On Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 10:47 AM, David Stam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Police won't let us in,
Heartless powers try to tell us what to think. If the spirit is sleeping then the flesh is ink. History pages are carved in stone. The futures here we are it we are on our own.
On Nov 15, 2011, at 10:36 AM, Shawn <email@example.com> wrote:
> 10:26 AM – notes from listserv
> Liberty Plaza is open now I heard.
> Bring food and water to Canal+6 ave, and/or Liberty Plaza. If you buy
> paper plates and utensils, please keep your receipts for
> reimbursement. But don't spend too much money.
> 10:16 AM – Guardian draft op-ed
> You can't evict an idea whose time has come.
> By J.M. Smucker, Rebecca Manski, Karanja Gacuca, Linnea M. Palmer
> Paton, Kanene Holder, William Jesse
> Two months ago, just two hundred of us set up an encampment at Wall
> Street’s doorstep. Since then, Occupy Wall Street has become a
> national and even international symbol — with similarly styled
> occupations popping up in cities and towns across America and around
> the world. A growing popular movement has significantly altered the
> national narrative about our economy, our democracy, and our future.
> Late into last night, we on the Occupy Wall Street PR team were
> reflecting on the successes, challenges and the aims of our movement
> up to this point. Over the weekend, twenty-some writers sent us their
> thoughts on their experience with direct democracy and the evolution
> of the movement. We sat in awe for a moment at the various
> perspectives, backgrounds and motives of each OWS contributor and
> their journey through this burgeoning movement.
> At exactly 12:54 a.m.--as the PR working group was culling final
> articles for this very editorial page, the Outreach team nearby was
> developing orientation materials for the new initiative “Occupy Your
> Block,” and the Movement Building working group engaged in a
> conference call about national plans for the Day of Action on November
> 17th--an alert rippled room to room.
> 1:20 a.m., our phones started buzzing off the tables, overloaded with
> text messages. Three blocks away, and within milliseconds, we knew
> that hundreds of riot police were arriving, dump-trucks rolling in,
> subway stops shutting down, and the Brooklyn bridge had been closed.
> Via Twitter we knew our fellow Occupiers were chanting, "This is what
> a police state looks like." Half the people in the off-site office
> space ran to Liberty Square, leaving their laptops, their wallets,
> their phones even, behind.
> PR working group member Jason Ahmadi texts the team from a police van
> full of 13 arrestees, and we soon discover that NYC council-member
> Ydanis Rodríguez has been arrested and is bleeding from the head. One
> after the other text message alerts us to the effect that those not
> yet arrested at Liberty Square are being chased up Broadway, towards
> Chinatown. Some of our people head to Foley Square by City Hall, some
> to Washington Square, and others to Judson Memorial Church, at which
> so many of our meetings have been held these past weeks.
> Occupiers undeterred by the unprovoked police brutality rained on them
> by police instantly re-group and launch a fresh General Assembly that
> took place at Foley square. More General Assemblies are planned
> throughout the day. An interfaith gathering planned for 9.00 am will
> offer comfort and encouragement to the occupiers.
> At 2:43 a.m.,The New York Observer reports that photographers with
> credentials were barred from Liberty Square. Seconds later the
> Director of Editorial Operations at Gawker reports that a CBS news
> chopper werer ordered out of the sky by the NYPD. New York Times
> journalist Jarid Malsin goes to jail in zipties. And twenty minutes
> later we hear the NYPD is cutting down trees in Liberty Square, and
> from our office space we can hear the deployment of a sound cannon. To
> be certain, we can see and feel that this operation was planned
> carefully to exclude all media coverage, sending a loud message
> dissent within a democracy.
> But we are not deterred. Our spirits our high, our resolve
> This burgeoning movement is more than a protest, more thanan
> occupation, and more than any tactic. The "us" in this movement is far
> broader than those who are able to participate in physical
> occupations. The movement is everyone who sends supplies, everyone who
> talks to their friends and families about the underlying issues,
> everyone who takes some form of action to get involved in this civic
> This moment is nothing short of America rediscovering the strength we
> hold when we come together as citizens to take action to address
> crises that impact us all.
