• Tips gratefully accepted here. Thanks!:

  • Recent Comments

    r u reddy on Supercitizens
    r u reddy on Supercitizens
    Sweet Sue on Supercitizens
    paper dollr doll on Supercitizens
    paper dollr doll on The White House ignored the St…
    paper dollr doll on The White House ignored the St…
    tdraicer on Supercitizens
    Philip Baum (@philip… on Supercitizens
    Sweet Sue on Supercitizens
    riverdaughter on Supercitizens
    Sweet Sue on Supercitizens
    riverdaughter on Supercitizens
    Sweet Sue on Supercitizens
    Sweet Sue on Supercitizens
    quixote on Supercitizens
  • Categories


  • Tags

    abortion Add new tag Afghanistan Al Franken Anglachel Atrios bankers Barack Obama big pharma Bill Clinton Chris Christie cocktails Conflucians Say Dailykos debate Democratic Party Democrats Digby DNC Donna Brazile Economy Elizabeth Warren feminism Florida Fox News General Glenn Beck Glenn Greenwald Goldman Sachs health care Health Care Reform Hillary Clinton Howard Dean Joe Biden John Edwards John McCain Jon Corzine Karl Rove Keith Olbermann Matt Taibbi Media medicare Michelle Obama Michigan misogyny Mitt Romney Morning Edition Morning News Links Nancy Pelosi New Jersey news NO WE WON'T Obama Obamacare occupy wall street OccupyWallStreet Open thread Paul Krugman Politics Presidential Election 2008 PUMA racism Republicans Sarah Palin sexism Single Payer snark Social Security Supreme Court Terry Gross Tim Geithner unemployment Wall Street WikiLeaks women
  • Archives

  • History

    August 2014
    S M T W T F S
    « Jul    
     12
    3456789
    10111213141516
    17181920212223
    24252627282930
    31  
  • RSS Paul Krugman: Conscience of a Liberal

  • The Confluence

    The Confluence

  • RSS Suburban Guerrilla

  • RSS Ian Welsh

    • The End of the Rebels in the Ukraine and the Ukraine’s Future
      We’re down to street fighting in Donetsk.  The Russian leaders resigned in the last two weeks.  The rebels appear to be done, at least in terms of their conventional military phase (of course, I could be wrong depending on how much stomach Ukrainian troops have for house to house fighting).  It seems like that would [...]
  • Top Posts

Happy Thanksgiving

Freedom from Want, Norman Rockwell

Jeez, it’s only 12:27pm and I already have a buzz.  I blame my sister.  She held me down and poured Jaegermeister shots down my throat.  Dang!  I have to peel potatoes in a moment.

Anyway, I hope you are all having a lovely Thanksgiving.  I’m in central PA.  It’s a beautiful day outside but we’re watching a football game and all of the NYTimes videos for preparing and carving the turkey.  OMG, the singer just forgot the words to the national anthem.  Disgraceful.

By the way, OWS is serving Thanksgiving Day dinner in Zuccotti Park:

This Thanksgiving, Occupy Wall Street is celebrating unity and community with an open feast at Liberty Square. From 2 to 6 p.m. at Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park) we will meet to share food, stories and inspiration. All members of our global community are invited to break bread with us.

“This is all about supporting the 99%,” said Megan Hayes, an organizer with the #OWS Kitchen working group, and a former high end chef. “So many people have given up so much to come and be a part of the movement because there is really that much dire need for community. We decided to take this holiday opportunity to provide just that – community.”

Wait, why does this story sound so familiar?  Damn do-gooders.  What kind of example will they set for the country by sharing?  It will only encourage the young to go into poverty.

Or, a lot of people will have dinner together.  Works for me.

Freedom from Want, Occupy Wall Street

Occupy My iPhone N17

This is what N17 looked like from my iPhone’s POV.  She can’t shoot straight and she’s blurry but I think she captured the spirit.

Some notes on the subject matter:

First, my pictures show people.  Those people could be your neighbors.  If some of them are dressed kind of funny, that’s not because they’re hippies.  That’s just New York City.  Dressing funny is the default.  Perhaps this is a source of confusion to those of you who don’t live in the NYC metropolitan area but there you go.  In the City, you either wear black or you make a statement.

