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Outspoken comedy king Russell Brand has joined hundreds of protesters on their Occupy Wall Street March. The former husband of pop princess Katy Perry is currently in New York to plug his new book, ‘Revolution’ but, it seems he is not content with just writing about a revolution, he wants to see one happen on the streets.

After giving a reading at Zuccotti Park he marched with the people to the famous financial district of the Big Apple.

Once he arrived he took to the steps of Federal Hall to speak out to the crowd. But he was soon asked to move on by a security guard.

Bad boy Brand didn’t resist though, hugging the guard who was being booed by the crowd. Proving he really is a champion of the little people and non-violent protest.

Russell Brand joins protestors marching on Wall Street (Photo)

The Occupy Wall Street movement is receiving some heavy-hitting celebrity assistance today in the form of Russell Brand.

Okay, maybe I’m being a tad sarcastic with that “heavy-hitting” thing.

This afternoon, the lightweight Brand joined a group of protestors making their way through the streets of New York. I’m assuming Brand knows why he’s there, and didn’t begin drunkenly marching along with all these daft people because what the f–k?

It would be totally hilarious if Brand was just drunk.

“Hey where’s everybody going? Did another plane hit a building? I don’t see any smoke. Crikey I think I just soiled me trousers. GET ME OUT OF HERE, I THINK I HEAR ANOTHER PLANE COMING!!!”

And then he runs face-first into a brick wall. HAAAA! That Russell Brand, what a card.

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    NEW YORK — After being convicted of assaulting a police officer, an Occupy Wall Street protester who became a rallying point for activists was cleared Friday of charges stemming from another confrontation with police.

    Cecily McMillan was acquitted of obstructing government administration, after her second trial this year.

    It came three months after her release from jail in her earlier case, which stemmed from an encounter with police at an Occupy gathering and made the 26-year-old graduate student a celebrated figure among protesters and sympathizers.

    In the latest case, prosecutors said McMillan interfered with officers who’d stopped two accused fare-beaters in a Manhattan subway station in December 2013.

    McMillan claimed to be a lawyer, urged the two not to cooperate with police, hectored the officers and got in the way while shooting video when the officers took the two to a transit police station, according to police and prosecutors. Her conduct showed “utter contempt for the police and the important job they do,” prosecutors said in court papers this spring.

    But whatever it showed wasn’t a crime, said her lawyer, Martin Stolar.

    “Being annoying and obnoxious to the police is not illegal,” he said by phone Friday.

    The Manhattan district attorney’s office had no immediate comment.

    The arrest came as McMillan was awaiting trial in her first case. In that case, she was accused of elbowing an officer in the eye as he ushered her and other Occupy activists out of a park where they were marking the movement’s six-month birthday on March 17, 2012.

    She said she reacted instinctively after her breast was grabbed from behind, which the officer denied doing. She said police then roughed her up while arresting her as she suffered what she has described as a seizure.

    The trial took on a tone of demonstration in itself, with dozens of McMillan supporters lining the courtroom audience; some shouted “Shame!” when she was convicted. Director Spike Jonze, Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon and some City Council members wrote letters asking for leniency for her, and members of the once-jailed Russian punk group Pussy Riot visited her in jail on Rikers Island.

    She was released in July, after serving about 60 days, and went on to write a Cosmopolitan magazine piece about her time behind bars. She plans to advocate for inmates.

    “I walked into Rikers Island as part of one movement and left as part of another,” she wrote.

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    Three Years Ago this Month the Occupy Wall Street Movement Burst Upon San …

    By Frank Gormlie / OB Rag

    Start of March, Oct 7 2011

    Oct. 7, 2011. Author is in lower right front of photo in white shirt. Photo Credit T.Collins Logan

    It was October 7th, in the year 2011, that the Occupy Wall Street movement hit San Diego.

    In a huge outpouring of demonstrators, up to 4,000 San Diegans marched through the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego – mainly protesting for social and economic justice, against the state of the economy and the role of banks and Wall Street responsible for the financial downturn. Occupy San Diego was born in a giant – for San Diego – protest in solidarity with the rest of the country and particularly those in New York City – where the Occupy movement began.

