Love the framing and flip to point to Wall Street mess. Only issue I have is that I think we should be stronger here: not a symbolic arrest.
Wearing Actions/ strategy hat, not PR messaging right now: we have to stand our ground and defend our home. They can't steal this from us like they steal foreclosed homes in communities across the country. We do eviction defense. We have the world's support on this.
Billionaire Bloomberg can try to move in with the NYPD but he'll have to go through us if he thinks he's going to foreclose our right to freely assemble.
Also, this is a public park. Under Bloomberg and this economic crises we see budget cuts and privatization of everything. A new wave of public/private partnerships is being implemented throughout the city. This is the neoliberal agenda
, what we are fighting. We have every right to be in the park.
Please be clear: cleaning the park sounds harmless, but it is a pretext to dismantle our ability to hold that space. We won't be allowed our infrastructure, our kitchen set-up, media streaming...their rules say no lying down or sleeping bags!
We can't give up the space or turn a last stand into symbolic theater.
On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 12:12 AM, Justin Wedes <email@example.com>
Fort hose who didn't see, this is my proposal:
Tonight, and all day tomorrow, all campers/supporters should reach out to friends/family/anyone to donate or purchase brooms, mops, squeegees, dust pans, garbage bags, and any other cleaning supplies to be collected at sanitation. The sanitation committee should move full-speed ahead on purchase of bins allocated by consensus at GA.
After General Assembly on Thursday, we'll have a full-camp cleanup session. Sanitation can coordinate, and anyone who is available will help with the massive community effort!
Then, Friday morning, we'll awake and position ourselves with our brooms and mops in a human chain around the park, linked at the arms. If NYPD attempts to enter, we'll peacefully/non-violently stand our ground and those who are willing will get arrested.
Afterwards, we'll march with brooms and mops to Wall Street to do a massive #wallstcleanup march, where the real mess is!
On Oct 12, 2011, at 9:34 PM, beka economopoulos wrote:
I find this to be of great concern: “The cleaning will be done in stages and the protesters will be able to return to the areas that have been cleaned, provided they abide by the rules that Brookfield has established for the park.”
It was precisely this process that ended the M-15 encampments
in Spain this past Spring. What does "the rules that Brookfield has established for the park" mean?
Need to have strategy conversation about this, prepare media response (or choose not to), determine game plan for this as a possible scenario, most likely in the wee hours of the night.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
STATEMENT OF DEPUTY MAYOR FOR OPERATIONS CAS HOLLOWAY
“Earlier this evening, Mayor Bloomberg went to Zuccotti Park to talk
with the protesters himself and inform them that on Friday morning
Brookfield Properties will clean the park.
“Brookfield Properties owns Zuccotti Park, and built it as an amenity
for the general public. As the protest has continued, Brookfield has
expressed concern about its inability to clean the park and maintain
it in a condition fit for public use. Brookfield conveyed these
concerns in a letter they sent to the City.
“The Mayor is a strong believer in the First Amendment and believes
that the protesters have a right to continue to protest. At the same
time, the last three weeks have created unsanitary conditions and
considerable wear and tear on the park. This situation is not in the
best interests of the protesters, residents or the City.
“The cleaning will be done in stages and the protesters will be able
to return to the areas that have been cleaned, provided they abide by
the rules that Brookfield has established for the park.”
Not An Alternative
Not An Alternative