DUNEDIN, Florida — As MTV’s Power of 12 tagged along with the Mitt Romney campaign on Monday, we saw three very pumped-up, supportive crowds who knew just when to put their hands together for the former Massachusetts governor.

As the crowd shuffled out of picturesque Pioneer Park on Monday afternoon, college student and waiter Adam Rezendes, 24, was feeling pretty confident about who he was going to cast a vote for in Tuesday’s (January 31) Florida primary. “I am going to be voting for Mitt Romney,” he said. “I believe in Mitt’s conservative views and [his desire] to stop the federal spending and repeal Obamacare. He’s got a lot of great views that really appeal to me. … I trust the country in his hands more than any other candidate.”

At the same time, some members of the Occupy movement were facing off with Romney supporters who took umbrage to the sign they were toting which read, “Dear Mr. 1% Go Fire Yourself. Love, The People. Not Corporations.”

Recent high school graduate Emily Rogers, 19, has been staying with her friends in Occupy Tampa after logging time with Occupy Orlando, and she was definitely not there to support the GOP front-runner. Rogers had made the trip north a few days earlier to attend Friday’s hearing on the state’s controversial new voter-registration laws.

And while she didn’t agree with Romney’s take on the legacy of the Obama administration, Rogers wasn’t necessarily throwing in with anyone else, either.

"At this point, it really doesn’t matter who you’re voting for, because you’re picking between a lesser of two evils," she said. "Which, in my opinion, is not how the government should run when it’s supposed to be for the people. You can line them all up like bricks next to each other, but one is really not that much better than another. You’re picking from red-orange to orange to yellow-orange, and those are your options."

As discouraged as she was about her choices for president, Rogers said she was even more concerned about the raft of states with new voting laws she fears could dissuade young voters from coming out to the polls this year. “The voter suppression laws will definitely have an impact on students and young people,” she said, noting that college kids who have changed dorms and not updated their address on their voter registration could find their votes invalidated. 

"Your vote won’t even count. Students that have that knowledge, they don’t even want to go out and vote because they think, ‘Well, my vote’s not going to count anyways, so whey even vote?’ "



Tactical Briefing #25: Showdown in Chicago

Hey you redeemers, rebels and radicals out there,

Against the backdrop of a global uprising that is simmering in dozens of countries and thousands of cities and towns, the G8 and NATO will hold a rare simultaneous summit in Chicago this May. The world’s military and political elites,…


SOTU 2012


Reporters Without Borders has released its annual World Press Freedom Index and the United States fell 27 points to No. 47 on the list. Why? “more than 25 [reporters] were subjected to arrests and beatings at the hands of police” during Occupy movement protests.

Journalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff, whose press badge is visible, was arrested while covering an Occupy protest in November.“The worldwide wave of protests in 2011 also swept through the New World. It dragged the United States (47th) and Chile (80th) down the index, costing them 27 and 47 places respectively. The crackdown on protest movements and the accompanying excesses took their toll on journalists. In the space of two months in the United States, more than 25 were subjected to arrests and beatings at the hands of police who were quick to issue indictments for inappropriate behavior, public nuisance or even lack of accreditation.”

Free Press reports:

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama called for a “renewal of American values.” However, over the course of his wide-ranging speech, he made no mention of one core value: the fundamental role of the free press in America.

This absence was highlighted this morning when Reporters Without Borders released its 2011–2012 global Press Freedom Index. After months of journalist arrests and press suppression at Occupy Wall Street-inspired protests, the United States has dropped significantly in the rankings.

According to this report, the U.S. has dropped 27 places to 47th in the world. This is especially troubling as we head into an election year which is sure to spark new conflicts between police and press covering rallies, protests and political events.

And these Occupy arrests are not isolated incidents. According to organizations like theSociety for Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists, the arrests at Occupy events are part of a growing trend in the U.S. and worldwide.

(Source: demandingtheimpossible)

“Occupy Wall Street” protesters dropped on Tuesday their two month lawsuit against New York City over the group’s eviction from Zuccotti Park.

The National Lawyers Guild, representing the protesters, said the decision stemmed from private security removing the barricades surrounding the park two weeks ago.

The park’s owner, Brookfield Properties, and the city received statements from several organizations notifying them the barricades were in violation of zoning laws requiring unobstructed access to the park.

“Once the barricades came down and the searches stopped and the protesters had unimpeded access to the park there seemed to be no reason to continue that litigation,” lawyer Adam Levine told The New York Times“If that changes we will be back in court.”

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