Secondly, not everyone who marched from Union Square to Foley Square was a student.  About half of the crowd was over thirty, some of them were older than me.  And what I didn’t have time or battery life to capture were all of the retail workers and manicurists and waiters who stood outside on the sidewalk and cheered us on.  Nor did I get a shot of all of the cars and taxis and buses we had gridlocked for the length of the march who were beeping and honking.  The taxis had a good take that evening.  Nor can you hear the shouting and chanting from the apartments above us.  Some of them had signs in their windows.  The voices of all those marchers and apartment dwellers and onlookers echoed and thundered all the way down the street.

Thirdly, not everyone in Foley Square was a union member.  The union members were carrying signs.  But there were families with kids in strollers there too.  Given how the day started with so much violence, they were very committed to be out there in that cold for hours with their kids.  I saw one man giving his toddler his little battery operated candle to hold during the march.  It was really sweet.

Finally, once the projection went up on the Verizon building and drivers could see it from the Brooklyn Bridge, the whole city was occupied.

Don’t let anyone tell you it was only 32,000 people.  It was millions.  And Wall Street knows it.

I have something to say about this

This video has been making the rounds.  It’s of OWS protestors in California resisting non-violently and then getting pepper sprayed:

On November 17, I walked back to Zucotti Park from the corner of Pine and Nassau.  I wanted to write a blog post.  I asked a cop at the barrier if I could go in and sit down.  He nodded so I went in and sat on a stone bench lining the perimeter of the park.  By the way, the park suffered no permanent damage from the occupation.  It’s a beautiful granite rectangle filled with locust trees that were at peak golden color.  The crysanthemums from a month ago are gone but they were likely to be replaced for the holiday season.  It smells just like Zuccotti park *always* smelled- like food from the mixture of grease wagons at the perimeter of the park.  It’s very kebab scented.  Must have driven the vegans to distraction.

Protestors headed back to Zuccotti Park from Pine and Nassau on N17. These are the typical Dirty Fucking Hippies that everyone wants to kick the shit out of.

Anyway, I sat there and composed a brief post.  Just as I was finishing, a big group of noisy protestors arrived carrying flags.  They were mic checking and celebrating.  I talked to an American professor who was teaching in Budapest.  We laughed about getting hit with a golden shower- of leaves- just before she left the park to find a bathroom.  I was thinking the same thing when  I saw a guy handing out purple sashes and asked him what they were for.  He told me that purple was what you get when you mix all of the colors of the American flag, which made the wearer “ultraAmerican”.  So, I took one.  Just as I was tying it around my hair, someone to my right walked briskly into the park and said that he had heard from the lawyers and the police scanner that the park was going to be kettled.  I really didn’t want to get arrested on a full bladder so I headed for the break in the barrier where I had come in.  As I approached it, the cops closed it up.  I looked to the other side of the park and they had closed that too.  Then another occupier who seemed to have a bit more authority ran over to a group of us and said, “Remain calm, remember we are non violent.  We are peaceful.  We do not resist.  Don’t do anything stupid that will make them come after you.”

Stupid?  For being in a park?  All I was doing was blogging, talking and tying a ribbon in my hair.  This is what I get for just being there?  I called Katiebird, because that’s what I find myself doing when I’m in trouble.  She said she could see what was happening on TV.  Just after I hung up, there was a running scuffle behind me and a group of about five people were being chased through the park.  They threw me off balance as I darted behind a tree.  The whole thing happened so quickly that I didn’t realize I’d pulled a muscle in my right shoulder.  I stood there in pain for a few seconds and noticed that the police on the north side of the park had moved in a line towards the west side, leaving the barrier unattended for a moment.  I dashed out of the park between a break in the barrier.  A few seconds later, the police lined up again and pushed the barrier toward the middle of the park, trapping everyone else in.    I spent the next half hour in Mickey D’s in line to use the bathroom and trying to find Katiebird’s sister in case one of us was arrested.

