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Breaking: this morning in New York City November 15, 2011

Posted by rogerhollander in Economic Crisis, Occupy Wall Street Movement.
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http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=GMCKLXGl9aqkD3ySxJ61ySJlhNpdTAd5Last night, I watched lower Manhattan turn into a
militarized lockdown. The park known as Liberty Square was apparently cleared by
force, though I arrived 20 minutes after the police barricades encircled a
two-block radius, kicked out all media and prevented all foot traffic on public
sidewalks surrounding the park.

This was expected. The emergency text message
went out at 1:00 AM and read, “URGENT: Hundreds of police mobilizing around
Zuccotti.
Eviction in progress!” prompting a mass mobilization of
people like me, part-time protesters who signed up to converge on the park for
the looming police raid on the physical heart of the Occupy movement.

The police were prepared for this flood of
bodies. Many subway stops were shut down, as was the Brooklyn Bridge.

My go bag had been packed for weeks, waiting for just this moment. I laced up my
boots, and spent an agonizing 20 minutes on the subway from Brooklyn.

Upon arrival in lower Manhattan, I struggled for
about two hours to get to a position where I could see into the park, to no
avail. From a block away, I saw massive piles of what used to be supplies dumped
into waiting trucks. People’s major concerns were two-fold: first, the health
and safety of the occupiers locked in the camp; and second, the 5,000 books of
the Occupy Wall Street library. What a picture it would be (maybe it
exists) of police in riot gear gathering boxes of donated books and loading them
into garbage trucks. A perfect metaphor for what appears to be the intention of
last night’s raid: destroying the body of knowledge that had been collected by a
movement just two months old, which was built by collective effort, literally
from the ground up.

After four hours of wandering in groups and alone on
the dark, empty streets of lower Manhattan, Foley Square, a park rich with the
history of labor struggles in New York City, became the rallying point. After a
short discussion with the handful of police on hand, Foley Square was determined
to be a safe zone – for the time being.

Here I sit, watching the pulse of the Occupy Wall
Street movement strengthen. Stories of arrests are being exchanged over a
breakfast of apples and muffins. A sleepless crowd is beginning to be reinforced
by New Yorkers from around the city as the morning news streams images of a camp
turned back into a barren, soulless corporate park known as Zuccotti. But the
drums are back. The spirit and the idea of the Occupy movement has only been
strengthened. Today is the end of the beginning, and what has been built
cannot be disbanded. Now, we stand at the beginning of the next phase, looking
into the eyes of the people who created a new consciousness and a new
politics.

Today is November 15, 2011, a beautiful day tainted
only by the physical harm of those who left their blood and sweat on the cement
of Liberty Park.

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Declaration of the Occupation of New York City October 5, 2011

Posted by rogerhollander in Economic Crisis, Human Rights, War, Foreign Policy, Environment, Democracy, Poverty.
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www.nationofchange.org

What follows is the first official, collective
statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park:

As we gather together in solidarity to express a
feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together.
We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the
world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality:
that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that
our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up
to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors;
that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but
corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the
Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined
by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place
profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality,
run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let
these facts be known.

 

  • They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite
    not having the original mortgage.
  • They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give
    Executives exorbitant bonuses.
  • They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based
    on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the
    farming system through monopolization.
  • They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of
    countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
  • They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate
    for better pay and safer working conditions.
  • They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on
    education, which is itself a human right.
  • They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as
    leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
  • They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with
    none of the culpability or responsibility.
  • They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get
    them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
  • They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
  • They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the
    press.
  • They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives
    in pursuit of profit.
  • They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their
    policies have produced and continue to produce.
  • They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible
    for regulating them.
  • They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on
    oil.
  • They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s
    lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned
    a substantial profit.
  • They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping,
    and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
  • They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control
    of the media.
  • They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented
    with serious doubts about their guilt.
  • They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
  • They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians
    overseas.
  • They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive
    government ontracts.*

 

To the people of the world, We, the New York City
General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert
your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy
public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate
solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form
groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and
all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

NationofChange has been an unfiltered media
resource for the Occupy Wall Street movement even while the mainstream media has
ignored, censored, and undermined the progress of the people.

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