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.
We first saw Schulz’ profile when Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray tweeted that it was being circulated on that Web site’s “Women of Edit” listserv.” We do not endorse the title of the YouTube video below.
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.
Glenn Beck speaks about the controversy surrounding Cliven Bundy on his television program April 14, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)
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.
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…
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.
An Occupy Wall Street activist asked if she was being filmed before intentionally elbowing a New York police officer in the face, prosecutors told a court on Friday, as her lawyers argued that she struck out instinctively after having one of her breasts grabbed from behind.
Video footage will show that Cecily McMillan “crouched down, then bent her knees, and then aimed her elbow at the officer and then jumped up to strike” the officer as he led her away from a protest in lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park in March 2012, Erin Choi, an assistant district attorney, told the jury in her opening argument in McMillan’s trial for assault.
“‘Are you filming this?’, ‘Are you filming this?’ were the defendant’s words right before she intentionally attacked Police Officer Grantley Bovell,” said Choi.
After receiving a blow to his left eye from McMillan’s elbow, Choi said, “Officer Bovell was completely horrified. This was the last thing he was expecting to happen that day.”
McMillan, 25, is accused of assaulting Bovell, 35, and attempting to stop him from performing his duties during an operation to clear the park on the night of 17 March, when hundreds of protesters had gathered to mark six months of the Occupy movement. McMillan, who denies the charge, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
One of McMillan’s attorneys, Rebecca Heinegg, told the court in her opening argument that McMillan did not intentionally strike Bovell but simply “reacted in surprise” to being grabbed on her right breast. Heinegg said the trial would centre on “what happened in a split-second on 17 March 2012, inside Cecily McMillan’s head”.
Heinegg stressed that while McMillan was “a committed activist” involved in Occupy Wall Street, “known among other activists for her commitment to non-violence”, she was on “a day off from Occupy” on 17 March 2012.
“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.
McMillan had briefly stopped at the park to collect another friend, said Heinegg. “As Cecily was walking out of the park, heading back to her friends, she was suddenly grabbed from behind and pulled up and back by Officer Bovell, grabbed on her right breast, grabbed so hard that it left a bruise in the shape of a hand-print.
“As she reacted she hit Officer Bovell in the face with her elbow. She did not intend to hurt him, she certainly did not intend to prevent him from completing his police duties. She did not even know that the person grabbing her from behind was a police officer. She just reacted. And ladies and gentlemen, reacting to being grabbed by a stranger is not a crime”.
Choi, however, told the jury that after arriving at Zuccotti Park Bovell, of the 40th precinct in the Bronx, spotted McMillan “shouting, yelling and cursing at a female officer” after protesters were told by police that they must exit so that the park could be cleaned, and insisting that she did not have to leave.
He “decided to escort her out of the park by placing his hand on the back of her right shoulder,” Choi said.
“As they walked, Officer Bovell’s open palm was on the back of her shoulder,” said Choi. “The defendant decided to turn to her left and say: ‘Are you filming this?’, ‘Are you filming this?’. Officer Bovell, curious, turned to the left to find out who the defendant was talking to. At that moment, the defendant crouched down and jumped up and struck Officer Bovell.”
Choi claimed that when McMillan “attempted to flee”, Bovell “fell on top of her” and stood her upright so that she could be walked to a holding area where arrested protesters were being held. McMillan then said that she could not breathe and began “kicking her legs to get away from the officer, laying on the ground and refusing to give the officer her hands so that she could be handcuffed”.
“Officer Bovell informed her that if she could talk she could breathe,” said Choi.
McMillan was placed on a bus to be processed. “As soon as she got on the bus, the defendant acted as if she was suffering from a seizure and could not breathe,” Choi said, adding that McMillan was removed from the bus and began convulsing on the pavement.
Choi told the jury Bovell suffered bruising, swelling and a cut under his left eye, and went on to suffer headaches and blurred vision. “That’s how hard the defendant struck the officer,” she said.
Dr Eva Yan, an optometrist who examined Bovell two days later, testified that she recorded his iris as being slightly inflamed and that his cornea had a small scar. She said under cross-examination from Martin Stolar, McMillan’s lead attorney, that the injuries probably would have been more serious if an elbow had been aimed directly at his eye.
Wearing a purple dress, McMillan, an organiser and former New School student, sat between her attorneys taking notes as prosecutors made their arguments. A group of supporters and Occupy Wall Street organisers sat watching in the public benches. The trial is believed to be the last of a series of prosecutions brought by Manhattan authorities against the 2012 protesters.
Choi acknowledged that questions would be raised by McMillan’s attorneys about Bovell’s past conduct. Previously, during jury selection, she told told jurors Bovell had been disciplined by police chiefs for having five parking and speeding tickets fixed by his union representative as part of the so-called “Bronx ticketing scandal” that became public in 2011.
The NYPD has also confirmed in court filings in the trial that Bovell was previously subject to at least two other inquiries by the internal affairs bureau, and was disciplined over a 2010 case in which a 17-year-old boy claimed to have been injured after being run off the road on his dirt bike by police.
Bovell is also being sued in a civil lawsuit by an Occupy activist who claims the officer intentionally banged his head against the seats of a bus while removing him from the same protest on 17 March.
Choi asked the jurors to instead “focus on what happened” in the approach to McMillan striking Bovell in the face.
The trial, which is expected to last three weeks, is scheduled to resume at the state courthouse in Manhattan on Monday morning.