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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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.
“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.
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.
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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.
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.
(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%.”
(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.