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Occupy protesters declare Goldman Sachs guilty
Gianna Palmer McClatchy Newspapers

last updated: November 04, 2011 08:02:11 AM NEW YORK

In the latest round of demonstrations calling for corporate accountability, 16 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested in front of the global headquarters of Goldman Sachs in lower Manhattan.

A New York Police Department spokesperson confirmed that nine men and seven women were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The protest began with a mock trial of the giant investment firm at 10 a.m. in Zuccotti Park, the protesters' base. During "A People's Hearing of Goldman Sachs," a group gathered to hear testimony from people who shared stories of how they were directly affected by Goldman Sachs' influence on financial markets. Civil rights activist and Princeton professor Cornel West also spoke at the panel, as did journalists Chris Hedges and Nomi Prins.

A five-month McClatchy investigation in 2009 revealed how Goldman Sachs peddled billions of dollars in shaky securities tied to subprime mortgages on unsuspecting pension funds, insurance companies and other investors when it concluded that the housing bubble would burst. Shortly before noon, the protesters began to make their way to 200 West St., Goldman's headquarters. "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out," the protesters chanted as they walked. Some drummed, other held signs. One protester held a piece of cardboard that read simply, "GREED." Another said: "Goldman Sucks." Police with plastic handcuffs dangling from their belts walked alongside the demonstrators as they marched north on Church Street, past the National September 11 Memorial. The group arrived at the Goldman Sachs building just before 12:30 p.m. At least 19 police offers stood on the pedestrian walkway watching as protesters blocked the front entrance of the building and delivered their "guilty" verdict. Soon, a white-shirted police officer entered the crowd with a megaphone and asked the protesters to leave. By this time, a small group had sat in a circle on the ground. "You will be arrested, I repeat, you will be arrested," the officer told the group when they stayed sitting, arms linked. The majority of people moved to a nearby walkway. "We stopped listening to orders, when will you?" a man shouted in the direction of the police, who were now gathered around the remaining group, all of whom would be arrested. Among the first was activist Bill Talen, commonly known as Reverend Billy an activist actor who was led away in plastic cuffs. The arrests were largely a nonviolent affair, though some protesters struggled as the officers picked them up by their hands and feet. "First Amendment rights, First Amendment rights," one woman shouted as she was handcuffed and led away to nearby police vans.

By 1 p.m., all of protesters in front of the Goldman Sachs entrance had been arrested. The same white-shirted officer then warned the remaining crowd of protesters that they were obstructing pedestrian and vehicular traffic and would be subject to arrest if they stayed. The crowd slowly marched away, as a handful of employees in the Goldman Sachs building stood by the windows watching the protesters from several floors up. Police on foot and on motorcycles followed the group back to Zuccotti Park. "The police as an institution are in a position where they're protecting the real criminals, the people who are responsible for the economic state of the world right now," said Zack Rosen, 22, as he was leaving Goldman Sachs headquarters. Rosen, who was previously arrested in another Occupy Wall Street protest, said he thought the demonstration "went great."

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Real Revolution mean real change: real Regime Change.

Fake Change, like we got with the election of Barack Obama, is no change at all.  In the USA we got W Bush III, not the change we will get forward. The 99% must learn from Egypt where they were / we were cheated by the 1% again.  We can’t keep getting fooled again and again!

Now, in Tahir Square, no one is going to leave until the Military is gone.  We need to do that in the USA also.  No more fake change.  We need real regime change in American also.  We need real regime change that removes the 1% for once and forever. 

They just arrested a guy because they thought he was a leader.  There are no leaders.

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Proposal for a Coordinated West Coast Port Shutdown, Passed With Unanimous Consensus by vote of the Occupy Oakland General Assembly 11/18/2012:

In response to coordinated attacks on the occupations and attacks on workers across the nation:

Occupy Oakland calls for the blockade and disruption of the economic apparatus of the 1% with a coordinated shutdown of ports on the entire West Coast on December 12th. The 1% has disrupted the lives of longshoremen and port truckers and the workers who create their wealth, just as coordinated nationwide police attacks have turned our cities into battlegrounds in an effort to disrupt our Occupy movement.

We call on each West Coast occupation to organize a mass mobilization to shut down its local port. Our eyes are on the continued union-busting and attacks on organized labor, in particular the rupture of Longshoremen jurisdiction in Longview Washington by the EGT. Already, Occupy Los Angeles has passed a resolution to carry out a port action on the Port Of Los Angeles on December 12th, to shut down SSA terminals, which are owned by Goldman Sachs.

Occupy Oakland expands this call to the entire West Coast, and calls for continuing solidarity with the Longshoremen in Longview Washington in their ongoing struggle against the EGT. The EGT is an international grain exporter led by Bunge LTD, a company constituted of 1% bankers whose practices have ruined the lives of the working class all over the world, from Argentina to the West Coast of the US. During the November 2nd General Strike, tens of thousands shutdown the Port Of Oakland as a warning shot to EGT to stop its attacks on Longview. Since the EGT has disregarded this message, and continues to attack the Longshoremen at Longview, we will now shut down ports along the entire West Coast.

Participating occupations are asked to ensure that during the port shutdowns the local arbitrator rules in favor of longshoremen not crossing community picket lines in order to avoid recriminations against them. Should there be any retaliation against any workers as a result of their honoring pickets or supporting our port actions, additional solidarity actions should be prepared. In the event of police repression of any of the mobilizations, shutdown actions may be extended to multiple days.

In Solidarity and Struggle,

Occupy Oakland

- In Oakland: the West Coast Port Shutdown Coordinating Committee will meet on General Assembly days at 5pm before the GA to organize the local shutdown, and to network with other occupations.

In this clip, the Egyptian Police shoot an unarmed protestor dead in Cairo a few hours ago. Other martyrs were shot dead by Police in Alexandria Egypt also. There were 200 tents in Tahir Square put up by the Egyptians in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York City. The Egyptian police have trashed the non-violent demonstrators and now there are many unconfirmed reports coming out of Egypt. The police appear to use the same tactics the NYPD and Oakland Police used here over the last week in the USA. The Police assault on Tahir Square appears the same as the UC Davis Police Assault in California.  Could the US Department of Homeland Security, the CIA and State Department be coordinating all these attacks on non-violent protestors around the world?

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