2012-01-03 "Occupy Wall Street's Livestream Operators Arrested" by Adam Martin from "Atlantic Wire"
Occupy Wall Street is in the middle of one of its day-long marches in New York Tuesday, protesting the National Defense Authorization Act, but for those following along on the Global Revolution livestream, the real action is happening in the broadcast studio itself. That's because police have apparently just raided the Brooklyn studio of Globalrevolution.tv and taken some of the project's key volunteers into custody.
The raid Tuesday follows a notice to vacate that police delivered to the Bushwick studio on Monday night. Victoria Sobel, a Global Revolution volunteer, said Vlad Teichberg and a guy named Spike, both of whom maintain the live feed aggregator, had been taken into custody by police, along with four or five others.
In Manhattan, about 100 Occupy protesters (according to Animal New York's Twitter) marched to the offices of New York senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, where they told stories and made impassioned cases for the wrongness of the NDAA. They plan a final rally at Grand Central station at 5 p.m., which should make for some fun interactions with hurried commuters. Lots of people were watching the proceedings on live feeds operated by Globalrevolution.tv, but now that site has stopped broadcasting the New York protest and is showing footage of Occupy Maui.
If you were following along earlier today, you may have been startled at about 1:45 p.m. to see the live feed cut away from the street-level action and to the face of Vlad Teichberg, one of the main organizers of Global Revolution. The new shot showed a large, graffittied space where Teichberg and a couple of colleagues were confronting a man they identified as the landlord, who had apparently broken in their door. They put the camera on him, he threatened to call the police, they said he had no right to come into the space by force, and he eventually left.
But Sobel said that was just the start of the day's conflict. Shortly after the confrontation, the police arrived. "Within the past hour, the police came in and removed people that were inside the studio," she said. "I believe the police just began knocking on the door and saying they would kick the door down and saying they would arrest people on the spot." The Global Revolution studio is now locked, Sobel said. The live feed has finished its Hawaiian broadcast and is playing a pre-recorded video. "The message is that even if they take the space, the [broadcast] will continue to be maintained," Sobel said. But right now, it seems to be out of commission.
Police and buildings department officials had served the Buswhick, Brooklyn space with notices to vacate on Monday night, declaring it "imminently perilous to life." The blog A Great Big City picked up this photo of the notice to vacate from the studio from the Twitter stream of Glass Bead Collective:
There is a handful of live streams that regularly cover Occupy events, such as Tim Pool's The Other 99 and Spencer Mills's OakFoSho. But Global Revolution is considered the main channel. It's an aggregator of live streams worldwide, borne of the Occupy Wall Street protest in Zuccotti Park. And this wouldn't be the first time the headquarters had moved.
In an Oct. 4 profile, The New Yorker's Andrew Marantz wrote: "For the first few weeks of the protest, Global Revolution operated from under a tarp in Zuccotti Park, using wireless hot spots. Two weeks ago, the group, frustrated with the amount of equipment they were losing to theft and rain, moved to NoHo." Global Revolution operated from a building at Lafayette and Bleeker while journalists such as New York's John Heilemann and Wired's Sean Captain profiled it. Heilemann's Nov. 27 piece described the 39-year-old Teichberg as "so jacked in to the electronic grid that he comes across like a character out of Neuromancer." By Dec. 11,, when The New York Times wrote about the rise of live feeds in publicizing the Occupy protests, the Global Rev. headquarters had moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn.
2012-01-03 "3 Arrested as Occupy Protesters March in Midtown" by ELIZABETH A. HARRIS and Colin Moynihan
About 150 people associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement demonstrated on Tuesday at several Midtown locations, including Grand Central Terminal, where three people were arrested, the authorities said.
Brendan Burke, an organizer with the movement, said the protesters were demonstrating against the National Defense Authorization Act, a military spending bill that President Obama signed last week. “There’s an amendment in there that basically makes our country a place where any citizen can be detained indefinitely without a trial and without due process,” Mr. Burke said.
The president has expressed reservations about provisions in the bill regarding the detention of suspected terrorists, but has offered assurances that he would never allow the indefinite military detention of an American citizen. The protesters met at noon in front of the main branch of the New York Public Library, then marched to the offices of New York’s United States senators, Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand. They also demonstrated at the skating rink at Rockefeller Center.
At about 5 p.m., just in time for the evening rush, the protesters went to Grand Central Terminal.
