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Trial is set to begin in Manhattan Criminal Court Monday for Occupy Wall Street activist, Cecily McMillan, who faces 2nd degree assault charges stemming from a 2012 encounter with the NYPD that left her beaten and unconscious. McMillan was brutally arrested on the evening of March 17, 2012 at an event marking the 6-month anniversary of the group’s occupation of Zuccotti Park. The series of events leading up McMillan’s beating was documented extensively by the press, and began with a male NYPD officer forcibly grabbing her right breast. McMillan was 23 years old at the time.

Manifesto Currency: Value of Occupy

As long as the very Earth is viciously ripped apart for the hungry profits of the richest of the rich, and as long as people keep our eyes open and know that we are not alone, this experiment, whatever we choose to call it, will continue - See more at:

Compiling a list of the 10 Worst Wall Street Actions of 2013 should be easy – there are so many to choose from! The problem is, it often takes years to see which financial activities and innovations have been the most destructive and destabilizing. Therefore, the following should be considered merely a sample of the ways Wall Street has maneuvered, manipulated, defrauded and deceived people during the past year.

There is a vast total-information-awareness surveillance network made up of global corporations and subservient (captured) governments engaging in the systematic infiltration and suppression of social justice activist groups. Their main method of control is the implementation of divide-and-conquer strategies. When it comes to activists, their approach is to apply these strategies to what they have defined as four distinct groups: Radicals, who see the system as corrupt are marginalized and discredited with character assassination techniques. Realists, who can be convinced that real change is not possible. Idealists, who can be convinced (through propaganda) that they have the facts wrong. And Opportunists, who are in it for themselves and therefore can be easily co-opted.

Henry Blodget spent a lot of time pumping up the value of stocks even as he privately expressed negative views of the companies the stocks represented. For this he was permanently barred from the securities industry. Henry Blodget created no product. Henry Blodget created no service. He got rich making money like many in the wealthy class: He made money moving money. He contributing nothing of much value to society.

Laurie Wen: Healthcare for the 99%, Tim Franzen: Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, Grace Davie: Occupy Faith, Cathy O'Neil: Alternative Banking, Nick Mirzoeff: Occupy Theory

Strike Debt, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, announced this morning that since the launch of the group’s Rolling Jubilee effort one year ago, it has abolished $13.5 million worth of medical debt owed by 2,693 people across 45 states and in Puerto Rico. This is the third announcement by Strike Debt in the last year which to date has abolished over $14.7 million dollars of medical bills through its Rolling Jubilee project.

NSA and Big Business Crack Down on Dissent

Alex Kane of Alternet reports that Beau Hodai’s Source Watch report “provides an eye-opening look into how US counter-terrorism agencies monitored the Occupy movement in 2011 and 2012.” Government documents, obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy/DBA Press, from the National Security Agency and other government offices revealed “a grim mosaic of ‘counter-terrorism’ operations” and negative attitudes towards activists and other citizens.

Jerry Koch, known in Occupy Wall Street circles for being "the go-to person for help contacting lawyers, raising bail, and organizing supporters to be there when someone had a hearing or was released," is being held in contempt of court for up to 18 months for refusing to testify before a grand jury in what many believe is an effort by the FBI to intimidate other anarchists, and anyone else engaged in political dissent. His crime? He is believed to have been at a bar where a conversation between other people took place and information about a 2008 explosive device outside an army recruitment station in Times Square was discussed. The message to other dissidents? If you are thought to be anywhere even near the wrong kind of conversation, you could be suspect.