National Park Service Waits to Enforce ‘Occupy DC’ Ban

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Occupiers place large blue tarp over General James McPherson statue in protest.

By remaining in McPherson Square in downtown Washington, DC, Occupy DC protesters continue to violate laws against camping on federal land. Yet the National Park Service declined to enforce its own deadline of noon Monday for the protesters to leave.

As The Heritage Foundation’s Lachlan Markay noted last week, the Supreme Court has ruled that camping is not a protected activity under the First Amendment.

Instead of leaving, protesters dragged a large blue tarp over the statue of General James McPherson in protest. Continue Reading »

‘Occupy’ Is Hardly a Peaceable Movement

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Occupy Wall Street protest in Washington, D.C.

'Occupy' protesters get out of hand in Washington, D.C.

Most Americans would agree that shoving old women to the ground, using four-year-old children as roadblocks and defecating on the porches of private citizens is neither a peaceful nor dignified way to conduct a protest.

However, this shameful behavior appears to be all too common at the various Occupy movements, as The Heritage Foundation’s Mike Brownfield’s coverage of Occupy D.C. illustrates: Continue Reading »

Occupy Wall Street Enlists Radical Group To Handle Donations

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A story in a communist group's newspaper, obtained by Heritage at Zuccotti Park in New York, implores protesters to "smash" Wall Street.

Two weeks ago The Heritage Foundation revealed that big labor was running Google ads and supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In a new twist, Heritage’s investigative reporter Lachlan Markay has now discovered the group has enlisted the services of the radical Alliance for Global Justice to handle its fundraising. Continue Reading »

The Conservative’s Guide to the Occupy Wall Street Protests

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The mixed messages of the Occupy Wall Street movement have left many Americans confused about what it really is they are trying to accomplish. Their vague messages include rants against corporate greed and pleas student loan forgiveness. But all their messages have one thing in common: they represent a far left wing agenda.

With protests set up in nearly every major city in America, Heritage Foundation experts have decided to create and share a guide on how to deal with these protests.  We have asked our experts to weigh in on demands of the movement.

As Heritage investigative reporter Lachlan Markay puts it, the guide is “not as a response to a concrete political platform, but rather [a] part of a dialogue between the largely left-wing individuals ‘occupying’ cities nationwide, and the conservative movement.”

Here is the list of “occupier” demands as summarized by Markay on The Foundry. Click on each to jump right to the Heritage response. Continue Reading »

Big Labor Buys Ads To Support Occupy Wall Street

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The AFL-CIO is doing its part to support the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Heritage Foundation investigative reporter Lachlan Markay discovered the union giant running Google advertisements to drum up support for the radical left-wing protests. In his latest report, he reveals that a simple Google search for “occupy wall street” will generate two sidebar ads that link to AFL-CIO websites. These ads generally cost 10 cents per click.

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Big Labor Joins Occupy Wall Street Movement

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The leftist Occupy Wall Street movement has partnered up with big labor as they continue to protest free enterprise in New York City.

One the protesters’ chief demands is the imposition of a “living wage,” coupled with other new government regulations. According to the group’s website,

This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages.

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