An autonomous group has announced an Occupation Party for this Saturday in Williamsburg, in the interest of starting a series of Rolling Occupations, mounting a Spring Offensive, and exacerbating the situation in the city in order to catalyze, contextualize, and build capacity towards the May First General Strike. In short, to weave a fabric of insubordination beginning in one neighborhood and ballooning outwards.
Keith Olbermann (11/16/2011): For the entirety of the life of our nation, democracy has been protected — not merely by the strenuous efforts of those of us who cherish it, but mostly, and most profoundly, by the limitless stupidity of those who would ration it, keep it for themselves and themselves alone, or destroy it. Read more…
Chris Hedges: This is what revolution looks like
They think we will all go home and accept their corporate nation…a nation where the poor do not eat and workers do not work, a nation where the sick die and children go hungry
Astra Taylor: After the eviction
A semi-permanent encampment is not the only way to occupy. And tweaking our methods may actually help make the movement more inclusive, as not everyone who is sympathetic to OWS can or wants to commit to living full-time in a tent. The Occupy movement, after all, was never about holding a single piece of ground, but changing the world.
Zoltan & Manissa: A day in the movement
This spectacle of repression should not distract us from the important tasks we have at hand, nor should it overshadow the great strides we’ve made in the past months. There is no evicting a movement. This movement has clearly entered its second phase. We may have lost Zuccotti Park and we may have not, and it seems that city government is keen on keeping us out of other public spaces that we have been using for meetings. But the movement is far from dead. We are just beginning. Working groups from OWS have meetings and events planned for months ahead. They will continue to meet and they will continue to grow.
Adbusters: Occupy the higher ground
We use the winter to brainstorm, network, build momentum so that we may emerge rejuvenated with fresh tactics, philosophies, and a myriad projects ready to rumble next Spring.
Kevin Powell: Open letter to Mayor Bloomberg
Arundhati Roy on OWS
Greenwald: military-style raid
Bloomberg: final decision was mine;
Common Dreams: retaining one’s humanity
Facing Change: eviction photos
Al Jazeera: you can’t evict an idea
New park new eviction;
Trinity Church: open letter;
Jean Quan: cities are coordinating eviction;
Brookfield: statement on eviction;
Amy Goodman: reporting on eviction
Artist Noah Fischer on his Facebook wall:
Arrived to find that barricades and lines of riot police blocked all access. And like always in this movement, found some friendly faces who were in the same boat as me. So for the rest of the middle of the night and early morning, we few hundred people leaving the park or rushing to the scene got caught up in a demoralizing series of police traps in lower Manhattan…
In the morning, there was an attempt to “take” another park on Canal street. That failed, since the space was ominously enclosed like a big trap, and most people left before the police forcibly removed the hard core protesters. We were all tired and made our way back to Zucotti park, which I thought was not such an interesting idea (it was locked down with barricades) until magically it seemed, we were able to re-enter- ok, not without tents and tables, but with a big crowd feeling strong and safe. We conducted a long General Assembly, and it felt like day 1 again- fresh and full of possibility.
The Occupy Wall Street Arts and Culture committee has written a formal letter asking artist Mark Di Suvero to make a public statement against the barricades in Liberty Park. The police barricaded the piece Joie de Vivre after a protestor attempted to climb the piece, effectively detaching it from the rest of the politically activated space.
Good to see comrades Prachi (South Asia Solidarity Initiative) and Sonny (Red Barat, formerly Outernational) among the group on this cover.
Caroline B alerted us today:
The biggest threat to New York’s OWS is now internal conflict. The NYPD knows this, and rumor has it that they’ve even been encouraging drifters to take up camp beside the protestors. As the weather gets colder and the psychology of the encampment is altered by the subdivision of the park into tented private spaces, this is a very critical issue to consider, and one that could even call for the dispersal of Zuccotti (maybe Gremlins style into multiple new encampments).
She’s referring to an article on provocateurs and saboteurs inside the camp.
Among other saboteur elements, the article highlights Gary Phenof. I personally saw this man start a fight on the day of the heavy rains. Interestingly, he started it just when most people were taking refuge from the rain in the church, so there were very few peacekeepers around. As he wildly taunted and took swings at one of the other protesters whose sign he didn’t like, the police quietly stood and watched. I had the distinct feeling they did not mind.