Occupy Wall Street Roundup, Day 53: Direct Action On The Rise

From moving money out of big banks, to getting heat and hot water for low-income tenants, to camping outside of homes threatened with foreclosure and taking over abandoned buildings, the top stories on Occupy Wall Street today show a distinct trend toward occupies moving beyond just protest and engaging in direct action...

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Occupy Atlanta outside of a home in danger of foreclosure. (jasoncherkis/yfrog)

From moving money out of big banks, to getting heat and hot water for low-income tenants, to camping outside of homes threatened with foreclosure and taking over abandoned buildings, the top stories on Occupy Wall Street today show a distinct trend toward occupies moving beyond just protest and engaging in direct action:

Bank transfer day resulted in an estimated 40,000+ new accounts and $80 million on Saturday alone.

After confiscating Occupy Wall Street's gas-powered electrical generators two weeks ago, the Fire Department of New York has been legally forced to return them.

Occupy protesters are getting heat and hot water for tenants in an apartment building in Harlem by occupying its boiler room.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan issued a new statement [PDF] to Occupy Oakland today, asking for dialogue between the city and the encampment.

Occupy Oakland has plans to take over more foreclosed buildings. The confrontation with police on Nov. 2, following the general strike, was related to the takeover of a foreclosed building near the camp site.

Occupy Brazil is taking over abandoned buildings and using them to help the homeless.

House Republicans are launching an investigation into a post-ACORN organization's support for Occupy Wall Street based on an anonymously sourced Fox News article.

Occupy Dallas has called for a general strike on November 30.

Occupy San Diego has filed for a temporary injunction and retraining order against the city and police department.

Rochester, New York is using "unconstitutional" city ordinances against Occupy Rochester, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Occupy Mobile is threatened with eviction tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow, a group of Occupy protesters will begin a two week march from New York City to D.C. in support of ending the tax cuts on high-income Americans that were first enacted under President Bush.

A new governing body for Occupy Wall Street, the Spokes Council, began operations in New York City last night.

Representative Brad Miller points out that one hundred years ago, Teddy Roosevelt sure sounded a lot like Elizabeth Warren or Occupy Wall Street protesters today.

Jay-Z sported some custom Occupy Wall Street gear last night.


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Today's Roundup is courtesy of Chris Bowers.

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