Occupy St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org en On Occupy anniversary, protesters will take aim at Monsanto http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/occupy-anniversary-protesters-will-take-aim-monsanto <p></p><p>Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and local activist groups plan to mark the occasion by protesting biotechnology giant Monsanto.</p><p>Barbara Chicherio is with the Gateway Green Alliance, which opposes genetically modified organisms developed by St. Louis based Monsanto and other biotech companies.</p><p>She said tomorrow's protests will represent a shift within the Occupy movement to focus on specific issues.</p> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:17:05 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4612 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Occupy anniversary, protesters will take aim at Monsanto May Day protesters take aim at Peabody tax policies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/may-day-protesters-take-aim-peabody-tax-policies <p>About 150 activists marched outside Peabody Energy&rsquo;s annual stockholder meeting in downtown St. Louis today.</p><p>The protesters decried an unfair tax code that they say allows &nbsp;the energy company to dodge paying its fair share of taxes. For instance, they say Peabody paid $0 in federal income taxes in 2008 and 2009; and $0 in state income taxes in 2010.</p><p>Peabody Energy&#39;s Corporate Communications Director Meg Gallagher says, however, the group&rsquo;s numbers are inaccurate.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 21:22:59 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3610 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org May Day protesters take aim at Peabody tax policies Occupy activists protest corporate tax code http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/occupy-activists-protest-corporate-tax-code <p>Occupy movement protesters blocked traffic outside Bank of America&#39;s regional headquarters Tuesday in downtown St. Louis. The group, including union workers, students, retirees, and clergy, staged a mock-game of dodge ball to protest how, in their view, corporations dodge paying their fair share of taxes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Zach Chasnoff, an organizer for the group, says the movement chose the IRS&#39;s filing deadline to call attention to an unfair tax system that favors corporations over citizens.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 23:53:46 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3514 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Occupy activists protest corporate tax code Graffiti found in St. Louis park after Occupy arrests http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/graffiti-found-st-louis-park-after-occupy-arrests <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Compton+Hill+Reservoir+Park&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=Compton+Hill+Reservoir+Park&amp;t=h&amp;cid=10906919181984140888&amp;ll=38.632696,-90.2314&amp;spn=0.046934,0.072956&amp;z=13&amp;iwloc=A&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Compton+Hill+Reservoir+Park&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=Compton+Hill+Reservoir+Park&amp;t=h&amp;cid=10906919181984140888&amp;ll=38.632696,-90.2314&amp;spn=0.046934,0.072956&amp;z=13&amp;iwloc=A&amp;source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p><p>Occupy activists are taking heat for graffiti found at the Compton Hill Reservoir Park.&nbsp;Overnight, walls and statues were vandalized with phrases including &quot;class war,&quot; and &quot;cops, pigs, murderers.&quot;</p><p>Occupy protester Brian Staack&nbsp; says the acts are likely related to a confrontation at the park Thursday night where St. Louis police arrested 13 activists.</p><p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 21:57:55 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3311 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Activists gather in St. Louis for Occupy Midwest conference http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/activists-gather-st-louis-occupy-midwest-conference <p>Occupy movements from across the country are gathering this week in St. Louis to revive their populist protests against banks, corporations and government.</p><p>Rachael Perrotta, a media coordinator from Occupy Chicago said the regional conference will stage at least four non-violent group actions in St. Louis against various companies including Monsanto.</p><p>&ldquo;Welcome to the American Spring,&quot;&nbsp;Perrotta&nbsp;said. &quot;Our movement is expanding. We&#39;re growing. Winter was the time for internal organizing. Spring is the time to get back into the streets.&quot;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:55:54 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3269 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Activists gather in St. Louis for Occupy Midwest conference First sentences handed down for Occupy St. Louis protesters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/first-sentences-handed-down-occupy-st-louis-protesters <p>Eight of 10 Occupy St. Louis protestors <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/10-occupystl-protesters-arrested-st-louis">arrested in Kiener Plaza on Oct. 6</a> pleaded guilty in municipal court today to violating the city&#39;s ordinance banning people from being in city parks past 10 p.m.</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:08:29 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2882 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org First sentences handed down for Occupy St. Louis protesters Morning headlines: Thursday, December 1, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-december-1-2011 <p><strong><strong>Occupy&nbsp;STL&nbsp;members say movement still strong</strong></strong></p><p>The tents are gone from Kiener Plaza, along with the big crowds. But people involved in the Occupy St. Louis&nbsp;movement say they&#39;re still going strong.