    After the march ended up at City Hall – where speeches were given in the Civic Plaza, the protesters moved back to the original site, Children’s Park, for their first night of encampment. In terms of progressive political expressions, this was the largest demonstration in the City for many years – and there hasn’t been anything like it since.

    Later the next day, October 8th, Occupy San Diego returned to the Civic Plaza – which they renamed “Freedom Plaza” and made an encampment that would last for days and weeks. A hundred tents were counted at one point, along with a kitchen, first aid, media tents, and sign-making, a couple of libraries,the encampment was a bright spot in San Diego’s political history.

    Finally, under intense police pressure – now known to have been directed from Washington DC – as well as its own internal contradictions, Occupy San Diego fell apart – along with most movements across the nation – by or near the end of that year, 2011.

    There are remnants, and here in San Diego, the most on-going and spirited spin-off is WomenOccupy, a mainly singing group. An anniversary celebration of sorts happened on Oct. 7th at the Civic Center at 7pm. The event was also in solidarity with the demonstrations going on in Hong Kong.

    Even though it did fade, the Occupy Wall Street movement changed the nation’s discussion – for the first time, the expressions “the 99%”, “the 1%” entered our lexicon, and the discussion focused on the role of banks and the role of Wall Street like never before – or since.

    Here is part of my report of the Urban Village created by Occupy San Diego – from Oct. 11, 2011:

    With all that had been put up during the occupation, something new and wonderfully addicting was being born. We were creating the beginnings of a new society right here in the shadow of City Hall, right here in the windy, cold corridors of San Diego power.

    As you walk among the nearly 90 tents set up in the Plaza, and observe what the occupiers are actually doing, you can sense that a small town, a small village, has been created right in the bowels of our large city, right in the heart of its civic government. A village born in the middle of a city.

    I looked around. People were in a food line, a constant figment of the occupation. The Food Tent was one of the first to be installed, and multiple tables were covered with boxes of food stuffs – lots of bread and rolls . Washing tubs stood nearby, along with bins for recyclables and trash. Stacked behind the tables were cases of water bottles and boxes of donated foods. Campers had been asked to bring their own plates, containers and utensils and most had.

    Twenty yards away was the medical tent, and it even had a cot inside. A sign hung outside that announced: “The People’s Clinic”. The Medical Committee appears to be very well organized and that there was always some volunteer hanging out in its tent waiting to be of service.

    From there, if you took a 90 degree turn to the west, you might run into the Voter Registration booth and tent, prominently set up so anyone walking by would see it.

    People were in their tents, talking, reading, eating – you know, the things that people do when they’re home. Small groups sat in circles, sharing food, stories and laughter. A few children were visible. Here and there, someone fingered their guitars. And you cannot escape seeing the overall amazing diversity of the encampment. All colors and varieties of human folk.

    Mingling with the humans were a number of very friendly dogs – all on leashes. I didn’t see any cats, however. I did pass the “Comfort” tent, where bins of donated clothing and blankets were being collected and displayed for the taking. Out of nowhere, two old friends appeared and strung up a Bulletin Board for the village. A hammock had been thrown up, hooked on sign poles, and someone had added a cardboard sign on the City pole with all the different destinations around the world that simply said “Occupy San Diego”.

    I walked some distance and around the corner was the Library, with a large display of books and reading material. Everyone had been asked initially to bring a book to share, and the occupiers and their supporters had certainly responded. There were also stacks of DVD’s to view, magazines, and other literature for perusal. No library cards needed here – the check out policy is very liberal.

    Up against one of the walls of the Quad was a string of tables under a tarp labeled “Media”. A live-stream camera was constantly on and a half dozen people sat behind their laptops.

    Legal observers and Safety Committee people mingle about. Tonight it was quiet.

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    Occupy Wall Street protester on trial for pretending to be a lawyer

    The Occupy Wall Street protester who bawled over the dress her non-fashion-savvy lawyer had her wear in court found herself before another judge on Tuesday after allegedly pretending to be a lawyer.

    Cecily McMillan, 26, is charged with misdemeanor obstruction of governmental administration for allegedly interfering with cops trying to ticket two fare-beaters in Union Square on Dec. 7, 2013.

    “She was yelling at the couple, ‘Do not listen to them! Do not cooperate with the police! I’m a lawyer and I know the law,’ ” prosecutor Leah Saxtein told the jury.

