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 -
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.