#OccupyWallStreet: Struggle For Zuccotti Park

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by The Wrong Guy, Nov 14, 2011.

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  2. 00anon00 Member

    Celebs were usefull at the start, to get national attention. At this point they are using it as a photo op.
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  3. vaLLarrr Member

    Just a quick point, rapper Immortal Technique has proven to be a surprisingly lucid and insightful interviewee, and has featured this week as part of the superb Russia Today news coverage of the OWS protests.
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    Knives Out: Politicians Blast Bloomberg’s Zuccotti Eviction; Occupy Enters New Phase | The New York Observer

    Protestors say they're taking the demonstrations citywide

    In the aftermath of Mayor Bloomberg’s clearing of Zuccotti Park last week, as helmeted police were still pushing stragglers up Broadway and the first morning commuters appeared, a protester named Jake shouted a warning at the cadre of cops shoving protesters away from their erstwhile home.

    “There were people smoking crack, people with puppies begging for money, we looked like shit,” Jake yelled to the police. “Now what do we look like? Peaceful protesters getting our asses kicked. This is the best thing that could have happened. There are thousands of people watching us.”

    Jake’s remarks proved prescient. In the eight days since the predawn NYPD raid, the Occupy movement has emerged with newfound political muscle and support of some of the city’s biggest unions. Mayor Bloomberg took the park from the protesters, but he also solved many of the problems that consumed organizational energy at Zuccotti: food, shelter and keeping their community safe from the more volatile elements in the park. As long as occupiers made holding ground in the park their main objective, the movement appeared caught in an unending battle against police, winter weather and a steady string of homeless and mentally ill New Yorkers who showed up for the free food and shelter. Then came the dramatic raid, and the protest went from an eyesore to a political cause célèbre. Now, demonstrators are spreading their message at events all around the city, joined by a new-found army of politicians and union leaders eager to score political points and attach themselves to the movement.

    Less than 12 hours after police swept through Zuccotti Park in a cloud of pepper spray and swinging batons, several of the likely candidates vying to replace Mayor Bloomberg in 2013 piled on the OWS bandwagon, blasting him for the show of force and his efforts to obstruct reporters from witnessing the eviction.

    “Today’s actions include reports of excessive force by the NYPD, and reports of infringement of the rights of the press. If these reports are true, these actions are unacceptable,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in a statement following Tuesday’s raid.

    “Zuccotti Park is not Tiananmen Square,” said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in a rival statement.

    “The administration should have let the situation in Zuccotti Park play out. There were still opportunities to resolve outstanding issues, including finding an alternative site that would have proved less problematic,” said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

    Ms. Quinn also showed up on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday at noon for a press conference with Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who was arrested during the raid. Wading into even more dangerous territory (and marking an undeniable sea change with regard to post-9/11 deference to law enforcement), Ms. Quinn raised questions of police misconduct on Mr. Rodriguez’s behalf.

    “We need answers to these questions: Why was he pushed to the ground? Why was he held in a van for two hours when no one else was in that van with him? Why did he ask to see a supervisor and was never granted that right? Among other questions, those are troubling, troubling questions. Why was his attorney not given the ability to see him?” Ms. Quinn said, very troubled indeed.

    But none of the potential mayoral candidates could match the rhetoric of Comptroller John Liu, who in addition to the developments at Zuccotti had the added inconvenience of seeing one of his fund-raisers arrested by the FBI on Wednesday afternoon.

    “It is simply outrageous that City Hall felt it necessary to swoop in on Zuccotti Park under cover of the dark of night and to show up with such an incredible show of force somewhat similar to the shock and awe that was employed in Iraq,” declaimed Mr. Liu. “It’s 2011, not 1984, and yet, we hear more and more of this Orwellian doublespeak coming from City Hall. This has to end.”

