Occupy Saint Paul opposes any U.S. military intervention in Syria.
Deric Lostutter faces felony charges for computer hacking. What did he hack and bring to light? He obtained the videos of the rape of a 16 year old girl, filmed by her rapists, who were not being charged for the crime by the local authorities, claiming they lacked evidence to bring anyone to justice. What really happened was that the boys on a high school football team in Steubenville, OH, carried the unconscious body of the young woman from party to party, and, calling themselves the “Rape Crew”, proceeded to video the repeated attacks and post them on line, in addition to derogatory comments regarding the victim. As it turns out, the authorities in quiet little Steubenville have connections to the football team, and had really hoped all of this would just be forgotten.
And they most likely would have had that happen, had Lostutter not hacked the sites where the original postings were placed to get the videos of the crime so the rapists would be brought to justice. Another individual claimed to have done this hacking, but he has not been charged. One would think this is a good thing, to provide the evidence so that criminals can be brought to court and punished for their infractions against a civilized society. But that is assuming we live in a civilized society, where protecting the victims is important. What happened in the case of Steubenville and Deric Lostutter is that, because he made the police and authorities look bad, and because he helped defend the 16 year old girl, he now faces felony charges with the possibility of up to 10 years imprisonment.
Meanwhile, the rapists have been brought to court. Two of the boys on the football team were sentenced. One is serving one year, the other is serving two years. After serving the first three months of the sentences, the judge allowed them to be moved to a minimal security, privately owned facility instead of the detention center they started their sentences in.
The 16 year old girl is sentenced to remembering this incident the rest of her life and she will never be the same again.
Occupy Saint Paul believes no prosecution should come to those who bring information to authorities that will aid and assist in the solving of a crime and bringing criminals to justice. We call on all Ohio, Department of Justice and FBI investigators to drop all charges against Deric Lostutter and release him from custody with no further hindrances. We believe that Lostutter is clearly being charged in retaliation for defense of a victim and find this overreaching abuse of power abhorrent and in direct opposition to its intended purpose.
We urge those who believe as we do to support Whistleblower Defense League’s KYAnonymous Defense Fund for Deric.
We are Occupy Saint Paul. We are Deric Lostutter. We are the 99%.
Occupy Saint Paul Media Committee
Over the last couple of weeks, the Guardian and the Washington Post have published excerpts of documents provided by Edward Snowden showing both massive overreach and intrusion by the government and unhindered access to sensitive information by private contractors.
Occupy Saint Paul stands in solidarity with Edward Snowden and the right of We the People to hold our government responsible for the violations of the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution that were exposed. Furthermore, we reject the idea that the government and agencies outside the government can and/or should be given access to such information under the guise of “national security”. Giving away our rights to promote “security” is an idea abhorrent to us, as it should be to all citizens of this country. As Benjamin Franklin famously stated, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” And, if we find such abuses of power, we should be free to publicly expose them without fear of prosecution. Therefore, we call for the dropping of espionage charges against Edward Snowden, and call for the search for him to be ended immediately.
Some say Edward Snowden is a traitor. We believe he really didn’t tell us anything that, if we were being honest with ourselves, we didn’t know already, or could have learned by simply reading and thinking critically about the reports we are able to gain access to. Instead, Edward Snowden should be thanked for starting a national dialog about so-called security vs our Constitutional rights.
We are Occupy Saint Paul. We are Edward Snowden. We are the 99%.
Occupy Saint Paul Media Committee
On May 29, 2013 a few hundred peaceful protesters were tear-gassed by Turkey’s government forces stemming from the people’s opposition to continued destruction of green spaces to make way for ever more commercialization of public lands for the profit of Turkey’s elite. These hundreds of protesters stood strong in defense of Turkey’s environment and cultural traditions. The Erdogan government responded with terrorist repression. The people of Turkey stood with the protesters. The hundreds protesting in support of the environment have become tens of thousands challenging government repression and standing for democratic rights. Occupy Saint Paul recognizes the valor and heroism of the Turkish people occupying Gezi Park.
The Erdogan government wants the world to believe that closing all green spaces in Istanbul will result in further “development and prosperity.” We know that such policies only mean to continue enriching the very few at the expense of the environment and will impoverish the people at large.
We stand in solidarity with Occupy Gezi and the Turkish people as they stand for their democratic rights and oppose economic policies that continue to impoverish millions and destroy the environment, all for the sake of continued profit of Turkey’s elite few in the “1%.” We know that this drive for development and prosperity–for the few alone–only means that thousands have been jailed and hundreds injured with the very pepper spray and tear gas used against peaceful protests of the Occupy Wall Street movement here in the United States.
We will not bow to the suppression of democratic rights in the USA and we will stand with the Occupy movement of every country. We urge the people of Turkey to stand strong in defense of democratic rights and their right to decide a future undistorted by the narrow interests of profit and plunder for the few.
Free those taken as prisoners from the Gezi Park occupation. Defend the right to freedom of expression and assembly. Defend Gezi Park. Real Democracy in Turkey Now!
We are Occupy Saint Paul — We are Occupy Gezi — We are the 99%.
Occupy Saint Paul Media Committee
To be held at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel, Saint Paul.
The event will feature local, national and international leaders and experts in the anti-human trafficking movement, political leaders, law enforcement and other members of the criminal justice system, Public Health representatives, local celebrities, survivors and service providers. The topics covered throughout the two days are designed for both professionals and community members.
For registration and agenda, see http://breakingfree.net/dcp.
About 110 people protested outside Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Monday, March 18, 2013. They were there to voice their disappointment that Senator Klobuchar has intimated that she will vote to approve a new bill to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. They were also there in an attempt to convince her to vote against the bill instead, an attempt many thought was in vain. The vote on the Keystone XL pipeline has been hurriedly scheduled for this week in Congress.
The protest was sponsored by 350.org, which provided speakers who informed the crowd of the environmental consequences to the environment. The consequences, they said, would be catastrophic. They feel that stopping the pipeline is imperative because it would allow for the full blown development of tar sands mining in Alberta, Canada. Extraction of oil from tar sand is costly and its refinement consumes enormous amounts of energy and water. Some quoted NASA scientist, James Hansen, who has said, if the Keystone XL pipeline were built, it would be “game over” for the environment. According to Hansen, the amount of carbon dioxide that tar sands mining, refining, and use would introduce into the atmosphere will overwhelm efforts to curb greenhouse gases.
Tar sands mining and refining is currently underway in Alberta, but construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada across the prairie states of America to ports in the Gulf of Mexico will give oil companies invested in the exploitation of tar sands access to the global oil market. A major portion of tar sands oil will not be used in the United States and not help America’s dependence on oil or provide it with a cheap oil.