#OccupyWallSt Roundup, Day 83

By JILLIAN DUNHAM

Occupiers in Amsterdam were arrested Thursday after the mayor ordered the size of the encampment reduced by 75 percent.
Evert Elzinga/European Pressphoto AgencyOccupiers in Amsterdam were arrested Thursday after the mayor ordered the size of the encampment reduced by 75 percent.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declared Representative Jerrold Nadler’s call for a federal investigation of police conduct at Occupy Wall Street “ridiculous.” “This is not a federal issue,” the mayor said. “There are plenty of investigations going on.” He added, regarding Mr. Nadler, “If he would spend more time getting us homeland security money, maybe he’d make the streets safer.” [Inside Politics]

 

New York University is offering two classes on Occupy Wall Street next spring in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. The sophomore level class, designed, according to the course catalog, “to provide a background for these momentous events,” is called “Cultures and Economies: Why Occupy Wall Street?” [Washington Square News, The Observer]

Tens of thousands of workers with the European Metalworkers’ Federation demonstrated Wednesday across Europe in a coordinated strike and a series of rallies to protest layoffs and plant closings. [In These Times]

Protesters in Washington, D.C., celebrated after a judge ruled that the police must give 24 hours warning before evicting demonstrators in an encampment. The occupation of McPherson Square was raided with little warning Sunday after protesters built a barn-like structure there. [Washington Post]

A judge in Boston ruled Wednesday that the city had the right to evict the Occupy encampment in Dewey Square, encouraging protesters to “remove their tents and refrain from camping in that area.” The mayor of Boston, Thomas M. Menino, set a midnight deadline for protesters to leave. [Boston Globe]

Protesters squatting in recently “reoccupied” homes across the country kept watch in shifts to keep residents from being evicted. In East New York, Brooklyn, a homeless activist, Alfredo Carrasquillo,stayed in a foreclosed home on Vermont Street, hoping to claim the space for his companion and their two children. [Daily News]

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A linguist on the NPR program “Fresh Air” picked “Occupy” as the word of the year, and Time Magazine named Occupy Wall Street the top national news story. [NPR, Time Magazine]

Those accolades could only mean one thing: time for Roger Ebert to weigh in on Occupy, which he said “should belong to no political wing.” “Republicans as well as Democrats should be fed up with the rot in our financial system,” Mr. Ebert wrote. (No word on whether he would begin using up twinkles and down twinkles for movie reviews.) [Sun-Times, Colbert Nation]

Will we find out what Siri thinks of Occupy Wall Street? A group at a hacker convention in London last weekend invented an Inhuman Microphone that uses coordinated iPhone speakers to get around the megaphone ban at some protests. [Wired]

About laura

bleedingheartyankeeliberal - I should have a t-shirt made. I'm hugely indebted to the Teamsters for being able to live among the 1%. Before the last of us lucky ones become extinct, I'm volunteering with the LAUSD's Collective Bargaining Education Project. I'd actually like to get a little 'press' for the program. I believe 'Union' needs to be the word on the street. I'm talking high school kids.
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