Annual Animal Rights Rally, Union Square

Annual Animal Rights Rally, Union Square.

Occupy and Idle No More

Occupy and Idle No More.


Excuse me a moment while I get serious. The old era is over, and the new age is upon us. The social upheaval predicted by the First Nations people is here. We are the ones we have been waiting for. The Occupy Movement heralded the Idle No More Movement. The ideals of Occupy as expressed in the Occupy Wall Street Declaration of the NYC General Assembly, The Principles of Solidarity and the Statement of Autonomy are in complete solidarity with the Manifesto and Mission of Idle No More.


“Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.”

Occupying is about physically taking public space back from the power elite. Public space is defined as everything — the earth and all human knowledge is public. Of course, we started out small — trying to occupy Wall Street itself, then the sidewalk around Chase, and finally settling into the privately owned public space called Zuccotti Park, halfway between (9/11’s) Ground Zero and Wall Street. Occupiers across the globe tried to exercise their inalienable rights to assemble in public space, seek redress for their grievances, and abolish a violently oppressive and destructive global-socio-political-economic-military-industrial-agricultural-educational-medical-etc system.


The act of occupying is a demand that our voices be heard, and action be taken to correct the situations. Maintaining an occupying action, such as Occupy Union Square, Occupy Trinity Wall Street and Occupy Goldman-Sachs, is saying the same thing the Idle No More Movement is saying — we will not be appeased, we will not be silenced, we will not give up. In short, we will not go home and let the status quo remain. We have had enough. Game over, yo. We are not amused.


We have given the power elite enough time to do the right thing, and it is obvious to everyone that they have only further indulged their destructive addictions to money, power and cruelty. It is obvious to everyone that the power elite cares not for the health of the Earth, or of the human species. The insanity of the power elite is killing the species through resource depletion, environmental pollution (including genetically modified organisms polluting the gene pool) and climate change. For the sake of our very lives, and of the lives of our future generations, we can be idle no more.


I occupy everything, everywhere. That is how I am idle no more. I am disappointed that the Occupy Movement failed at connecting with indigenous people around the planet. I am disappointed that the Occupy Movement did not reach out for guidance from the indigenous community. I am disappointed that the indigenous population needed to rise up outside the Occupy Movement. However, perhaps it is for the best as many Occupiers, in my experience, have no idea of their colonizer privilege — and therefore perpetuate the cruel injustices of colonial rule. Perhaps it is for the best that we in Occupy learn about reality the hard way. Perhaps it is for the best that Idle No More lead the way so Occupiers can learn. It is not about the money, it is not about the economy, it is not about reform. It is about people — all people-beings — plant, animal, mineral, spirit. It is about the land and water. It is about love. The age of greed is over and a new age is beginning. We can change everything but first we have to de-colonize our minds, occupy our hearts and realize we can be idle no more.


By our European Colonizer calendar it is the time of a new year. By the spiritual calendar of the indigenous peoples around the globe it is the time of a new era.

We are the 99%. We are all related. We are mad as hell and are not going to take this anymore! We are Idle No More! We will Occupy!

24 September 2012, Monday

I left Occupy Trinity on Saturday afternoon. I am resting. I am far from Wall Street. My surroundings are quiet. My immediate environment is comfortable. I lack none of the basic necessities. I have access to many luxury items (such as this computer with internet access). I even have free access to a bathroom, a clean bathroom. Fuck Manhattan, even if only because of its scarce and filthy restrooms.

I would love to never go back to Manhattan. I would love to be a part of a sustainable community far away from Manhattan. I would love to leave Manhattan to the Wall Street Overlords . . . but I can’t.I love fighting bullies.  I love my Occupy Family. I love the children of the world yet born.

I don’t have any children. I probably will never have children. Yet I love your children enough to put my life on the line for them. They deserve a better society and a livable world. When they reach adulthood they will not be able to say that I failed them. No. The stranger that I am has not failed them. But you have. You, their mothers and fathers, you have failed them. You have failed all of us.

Wake up, rise up, stand up! Now is the time.

I will go back to Manhattan. I will go back to a space on the sidewalk I have to fight for everyday. I will go back to dumpstered food and dirty restrooms. I will go back to neverending police harassment. I will go back to my Occupy Family and surround myself with the love I cannot find here.

Love. You find it in the strangest places, and it will break your heart — but you will always come back for more. There is nothing more powerful than love.

Do you hear that, Wall Street? You ain’t nothing compared to love.

Wake up, rise up, stand up. Love your self.

