Sunday, October 23, 2011

#Occupy Albany #Robinhood


This idea invoking the name of Robin has been around for awhile... October 29th is the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France. #Occupy originator Adbusters wants its followers to “rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1 percent ROBIN HOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades.”

#Occupy Albany put out a call for re-enforcements Saturday (hover and click on image to enlarge)


  1. Reside or have one's place of business in (a building).
  2. Fill or take up (a space or time).

Upon returning from the New Paltz bureau early Friday afternoon, I hit downtown Albany just in time for the beginning of the local #Occupy action.

Despite what you may believe, the "leaderless" movement has key people who identify themselves as "facilitators" (one of them appears on my radio report). I'm really happy with the story I filed for Friday evening broadcast. It was all a good radio piece should be - fair, balanced and accurate. Some of the TeeVee news coverage zeroed in on what amounted to one or two people, in a reporting style that did not accurately reflect what was really happening at the rally.

The Revolution is upon is?
It will not be televised.
will be improvised.
It will be spread via social media...

The Friday afternoon crowd was rather sparse, about 75 to 100 people, and apparently the number remained on the smaller side: according to WXXA, "More than 80 people spent the night in the park Friday night despite its 11 p.m. closing time." TV23 goes on to say "Albany Police say no one was arrested Friday night because the protest was peaceful and there were no violations."

via The Albany Times-Union ::: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top secretary urged Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings on Friday to instruct city police to remove Occupy Albany protesters from a downtown park near the state Capitol if they tried to remain there after an 11 p.m curfew.

A person familiar with the matter said Cuomo’s secretary, Larry Schwartz, called Jennings late Friday morning and said that State Police, who control half of the park that is partly owned by the state of New York and city of Albany, would remove any protesters who did not comply with a curfew. The position of the governor’s office was in contrast to an earlier plan by Albany police to leave the protesters alone if they were peaceful, even if they stayed overnight.

Occupy Albany demonstrators began arriving at Lafayette/Academy park around noon. Half of the space is state land, the rest city property.

Read Brendan Lyons’ full story here.

So, are lines being drawn in the sand between state and city government?

Again, the TU ::: A department-wide memo issued Friday by (Albany Police Chief Steve) Krokoff instructed officers "to be continually aware of the possibility that a small element may intentionally seek to draw us into conflict," according to a copy provided to the Times Union by a city police officer.

Read more:

Obviously, Albany doesn't want to be another Chicago. Below you'll find an excellent TV piece from Newschannel 13 ::: Things apparently getting a little out of hand during Albany's #Occupy:

Here's a citizen journalist's version of the altercation:

The scuffle from Sat night at Occupy Albany from Kirk Jalbert on Vimeo.

Yoel Ohayon posted this picture on his Facebook:
Perhaps more newsworthy:
Protesters Occupy GE CEO Jeff Immelt's Connecticut Front Lawn — Occupy Wall Street protesters took a field trip from Zuccotti Park on Saturday morning, all the way to the wealthy suburban enclave of New Canaan, Conn., where they took their anger at income and tax disparity to GE CEO Jeff Immelt's front lawn.

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  1. dudue u seplt PIECE wong

  2. It's a play on words, "dude" - I deliberately "spelt" it P-E-A-C-E as in peaceful

    Get a dictionary or a spell checker or something!

  3. So many people with the same complaint!

    I went back and re-named the post.

    Everybody happy now?

  4. The Robin Hood tax is one small idea for changing the system, but we need more accountability. We need real transparency. An end to lobbying would help, or maybe something set up so we can see where our politicians contributions come from

  5. The occupy movement is really more of a bowel movement. "Feed me, Burp me, Wipe me!"

    We Shall Overcome!

  7. It’s funny to see the national media telling us that we shouldn’t think poorly of the Occupy crowd just because there’s a few crooks and cuckoos amongst them—the same media that told us we SHOULD think poorly of the tea party because of a few crooks and cuckoos amongst them.

  8. Fishwrap no more!

    "Credit Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff, perhaps emboldened by a hiring process that now allows Albany chiefs to be independent of the mayor, for not being so rash. Credit, too, Albany County District Attorney David Soares for refusing to prosecute peaceful protesters. Maybe they recall their oath of office better than the governor and the mayor do theirs. First and foremost, they swore to uphold the Constitution — a reminder to not abuse their power."

  9. Love the cartoon. I'm amazing at how many middle class people I know (some of them I'm even related to) that don't see what the crooks on Wall street have cost them - houses devalued, investment losses, lost business opportunities. Hopefully a cartoon like this would help make them think that they are one bad piece of bad luck away from being in financial jeopardy, too.

  10. EVENT: Occupy Your Capital (A nationwide event)
    DATE: Saturday, October 29th, 2011

    TIME: Noon Onward

    LOCATION: Academy Park, Washington Ave. & Eagle St., Albany, NY

    In conjunction with events in each state capital across the nation, Occupy Albany is inviting individuals, groups and their members to join them in Albany this Saturday to show support for Economic Justice and solidarity with the worldwide Occupy Movement.

    The event will include a march, a people's speak-out, community teach-ins, music and food.

    Members from Occupy groups across New York State are expected to be in attendance. Occupy Albany will gather with them to have the first statewide General Assembly meeting at 3 p.m.

    Invited speakers will address attendees starting at 12:30 p.m. Confirmed Speakers include:

    Congressman Paul Tonko, New York 21st District
    NYS Assemblymember John McEneny, Assembly District 104
    Joel Tyner, Dutchess County Legislator & Candidate for Congress, 20th District
    Barbara Smith, Albany City Council Ward 4
    Dominick Calsolaro, Albany City Council Ward 1
    Mark Emanatian, Capital District Community Organizer for Citizen Action of New York
    Sara King Niccoli, Co-Director, Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS

    Please invite your members and contacts to attend. This is an all inclusive event.


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