10:23 PM EST The police moving in to do a sweep through Zuccotti Park was pure intimidation. The occupiers do not have to be out of the park until midnight. It is as if the NYPD wanted to escalate and create a scene and Bloomberg’s army wanted to make headlines crushing the Occupy movement on its anniversary. But many were considering leaving the park to go check on who still has not been released from jail. So, if there is any standoff, it will be small.
10:19 PM EST NYPD move into Zuccotti to clear it. People are leaving and marching. Many head to 1 Police Plaza to do jail support for those who were arrested during actions today and are still in jail.
9:50 PM EST Celebrating
8:33 PM EST Zuccotti Park is packed full tonight.
8:30 PM EST
8:25 PM EST Nine journalists arrested since Saturday
8:20 PM EST Worth revisiting: “Beyond Encampments” – lessons from Spain’s Indignados
The evictions and threats to the physical occupations in the United States have again raised the question of the future of the movement. The question isn’t whether the movement has a future, but what sort of future it will be. For example, should our energy be focused on finding new spaces to occupy and create encampments? Should we be focused more in our local neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces? Is there a way to occupy public space with horizontal assemblies, yet also focus locally and concretely?
7:19 PM EST Here’s my appearance on HuffPost Live with a panel of guests discussing the anniversary with Kevin Zeese, organizer of Occupy Washington, DC, Saki Knafo, HuffPost reporter, and Jerry Ashton, Occupy participant/observer and forty-year veteran in credit and collections industry. Alyona Minkovski hosts.
7:13 PM EST Nice video put together by Colin Moynihan of the New York Times on anniversary action. It shows the police telling photographers, “You can’t stand and take more pictures. That’s over with,” and, “Get the camera out of my face.” A peaceful protester screams as police snatch him for… Who knows.
7:05 PM EST Climate of fear
7:01 PM EST Police push a photographer to the ground for trying to photograph an arrest.
7:00 PM EST The total arrests for today are at least 160 arrests, according to the National Lawyers Guild. That includes at least 5 people who are journalists.
5:10 PM EST NYPD joke about how they could use their post-9/11 police powers to point out a “suspicious bag” and shut down the Occupy movement’s anniversary protests.
5:00 PM EST I will be on HuffPost Live in one hour to talk about the 1-year anniversary. You’ll be able to watch here at 6 pm EST.
4:55 PM EST Seventeen noteworthy performances by musicians for the Occupy movement
4:53 PM EST From this morning:
4:50 PM EST Photojournalist C.S. Muncy of The Village Voice thrown to the ground by police and then briefly detained and released. Per Nick Pinto.
4:40 PM EST Journalist John Knefel, a contributor to Truthout who was on “Democracy Now!” this morning reporting from the Occupy anniversary actions, was arrested. He was yanked from sidewalk, pulled onto the ground and manhandled by NYPD. It was the second time he was arrested.
Here’s a photo taken by @JeffRae:
4:15 PM EST Watching multiple streams, I can tell you that the NYPD are more intolerant of people marching on the sidewalk than ever before. They are imposing ridiculous made-up rules that I have never heard any police force impose before. They are trying to tell people they can only walk two-by-two. People are being given multiple warnings to keep moving in sections of the city where it is impossible for a mass of pedestrians to get through. A person claiming to be in the cross-walk was arrested for obstructing traffic, it seems. Someone with a bike just now was arrested. There are hundreds of people out marching and the police keep arbitrarily pulling people out for arrest. The number of arrests must be around 150 arrests by now. Few arrests have been of protesters in locations where they are engaged in civil disobedience. These occupiers do not know what they were doing to be arrested. Their presence—the fact that they chose to come out and protest today—is what is being criminalized.
4:10 PM EST
3:45 PM EST Via our reporter on the ground, Kit O’Connell, here’s Bain Capital and his Men in Black escort:
3:40 PM EST From earlier:
3:20 PM EST The Gothamist‘s full report with photos on the more than 100 arrests that have occurred, including the arrest of a National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).
2:28 PM EST Multiple arrests of people from groups in and around the World Financial Center. Police dispersed a protest that was shouting, “Arrest the bankers! Arrest the bankers! Arrest the bankers!” outside of entrance for Goldman Sachs. Police took off down the street chasing a person. Legal observers could be seen following. Police defending sports cars too. For more, here’s a stream to watch.
2:15 PM EST World Financial Center, according to numerous reports, was locked down with people being required to show IDs. Occupiers planned a protest there because the Center is where Goldman Sachs is located.
2:00 PM EST A conventional take but this Atlantic post has some important facts about income inequality getting worse.
1:10 PM EST
12:12 PM The movement is now having a spokes council meeting.
12:10 PM On security at the National Museum of the American Indian earlier:
12:05 PM Blogger Julia C. Reinhart was arrested. Here’s her Twitter page. She is still in police custody it appears, as there is no update and last tweet is about seeing a SWAT unit.
