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The Latest News on Occupy Wall Street: Wednesday November 16, 2011

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: Occupy Wall Street Camps Are Today's Hoovervilles
As local officials move to shut down Occupy Wall Street encampments across the nation, the political impact of the demonstrations is likely to grow — if U.S. history is any guide.

Sign from the post office at the Hooverville (squatters settlement) in Seattle,
Sign from the post office at the Hooverville (squatters settlement) in Seattle, circa 1930.

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THE NATION: At Zuccotti Park, Police Protect The One Percent
At four in the morning in lower Manhattan, as what remains of the Occupy Wall Street encampment is loaded into trash compacters, some protesters have still not given up on the police. Kevin Sheneberger tries to engage one NYPD officer in a serious debate about the role of law enforcement in public protest. Then he sees them loading his friend's tent into the back of a rubbish truck. Behind him, a teenage girl holds a hastily written sign saying: "NYPD, we trusted you—you were supposed to protect us!"

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HOT AIR: The New OWS: Reset Button Or Game Over?
Has the push to clear Zuccotti Park of protesting campers who squatted for two months as part of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration helped the movement hit a “reset button” that will boost momentum and bring the next evolution of OWS?  Or has the imposition of law broken the back of the demonstration?

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ABC NEWS: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Regroup For Next Move
The Occupy Wall Street protests seem to have entered a new phase as officials in several cities moved to curtail the "occupy" part of the movement with bans on overnight camping.

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THE STAR-LEDGER: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Return To Zuccotti Park Without Tents, Sleeping Bags Following Judge's Ruling
The Occupy Wall Street protesters began to re-occupy Zuccotti Park Tuesday night — minus their tents and sleeping bags — after a tumultuous day that began with a police raid and ended with a controversial court ruling.

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THE DAILY BEAST: Harsh NYPD Action May Reinvigorate Occupy Wall Street Movement
Before a New York City cop pepper-sprayed peaceful female demonstrators at Occupy Wall Street in September, few were paying attention to the movement. It didn’t really start gaining momentum until police arrested more than 700 people during a march across the Brooklyn Bridge in October. Now, once again, the New York Police Department, with its wildly overwrought response to civil disobedience, may have reinvigorated the movement it meant to crush.

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THE HUFFINGTON POST: What Occupy Wall Street Has Taught Me (By Alec Baldwin)
Have you seen Hard Times: Lost on Long Island? The film won the Audience Award/Best Documentary at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October. The documentary follows a group of unemployed men and women, ranging in age from their late thirties into their sixties, who are looking for work while living in certain middle class suburbs on Long Island. I had not seen the film during the festival itself, but when I screened it the other day, I realized the true meaning, for me, of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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BLOOMBERG: Occupy Wall Street Eviction Highlights NYC’s Privately Owned Public Spaces
New York City police were acting appropriately when they cleared protesters out of Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park early this morning, according to Real Estate Board of New York President Steven Spinola.

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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Keith Olbermann Condemns Michael Bloomberg, Occupy Wall Street Raid
Keith Olbermann lit into New York mayor Michael Bloomberg in a Special Comment on his Tuesday show, condemning Bloomberg for his raid on the Occupy Wall Street encampment.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS/THE WASHINGTON POST: Obama: Each City Must Decide How To Handle Occupy Wall Street Demonstrations
President Barack Obama’s spokesman is suggesting the president believes it’s up to New York and other municipalities to decide how much force to use in dealing with Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: NYC Councilman Arrested Near Occupy Camp Released
A city councilman charged with resisting arrest as police cleared the Occupy Wall Street encampment was released without bail Tuesday night.

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THE ATLANTIC: Occupy Wall Street And The Return Of Law And Order Politics
As Occupiers from Oakland and Atlanta to New York City and Washington, D.C., have proven themselves both too powerless to prevent the encroachment of crime in their encampments and powerful enough to repeatedly confront police, the president's fiercest critics on the right are uniting around a potentially powerful new election-year theme: Barack Obama can't preserve law and order.

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AL JAZEERA: Militarizing The Police From Oakland To NYC
What happens when a government builds a massive, unaccountable police apparatus to thwart infiltration by a foreign menace, only to see the society it's supposed to protect take to the streets for entirely different reasons? It looks as though we may be about to find out.

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TIME: The Straw Man Comes To Zuccotti Park
Yesterday morning when I learned that Zuccotti Park had been cleared overnight by Mayor Bloomberg — who justified his action in a statement that cited health and safety concerns — the first thing I did was call my lawyer. I wanted to go and show my support for the protesters’ First Amendment rights “to assemble and petition government for redress of grievances” — a right that a 1925 Supreme Court decision confirmed superseded municipalities’ laws that sought to restrict its exercise — but my partner and I had already been arrested on Oct. 19 for standing peacefully on Hudson Street after informing protesters outside an event I was attending of their right to assemble.

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THE ATLANTIC WIRE: 84-Year-Old Woman Becomes The Pepper-Sprayed Face Of Occupy Seattle
Seattle photographer Joshua Trujillo captured what may become the defining image of this week of Occupy unrest — an elderly woman being led away from the mayhem, her face covered with pepper spray. A pregnant woman and a priest were also hit with pepper spray during a march on Tuesday night.

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THE WASHINGTON POST: The Occupy Movement: More Trouble Than Change?
The movement began as a protest of major economic and political issues, but lately the most divisive issue has become the protests themselves. The Occupy Wall Street encampments that formed across the country to spotlight crimes committed on Wall Street have become rife with problems of their own.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Beyond Seizing Parks, New Paths To Influence
The anti-Wall Street protests, which are being driven from their urban encampments across the nation, now face a pivotal challenge: With their outposts gone, will their movement wither?

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THE FINANCIAL TIMES: Authorities Move Against Occupy Protests
Authorities around the world have begun moving against anti-capitalist protesters, with police in the US and Switzerland clearing camps from their cities.

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Jack Palmer is a communications assistant at Sojourners. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackPalmer88

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