May Day protests expect hundreds

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The official May Day schedule.
In conjunction with May Day protests happening across the country, Occupy Minneapolis and local labor groups are expected to turn out in the hundreds tomorrow in Loring Park and other parts of the city during a day-long protest.

The national "Day Without the 99 Percent" movement is encouraging people to skip work, walk out of class, refrain from shopping, and take to the streets tomorrow.

That seems to have local cops slightly on edge, especially given their last run-in with occupiers -- and the media attempting to cover them.

Events are kicking off tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. in Loring Park with a breakfast, followed by a string of events and protests. Worker and immigrant rights groups will be marching to Wells Fargo at some point; Food and Retail Workers United will march from Powderhorn Park in the early evening. Occupy Homes -- which is currently fighting the eviction of a South Minneapolis family in foreclosure -- will march to US Bank. Events are scheduled until 10 p.m. Read the whole schedule here.

According to the event RSVP, nearly 500 protesters are planning to attend.

Earlier this morning, the Minneapolis police released a statement that seems directly related to the last time Occupy marched in early April. As occupiers protesting in the street were being arrested, KSTP cameraman Chad Nelson was taped getting his equipment thrown to the ground. Chief Tim Dolan later released a statement saying that the officer's actions appeared excessive and unnecessary.

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Nelson moments after the officer, on right, shoved the camera.
Today's release, titled "a message to the media," states:
The Minneapolis Police Department is anticipating that a large number of people will be participating in the annual May Day activities and events, to include marches and rallies, on May 1st.

There is also the possibility that a large number of people may participate in civil disobedience as part of these activities and events. The Minneapolis Police Department wants to ensure that everybody's 1st Amendment Rights are protected as well as ensuring that an appropriate response to any civil disobedience is available.

We fully understand that members of the credentialed media have a job to do and we encourage them to work with us, however keep in mind that we have a job to do also. It includes keeping law and order; if you are directed by an officer to move, disperse or any other lawful order, please do as instructed.

Sgt. Stephen McCarty says the note is not meant to specifically address the KSTP incident or suggest that Nelson disobeyed an officer's direction. He characterized the release as a "general reminder."

"We just always try to work with the credentialed media and everyone for that matter," he says.

He says the Internal Affairs investigation on the officer who was taped shoving the cameraman is still open.

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swmnguy
swmnguy

The police are very specific in their statements about "the credentialed media."  If you or I show up with a camera, we are top-priority targets.  This is not accidental.  This is a barely-coded warning to the corporate-owned media that they will be permitted to operate within very strictly defined parameters, and that anyone else will be subjected to extreme State Violence.

Indeed, it's very interesting to see who supports the rights of corporations over citizens, and who supports the use of State Violence to enforce the primacy of corporate interests over the Constitution.  Those who turn this into a partisan political issue are especially convenient to the elites.  Does anyone believe that the Obama Administration is any less beholden to the international finance industry than the Bush Administration was, or than a Romney Administration would be?  Consider Obama's seamless continuation of Bush's policies, particularly economic.  Consider Obama's Department of Homeland Security's transparent coordination of the anti-Occupy effort nationwide; right down to the same catch-phrases of "Sanitation," "Public Safety,"  "Credentialed Media;" and identical tactics across the nation.

The Elites are throwing down the gauntlet.  For those who say the Tea Party types never needed to be confronted by State Power like the OWS folks are; they are correct.  The Tea Party types pose absolutely no threat to the Elite and the Elite's intended monopoly on State Power and State violence.  Indeed, it's the Tea Party types who are most enthusiastically hoping for bloodshed.  It's a testament to the inherently peaceful nature of the OWS types that the police have to recruit, import and pay plainclothesmen to put on the black bandannas and pose as "Black Bloc Anarchist" agents provocateurs.  It's not a coincidence that people who videotape the "Anarchists" in action get their cameras seized and destroyed by the police.  It's no coincidence that the "Anarchists" don't get caught or arrested; never mind convicted.  And it's no coincidence that the "Anarchists" are safely out of the way by the time the assaults begin.  State Power follows very consistent methodology.

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

I would have been down, but unfortunately I'm not in high school anymore.

zerofor
zerofor

Looks like we gotta new troll here. Probably paid to do it. 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

The truth hurts doesn't it. Attack the messinger but the message is true. In addition, Mark Dayton married the Rockefeller sister to Jay Rockefeller. He had a hard life, when his fathers money ran low and his wife divorced him, Mark had to become Govenor cause he didn't have enough money to hire the maid, cleaner and driver.