    McMillan, 26 — who cried over the forced fashion faux pas after her May conviction for elbowing a cop in the eye in 2012 — was dressed demurely in a gray dress and black loafers on Tuesday.

    She served nearly two months on Rikers Island for the assault.

    The new charges could land her in jail for as much as a year.

    McMillan says the cops didn’t show their badges when they asked the couple to see their IDs, her attorney, Martin Stolar, said.

    Occupy Wall Street activist ‘threatened to kill police officer’s family’

    • Cecily McMillan, 25, interfered when she saw plain-clothed officers arresting a couple at Union Square station in December
    • Officer claims she accused his partner of being a ‘male chauvinistic pig’ 
    • Then she allegedly said: ‘He probably doesn’t have any wife or kids’
    • Continuing the suspected abuse, saying: ‘But if he did, I would kill them’
    • McMillan denies a misdemeanor charge which carries a year-long sentence 
    • Was jailed for three months earlier this year for elbowing an officer during the protest in March 2012

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    Allegations: Cecily McMillan, 26 (pictured arriving at a hearing earlier this year) appeared in court to face allegations she threatened to kill a police officer’s family during an incident on the New York subway

    An Occupy Wall Street activist has been accused of threatening to kill a plain-clothed police officer’s family during an incident on the New York subway. 

    Cecily McMillan, 26, who was jailed for three months earlier this year for elbowing an officer during the 2012 demonstrations, allegedly made the threats when two fare-dodgers were being arrested. 

    The graduate student from the New School appeared in a Manhattan court on Monday, charged with obstructing governmental administration during an altercation in Union Square station last December.

    Officer Luis Castillo told the pretrial hearing that he heard McMillan accuse his partner, officer Brian Rothermel, of being a ‘male chauvinist pig’,The Guardian reported. 

    He claims she then said: ‘And he probably doesn’t have any kids or a wife, but if he did, I’d kill them.’

    McMillan has denied the misdemeanor charge which carries a year prison sentence if convicted.

    According to her supporters’ website, McMillan was ‘arrested again’ by the NYPD for filming the police as they arrested two people inside station.

    The post reads: ‘Cecily saw two plainly dressed men begin to abusively confront and interrogate a young couple. 

    ‘When she began to question them about the harassment, it turned out the men were police officers who then arrested them. 

    ‘Cecily followed them to the subway precinct, watching to make sure they were not further abused, and began to take a video of the arrest process from outside the precinct doors. 

    McMillan, dubbed the ‘queen of non-violence’, was found guilty in May of assaulting a police officer during a demonstration two years before.

    As the verdict was read out and she was led away from the court room, her supporters shouted: ‘Shame! Shame! Shame!’

    The student, who was 25 at the time, was sentenced to three years but served around eight on Rikers Island in New York. 

    Her defense team maintained throughout the trial that she was startled and knocked the officer accidentally after he groped her left breast from behind. 

    Activist: The graduate student was jailed for three months earlier this year for elbowing a police officer as she was led away from the Wall Street demonstrations in March 2012. She served eight weeks of the sentence 

    Activist: The graduate student was jailed for three months earlier this year for elbowing a police officer as she was led away from the Wall Street demonstrations in March 2012. She served eight weeks of the sentence 

    During the subway incident, McMillan was said to have grabbed the officers hand when one of the fare-dodgers tried to hand over his ID. 

    As the pair were taken away, she continued to film the incident on her phone.

    Throughout the altercation, she claimed she was a lawyer, and when they reached the precinct doors, she tried to force her way in.

    According to officer Castillo, she then started shouting and screaming before she was arrested and handcuffed. 

    A trial will begin when a jury has been selected while the judge ruled that her previous assault charges must not be mentioned by the prosecution.  

    McMillan was one of 56 people to be convicted at trial for the demonstrations in March 2012, while another 11 people have been acquitted.

    The city had evicted Occupy’s Zuccotti Park encampment four months earlier, but activists gathered there to celebrate the six-month mark.