</p><p>Today&nbsp;marks the&nbsp;two-month anniversary of the movement that&nbsp;began in New York and spread to several other cities. At one point in St. Louis, more than 100 people were camped in Kiener Plaza, a downtown park.</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:29:05 +0000 Julie Bierach, Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 2583 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, December 1, 2011 Arrests made in Occupy St. Louis march to MLK bridge http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/arrests-made-occupy-st-louis-march-mlk-bridge <p><em>This is a developing story. We will update it with more information as we know it.</em></p><p><em><strong>Updated at 6:30 p.m. with quotes from Elliott and march organizer.</strong></em></p><p><strong>Update 5:05 p.m.:</strong> Among those arrested this afternoon was Gary Elliott, president of <a href="http://www.lu110.com/about-us.html">LIUNA (Laborers&rsquo; International Union of North America) Local&nbsp;110</a>, according to a press release distributed by Progress Missouri.</p><p>In an interview during the march, Elliott said it was time for him to put his words into action.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s one thing to say you feel sorry for people,&quot; Elliott said. &quot;It&#39;s another thing to actually go out and actually take a little bit of risk to get the things that this country needs.&quot;</p><p>The march route took protestors past the local headquarters of Bank of America and the Federal Reserve. Johnathan McFarland, an Occupy St. Louis organizer, called it symbolic of America&#39;s misplaced priorities.</p><p>&quot;We need to rebuild our infrastructure,&quot; he said. &quot;And people need jobs rebuilding the infrastructure as opposed to bailing out banks that don&#39;t really provide jobs.&quot;</p><p>Most marchers returned to Kiener Plaza after the arrests, though a few continued on toward the City Justice Center, where the arrested protesters were taken.</p><p><strong>Update 4:42 p.m.: Via our reporter Rachel Lippmann:</strong></p><p>14 people have been arrested this afternoon and the march of Occupy St. Louis protesters is making its way back to Kiener Plaza.</p><p><strong>Update: 4:36 p.m. via the Associated Press:</strong> At least a dozen Occupy St. Louis protesters were arrested after their attempt to block the entrance to a Mississippi River bridge on the two-month anniversary of the Occupy movement.</p><p>Police were waiting on several hundred protesters when the throng arrived at the Martin Luther King Bridge shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday. About 15 to 20 protesters then sat down cross-legged, with their arms locked.</p><p>Officers moved in and arrested them when they refused to move.</p><p>They offered no resistance.</p><p>The crowd of protesters included labor unions and other sympathizers who marched from Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis to the bridge.</p><p>Members of Occupy St. Louis had camped in the plaza for several weeks before early Saturday, when police took down the tents and arrested demonstrators for curfew violations.</p><p>Via our reporter Rachel Lippmann:</p><p>About a dozen Occupy St. Louis protesters have sat down at the entrance to the MLK bridge.</p><p>St. Louis police are moving in now to arrest them and telling those nearby to move away or they&rsquo;ll face arrest as well.</p><p>Hundreds more protesters are nearby.</p><p>They marched from Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis to the bridge, as part of a nationwide effort to mark the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Movement.</p><p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 22:23:01 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, Maria Altman, Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 2501 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Arrests made in Occupy St. Louis march to MLK bridge Judge denies Occupy St. Louis attempt to re-establish Kiener encampment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-denies-occupy-st-louis-attempt-re-establish-kiener-encampment <p>A federal judge in St. Louis has rejected attempts of Occupy St. Louis protestors to re-establish their encampment in Kiener Plaza.</p><p>Attorneys for the protestors, who were <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/police-enforce-curfew-ordinance-arrests-made-occupy-st-louis-protest?nopop=1">evicted from the park early Saturday morning</a>, had asked Judge Carol Jackson to stop enforcement of the city&#39;s parks curfew until the case went to trial. Jackson denied that request saying the protestors had not proven they were highly likely to win if the case went to trial.</p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 23:10:43 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2482 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge denies Occupy St. Louis attempt to re-establish Kiener encampment Occupy St. Louis case in court http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/occupy-st-louis-case-court <p><em>Will be updated.</em></p><p>Members of Occupy St. Louis say the medium is the message, and their medium is occupation of a downtown St. Louis park.</p><p>Twenty-four members of the group are seeking a preliminary injunction that would allow them to renew their encampment at Kiener Plaza. Early Saturday, police <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/police-enforce-curfew-ordinance-arrests-made-occupy-st-louis-protest">arrested 27 protesters</a> for violating the park&#39;s 10 p.m. curfew and took down tents. People with Occupy St. Louis had been camping since early October.</p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:51:29 +0000 The Associated Press 2475 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Occupy St. Louis case in court