Occupy Wall Street Day 34: Protesters get some love, NPR personality fired, overtime piles up for VPD
Tom Morello stopped by the Vancouver action last night (October 19) prior to his show at the Vogue. While he didn't serenade the crowd like he did in L.A. and New York, he did give free tickets to his show to all the occupiers in attendance.
Notes of love have been accompanying many of the packages sent to Occupy Wall Street. A new Tumblr account, Occupy Wall Street Care Pacakges, has a roundup of the messages. I dare you not to tear up.
Most creative use of the human mic? A wedding proposal in Liberty Plaza. (In case you don't have time to watch the video, she said yes.)
Freelance radio personality Lisa Simeone was fired from her job after NPR discovered her role as a spokeperson for Occupy Washington D.C. Simeone, who was on the radio show SoundPrint—a documentary show that airs on an NPR affiliate, but which is not produced by NPR—was fired over the phone on October 19.
According CNN's Money blog, Goldman Sach's payroll for 2011 is $10 billion, which works out to around $292,000 per employee.
According to some news outlets, the Vancouver Police Department is implicating Occupy Vancouver in its first deficit in seven years, saying there isn't enough money in the budget to deal with unprecedented events—like a completely legal and peaceful protests. If memory serves me, there might be something else that cost the VPD a shit ton of money this year. Something about a riot? How much does it cost to send a team to Indianapolis forensically process 5,000 hours of video?
I hope the VPD will releases their costs specifically attributed to Occupy Vancouver and explain the necessity of said costs. I'd also like to see the breakdown for the riot costs to date for comparison.
According to the Seattle Times, Occupy Seattle has cost the city's police department $104,869 as of October 14. Of that, $97,200 is for overtime hours for the police.
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