Things seemed calmer last night, as many feeds reported that the police presence was waning back to normal levels. One police intervention to dismantle a video projector screen was reported last night, but no violence occurred. One arrest was reported this morning at about 10am, but no more information is available.
A successful General Assembly was held last night at 7pm. Feeds reported that about 500 people were in attendance.
Reports have indicated that both morale and numbers are up at the camp since yesterday’s troubles. The police action failed to intimidate the occupiers.
Here’s what we know so far about this morning’s violence at Liberty Plaza:
At least 6 occupiers were arrested by NYPD early this morning when police moved on the camp to disassemble some tarps and tents. The tarps were established over the course of yesterday evening to protect against incoming rain. Reports indicate that one person was arrested and ticketed for “illegal use of sound device without a permit,” and has been released at this time. The rest remain in custody without charge.
Several Twitter feeds have stated (unconfirmed at this time) that one individual is in critical condition after the incident. The police were filmed using substantial force in arresting the occupiers, with one occupier reported to have lost teeth after being slammed to the sidewalk by a NYPD officer. It is unclear at this time if that was the same individual that is now in critical condition.
UPDATE via the Media Committee: “One of the protesters received a large gash on their leg, another lost a tooth. Multiple police tackled a protester and sat on him as he continually warned them that he was experiencing an asthma attack. One of the medics on site informed the police that they needed to call an ambulance because this was a potentially fatal circumstance. They ignored him. We have no current information on this protester, but we hope that he hasn’t been murdered by the police. We are determined to remain a peaceful protest, in spite of the brutality we have witnessed.”
After this morning’s call for legal aid, several people have come forward and offered their assistance for monitoring police activity. One lawyer has come forward and stated that he believes establishing tents is protected by the law and would be willing to represent the protestors pro bono. The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has also pledged its support for the cause.
On the supplies front: energy continues to be a need for the occupiers. Many have reported that they have enough food for now, but they still need generators/energy devices, Dell 1525 laptop batteries, and supplies (like tarps) to help protect them from the elements.
Unrelated to this morning’s police violence, Yahoo! admitted unintentional censorship of emails mentioning #OCCUPYWALLSTREET: ThinkProgress reports that users of internet giant Yahoo’s email service received strange warning messages when sending emails concerning the occupation, claiming their accounts were suspected of “suspicious activity” and refusing to send the messages in question. After many reports and videos surfaced documenting the issue, @YahooCare tweeted: “We apologize 4 blocking ‘occupywallst.org’ It was not intentional & caught by our spam filters. It is resolved, but may be a residual delay.”
You can continue to watch this blog for updates for the duration of #OCCUPYWALLSTREET. Anything ‘confirmed’ will be stated as such, but as it is an evolving situation some details will change. I will try to put a ‘digest’ of the news (received mainly via Twitter) up at least once a day, sometimes more often if developments warrant it.
Hello Citizens of the world. AS you may or may not know, many of us are trying to fight corruption by protesting on Wall St. WE are tired of the corrupt bankers destroying the world with their unjust policies, we are tired of the Federal Reserves unconstitutional ways, and we are tired of remaining silent.WE are all fighting for different reasons, but we are all fighting as one. We all thank you for your continuing support, and we ask those who can not make it down to Wall St.
to help us with Op: BankerBlackFax.
The Plan: Starting when the Stock Market opens at 9:30am ET until it closes at 4pm ET we ask you to send the following images, to the numbers listed below, using the Fax services also listed below. Continue doing this as long as Operation Occupy Wall Street goes on.
Disrupt the service of the following banks, untill our voices are heard.
We are Anonymous We are Legion We do not forgive We do not forget We told you to expect us, Wall St.
BE SURE TO USE A VPN ALONG WITH THE PROXY SERVICES LISTED BELOW!!!!