A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that three people were arrested, on charges including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Two other protesters were issued summonses.
2012-01-03 "Grand Central latest Occupy Wall Street destination; cops bust three in flash mob protesting defense act; Obama's signing of National Defense Act target of latest demonstation" by Sarah Armaghan from "NEW YORK DAILY NEWS"
Three Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested and two others given summonses after converging on Grand Central terminal Tuesday, an MTA spokeswoman said.
The group called a day of action, slamming President Obama’s “treasonous” signing of the National Defense Authorization Act on New Year’s Eve, according to an OWS spokesman.
A video uploaded to YouTube and posted on Twitter shows the rush hour flash mob.
Demonstrator Lauren DiGioia, 26, is seen being hauled off by four MTA police officers.
DiGioia was collared for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said.
“It was a peaceful demonstration,” Anders said. “It was loud, but it was peaceful.”
About 200 people showed up for the 90-minute long protest, and summonses for disturbing the peace were given, Anders said.
Protesters participated in “black bagging” — an activist maneuver where black bags are placed over demonstrators' heads to simulate images seen from Abu Ghraib, Machet said.
“It’s in reference to the detention that people face today,” she said, “what our citizens are facing today.”
Obama has come under fire in news blogs across the Internet
for the new defense act, which authorizes indefinite detention without trial of any person — including U.S. citizens who are considered an enemy of the state.
“It’s a severe infringement of our rights on Habeas Corpus,” said Jason Ahmadi, 27, who’s been arrested four times while protesting. “It’s very frightening.”
Occupy Wall Street activists are dispersed among the rush hour commuters as they form a flash mob at New York's Grand Central, Tuesday.
2012-01-05 "NYPD raids studio used by OWS live-streamers"
The New York City headquarters of a group cooperating with the Occupy Wall Street movement was swarmed by the NYPD on Tuesday in a raid that left half a dozen people involved with the Globalrevolution.tv website in police custody.
Cops entered the Bushwick studio used by Global Revolution on Tuesday after posting a notice on the door of the space occupied by the group the night before. According to authorities, the space at 13 Thames St in the Brooklyn, NY neighborhood hosted conditions “imminently perilous to life” and had to be vacated by all occupants, although failed to provide any details on what factors had led to such a case. When cops returned the next day and found a handful of people on the premises, they were arrested.
The space used by Global Revolution was the only one that was targeted by the police.
Global Revolution, a website that aggregates live, streaming content pertaining to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement, was using the space as a production studio to manage the video output fed to the website.
Nigel Parry, an organizer with Global Revolution, tells The Atlantic Wire that the group had only recently moved into the space for production purposes. While details are scarce regarding the actual inhabitants of the space, Vlad Teichberg, one of the key figures involved with Global Revolution, was living at the site when he was arrested Tuesday. According to Parry, Teichberg had been a resident of the space on Thames St. for at least a year.
On Wednesday afternoon, Teichberg and five others were still in police custody for charges of trespassing, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.
The Bushwick, Brooklyn location raided by the police has been the site of the Global Revolution production studios since as recently as December. Previously the organization operated out of Zuccotti Park, the Lower Manhattan hub of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
2012-01-05 "OWS Global Revolution headquarters shutdown by NYPD"
Tuesday the NYPD raided the headquarters of the Globalrevolution.tv
website. According to authorities, the group which supported the Occupy
Wall Street movement was living in conditions "imminently perilous to
life" and had to have all inhabitants removed. Some argue that the group
had received a notice the night before, but this still leaves many
wondering why just that space in the building? Jesse LaGreca, activist
and writer for Daily Kos, gives us his take on the arrest of the six
2012-01-05 "#NDAA arrest, medic carried out by NYPD" from "CNN"
CNN PRODUCER NOTE by zdan, CNN iReport producer: Photographer Accuist was participating in the Occupy protest at Grand Central yesterday when police arrested and carried a protester out of the station. 'At Grand Central Station as soon as the Occupy protest walked in, [police] got to the main concourse and the first person to speak up, they just grabbed and threw him to the ground. They took off his backpack and carried him away. There were tourists there asking why he got taken away,' he said. Accuist, who lives in Torrington, Connecticut, has been participating in Occupy for awhile and has visited 13 occupation sites.
During the Grand Central Station rally to show the disgust of Obama signing into law the NDAA bill. #OWS medic was carried out without reason or explanation from rally. He was arrested for seemingly doing nothing.