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ARRESTED: Raheem Devaughn & Dr. Cornel West JAILED For Supporting OccupyDC

Singer Raheem Devaughn and Dr. Cornel West were arrested yesterday for participating in an OccupyDC protest on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Deets inside....

 

 

Shortly after attending the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial yesterday, Dr. Cornel West was arrested along with singer Raheem Devaughn and over a dozen OccupyDC protesters on the steps of the Supreme Court around 6pm, a rep for Raheem tells TheYBF.com.

The demonstration was one of many taking place around the world to protest against corporate influence in politics and the effects on the economy. 

As the movement gains traction, protests in New York have drawn celebs like Kanye West and Russell Simmons into the fold.

Shortly after his arrest, Raheem's staff posted this message on Twitter,

Raheem is in jail for protesting along side Dr. Cornel West downtown. We expect him to get out soon. -Dave (staff)

Meanwhile, sources close to Dr. West posted a similar message on his Twitter saying,

Thanks ALL for your concern. Dr. West is ok. He'll share his thoughts from today very soon. Stay tuned! -- Bro.

The arrested individuals were charged with trespassing and are expected to be released soon.  We will keep you posted.

 

Watch video of the arrest (at 2:09 mark) here:

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Anonymous's picture

We Canadians did start this

We Canadians did start this but we are not free until the Queen has no power over us. The Queen has power over Canada if she doesn't like what we want she will say no. We have to go back to the drawing board until we have a law she agrees with. It is time for us the people to wake up the wealthy elites control everything in our world that has to do with why Haiti and Africa are doing worst off every day.
Anonymous's picture

Wooooooow! You are obviously

Wooooooow! You are obviously retarded the Queen has no power in The UK let alone in Canada she is a figurehead. She has no power whatsoever. You really should read a decent newspaper or something before you write such rubbish. Shows a new level of stupidness. #smh
British & Proud's picture

These protests are

These protests are irrelevant. It is for a good cause but where was everyone during the 2008 meltdown, the government/corporate bailouts, when CEO's and financial analyst were being indicted for insider trading and embezzlement??? Where was #occupywallstreet & co.? Now that the economy is slowing recovering this is when they had the guts to protest about capitalism and corporate greed.
Anonymous's picture

These protests are

These protests are irrelevant. It is for a good cause but where was everyone during the 2008 meltdown, the government/corporate bailouts, when CEO's and financial analyst were being indicted for insider trading and embezzlement??? Where was #occupywallstreet & co.? Now that the economy is slowing recovering this is when they had the guts to protest about capitalism and corporate greed.
Anonymous's picture

These protests are

These protests are irrelevant. It is for a good cause but where was everyone during the 2008 meltdown, the government/corporate bailouts, when CEO's and financial analyst were being indicted for insider trading and embezzlement??? Where was #occupywallstreet & co.? Now that the economy is slowing recovering this is when they had the guts to protest about capitalism and corporate greed.
Anonymous's picture

This was a long time

This was a long time coming.Me and my husband are taxed between 3 There is no way in hell my husband and I should get taxed between 30 to 35% of our salaries, while corporations are taxed @ 19%. If the corporations and the wealthy paid what us common folk paid, we'd have SURPLUS not a deficit.
Anonymous's picture

This was a long time

This was a long time coming.Me and my husband are taxed between 3 There is no way in hell my husband and I should get taxed between 30 to 35% of our salaries, while corporations are taxed @ 19%. If the corporations and the wealthy paid what us common folk paid, we'd have SURPLUS not a deficit.
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Preach !!!!!

Preach !!!!!
NaturalTresses's picture

this ENTIRE movement is

this ENTIRE movement is retarded and a colossal waste of time! what is the point of this?!! why the hell are you down at wallstreet protesting? LOL! does wallstreet make laws?!!! does wallstreet hire or fire people?!! retards! go home and come up with a plan, your own plan, your own business and save YOURSELF!
EACH1TEACH1's picture

Please read what you wrote

Please read what you wrote because you sound so uneducated and retarded. When you have money you don't have to hire and fire people, you can just pay someone else to do it.
Anonymous's picture

