Occupy Updates: UC Davis Will Pay Med Bills for Sprayed Students, OWS Librarians Speak Out, More
As always, the Occupy protests are continuing to brovide constant breaking news and updates.
--The most important news thus far is UC Davis' frantic backtracking to save its image, with the latest example being an agreement to foot the medical bills of students injured from pepper spray. As Gawker's Adrian Chen wryly notes:
I don't know, it seems like paying these kids' medical bills for treatment you caused is getting off a little easy, especially considering the civil rights lawsuits UC Davis can expect. They should all get free meals at the student cafeteria, plus one keg of bud light per annum, for the rest of their college career.
--Meanwhile, arrests continue at Occupy encampments across the country. In Charlotte, ten protesters were arrested overnight but they vow to continue their occupation.
--In Washington, DC, those who marched all the way from New York are mic-checking the supercommittee today. From an email: "Members of Occupy Washington, DC and Occupy the Highway (occupiers who walked to DC from NYC) are in the Hart Building protesting the super committee. They are mic-checking the failure of the committee and demonstrating how the deficit problem can be easily solved by taxing the rich and cutting the military. Further they call for rebuilding the economy, creating millions of jobs and strengthening the social safety net. Occupiers are inside and outside the Hart Building.
--In New York City, the staff of the People's Library and lawyers are rightly not letting the fact that the police raid destroyed books leave the spotlight, holding a press conference and displaying damaged books today. From their press release:
So far, the People’s Library has received 1,099 books back from the Dept. of Sanitation after last week’s raid (some of which were not library books to begin with), and out of these, about 800 are still usable. About 2,900 books are still unaccounted for, and less than one-fifth of the original collection is still usable. These numbers may change slightly when the People’s Library gets an exact count of the recent (and final) retrievals from Sanitation, but not considerably.
“The People’s Library was destroyed by NYPD acting on the authority of Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the night of the raid. In addition to all our supplies, laptops, and tent, they threw roughly 4,000 books into garbage trucks and dumpsters that were adjacent to the park, as well as assorted rare documents that were associated with OWS,” says William Scott, an Occupy Wall Street Librarian.
Speaking of harsh crackdowns against the world of literarure poet Robert Hass has a piece in the New York Times about brutality on the Berkeley campus which includes some aptly poetic images of violence against poets and scholars:
They had hit me hard enough so that I was sore for days, but not hard enough to leave much of a mark. I wasn’t so badly off. One of my colleagues, also a poet, Geoffrey O’Brien, had a broken rib. Another colleague, Celeste Langan, a Wordsworth scholar, got dragged across the grass by her hair when she presented herself for arrest.
--Also in New York, preparations are underway for a massive free "occupied" Thanksgiving; "This Thanksgiving, Occupy Wall Street is celebrating unity and community with an open feast at Liberty Square. From 2 to 6 p.m. at Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park) we will meet to share food, stories and inspiration. All members of our global community are invited to break bread with us." There will be donated and prepared meals and a food drive as well.
--A big moment on the horizon is the December 6th "Occupy Our Homes" action, during which "nbsp;#OWS will join the struggle of families and communities that have been on the front lines of a struggle for economic justice. We will stand in solidarity and ask our fellow occupations to join us for a national day of action on the foreclosure crisis. We are fighting Wall Street's reach on every block, every farm, every house in America with sit-ins at foreclosed properties to right this moral injustice." Find more out about them on Twitter @OccupyOurHomes and on Facebook.
--In London, theGuardian reports that "The battle to evict the camp outside St Paul's Cathedral will begin on 19 December, after the City of London Corporation warned that a delay in legal proceedings would "prolong significant harm to the public interest".