We are the Food Committee for those planning the Sept. 17 Wall Street occupation event. We need money to buy food to make sure no one goes hungry during that time. We’ll be concentrating mostly on sandwiches, as they are easy to make and produce little trash. However, supplies for the number of people we’d like to serve won’t come cheaply - our calculations have suggested that it would take roughly $2700 to feed the thousands upon thousands of people — and this is being conservative. Any amount you could send would be most appreciated.
The Bedding Working Group has requested help with the following items:
- Solutions: We need ideas and input about how to solve the bedding situation. We have continue to have people who are cold overnight. It is necessary to come up with strategies of how to make sure our sleepers are warm and comfortable.
- Funding: We are requesting donations at this time help us acquire our sheltering needs.
- Donations of blankets and pillows are always neeeded.
- Rain gear, especially ponchos and tents that can be used to shelter from wet weather are urgently requested, as forecast has rain in next days.
We need deeper changes to our financial system, or tent cities of people angry at corporate greed will keep appearing.
On Saturday 17 September, many of us watched in awe as 5,000 Americans descended on to the financial district of lower Manhattan, waved signs, unfurled banners, beat drums, chanted slogans and proceeded to walk towards the “financial Gomorrah” of the nation. They vowed to “occupy Wall Street” and to “bring justice to the bankers”, but the New York police thwarted their efforts temporarily, locking down the symbolic street with barricades and checkpoints.
Undeterred, protesters walked laps around the area before holding a people’s assembly and setting up a semi-permanent protest encampment in a park on Liberty Street, a stone’s throw from Wall Street and a block from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Three hundred spent the night, several hundred reinforcements arrived the next day and as we write this article, the encampment is rolling out sleeping bags once again. When they tweeted to the world that they were hungry, a nearby pizzeria received $2,800 in orders for delivery in a single hour. Emboldened by an outpouring of international solidarity, these American indignados said they’d be there to greet the bankers when the stock market opened on Monday. It looks like, for now, the police don’t think they can stop them. ABC News reports that “even though the demonstrators don’t have a permit for the protest, [the New York police department says that] they have no plans to remove those protesters who seem determined to stay on the streets.” Organisers on the ground say, “we’re digging in for a long-term occupation”.
Send a letter to the NYPD expressing your solidarity with the protesters and urging the police to exercise restraint. Also, tell them the world is watching. And thank them for all their hard work.
Imagine what affect it would have if the police got 100,000,000 letters of support for the protesters. Edit. x2 It’d be hard for the media to dismiss all the protesters as wackos and hooligans with that outpouring of public support.
USDR is hosting non violent civil disobedience training Friday @ 6:30. See the details and location on the calendar page or on USDR calendar.
There will be a Tactical Committee Meeting Wednesday, 7pm Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
There will be Art & Culture meetings Tuesday and Thursday to discuss activities. Learn more on the calendar page
Time’s Up will be hosting critical mass style ALL NIGHT rides though the Wall st. area. Meet at Tompkins sq park at 7pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (9/16-18) to join the ride. More info on their calendar page
There is an event for NY Students Rising September 16, Friday 5:00pm Hunter College
HOTLINE FOR ARRESTS September 17, National Lawyers Guild: (212) 679-6018. If you will be at the action write this down on your arm. It was recommended to call them if you hear of an arrest or if you are arrested
If you are in the NYC area and can host fellow brothers and sisters, someone is gathering volunteers to help provide access to board & bathe logistical spaces for out-of-towners click here to view the google doc
Contact the NYCPD expressing your solidarity with the protesters and urging the police to exercise restraint. Also, tell them the world is watching. And thank them for all their hard work. Email form for the NYPD police commissioner. Contact the mayor
If you receive a phone call from the Intelligence Division of the Police Department asking for information about September 17, you are not required to answer them. It is recommended that you arrive to Wall Street with legal contact information written on your wrist or ankle; there is no guarantee that information written on paper will be accessible in the event of arrest.
