Latest developments in the Occupy protests

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 15 2011 3:21 p.m. MST

University of California at Berkeley students participate in an Occupy Cal rally in Sproul Hall plaza Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 in Berkeley, Calif. Students have called for a general strike on campus today.

Ben Margot, Associated Press

Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests:

CALIFORNIA

Wall Street demonstrators converged Tuesday on the University of California, Berkeley, for a day of protests and another attempt to set up an Occupy Cal camp, less than a week after police arrested dozens of demonstrators who tried to set up tents on campus.

ReFund California, a coalition of student group and university employee unions, called for a campus strike, and protesters planned a rally and march to protest banks and budget cuts to higher education.

More than 1,000 students, campus employees, faculty and other demonstrators filled an outdoor plaza after many took part in morning teach-ins. The plaza was covered with banners that read "stop the cuts" and "educate the state."

In Los Angeles, police and Occupy protesters are working on a plan that would close down an encampment that encircles City Hall.

Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Tuesday police don't have a sense of when demonstrators will pack up and go home but discussions are ongoing and both sides hope for a peaceful resolution.

Tensions rose briefly earlier Tuesday when about 100 protesters marched downtown in solidarity with New York counterparts being ousted from their encampment. No arrests were made.

ILLINOIS

Protesters staged a sit-in Tuesday in front of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office to try to stop health care cuts.

The protesters had the backing of a variety of activist groups, including Occupy Chicago, as they marched to City Hall from a nearby church. About a dozen protesters eventually took up seats on the floor outside Emanuel's office under the watchful eyes of police and journalists. Dozens more protesters assembled in a cordoned-off area in a hallway outside Emanuel's office. The mayor wasn't there.

The protesters oppose his proposed budget, which would close six of the city's 12 mental health clinics and partner the city's neighborhood health clinics with a federal program.

They chanted and offered testimonials about how they had been helped by the clinics.

MAINE

Occupy protesters worked Tuesday to insulate their tents, set up portable heaters and buy extra thermal socks as they vowed to stick it out in a city park for the winter months ahead in Maine.

Close to 60 tents are now set up in Lincoln Park, with many people placing hay bales around their tents and tarps over the top for insulation to ward off the cold to come. Some have brought in portable kerosene and propane heaters to prepare for the weather in Portland, which averages 62 inches of snow a year.

MASSACHUSETTS

Hip-hop mogul and political activist Russell Simmons told protesters at the Occupy Boston encampment Tuesday that it will take dramatic action to rid the American political system of corporate influence.

Simmons arrived in Boston after police dismantled the birthplace of the Occupy movement in New York earlier Tuesday.

"The Occupy movement is under attack," Simmons said, adding that there is no contradiction in a multimillionaire such as himself supporting a movement demanding economic equity. "I benefit off the tax code, but I'm ready to pay more taxes and ... I don't like having my secretary paying more in taxes than me."

Also Tuesday, Occupy Boston demonstrators filed a lawsuit as a pre-emptive strike against any attempt to remove them from their protest site.

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