    McMillan (pictured outside a Manhattan court in May) denies the charges, saying she was only filming two plain-clothed police officers arresting two fare-dodgers at Union Square station, New York

    McMillan (pictured outside a Manhattan court in May) denies the charges, saying she was only filming two plain-clothed police officers arresting two fare-dodgers at Union Square station, New York

     

     


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    Three Years Ago Today – Oct. 7th, 2011 – the Occupy Wallstreet Movement …

    Oct. 7, 2011. Author is in lower right front of photo in white shirt. Photo Credit T.Collins Logan

    It was October 7th, in the year 2011, that the Occupy Wallstreet movement  hit San Diego.

    In a huge outpouring of demonstrators, up to 4,000 San Diegans marched through the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego – mainly protesting for social and economic justice, against the state of the economy and the role of banks and Wallstreet responsible for the financial downturn.  Occupy San Diego was born in a giant – for San Diego – protest in solidarity with the rest of the country and particularly those in New York City – where the occupy movement began.

    After the march ended up at City Hall – where speeches were given in the Civic Plaza, the protesters moved back to the  original site, Children’s Park, for their first night of encampment. In terms of progressive political expressions, this was the largest demonstration in the City for many years – and there hasn’t been anything like it since.

    Later the next day, October 8th, Occupy San Diego returned to the Civic Plaza – which they renamed “Freedom Plaza” and made an encampment that would last for days and weeks. A hundred tents were counted at one point, along with a kitchen, first aid, media tents, and sign-making, a couple of libraries,the encampment was a bright spot in San Diego’s political history.

    Finally, under intense police pressure – now known to have been directed from Washington DC – as well as its own internal contradictions, Occupy San Diego fell apart – along with most movements across the nation – by or near the end of that year, 2011.

    There are remnants, and here in San Diego, the most on-going and spirited spin-off is WomenOccupy San Diego, a mainly singing group.  There is an anniversary celebration of sorts happening this day – today – Oct. 7th, 2014 – at the Civic Center at 7pm.  The event is also in solidarity with the demonstrations going on in Hong Kong.

    Even though it did fade, the Occupy Wallstreet movement changed the nation’s discussion – for the first time, the expressions “the 99%”, “the 1%” entered our lexicon, and the discussion focused on the role of banks and the role of Wallstreet like never before – or since.

    Here is part of my report of the Urban Village created by Occupy San Diego – from Oct. 11, 2011:

    With all that had been put up during the occupation, something new and wonderfully addicting was being born. We were creating the beginnings of a new society right here in the shadow of City Hall, right here in the windy, cold corridors of San Diego power.

    As you walk among the nearly 90 tents set up in the Plaza, and observe what the occupiers are actually doing, you can sense that a small town, a small village, has been created right in the bowels of our large city, right in the heart of its civic government. A village born in the middle of a city.

    I  looked around.  People were in a food line, a constant figment of the occupation.  The Food Tent was one of the first to be installed, and multiple tables were covered with boxes of food stuffs – lots of bread and rolls . Washing tubs stood nearby, along with bins for recyclables and trash. Stacked behind the tables were cases of water bottles and boxes of donated foods. Campers had been asked to bring their own plates, containers and utensils and most had.

    Twenty yards away was the medical tent, and it even had a cot inside. A sign hung outside that announced: “The People’s Clinic”. The Medical Committee appears to be very well organized and that there was always some volunteer hanging out in its tent waiting to be of service.

    From there, if you took a 90 degree turn to the west, you might run into the Voter Registration booth and tent, prominently set up so anyone walking by would see it.

    People were in their tents, talking, reading, eating – you know, the things that people do when they’re home. Small groups sat in circles, sharing food, stories and laughter.  A few children were visible. Here and there, someone fingered their guitars.  And you cannot escape seeing the overall amazing diversity of the encampment. All colors and varieties of  human folk.

    Mingling with the humans were a number of very friendly dogs – all on leashes.  I didn’t see any cats, however.  I did pass the “Comfort” tent, where bins of donated clothing and blankets were being collected and displayed for the taking.  Out of nowhere, two old friends appeared and strung up a Bulletin Board for the village. A hammock had been thrown up, hooked on sign poles, and someone had added a cardboard sign on the City pole with all the different destinations around the world that simply said “Occupy San Diego”.

