Needs of the occupiers

(Copy-pasta’d from uneditedcamera at the nycga website, but I can’t link directly to the post)

As the Occupation moves into autumn we need to prepare for the onset of of chilly weather.

Most Needed:

Sleeping bags, blankets, tarps and large, clear plastic storage bins to keep it all dry.

Polar fleece sweaters, pants, socks and gloves are also appreciated as, they are durable, easy to clean, keep even the soggiest occupiers warm, and everybody has some buried in a box somewhere.

We are not allowed to set up tents in Liberty Plaza as they are considered both a structure and an obstruction. We have implemented the use of a few bivouac/bivy sacks and are under the impression that they are not considered a “structure,” so long as they do not have a pole holding them up. There are cheap disposable Emergency Bivys ranging from $5-15 and more durable ones starting at about $50

General needs amongst the various working groups are: pens, walkie-talkies, earbuds, rain ponchos, tarps, BIG umbrellas, BIG plastic totes, plastic drawer bins, LED headlamps, box cutters, scissors, notepads, Chap-Sticks, disposable safety razors, male and female undies, GFI extension cords, towels, blankets, socks, soap, toothbrushes, folding tables, a Honda 2000i generator, 6.5 gallon pots for cooking large quantities of food, operable bicycles, bike trailers, server space, digital camcorders, used laptops, folding tables and chairs, rags, deck brush, 50 gallon trash bags.

The Street Medic teams specific needs list:

Melatonin, red duct tape to identify street medics, cue-tips, couch drops, disinfectant wipes, sport-top water bottles, sterile water/contact solution/ normal saline wash to wash out cuts and clean contacts, contact lens cases, super glue for boo-boos, CPR pocket resuscitators/CPR mouth barriers, sterile scissors, anti-bacterial liquid soap, Raid/DEET as bedbugs contingency, AA flash lights & batteries, anti-fungal foot cream, vitamin E cream, Goldbond/baby powder, Petroleum Jelly, various sized Petroleum Gauze, unscented lotion, vitamins, Emergen-C/Airborne, day-time cold medicine, large and small 3M Tegaderm breathable bandages, 3M Steri-Strips, Diphenhydramine, 4×4 Kerlix gauze, Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Aquacel Ag Dressings, splints, OTC Primatine mist inhaler, Benadryl, liquid Maalox, tee tree oil, non-latex gloves, cotton balls, baby wipes,

If it is not on this list they ask you to please not send it, as we already have a large stockpile; other occupations may have those needs, and we are sending our overstocks of these items to them.

We also are looking for volunteer legal council, doctors, nurses, dentists, mental health professionals, an accountant, IT experts, artists, people willing to do loads of laundry and folks to print off fliers for us.

Dedicated, capable volunteers for the food committee.

Tax-deductible monetary donations can be made at http://nycga.cc/donate/

You can also send supplies to UPS Store 118A
Fulton st #205
New York, NY, 10038

For those who cannot make it


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.

It goes without saying, but don’t be a douche. Don’t send anything offensive or dangerous.

Do it. It takes 5 minutes.

There is a lot going on this week in the lead up to September 17th. First off, for some inspiration check out all the solidarity movements around the world.

Meetings & Training:

  • 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
  • NYC General Assembly calendar
  • There will be a Open General Assembly September 17th, Saturday 3:00pm at Chase Manhattan Plaza.


Important stuff:

  • 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

Things you can help with:

  • The Food Committee is working on feeding people at the occupation, if you can PLEASE DONATE. Contact CunderscoreG@gmail.com to see how you can help food committee
  • 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

Occupy Wall Street: Legal Information

If you are participating in actions on or following September 17 related to Occupy Wall Street, you might want to familiarize yourself with the following legal information:

Download this document to print and circulate (PDF)


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].”