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Mentioning the rules is ESSENTIAL. And Brookfield calls them rules so we should too. It makes them sound like jerks. (Don't forget this is a public park that has been privatized through a city/corporate partnership, a trend they're pushing for all our public spaces).
Otherwise this whole thing seems perfectly reasonable, the city just wants to clean, it needs to be cleaned. The issue is that once we've been moved we'll be prevented from bringing provisions back that we "illegally" asserted, such as sleeping bags, tarps, etc. This just a day before our day of actions.
And it's precisely how the City shut down the Bloombergville emcampment this year, and how the Spanish government shut down the Barcelona and Madrid encampments this year too. Sanitation --> threw people's stuff out ---> folks could move back in but under their terms - no provisions.
We can't water this down or be flowery now. This is what one of the union presidents is releasing as a statement, and he's calling other unions to do the same, to make Bloomberg that bad guy here, as a strategic step to turn this away from a discussion abt cleaning the space:
* Bloom is using sanitation as a pretest to shut down these protests and end the occupation
* That's why NYers don't trust our billionaire mayor, he's working for Wall Street, not for the people
* This is what Wall Street does: they make promises and say one thing, then do another, we don't trust them and we don't trust Bloomberg.
OWS MESSAGING POINTS (to turn into soundbytes:)
1) We see this as a pretext to shut the occupation down. Bloombergville - a 2 wk occupation at City Hall earlier this summer - was shut down in the same way, as was the M-15 encampments in Barcelona and Madrid in late Spring. The Brookfield "rules" -- no lying down, sleeping bags, tarps -- are untenable.
2) We have an OWS Sanitation Operation, we don't need the city's crew. We have been self-governing and self-organized and taking care of our space. We already had a big clean-up planned and we're moving that forward a day - TO TODAY.
2) If Bloomberg really cared about sanitation here he wouldn't have blocked porto potties and dumpsters. OWS allies have been working to secure these things on our behalf.
3) We won't allow them to come in. This is an occupation, not a permitted picnic. They won't foreclose our home, we're calling for all supporters to join us at 6am Friday to help us do eviction defense.
On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 11:16 AM, Ed Needham <email@example.com>
we might have a brief positive statement about the first page. we don't need mention the rules but if asked about them we can state that Brokfield policies (and we should use the word "policy" instead of "rule") are the same as they've been since the occupation started. The Mayor has stated we may remain here indefinitely, so we don't anticipate any conflicts.
something along these lines?
On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:22 AM, Linnea M. Palmer Paton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Can someone send a ready-to-send-to-reporters statement to this list that I can start sending out to all these emails we're getting asking for a statement?
Linnea M. Palmer Paton | NYU Wagner: Master's of Urban Planning 2013 | Worcester Polytechnic Institute: B.S. Civil Engineering, Environmental Policy & Development | Students for a Just and Stable Future | Udall Scholar Honorable Mention | (860) 898-0101|
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