Occupy Movement

Inspired by the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement began as a group of a few hundred protesters occupying a park right off of Wall Street in New York City's financial district in September 2011 to protest what they call a greedy and unjust financial system. The national ACLU and ACLU affiliates nationwide have been monitoring Occupy protests across the country to ensure protestors' free speech rights are protected. Learn more about what the ACLU is doing in your state to support protestors' rights >>

Police Violence on Occupy Protestors Is Unhealthy for Democracy

By Linda Lye, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 2:29pm
Around California and all over the country, we have been told that Occupy encampments must come down because of "health and safety concerns." But all around the country, we have seen the police take down these encampments with an overzealous use of pepper spray, tear gas and flash-bang grenades. The real "health threat" we should be concerned about is the threat to the health of our democracy when the government reacts to peaceful political expression with police violence.
Yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street Evacuation: Protecting Public Health or Endangering It?

Yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street Evacuation: Protecting Public Health or Endangering It?

By Ateqah Khaki at 11:05am

Early yesterday morning, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s order, the New York Police Department expelled hundreds of Occupy Wall St. protestors from Zuccotti Park. Mayor Bloomberg asserted public health and safety reasons, but the New York…

ACLU to Oakland Police: No Seriously, Hand Over the Info

ACLU to Oakland Police: No Seriously, Hand Over the Info

By Linda Lye, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 11:13am

The Oakland Police Department oversaw the use of excessive force against Occupy Oakland demonstrators, and now the department is refusing to hand over information about what really happened.

Oakland Police Raid on Occupy Oakland Raises Serious Questions

By Linda Lye, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 3:35pm

Picture this. In response to a peaceful anti-war protest, the Oakland Police Department uses large wooden bullets, sting ball grenades and shot-filled bean bags, as a result of which at least 58 protesters are injured. That was 2003, and unfortunately…

Protecting Protest at Occupy Wall Street

Protecting Protest at Occupy Wall Street

By Donna Lieberman, New York Civil Liberties Union at 12:09pm

As the Occupy Wall Street movement gains steam, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is standing beside the demonstrators and defending their right to speak their minds.

Teams of NYCLU staff and volunteers regularly visit the movement's…

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