I can no longer stand on the side-lines and not show my solidarity with the huge peacefull Occupy protests now
taking place. Its not a lot to expect fairness and honesty from our political and corporate world. Its not a lot to ask for
accountability throughout the murky waters that lead to the largest crimes ever committed on decent hard working
folk. Today, like thousands of other ordinary people I will join the Occupy Movement on the front lines.
Please join me if you have time and the possibility, in my town or your own. My local Occupy demonstration is in New
Haven, Connecticut, the home city to the famous Yale University. Details. Colin Andrews - Posted November 17, 2011
|Just a few weeks ago, the amazingly out of touch media, most owned by the very corporations deeply
embedded within the 1%, did their level best to first ignore the protest in New York City and then to
downplay them as having no central or cohesive message. They wrote them off as old hippies. Oh just how
out of touch could they have been.
They deliberately tried to keep the door closed to exposing the most moral and explosive message to
surface since the 60s Peace Movement.
Fairness and honesty is what is being demanded by millions who have lost homes, jobs and pensions by
corrupt political and corporate economic collusion. In most tongues this abuse of power is called a crime
and the police and military whose job it is to protect us from this toxic mix must figure out how to perform
their important functions when in many cases its those very criminals orders they are following to break up
these legal protests.
I spent most of my professional life as a public servant, working in regional government for sixteen years
and a Fire Fighter for fifteen years. I have spent my life in the ranks of the ordinary hard working person
and I stand shoulder to shoulder with them to break the greed and corruption that is destroying their/our
lives and our planet.
What I know is that there has never been a more moral case and that is why I know The Occupy movement
will win this and probably will give birth to a new political movement whose base will be transparent
government, something none of todays parties are delivering.
Occupy-A Game Changer
November 17, 2011
The police do not have the authority to attack decent peaceful demonstrators,
especially child bearing mothers and elders, as happened in Seattle during an
Occupy demonstration on November 17th. It has been said by the White House that
change is coming and I agree, but I’m not sure the messenger saw it happening this
way. The Occupy movement represents a moral position whose integrity permeates
their actions. It has power and is not going to go away; the movement is growing
and impacting the direction and form change will take. The 1% who controls the
wealth and holds the strategic power cards, along with the corporate/political
institutions and banking interests, will join to stamp the movement out, but they will
fail. It will be a battle to the end, but they will fail because this is the time of the
99%. I fully expect a maneuver to take place soon that will unfairly tarnish the
perception of the movement to alienate them from average Americans.
We must move forward with care, respect and purpose.
A Message For Our Survival In a Competitive World
If the United States and the western world are to become meaningful and necessary
game changers again, we have to show respect for our forefathers and our cultures
by getting energized. We need one generation to commit to ignoring the influences
of Hollywood and engaging their minds to the serious issues of our time. The
alternative is to hand over our lives and our landscape to those who will take
advantage or hopefully to those from other lands who can do the job.
We have to be able to do better than the United States Congress whose hardest
fought debate so far has been to try and agree on what the term 'Compromise'
means. And they haven't managed to do that either.
Meanwhile the discontent and disparity created by the Political/Corporate old boys
club, brews. Occupy Wall Street movement represent this discontent in many
various ways. This tension is being voiced in the only place possible when the
system fails, in the streets. Occupy will I'm sure win this tussle, and it must.
As we have seen we cant even depend upon investigative journalism in the media
to untangle this tangled web. They have failed us primarily because they are
owned by the very 1% entities that are part of the problem. Sooo, we must become
our own media.
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Colin Andrews - From Occupy New Haven (USA) - November 17, 2011
|Seatlle Police pepper spray Dorli
Rainey, 84. Photographer Joshua Trujillo
|Seatlle Police pepper spray pregnant
November 17, 2011
What is obviously a coordinated attack on the peaceful Occupy Wall Street movement by authorities across the
United States and other countries is now taking place.
Today amongst the peaceful protesters injured by police in Seattle was a pregnant woman and an eighty four
year old woman.
My fear is that the authorities will drive underground the democratic actions of this just protest and will create
a much worse outcome.
The 99% ARE going to win this struggle, so the police and eventualy perhaps the military who are mainly decent
folk, will have to figure this out real soon.
All but the 1% corporate criminals, we should all be on the same side with this one.
|Colin's local 'Occupy Movement' outside the prestigious Yale Campus in downtown New Haven, Connecticut.
Copyright: Colin Andrews.
