Occupations and protests in the news:
1. Barack Obama: “So, yes, I think people are frustrated, and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works. Now, keep in mind I have said before and I will continue to repeat, we have to have a strong, effective financial sector in order for us to grow.”
2. Protests rage in Kabul, marking the ten-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. “Protesters chanted slogans including, ‘No to Occupation,’ and ‘Americans Out,’ while holding pictures of slain war victim.” Today also begins planned DC protests to occupy Freedom Plaza marking both the anniversary of the war and the beginning of the 2012 austerity budget.
3. The climate movement stands with #occupywallst and plans a November 6 protest to encircle the White House to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which climate scientists could say would lead to “game over.”
4. The continued impunity of Israeli settlers and the increasing violence in the occupied West Bank.
5. 12,000 prisoners hunger striking in California (40 years after the Attica prison rebellion) over inhumane conditions, importantly which include violent strategies and punishments to prevent political organizing.
6. This provocative message to #occupywallst from JohnPaul Montano, including: “I had hoped that you would acknowledge that, since you are settlers on indigenous land, you need and want our indigenous consent to your building anything on our land – never mind an entire society.”
7. A sign at the NY protests: “I lost my job and found an occupation.”
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