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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.
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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.

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Posted 2011-09-24 10:09:29 UTC by OccupyWallSt

This report just came in a half hour ago from the chair of the NYC IWW chapter:

Protesters arrested today (including the NYC IWW chair) are being locked inside a police van outside the:

1st Precinct Police Station
16 Ericsson Pl.
New York, NY 10013
+1 (212) 334-0611

They’ve been there for over an hour. One has a very bad concussion, possibly life threatening.

Right now the NYC IWW chair he is calling on us to send people NOW for help out and to demand medical care for our comrades.

If you can’t make it in person then please call these numbers:

1st Precinct - (212) 334-0611 - 16 Ericsson Place
6th Precinct - (212) 741-4811 - 233 West 10 Street
NYPD Switchboard: 1-646-610-5000

#OWS UPDATES: as of 3:30pm 20-Sep

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.

Solidarity!

(via jcook818)

jcook818:

2 - Post this EVERYWHERE. Preferably in New York.
(Note: This idea actually came from the US Department of Homeland Security. I do not claim it as my own.)

jcook818:

2 - Post this EVERYWHERE. Preferably in New York.

(Note: This idea actually came from the US Department of Homeland Security. I do not claim it as my own.)

jcook818:

1 - Post this EVERYWHERE. Preferably in New York.
(Note: This idea actually came from the US Department of Homeland Security. I do not claim it as my own.)

jcook818:

1 - Post this EVERYWHERE. Preferably in New York.

(Note: This idea actually came from the US Department of Homeland Security. I do not claim it as my own.)

Woohoo! Hitting the big media, finally:

“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?

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.)

Strategically speaking, there is a very real danger that if we naively put our cards on the table and rally around the “overthrow of capitalism” or some equally outworn utopian slogan, then our Tahrir moment will quickly fizzle into another inconsequential ultra-lefty spectacle soon forgotten. But if we have the cunning to come up with a deceptively simple Trojan Horse demand … something profound, yet so specific and doable that it is impossible for President Obama to ignore … something that spotlights Wall Street’s financial capture of the US political system and confronts it with a pragmatic solution … like the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act … or a 1% tax on financial transactions … or an independent investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the corporate corruption of our representatives in Washington … or another equally creative but downright practical demand that will emerge from the people’s assemblies held during the occupation … and if we then put our asses on the line, screw up our courage and hang in there day after day, week after week, until a large swath of Americans start rooting for us and President Obama is forced to respond … then we just might have a crack at creating a decisive moment of truth for America, a first concrete step towards achieving the radical changes we all dream about unencumbered by commitments to existing power structures.

So, let’s learn the strategic lessons of Tahrir (nonviolence), Syntagma (tenacity), Puerta del Sol (people’s assemblies) and lay aside adherence to political parties and worn-out lefty dogmas. On September 17, let’s sow the seeds of a new culture of resistance in America that fires up a permanent democratic awakening.

(Note: this is an independent blog and is not affiliated with Adbusters. Their content is re-posted for outreach purposes only.)