Occupy - New Haven, Connecticut
Colin's Comments: The New Haven authorities set an example when it comes to
understanding the issues and respecting free speech and the legal right to protest. The
town has made it clear that as long as the protesters don't break laws they are not just OK
but supported and will NOT be moved. New Haven Police said: "People have legitimate
concerns and they have a legal right to express them. We appreciate the cooperation of
this organization in particular and we have enjoyed a positive relationship. They have been
in contact with us since the very beginning. We appreciate those who give us respect, and
that goes beyond a person's legal right to protest. We haven't had one single incident
reported today." Officer David B. Hartmant, Media Liason, Office of the Chief of Police, New
Haven Police Department.
Thanks to Mark Borderud - source.
|FEMALE COMPASSION AND PRESENCE IN A
PREDOMINANTLY MALE CORPORATE WORLD IS A
BALANCING FORCE MISSING. MORE SIGNS OF CHANGE.
Posted November 19, 2011
As I post this, reports are coming in that the 99% are
planning to Occupy the Capitol Building in Washington
D.C. - Details soon.
..Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests:
San Francisco's public health department has declared the Occupy San Francisco encampment in
Justin Herman Plaza a public health nuisance. But city authorities are so far allowing the
demonstrators to remain in the plaza despite making their declaration Thursday. Barbara Garcia,
head of the city's public health department, said the grassy area being used by the campers has
been found to contain feces and have inadequate toilet facilities. Conditions for the spread of
respiratory illnesses have also been present. Protesters feared that they would be evicted overnight,
but the camp was not raided.
In Los Angeles, police arrested 14 Occupy UCLA protesters, all but one of them students, on
campus, breaking up an encampment of 25 tents. University spokesman Steve Ritea says about 40
protesters left after police ordered the crowd to disperse at about 5:15 a.m. Friday. In grainy videos
posted to a Facebook page for Occupy UCLA early Friday morning, protesters sang and gave
impassioned speeches to the surrounding police force about income disparity and financial barriers
to higher education. Those arrested were cited for failure to disperse and released. Ritea says the
protests follow repeated tuition increases in recent years.
An Occupy LA activist who filed for a court order to prevent the city from dismantling the 475-tent
camp around City Hall without notifying campers has not shown up for a scheduled court hearing, and
no action was taken. City attorney's spokesman John Franklin said Friday city lawyers were ready to
argue against the application for a temporary restraining order, but the activist did not appear in
Superior Court. Occupy LA spokeswoman Pam Noles says the court filing was unauthorized and
organizers are trying to find out who did it. Police have told organizers that no attempt to dismantle
the camp would be taken without ample notice.
State officials have cleared most of the Occupy Indy encampment from the Indiana Statehouse lawn.
Department of Administration Commissioner Rob Wynkoop says that the small band of protesters had
cleared most of its camping gear on Thursday but that more items were added overnight and he
ordered the site cleared before dawn Friday. Protester Greg Lambert of Indianapolis says he and
others are "furious." State workers removed two tables and an American flag on Friday but left a few
camping chairs. Protesters say the workers also took their protest signs but Wynkoop said he hadn't
heard about that.
Police have charged two OccupyMaine activists with assault and arrested a third on a disorderly
conduct charge in two separate disturbances at an encampment at a Portland park. Police say
45-year-old Alan Porter was hit in the head with a hammer Friday morning after he started drumming
to awaken the other occupants. One 34-year-old man was charged with aggravated assault, and
another 34-year-old man was given a summons for assault for allegedly choking Porter. On Thursday
night, a 25-year-old man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after police responded to
the report of a fight. WCHS-TV reports that the city has asked to meet with OccupyMaine on Monday
to discuss code violations and the amount of calls for service to police.
The nonprofit organization that oversees the site of the Occupy Boston encampment wants the
protesters out. The chairwoman of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy's board says in a
Tuesday letter to Mayor Thomas Menino that demonstrators have prevented the general public from
enjoying Dewey Square Park and forced the cancellation of other events scheduled for the site,
including an Oct. 15 food festival. The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/sQjCYb) reports that
Chairwoman Georgia Murray also wrote that sanitary conditions have worsened, farmers selling food
in the area have seen sales decline because of "noise, odors, and interference" from demonstrators,
and the camp has shown "disturbing signs of drug dealing." A Menino spokeswoman says the
administration is monitoring the situation and there are no current plans to forcibly evict the
Occupy St. Louis says the 14 protesters arrested near the entrance to a Mississippi River bridge are
out of jail. Police made the arrests without incident late Thursday afternoon as hundreds of protesters
tried to block the entrance to the Martin Luther King Bridge. A spokeswoman for Occupy St. Louis
says the protesters were released early Friday morning from the St. Louis Justice Center. The protest
took place amid demonstrations nationwide marking the two-month anniversary of the movement that
began with New York's Occupy Wall Street.
