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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Photo: Occupy NY: Retired officer on New York Police Watch

Occupy Wall Street: New York Police Department WATCH: "Retired police captain comes down from upstate New York to join us"

Seattle Police Pepper Spray Woman, 84, at Occupy March

Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday. Police pepper sprayed a pregnant woman who was taken to a hospital. Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO / SEATTLEPI.COM

New York Councilman jailed bleeding during Occupy New York raid

Tues. Nov. 15: NOW:  New York City Hall Councilmen marching. Councilmen Sanders, Jumaane Williams, Eugene and Cabrera marching on 1 Police Plaza demanding release of Councilman Rodriguez, arrested bleeding at Zoccotti Park as police cleared it Tuesday. City Hall News.

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez said he was assaulted by police, arrested and denied access to a lawyer: 

Latino Fox News reports: New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez was arrested -- and possibly roughed up -- early Tuesday morning when the NYPD raided Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan to break up the Occupy Wall Street encampment, according to a number of sources.
Rodríguez’s press secretary David Segal confirmed that the councilman was arrested, but could not say if he was in any way injured. Segal, however, heard from fellow Councilman Jumaane Williams that Rodriguez was bleeding from above one of his eyes.
Rodriguez arrived down at Zuccotti Park around 1:00 a.m. shortly after hearing reports that police had entered the park to shut down the encampment, Segal told Fox News Latino. 
The NYPD said Rodriguez was arrested at Vesey St. and Broadway about 2 a.m.

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New York Civil Liberties Union: "If you have been a victim to or witnessed New York Police Dept. misconduct, tell us what happened at Also journalists arrested were asked to contact them.

Photo: Police officer beats Occupy Wall Street protester with fist

A police officer beats an Occupy Wall Street protester with his fist after the clear-out of Zuccotti Park. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

New York Civil Liberties Union: "If you have been a victim to or witnessed New York Police Dept. misconduct, tell us what happened at Also journalists arrested were asked to contact NYCLU.

Dakota Waziyatawin Speaks to Occupy Oakland

Occupy Wall Street New York: Marchers attempt to reclaim Zuccotti Park

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On Tuesday, Nov. 15, occupiers marched in the streets of New York, as lawyers went to court for Occupy Wall Street's right to re-enter Zuccotti Park. A temporary restraining order was not honored by New York police on Tuesday morning, which stated permission for occupiers to re-enter Zucccotti Park. New York police raided the camp at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, throwing occupiers belongings in the trash and arrested many. A group that chained themselves to the kitchen area were sprayed with tear gas, or fire extinguisher, and were arrested. Five journalists have been arrested.
Oakland's Mayor Jean Quan admitted she coordinated the Occupy raids with leaders of 18 US cities:
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American Indian Film Awards San Francisco 2011

Best Film: 'Shouting Secrets'

By American Indian Film Festival
Censored News

SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) announces award show winners for the 36th annual American Indian Film Festival. The awards were presented at the American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show on Saturday Nov. 12 at 6:00 p.m at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

The American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show, recognizing excellence in USA American Indian and Canada First Nations cinematic achievement, making the annual awards show one of the most prominent Indian Country and Native Cinema showcases.

Outstanding performances varied across the talent venue, on awards night including: Blues singer/songwriter Derek Miller, Punk/Indie band Miracle Dolls, Hip Hop/ R and B duo The Battiest Brothers, comedian JR Redwater, and violinist Swil Kanim.

BEST FILM - Shouting Secrets, Korinna Sehringer, Director
BEST DIRECTOR - Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, On The Ice
BEST ACTOR - Chaske Spencer - Shouting Secrets
BEST ACTRESS - Michelle St. John - Every Emotion Costs
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Tyler Christopher - Shouting Secrets
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Roseanne Supernault - Every Emotion Costs
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - The Thick Dark Fog, Randy Vasquez, Director
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT - Columbus Day Legacy, Bennie Klain, Director
BEST LIVE SHORT SUBJECT - Search For The World’s Best Indian Taco, Steven Paul Judd,Director
BEST ANIMATION - Amaqqut Nunaat (The Country of Wolves), Neil Christopher, Director
BEST MUSIC VIDEO - The Storm, Steven Paul Judd, Director
BEST INDUSTRIAL - American Indian Actors, Sterlin Harjo, Director
EAGLE SPIRIT AWARD HONOREES - Everett Freeman (Posthumous Presentation), and Jessie Little Doe Baird

Special Achievement awards, the Eagle Spirit, were presented to personages that exemplified outstanding character, fortitude, and career accomplishments in music/ media-arts, eco-political/ fishing rights activism and governmental accountability. The 2011 Recipients: Everett Freeman (Posthumous Presentation), and Jessie Little Doe.
Prominent Sponsors of the 2011 American Indian Film Festival include; Ak-Chin Indian Community,AZ; Tule River Tribe,CA; Jackson Rancheria,CA; Muckleshoot Indian Tribe,WA; Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, CA; Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation, CA; CBS Television, NY; and San Francisco Grants for the Arts, CA.

