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ACTION ALERT: Does the US Support Free Assembly Abroad but Not at Home?


October 26, 2011
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When people across the Middle East occupied public squares, leaders in Washington mostly cheered those protesters and warned Middle Eastern governments not to use force to clear them. Those other societies don’t have a First Amendment yaffirming the universal right to assembly and protest. We DO have a First Amendment. Yet armed police force, beatings and arrests are being used to clear nonviolent protesters from public squares in our country. This is unacceptable. It must stop.

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Police Raid on Occupy Oakland
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Police and Protesters Massing in Oakland After Overnight Raid
Marc Ash / Reader Supported News

OAKLAND, CA. (October 25, 2011) -- Oakland Police wearing full riot gear are out in large numbers in downtown Oakland, as protesters rousted early this morning mount an effort to retake the encampment they were forced to leave.

The scene is tense, and marks one of the largest confrontations between police and protesters since the Occupy demonstrations first began in New York on September 17th.

There are unconfirmed reports that Oakland Police used both tear gas and rubber bullets during the early morning raid. Credible first-hand reports and video of tear gas make almost certain that at least tear gas was used. Reports of use of rubber bullets by Oakland Police on demonstrators cannot yet be confirmed.



ACTION ALERT: US Cities Recognize the Right to Free Speech and Assembly -- Just Not in the US
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Early this morning, I watched more than 500 riot police descend on the peaceful protestors of Occupy Oakland with tear gas, bean bag rounds and the booming Long Range Acoustic Device. There were dozens of arrests. And Oakland isn't alone. Occupy movements are under assault in many cities. Tolerating the violation of our First Amendment rights in one place endangers them everywhere else.

We must have a national movement to defend our First Amendment rights. Sign the petition.

Send the message to the mayor and police chief of Oakland and other cities that we have a right to free speech, to free assembly, and to petition our government for a redress of grievances.

These rights do not create themselves. We must defend them vigilantly and eternally. Join us. We're closing in on 20,000 signatures to this petition. Will you help us get to 30,000 by sharing it with your friends and family and sharing it on Facebook and Twitter?

ACTION ALERT: This is an emergency appeal. Spread it widely.

Our permit to occupy is called "The First Amendment."

(Ocober 14, 2011) -- This morning, Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated when New York authorities beat a last-minute retreat from clearing Liberty Plaza -- as hundreds of labor and other activists rushed to defend the square.

But at the same time this morning, dozens of state troopers in riot gear cleared out Occupy Denver protests. In cities across the country, Occupy protesters have faced police violence and arrests. Some occupations have been forcibly removed while others have stood their ground successfully.

The authorities say we don’t have the proper permits to occupy public spaces. Our permit to occupy is The First Amendment.

Quickly sign the following statement, which will be delivered to mayors, police chiefs and major media across the country:
Our permit to occupy public squares and parks is in The First Amendment, which affirms "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

When people across the Middle East occupied public squares, leaders in Washington mostly cheered those protesters and warned Middle Eastern governments not to use force to clear them. Those other societies don’t have a First Amendment. Yet Washington affirmed the universal right to assembly and protest.

We do have a First Amendment. The force being used to clear nonviolent protesters from public squares in our country is unacceptable. It must stop. Please sign the statement now. And forward this email.

And then view the powerful "I Am Not Moving" video (see below) that exposes Washington’s hypocrisy in applauding occupations in the Middle East, while force and violence are used against nonviolent protesters across our land.

Aimee, David, Jeff and the RootsAction team


ACTION ALERT: Yes, We Have a Permit to Occupy:
US Hypocrisy about Occupations


RootsAction's Aimee Allison is at Occupy Oakland and reports:
"At about 6 a.m. on Tuesday, hundreds of police descended on our encampment at City Hall. They used tear gas, beanbag rounds, and a long-range acoustic device (LRAD). They arrested about 90 people and took down dozens of tents. They also broke up a smaller encampment into which Occupy Oakland had overflowed. After the mass eviction, I personally witnessed a police officer threatening unarmed people with a rifle. This is not the society envisioned by our Bill of Rights."

The authorities say we don’t have the proper permits to occupy public spaces. Our permit to occupy is the First Amendment.

Sign the following statement. If you’ve signed already, send this message and video far and wide.

To Mayors and Police Chiefs:

OUR PERMIT TO OCCUPY PUBLIC SQUARES AND PARKS IS THE FIRST AMENDMENT
, which affirms "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

When people across the Middle East occupied public squares, leaders in Washington mostly cheered those protesters and warned Middle Eastern governments not to use force to clear them. Those other societies don’t have a First Amendment. Yet Washington affirmed the universal right to assembly and protest.

We DO have a First Amendment. The force being used to clear nonviolent protesters from public squares in our country is unacceptable. It must stop.

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