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Occupy Legacy: George Martinez on How the Protest Should Move Forward

A conversation about what the #Occupy movement means today, and what it needs to do to survive.

There’s a hint of nostalgia in crisp September air. As the fall leaves show the first signs age, police, who far outnumber a few singing and chanting protesters, form a continuous ring around lower-Manhattan’s Zuccotti park. Today, #S17, is the second anniversary of events that inspired a season of protest across the country.

Today’s gathering at Zuccotti park was a demographic cross-section of previous years. The morning hours included a smattering of college-age protesters, neo-hippies, musicians, gutter-punks, and union organizers marching between various downtown protests. The General Assembly, a semi-regular meeting conducted as a unified chorus of synchronized shouts, was smaller than previous years, but is still a great spectacle and example of organizational ingenuity. The protests were no more rowdy than in the past, and the police I spoke with all agreed that in spite of a few arrests earlier in the week most demonstrators remained peaceful.

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Dan Patterson – #OccupyWallStreet – The Game Has Changed

Audio: #OccupyWallStreet – The Game Has Changed | danpatterson

Early this morning, acting on a court order, New York City police descended on Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan and dismantled the ‘tent city’ village that was #OccupyWallStreet. During the day police, protesters, and media jostled for tactical space, literally and metaphorically. As of this evening the future of #OccupyWallStreet remains opaque. What’s clear is that which once was a a small town and community of activists, students, and city homeless is now an encircled but empty battlefield.

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Coverage: Live from #OccupyWallStreet – Updated

About: This post summarizes (social)media reports from the #OccupyWallStreet protests in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. A real-time summary can be found on Storify.

Update; Sept 25th: I spoke with many protesters, police officers, journalists, bloggers, and bystanders. I documented my experience on Twitter and Google+. The quick and dirty takeaway is that the protest as a unit is smaller and less focused than the media hype would have you believe. Yet many protesters, as individuals, are well-educated, articulate, and share a common frustration with the economy, lack of socialized health care, and Wall Street “gambling.”

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#OccupyWallStreet Summary

An informal summary including short thoughts, blog updates, Google+ posts, Tweets, snapshots, and video from the #OccupyWallStreet protests. Updates are posted in reverse-chronological order.

