If you’ve ever wanted to date a man who self-identifies as a “revolutionary,” “dating coach,” “philosopher,” “dancer,” “assistant,” and “story teller,” you’re in luck. Harrison Schultz, an erstwhile spokesman of sorts for Occupy Wall Street—“of sorts” because the movement purposefully eschews the idea of leadership—is available for your pleasure at RentAGent.com for a paltry $200 an hour.
Schultz achieved a modicum of notoriety when he appeared on TV news circuit to discuss Occupy’s motives and intentions. He engaged in a typical but nonetheless memorable spat with Fox’s Sean Hannity, who told Schultz to “hit the pavement, find a job, stop whining, stop complaining, stop blaming and get your ass out of bed.”
Perhaps Hannity would approve of the enterprising activist’s new self-marketing (the Rent a Gent profile appears unrelated to the Occupy movement and any related groups). According to Rent a Gent’s C.E.O. Sara Shikhman, the site offers a range of services, “from putting together your Ikea furniture to writing a poem for you to singing for you to accompanying you to a charity event . . . even to teaching you how to do breakdancing or karate.”
“There’s a wide range just depending on the guy’s talent,” Shikhman told N.Y.U. Local. “What combines it all is that all the guys are good-looking, very charming in person, and have at least one talent.”
Schultz, who is listed on LinkedIn as “project manager for the Occupy Money Collective,” also operates a blog titled Anarchy Isn’t Easy, where his most recent post offers some insight into his personality, as he sees it:
My experiences with #OWS, on top of all the others, along my sober and otherwise reflections upon them have lead me to a recent inner realization that I am in no way corrupt in any moral sense. I am pure the way anger or fire is pure, with or without my ego’s engagement, neither but both good and evil, neither but both useful as well as destructive, powerful, furthermore, yet subject to inevitable burnout. I’ve come to learn that I myself must respect my own nature if I am not to burn or suffocate to death.
On Rent a Gent, Schulz tallies his talents as such: “I am a true sapio-sexual intellectual-activist. Currently finishing my Phd and writing a dissertation on erotic arts, I am an expert in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) and erotic hypnosis. Or you can just eat sushi off of my body, up to you.”
One user has reviewed Schultz on the site. “His lifestyle is different and interesting,” someone with the username “Marinachka” wrote. “I’d like to meet him in person and bring him to one of the many finance parties I get invited to. I am sure he would drive some people nuts, which would be fun to watch.”
According to Marinachka, Schultz is a “hot and seductive activist.” We’re not sure if that’s the best kind, but we wish Schultz success all the same.
Video of Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan clocking a cop in the face with her elbow was shown to the jury in her assault case Wednesday.
The grainy clips, likely taken on cell phones or small cameras during a chaotic clearing of Zuccotti Park around midnight on March 18, 2012, show Police Officer Grantley Bovell walking to the back right of McMillan seconds before she popped in him the face and tried to bolt.
Bovell told jurors he put his hand on her shoulder to lead her away after repeatedly telling her she had to leave the hub of the now-defunct movement so that the public space could be cleared temporarily for cleaning.
But instead of complying, McMillan, 25, knocked him in the left eye – causing swelling, bruises and a cut. The smack also knocked his glasses askew.
Bovell said he had headaches and eye spasms in the days following the injury.
“It was a sharp pain,” he testified.
After Bovell got hit, the video shows McMillan trying to sprint away. She didn’t get far before he tackled her to the ground and got help from other cops who tried to handcuff her.
“I remember her asking me why she was arrested and I told her for assaulting a police officer,” Bovell said.
“At that time she told me that she couldn’t breathe, she couldn’t breathe. I remember telling her,’If you can speak to me you can breathe.’”
McMillan then fell to the ground and refused to move.
“She laid on the floor, she was rolling around at that point in time,” he said. “She was screaming, chanting.”
“What was she chanting?” Assistant District Attorney Erin Choi said.
She was chanting about “the tyranny of the NYPD,” Bovell said.
McMillan, one of dozens arrested that night, started weeping and blotting her eyes with a tissue throughout random parts of his testimony in Manhattan Supreme Court and as some of the footage was shown.
Her defense team argues that her attack on the cop was a reaction to him grabbing her breast.
