Occupy Wall Street
Last night, Talib Kweli stopped by Zuccotti Park for a rhyme. “Here with the 99 percent,” Mr. Kweli tweeted. At the protest, he used the human mic to amplify a short speech. “They want to know what the end game is?”
“THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE END GAME IS,” echoed the crowd.
“This is the end game.”
“THIS IS THE END GAME.”
The protest at Occupy Wall Street is drawing random acts of celebrity from Richard Simmons to Susan Sarandon to Lupe Fiasco and Immortal Technique. Yesterday, actress Justine Bateman and musician Ted Leo were there. On Wednesday’s march, Mike Meyers attempted to blend into the crowd. On Tuesday, the reclusive Jeff Magnum from Neutral Milk Hotel appeared.
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.
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