The grotesque murder of Troy Davis by the state of Georgia and corruption on Wall Street may have been separate issues, but last night the separation ended, at least temporarily.
Occupy Wall Street, which had been showing solidarity with Davis, converged with a march in support of Troy Davis in a cathartic and compelling moment that the police did not expect. More than a thousand people were now overrunning the streets of lower Manhattan, and they were able to push their way on to Wall Street together.
Back at Liberty Park, where the occupation has been taking place for nearly a week now, speakers stood up to share their thoughts on the occupation so far. One man explained he wasn’t sure it was a good idea to divert energy and pay attention to the case of Troy Davis. He thought the General Assembly (GA) process (which has been used to make decisions since the beginning of the occupation) had been hijacked. But, what everyone was experiencing was an extraordinary circumstance where something so profound hit people on a universal level. And he understood that the ability of the occupation to latch on to this extraordinary circumstance was what made the GA so great.
Another speaker, an African-American, let everyone know that the occupation has a lack of diversity and not many in the hood that he is from know what they are doing. He explained Mayor Bloomberg just cut funding for subsidized housing so 12,000 will be out on streets. Latinos, Asians and blacks are ready to mobilize if the people in Liberty Park just talk about issues they want to talk about, he said. “Too little of us are here because we don’t understand what this is all about,” he added. Then he said, “You all look like a bunch of white kids who just lost their trust funds.” He told the crowd that black people have been having problems with student loans since the civil rights movement.
I have been live blogging Occupy Wall Street since the moment it began. I think the occupation is really coming into its own. The occupation is moving people who have wanted to rebel to finally take action. And, let’s not forget. The NYPD Police Pension fund was raided in NYC when Wall Street bank executives did their “inside job” on America or collapsed. It is not outlandish to suggest a few individuals within the department have no problem with allowing this to continue as long as it can be carefully controlled.
FDL’s live blog continues. At some point, I will be reporting on Twitter (@kgosztola) from Occupy Chicago. There are solidarity actions popping up all over the country so go to Occupy Together to see if there is an action in your community. If there isn’t, maybe you will be so inspired by Occupy Wall Street that you will get a group to together and start one.
Here’s a Twitter list to follow for the latest. If the blog post is not up to date check the comments thread, as an amazing team of FDL users are constantly feeding this blog new information on the occupation.
LIVE STREAM OF OCCUPY WALL STREET VIA GLOBAL REVOLUTION
12:10 AM Powerful moving testimony from a 9/11 responder
10:27 PM 27 cities in the US trying to attempt occupations in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street — Place your bets, which city will be the first to get another occupation action established like Occupy Wall Street?
10:15 PM Too bad increased bull statue security won’t keep the Dow from dropping hundreds of points.
10:11 PM Occupy LA getting organized.
9:50 PM Relive the day of outrage for Troy Davis, which ended up converging with Occupy Wall Street. True people power here. Video.
“NYPD, go to hell! We are all Sean Bell.” — They just walk right through motorcycles that are lined up to block them from walking through.
9:00 PM It will take more than rain to weaken this occupation.
7:10 PM Occupy Chicago outside of a TV studio (I think it’s ABC — but the guy who posted seems to work for ESPN)
2:45 PM Paul Weiskel of Coffee Party USA has been posting photos since the occupation began. Here are photos from today.
This is a photo of the person carrying the American flag who was arrested today:
2:42 PM This is part of the inspiration for Occupy Wall Street.
2:33 PM Counter-demonstration at 4 pm today: “Anti Hippy Protester Champagne Toast on Wall Street” Event is posted on Facebook. They want to bathe the hippies in Good Riddence, a champagne.
2:31 PM Video of students occupying UC Berkeley. They too are in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. But the students also are facing tuition hikes and have mobilized to challenge the college’s move. The video was posted on September 22.
2:29 PM Occupy Chicago — it is only about 20-25 people right now but the spirit is what counts. Others in the area should come out and join. They were inspired by Occupy Wall Street and decided to take action.
2:28 PM Rain
12:21 PM Flux Rostrum’s video report. Flux has been working with the livestream crew.
12:19 PM Video from last night – PSC union from CUNY shows solidarity
12:12 PM The Yes Men will be doing a training with the occupation.
12:10 PM Occupation is receiving advice from a Serbian revolutionary.
12:08 PM One person arrested in the march that happened in the morning. The person was arrested for wearing a bandana. A message on Livestream right now reads, “Thanks NYPD for protecting us from highwaymen. Our stagecoaches our secure.”