Bovell testified that before he had to pummel her to keep her from fleeing, the only contact he had was his hand to her shoulder.
McMillan faces 7 years in prison if convicted.
On cross-examination, Bovell was grilled by defense attorney Martin Stolar about department punishment he took for his admitted involvement in the NYPD ticket-fixing scandal.
Stolar is expected to question him on the details of his physical encounter with McMillan when the trial resumes Friday morning.
Miami, FL – More than 30 south Florida activists gathered April 13 at the Margaret Pace Park. Occupy Miami, part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, organized a reunion for Occupiers and invited other local organizers to take part in discussions. The Occupy movement inspired many to join the fight for justice and many Miami Occupiers continue to organize.
Members of Broward and Miami-Dade Green Party, People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR), Veterans for Peace, Progressive Democrats of America-Miami, Reclaim Your Power and Equality and Amnesty International participated in discussions summing up the past couple of years. Local activists are looking forward too, with upcoming plans to celebrate May Day – International Workers’ Day.
Palestine solidarity organizers are planning a commemoration of Al-Nakba, “the catastrophe,” when millions of Palestinians were violently forced to leave their homes in historic Palestine on May 15, 1948. Arab-American women’s leader Rasmea Odeh will be a focus of the May 15 event. Odeh is the target of political repression and is going to court in Detroit on June 10. A nationwide solidarity campaign at www.StopFBI.net is building up to support Odeh.
The Occupy Wall Street movement experienced repression at the hands of the U.S. government and the Occupy Miami reunion called for people to stand in solidarity with activists like Rasmea Odeh who are being targeted.
Pamela Maldonado, lead organizer with POWIR said, “We as activists experience repression, but we also practice solidarity that protects our movements. When we come together to fight we have a bigger impact. Together we are stronger.”
People spoke of ways to support each other’s work and strengthen the fight for justice. The spirited collaboration of the community helps to solidify the movement going forward.
The controversy over a Nevada rancher’s decades-long use of public land without paying federal grazing fees has quickly become a national issue — one that Glenn Beck on Monday urged Americans to fully understand before taking a side on.
“We did some research online with PsyID today, and found that there’s about 10 or 15 percent of the people who are talking about this online that are truly frightening,” Beck said on his television program. “They don’t care what the facts are. They just want a fight.”
Beck said there are many “decent, small-government proponents from groups like the Tea Party” supporting Bundy, and they need to be aware that the controversy has drawn “violent, anti-government” individuals who are “the right’s version of Occupy Wall Street,” as well.
“People can spot anger and vengeance from a mile away,” the multimedia personality said. “When I saw that video when [protesters] were lunging and jumping at the agents, I thought, ‘this is our side’s Occupy Wall Street.’ It’s happening all over again, and it will end the same way.”
Though Bundy has grazed his cattle on federal land for decades, the rancher has refused to pay grazing fees since 1993. Last week, the conflict sharply escalated after federal agents arrived in an attempt to round up Bundy’s “trespass cattle,” only to be met by protesters.
Beck said he wanted to be 100 percent clear on one thing he believes all Americans should be able to agree on.
“We need to agree on, ‘we condemn those who use violence,’” Beck said. “Inciting violence doesn’t solve anything. I vehemently denounce anyone who even hints at such tactics.”
For years, Beck has advocated peaceful protest in the footsteps of individuals like Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus Christ, and Martin Luther King, Jr. But, just like the left had Occupy Wall Street, Beck knows that the right will have angry advocates, as well.
“If we fail to turn to [God] now, and fail to follow the footsteps of the guy who said ‘shod your feet in peace,’ we will not succeed,” Beck reiterated. “I can’t make it any clearer.”
“It’s not who we are,” he added in conclusion. “We are not Occupy Wall Street. We are not the people who scream violent things. We are not people that shout them down. And it’s certainly not the way to win.”
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Listen to rocker Krist Novoselic speak about the late, not so great Occupy Wall Street movement, and one gets the sense he had a soft spot for those unwashed radicals.
To a point.
Novoselic, the former bassist for Nirvana, has little sympathy for the group beyond that. After all, what did OWS actually accomplish?
Novoselic discussed OWS, politics and more with The Daily Beast, and the bassist says he prefers politics with an emphasis on getting things done.