> Such a movement cannot be evicted. Some politicians may physically
> remove us from public spaces — our spaces — and, physically, they may
> succeed. But we are engaged in a battle over ideas. Our idea is that
> our political structures should serve us, the people — all of us, not
> just those who have amassed great wealth and power. We believe this
> idea resonates with so many of us because Congress, beholden to Wall
> Street, has ignored the powerful stories pouring out from the homes
> and hearts of our neighbors, stories of unrelenting economic
> suffering. Our dream for a democracy in which we matter is why so many
> people have come to identify with Occupy Wall Street and the 99%
> As of filing this morning, with 100 people sitting in jail, a judge
> has declared that we have a right to return with our belongings,
> while Mayor Bloomberg insists that the park will remain closed. It
> does not matter. We will reclaim our streets block by block, we will
> occupy our public spaces, everywhere, knowing that this idea cannot be
> BREAKING: JUDGE ORDERS ALL PROTESTERS & TENTS & BELONGINGS RETURNED TO
> LIBERTY SQUARE! #ows #occupy #occupywallst #occupywallstreet #tcot A
> New York judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order
> allowing protesters to return to Zuccotti Park only hours after police
> forcibly removed them, arresting dozens. The order by Justice Lucy
> Billings set a hearing date for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and said that
> until the matter was considered at that hearing, the city and
> Brookfield Properties, the owners of Zuccotti Park, would be
> prohibited from evicting protesters or "enforcing 'rules' published
> after the occupation began or otherwise preventing protesters from re-
> entering the park with tents and other property previously utilized."
> It was not immediately clear what effect the order would have on the
> protesters meeting in nearby Foley Square. Some had advocated
> returning to the park. // Updates on the Clearing of Zuccotti Park -
> NYTimes http://nyti.ms/sy8qAo
> 7:50 AM - OWS Press release
> A Call to Occupy
> #OccupyWallStreet Convening 9 a.m. Sixth Avenue and Canal Street.
> New York, NY — We are a global movement that is reclaiming our
> humanity and our future. We have stepped into a revitalizing civic
> process, realizing that we cannot fix our crises isolated from one
> another. We need collective action, and we need civic space. We are
> creating that civic space.
> To occupy is to embody the spirit of liberation that we wish to
> manifest in our society. It is to exercise our freedom to assemble. We
> are creating space for community, values, ideas, and a level of
> meaningful dialogue that is absent in the present discourse.
> Liberated space is breaking free of isolation, breaking down the walls
> that literally and figuratively separate us from one another. It is a
> new focus on community, trust, love and hope. We occupy to create a
> vision of equality, liberty and social justice onto the blank paving
> stones of public parks, in the silent hallways of abandoned schools,
> banks, and beyond.
> Public space plays a crucial role in this civic process and encourages
> open, transparent organizing in our movement. As we have seen in
> Liberty Square, outdoor space invites people to listen, speak, share,
> learn, and act.
> Last night, billionaire Michael Bloomberg sent a massive police force
> to evict members of the public from Liberty Square—home of Occupy Wall
> Street for the past two months. People who were part of a dynamic
> civic process were beaten and pepper-sprayed, their personal property
> Supporters of this rapidly growing movement were mobilized in the
> middle of the night, making phone calls, taking the streets en masse,
> and planning next steps. Americans and people around the world are
> appalled at Bloomberg's treatment of people who peacefully assemble.
> We are appalled, but not deterred. Liberty Square was dispersed, but
> its spirit not defeated. Today we are stronger than we were yesterday.
> Tomorrow we will be stronger still. We are breaking free of the fear
> that constricts and confines us. We occupy to liberate.
> We move forward in the grand tradition of the transformative social
> movements that have defined American history. We stand on the
> shoulders of those who have struggled before us, and we pick up where
> others have left off. We are creating a better society for us all.
> Occupy Wall Street has renewed a sense of hope. It has revived a
> belief in community and awakened a revolutionary spirit too long
> Join us as we liberate space and build a movement. 9 a.m. Tuesday
> morning at Sixth Avenue and Canal we continue.
> # # #
> 7AM – JM Smucker
> A few messaging thoughts:
> We don't connect by framing ourselves as victims of police (however
> true), but as protagonists who endure and overcome unjust obstacles.
> Avoid "protester vs police" frame. Don't get distracted by the forces
> sent to repress. Focus on those who unleash those forces.
> Connect on values. Always communicate values. Not about our tactics,
> not about a blow-by-blow of last night.
> Talk about a rigged political system, about consolidation of wealth
> and power, about a movement fighting for our collective future, etc.
> Values values values. Connect with your audience.