About 20 minutes later, Bev and I walked around the park perimeter from the outside.  The police presence was ridiculous.  It was over the top.  When I saw the battalions (multiple) lining up in formation outside the park, I knew something bad was about to happen.  There was no reason to have that many cops for the protestors in the park.  Yeah, they can occasionally be loud and rowdy.  But there is nothing about them that can be remotely considered dangerous.  They are armed only with their voices and their bodies.  Jeez, they even meditate before an action so they keep their heads.

Police batallions lining up at Zuccotti park just before the crackdown

And what about the rest of us?  Can we just occupy a space, talk to people, blog, without a threat to our bodies or pepperspray to the eyes?  I was just standing in the park and nearly got caught in a trap.  If a cop can’t see that a group of people sitting on the ground aren’t posing a threat to him, are any of us safe?

They are regular, normal looking, average Americans.  They human beings with dignity.  They are not dirty or smelly.  They don’t have lice.  And the freaky looking ones who were hanging out before the eviction are gone. They are well spoken and cheerful and determined.  Why am I saying “they”?   I mean “WE”.

Next time, I’m peeing before I enter the park and waiting it out from the inside.

More later…

Thank you Occupy Wall Street

Thank you for celebrating your birthday in such a breathtaking and classy way.  It was also fiendishly clever, considering how many Verizon workers were marching with us.

The most amazing thing about walking about a quarter way over the Brooklyn Bridge and then looking back was not that we made that bat signal happen.  It was that we were extending the occupation to everyone in the city and everyone who was coming into the city from Brooklyn.  And they took up the invitation with gusto, cheering and honking from their cars.  Not at *us* but for themselves.  They got to be part of a most wonderful day.  I will never forget it.

The occupiers of Zuccotti Park are very brave people.  I suspect that they knew that they needed to sacrifice themselves.  And in that sacrifice, they brought everyone together.  We all grew up thinking that we “could say whatever we want” because “it’s a free country”.  Admit it, you used to say that in the playground to your friends turned suddenly enemies (but you made up over a shared popsicle).  But saying anything you want, whereever you want, has dire consequences these days.  It can also bring out the courage of your friends.  I sprinted from Union Square to Foley Square with thousands and thousands of students who were surrounded by police but managed to occupy the streets anyway.  Then I stood for hours with the most cheerful bunch of musicians, local 802.  It was a pleasure to spend the evening with Aurora and her friends.

But the “bat signal” will be hard to top.  Projecting the aspirations of humanity on a symbol of corporate overreach was a stroke of genius.  And there I was, on the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time in my life, cheering along with the cars down below who were amazed and delighted to be a part of it all.

This is not the beginning of the end.  This is the beginning of the beginning.  The occupation of Zuccotti Park was a transient event.  The occupation of our hearts will live as long as we do.

Subvert the dominant paradigm.

Happy Birthday to all of us occupiers no matter where we are.

OccupyWallStreet: The people in the park

These are pictures of OccupyWallStreet in Zuccotti Park taken on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011.  The freaky people can be found on the perimeter of the park facing outwards, which is one of the reasons I suspect some of them were hired by Fox News.  On the interior of the park, all ages and ethnicities can be found.  As you can see, the vast majority of people in the middle of the park are perfectly normal looking and acting.  It’s just that you have to pass through a phalanx of some pretty strange looking people to get to the middle.  This is a shame because, even though the passersby could see that there were a lot of typical, average people in the park, the media audience won’t know that because that’s too mundane.  What’s so fascinating about potentially meeting your neighbor at an occupation?  Let’s be voyeurs and take a picture of the scary looking guy with the tattooed face!

The park is full.  There are people sleeping it off in sleeping bags in unexpected places.  It’s hard to see how they manage to sleep with all of the activity going on around them, especially when there’s a good possibility that they could get trampled.  There’s really nowhere to sit so the plantar boxes and stairs are where people congregate to rest, if you can find a bum sized space.

This guy was brave or trying to demonstrate his arithmetic skills.  Most people stopped to talk to him  and he seemed to be having some good interactions.

