the high command was aimed at preempting a military coup. These include both the Telegraph and Daily Mail in Britain. Among the more blunt pieces written on the matter came one from Gabor Steingart, the editor of Germany's main financial daily, Handelsblatt.

...if a military coup was being prepared in Greece, given the stakes involved, it could only have developed with the approval of the major European powers—Germany, France and Britain—and, of course, the United States.

more on greece 03.Nov.2011 11:34

apparently the fear tactics worked

(Nov.2) Papandreou meets with Sarkozy, then announces referendum no longer necessary!

instead, looks like elections will be called...