Oh Mark Dayton, when are you going to pay your fair share of minnesota taxes? 

TheBlob
TheBlob

Yes, it was all part of his twisted scheme to get rich by taking on the governing responsibilities of an entire state.  Easy money, baby!

Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.
Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.

If you want something.....work for it.  Don't expect others to provide it for you. But don't tell Mark Dayton that.  After all, he gained all of his wealth through the hard work of his father.  But he still insists that the wealthy should pay pay more in taxes.  Unless it is Mark Dayton.  His money is tied up in a tax-free bank shelter in Republican-controlled South Dakota.  When will Dayton pay his "fair share"?

Md
Md

What does it mean when the unemployed go on strike?  Do they stop using their EBT cards for a day?

Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.
Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.

Um...it is the last day of the month.  Their EBT cards are all used up.  This is why they are protesting.  They want MORE MORE MORE, by contributing LESS LESS LESS.!

That is the mantra of Occupy.  They somehow think that they are "owed" something. Perhaps they should change their name to Owed MN.

Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.
Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.

Here will be my phone conversation with my boss tomorrow morning:

*ring*

Boss: Hello?

Me: Yeah, I'm just calling to let you know that I am going to skip work today so I can protest at Occupy MN.

Boss: Um....you have that presentation to give today to our new potential client...you know, the presentation that we have been working on all month

Me: Sorry, Boss, I'm going to skip work today.

Boss: You either come into work today or I am going to terminate your employment.

Me: That's OK.  I don't need the job.  When I run out of money and I can't afford my mortgage payments anymore and the bank starts foreclosure proceedings on my house, Occupy MN will protest in front of my bank, chanting to them that I am about to lose my house due to their "greediness".  

Boss: Goodbye

*click*    

Thank You OccupyMN for showing us that the only road to true freedom is sit at home all day long doing nothing, smoke weed, attend a few protests, and expect the rich to pay for my shit.

Brian
Brian

Oh, the irony. The unemployment rate is much higher amongst the Tea Party. What is comedic is that the Tea Baggers complain about "gubbermint" and spending but then raise holy hell if they even suspect they will lose Medicare and Medicaid. You can't make this crap up.

Theoko makes a good point: it's really only the unemployed, uneducated, angry Tea Baggers who live off of the government and then decry it excesses. But, again, I guess you gotta please the higher-ups in the Con Party that you shill for, don't you? Trickled down, indeed.

Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.
Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.

The unemployment rate is much higher amongst the Tea Party?  Really?  Compared to whom?  And where did you get your facts from?  Most of these Occupy idiots out there are young people marching because they can't find a job.  Either that, or they are underemployed.  They blame Wall Street, yet the underlying reason why they can't get a job or are working a low-wage job at Target is because.....well...they are losers and that's what they are worth.  I'll tell you one thing, there is not ONE Occupy protester out there who has a degree in IT, Engineering, Medicine, or other fields of study that almost guarantee a high-paying job after graduation.  These idiots are either uneducated or even if they went to college, they went to Art school for a few quarters and then dropped out.  Yet, they actually have the fucking nerve to think that they "deserve" a $70k a year job compared to someone who has a degree in Mechanical Engineering??  I think NOT.  These morons need to understand that they are living in the real world, where NOTHING comes for free.  

theoko
theoko

Amazing how the "productive" conservative crank types have so much time to post on forums, particularly to express a moronic take on what Occupy is about.  How do you explain THAT to your boss, hmmm?

Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.
Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.

Well, then why don't you remind us again what the mission of Occupy is all about.  Some of us forgot and some of us need a good laugh.

theoko
theoko

Occupy came about because wealth is more concentrated in the hands of a small sliver of the population than at any time in U.S. history, including the Gilded Age.  Even if the overall pie is growing, the fact that a small segment of the population has an ever growing slice of it directly results in the rest of us- even if we are working, productive citizens- are looking at a slowly declining standard of living and a two-tier society of haves and have-nots.  Occupy came about because, for the wealthy, risk has been socialized and reward has been privatized and the rest of us pay for it.

You can continue to misrepresent, misdirect and blame the victim- the right to free speech unfortunately extends even to people like you with your heads in the sand and your sycophantic asses in the air.  But you won't continually earn your moniker based on "deceive" without some opposition.  Unwashed, unemployed hippies aren't the reason many of us are finding it harder and harder to acheive a higher education without a lifetime of debt or a secure, middle-class lifestyle, and my choice is to keep focus on the real culprits.

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