Bill Maher and Van Jones discuss #OCCUPYWALLSTREET on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” (30 Sept 2011)


via NYTimes and CNN

#OWS Brooklyn Bridge March LIVEBLOG

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» Initial reports suggest at least 75 arrests. Most marchers have returned back to Liberty Plaza ‘to immense applause.’ Many people (even the New York Times) have suggested that the protestors were led onto the bridge purposefully in an attempt to arrest them. More news and footage will be forthcoming on this blog over the weekend. Thanks for watching! «

17:36  Lol, in Canada and the United States, “Brooklyn Bridge” is trending on Twitter, but obviously any mention of #OCCUPYWALLSTREET is blocked.

17:25  via @brettchamberlin: “Officers referring to arrestees as “bodies” not “people.” " Also: contributor Natasha Lennard helped write today’s cover story. She is now being arrested.”

17:21  Livestream is back! Protestors are sitting down on the bridge en masse and shouting “Shame!” 20,000 livestream viewers now — I’m sure that’s a record. Police continue to pick people out of the crowd and arrest them.

17:16  The livestream has been down for a few minutes, but Twitter feeds say arrests are still ongoing. Via @NYCSep17: “#occupywallstreet police asking whose in charge. They don’t understand.” and “ police pressing protesters close and close together. People asking for space. None given.”

and via @brettchamberlin: “Cuffed in the back of a van.10 guys, no lights or air”

16:55  A young girl is now being arrested, she can’t be more than twelve years old… People are shouting “How old is she, officer?” Kinda looks like Natalie Portman in Léon.Protestors facing down the police, shouting “You belong to us, we’re fighting for your pensions!” and “We are not the criminals!”

16:53  Livestream reporter on the bridge: “I’m going to have to shut down the Livestream… they’ve got us surrounded on the front and back and are arresting everyone…” Livestream’s at over 14,000 viewers so far. It’s hard to tell how many people are being arrested since there are different sections to the bridge that they are occupying, but in every shot they are making many arrests.

16:48  The first few protestors went with the police peacably, but now they are reaching into the crowd and carrying them off the bridge. Protestors issue a ‘mic check’: “If you are getting arrested, yell us your name! We want to record this. Thank you!”

16:44  Police are now escorting several arrestees off the bridge, to boos from the assembled protestors. They are picking off the protestors one-by-one. At least ten arrests so far.

16:40  The Livestream is showing -at least- hundreds of people still on the bridge as over 10,000 are viewing the stream live. Protestors facing the police have their arms locked together.

16:38  Twitter user @NYCSep17 reports: #occupywallstreet march still kettled. Police making arrests. Police now on pedestrians bridge.

16:34  Arrests have begun, with reports of two more white-shirted police officers beating an arrestee. Police are attempting to turn protestors back off of the bridge, and appear to be sparing most participants for now.

16:32:  Occupiers report police stopping them on the bridge. We may be headed for a repeat of last Saturday’s mess.

Side view of march on Bridge

This afternoon’s #OCCUPYWALLSTREET march has drawn thousands of people, by most accounts being the most well-attended march yet. They have shut down the Brooklyn Bridge to traffic as they march across its lanes. This came after an earlier march by the United Way and anti-poverty activists, which also shut down the bridge.
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This afternoon’s #OCCUPYWALLSTREET march has drawn thousands of people, by most accounts being the most well-attended march yet. They have shut down the Brooklyn Bridge to traffic as they march across its lanes. This came after an earlier march by the United Way and anti-poverty activists, which also shut down the bridge.

More photos:

A look at the food operations at Liberty Plaza on day 13 of the Occupation of Wall Street.

UPDATE on Radiohead concert rumour

This morning, we were alerted to the possibility of Radiohead playing an impromptu show at #OCCUPYWALLSTREET at about 4pm this afternoon.

The New York Times’ City Room Blog reports that the band’s spokesperson has said that the band is “definitely not” going to perform at Liberty Plaza, contrary to initial reports. This is contrary to the “confirmed” information we received earlier from Gothamist and the OccupyWallSt.org website, and we are not quite sure where that information came from.

BUT! Gawker is reporting the following:

However, an Occupy Wall Street spokesman we spoke to insists the show will go on and that organizers have email confirmation from members of the band that Radiohead will be playing an acoustic set at 4pm. “What we think is happening is they don’t want a lot of people to come,” he said. “Trust me, we have confirmation.” CNN’s Jeremy Ryan is now reporting that the show is a go as well; what might happen if Radiohead doesn’t show up could be more interesting than if they did.

It is still unclear exactly what will (or will not) happen, but we apologize for any confusion caused by the announcement on this blog earlier today. We thank you for your patience and understanding — obviously getting dependable information is difficult, given the nature of this event.

UPDATE: One of the occupation’s official Twitter feeds states that Radiohead will not be playing at the demonstration and that event organizers were ‘hoaxed.’


Noam Chomsky speaks out in support of #OCCUPYWALLSTREET anti-bank actions to RT


Dr. Cornel West - We the People Have Found Our Voice (speaking at #OCCUPYWALLSTREET General Assembly, 27 Sep 2011)

When we first arrived on the scene, protesters were marching along the sidewalk in unison, chanting. There was no sense of chaos. Many held video and audio recording devices, including camera phones.

However, the stream of protesters did disrupt traffic. Pedestrians wove in and out of the mass of protesters, some on their way to do Saturday errands, others who joined in for a block or two, chanting with the masses.

As more people spilled into the street, police started to demand that protesters stay on the sidewalk. But as people seemed to be retreating from harm’s way, police began pushing the protesters. I saw police use large nets to corral people en masse. I watched as police pepper sprayed several young women in the face. (An NYPD spokesperson confirmed the use of pepper spray to MetroFocus.) I saw senior citizens and teenagers get arrested. I saw about 20 or 30 police officers tackle people and prod them roughly with police batons…

When I saw the young women get pepper sprayed, I ran over to interview them. While holding a microphone and wearing a badge identifying myself as an employee of “WNET – New York Public Media,” I found myself suddenly roped into one of the large nets. I was thrown against a wall and handcuffed with hard plastic zip-tie restraints. I sat kneeling on the sidewalk with about 50 others. I yelled over and over “I’m press! I’m with WNET MetroFocus! Please do not arrest me.”

Noam Chomsky gives his support to #OCCUPYWALLSTREET

When asked for his thoughts of the continued occupation in lower Manhattan, Noam Chomsky responded via email:

Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”

The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.