Yes, Wallstreet does make the

Yes, Wallstreet does make the laws, by purchasing our congressmen.
Chicentrix's picture

well sweetheart, your first

well sweetheart, your first stop then needs to be at 1600 penn ave, that's the white house. because president obama gave a trillion...let me say that again for all you sitting in the cheap seats - A TRILLION DOLLARS of OUR hard earned money to wall street. "the banks are too big to fail", do you remember that?!! and why do you think he gave our ALL of our money to the hated wallstreet....well let me spell it out for you -- your beloved obama sits atop the list of "purchased" politicians. who do you think funded his campaign? who do you think his biggest donors are?! lmbo. y'all are comical. black america so far up his a$$ you can't see for all his chit. keep on giving him that free pass and not holding him accountable for anything. things will continue to fall apart in this country and since WE are at the bottom of the totem pole WE will CONTINUE to suffer the most. you guys are soooooooooo grateful that we finally have a BLACK president that you see NOTHING else. keep on protesting, let's see how many jobs that creates.
EACH1TEAH1's picture

PREACH!!! It is well-known

PREACH!!! It is well-known that George Soros, the hedge-fund manager, major Democratic Party donor and anti-Israel crusader, has been a generous contributor to Barack Obama.
Anonymous's picture

You're a slow retard and

You're a slow retard and there are so many more people who think like you and that's some scary shit!
Anonymous's picture

PREACH! That idiot has the

PREACH! That idiot has the nerve to have "TEACH" in his name. SMH!
FURIOUS FoX's picture

preach what?!! you're an

preach what?!! you're an idiot, you and that moron above you. what are you applauding? that fact that you do not have an answer, just ignorant rage? what the "f" are you protesting? it is a disgusting, self serving, jealous, debasing, human being who exudes hostility because he has not what his brother has. what exactly are you prostesting? the fact that obama gave a trillion dollars to wall street? or the fact that obama gave a trillion dollars to wall street. (get it?) this anger is misplaced and misguided. but because the sitting president is a black man, you march all around the town except where his tent is set up. let me explain something to you slow fools, businesses create jobs. corporations create jobs. people create jobs. the government has NEVER created jobs enough to stimulate, sustain, or grow an economy. your president has policies that kills jobs. his policies are hostile to EVERYTHING that makes a capitalistic society works. and while he's giving you idiots rhetoric that makes you feel like having an org@zm, his policies are causing businesses and corporations to shut more doors and ship more jobs overseas. but you keep on feeling good about his words. you keep on protesting down at wallstreet. and you keep on screaming at me. but while you're at it, remember, i HAVE a job, and i'm starting my own business. because self reliant people KNOW that one day "the job" will be gone, and the only thing you will have left is what you have built.
EACH1TEAH1's picture

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Anonymous's picture

Wall st. actually does buy

Wall st. actually does buy congressman through this thing called LOBBYING....have you heard of lobbyists? Maybe before you make an ignorant comment, do your homework
Anonymous's picture

have i heard of

have i heard of lobbyists? have you heard of subject/verb agreement? before you step to me learn to speak properly or you are automatically dismissed. but since i have a few minutes of free time on my hands........ the statement you were TRYING to make is only 60% correct. POLITICIANS are bought and paid for by lobbyists, NOT congress....POLITICIANS my friend. but i know, i know, it is now the in thing to say "congress" because that's what the president has been feeding you. and you're so naive, you believe every word he says and run with it. who do you think president obama's donors are? where do you think he got the money to fund his campaign? where do you think his money comes from, the tooth fairy?!!! no sweetheart, it came from wallstreet, big banks....and oh my God, RICH FOLKS. the very same rich folks he's now telling you to hate. the very same rich he's now telling you is the cause of all our woes. the gullible will always suffer. why the hell do you think he was so quick to bail them out and give them our hard earned money? ALL politicians and bought, ALL OF THEM....democrats, republicans, independents...ALL OF THEM. so until you understand that premise, it would behoove you to go get the rest of your buddies down there at wall street and start protesting in front of the homes of ALL politicians. i suggest you start at 1600 penn ave. and just in case you're wondering -- that would be the white house.
EACH1TEAH1's picture