This is where you can leave your ideas for the OWS think tank.  Keep in mind that the occupation is prohibited from erecting structures in the park so makeshift tables and recycling/sanitation bins made of cardboard pop up here and there.   If you have an idea and you want to develop it into a policy with other 99%-ers, you can contact the think tank at OWSthinktank@gmail.com.

It’s impossible to keep all religion out of the park.  The Hassidim are celebrating Sukkot this week and are looking for Jews in the park to perform a blessing.  I thought it was kind of nice.  It’s a “green” holiday.  Partition Function was singled out by a boy of about 11 who made him bless the four directions with the palm fronds.  Then he turned to me and asked, “Are you Jewish?”  “1/8th”, I replied.  “Mother or father?”, he said, hopeful that he might have snagged another one.  “Father”, I said.  “Nope”, he said, and moved on.  For a brief second, I was crushed.  But I got over it.

The scene below is more representative of the occupiers of Zuccotti Park.  I include day trippers such as myself.  Many people came and stayed for awhile.  There seems to be more men than women, although at the General Assembly, the genders seem more evenly split and the directing facilitator that night was female, with a big voice.  About the GA, there is a reason why they use the People’s Mic and hand signals.  There is no voice amplification allowed in the park.  To get a permit for a megaphone would cost more money than they have.  So, the people’s mic is necessary to make sure everyone can hear what the speaker says, while the hand signals cut down on clapping and other noise that tend to interrupt these kinds of meetings and drown out the speaker.  It’s very effective, you can hear the speaker pretty well and it forces you to listen closely.  I think it’s brilliant.

This picture is rather big and may be partially cutoff in your browser.  In mine, I can only see the left half of the picture.  Open it in a separate window to get a better view of the 99% in Zuccotti Park.  Note that the smoothie stand on the right makes a nice bubble tea, if you’re into black tapioca balls in your drinks.

OccupyTogether: October 15- Global Day of Action

Update 6:54.  Will have to leave momentarily to take a kid to a dance.  Tell me if anything happens.

Here’s the best live feed so far: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/

Update 6:35: At 6:37, Dwayne reports, they are all going to sing a song.  They are singing, “This little light of mine”

All together now!

Update 6:24:  Dwayne’s feed is very chaotic but he’s right there watching the horse mounted police coming into the crowd.  Voice commentary is good. http://www.livestream.com/occupywallstnyc.

6:16 The earthcam let’s you see it all.  In brutal detail.  http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/

It is very, very crowded down there.  Think New Year’s Eve crowded.  I can only see part of Times Square but the crowd is chanting “The whole world is watching”, which can’t be good.  Now, massive Booing.  That’s not a good sign.   I hope things calm down before curtain time.  It would suck to have just spent a small fortune on Broadway tickets and not be able to get to the theatre.  That would be seriously uncool.

Update 5:59:  Ok, this is ridiculous.  There are thousands of people jammed on the sidewalk who can’t cross the street.  They are bound to spill into the street.  It would be impossible to keep them confined for much longer. Ruh-roh, here come the police on Vespas.  One of the earthcam webcams is overwhelmed.

From the livestream chatroom moderator:

 the revolution is experiencing technical difficulties.
piscaa: expect interference from

Update 5:57pm: The square is really filling up now and making some noise.  The problem with Times Square is that there is a main thoroughfare right through the middle of it so the protestors have to stay on the sidewalks.  On a normal Saturday evening, the sidewalks of Times Square are crowded.  I don’t know how the police are going to keep people from spilling into the street.  I just hope everyone stays calm.  It looks from the webcam that the police are preventing people on the sidewalk from crossing over into the area beneath the big marquee.  That’s not a good plan, IMHO.  There’s still plenty of room over there.   In the meantime, Occupy Berlin is having interactions with police.

Update 5:19pm:  If you are following along on the Earthcam, you can hear the occupiers coming into the square.  It sounds like they are singing “We ARE the 99%!”  They’ve got a band!  Did the Musicians Union join them?  