  7. Anonymous Member

    It seems to me we've seen a lot of what's been happening behind the closed doors of the domestic "the war on terror" in the last few weeks.
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  8. Anonymous Member

    And that's a nice spinoff from OWS. All the clamping down, tightening, militarization of police, erosion of rights over the last decade and more has suddenly been illuminated more than ever.
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  9. Anonymous Member

    Very much so, and it's both sad to see and heartening to know that we still have to means to look. After 9/11 I wondered if the heavy cloak of obscurity that descended over the West would ever let in light again.
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  10. lulzgasm Member

    And thus the true purpose of supporting OWS reveals itself. ;)

    Edit: after years of seeing exactly this kind of behavior by militarized police being done, and seeing almost no mainstream media coverage of it. Far more people are now awake to it, thanks to OWS.
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    Journalist stands her ground

    Uploaded by txup on Nov 21, 2011

    Whose streets? Well, that's a very good question, because these officers didn't have the answer, as they tried to shoo away anybody from documenting and evidencing their illegal takedown of Zuccotti Park.
    When asked, "Do you see anybody else down here? What makes you special?", and the response was, "Because I know my rights", this confused the officer. Luckily, it was time to pillage the encampment, so they left our friend alone.
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    OccupyWallSt Occupy Wall Street
    Mike trashed one kitchen, now we have many. You can't evict a meal whose time has come. Join us @ Liberty Square at 2:00 pm
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    Occupy Wall Street Thanksgiving |

    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."

    More than three thousand individually wrapped plates will be distributed on Thursday in accordance with New York State Health Code. People in the community have opened their homes to cook meals. Roger Fox in New Jersey will be making 250 meals, Mia Valh and Alia Gee are also making large numbers of meals. A lot of community organizations are involved and Liberty Cafe in East NY donates space for the #OWS Kitchen working group.

    Locally owned family business, Texas BBQ will be providing 2,000 of the meals. They are being purchased with donated funds and will be served along with the home-cooked meals from supporters and food from the People’s Kitchen at Occupy Wall Street. The Owners of Texas BBQ are Egyptian and are supporters of the Occupy Movement.

    Indigenous voices, religious leaders, food justice activists and leaders from peoples’ movements around the world are speaking on Thursday at Liberty Square. Occupy Thanksgiving is a celebration for the entire New York community. All are invited.

    There will also be a can food drive. Donations of cans will go to local food banks and pantries throughout NYC.


    And finally:

    JimGaffigan Jim Gaffigan
    I’m thankful I’m only mandated to be thankful one day a year.
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  17. I don't know if Judah Friedlander qualifies as a celebrity. I mean shit the guy got famous fucking hugging people and always wearing a stupid hat in a Dave Matthews video. Not that I hate Dave Matthews, to each his own.
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    Police secretly support OWS?

    Uploaded by RTAmerica on Dec 2, 2011

    Ray Lewis, retired Captain from the Philadelphia Police department, was arrested at Occupy Wall Street on November 17. He was arrested along with other demonstrators by NYPD during a protest. During the eleven hours he was detained he says secretly many members of NYPD support the Occupy movement.
  19. (ret) Captain Ray Lewis: "We're all victims of corporate American, and corporate America has got to be stopped."
    brave man
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  20. DeathHamster Member

    Whose drone? Our drone!
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  21. xenubarb Member

    I told you those Parrots were hot shit!
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  22. DeathHamster Member

    Meh. They're okay for $300.

    (But those brushed motors will give trouble in the long run.)
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  24. xenubarb Member

    Weird thing is, they are 300 pounds in the UK, which is like twice as much.
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    thinkprogress ThinkProgress
    Owners of Zuccotti Park owe NYC 139K in back taxes #ows #taxdodgers #icymi
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    The Tax-Dodging Owners Of Zuccotti Park Owe The City $139,000 In Back Taxes

    It turns out that the owners of Zuccotti Park — the historic site of Occupy Wall Street — have been engaged in some of the very same tax-dodging that many of the protesters were enraged about. The “city Finance Department says park owner Brookfield Properties and its parent company, Brookfield US Corp., currently owe the city more than $139,000 in unpaid business taxes from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.”

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  26. lulzgasm Member

    Shall I laugh now and spill my Dew or wait until I swallow first?

    Oh wait...
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    Judge rules in favor of OWS protesters retaking Zuccotti Park

    Uploaded by RTAmerica on Jan 11, 2012

    Zuccotti is no longer surrounded by barricades, and last night Occupy Wall Street protesters returned to Zuccotti Park. The OWS protesters were kicked out of the park back in mid-November due to health concerns, but now after the courts ruled in the protesters' favor they have been slowly making their way back to the epicenter of the protest. Goldie, an OWS activist, joins us and gives us the latest from the reoccupation.
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