One month ago, Occupy Wall Street began. FDL’s The Dissenter marks this milestone today with a live broadcast of Occupy Wall Street at 5:15 pm ET. The Dissenter also continues its premier live blog.
FDL is one of the few news organizations that can say they had full coverage of Occupy Wall Street from Day 1. Many media organizations opted to ignore the initial effort of Occupy Wall Street on September 17. It was panned until people started getting pepper-sprayed by white shirted officers and violently arrested by police during a peaceful protest on September 24. After that incident, the media began to wake up to the significance of Occupy Wall Street. And, when 700 were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, the media really began to pay attention.
Progressive news organizations were barely tracking Occupy Wall Street when it started. But, as more and more unions and liberal organizations began to take it seriously and even issue endorsements of the occupation, they began to line up resources, assign writers to do coverage and set up their news websites so that Occupy Wall Street was covered intensively.
Consider the following: an anti-consumerist magazine, Adbusters, some members of the hacktivist group Anonymous and an Internet initiative called US Days of Rage, along with the people who put together the website OccupyWallSt.org, were the people who helped launch Occupy Wall Street. These are the groups, organizations or people, who have created the energy Democrats and liberal pundits are now publicly considering tapping into so they win elections in 2012.
Never forget the people who started this are people whom the establishment media and power elite would never have been caught talking to in public or on television. Occupy Wall Street has forced news outlets to park their media trucks down by the park and send people to talk to demonstrators, who news programs rarely grant air time.
Now, let’s continue the live blog. Here is the Twitter list to follow for the latest updates on “Occupy” protests. And, what a privilege it is to be in Liberty Park today to cover this milestone.
FDL LIVESTREAM FROM OCCUPY WALL STREET
LIVESTREAM VIA GLOBAL REVOLUTION
12:34 AM Video of “human chain” defending medical tent from NYPD. Rev. Jesse Jackson links arms with occupiers and helps them stop police (via We Are the Other 99)
12:20 AM Police left Occupy Atlanta. All is calm.
12:15 AM Video I recorded of the occupiers celebrating their one month anniversary by lighting candles on two donated cakes. Each candle represented people arrested at some point during the occupation. [Go to about the 7:00 minute mark for the brief speech and people putting their candles on the cakes.]
12:10 AM I left Liberty Park just before the NYPD tried to force the Occupy Wall Street camp to take the medical tent down. Why didn’t the police succeed? Occupiers formed a human chain around the tent to protect it and Rev. Jesse Jackson showed up to help save the tent from being taken down.
“I am not visiting, I’m participating,” Jackson told occupiers.
8:10 PM Twitter account @OccupyArrests
just up. The account is tallying all the arrests that have happened at occupations. I think the process is ongoing and right now the total arrests is more than 1600.
7:46 PM Occupy SF tweets police are planning on raiding the camp.
7:40 PM New York Newspaper Guild excoriates Reuters for how it has handled story on Occupy Wall Street benefiting from George Soros (at least indirectly):
The story on Thursday, initially headlined, “Who’s behind the Wall Street protests?” was long on innuendo and short on evidence but suggested, through some extremely tenuous connections, that billionaire George Soros was behind the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. It was an unjustified conclusion to say the least. A later story, headlined, “Soros: not a funder of Wall Street protests,” changed the focus. (Both stories had been removed from the Web by midday on Friday, but a New York Observer account of the incident includes a screengrab of the original.)…
…So far, there has been no clear correction or official withdrawal of the story with an explanation to readers, as would be standard procedure. The seriously flawed story and the company’s handling of it have drawn strong criticism from inside and outside the company, indicating an erosion of trust in the news we provide. A small sample of online criticisms includes New York Magazine, Slate and the Atlantic Wire.
The company’s new editor for standards and ethics, Alix Freedman, was quoted by The Atlantic Wire as saying, “We update stories all the time when we get more information.” While that’s superficially true, it’s not the whole truth. This wasn’t an update; this was a story that was seriously flawed at best, and more likely not a story at all. It should have been corrected or withdrawn in a forthright fashion. (A call to Freedman on Friday was not immediately returned.) For hours, both the original and the revised stories were online, with no explanation; another editor blamed this on a “technical glitch.”
7:18 PM Second issue of the Occupied Wall Street Journal
7:16 PM Ft. Wayne has an occupation that is about to get off the ground. And, even better, it has city support:
7:14 PM Occupy Chicago has raised $10,000 in donations. They working on a financial plan for how to use the donations.
4:59 PM Occupy Raleighis in trouble as police are trying to get them to dispose of supplies. They want people to call a city manager at this number if in Raleigh. Phone number: 996-3070
And Occupy Fort Lauderdale says police are trying to evict them. They provide these numbers to call to tell the City Commission to let them stay and occupy: 954-828-5003 and DDA-954-463-6574
4:36 PM Seattle appears to be in the running for most repressive city for launching an occupation. The following video shows how a woman who opened an umbrella in the park was arrested by 40 police officers.
The city has been very oppressive toward Occupy Seattle. The above video also shows a legal observer being assaulted. And, on top of all this, the city has come down on supporters, issuing tickets to drivers who honk in support of the occupation.
4:30 PM New York Daily News reports on National Lawyers Guild lawyers plans for defending protesters who have been arrested.
“I’d like to suggest to the DA’s office the appropriate way to deal with these cases is outright dismissal,” said defense lawyer Martin Stolar.
“The leverage is, we take them all to trial.”
Lawyers are representing about 800 arrested. (And, there have been more than 800 arrested so I assume not all of the people arrested have chosen to use the NLG for representation.)
4:25 PM Catania’s Bakery is overwhelmed by orders and getting a lot of press who want to cover them on the occupation’s one month anniversary.
4:19 PM Occupy Wall Street plans to mark anniversary by lighting up Liberty Plaza with 1 #OccupyAnniversary candle for each peaceful protester arrested.