I’ve created a Google Voice account to help you share your story of #OccupyWallStreet (347) 422-6491
DanPatterson
October 7, 2011
Occupy Wall Street’s Effect On A Halal Cart – Josh Sternberg – A blog about media, politics, communications and more.
Dan Patterson and I went down to Zuccotti Park again to see what a beautiful Friday afternoon looks like among the sea of protesters. I had yet been there on a Friday and the energy was at much higher level today.
#Anonymous at #occupywallstreet http://instagr.am/p/PZRxK/
DanPatterson · October 7, 2011
Where do several hundred protesters use a bathroom? A police officer told @joshsternberg that tthey use the Burger King across the street.
DanPatterson
October 7, 2011
Just interviewed a food cart vendor at #OccupyWallStreet – posting audio soon
DanPatterson
October 7, 2011
Tech comes to #occupywallstreet http://instagr.am/p/PZC1k/
DanPatterson · October 7, 2011
#OccupyWallStreet is growing up – big TV monitors, computers, electronics now everywhere.
DanPatterson
October 7, 2011
#OccupyWallStreet is packed today – Zuccotti Park seems near carrying capacity – far larger than a week ago. http://4sq.com/pM9EVN
DanPatterson
October 7, 2011
Dan Patterson – The Longest Week: Email from the UFT (United Federation of Teachers) |
Email from the UFT (United Federation of Teachers) This was sent last night from the president of the NYC teacher’s union. This is kinda big, no?Please join us for a… Food Stamp Urtak Ignites The Blaze A few weeks ago, TheBlaze.com, a news and opinion website owned by Glenn Beck’s Mercury Radio Arts, published an Urtak within an…
Update: #OccupyWallStreet in the Rain
Update; Oct 3rd: A chilly, drippy rain fell on #OccupyWallStreet this evening. Reporter Josh Sternberg and I revisited Zuccotti Park, spoke with a number of protesters and bystanders, snapped a few shots, and grabbed additional video and audio (below). The protest was smaller than the throng gathered this previous the weekend, but more substantial than the week prior.
The rain has stopped, the sun has gone down, #OccupyWallStreet continues. Headed home to edit media.
DanPatterson
October 3, 2011
Worked our way close to the ‘spiritual’ center of the #occupywallstreet drum circle http://instagr.am/p/PBo3o/
DanPatterson · October 3, 2011
@joshsternberg conducting an interview in the rain at #occupywallstreet http://instagr.am/p/PBoiP/
DanPatterson · October 3, 2011
Occupy Wall Street: What A Difference A Week Makes – Josh Sternberg – A blog about media, politics, communications and more.
“There’s’ something happening here/What it is ain’t exactly clear” – Crosby, Stills and Nash Yesterday evening, I strolled down Broadway from Houston to Zuccotti Park, about a half hour walk, anticipating what the Occupy Wall Street protests would look like a week after I last visited.
Occupy Wall Street: images, reports, and ambient soundscapes, from Dan Patterson – Boing Boing
By Xeni Jardin at 11:52 am Saturday, Oct 1 Broadcast journalist Dan Patterson of ABC News Radio went down to Occupy Wall Street on Friday, and has posted extensive reports in Storify, image, and audio form. Below, an ambient soundscape of the protest.
“The Left is Dead, Long Live the Left” sign at #occupywallstreet http://instagr.am/p/PBh9f/
DanPatterson · October 3, 2011
Broadcasting in the rain at #occupywallstreet http://instagr.am/p/PBfZw/
DanPatterson · October 3, 2011
In spite of the rain there’s far more TV media present today at #occupywallstreet http://instagr.am/p/PBb2n/
DanPatterson · October 3, 2011
The ‘Media Center’ of #occupywallstreet – an infrastructure is developing http://instagr.am/p/PBec-/
DanPatterson · October 3, 2011
A cold and wet but active group at #occupywallstreet http://instagr.am/p/PBa6H/
DanPatterson · October 3, 2011
Put yourself in the shoes of a spokesperson for #OccupyWallStreet. What have they done well / not well? What would you advise?
DanPatterson
October 3, 2011
Observing a drippy, cold, but active #OccupyWallStreet – much more TV media here than in previous days. http://4sq.com/q1CUoF
DanPatterson
October 3, 2011
#OccupyWallStreet NYC ‘General Assembly’ unofficial statement of principals http://nycga.cc/2011/09/24/principles-of-solidarity-working-draft/
DanPatterson
October 3, 2011
@OccupyWallSt Howdy. Just pinged your press email about conducting some interviews this afternoon.
DanPatterson
October 3, 2011
Occupy Wall Street Protesters: ‘We’re Americans’ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/occupy-wall-street-protesters-were-americans.html via @abcnewsradio
DanPatterson
October 3, 2011
Along with @JoshSternberg I’ll return to #OccupyWallStreet this evening. What should I learn? Who should I talk with?
DanPatterson
October 3, 2011
Trust your own inner skeptic | Lies, Damn Lies and Photoshop http://blog.timparkinson.net/2011/09/30/lies-damn-lies-and-photoshop/ #occupywallstreet
DanPatterson
October 2, 2011
this WEEK in TECH 321 | TWiT.TV
Fire and Silk, new iPhone(s), patent bullies, exploiting nostalgia, and more. Lots of rumors ahead of Apple’s Tuesday announcement, Amazon announces trio of new Kindles, Google Chrome browser, and your calls. iPod-controlled monster trucks, toy cars for an iPad, projectable fireworks, and more. Internet radio, Internet TV, promoting your website, and your calls.
Coverage: Live from #OccupyWallStreet – Udated | Dan Patterson
On Sunday, September 25th, Tuesday September 27th, and Friday, Sunday 30th I visited the #OccupyWallStreet protests in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. Below is a brief video and a Flickr photoset of snapshots from the protest. I spoke with many protesters, police officers, journalists, bloggers, and bystanders.