November 14, 2011

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Canada Spied on First Nations Child Advocate

"Not only had they been on my personal Facebook page, but they had a government employee go to their home at night and log in as an individual, not as the government of Canada … and go onto my Facebook page and take a snapshot of it and then have that in a government of Canada log."
By Annette Francis
APTN National News

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The federal Aboriginal Affairs department has been spying on a high-profile campaigner for First Nations children, documents show.
Canada's huge spy file on Cindy Blackstock
The department has amassed a large file on Cindy Blackstock, who heads the First Nations Child and Family Caring society. The file contains emails and notes about Blackstock’s personal information and critical briefings on her activities.
“They have found it necessary to not only put one employee onto tailing, but if you look at the records there are numerous employees on the government payroll who are being asked to comment on what I am doing or to violate my privacy by going on my personal Facebook pages,” said Blackstock.
Blackstock has for years been pushing for equity for First Nations children caught up in the welfare system.
In 2007, her organization filed a human rights complaint against the federal government claiming discrimination against First Nation children.
She says the lawsuit changed her relationship with the department. Soon after, Blackstock said she was barred from a departmental meeting she had attended with Ontario chiefs.
“They barred me from the room,” said Blackstock. “And had a security guard guard me during the time I was there.”
The incident led Blackstock to file an Access to Information request about herself, to see what information the department had on her.
It took a year and a half for her to receive the file and, to her surprise, they watched her every move.
“Not only had they been on my personal Facebook page, but they had a government employee go to their home at night and log in as an individual, not as the government of Canada…and go onto my Facebook page and take a snapshot of it and then have that in a government of Canada log,” she said.
Aboriginal Affairs staffers also monitored Blackstock as she made presentations about the state of First Nations child welfare across the country.
The file contains briefing notes with critical details of the topic and her speeches.
APTN National News contacted the department.
The department refused to comment on the Blackstock file and instead issued a statement saying Aboriginal Affairs “routinely monitors and analyses the public environment as it relates to the department’s policies programs, services and initiatives…social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are public forums, accessible to all.”

Occupy New York Raided and Destroyed by Police

Occupiers in New York marching back to Zuccotti, with temporary restraining order on Tuesday morning:

Veteran beaten at Occupy New York Tuesday morning,
wearing Iraq Veterans Against the War t-shirt.
Twitter photo Allison Kenny

UK Guardian: Five Journalists arrested at Occupy Wall Street New York

Journalists arrested at Occupy Wall Street NY: 2.52pm: We reported earlier today on the complains that journalists have been obstructed in reporting the eviction and aftermath. A number have been arrested. This the tally so far:
• Julie Walker, a freelance reporter for National Public Radio was arrested in the early hours of the morning, despite wearing an NYPD-issued press badge.
• New York Daily News reporter Matthew Lysiak was arrested at around 12.15pm today while covering the aftermath of the eviction. He is on a police bus, and filing updates for the NYDN live blog.
• AP print journalist Karen Matthews and AP still photographer Seth Wenig were arrested at the same time as Lysiak, aand a photographer from DNAInfo. All had been with protesters who had gained access to ground owned by Trinity Wall Street church at Duarte Square. Police cleared the area, and arrested everyone .
Occupiers chained to kitchen area at 3 am

Police throw belongings in trash 2 am

Police at Occupy Wall Street New York at 1 am

Video above: Police beating occupiers (Warning: This video contains police violence.)
New York police raided and destroyed Occupy Wall Street New York at 1 am. On Tuesday morning, after filing a restraining order, the crowd was marching back to Zuccotti Park in New York.
At 3 am, a group of occupiers were chained in kitchen area. After tear gas, or fire extinguisher, sprayed, they were arrested. The park was cleared in the predawn hours. Police threw occupiers belongings in dumpsters and hauled those away. Screen captures by Censored News.

Video of teargassing at 3:30 am
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Al Jazeera:
Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park), home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months and birthplace of the 99% movement that has spread across the country and around the world, is presently being evicted by a large police force in full riot gear.
We will reoccupy!

Occupy Wall Street Updates

  • 3:36 a.m. Kitchen tent reported teargassed. Police moving in with zip cuffs.
  • 3:33 a.m. Bulldozers moving in
  • 3:16 a.m. Occupiers linking arms around riot police
  • 3:15 a.m. NYPD destroying personal items. Occupiers prevented from leaving with their possessions.
  • 3:13 a.m. NYPD deploying sound cannon
  • 3:08 a.m. heard on livestream: "they're bringing in the hoses."
  • 3:05 a.m. NYPD cutting down trees in Liberty Square
  • 2:55 a.m. NYC council-member Ydanis Rodríguez arrested and bleeding from head.
  • 2:44 a.m. Defiant occupiers barricaded Liberty Square kitchen
  • 2:44 a.m. NYPD destroys OWS Library. 5,000 donated books in dumpster.
  • 2:42 a.m. Brooklyn Bridge confirmed closed
  • 2:38 a.m. 400-500 marching north to Foley Square
  • 2:32 a.m. All subways but R shut down
  • 2:29 a.m. Press helicopters evicted from airspace. NYTimes reporter arrested.
  • 2:22 a.m. Frontpage coverage from New York Times
  • 2:15 a.m. Occupiers who have been dispersed are regrouping at Foley Square
  • 2:10 a.m. Press barred from entering Liberty Square
  • 2:07 a.m. Pepper spray deployed -- reports of at least one reporter sprayed
  • 2:03 a.m. Massive Police Presence at Canal and Broadway
  • 1:43 a.m. Helicopters overhead.
  • 1:38 a.m. Unconfirmed reports of snipers on rooftops.
  • 1:34 a.m. CBS News Helicopter Livestream
  • 1:27 a.m. Unconfirmed reports that police are planning to sweep everyone.
  • 1:20 a.m. Subway stops are closed.
  • 1:20 a.m. Brooklyn bridge is closed.
  • 1:20 a.m. Occupiers chanting "This is what a police state looks like."
  • 1:20 a.m. Police are in riot gear.
  • 1:20 a.m. Police are bringing in bulldozers.


  • Call 311 if you're in the NYC area.
  • NYPD 1st Precinct: 212.334.0611
  • NYPD Central Booking: 718.875.6303
  • NYPD Internal Affairs: 212.487.7350
  • City Hall: 212.788.3058


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