I am coming back . . . home . . . to the sidewalk at the corner of Wall Street and Broadway. I love you all!

Occupy Street Medic

It has been almost almost 9 months since I stopped blogging here, and arrived in New York City to become a part of the Occupy Movement. I have been living on the streets at Union Square for the last 4 of those months. Look at the beard — where’s the black gone?

I am a street medic with Occupy. I started at Zuccotti Park on October 1st, 2011, and am still going strong. I lived and worked in Zuccotti during that Occupation, and have continued working as a street medic in our exile wherever there are are Occupiers in New York City. Many, many medics have come and gone. I miss some of them very much. I work alone most of the time now — yes, that means I am a rogue street medic. Get over it. One medic is better than no medics. Here in Union Square I am basically an Occupy Medic, or village shaman. I have a community that knows me, and I know them. We share the travails and tribulations — and there are many each and every day here on the Occupied streets and in the Occupied parks. I am on duty 24/7 — everyone here knows where to find me, and often I am awoken in the middle of the morning’s night to rush down the lonely New York City streets to tend to a fallen comrade. Life on the streets is harsh.

I have used up all my life savings, and have no income of any kind. I live off the kindness of strangers, and the loving thanks of all in my Occupy Union Square & Occupy Wall Street community. However, my community is full of people who have come to the end of their resources as well. I, and they, rarely get a balanced meal (maybe, just maybe, once a month). Donated medical supplies are sometimes abundant, but not always what I need. I cannot help my community with the necessary medical supplies, foods and herbal supplements. For that I need money. Please consider donating so I can upgrade the care I can give (see donation buttons in the sidebar). Without donations I will eventually run out of medical supplies and herbals. My herbals are incredibly important in this work, and they do not come cheap here in 1% Land. There is no OWS-Medical anymore to help me out with supplies or buddy-medics. I am on my own here in Union Square (thankfully, Kareem stops by for the day every now and again, but otherwise . . . on my own). I need your help. Help me maintain the health of all the Occupiers in New York City. Help me give them the emergency first aid and continuing care the frontline soldiers of this peaceful revolution deserve. Be proud of them, for they are the ones we have been waiting for. Help me help them.

Occupy everywhere! Occupy everything! Occupy together!

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. . . See you on Wall Street*


*who ever thought I’d be living on Wall Street?

Bahrain sentences medics who treated protesters


Bahrain sentences medics who treated protesters

A court in Bahrain has jailed 20 medics who treated protesters for up to 15 years each, after convicting them of incitement to overthrow the regime


Posted 29 September 2011, by Staff, BBC News,



They treated people injured when a protest movement calling for more rights for the country’s Shia majority in the Sunni-ruled kingdom was crushed.

But a spokesman for the government said the group was involved with “hardline protesters” who sought regime change.

The medics had been released on bail after many staged a hunger strike.

In a separate case, the special security court sentenced a protester to death for killing a policeman.

‘Surprise’ sentence

The Bahraini doctors and nurses were sentenced to between five and 15 years in prison on charges that include possessing unlicensed arms, seizing medical equipment, and provoking sectarian hatred.

All worked in the Salmaniya Medical Complex in Manama, which security forces entered on 16 March after forcefully clearing the nearby Pearl Roundabout of demonstrators.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Mubarak, of Bahrain’s information ministry, said protesters had used the hospital as a “co-ordination centre”, and that some of the medical staff had helped them.

“They should not have got themselves involved in choosing sides in a tragically dark period in Bahrain’s history,” he told the BBC.

“There is hard evidence that political rallies were taking place in the grounds of the complex and those seeking treatment were only allowed in on sectarian lines,” he added.

Human rights activists say the sentences against the medics come as a surprise.

They had been cautiously hopeful that the medics’ release on bail was a sign that the government was softening its approach.

One of the doctors charged, Fatma Haji, said she and her colleagues are currently saying goodbye to their families as they await arrest.

“I know that I am definitely, 100% innocent. Our crime – I’m talking about all the medics – was that we helped innocent, helpless people who were just protesting and got injured,” she told the BBC.

The medics and other suspects have been tried by a special security court


The medics were also accused of refusing to treat injured security officials.

Relatives of some of the medics said in June that they were tortured into making false confessions.

A wave of mostly peaceful protests swept the country in February and March, but they were put down by force by the government, which called in troops from neighbouring Gulf states.

However, skirmishes are reported regularly as protesters try to keep their movement alive.

Bahrain’s official news agency, BNA, said the protester sentenced to death, Ali Yusof al-Taweel, had killed a policeman in the Shia area of Sitra, south of Manama.