During the Occupation
Provided that you do not block building entrances or more than half of a sidewalk, it is legal to have a moving picket line and hand out literature. You are also legally allowed to use whistles, drums, and any other non-amplified generators of sound. Unless a permit is obtained, it is unlawful to march in the streets, have a procession with 50 or more automobiles or bicycles, gather with more than 20 people in a public park, or use amplified sound. Public parks close at 10 PM. A permit is not being requested for the occupation. According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, amplified sound is prohibited “within 500 feet of a school, courthouse or church during hours of school court or worship, or within 500 feet of a hospital… [and] between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. in nonresidential areas.”
It is illegal for more than two people to wear masks, including bandanas, during a demonstration. The New York City Police Department will take away any signs that use wooden sticks, metal, or PVC pipes, as well as any signs that are affixed to public property. Hanging a banner from a bridge can lead to being charged with reckless endangerment.
You are allowed to sleep on the sidewalk as part of a political protest without a permit (Met Council v. NYPD, 2000); however, you must keep half of the sidewalk clear for pedestrians. It is unlawful for structures such as tents to be erected. If You Come into Contact with the Police During the action, if police prevent you from leaving, ask if you are free to go. If they ask to search you or your bag, you should repeatedly state, “I do not consent to a search.” The New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild advises that if you are arrested, it is best to say, “I am going to remain silent. I want to speak to a lawyer.” The police can legally lie when attempting to acquire information from you. You have the right to ask for an officer’s name and badge number. If you are mistreated, obtain this information as well as contact information of witnesses. If you are injured, take photographs of the injuries as soon as possible. Lastly, the National Lawyers Guild states, “If you are undocumented, out of status, a legal permanent resident (green card holder), or a citizen, you do not have to answer any questions about your immigration history [to government officers].”
Update: Since it is perfectly legal to sleep on the sidewalk in NYC, but illegal to set up any kind of structure in which to do so, the use of tents is now being discouraged. You are more likely to be thrown out the first day if you set up a tent. Rain, if occupation lasts several days, might make that situation complicated. Personally I would bring one just in case without setting it up until I absolutely have to.
“We need to get government back into the hands of the 99 percent, not the one percent,” Csapo said. “Right now, the law is currently written for the one percent, and we are seeing an incredible amount of wealth being extracted.”
“The aim is getting back to more of a participatory Democracy,” said Csapo.
The Occupy Wall Street website says “We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.”
The original call to occupy Wall Street was put out by a group called Adbusters, which describes itself as a “global network of culture jammers and creatives working to change the way information flows, the ways corporations wield power, and the way meaning is produced in our society.”
The hacker/protest group Anonymous has also reportedly thrown its support behind the Sept. 17 protest.
What do you think: Is it a protest for protest’s sake? A social media experiment? Or a genuine expression of something more profound?
On Sept. 17, the Arab Spring becomes the new American Fall, with 20,000 revolutionaries in a tent city. Plus “solidarity” occupations in major financial centers worldwide, all ready for a long siege, vowing not to leave till they get their “one simple demand.” […]
Their allies have names like “CultureJammers,” “USDayofRage.org,” “People of the NYC General Assembly,” “TaketheSquare.net,” and recently they were joined by the noted civil disobedience anarchists, “Anonymous” and many others worldwide. This movement reminds us of the historic rag-tag armies General Washington commanded from 13 Colonies for the first American Revolution. […]
Warning: Ignore this rebellion at your peril. Reading their materials reveals a deeply frustrated, angry, fed up army of revolutionaries. Like their “Arab Spring” brothers,
The new American revolutionaries are no longer interested in talk. They want action.
On Labor day tweet @KeithOlbermann @TMorello @MMFlint @CornellWest @DylanRatigan
Tweet @ each of them individually tagged #occupywallst
Ask them for their help and support, basically for their voice. Be interesting, funny, and/or persuasive, stroke egos.