Batteries dying – Will post photos and video later #OccupyWallStreet
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
Okay folks, Keep Calm and Carry On
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
Protesters, police, and traffic snarled by the Brooklyn Bridge on-ramp #OccupyWallStreet
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
#OccupyWallStreet protest march now near city hall – phone dying – will post photos and video soon.
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
Marching circling the park, headed towards One Police Plaza #OccupyWallStreet
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
Recorded earlier today, the sounds of #OccupyWallStreet http://soundcloud.com/danpatterson/the-sounds-of-occupywallstreet
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
Follow @DanPatterson for live #occupywallstreet coverage here: http://snd.sc/nnLJLv
KristinaWeise
September 30, 2011
March is staring at #OccupyWallStreet
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
Lines of cops, bull horns, flags, monks, and movement #OccupyWallStreet
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
#OccupyWallStreet protesters now chanting, “march, march, march!” flags and signs everywhere.
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
#OccupyWallStreet chants of “NYPD, NYPD!” – march starts at 5:30 – thousands of people now
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
#OccupyWallStreet chants are getting louder and more consistent, “Occupy Everywhere!”
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
Police choppers overhead, crowd keeps growing, as does police and media presence #OccupyWallStreet
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
Where a few days – and a week – ago there were a few people at #OccupyWallStreet there now are thousands
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
#occupywallstreet protester w sign, “where is Radiohead? P.S., fuck the police.” Interesting.
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
#OccupyWallStreet crowd keeps growing, police surrounding the park, cameras on stilts, lots of energy – hopefully this stays peaceful
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
Chanting and hand signs communicate action – “the people, the people” – buzz just amped up dramatically
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
Transit workers just arrived at #OccupyWallStreet – massive, crowd keeps growing
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
Massive crowd at #occupywallstreet – music, chants, electricity… http://instagr.am/p/Oq3oY/
DanPatterson · September 30, 2011
Massive crowd at #OccupyWallStreet http://twitpic.com/6szfxs
DanPatterson · September 30, 2011
Massive crowd (@ #occupywallstreet square (zuccotti parn)) http://4sq.com/nvpJY6
DanPatterson
September 30, 2011
Occupy Wall Street – Josh Sternberg – A blog about media, politics, communications and more. http://www.joshsternberg.com/blog/2011/9/27/occupy-wall-street.html via @joshsternberg
DanPatterson
September 27, 2011
Video: A few quick video shots from the #OccupyWallStreet protest in Lower Manhattan, September 25th, 2011. http://tumblr.com/xuf4wkwud5
DanPatterson
September 25, 2011
@ashleykingsley Thanks – likewise – uploading now.
DanPatterson
September 25, 2011
@juliangutman I reckon a few hundred people at #OccupyWallStreet today?
DanPatterson
September 25, 2011
Headed out of #OccupyWallStreet to render video – will post later tonight and stop back here tomorrow or if things get weird.
DanPatterson
September 25, 2011
#occupywallstreet is thus far quite peaceful – but just saw a small group putting on masks and bandannas – could http://instagr.am/p/OM4BQ/
DanPatterson · September 25, 2011
The #occupywallstreet protest drum circle grows http://instagr.am/p/OM83W/
DanPatterson · September 25, 2011
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#occupywallstreet juxtaposition: Mainstream local news and the Wikileaks van http://instagr.am/p/OM8DL/
DanPatterson · September 25, 2011
Police and tourists stop to observe #occupywallstreet http://instagr.am/p/OMvMB/
DanPatterson · September 25, 2011
Classic: a NYC sightseeing tourbus just stopped to watch #OccupyWallStreet
DanPatterson
September 25, 2011
NYC sightseeing tour bus stops to observe #occupywallstreet http://instagr.am/p/OMwHn/
DanPatterson · September 25, 2011
Wikileaks van at #occupywallstreet http://instagr.am/p/OModg/
DanPatterson · September 25, 2011
Settling in (read: sleeping) at #occupywallstreet http://instagr.am/p/OMmkR/
DanPatterson · September 25, 2011
From health care, to “Justice for Troy Davis, to anti-corporate greed #OccupyWallStreet protesters offer a diverse set of messages.
DanPatterson
September 25, 2011
A few hundred people begin to chant at #occupywallstreet http://instagr.am/p/OMgux/
DanPatterson · September 25, 2011
@AntDeRosa The #OccupyWallStreet crowd is about the same – a few hundred – mellow (protesters and police) – some drum circles.
DanPatterson
September 25, 2011
Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution
News and resources for protesters attending the mass demonstration on Wall Street against financial greed and corruption
Thus far the #OccupyWallStreet protests today seem peaceful http://instagr.am/p/OMcJA/
DanPatterson · September 25, 2011
Snapping a few shots, video, interviews of #OccupyWallStreet protests. (@ #occupywallstreet square (zuccotti parn)) http://4sq.com/qfBs7Y
DanPatterson
September 25, 2011