Each1, I agree with what you

Each1, I agree with what you are saying except the fact that all politicians are bought. There is only 1 and that is Dr. Ron Paul, Republican Presidential Candidate. He is the only 1 that has not been bought and he is also called Dr. No on the hill because that is what he votes when any law contradicts the Constitution and what he tells the lobbyists. To check on the donors for candidates, check opensecrets.org. Then everyone here will see that Obama is bought by the banks and him and McCain received $$$ from the banks in 2008. Dr. Paul ran for the 2008 election and is running now. The curious thing is that you rarely hear his name in the press. The Federal Reserve (private corp.), who runs the USA, despises him. Dr. Ron Paul has been requesting an audit of the Federal Reserve for the past 30 years. He wants to know where our gold is. He wants to eliminate the Federal Reserve, IRS, the wars (always votes against them since they are unconstitutional), legalize drugs, release non-violent drug offenders and return our liberty to us. He is libertarian and our masters don't want you to hear him speak because when you do, the blinders will fall off. The Federal Reserve is our enemy and has enslaved us with the money they print out of thin air. Ask yourself, if we are truly free, then why won't the media allow Dr. Paul more air time? He wins lots of straw polls and if you read the articles, they rarely mention his name. Vote for the person the media does not want - that is the person against the establishment. Dr. Ron Paul, President, 2012
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Qny1 , I digress my friend,

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Qny1 , I digress my friend,

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End to corporate greed!
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So, is the constitution no

So, is the constitution no longer relevant in America? Freedom of Assembly. Last time I checked, the supreme court belonged to "The United States of America", therefore, the people have a right to assemble at the Supreme court. These quacks wouldn't care if "white" citizens assembled to cheer on the execution of a black man. You call them on their bullshit, and their all up in arms. Why so hostile, guilty? Also, I make a very nice sum of income, but I am no where near as wealthy as I could be if corporations, churches, etc. paid their fair share of taxes. Barack can start with GE & GM!
Anonymous's picture

Indeed our Prez did (you

Indeed our Prez did (you called him Barack--do u know him personally?) could--or they-GE & GM could just do the right thing simply because it IS the right thing to do. *THAT* is the American way!
anonymous's picture

Maybe where you're from you

Maybe where you're from you address individuals by title, but last time I checked, his name was and will remain Barack! Good day!
Anonymous's picture

I appreciate and understand

I appreciate and understand the Occupy Wall Street movement: but at the same time I don't see what its 'changing', for the better. I also appreciate the celebs who want to take part. Its courageous of them to do so: but they are putting their safety at risk. I hope that Dr. West and Raheem DeVaughn aren't/weren't being mistreated by the police; and I hope that Dr. West is using the time to re-evaluate his anti-Obama rhetoric because not every problem we face today is Obama's fault, nor can he fix them with a snap of his fingers. Corporate greed has been years, decades in the making and many-a-millionaire-fat-cat will fight tooth & nail to keep things just the way they are. Selfishness & greed are running rampant and its a damn disgrace.
Godiva-Diva...Obama 2012!!!'s picture

i really agree with you on

i really agree with you on this (excuse me if i dont use periods or commons :) i believe that people really think that obama is suppose to fix everything asap it took bush 8 years to really mess things up give him time it not about being black or white rich or poor its about doing whats right nothing worth having and doing comes easy instead of every time obama farts writing about it lets try to help each other we will never be the land of the free if we dont come together as a people im soooo happy about what mr west and raheem did and other people as well thats fighting for the cause theirs no way in the world that usa is rich but yet we have people out here homeless jobless hungry scared etc and banks wall street etc is living well off with not a care in the world as long as they get paid its sad its very sad
Anonymous's picture

Occupy Wall Streets Goal is

Occupy Wall Streets Goal is to apply pressure on the government to come up with innovative ideas to fix the economy. Stop stalling on passing policies, and to offer assistance to those in need. Sidenote: As much as you want to exclude Obama, her is the Chief of the United States. It is his goal to bring the house to one accord, it is his duty to offer innovative ways to fi the economy, aside from continuous spending on infrastructure. That is a temporary fix to this economy. Yes it takes a team, but we chose Obama because he was supposed to be a leader & mediator. He is none of those. When Bush wanted to push for the war( as idiotic as it was) he had most politicians on one accord) and it's not just based on color. I am black & go through the same obstacles in my profession. I am able to overcome.
Anonymous's picture

Then they should focus on

Then they should focus on that instead of getting they freak on in the tents. Plenty of condom rappers lying around. Plus some are not bathing, its looking like a new Woodstock
NYbabe's picture

