Occupy London protests
Occupy London protests
Fragments from the streets: 11/12/2011-11/18/2011

It’s been a wild week in the streets with police cracking down on the Occupy Movement, unions organizing across the world and the Egyptian people standing up against their military rulers’ insistence on remaining in power.

The Occupy Movement continues to dig its heals into the ground, despite the onset of winter and at least 18 cities teleconferencing about what they plan to do to get rid of the people occupying up their parks.

Thursday was a national day of action for the Occupy Movement, commemorating two months of the occupation. In New York, police arrested approximately 300 protestors.

Bank of America has continued to be a focal point for protests. Tuesday, two people were arrested after dropping a banner that read “Not With Our Money” and another six while blocking the bank entrance. Wednesday, San Francisco police arrested 100 activists who stormed a Bank of America writing “Greed” onto the walls of the bank. 

In other anti-bank action, Grand Junction, Colo., Occupy protestors temporarily shut down a home foreclosure auction.

Earlier this week police attacked occupations across the country, including those in Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Chapel Hill, Grand Junction, and most notably—New York City, where police cleared out the Zuccotti Park encampment. Thousands returned to the site, stormed the Stock Exchange and continue to keep up the pressure, despite the eviction.

So how were all these eviction efforts coordinated? Oakland Mayor Jean Quan let slip that she had been chatting with over a dozen cities about their plans to evict the Occupations. This heighted speculation that Homeland Security might be behind the plan.

Speaking of Quan, she’ll be looking for a new top-legal adviser; hers quit in solidarity with the 99 percent.

Not all U.S. protests were Occupy oriented. Thursday, in Lee’s Summit, Mo., truckers from County Beverage, who deliver beer to Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium, went on strike after their company threatened to cut their wages by $10,000-$18,000. Workers complained about sustaining knee, back and shoulder energies while on the job.

Several activists were sitting in at a Tea Party conference, plotting to take action, when famed informant Brandon Darby and several others wrestled an Earth First Journal editor to the ground and dragged her out of event.  

The Syrian regime continues to gun down protestors despite international censure and the Arab League’s decision to oust Syria from its ranks. According to activists, more than 400 have been killed this month and more than 3,5000 total.

Sister Valsa John, a nun and grassroots activist, was hacked to death by over 20 men, in India on Wednesday. She had been pleading with police to provide her with protection since receiving death threats from what she described as “The Coal Mafia.”

In Egypt, a coalition of Islamic and secular groups brought tens of thousands into the streets to demand that the military rulers of the country get out of the way of the power of the people.

Wednesday, Chinese Sanitation workers in Nanjing went on strike dumping trash throughout the city in opposition to low wages and harsh working conditions. 

Kuwaiti youth started an encampment in Kuwait City’s Erada Square demanding the outsing of the prime minister. Clashing with police, the demonstrators rushed the National Assembly.

Tuesday, Palestinian activists calling themselves the “Freedom Riders,” were arrested while traveling on a bus with Israeli settlers. Their goal was to demonstrate the segregation of the Israeli settlements.

And that is this week’s Fragments in the Streets. Get in touch and let us know what is inspiring you. 

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Kyle Harris is an editor at The Precarious, Co-Producer at Improbable Pictures, and author of the blog Queer Radical

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