Update: #OccupyWallSt Grows

Link: Update: #OccupyWallSt Grows

Update; Oct 7th: Last Friday rumors of an alleged Radiohead concert drew a large crowd to Zuccotti park and #OccupyWallStreet. This week beautiful weather and an increased media presence – both traditional and social – helped swell the protest group. Along with @JoshSternberg I recorded several pieces of audio (see below), shot a few more photographs, and conducted a few more interviews from the protest. Of note was our discussion with a food truck vendor parked outside the protest. Vendor Abdul Mubarek has been parked near Zuccotti Park for the past six years. On a typical Friday afternoon Abdul makes about 300 dollars per day. During the protest he’s made only 80 (audio interview link). And yet, Abdul supports the protest. While the protest message remains muddled (and maybe that’s the point?), the protest has matured. What began as a rag-tag gang is now an organized, smart  Along with the oder of several hundred protesters, a sense of self-confidence and an air of inevitability now wafts from the ‘occupation’ of Zuccotti Park. For more information on this week’s visit to #OccupyWallStreet please read Josh’s post **Coverage Note: To help share individual #OccupyWallStreet stories – pro and con – I have created a Google Voice number to which individuals can call and share their personal feelings about the protest. The number is:  (347) 422-6491.

Wall Street Protesters Say They’re Settled In

Link: Wall Street Protesters Say They’re Settled In

(NEW YORK) — Protesters who vowed to “occupy Wall Street” are holding their ground in downtown New York, and say they have no plans to leave anytime soon. The protest started Saturday with a “Day of Rage,” when thousands of people gathered in the Financial District and vowed to stay on Wall Street as long as it takes to make their point that they will “no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.”

Greek Parliament Approves Austerity Measures

Link: Greek Parliament Approves Austerity Measures

abcnewsradio:

(ATHENS, Greece) — Amid protests, the Greek Parliament voted Wednesday in favor of budget cuts that will grant the country the bailout loans it needs to help get itself out of massive debt.

The vote — imposing $40 billion worth of austerity measures, primarily in wage cuts and tax hikes — passed 155 to 138, paving the way for Europe and the International Monetary Fund to release $17 billion worth of bailout money that Greece needs to avoid defaulting on its debt.

Leading up to the approval, protesters gathered in the streets of Athens, clashing with riot police for hours.  Demonstrators were seen throwing large chunks of marble — broken off of pavement and stairs — at police, who fired back with rounds of  tear gas and stun grenades.

A day earlier, workers began a 48-hour general strike opposing the austerity measures.

Lawmakers are scheduled to hold another vote Thursday regarding the implementation of the measures.