Earlier, the security court had sentenced two other protesters to death for killing a police officer.

On Wednesday, the court upheld life sentences for eight Shia activists convicted over their alleged role in protests.

It also upheld sentences of up to 15 years on 13 other activists.



(Ed Note: Please visit the original site for two news videos associated with this article (“In a video recording for her son, one of the doctors, Fatma Haji, maintains her innocence” and “Sheik Abdulaziz Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa from Bahrain’s Ministry of Information: ”No-one is above the law””))

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Occupy Boston: Smart, Savvy, and Aiming to Emulate Wall Street Protests

Occupy Boston: Smart, Savvy, and Aiming to Emulate Wall Street Protests

About 200 people in Boston express their outrage at America’s economic woes – and promise to take up the protest baton


Posted 28 September 2011, by Paul Harris, The Guardian,


There were socialists, anti-poverty campaigners, students, anarchists, computer hackers, the unemployed, and workers ranging from a vet to an accountant.

And, numbering around 200 and meeting to plot until late in the night, a group of Bostonians have decided to recreate the anti-Wall Street protests that are gripping New York.

Unlike previous attempts, such as a march that fizzled out in Chicago with just 20 people, the people behind Occupy Boston showed a strong dose of media savvy and organizational skill on Monday night, as they drew a committed crowd of volunteers to their cause: to occupy a slice of the city. Local TV crews were in attendance at the evening mass planning meeting, and it had been flagged on the front pages of Boston’s newspapers.

The move raises the first serious prospect of the Wall Street protests spreading beyond New York and comes as other events are also being planned in Los Angeles and Washington.


Organiser Marissa Egerstrom addresses the Boston general assembly

The crowd of Bostonians listened and spoke about their anger at the ills in the capitalist system in general and the financial industry in particular.

Gathering in the center of Boston Common, in the heart of the city, they heard various speakers promise to copy the New York protests. “Tonight we begin to show the world how to live in freedom and peace. Right here, right now, a new life is starting,” said Marissa Egerstrom, one of the organizing forces behind Occupy Boston.

Those were big words to say in front of just 200 people. But Occupy Boston aims to emulate Occupy Wall Street protesters, whose seizure of a downtown Manhattan park was first ignored by most of the media but has now generated headlines around the world, especially after police used pepper spray against peaceful women demonstrators.


Matthew Krawitz explains why he is joining the Boston protest

Many of those gathered on the Common, including nearly all the key organizers, had been to New York to witness the protests. One organizer, Matthew Krawitz, who brought his two daughters to the Common, had been in Manhattan for the first day of the protests there. Now the unemployed IT expert was helping set up something similar in Boston. “I’m here to give them a better future,” he said, referring to his two children.

In style and substance, Occupy Boston closely followed that of Occupy Wall Street, which was itself inspired by recent social movements in Spain and Arab countries. After the speeches different tactical groups were formed – covering everything from legal affairs to food to medical to media outreach – to prepare for the coming occupation.

Potential sites to be occupied included the Common itself and Dewey Square in Boston’s financial district. Potential dates were also picked, with some as soon as this coming weekend. The separate groups operated in a “leaderless” style that dragged on in often circular debates but were impressive for eventually coming to collective agreement.

The meetings lasted for several hours in the park, as crowds listened to rabble-rousing speeches and critiques of capitalism. It promised a striking protest to come, but at times offered an incongruous vision of Boston. Ringing the common where the protesters met are some of the most upmarket streets in the city, lined with million-dollar townhouses. And on the park itself, virtually next door to where scores of people talked of forcefully bringing down American capitalism, fellow Bostonians enjoyed games of tennis on brightly lit late-night courts, seemingly oblivious to what was going on in the darkness just 50 yards away.

But what was never in doubt among the disparate participants was a sense of outrage and injustice at America’s current economic woes. Bob Norkus, 54, had been out of work for a year. He has one simple desire. “Things need to be realigned. It’s 99 percent of us versus one percent of them. This is still a democracy if we care to grab it,” he said.

There were people with jobs in the crowd, too, and they were equally angry. Cynthia Brennan, 41, is a veterinary nurse. She had been inspired to come to the common by watching the popular revolts of the Arab Spring. “I was fascinated by Egypt. I was in front of al-Jazeera all the time. It needs to happen here,” she said.

Local government accountant Tim Larkin, 28, agreed. But he wanted to improve on the New York protests in Boston. “We have to be better than New York and have a stronger set of demands,” he said.

© Guardian News and Media Limited 2011