The Occupy Bus Tour

Members of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy New Haven are currently in Florida preparing for the cross-country Occupy Bus Tour. We have a bus currently being converted to run veggie oil, and soon to be outfitted with solar panels. As well, we have a camping trailer we are fixing up. We plan on going to actions across the country serving food, providing street medic services, distributing revolutionary information and books, hosting teach-ins, and generally occupying wherever we go.

Occupy Map of north-central Turtle Island

Occupy Map of north-central Turtle Island

One of the places we will be going is Texas in order to help their blockade of the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline. The exploitation of the Tar Sands is insane by any standard, and must be stopped. “We have been too kind to those who are killing the planet. We have been inexcusably, unforgivably, insanely kind. (Derrick Jensen)” No more, yo! Those who are actively engaged in, or supporting, polluting the biosphere are committing a violent crime against every human on the planet. It is time to recognize that the criminals are the power elite, and it is time for the people to rise up to save the lives of our future generations. It is time to save the species from the violence, the cruelty and the insanity of the rich. It is a matter of the survival of the fittest, not the richest.

Come support the Occupy Bus Tour by reading our blog and spreading the word of what we are doing. While we are here in Florida preparing for the journey we welcome visits by Florida Occupiers. Contact us through our blog: Occupy Bus Tour.

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Police Use Violence to Stop Ron Paul Nominations in Lousiana

At the GOP’s Lousiana state convention, it soon became clear that Ron Paul delegates would win the ballot. The night before, the Convention delegates had voted to remove the Chair of the Rules Committee for not following the bylaws.

When the newly elected Chair of the Rules Committee Mr. Helwig went to take his seat, the Chair of the Republican Party Mr. Villere ordered the police to arrest him. While arresting Mr. Helwig, the police allegedly broke several of his fingers. The state delegation then unanimously voted to elect a new Chair for the Convention. They turned their chairs around and continued the meeting with the new Chair of the Convention Mr. Hertford.

The previous Chair of the Convention, Mr. Villere, ordered the police to arrest the new Chair, Mr. Hertford.  It was feared that the police dislocated Mr. Hertford’s artificial hip when they assaulted him. The new Chair, Mr. Hertford, lay on the floor writhing in pain.  Mr. Hertford suffered bruising, but his hip was not dislocated.  He was released from the hospital and taken to the local police station.  His arrest report said he was arrested for refusing to leave and resisting arrest.

The article on Pixiq also points out that the second video in which Mr. Hertford is tackled by police, a police officer tries to confiscate the video footage.  The Pixiq article states that it is illegal for the police to confiscate video except in extreme circumstances such as murder cases.

View full article from PolicyMic,  the New American, and Pixiq.

View Ron Paul Campaign’s official response.

Regional General Assembly This Saturday June 2nd 11 am Gaslight Park

Occupy Tampa is holding a regional general assembly which will include members from other occupations.  The goal is to help build a regional network for occupations to support each other and communicate.  

FoodNotBombs will host a brunch at 11am and the regional general assembly will be from noon to 3pm.  Remember to bring your pots and pans. We are planning to make some noise in solidarity with the Quebec students, because Americans are also squarely in the red.

Most information about the event is here:
 http://occupytampa.org/home/ai1ec_event/tampa-bay-regional-general-assembly/?instance_id=204272

Congressional Caucus Joins Fight Against Citizens United

By Anonymous Author

The (CPC) Congressional Progressive Congress is the first congressional caucus to join the fight to reverse the Supreme Court decision for Citizens United.  Due to the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United Ruling, corporations and unions can participate in election actions which were considered illegal before January 21, 2010.  In the Citizens United Ruling, corporations gained “free speech rights” due to their “corporate personhood”.

The announcement comes 89 days after Capitol Police arrested Occupy protesters at the Supreme Court during a protest organized by Move to Amend on January 20th, 2012.  Six of the Occupy protesters arrested are awaiting awaiting trial.  The hardship on the arrestees is multiplied because they live as far north as Wisconsin, as far east as Pennsylvania and Maryland, as far south as Texas and as far west as California.  But, as the occupy solute “solidarity” infers, the six have agreed to stand together and defend our right to speak out against the Citizen United decision to the end.

Occupy protestors can feel at least a little sense of accomplishment for their sacrifice as government officials and representatives take notice and take action.  Less than 90 days ago, a Wisconsin native was arrested for protesting against the Citizen’s United decision at the Supreme Court.  This Wisconsin native was from the 2nd District which Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin represents. Congresswoman Baldwin is also a member of the the Congressional Progressive Caucus which now supports overturning the Citizens United Ruling. Coincidence? – Not likely but maybe more indirectly than directly.  As the fight continues, one can’t help but wonder, “How much cooperation will there be between the government and the occupation as things progress?”  This is what democracy looks like.