February 12, 2012

A group of Occupiers attempted to “mic check” Sarah Palin's keynote speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday.The audience drowned out the occupiers with boos, chants of “U.S.A.” and “Sarah!” before they were escorted away.

“See? You just won. You see how easy that is?” Palin asked as the protesters were removed from the room.

Not sure what Palin thinks they "won," but happy to leave it at that. I wouldn't want to have to listen to her explain it.


Thousands of people in Japan marched on Saturday to protest against nuclear power. Common Dreams has the details.

California Democrats held their annual convention in San Diego on Saturday, and about 100 Occupy members showed up for the event, too.

The Occupy movement is beginning to move into universities around the country. One professor in Chicago is teaching an "Occupy Everywhere" course and says that a third of the political science majors are enrolled in his class.

Two Occupy Oakland protesters were arrested after a march on Saturday. A woman was arrested for allegedly kicking a police officer, and a male protester who tried to pull her from officers was arrested for "attempting to unlawfully intervene." When he gets out of jail, I suppose he will have to allow the woman to kick away next time?


[Photo of the Year: Samuel Aranda - New York Times via Reuters]

2012 World Press Photo of the Year

The winning photo was taken inside a mosque in Sanaa, Yemen, that was being used as a field hospital by demonstrators against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. It's an extraordinarily powerful image, showing a woman holding a wounded relative in her arms.

1,000 Rally at Meeting over Two Dozen School Closings

More than one thousand students, parents, teachers and Occupy Wall Street protesters rallied in New York City on Thursday at a vote over the closing of two dozen public schools. The protesters, under the umbrella group Occupy the DOE, tried to stop the vote from happening. Using the human microphone, the protesters disrupted the meeting at times but were unsuccessful in stopping the closing of 23 schools. New York public school teacher Brian Jones and high school student Tafador Saurov helped organize the protests.

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