    I walked some distance and around the corner was the Library, with a large display of books and reading material. Everyone had been asked initially to bring a book to share, and the occupiers and their supporters had certainly responded.  There were also stacks of DVD’s to view, magazines, and other literature for perusal.  No library cards needed here – the check out policy is very liberal.

    Up against one of the walls of the Quad was a string of tables under a tarp labeled “Media”.   A live-stream camera was constantly on and a half dozen people sat behind their laptops.

    Legal observers and Safety Committee people mingle about. Tonight it was quiet.

    Occupy Wall Street activist ‘threatened to kill police officer’s family’ after …

    • Cecily McMillan, 25, interfered when she saw plain-clothed officers arresting a couple at Union Square station in December
    • Officer claims she accused his partner of being a ‘male chauvinistic pig’ 
    • Then she allegedly said: ‘He probably doesn’t have any wife or kids’
    • Continuing the suspected abuse, saying: ‘But if he did, I would kill them’
    • McMillan denies a misdemeanor charge which carries a year-long sentence 
    • Was jailed for three months earlier this year for elbowing an officer during the protest in March 2012

    Wills Robinson for MailOnline

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    Allegations: Cecily McMillan, 26 (pictured arriving at a hearing earlier this year) appeared in court to face allegations she threatened to kill a police officer’s family during an incident on the New York subway

    An Occupy Wall Street activist has been accused of threatening to kill a plain-clothed police officer’s family during an incident on the New York subway. 

    Cecily McMillan, 26, who was jailed for three months earlier this year for elbowing an officer during the 2012 demonstrations, allegedly made the threats when two fare-dodgers were being arrested. 

    The graduate student from the New School appeared in a Manhattan court on Monday, charged with obstructing governmental administration during an altercation in Union Square station last December.

    Officer Luis Castillo told the pretrial hearing that he heard McMillan accuse his partner, officer Brian Rothermel, of being a ‘male chauvinist pig’,The Guardian reported. 

    He claims she then said: ‘And he probably doesn’t have any kids or a wife, but if he did, I’d kill them.’

    McMillan has denied the misdemeanor charge which carries a year prison sentence if convicted.

    According to her supporters’ website, McMillan was ‘arrested again’ by the NYPD for filming the police as they arrested two people inside station.

    The post reads: ‘Cecily saw two plainly dressed men begin to abusively confront and interrogate a young couple. 

    ‘When she began to question them about the harassment, it turned out the men were police officers who then arrested them. 

    ‘Cecily followed them to the subway precinct, watching to make sure they were not further abused, and began to take a video of the arrest process from outside the precinct doors. 

    McMillan, dubbed the ‘queen of non-violence’, was found guilty in May of assaulting a police officer during a demonstration two years before.

    As the verdict was read out and she was led away from the court room, her supporters shouted: ‘Shame! Shame! Shame!’

    The student, who was 25 at the time, was sentenced to three years but served around eight on Rikers Island in New York. 

    Her defense team maintained throughout the trial that she was startled and knocked the officer accidentally after he groped her left breast from behind. 

    Activist: The graduate student was jailed for three months earlier this year for elbowing a police officer as she was led away from the Wall Street demonstrations in March 2012. She served eight weeks of the sentence 

    Activist: The graduate student was jailed for three months earlier this year for elbowing a police officer as she was led away from the Wall Street demonstrations in March 2012. She served eight weeks of the sentence 

    During the subway incident, McMillan was said to have grabbed the officers hand when one of the fare-dodgers tried to hand over his ID. 

    As the pair were taken away, she continued to film the incident on her phone.

    Throughout the altercation, she claimed she was a lawyer, and when they reached the precinct doors, she tried to force her way in.

    According to officer Castillo, she then started shouting and screaming before she was arrested and handcuffed. 

    A trial will begin when a jury has been selected while the judge ruled that her previous assault charges must not be mentioned by the prosecution.  

    McMillan was one of 56 people to be convicted at trial for the demonstrations in March 2012, while another 11 people have been acquitted.

    The city had evicted Occupy’s Zuccotti Park encampment four months earlier, but activists gathered there to celebrate the six-month mark.

    McMillan (pictured outside a Manhattan court in May) denies the charges, saying she was only filming two plain-clothed police officers arresting two fare-dodgers at Union Square station, New York

     

     


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