“End American plutocracy. Sept 17th #occupywallst. Lend us your voice Mike. @MMFlint
“This is the last Labor Day we celebrate in bad faith. #occupywallst needs your voice @KeithOlbermann”
If you don’t have a twitter, get one (or two actually) and do this, Between them, they have millions of followers, viewers, active supporters, and fans. Tweets seem stupid I know, but if they mean a few hundred or a few thousand more attendees, they could bring us to critical mass; we can begin the end of corporate rule-by-wealth. Time is becoming crucial. Please do this.
Read this for a laugh (or a cringe?). These people really have their heads in their asses:
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse than the spectacle of idiocy, self-centeredness, greed and anti-Americanism seen in Madison, Wisconsin last winter, now comes a “Day of Rage” planned for our nation’s Constitution Day on September 17…
Yes, on the day most Americans (the patriotic ones) celebrate the document which founded the most free and effective government in history, that guarantees the liberties of the most free people in history, some spoiled children among us will rage against all that freedom and prosperity.
What it comes down to for these Marxists is this: if they don’t have everything that the wealthiest among us has, and handed to them on a platter without having to work for it, they will rage against the freedom of their fellow Americans to have more property than them. These spoiled children are the epitome of self-centeredness and greed, being too lazy to go out and create their own fortune, but too narcissistic to tolerate the fact that another person has more or has earned more.
#OWS makes the news at The Daily Caller, a conservative media outlet, equivalent to The Huffington Post.
The protesters claim corporate influence has corrupted the country, and that their occupation of Wall Street and smaller demonstrations in other financial centers on Sept. 17 will get the message out.
“[O]ur representatives are bought by hard and soft dollars and we’ve created a system essentially, within our institutions, where disloyal, incompetent, and wasteful special interests can basically usurp and have our nation’s civil and military power,” Alexa O’Brian, founder of US Day of Rage, one of the organizing groups, told The Daily Caller.
According to another coordinating group, Occupy Wall Street, the plan is to use the Arab Spring as a model for change.
“When our leaders can no longer be trusted, it becomes the duty of the people to fight for social justice,” Occupy Wall Street explains on its website. “The Arab Spring tactic has proven itself effective in forcing governments to bow to the will of the people. We believe this tactic can also work in America.”
And there’s a lot to be angry about [nowadays]… But I don’t think that people know what to be angry about. What has been created by this half-century of massive corporate propaganda is what’s called ‘anti-politics.’ So, anything that goes wrong, you blame the government. Well there’s plenty to blame the government about, but the government is the one institution that people can change and effect by participation without institutional change. That’s exactly why all the anger and fear is directed against the government. It has a defect: it’s potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect, they are pure tyrannies, so you want to keep them invisible and focus all anger on the government…
The government is exactly what Dewey described it as, the ‘shadow cast by business over society.’ If you want to change something, change the substance, not the shadow.
Noam Chomsky, “Class War: The Attack on Working People”
Let’s set the focus back on the ones really responsible for the problem. Change the substance and #OCCUPYWALLSTREET September 17th!
Our laws and our system are the result of a history of conflict between nations, peoples and classes, however this occupation is not a destructive act; such as, the recent English riots or a Global military campaign but, this is a constructive act. We may hate Wall Street and perhaps even the Stock Exchange building itself; however, people live in New York City. New York City, like Buffalo, is a city where people live and this is a community like other communities that has been blighted by the systematic collapse of the financial system and economic injustice.
Inspired by the visceral potential of the Wall Street occupation, the Indignados of Spain just sent us word that on September 17th they too will set up camp outside the Madrid Stock Exchange. The surprise announcement, that their #TOMALABOLSA will join your #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, may embolden other cities as well. A rumor suggests the financial district of Paris may be next … or will it be Toronto’s Bay Street, Sydney’s Martin Place, or some yet to be chosen site in London?
(Note: this is an independent blog and is not affiliated with Adbusters. Their content is re-posted for outreach purposes only.)