Novoselic’s desire for change did not make him an Occupy Wall Street sympathizer, he said. “It wasn’t compelling for me. I’m busy doing real political work, and I just don’t have time to sit under a leaky tarp in downtown Portland. I’m doing things.”
Novoselic expressed frustration that Occupy did not use their manpower to help political candidates that shared the movement’s beliefs.
“They could’ve occupied Congress!
A Manhattan jury heard opening arguments on Friday in one of the final criminal cases stemming from past Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.
Cecily McMillan, a 25-year-old graduate student and union employee, was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer.
The charge stems from an incident on March 17, 2012, when demonstrators tried to return to Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan after being evicted from an…
The shadow of Occupy Wall Street has passed us by. As the rest of America goes on being productive and capitalist, the only remnants of the irrelevant movement are a few assault and battery lawsuits. One of the last criminal trials is the case of Cecily McMillan, a 25 year old graduate student at The New School in New York City.
Two years ago, during a Saturday night Occupy protest at Zuccotti Park, McMillan allegedly assaulted an NYPD officer. McMillan’s defense is that the policeman, Officer Grantley Bovell, “grabbed her right breast from behind” and “reacted instinctively, not knowing he was a police officer.” The same officer, including “several of his colleagues, the NYPD and city authorities” are now being sued by nine other protesters who claim their “constitutional rights” were violated. Who knew Marxists were so litigious?
Whether Cecily McMillan, or these other protesters, are entitled to a lawsuit isn’t the point. The more interesting fact is that most people still don’t sympathize with Occupy Wall Street. They didn’t in 2011, when 31% of Americans polled by Gallup didn’t agree with their methods (and 59% didn’t know or care). And now, as McMillan’s trial is scrambling to interview jurors, we are finding out that they can’t even get fair representation.
“I’m involved in Wall Street things. I’m on the Wall Street side, not their side,” said George Yih, a potential juror.
“Everything I believe – my morals – are kind of the antithesis of what they represent,” said Jason McLean, an equity trader who was promptly dismissed.
“…in terms of Occupy Wall Street”, says Alan Moore whose wife works on Wall Street, “in general, I would give less credibility to that group than average.”
Are these people trying to get out of jury duty, or are people less inclined to give the benefit of the doubt to socialists? Wait, what am I saying? College socialists are so well behaved…
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Last of the Occupy Wall Street trials begins in NYC
Cecily McMillan, 25, faces 7 years in prison for elbowing Officer Grantley Bovell in the face, a felony, during a police sweep of Zucotti Park, scene of an Occupy Wall Street protest on March 17, 2012.
McMillan does not deny that she elbowed the officer. At issue is the nature of the incident.
Officer Bovell says he was attempting to escort her off the grounds when she attacked him. She says he grabbed her breast from behind, and she simply reacted to the assault on her, throwing out an elbow, not realizing it was a police officer.
In her opening statement, Rebecca Heinegg, one of McMillan’s defense lawyers, said her client “reacted in surprise” when her right breast was grabbed from behind, according to an article in The Guardian. She added that McMillan, a known Occupy activist, was also known for her nonviolence philosophy. Furthermore, Heinegg said McMillan wasn’t taking part in that day’s events, but was simply passing through the area, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with friends.
“She was dressed in bright green, she had friends visiting from out of town, and she was out in the West Village and the East Village to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” Heinegg said.
Assistant district attorney Erin Choi painted a different picture. Choi said a film would show McMillian crouched, and ready to spring at Officer Bovell.
“Officer Bovell was completely horrified. It was the last thing he expected that day,” Choi said.
The trial got off to a bit of a rocky start after several prospective jurors were dismissed claiming they could not be impartial. Some said they had strong ties to Wall Street financial businesses, others because they said they were suspicious of the police.
Zucotti Park in the city’s financial district was one of the original protest sites when the Occupy movement started in September, 2011. It eventually spread to other locations in New York, and other cities around the country.
Over the course of the protests, New York City police arrested 2,644 protesters, according to the New York Times. Of these, only seven were indicted, including McMillan. Of the other six, only one went to trial, a woman who was acquitted. Two others pleaded guilty to the charges they faced, and the other two pleaded guilty to lesser misdemeanor charges.
McMillan chose to ask for a trial, rather than plead guilty to a felony.
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