Today in Headlines We Never Thought We Would Actually See
And to think I just finished writing a reflection on how social movements may not be efficient, but each baby step counts. It’s sad when I get extremely excited over a politician actually doing the right thing.
Daniel Garcia’s Saturday night ended with an unwanted surprise.
While driving downtown after the night’s police raid on Occupy Denver, Garcia chose to publicly support the group by honking his horn. This, he would quickly learn, is technically illegal. Thanks to “either two or three honks,” he says, Garcia was pulled over and ticketed by a police officer near 14th Street.
Just to be clear, Garcia takes out the ticket and reads it. On November 12, at 8:30 p.m., he was cited for violating city ordinance 54-71, labeled “horns or other warning devices.” Garcia drove down 14th Street and was about to turn onto Broadway when a supportive honk earned a show of headlights behind him, accompanied by the signal for him to pull over.Kelsey WhippleOfficers prepare for an altercation with protesters three weekends ago.
The details of the “horns and other warning devices” ordinance are:Every motor vehicle when operated upon the streets and highways of the city shall be equipped with a horn in good working order and capable of emitting sound audible under normal atmospheric conditions for a distance of not less than two hundred (200) feet, but no horn or other warning device shall emit an unreasonably loud or harsh sound. The driver of a vehicle, when reasonably necessary to ensure safe operation, shall give an audible warning with his horn, but shall not otherwise use such horn when upon a street or highway.
“A cop asked me if I was responding to an emergency situation, and I said no,” Garcia says. “He asked me why I was honking, and I said I was supporting Occupy Denver. He told me there’s a city ordinance against honking outside of an emergency situation and then stepped aside to search my car and trunk.”
The entire situation lasted about twenty minutes, after which Garcia was handed a $60 ticket and warned not to return to the area. “He said, ‘If I see you over here again, we’ll pull you over and impound your car for disturbing the peace,’” Garcia says. “I asked if that warning also applied to the next day, but the cop walked away.”
Garcia’s future court date is currently scheduled for December 23, and he plans to plead not guilty and contest the ticket. The next day, Garcia was again present during a ticketing at Occupy Denver, though not his own this time: On Sunday, he watched an officer give a citation for stopping illegally to someone who was trying to pick up a protester in front of the park. In the past few days, several protesters and supporters have reported beingticketed for stopping illegally in front of the occupation while attempting to drop off supplies.
“I felt like my horn was doing what it was supposed to do, which was supporting Occupy Denver,” Garcia says. “I’m going to go in, plead not guilty, tell the judge my horn was not defective in any way, shape or form and that I feel like I was harassed unnecessarily.”
More from our Occupy Denver archive: “Occupy Denver: Police start ticketing drivers who stop to donate in front of Civic Center Park.”
oakland and seattle and new york all deserve to be well broadcasted. but how on earth is the police state that is happening in denver not being picked up on the radar? you can’t pause on the sidewalks. you can’t honk your horn.
Occupy London protesters set for long haul outside cathedral as global action against financial institutions gains momentum Occupy London camp in front of St Paul’s Cathedral in the city of London. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP
In their stand against mammon, protesters occupying St Paul’s churchyard to vent anger at reckless bankers found heartwarming support emanating from the house of God.
Far from requesting that the 300-strong crowd be removed from the cathedral steps on Sunday , the Rev Dr Giles Fraser, canon chancellor of St Paul’s, requested that the police themselves move on as the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest entered its second day.
A line of officers had taken up position at the top of the steps to “protect” the building. “Which was very good of them,” explained the canon. But then he had asked them if they would leave, “because I didn’t feel that it needed that sort of protection”.
DENVER PD: take note.
One of the most heartbreaking 99 percent photos I’ve seen yet.
His sign reads:
“I was deployed to Iraq 4x
1 of my friends is missing his arm.
1 of my friends killed himself.
I’ve been blown up 2x by roadside bombs.
Hearing fireworks makes me nervous.
I can’t sleep at night.
All so bankers and war profiteers could get richer.
I am the 99%
Nearly every active duty military member is in the 99 percent. End the war profiteering and bring them home.
Blackwater contractors make more than 4-star generals. Many with even more generous benefits packages.
Sit on that fact for awhile. Then get madder.
Occupy Wall Street becomes a world protest.
Starting from the top: protesters at a rally in Seoul, South Korea; masked protesters in Zurich, Switzerland; Hong Kong’s Exchange Square; the NYSE Euronext stock exchange protest in Amsterdam, where Pinocchio noses and fake euros are among the props; WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the London Stock Exchange; thousands of protesters in Berlin.
THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY.
Two protesters involved with Occupy Santa Cruz in California walked into Bank of America earlier this week to close their own accounts as part of the national protest against the greed and irresponsibility of Wall Street, which has only seen it’s profits soar since it nearly collapsed the economy back in 2008.
So Bank of America naturally closed the accounts, right? Not even close. Rather than allow their customers to close their accounts, they told them that “you can not be a protester and a customer at the same time.” The bank manager threatened to lock the doors and call the police to have their own customers arrested for the simple act of requesting the closure of their own accounts. The two women left the bank and called the police. The officer went into the bank and after talking to the manager, relayed a message to them. According to the bank manager, “If they came in with the signs and they were part of the protest earlier, then they are protesters and cannot be customers at the same time.”
Apparently, it is now a crime to close your bank account if it’s located at one of the big banks that nearly crashed the American economy. Just today, Citibank locked in their own customers and had them arrested for trying to close their own accounts. Just another reason why you should close your account if it’s in any big bank that hurt the economy and put your money in a small bank or a credit union. Banks are just looking for ANY excuse to keep the money they have in their banks. It shouldn’t matter if these folks are protesters or not. If you walk into a bank and request that your account be closed, the bank should give you your money and close the account. These banks are illegally holding the money these customers deposited, and they are willing to have their own customers arrested rather than give up money they want to gamble with. The police are arresting the wrong people.
i know i posted the videos already. seriously. get your money out of there. i bank with a local credit union; i’ve never had any trouble. in fact, they’ve even partnered with a bunch of other local banks and i don’t get charged ATM fees at those either. i could go on and on.