Occupy Wall Street and its energy comes back to Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, the site last August of the early General Assemblies, before the Zuccotti Park/Liberty Square camp-out.
This week, the White House is putting unbelievable pressure on Congress to authorize an unprecedented giveaway of $700 billion to the Wall Street tycoons who steered our financial markets into a maelstrom.The bailout includes no new regulation or oversight to help avoid this kind of crisis in the future, no public interest givebacks to help people in danger of losing their homes, and no equity stake for taxpayers.
Rally against this bailout in the heart of the financial district! Gather at 4pm, this Thursday, Sept. 25 in the plaza at the southern end of Bowling Green Park, which is the small triangular park that has the Wall Street bull at the northern tip.
What: Say NO to the Wall Street bailout
When: Thursday, September 25: 4pm
Where: Southern end of Bowling Green Park, in the plaza area
What to bring: Banners, noisemakers, signs, leaflets, etc.
Please do whatever you can to put a stop to this bailout — attend the rally, bring your friends, families, and colleagues, spread the word far and wide.
Since Wall Street is asking us to give them money for their worthless investments, some of our creative friends are planning to bring their OWN junk to Wall Street to see if they’ll buy it.
No-knock police raids and warrantless invasions of property in Minneapolis prior to Republican Convention.
On the weekend before the Republican National Convention, law enforcement agencies detained dozens of people and issued a series of search warrants aimed at groups believed to be organizing demonstrations while delegates and Republican officials are in town. – NY Times
Coverage on Salon
In this BBtv vlog episode, Xeni speaks with Tibetan human rights worker Lhakpa Kyizom about reported abuses against so-called “wired monks” in Tibet, by PRC military and police. Using cellphones, these monks photographed dead and injured participants in nonviolent, pro-Tibetan sovereignty protests that took place in March. The monks then disseminated these images to supporters outside Tibet, using connected computers and mobile devices.
After the images spread worldwide, and their origin became known to authorities in the tightly-controlled, tense, post-protest environment in Tibet, Kyizom says, military forces invaded the monastery, confiscated all communications tools, and detained nearly 600 monks in political retaliation.
Kyizom works as a radio producer for Tibet Connection, and is a trainer with the Active Nonviolence Education Center in the Northern Indian town of Dharamshala, also home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.
Link to Boing Boing tv episode, with discussion, downloadable video, transcript of Kyizom’s account, and links to related reports.
Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China on Tuesday blamed supporters of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, for planning and inciting what he described as an “appalling” violence and destruction in Tibet last week.
The Dalai Lama on Tuesday invited international observers, including Chinese officials, to scour his offices here and investigate whether he had any role in inciting the latest anti-Chinese violence in Tibet. He also threatened to resign as leader of Tibet’s government-in-exile in the event of spiraling bloodshed in his homeland.
His spokesperson clarifies:
“If they choose violence as the means to achieve their political ends then the Dalai Lama cannot lead that movement,” says secretary Tenzin Taklha, speaking from Dharamsala in northern India where the Dalai Lama lives in exile.
“He cannot resign as the Dalai Lama. He will die the Dalai Lama.”
The “Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama” sets out three main commitments in the Dalai Lama’s life.
Firstly, “on the level of a human being”, he is committed to promoting of values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline.
Secondly, on the level of a religious practitioner, he is committed to helping bring religious harmony and understanding.
“His third commitment is to the Tibetan issue. His Holiness has a responsibility to act as the free spokesperson of the Tibetans in their struggle for justice,” his office states.
“As far as this third commitment is concerned, it will cease to exist once a mutually beneficial solution is reached between the Tibetans and the Chinese.
“His Holiness will carry on with the first two commitments until his last breath.” –BBC
This post was suggested by my friend Chris who visited Dharamsala, the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in Exile in 1998
Getting to Dharamsala
This was put online long before current events. The International
Campaign for Tibet’s address has only changed slightly since then I’m
seeing as I research this now – from 1825 K St. NW, Suite 520 to 1825
Jefferson Place NW and the zip code looks like it’s changed from 20006
ICT’s current address listed at the bottom of this page: