Occupy Fort Lauderdale Stops Fraudulent Eviction

They never missed a payment. They were told they were in good standing. Then, their mortgage was sold to Wells-Fargo, who decided that they didn’t want the $20,000 balance the Bien-Aime family owed, they wanted their house. The Bien-Aime family made one mistake. They trusted their bank. Wells-Fargo refused to accept payments, and began Foreclosure proceedings on the Biene-Aime’s home.

The Biene-Aime family had the money to pay off their debt. Wells-Fargo didn’t care.

Occupy Fort Lauderdale rallied to the site on the day of the eviction, yesterday, and the Biene-Aime’s recieved legal help. The eviction order was withdrawn, and the family will be able to spend Christmas in their own home. They’re going to court to fight what is a fraudulent and illegal eviction.

We are expecting a number of documents, photos, and a statement from the family. Expect full coverage on this story tomorrow.

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#D17 Liveblog

This is our live coverage of the days events. Updates will appear below this intro section. Refresh often.

Our own Tim Pool is streaming live from Duarte Square.

Today is an interesting day. It is Bradley Manning’s 24th Birthday. It is the one year anniversary of Bouazizi’s self immolation. It is the third anniversary of the start of OccupyWallSt.

We’re live as Occupy 2.0 begins at Duarte square in NYC. They’re at Canal St and Grand St. Our office is on grand, so while we’ve got two people in the field, I’ll be able to run down myself in an emergency.

We can confirm that the NYPD is continuing to target and intimidate independent journalists. Along with 8 others, John Knefel was arrested by the NYPD for being an inconvenient voice.

John Knefel reaches for his glasses after being tackled by the NYPD.

Things are tense.

The action begins officially in ten minutes (12:00 PM EST) but there are already about 300 people at Duarte.

Stay with us for constant updates, and follow me @WillMcLeod99 on twitter for a constant photo stream.

(If you don’t have or use twitter, this is a great way to get photos from the action. A lot of them are protected, and I won’t be able to re-upload them quickly enough to get all of them posted in this diary.)

I’ll be able to get some images up, but not all of them, so if you can’t see video, twitter is a great way to get images.

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12:47

Our liveblog is closed. There’s a lot we plan to verify about today’s events. Thanks for staying with us.

9:02

We have confirmed reports of 50 plus arrests. Tim’s enjoying a few moments of downtime. Hank is in the field, tweeting.

OccupySF has succesfully reoccupied.

 

8:20

We’re trying to confirm whether the NYPD even has Tasers. Initial reports that an organizer named Austin was tazed turned out to be false according to witnesses closer than Tim.

We WILL be back online soon.

8:16

Lot of updates:

1. Austin was NOT tazed by the NYPD.

2. Protesters have closed 60 Wall.

3. There is a GA going on now in zuccotti park.

4. People explaining why they were occupying included an Indignado from Spain, and a grandmother of five, who said she was occupying because she wanted her grandchildren to be proud of her country, like she was as a child.

5. Hank is heading into the field as we speak.

6. Tim is taking a break.

Expect streaming to be back soon.

7:17

Henry Ferry is returning to HQ temporarily to swap batteries. He’ll be back in the field soon.

Tourists are walking by, yelling “POLICE STATE!”

Police: “Keep shopping, you’ll be fine. Don’t worry.”

Protesters in times square are dancing.

“Wall Street Times Square, occupy everywhere!”

7:13

The people being kicked off the red stairs are tourists. The protesters haven’t reached the red stairs yet.

There’s been a call to march on 60 Wall.

6:44

One protester, Austin, has been tazed. I don’t think it’s Austin Hill.

I can confirm mounted police on location.

6:28

For the second time today, a credentialed cameraman for Democracy Now has been beaten by the police. This time with batons. Henry Ferry and Tim Pool were both just shoved by the police.

The police are marching now, attempting to keep protesters out of the streets. Tim pool witnessed police punch a man, unprovoked.

6:25

Protesters broke through the kettling Net. The NYPD let them go. They’re back in the streets now.

6:13

Mass arrests in progress. Police have kettled a large number of protesters and are not allowing them to leave.

6:08

Skirmishes in the streets continue. Multiple arrests have been made. We’ve watched several acts of violence. Police have been ramming protesters with scooters. The police have blocked of certain areas.

Confirmed: Kettling net has been pulled out. The police have blocked off the entire area.

We’ve seen multiple arrests.

We’ve also identified the man who kidney punched a journalist three times:

Sgt. Iaquinto, badge number 2253.

5:45

Protesters have walked around an NYPD scooter wall.

5:42

Statement by Reverend Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector of Trinity Church
December 17, 2011

We are saddened that OWS protestors chose to ignore yesterday’s messages from Archbishop Tutu, from the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and from Bishop of New York Mark S. Sisk. Bishop Tutu said: “In a country where all people can vote and Trinity’s door to dialogue is open, it is not necessary to forcibly break into property.” The Presiding Bishop said: “Other facilities of Trinity continue to be open to support the Occupy movement, for which I give great thanks. It is regrettable that Occupy members feel it is necessary to provoke potential legal and police action by attempting to trespass on other parish property…I would urge all concerned to stand down and seek justice in ways that do not further alienate potential allies.” Bishop Sisk said: “The movement should not be used to justify breaking the law nor is it necessary to break into property for the movement to continue.”

OWS protestors call out for social and economic justice; Trinity has been supporting these goals for more than 300 years. The protestors say they want to improve housing and economic development; Trinity is actively engaged in such efforts in the poorest neighborhoods in New York City and indeed around the world. We do not, however, believe that erecting a tent city at Duarte Square enhances their mission or ours. The vacant lot has no facilities to sustain a winter encampment. In good conscience and faith, we strongly believe to do so would be wrong, unsafe, unhealthy, and potentially injurious. We will continue to provide places of refuge and the responsible use of our facilities in the Wall Street area. We are gratified by the support we have received from so many in the community.

-The Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector of Trinity Church

5:30

Police and Protesters have been playing cat and mouse in the streets of NYC. The police are following the protesters on scooters. The protesters have been changing direction and sprinting away. Most streets in NYC are one-way. This forces the police to change directions, our attempt to loop around. They have decided to drive the wrong way down one way streets several times. Protesters are in and out of the streets.0

5:00

The first person to scale the fence today was retired episcopal bishop George Packard. Here, he explains why: http://t.co/…

“Trinity might mobilize platoons of police in riot gear and ring this sad little space with multiple barricades. No room in this Inn!

It’s one thing to write about this but to come face-to-face with hundreds of expressionless cops with batons protecting a church-owned haven is to be in some mythological drama out of C.S. Lewis.

I plan to be with the marchers on Saturday not because I don’t like and respect the Rector, the staff, and all the work of this historic parish. I believe they are making a profoundly wrong decision in this matter. Certainly they could record what they think is a trespass on the property with a note to the Occupiers but then have the grace to look the other way.”

4:45

Occupiers will march on a second location.

They’re calling it Perseus on twitter. Even I don’t know where they’re going.

4:29

The sidewalk is now closed:

Henry James Ferry: I just asked why the sidewalk is being closed. NYPD Officer: “There’s no reason to stand out here in the freezing cold..” #OWS #D17

4:21

Attacks and intimidation of journalists are continuing. Journalists tweet:

Andrew Katz @katz  One NYPD officer acknowledged my @columbiajourn press credentials and let me through barricade. Five minutes later others didn’t #D17

Ryan Devereaux @RDevro 15m I’m a small guy. The cop that assaulted me is probably about 6’5″, 250. One man is bleeding from the head right now, hit by a cop. #ows #D17

Ryan Devereaux @RDevro 20m My colleague, a credentialed cameraman, was punched in the kidney three times. #D17 #ows

Anjali Kamat @anjucomet 19m  Two former colleagues from @democracynow with press passes got punched by nypd #ows #d17

4:09

Protesters scaling fence: 

3:55

Protesters are singing the imperial march, dark vader’s theme song, at the police.

Vet “I had a lot more bullets shot at me in Nam than you ever will! Don’t you be clubbin’ us!”

3:50

The fence is broken. It looks like they didn’t cement it into the ground. Police have arrested everyone inside the lot. We’re still on the ground.

3:40

Protesters have scaled the fence and are IN the lot owned by Trinity Church. The occupiers, at the end of the march, scaled the fence next to Duarte square, entering a vacant lot owned by trinity church.

3:15

12:20 PM PT: The marchers have passed Broome st:

3:00

A  march will begin shortly.

2:55

Global Rev claims that the NYPD is threatening someone who is allowing streamers to take a top down view of duarte:

“@GlobalRevLive Police Threaten Tenant of host of Aierial View for #occupynyc for #d17 if you have view and can host dm @globalrevlive asap. #ows”

2:53

@Newyorkist
That was weird. Someone just pretend scaled fence, climbed up, and police, some standing near, didn’t even move in. One turned his back.

@Newyorkist
Now multiple ppl pretending to climb fence. One TARU came over to be present. He walked into crowd, crowd followed him, he walked away #d17

2:42

Jesse LaGreca: “These people lie for a living. When they say that we can cut taxes and increase revenue, it’s a lie. If I’m a chef, and you tell me to make you a soup, but say ‘I want you to use half the ingredients and come up with twice the ingredients’ I’d say “I’m a chef, not a magician!” Their math just doesn’t work.”

2:39

Doctors at Duarte demand Medicare for All.

2:34

This image of a police van at a carwash was taken about a block from Duarte.

Josh Harkinson: “Gotta look good for the big day!”

2:30

Disorder Control Unit from the NYPD is on the scene.

2:26

People are reporting a large and growing police presence.

2:23: 

@Siobhan99 tweets this image of the occupy kids:

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Using “Anything” for Civil Disobedience in Texas is a Felony. Six Occupiers Charged.

In Texas, a “criminal instrument” is “anything” used in a crime that the Texas government says is a criminal instrument. The six protesters covered by an inflatable tent in Texas yesterday were charged with using a criminal instrument for the use of lockboxes. This is a state jail felony in Texas, meaning that the arrested occupiers could face up to two years in prison for nonviolent civil disobedience.

Lockboxes are a standard protest tactic popularized originally by the environmental movement. When engaging in the lockbox technique, protesters lock their arms inside of PVC pipe (or a tube made of other material), preventing the police from easily separating them. Protesters who engage in this tactic literally risk life and limb, as police will eventually be ordered to remove them. The only way to remove lockboxed protesters is to cut them apart. It’s not hard to imagine what would happen if a police saw met flesh underneath PVC tube.

Because of the “criminal instrument” law in texas, use of the lockbox technique is a felony. The use of tents for occupations could also be called “criminal instruments” under this law. Literally anything could be considered a criminal instrument under Texas law, because the law says that a criminal instrument is anything modified for “criminal” purposes, including civil disobedience.

§ 16.01. UNLAWFUL USE OF CRIMINAL INSTRUMENT.

(a) A person commits an offense if:
(1) he possesses a criminal instrument with intent to use it in the commission of an offense; or
(2) with knowledge of its character and with intent to use or aid or permit another to use in the commission of an offense, he manufactures, adapts, sells, installs, or sets up a criminal instrument.
(b) For the purpose of this section, “criminal instrument” means anything, the possession, manufacture, or sale of which is not otherwise an offense, that is specially designed, made, or adapted for use in the commission of an offense.
(c) An offense under Subsection (a)(1) is one category lower than the offense intended. An offense under Subsection (a)(2) is a state jail felony.

Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 913, ch. 342, § 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1975; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, § 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.

Lockbox Diagram

Diagram of one style of lockbox used in civil disobedience.

Liveblog: D12

This is our live blog for the day’s events. Latest footage is at the bottom. Refresh often.

A collective organization formed by truckdrivers has OFFICIALLY STATED that they support the port shutdown, and claim that the teamsters “have our back.” This organization is a proto-union, as it is currently illegal for them to form a union.

All day, truckers have been honking their support for the protesters.

We got bombed with a stack of stories from the corporate media in the early morning with one message “Unions oppose this action.” That information is wrong.

At the time of writing, I am getting conflicting reports. Some say that the Unions DO support this shut down, or at least factions within them.

Also at the time of writing, the GlobalRevolution livestreamer with Occupy Wall St has been arrested. (It later turned out to be three people operating streams.)

There were over 1,000 protesters at the port in Oakland before Dawn this morning. There is more than one port being targeted. Every Port in the US and Canada on the pacific coast has someone marching on it today, as well as the port of Houston.

Jesse LaGreca, our own Ministry of Truth and the New York City 99 are going after Goldman Sachs right now, and other occupations are targeting Walmart.

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Police brand protesters with ultraviolet ink

Occupiers arrested during the eviction of Victoria Park in Montreal have been branded with ultraviolet ink. They claim that the ink cannot be washed off and causes skin irritation. Police told the Canadian news service CTV that it was the best way to prevent people from reoccupying the park.

One Occupier posted this image on her Facebook page.

 

Canadian legal advisers say that the marking of individuals is illegal without their consent. Occupiers reported that the application of the ink felt like a sharp nail being dragged across their skin. Ultraviolet ink has a history of causing irritation, rashes, and blistering according to tattoo experts. The phosphorus in such inks may be linked to certain kinds of cancer.

One of the protesters who was branded by the ink said on facebook:

I began to worry and wonder what exactly did they do to me that prompted them to lie to me… it really was not a fun feeling. when I spoke about what happened a few hours later to a friend and my partner, the idea came about that perhaps it was something they used as a way to identify me.

This morning we tested my hands under a black light and sure enough there was a number 2! The freaky thing is this is IN my skin, washing my hands and scrubbing with abrasives will not get this off…. perhaps in several months of my skin cells renewing themselves if will eventually fade.

What ever ink that is in there is irritating my skin slightly and its a very terrible feeling that they put a substance in my body with out my consent and then later lied about it. This is a semi permanent alteration they did to me, if I go anywhere now with a black light this will show!

Branding is an ancient tactic in use since roman times. It was used both as a tactic of humiliation, as the brands could not be removed, and was also used to help identify repeat offenders. Military deserters, runaway slaves, and adulterers were all subject to branding by various governmental bodies. Britain, and Canada by extent, abolished branding in 1879.

These Homes are Occupied.

This is our liveblog of the Reoccupation of homes across the country. Go to TheOther99.tv for live video. Press “Refresh” for timely updates.

4:30

The house has been succesfully reoccupied. Our man on the ground wasn’t able to get inside. We’re shutting this blog down for the moment, but we’ll update you if anything changes.

4:20

Bobby Hull is being defended by Occupy Minneapolis. He’s a disabled Vietnam veteran. Here’s his story:

2:35

Speaker: “We are the 99% of the people in the United States of America. We will fight for what’s right, and we will not let the 1% stand on the neck of the 99%. Stand back, 1%! Move aside! We’re here to stay.”

2:33

Protesters have arrived at the home they are reoccupying.

2:20

There are homes Availible in Brooklyn for $150,000. The cost of land isn’t that low in NYC. Brownsville is one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City.

We have confirmation that reoccupy events are scheduled to take place in Florida, California, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Ohio, and Illinois. We’re going to bring you updates from those events soon.

1:50

One of the City Councilmen leading the march said “On Behalf of East New York, I Councilman Charles Barrett, present this gift, as a housewarming gift, because on this day, we are claiming a home for our sister!” Two city councilmen are leading the march to reclaim a foreclosed home.

“When they say forclose, we say for open” quipped one organizer.

Across the country, Americans are standing together. They’ve come from all political parties, all walks of life, and they have a very simple message. After we, the American Taxpayers, lent you 7 trillion dollars; after we gave lent you money equivelant to half of our GDP; after we pulled you out of a burning building with a bailout, you will not foreclose on the American dream.

These homes are occupied, and they will continue to be.

We’ve had some significant successes already.

That’s the home of a DeKalb County Police Officer, in Georgia, who was aided by OccupyAtlanta when his bank threatened to foreclose.

When the family was threatened with arrest for “being accessories to tresspassers,” the Occupiers agreed to leave.

As they reopen or occupy homes under threat of foreclosure, we will probably see more arrests today and in the coming days.

But that won’t be the end of this antiforeclosure movement. It won’t even be the beginning.

This is the opening salvo for a spring offensive, where activists say they plan to occupy entire neighborhoods across the country. Today’s national action is an attempt to gain momentum, and bring more of the American people onboard.

No one is sure that occupiers will win this first engagement. But occupiers are sure that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Tim pool is on the ground in Brownsville, Brooklyn, so we will be bringing you live video shortly, and I’ll stay here to bring you the day’s events.

We’re live in Brownsville Brooklyn, where hundreds of occupiers will march to reclaim a foreclosed home.