Sunday was declared a “day of rest” by organizers of the Occupy Wall Street protest. Those participating in the occupation used the day to recover and re-energize their action in lower Manhattan.
Occupiers played music, discussed politics and became more organized. They also rejoiced at the fact that other cities continue to hold small protests that may grow into full-fledged occupations.
Videos of police intimidation, harassment and violence continued to appear on YouTube showing new angles and additional perspectives on what happened during Saturday’s march. Sunday also saw an upswing in media coverage of the protests, probably because of the police-created chaos.
Occupy Wall Street, which characterizes itself as the 99 percent who will no longer tolerate greed and corruption from the 1 percent, has grown into a powerful symbol of rebellion. Organizers say they hope to be in Zuccotti Park (Liberty Park) until October 6, when they will move to Washington, DC, to participate in another occupation being planned by October 2011.
What impact they have between now and then is hard to discern right now—and that should be perfectly acceptable. There is no reason for the occupation to define what success will or will not be, because they have already succeeded.
For one week, they have occupied Wall Street (or gotten as close as possible) and helped awaken the conscience of America. They’ve shown disempowered and disenfranchised Americans there is reason to hope for a society that does not let the top 1% decide everything.
Firedoglake’s live blog continues. Here is a Twitter list to follow for the latest from Occupy Wall Street. LiveStream and more pictures are below the fold.
LIVESTREAM OF OCCUPY WALL STREET VIA GLOBAL REVOLUTION
12:00 AM Spot light turned on the protesters in the park
The protesters have done one thing for America if they have not succeeded already in renewing a conversation about Wall Street and America’s financial system. They have given American an unvarnished look at how the security state of America operates and responds to dissent. The tactics for intimidating, harassing, spying and violating protesters is in many cases subtle and not pronounced like at a G20 protest but it still has the same effect. The police maintain a presence that gives the appearance that the protesters are a threat to law and order and that a patrol of cold-blooded Officer Bolognas and under-paid blue collar working class policemen are needed to stand guard 24/7.
11:23 PM Occupy Chicago again being hassled. This time 7 cop cars, 15 police have pulled up. Cops tell them they have to keep moving and can’t stay in one spot. They are talking to their lawyer for help so they don’t get shut down or arrested.
11:19 PM Lawrence O’Donnell’s segment on Occupy Wall Street. He covers the pepper-spraying incident.
O’Donnell says of one example of “unprovoked police brutality” in the segment:
The reason that man is being assaulted by the police is because of what he has in his hand. He’s holding a professional grade video camera. Since the Rodney King beating was caught on an amateur video camera, American police officers have known video cameras are their worst enemies. They will do anything they can to stop you from legally videotaping how they handle their responsibility to serve and protect you. So, this police commander has decided that the correct response to that man shooting video is to grab him and smash his head into a parked Volvo.
9:14 PM My report on the aftermath of the NYPD officer pepper-spraying protesters on Saturday.
8:40 PM LAPD riot police on hand for Occupy Los Angeles
8:32 PM Moore gave a speech (will post video when it is up on YouTube). The end of his speech focused on the reality that “all great movements start with just a few people.” He continues, “Whatever you do, don’t despair. You’re in the hard part right now.” And, “three months from now, six months from now, one hundred years from now,” those occupying will remember they came to the plaza and “started this movement.” He ends his speech with, “I am honored to be in your presence . Thank you.”
8:19 PM Michael Moore at Occupy Wall Street.
6:18 PM Evening march through the streets now. Probably getting as close to Wall Street as possible. @Korgasm_ got this video up instantly:
5:24 PM I think the media blackout is over. The media team for Occupy Wall Street can now help manage the press interest and setup interviews, etc, and others in the occupation can focus on building the power of the occupation.
3:29 PM “Goldman Sachs rules the world” – stock trader on BBC News
3:20 PM Occupy Chicago – a small but very motivated group – struggling with Federal Reserve police to stay outside of the Federal Reserve Bank and on what should be a public sidewalk. It seems like the police are saying they are loitering and they want to shoo them away for that reason. But, they have signs and are probably chanting and they are clearly protesting. They are trying to get legal assistance so they know if they have the right to stay in front of the building or not.
This is odd because a small group was out on Friday. No problems. And, again, the police get involved and numbers grow so police and/or security guards keep pestering protesters. It helps them.
3:15 PM A video for anyone interested in the police presence across the street from Liberty Park
1:07 PM Rapper Immortal Technique on Occupy Wall Street (video here)
12:20 PM New video for October 15 — a day where people will be out in the streets for a “global revolution”
11:31 AM Democracy Now! report on Occupy Wall Street entering its second week. Features Ryan Devereaux and Jon Gerberg
11:05 AM Livestream statistics from @GlobalRevLive: “Since #OccupyWallStreet start live video stats: 1 mil streams served to 231k people totaling 14.4 million viewer minutes.” Also, “1 million streams served, 76% returning visitors, average time 15 mins” and “67% of viewers are watching from the US.”
10:45 AM Collection of photos of Saturday’s march and arrests. One photo reportedly shows a PBS correspondent who was arrested.