Update: Here is what Times Square looks like from the Earthcam live cam at http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/

You can hear the Occupiers chanting on the earthcam as they enter the square but the crowd is still small at this point.  Watch it grow.

Marchers should be entering the square from the bottom of your screen if you are watching the Earthcam.

Update 4:45pm: Dwayne and the media team are in a cab headed up to Times Square.  Broadcasting live from the back of the cab.  I found a live cam broadcast from Times Square.  check it out here: Times Square Cam.  There are a couple different angles to choose from.  Hit the “See more Times Square Cams” in the upper left hand corner.

Update 4:25:  The police have shut down Times Square.  (unconfirmed)  WTF?  There are people who have shows to do up there.  Musicians, actors, singers, restaurant people, Sephora salespeople…  Curtains go up at 8:00pm.

There are two streams of marchers headed for Times Square.  One stream is headed up Broadway, the other is headed up 7th avenue.  The Mic Check just said that the police will be searching backpacks at the train station on the way to Times Square “SO DON’T BE STUPID!”  This is OK by me.  Security is notoriously tight around Times Square when they expect crowds.

Update 4:07pm: Dwayne is MCing the live feed from Zuccotti park.  He is headed to Times Square in a cab so that they don’t lose air in the subway.  He says crowd estimates in Times Square are supposed to be 50,000 people.  There are rumors in the chat room that police are getting antzy at Times Square, which is too bad.  Because if there was ever an ideal place to party, it would be Times Square.  Why ruin it with riot police?  For that matter, why ruin it with riots?  If you’re there, stay on the sidewalk, follow traffic rules, keep an eye on your fellow occupiers.  Keep safe and cooperative.

HAVE FUN!!

Update 4:11:  There are arrests right now at Broadway and 16th street.  Times Square is at 42nd street so they still have quite a way to walk.  No indication of what is setting off the arrests.

Today, OccupyTogether has events all around the world for the first Global Day of Action.  There’s probably one near you.  Go, and say hi.  I guarantee that there will be someone there your age.  Maybe you’ll be the first but if you do it, others will join you and that’s what this movement is all about.  Stand together in solidarity with the other 99% and demand that your hard work and playing by the rules are rewarded.

In Manhattan today, there are several events planned today for OccupyWallStreet.  There is an OccupytheBoardroom,  and Take Times Square Convergence and Occupation Party at 5:00pm.  The Times Square occupation could be an amazing event.  Times Square is generally packed on Saturdays anyway.  There are people from out of town to see plays and there are three hours to kill before curtain time.  This could be a really inspiring community event.  When the lights come on in Times Square, I hope people have their cameras at the ready.

Alas, I won’t be one of them.  Brook is going to a Homecoming Dance tonight and I will be acting as stylist and limo driver.  I wouldn’t miss that for the world.  But I will be checking in through the various livestreams.  If you have similar pre-engagements, you can still participate by joining the conversation on the livestreams or through twitter at #occupyWallStreet

Here are some livestreams to follow:

GlobalRevolution Livestream (this one is the busiest and will cut in with events from around the world)

OccupyWallStNYC – This is mainly from Zuccotti park but features other occupations as well

Avaazwallstreet – A Euro-Middle East collaboration activist organisation.   Their livestream was pretty good yesterday.

I don’t know if OccupyWallStreet will be able to do what the left on its own has not since 2008 but what the heck, why not try to promote each other?  It couldn’t hurt.  So, in the spirit of re-engagement, check out the livestream from Firedoglake.  They will be covering events live.  Check out their live coverage post here.  I expect quality work from Jane Hamsher’s crew.

Also doing a bang up job covering a number of OccupyTogether sites are our friends at Corrente.  Indignés is covering OccupyParis from Corrente.  And while you’re there, make sure to tip your host.  I keep thinking that Lambert is on the verge of a great idea about collaborating in the blogosphere.  Let’s help him over the critical threshhold of creativity.  If you have any ideas for how to do this, see this post: Readers, how do we publish ourselves to the occupiers and indignants?

I don’t know but what if we could put together an application like The Daily app for the iPad?  Just a suggestion.

