If I was certain that/where I wanted another tattoo, I think this would be the one.
It’s beautiful! Occupy Catholics General Assembly on Freedoms.
Art by Mary Valle.
via New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) - American Civil Liberties Union of New York State
The NYPD is watching us. Here is your chance to watch them. Find out if you are under government surveillance for your political or religious activities. File a Freedom of Information request today.
DO IT. Me, I’m pretty sure I’ve been on a watch list since my junior year of high school. All those library checkout lists about Islam.
Across America many cities and police forces are eyeing new ways to crack down on protesters.
”There are other major factors the police cannot control, however. The first is the number of people who will protest—whether it is in local Occupy protests or national political events. When enough people take to the streets, police cannot arrest everyone. Nor can they control the media from covering police overreach and excessive force. Together those factors can change the political climate and force governments at the local, state and national level to adopt reforms—not because legislators are feeling benevolent, but because they are worried about what is happening in the streets.”
I think this says it all.
photo by C.S. Muncy at The Village Voice
Sign the petition if you think the police shouldn’t be able to smash an unarmed medic’s head into a reinforced window, or keep a woman whose ribs they broke in the hospital without allowing lawyers or family to visit her.
OR just if you think that VIOLENCE is the wrong answer. You want to police, police. No need to beat down on peaceful protestors.
Within an hour, #OWS went from a joyous celebration to a terrifying scene.
Hit my 7,000th tweet tonight- shame it was about NYPD brutality against peaceful Occupy Wall St. protestors. Seriously, it’s time for a change.
You can call NYPD and tell them to stop using violence!! Switchboard: 646-610-5000
(photo by the intrepid @PennyRed)
LIBERTY PLAZA IS BA-AAAAAACK!
(photo by Occupy Wall St.)
Received today. Thank you, SSC!
TO: Members of the NYU Community
FROM: Albert Cotugno, Chairperson, Student Senators Council
RE: NYPD Surveillance of NYU Students
Recent news reports have revealed that the New York Police Department (NYPD) has been engaged in the prolonged and secret surveillance of Muslim college students for the past several years. In these reports, New York University was listed as one of the schools targeted, although specific details as to the nature of the surveillance at NYU have yet to be released.
The SSC echoes the concern of many New Yorkers about the existence of this surveillance program. We acknowledge and share the rightful outrage that many of our students have expressed. We strongly oppose both the invasion of an individual’s privacy based solely on his or her religion and the violation of constitutional rights under the guise of national security. The SSC stands united with our fellow students against this breach of their rights to freedom, security, and safety. Students should not have to live with the fear that forwarding an email, inviting other students to club events, attending social events, or participating in legal protests will be cause for police suspicion. NYU must remain a safe place where students feel free to learn, grow, and express themselves freely.
While the specific details of surveillance of NYU members have yet to come forth, we encourage any students with knowledge about specific incidents of surveillance to report them to the University immediately.
We call upon our elected officials to take steps to safeguard the fundamental rights of every New York resident and especially our students. Further investigation into the details of the surveillance must be undertaken.
In the interest of transparency and justice, we also call on the NYPD to release all documents related to the unjust surveillance of NYU students.
Finally, we call on the NYU administration to continue its support of the NYU community by actively working to uncover the extent of the surveillance conducted on its students and standing aggressively and publicly against these shameful practices.
HR347 is already drawing fire - but many of its shameful regulations already exist.
By Natasha Lennard at Salon:
Some have decried it as specifically anti-Occupy legislation with the aim to further curtail First Amendment rights. HR 347 makes it a prosecutable offense to knowingly, and without lawful authority, enter “(1) the White House or its grounds or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds, (2) a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting, or (3) a building or grounds so restricted due to a special event of national significance.”
This would, of course, include the areas restricted in Chicago for the NATO summit and Camp David for the G-8. However, concerns focusing solely on the passing of HR 347 seem to be a red herring of sorts, as most of its content has long been enshrined into law.