Although this wasn’t the case for everyone I interviewed, the more I review my footage, the more I wonder where the normal people who have legitimate educated opinions are… Anybody out there care to speak up?
Occupy Wall Street News Update of the Day: A tense standoff between police and Occupy Wall Street protesters was quickly defused as word came down from Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway that Brookfield Properties, owners of Zuccotti Park, have postponed the park cleaning that would have forced demonstrators to leave, and withdrawn their request “for police assistance during their cleaning operation.”
Holloway’s statement continues:
Brookfield believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown, and we will continue to monitor the situation.
Earlier, music industry mogul Russell Simmons had offered to pay out of pocket for the clean-up of the park, but had not received a response from the mayor’s office.
After word of the postponement reached protesters, an impromptu “peaceful victory march” toward Wall Street was quickly organized. According to reports, several have been arrested along the route, though no word as to why.
The protesters eventually turned around as word spread that the park would be taken over in the absence.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Brookfield could possibly move forward with the cleaning project in a couple of days, though may have to do so without help from the NYPD.
Fuck this shit. Let them protest!
Beautification Project of the Day: Speaking of which, the Occupy Wall Street protest may be coming to abrupt halt.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who recently told demonstrators they were welcome to occupy Zuccotti Park “indefinitely,” visited the movement’s home base today to tell those present they would have to evacuate by tomorrow morning so the park could be cleaned.
Though Zuccotti Park is open to the public, it is actually a privately owned space belonging to Brookfield Office Properties. Brookfield’s chief executive penned a two-page letter to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, asking for assistance in clearing the park so that the company can address the “health and public safety issue” allegedly created by the “trespassing of the protesters.”
Though Bloomberg promised Occupy Wall Street participants they would be allowed to return to the park after maintenance work was completed, new park rules posted today (see above) prohibit further construction of tents, as well as “lying down on the ground” with or without sleeping bags (which are now prohibited as well).
As Think Progress notes, these rules are “designed to effectively end #occupywallstreet.”
Occupy Wall Street organizers are attempting to orchestrate a volunteer clean up operation with the help of $3,000 for supplies and anyone willing to lend a hand. More info in this emergency call to action.
The clearing of Zuccotti Park is set to begin tomorrow at 7 AM.
So, my limited view of Occupy Wall Street is this…
They want the large corporations to stop taking over America, but they are doing this by using large corporations products?
The protests definitely get the message out there, but real action would be boycotting products and services by the large corporations instead of just saying that we have to do something.
We have the power to completely change our government and the way our country runs; we are not helpless. We do not NEED these things; we just have the mindset that we do.
If 99% of people really stood up, the 1% would fall so fast.
So, step one is the message, but step two really needs to be the action.
This is absolutely fascinating.