Finally, for those of you who are still confused about how OccupyWallStreet works, check out this episode of Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd, Stuart Zechman and Alison Kilkenny.  They discuss the Open Source model, which is quite unlike what many people are used to as an organizing philosophy.  If you hit your stride in your career at the beginning of the internet age, you will probably grok this idea pretty easily.  Here’s a brief wiki summary of open source philosophy:

The open-source model includes the concept of concurrent yet different agendas and differing approaches in production, in contrast with more centralized models of developmentsuch as those typically used in commercial software companies.[2] A main principle and practice of open-source software development is peer production by bartering and collaboration, with the end-product, source-material, “blueprints,” and documentation available at no cost to the public. This is increasingly being applied in other fields of endeavor, such as biotechnology.[3]

The internet made this collaborative organizing model possible.  If you’re not familiar with Open Source, Allison, Jay and Stuart will walk you through it and tell you why it’s so powerful even if it’s leaderless.

In addition, Stuart explains why the parties are probably dead.  They’re too badly compromised.  He has a field report from an independent Democrats (the “good” guys) meeting he attended in Manhattan recently.  They also talk about why they don’t think either party or MoveOn type organization is going to have an easy time co-opting the Occupation.  In short, the 99% are disgusted by the parties and orgs and want something new.  If Obama was planning to turn the Occupation into a new version of OFA, he and the other Democratic leadership should shelve that idea pronto.  I don’t think the Occupation even wants endorsements from them.  They’re going to do things their way from now on.

So, livestream and learn and get out there.  I plan to go to Zuccotti Park tomorrow after all of the excitement is over in hopes that the party carried on through the night and I haven’t missed a thing.

OccupyWallStreet: Bloomberg postpones the “cleaning”

Please note that I am not at the park at the present time.  I’m just following the livestream.  See URLs below.

Update 8:06am: Live coverage back at Zuccotti and financial district.  The white shirts are back.  This is looking very tense.  The cops now have their guns out.  Crowd dispersing.  Some rumor that the police are going to take the park.  New rumor: They closed the Brooklyn Bridge??

Update: 7:43am: Livestream down again.  The last shot of the bull statue had a few policemen guarding it.  There are thousands of people pouring into the streets there.  So far, the atmosphere seems festive.  Police look a bit overwhelmed.  Arrests are being made.  The police are getting rough.

To me it looks like the police have lost this battle.  Too many people in the street right now.  This is what I thought might happen.  NYC has a huge population, today is Friday, expect the crowds to get bigger as the day goes on.  As long as the crowd stays non-violent and arrests are few, this could be quite a day for a party in NYC.

Update 7:32am:  Crowd estimate in Zuccotti park 5K.  The occupiers are marching in the street.  Police have arrived.  It’s looking tense.  Police appear to be gently escorting protestors back onto the sidewalk.  Not sure that’s going to work.  There are a LOT of people down there.

Holy S^&*!  It looks like the city is pouring into the street.

Cue the music!  Street bank striking up.  Lots of horns honking.  It’s a frickin’ party down there.  They’ve made it to the bull.  How much you want to bet someone(s) climb up on that thing?  I hope the photographers are ready to capture the moment.

6:30am: The cavalry unions are arriving.  The crowds at the park look huge.  CNN is reporting that Bloomberg has postponed the “cleaning” of Zuccotti Park.  Looking for link.  So far unconfirmed.  The livestream shows that there is something going on at the park that they refer to as a “situation”.  I think the rumor of a partial victory has gone to their heads and it’s a bit chaotic.  They were doing a mic check a few minutes to take a straw poll as to whether to take on the barricade at Wall Street.  Sounds like they’re going to go for it.  You can follow the action here:

http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

http://www.livestream.com/occupywallstnyc (covering street protest)

http://www.livestream.com/avaazwallstreet (this one is working)

Follow them on twitter at #occupywallstreet

They sometimes lose their livefeed.  Not sure what’s up with that.  They’re using generators and last night, one of their streaming computers died because it wasn’t charging.