Newark's police chief greeted about two dozen people who came to a park in New Jersey's largest city
Friday to begin an "Occupy Newark" protest. Police Chief Sheila Coley welcomed the group at Military
Park by saying they had a right to protest non-violently and that police were there to ensure their
safety. The protesters spoke in a call-and-repeat form of communication, called "the people's mic,"
chanting their appreciation to Coley for showing up. Coley told the group she would waive the permit
normally required to assemble in a city park and allow them to remain.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is arguing that the several thousand protesters who marched
over the Brooklyn Bridge Thursday don't really represent Occupy Wall Street. The mayor said in his
weekly WOR Radio show Friday that "a vast percentage" of the marchers were union members who
"had organized signs and leadership." Bloomberg said the protest "was just an opportunity for a
bunch of unions to complain or to protest, or whatever they want to do." The mayor also said that of
the roughly 250 people who were arrested in Thursday's protests, three were charged with felonies.
A 20-year-old Occupy Wall Street protester bloodied after a confrontation with New York City police
has pleaded not guilty grand larceny and other charges. A lawyer for Brandon Watts said Friday his
client was assaulted by police and has four staples in his scalp because of his injuries. Police say
Watts may have been injured in a fall during the confrontation. They say he threw batteries at
officers, and then stole an officer's hat. Watts has been arrested five times since the protest began
two months ago. He has been living on his own since his early teens and has emotional problems, his
As many as 300 Occupy Eugene protesters spent an afternoon demonstrating at bank offices, and
17 were arrested. Members of the group told police in advance Thursday they were planning civil
disobedience, and the police told bankers they wouldn't move against the protesters unless people
refused to move on when asked. The Eugene Register-Guard reported (http://bit.ly/vL55zP ) that
arrests, mostly for trespassing, were made at two bank offices, Bank of America and Chase, but not
at three others. One person was charged with resisting arrest. Most of the banks managed to carry
on at least some customer business during the protest.
Police have arrested about a dozen members of the Occupy Philadelphia movement who were
protesting at a bank downtown. The protesters refused to leave the Wells Fargo branch on Friday
evening and were arrested peacefully. Police Lt. Raymond Evers did not immediately release the
number of demonstrators arrested or the charges they face. About two dozen members of Occupy
Philadelphia were arrested on Thursday during a protest on the Market Street bridge.
The Philadelphia protesters were also working Friday to get permits for a new site after they were
rebuffed in their attempt to move from the City Hall plaza where they have been camped since early
October. The city has asked the protesters to move to make way for a long-planned $50 million
renovation of their current home, Dilworth Plaza. After a vote Thursday, protesters began packing up
their approximately 350 tents and moving across the street to another plaza. But they were rebuffed
by police because they didn't have a permit for the new location. A spokesman for Mayor Michael
Nutter said the city had received one permit application and was reviewing it, a process that could
take until early next week.
In Harrisburg, public works employees have confiscated the tents of Occupy Harrisburg protesters at
a park near the state Capitol. A spokesman for Mayor Linda Thompson says the tent removal at
Riverfront Park began around 1:30 p.m. after the mayor issued a two-hour warning. Spokesman
Robert Philbin says protesters are free to be at the park without tents until 10 p.m. and that the city is
trying to find a vacant private property in the city where they can protest with tents. Jefferson Pepper,
an Occupy Harrisburg organizer, says 10 to 20 people have been protesting at the park in solidarity
with Occupy Wall Street in New York.
Earlier Friday, Occupy Harrisburg protesters delayed the start of a hearing on a plan to redraw the
boundaries of Pennsylvania's legislative districts by chanting and clapping for about 40 minutes. Just
as the Legislative Reapportionment Commission prepared to open the hearing, about two dozen
activists began a loud call-and-response chant that drowned out the chairman's attempts to restore
order. They took turns shouting slogans such as "We are the 99 percent!" and "This is what
democracy looks like!" The protesters left after hearing reports that the city was trying to shut down
their base at the foot of the Capitol steps.
