Occupy Wall Street
Down at the increasingly-permanent looking camp of Occupy Wall Street protesters at Liberty Plaza, a.k.a. Zuccotti Park, there is a tendency to hype future events. The cops are going to do something tonight! Radiohead is coming! But with an actual permit for the protest in Foley Square and several prominent unions including the Transit Workers Union, SEIU and the AFL-CIO as well as student advocacy groups from CUNY, SUNY, NYU and Columbia pledging to march on Foley Square by City Hall today, this time the cry of “it’s going to be huge!” seems likely to be on the mark. If all the groups succeed in bringing their armies out, the crowd could be on the order of 10,000. The TWU Local 100 alone has 38,000 members in New York. It’s also a gorgeous fall day.
But with some flyers advertising a meetup at Washington Square Park and others directing protesters to Liberty Plaza, what exactly is set to go down?
Occupy Wall Street
At first, the media considered the Occupy Wall Street protest a non-story; then it became a running joke. Now, the media are taking the protesters seriously. Read More
Beating the Street
BY MONDAY NIGHT, the 10th day of the Occupy Wall Street protest, the miniature colony at Liberty Park Plaza was rather sophisticated. The “media tent,” which on Saturday had consisted of a MacBook and an umbrella, now looked like an amateur version of the CNN newsroom. Protesters crushed around a central table, tweeting, emailing and editing video, surrounded by a barricade of tables holding more computers, with the cracks in between filled in by sleeping bags, blankets and backpacks. One revolutionary with a hard face sat straight-backed, a cigarette poking sideways out of his mouth while he typed away. The computers and lights were powered by a generator, which briefly died when someone misplaced the gas can. The media center, as the always-lit hub of information and electricity, is the cornerstone of the encampment. Entry is restricted.