Most recent shot of the crowd shows that the people of NYC turned up at 7:00am this morning as requested.  There are many people over 30 in the crowd right now.  Zuccotti park looks full.  It looks like the pre-march shots I got from last week but bigger.  The park is wall to wall people.  There are thousands and thousands of people there.  More than 2 thousand?  Looks like it to me.

Tomorrow at 5pm, there will be an Occupy Times Square.  Not sure how that’s going to work out but the cool thing about Times Square is that there’s a bleacher type structure smack dab in the middle of it.  When the lights go on in Times Square, it’s like daylight there and the view from the bleachers can’t be beat.  Times Square is super busy on Saturday night to begin with.  Will it be like New Year’s Eve in October?  Hard to say.  Probably not the best night to be visiting New York City if you’re from out of town.  On the other hand, it would be hard to not be caught up in a Times Square Occupation.  There will be other activities on Saturday.  Check the schedule at occupywallst.org

The situation is less promising at OccupyDenver where the occupation has been under siege.  It was raided at 3:00am this morning.

URGENT: OccupyWallStreet to be evicted from Zuccotti Park on Friday. Action needed

Update:  There is a rumor that the AFL-CIO is coming at midnight to show solidarity with OWS.  I just checked my email and this rumor is confirmed.  There was an email sent out at about 8:00pm tonight asking people to go to Zuccotti Park tonight and tomorrow morning by 7:00am.  The occupiers expect thousands of people in the morning when the police use the excuse of cleaning the park to move them out.  Here’s the concept: flood the area with so many people that the police can’t arrest them all.  At that point, they’ll have to use other tactics or let the protest be what it’s going to be- non-violently, of course.

If you go and get arrested, call legal aid resources at (212)6796018.

*************************************************************************************************************

Here is the latest news from OccupyWallSt.org (copied shamelessly).  You can follow the action live on the following livestream http://www.livestream.com/occupywallstnyc.  Live blog in the comments.

Here’s the call to action:

***************************************************************************************************************

EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION: Keep Bloomberg and Kelly From Evicting #OWS

Posted Oct. 13, 2011, 2:14 p.m. EST by 

EMERGENCY #OWS EVICTION DEFENSE:
Prevent the forcible closure of Occupy Wall Street

Tell Bloomberg: Don’t Foreclose the Occupation.
NEED MASS TURN-OUT: 6AM FRIDAY EVICTION DEFENSE
**SHOW UP AT MIDNIGHT**

This is an emergency situation. Please take a minute to read this, and please take action and spread the word far and wide.

Occupy Wall Street is gaining momentum, with occupation actions now happening in cities across the world.

But last night Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD notified Occupy Wall Street participants about plans to “clean the park”—the site of the Wall Street protests—tomorrow starting at 7am. “Cleaning” was used as a pretext to shut down “Bloombergville” a few months back, and to shut down peaceful occupations elsewhere.

Bloomberg says that the park will be open for public usage following the cleaning, but with a notable caveat: Occupy Wall Street participants must follow the “rules”.

NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has said that they will move in to clear us and we will not be allowed to take sleeping bags, tarps, personal items or gear back into the park.

This is it—this is their attempt to shut down #OWS for good.


PLEASE TAKE ACTION:

1) Call 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK if you’re out of town) and tell Bloomberg to support our right to assemble and to not interfere with #OWS.

2) Come to #OWS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT to defend the occupation from eviction.

For those of you who plan to help us hold our ground—which we hope will be all of you—make sure you understand the possible consequences. Be prepared to not get much sleep. Be prepared for possible arrest. Make sure your items are together and ready to go (or already out of the park.) We are pursuing all possible strategies; this is a message of solidarity.

Click here to learn nonviolent tactics for holding ground.

Occupy Wall Street is committed to keeping the park clean and safe — we even have a Sanitation Working Group whose purpose this is. We are organizing major cleaning operations today and will do so regularly.

If Bloomberg truly cares about sanitation here he should support the installation of portopans and dumpsters. #OWS allies have been working to secure these things to support our efforts.

We know where the real dirt is: on Wall Street. Billionaire Bloomberg is beholden to bankers.

