The occupiers took off on a march in the evening, as they have done for the duration of the occupation. They had drums and were chanting loudly, “All day, all week Occupy Wall Street.” A dance party was happening in an intersection. Police could have rolled out their orange moving cages to stop the protesters and force them back to Zuccotti Park (renamed Liberty Park by the protesters), where the occupation has been taking place. But, the word came from a commanding officer on the scene that the NYPD was to escort them wherever they wanted to go. The mobile freedom cages were rolled back up.
Naturally, they went to go show solidarity with the postal workers union holding a rally to protest impending layoffs and cutbacks to the postal service. Loud cheers erupted when Occupy Wall Street marchers showed up to the rally. Someone with Occupy Wall Street was even given the opportunity to speak. The representative with the occupation said over a megaphone the occupiers wanted to come down and show support because America needs its post offices. The representative invited postal workers to come down to Liberty Park and share their grievances with the occupiers. That received another loud cheer. Then they chanted together, “What’s disgusting? Union busting!”
For those committed to criticism of Occupy Wall Street, this must have been disappointing because these “hippies” most definitely do not appear to be out-of-touch with Main Street.
Firedoglake’s premier blog on Occupy Wall Street continues. Again, let me thank all in the comments thread constantly posting updates and making this blog not just a location for the latest news on Occupy Wall Street but also a virtual community for discussing what Occupy Wall Street is trying to accomplish.
Here is a list to follow on Twitter for the latest (created on Day One and now has over one hundred followers).
LIVE STREAM OF OCCUPY WALL STREET VIA GLOBAL REVOLUTION
11:00 PM Didn’t cover earlier so let me report—Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons visited Occupy Wall Street today. Here’s an article where he is asking for his taxes to be raised.
10:47 PM Matt Taibbi on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” — here. Also, Olbermann didn’t just do one segment. He did two. Led the show with Arun Venugopal of WNYC, a local radio station, who has been covering the story.
10:40 PM Michael Moore on “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell — Part 1 / Part 2 Also did segment on Officer Bologna. This is astounding—about half of the show was Occupy Wall Street. Needless to say, I cannot group O’Donnell in with the group I am critiquing.
8:53 PM Video of my appearance on “The Alyona Show”
8:52 PM Police ordered to arrest all people participating in Occupy Phoenix after 6 pm local time.
8:46 PM Michael Moore on Lawrence O’Donnell live from Occupy Wall Street
8:40 PM Media team maybe arrested. There’s a rumor. Not sure how that is a rumor. The tarps apparently caused a problem when it rained. The live stream says they were arrested. I don’t know why there isn’t more concrete reporting on this if it happened.
6:23 PM Just finished doing TV. Now, to get down to Occupy Chicago and say, “Hello,” to the fine Americans protesting in front of the Federal Reserve bank since last Friday.
4:45 PM On RT’s “The Alyona Show” – Watch me here. They’re opening the show tonight with what I have to say on Occupy Wall Street.
4:40 PM Ryan Devereaux, who has been doing coverage for Democracy Now!, at the evening march:
3:55 PM Will be on RT’s “The Alyona Show” at 6 pm ET. I somehow missed this but Jane Hamsher was on RT to talk about Occupy Wall Street earlier:
You’ll be able to watch me at 6 pm ET here.
3:53 PM Second instance of macing caught on video from Saturday. Officer Bologna involved:
1:44 PM Perhaps this helps you understand the kind of support Occupy Wall Street has achieved and earned:
12:57 PM Glenn Greenwald of Salon writes about why there is so much scorn for those protesting. He uses an FDL Dissenter post I wrote yesterday, “Why Establishment Media & the Power Elite Loathe Occupy Wall Street,” as a focal point in his analysis. What he does that I didn’t do is go on to talk about how Americans not only face demonization by politicians or the press but also face laws and policies that effectively criminalize and deter people from protesting.
This is why power is trembling. The walls of the silos are eroding. People who have their pet issue are joining up with others who have their pet issue. The grievances against the ruling elite in America are being combined and connections are being made that lead to groups that would normally not protest together protesting together. Case in point: last Thursday’s Troy Davis march converging with Occupy Wall Street.
12:45 PM Brookfield Properties, which owns Zuccotti Park, may be tired of Occupy Wall Street and want it gone now. @SabzBrach reports (h/t to MayDaze for catching):
The part about not getting NYPD involved is important. The NYPD has let the occupiers stay. They have talked to Brookfield Properties and convinced the owner not to “evict” the occupation. Brookfield Properties should think about if it really wants to be vilified for kicking this movement out. Brookfield Properties should also consider whether it is losing business? I think Brookfield actually can profit off these people being there. Do vendors have to get permits to be in the park? If so, it seems they could be profiting.
11:47 PM Keeping the fat cats safe from masked marauders:
11:45 PM Lawrence O’Donnell to have Michael Moore on his show tonight, live from Occupy Wall Street
11:27 PM Peaceful march this morning – a little over a hundred participate