I know what the goals of

I know what the goals of Occupy Wall Street are and as I said, I respect the protest and its meaning; but I dont see how it is creating the kind of (corporate/economic) change that we ALL want to see. And I am not 'excusing' Obama, but I am definitely minimizing his role as 'villain' in all of this. Yes he is the president and all of these problems are ultimately his to handle: but no man is an island. He needs to support of Congress and the Senate; all of whom are elected by us and so on. It will take less selfishness on the parts of ALL businesses, their leaders, and consumers to get a more farily balanced economy and to create more jobs. Bush had the support of people of all races and parties for the war because #1-9/11 has just happened and we were all on board for a fight against terrorism, #2-he LIED and said there were WMDs armed and ready to harm us, and #3-a great many of Bush's influencial friends profited from the war because they invested in, and owned many of the companies that supplied weapons and goods to our military. I too am black and am fortunate to have overcome alot of these issues. I am gainfully employed and make a good salary. But I am not arrogant enough to think that these issues don't affect me/can't affect me tomorrow. There-but-for-the-grace-of-God-go-I. But if I dont save money & budget accordingly, knowing how bad the economy is, it is my fault. Not Obama's.
anonymous's picture

FYI-I refreshed the computer

FYI-I refreshed the computer here at work & my screen name was not retained. The prior comment is from me, Godiva-Diva. I appreciate our dialogue here, by the way.
Godiva-Diva...Obama 2012!!!'s picture

But a fool can go to an Obama

But a fool can go to an Obama rally with a gun and no one has chit 2 say.
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Mmmm-Hmmmm-ain't that

Mmmm-Hmmmm-ain't that something!
Godiva-Diva...Obama 2012!!!'s picture

IF YOU WONT STAND FOR

IF YOU WONT STAND FOR SOMETHING YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING...MY HATS OFF TO ALL THE PROTESTERS OUT THERE TRYING TO MAKE THIER VOICES HEARD AND ARE WILLING TO GET ARRESTED FOR THE CAUSE...IM PROUD OF MY FELLOW AMERICANS FOR AT LEAST TRYING BECAUSE NOTHING BEATS A FAILURE BUT A TRY...KEEP THEM ALL IN MY PRAYERS!!!!
BE A FAN NOT A STAN's picture

I love it! Enough already!

I love it! Enough already! I'm all for getting rich on a level playing field, but I'm tired of these corporate stick up kids using the system and taking advantage while we break our backs working hard. I wish more people of color would get involved.
Anonymous's picture

You are absolutely right!

You are absolutely right! It's not enough to sit and talk about what's wrong, we have to take action!!!! If we refuse to speak up for ourselves, who do we expect to do it??
Anonymous's picture

it's amazing to see Americans

it's amazing to see Americans speaking out against our government. it's just too bad that nothing's really gonna change.
Casey Anthony's picture

Exactly. The Prosesters

Exactly. The Prosesters should have done these demonstrations closer to election time for more effective results or at least more positive acknowledgement.
Akono's picture

This was a long time

This was a long time coming.Me and my husband are taxed between 3 There is no way in hell my husband and I should get taxed between 30 to 35% of our salaries, while corporations are taxed @ 19%. If the corporations and the wealthy paid what us common folk paid, we'd have SURPLUS not a deficit.
Anonymous's picture

This was a long time

This was a long time coming.Me and my husband are taxed between 3 There is no way in hell my husband and I should get taxed between 30 to 35% of our salaries, while corporations are taxed @ 19%. If the corporations and the wealthy paid what us common folk paid, we'd have SURPLUS not a deficit.
Anonymous's picture

This was a long time

This was a long time coming.Me and my husband are taxed between 3 There is no way in hell my husband and I should get taxed between 30 to 35% of our salaries, while corporations are taxed @ 19%. If the corporations and the wealthy paid what us common folk paid, we'd have SURPLUS not a deficit.
Anonymous's picture

THANKS TO THE CANADIANS FOR

THANKS TO THE CANADIANS FOR THAT MOVEMENT...THEY WILL NOT INTIMIDATE US, WE WILL FIGHT TILL WE DROP!!!!
Word!'s picture

While I agree that the

While I agree that the original grievances of the Occupy movement has merit (although some people protesting cannot articulate why they are part of the crowd), freedom of speech and assembly does NOT mean that protesters are exempt from following the law (trespassing/staying overnight in a private park and not leaving when asked, keeping working people from getting to their jobs, etc.). I'm all for standing up for what you believe in, but there is a right and wrong way to do it. There is a small minority going about it the wrong way, and it makes the whole movement seem shady/disorganized.
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