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Occupy Sacramento marches on banksters
by Dan Bacher
Saturday Nov 5th, 2011 2:31 PM
"We are not surprised, and we are not demoralized," said Cres Vellucci, a legal team member with Occupy Sacramento and vice-chair of the Sacramento Chapter of the ACLU. 'It's very unusual to win a TRO in the first place. We can still have our day in court later. Cesar Chavez Park is a people's park, and the Bill of Rights is not moot even if the city says so."
Occupy Sacramento held, in concert with Occupy groups around the country, a "Bank Transfer Day/ Move Your Money Rally and March" starting at 11:30 AM at Cesar Chavez Park today.

Hundreds marched and many closed their bank accounts at nearby Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase and other "banksters."

Occupy Sacramento, in a news release, also stated its intention to stay in Chavez Park after a curfew it deems unconstitutional even though a Federal judge said Thursday he wouldn't issue a temporary restraining order to stop the arrests.

"We are not surprised, and we are not demoralized," said Cres Vellucci, a legal team member with Occupy Sacramento and vice-chair of the Sacramento Chapter of the ACLU. 'It's very unusual to win a TRO in the first place. We can still have our day in court later. Cesar Chavez Park is a people's park, and the Bill of Rights is not moot even if the city says so."

To date, there have been 82 arrests at the park since Oct. 6. Anti-war Mom Cindy Sheehan and 29 other Occupy Sacramento defendants were arraigned Thursday and a Dec. 13 trial date was set. Defense lawyers are calling it the "First Wave." Another 30 or so defendants – known as the "Second Wave" are scheduled for the same trial-setting arraignment Nov. 16.

All defendants are demanding a speedy jury trial, which is their right, on misdemeanor charges of curfew violations in Cesar Chavez Park. Despite the nonviolent nature of the violation and arrest, each defendant faces 6 month in jail and a $1,000 fine.

On Wednesday, many activists from Occupy Sacramento marched on the Port of Oakland with tens of thousands of others to shut down the facility during the first General Strike in the U.S. since 1946. Karen Bernal, the chair of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party (whose certification is currently in limbo), attended the General Strike after her arraignment that morning with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Zoe.

During the march to the port in the evening, Bernal was enthralled by the huge turnout, diversity of the crowd and effectiveness in shutting down the port.

"This is one of the most liberating experiences I can ever remember," Bernal told me. "The 1% has a lot to be afraid of. If every city could see what happened here, there's no stopping us."

The protest drew thousands from Bay Area labor unions, along with a good number of parents with children. For example, Emma Fuentes marched to the port with her two young boys, including one in a stroller.

As the protesters marched down the streets of west Oakland from Oscar Grant Square at 14th and Broadway, some residents cheered the protesters from their porches and held up their own signs supporting the march.

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by Elly
Sunday Nov 6th, 2011 1:27 AM
No wonder the 99% are evicted by the cops, as the Surperme Court Judges are not even elected by the people but appointed by the 1%. The killing of Lincoln by the x-slaveowner Booth ended Lincoln's next project of making sure government for, by, and of the people takes place.

Then the false election of Heyes by the Supreme Court appointing him even though his opponent favouring reconstruction had a majority of the votes

Heyes then ended the Re-constrution of the South, pushing the soldiers out and implementing Jim Crow laws that put the slaveholders back onto power, and intiated the present crisis of the present monopoly capitalist state that to this day is lawlessly wrecking the national and international economy by anti-working class laws that discriminate against the 99%.

It is simple truth to say that the Militarization of the State in America is the cause of shortfall, austerity, and attempts to break the workers unions and their collective barganing and collective agreements .

Sixty percent of the federal government budget is designated to the pentagon, and its wars against a sustainable environmment. There is not a shortage of money for Illegal Aggressive Wars against non-belligerent countries for their resources such as Oil and Heroin in Afghanstan, and throughout the worlds' Holyland.

The countries that gave the world math, geometry for 'building trades', and a written language and culture don't deserve to have their villages, towns and cities bombed and destroyed year in and year out. The 99% is majority that needs to rule, and the non-elected one percent is guilty of war crimes, and polluting for money, and doing that even now we have the tools to put in place the renewables such as wind, tidal, and solar power which transforms to electricity, and is more power than can be used by society.

Keep organizing, educating and working for the liberation side, which set the goals of liberation at ending aggressive war as any nations foreign policy, and forwarding collective agree as democracy to settle disputes between nations.

OWS, and all the other OWS occupiers are the begining of a mass line that will prove unstopable, a movement of the majority that won't allow organic pollution, unemployment, foreclosures, or aggressive wars to destroy the living and working conditions of the peoples , plants , and animals nor the contamination of the inorganic air, land and water. Viva Socialist liberation.