This week marks the month anniversary of Occupy Wall St. So it’s tim e I gave it some press in the blog, after all…it began here!
At first, I, like millions of others, thought this fairly small group of protestors would hold a rally, probably march around and then go home. NOT! Like a virus, the protest multiplied quickly and the core grew larger and more vocal. Not particularly organized, the group has been able to sort itself out as a collective force and a cohesive community. And like a virus, the movement spread as it found other receptive host areas around the world. Later tonight or this week, I hope to give you another post wherein you’ll see some interesting parallels.
I don’t need to write too much about Occupy Wall St. because it is in the news every day. Especially here in New York City, we are almost hourly informed of where they are, what park they will camp out in, what the Mayor has to say about it all and which of the protestors has been beaten, knocked down or pepper-sprayed by police, not to mention the reports of how much money is being spent by law enforcement to keep everything and everyone under control. The funny thing is, I don’t think they’re out of control at all.
Lastly as a prelude to some pictures, I’d like to quote what seems to be the mission statement on the web site Occupywallst.org – OF COURSE there’s a web site!!! And an agenda!
Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.
Occupy Wall Street Agenda
Showing events after 10/19. Look for earlier events
Wednesday, October 195:00pmOpen Forum: Andrew Ross “Is Student Debt a Form of Indenture?”6:00pmOpen Forum: Jennifer Saunders “Teachers for Justice Now”7:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblyThursday, October 207:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblyFriday, October 211:00pmSolidarity Event: Stop “Stop and Frisk”6:00pmInformation Front Desk Meeting7:00pmGeneral Ⓐssembly8:30pmEmpowerment and Education Committee meetingSaturday, October 222:00pmSolidarity Event: National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation3:00pmOccupyCUNY Radical Teach-In!7:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblySunday, October 236:00pmInternet Working Group meeting7:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblyMonday, October 247:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblyTuesday, October 255:00pmInternet Working Group meeting6:00pmInformation Front Desk Meeting7:00pmGeneral Ⓐssembly8:30pmEmpowerment and Education Committee meetingWednesday, October 267:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblyThursday, October 277:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblyFriday, October 286:00pmInformation Front Desk Meeting7:00pmGeneral Ⓐssembly8:30pmEmpowerment and Education Committee meetingSaturday, October 297:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblySunday, October 306:00pmInternet Working Group meeting7:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblyMonday, October 317:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblyTuesday, November 15:00pmInternet Working Group meeting6:00pmInformation Front Desk Meeting7:00pmGeneral Ⓐssembly8:30pmEmpowerment and Education Committee meetingWednesday, November 27:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblyThursday, November 37:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblyFriday, November 46:00pmInformation Front Desk Meeting7:00pmGeneral Ⓐssembly8:30pmEmpowerment and Education Committee meetingSaturday, November 59:00amSolidarity Event: Move Your Money – Bank Transfer Day7:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblySunday, November 66:00pmInternet Working Group meeting7:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblyMonday, November 77:00pmGeneral ⒶssemblyTuesday, November 85:00pmInternet Working Group meeting6:00pmInformation Front Desk Meeting7:00pmGeneral Ⓐssembly8:30pmEmpowerment and Education Committee meeting
Events shown in time zone: Eastern Time
All photos courtesy of Murray Head
- City Room: #OccupyWallSt Roundup, Day 33 (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Occupy Wall St march to Times Square pics, the Shepard Fairey designed invite, Tom Morello singing ‘This Land is Your Land’ (brooklynvegan.com)
- MTV Looking To Cast Occupy Wall Street Protester For “The Real World” (businessinsider.com)