Occupy This Week
Week #9 of OWS saw a nationwide sweep of occupations going through varying degrees of evictions. In NYC, Zuccotti Park was aggressively evicted at 1AM in the morning on November 15th. Without warning, NYPD destroyed a library, kitchen, alternative energy system, a religious alter and a very well stocked and maintained medical station. They allowed no press in, and in fact, journalists were arrested while trying to cover the story. Reports of pepper spray and violent tactics on part of the police were running rampant.
Official Statement From the Sustainability Working Group:
OWS Sustainability response to the first raid of the generators:
Thursday, November 17th, marked the 2 month anniversary of the occupation and a historic day of action. “You divide us and we multiply”, said one protestor. NYPD estimated 32,500 people. “You can’t evict an idea whose time has come” became the over night mantra of the 99%.
Just as a sea of people marched over the Brooklyn Bridge, a large 99% ‘bat signal’ was projected and displayed on the Verizon building in lower Manhattan for all to see. It was considered by many to be an epic moment of a historic day:
Bat signal full message:
On Friday, the Spokes Council reconvened, in a Union building in Times Square, to set a list of new priorities. Finding space to occupy and financial transparency were the hot topics of the evening
The first barter market, post eviction, was held on Saturday. It was a great vibe. People came together to barter and trade clothing, items, art and stories. This will continue every Saturday. If you have something to trade, share or teach all are welcome. If you are interested in hosting a small workshop on how to make or reuse something contact email@example.com. To join the conversation visit nycga.net/sustainability.