Support for Occupy Wall Street is growing by the hour. Solidarity actions in Chicago, Phoenix and Paris, France, are all getting off the ground. In Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Atlanta, actions are in the works. Each of these may be occupations. And, now there is indication the Industrial Workers of the World will have members at the site supporting the occupation plus it appears Sojourner’s, a Christian Left organization, is taking an interest in the action.
Additionally, this morning there is no explicit NYPD intimidation or harassment of the occupation to report. Some time during the night the police did approach and “dismantle” a projector that was being used to project Twitter updates on #OccupyWallStreet onto a sheet. The police gave some excuse that it blocked “line of sight” and so would not be allowed. There was also talk last night that police were claiming the “Sanitation Code” gave them the right to seize the tarps from the protesters as they did Tuesday morning.
From day one, FDL has been live blogging this action. I (and a team of dedicated FDLers who are constantly posting updates in the comments thread) have banded together to give you the latest updates and insight into the occupation. Here’s a list on Twitter to follow if you would like read reports from Liberty (Zuccotti) Park, where the encampment for the occupation is located.
LIVESTREAM FROM GLOBAL REVOLUTION
6:20 PM Occupy Wall Street protesters have been showing solidarity with Troy Davis, who will be executed at 7 pm. I am following the execution right now here. I will be back to live blogging after this atrocity has been averted or completed.
4:30 PM Liberato’s Pizza has a kind of public service announcement for its customers on their Facebook page. It has to do with democracy:
Democracy – Is a form of government in which all people have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Ideally, this includes equal (and more or less direct) participation in the proposal, development and passage of legislation into law. It can also encompass social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.
I also assume many in a democracy eat and enjoy Occu-Pies regularly. What a great pizza place.
4:07 PM Report from OccupyWallSt.org on the four people arrested so far today. The two arrests around 12:30 PM ET have not been reported here yet so here’s an excerpt on that:
People were peacefully assembling on the sidewalk and the police told the public that they could not stand on public sidewalks. one person, was standing peacefully on the sidewalk and holding up a sign and the police swarmed him and arrested him. he peacefully went with them, without resisting in any way. People then peacefully walked with him and chanted in solidarity. And the police ran into the middle of the crowd and tackled one of the people there, and arrested him.
There’s also an “eyewitness account” from a demonstrator that is worth reading.
2:25 PM Cenk Uygur on Occupy Wall Street – “Let’s go get ’em. If you want to join and sit down, I totally encourage that because these are the guys that robbed you and continue to rob you.”
1:32 PM via Waging Nonviolence — “Mariel moshri, arrested yesterday at #libertyplaza, was just released.”
1:26 PM Another arrest. His name is Kevin Graham.
1:19 PM Eyewitness accounts of arrest earlier this morning (I’ll comment: if you say “fuck” to a police officer, you probably will be escalating the situation enough to justify an arrest) — Video here and here.
12:00 PM What happened to Mariel?
11:54 AM Two must-reads on the Occupy Wall Street, both posted at The Guardian: Amy Goodman’s article “Why Occupy Wall Street makes sense” and Micah White and Kallie Lasn’s “The call to occupy Wall Street resonates around the world.”
11:50 AM Video of the earlier reported arrest.
10:35 AM Sleep deprivation?
10:30 AM Another arrest at 10:10 AM. The report is the person blew a horn too close to a police man on a megaphone.
9:49 AM A couple of buses from Wisconsin on the way to Occupy Wall Street.
9:40 AM A march in progress
Earlier updates from Day 4
– FDL user athena1 reports:
“Speaker just got out of a meeting with the International Workers of the World and they are ON BOARD and wanting to HELP! HUGE CHEERS! They will be joining them on thursday for a global day of action. Want to know if it’s ok for a speaker from the IWW to inform the GA on local labor struggles. Want someone to stop by 12:30 PM tomorrow to talk to GA. Want to bring workers to join them in a night march with their children for all to see the solidarity. MORE HUGE CHEERS. IWW has giving them the little red songbook and the little red coloring book. ‘Can the IWW join us?’ CHEERS!!! Giant IWW banner provided.”
– Individuals arrested are not being arraigned until 1 am. Meanwhile, 20 Occu-pies are being delivered every hour until they are all released.
– Internet was not shut down as if San Francisco’s BART had somehow taken control of the park area.
-Raw footage of arrests from Tuesday