From:   J.A. Myerson <>
Sent time:   Friday, October 21, 2011 12:17:06 PM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Occupy Wall Street protesters: City will now require permits

That's the impression I'm under. The case of Naomi Wolf argues to the contrary, though:

On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 2:15 PM, Gabriel Johnson <> wrote:
As long as we're on the sidewalk, there isn't anything they can do to us… right?


On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM, gail zawacki <> wrote:
We don't need no stinkin' permits!  We have the right to assembly!

I say let's call for a huge march that cannot be contained, maybe next weekend.  And demand the right to use tents.  Winter is coming.

On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM, Justin Wedes <> wrote:
This just came out a few mins ago.

Mayor Bloomberg said Friday that he's going to start turning the screws on the Occupy Wall Streeters.
The city is planning to take a harder line on demonstrators camping out in Zuccotti Park - and insist on permits every time they want to march through Lower Manhattan, he said.
"We will start enforcing that more," Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show.
The protesters have a Constitutional right to demonstrate and have mostly been "peaceful," the mayor added.
"There's not been any of the kind of craziness you see elsewhere," he said. "You may not like it, but these people have generally obeyed the law.
Still, the month-long occupation has taken a toll on local businesses and residents and the city needs to come up with "ways to let people protest without infringing those who don't want to protest," he said.
"I'm not trying to duck it," Bloomberg said. "But, you know, it's just not so easy. You can't just walk in and say 'Hey, you're out of here'."
"Zuccotti Park is not a public park," he said. "It's a private piece of property. They have to have it open 24/7 to anybody that wants to go in there by their agreement with the city."
Part of the difficulty for the city is that OWS is made of a number of different groups and nobody speaks for them all.
"It's a little bit complicated by there's nobody to work it out with," he said. "There just is not any one group, one idealogy, one objective, one person to negotiate with."

J.A. Myerson