We won’t allow Bloomberg and the NYPD to foreclose our occupation. This is an occupation, not a permitted picnic.

********************************************************************************************************************************

I was planning to rejoin the occupation on a daytrip to Manhattan tomorrow or Sunday.  I would be there tonight at midnight if it weren’t for the fact that I have a 15 year old to look after and no other responsible adult in town at the present time to keep her from freaking out if I am beaten and arrested.  So, I will try to get there tomorrow morning to check things out.

But if you can go, and you have quick remedies for pepper spray (and maybe goggles), I urge you to get down to Zuccotti Park tonight and help them.  All you have to do is show up and be a witness.  Getting there from NJ is tough if you are planning to take the train around midnight.  I usually drive to Newark and take the PATH to WTC.  Check the schedule because the northeast corridor train and the PATH trains are few and far between after about 10pm.  You may be able to pick up the PATH in Hoboken.

And to the occupiers, keep calm, don’t resist the police.  Continue to maintain your non-violent protest.  This is an opportunity to show the country that you mean business but are not out to cause trouble.  You guys are doing a really wonderful job.  Naomi Klein said last week that there would be a move to repress us and it will get harder.  But have courage, stick together and know that we are all watching and want you to succeed.

OccupyWallStreet: I see old people

The media keeps telling us that this is a student movement and there are nothing but young people at OccupyWallStreet.  This is a lie.

There are people of all ages there and a LOT more people who are middle aged than you would expect.  It is a gross mischaracterization to say that this a youth movement.  That’s because so many of us are unemployed that we have time to go to marches and rallies.  If the people who are running this country don’t want more marches, they really need to make a more concerted effort to get people back to work.  On the other hand, occupation sites might be a good place to network.  It gets people out of the house and out of their heads.  Plus, if there’s decent bandwidth, you can check your email for job posting updates and rejection notices.   

The unions added more middle aged people to the marchers once we got to Foley Square but if you look at the video I took at Zuccotti Park before we marched to Foley Square, you will see that roughly half of the people in that crowd are older adults (by that, I mean older than 30).  That is representative of the people who were there yesterday.

Note to Tea Party people: I recommend that you go to an occupation near you.  Just remember to keep politics out of your interactions with other protestors.  No one is there to argue for specific candidates (especially Ron Paul) or platforms or anything like that. (Seriously, you want to keep your politics at home at an occupation)  I did see a couple Obama people yesterday but, to be honest, they weren’t proselytizing and that’s not welcome anyway.  There were also no signs of religious affiliations.  All you will find there are people who are as angry as you are about the economy, debt and spending on the wars.  One of the most popular chants yesterday was:

How do you reduce the deficits?

End the wars, tax the rich!

If you can find common ground in those sentiments, get thee to an occupation and stand with your fellow Americans.  The last thing the parties want is for us to find common ground.  If you are itching to make a difference and put the fear of god in your elected representatives of either party, join an occupation.

OccupyNewJersey will have two sites: Trenton and Jersey City.  The Jersey City occupation will take place close to the Goldman Sachs tower, which architecturally bears a passing resemblance to Barad-Dur.  If you are in New Jersey, please check the Occupy New Jersey website for further details.  Considering how many R&D professionals are laid off in New Jersey, it would be kind of cool if we could get some turn out in our labcoat and safety glasses.  The country has the wrong idea about this recession.  It has no idea how severely our science professionals have been affected.  Time to let them know.

I expect that Chris Christie will pop a carotid when he sees us in Trenton.  Plan on nasty, mean spirited and soul crushing attacks from Christie’s crew, because they have no respect for average people who aren’t living off their investments or developers building stupid behemoth shopping centers in the Meadowlands.   He should remember that the longer this Lesser Depression goes on, the smaller the state treasury will get.  His Labor department has been working their butts off to find us jobs but until he and the legislature do something to plug the holes siphoning of the good paying biotech jobs to Massachusetts and California, the deterioration of the educated workforce in NJ will continue and may accelerate.

So, stop stuffing your pie hole, Christie and do something useful for a change.

And then there were the little people:

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 446 other followers