The N.Y.P.D. was holding back regarding Occupy Wall Street protest actions on Saturday night until they put the smackdown on a band of European bagpipe players in nothing flat. The pipers showed around 11 p.m. and began playing for the assembly, but within 5 to 10 minutes they had been arrested, resulting in a sharp rise in tension in the crowd. Read More
Occupy Wall Street
In case you thought the Occupy Movement had somehow vanished during the cold but relatively brief Winter, Occupy Wall Street protesters returned in force Saturday to familiar locales, apparently determined to make sure we knew they were still around and still D.T. P. (Down To Protest).
The Times reported early Saturday night that protesters “embarked upon a winding march” which led to a few arrests in and around the original home of the protest, Zuccotti Park.
The Times also noted Saturday’s action was familiar: Read More
Journalist Tim Pool began live-streaming an Occupy Wall Street solidarity march for Occupy Oakland in Manhattan Sunday night. The march was intended to demonstrate support for the 400 or so Occupy Oakland protesters arrested in Oakland, California on Saturday and charged with breaking into a YMCA and Oakland’s City Hall in addition to resisting police. Read More
The heady days of New York’s Wall Street occupation are officially over, reports The New York Times. Boo! We were hoping that the protesters were just in hibernation, waiting until the Spring weather thaws out Zuccotti Park and makes it habitable again. But one of the lawyers representing OWS campers stated that the lawsuit they filed back in November to regain park access was dropped after the barricades and Brookfield Property security guards were removed from Zuccotti on January 10th.
A Greyhound bus carrying passengers from San Diego, CA to Washington D.C. dropped off 13 of its passengers in the middle of Texas on Saturday after the driver allegedly took issue with the Occupy movement. Read More
Last Monday, the headquarters of Global Revolution TV, the livestream that puts out video for Occupy Wall Street content, was raided by New York City building inspectors. Despite having paid $2,000 a month for rent on their apartment and studio space at 13 Thames St. in Bushwick for two years, Vlad Teichberg and his pregnant wife Nikky suddenly found themselves at 8 p.m. on the day after New Year’s, with guns allegedly pointed at their faces as cops and firefighters accompanied the Inspectors who deemed their floor unlivable. They were forced to leave. The next day, Mr. Teichberg and six of the Global Revolution operatives were arrested for trespassing and (Mr. Teichberg was also held for 30 hours and charged for assaulting his landlord) when they tried to go back into their own home and retrieve papers from their apartment. Read More
Since the holiday season, the Occupy Wall Street movement has seen a drop in media coverage. Some of this may be attributed to the dissemination of the movement after the Zuccotti Park raid last November, while another factor has to do with the fact that reporters covering the protests tend to get treated by the NYPD as part of the demonstration…even if they’re carrying city-accredited press badges.
Today, members of OWS (but not OWS itself, since, as a member of the press team told The New York Observer by phone, the still-existing General Assembly did not pass this motion), citizen journalists, and anyone else who isn’t afraid of getting arrested will be protesting outside of Mayor Bloomberg’s house for the ethical treatment of the press.
Full memo below: Read More
Well if Rick Santorum can tie for first place in Iowa, we guess anything is possible. Like a mega-move comeback from an Occupy Wall Street solidarity faction, which has sent out a press release for January 20th’s “Occupy the Courts” day. No, that’s not what happens when everyone with DATS show up and pleads not guilty. It’s a Supreme Court sit-in!
Press release below. Warning: May include phrases like “Cornel West” “personhood rights” and “Corporations are NOT people!” (Which…obviously! That’s why they never get arrested!) Read More
This weekend 49 protesters were arrested in an effort to occupy Duarte Square Park: a vacant lot owned by Trinity Church (aka Hudson Square Properties). Although the turnout wasn’t quite as big as last month’s OWS anniversary (that mayhem in the streets known as the “Day of Action”), the attempt to claim the half-block in Tribeca by scaling and cutting the fence surrounding the area was nonetheless inspiring in its imagery. But was Occupation 2.0 a success? Read More
Two weeks ago, three Occupy Wall Street members began a hunger strike in front of Duarte Square. They were protesting Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church for not allowing them to use the empty lot owned by the church’s real estate arm, Hudson Square Properties. The demonstrators were arrested…twice…for trespassing on the church’s land.
It seemed like an odd battle to pick for Occupy Wall Street; especially since Trinity Church had provided the OWS with space to hold meetings, use WiFi and public facilities, and even join in discussions with religious leaders. But since Nov. 17th’s Day of Action saw members get arrested for trying to make a temporary camp in the empty lot, the Occupiers have focused their energy on guilting the church into just giving them the land.
Except, as we noted at the time, this was never going to happen. Read More