A group of Occupy Nashville protesters disrupted a discussion with former Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld about his memoir, "Known and Unknown," and were ejected by security. The group says in
a press release that an anonymous donor purchased four $125-a-plate dinners that allowed
protesters to enter the Thursday night event, which was sponsored by the conservative Washington
think tank the Heritage Foundation at a downtown Nashville hotel. They mingled with the crowd before
standing up, one by one, and accusing Rumsfeld of being a war criminal. They also suggested
Rumsfeld should go outside and submit to a citizen's arrest. Heritage spokesman Matthew Streit
confirmed that four protesters caused what he called a "brief interruption" of the discussion.
Police say five people have been arrested after chaining themselves to a tree and refusing to leave
during an Occupy Austin protest. Police Chief Art Acevedo says a sixth person chained to the tree
Thursday night agreed to leave peacefully and was not detained. Austin officials have asked
protesters to move from a public plaza several nights a week, so the area can be cleaned. Police say
several who hooked themselves to a tree declined to move around 11 p.m. Thursday and were
arrested on criminal trespass charges. No injuries have been reported.
An 84-year-old woman who was pepper sprayed this week at an Occupy Seattle protest says the
national attention she received can help the movement's cause. Dorli Rainey addressed a crowd of
about 100 people Friday afternoon who had marched to police headquarters downtown. Rainey was
at an Occupy Seattle event Tuesday evening when police used pepper spray on the protesters. A
picture of Rainey taken immediately after she was hit by the chemical irritant was published
worldwide. Police say the group Rainey was in was blocking traffic and ignored orders to disperse.
Protesters facing a legal battle over the right to stay camped outside St. Paul's Cathedral said Friday
they have taken over a building owned by the UBS bank in east London. Occupy London, whose
protest against capitalist excess was inspired by New York's Occupy Wall Street movement, said on
its website it took over the abandoned office block in the neighborhood of Hackney overnight in a
"public repossession." It is the first time the group has successfully occupied a building. UBS, which
confirmed it owns the empty building, said it is aware of the situation and is taking the appropriate
legal action... Source
|UPDATED: November 19, 2011
|The Beginning of the Beginning - Reclaiming Democracy
Posted December 3, 2011
|Updated: December 23, 2011
|2012 Civil Unrest: United States Department Of
Homeland Security Orders 450 Million Rounds
No longer an Internet Conspiracy Rumor
- Public Press Statement Issued (if you know where to find it!)
By Colin Andrews
April 24, 2012
Living in a land that has more guns in its population than motor cars, its hard to imagine what could happen
if the public raised up to defend itself from an aggressor, especially if the aggressor was its own government
now stacked out with 450 Million rounds of specially made bullets. Any government must make contingency
plans for all kinds of scenarios and this is one of them. The question is what is the scenario they envisage
and where are the representatives who should be asking these questions? Its a very uneasy feeling,
against the backdrop of what another government in Syria is doing to its population!
As a former civil emergency planning official in British regional government myself, I have spent years inside
of plans and preparations for major civil unrest in the UK. I was one of fourty officials in my region who would
man one of two underground control facilities. There would have been no choice but to carry out
instructions if indeed chips fell. The Chief Executive for my authority would have the authority to use fire
arms to ensure compliance with preset plans - and that is UK, an unarmed population.
The purpose of this report is not to open up debate on guns - personally I cant stand them and would
remove every single one of them tomorrow, it is to alert us all to our government and what they are doing.
Thanks to Paul Anderson (UK)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office is
getting an "indefinite delivery" of an "indefinite quantity" of .40 caliber ammunition from defense contractor
U.S. agents will receive a maximum of 450 million rounds over five years, according to a press release on
The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer "optimum
penetration for terminal performance."
This refers to the the bullet's hollow-point tip that passes through barriers and expands for a bigger impact
without the rest of the bullet getting warped out of shape: "this bullet holds its jacket in the toughest
We've also learned that the Department has an open bid for a stockpile of rifle ammo. Listed on the federal
business opportunities network, they're looking for up to 175 million rounds of .223 caliber ammo to be
exact. The .223 is almost exactly the same round used by NATO forces, the 5.56 x 45mm.
The deadline for earlier this month was extended because the right contractor just hadn't come along.
Looks like the Department of Homeland Security means business.
|The Department Of Homeland Security Is Buying 450
Million New Bullets
The Wall Street Journal also had posted on its Market Watch website an official press release about the
contract when I checked out the story less than an hour ago. As of this moment this also now taken down -
April 24, 2012 at 5.15 PM US Eastern.UPDATE: 6.04 PM Back Up HERE
ATK bullet suppliers had references to the contract until a few hours ago.