12:02 PM Reportedly, all of the Veterans for Peace contingent and Occupy Faith contingent arrested.
11:59 AM Four women in wheelchairs arrested.
11:55 AM “Democracy Now!”, which has been doing exemplary coverage of Occupy throughout the past year, marked the one year anniversary with coverage of pre-anniversary action yesterday, a roundtable discussion on resistance throughout the past year and Occupy Sunset Park, where tenants have raged a rent strike.
Allison Kilkenny of The Nation reported:
There are hundreds of people marching in the street. I witnessed two arrests myself. I’ve seen reports of around 10 more, including some arrests this morning. I just witnessed a photographer named Julia be arrested. The white-shirt supervising officers are acting very aggressively, shoving people out of the street. There are officers on mopeds accelerating very quickly, acting aggressively, telling people they’ll be arrested if they’re walking in the streets. But the protesters aren’t deterred yet. There are several factions walking all over Wall Street just trying to split up the police presence. I’m walking with one right now along South Street. There’s probably around 200 people.
11:50 AM Over a 100 arrests now, according to NLG.
11:35 AM NYCLU notifies National Museum of the American Indian is federal property and the police have “concurrent jurisdiction with feds to arrest.” The museum was closed to people who look like Occupy protesters. Photo from Kit O’Connell
11:25 AM HuffPost Live’s coverage of the year anniversary streaming now.
11:20 AM Occupy the Hood’s Mark Rhassan on HuffPostLive talks about launching this part of the movement that went into African-American, Latino, Asian, Muslim-American communities, etc, to organize. Rhassan makes a key point that there were communities that like African-Americans that just never went to Zuccotti and were skeptical of what a predominantly white group of protesters was doing. Rhassan stepped up to start Occupy the Hood to make sure the movement was not limited to the people camped out in Manhattan.
Photo by Paul Weiskel
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein addresses Occupy. Says, “We are at the breaking point and it’s time to change the breaking point into a tipping point, take back our democracy and the peaceful, just, free future that we deserve. And we deserve it now. And as you have said, we have to fight Wall Street to take back our economy.” She adds, “We are in a crisis now,” another economic crisis could hit. People in power are toothless, gutless and useless so it is up to us to lead the way forward on the economy and climate. She highlights rising food costs and how 50 million can already not afford food. She mentions fracking and how it will impact the water supply. She suggest scientists are too optimistic about climate change.
“Establishment politics and the predatory banks are driving us over the cliff. We need to stop them now.” She calls for no more pipelines, no nuclear energy expansion and for the EPA to actually protect the environment and health of Americans.
10:49 AM EST Police brutality
10:45 AM EST
10:39 AM EST Street theater with jellyfish
10:37 AM EST Earlier arrest for chalking on a column at a Bank of America branch
10:35 AM EST NLG reports over 70 arrests
10:30 AM EST Protesters standing in the way of a police vehicle – photo
9:56 AM EST Police pushing man in a shopping cart
9:50 AM EST Reports of police brutality coming from intersection of Broadway and Morris right now. Multiple arrests. See @jeffrae’s tweetstream for more.
9:35 AM EST Mission accomplished?
9:25 AM EST Over fifty arrests, according to NLG
9:23 AM EST ”Year of Occupy” – a look at the first day of the Occupy movement, one year ago, and the media elite’s increasingly irrelevant perception that the movement is dead and no longer relevant.
9:20 AM EST Sarah Jaffe of AlterNet has posted audio of activists going into Chase Bank to ask Jamie Dimon to return a Distinguished Leadership Award.
There were arrests:
9:12 AM EST Via @moccupychi
9:11 AM EST Arrests happening at a rate of one or more every 5-10 minutes, currently
9:10 AM EST Group marching playing ”Solidarity Forever” (Exchange Plaza & Broadway)
9:05 AM EST Via @Federal_flashes
9:03 AM EST Helicopter video of action on the ground from ABC News
9:02 AM EST Five arrests at the corner of Broadway & Beaver
9:00 AM EST The National Lawyers Guild is reporting twenty-five arrests near and around Wall Street this morning. A legal observer has been arrested. The artist @mollycrabapple was yanked off the sidewalk with a group of people and arrested. You can view her tweetstream for message she has sent out from inside a police van.
The Occupy movement has engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience nearby Wall Street this morning to mark one year since the movement began. The New York Police Department made arrests. Checkpoints have been setup around Wall Street to prevent people who do not work on Wall Street from getting to the New York Stock Exchange. Barricades and various police equipment or forces are surrounding Wall Street, which for some activists is exactly what the movement expected and wanted the NYPD to do to aid in the movement’s effort to disrupt Wall Street.
The action where arrests occurred was called ”The People’s Wall & 99 Revolutions,” according to the movement’s convergence guide. The action was a ”peaceful sitting” to deliver a clear message: ”The 99% will no longer stand for business as usual. Simultaneously in the space opened by the People’s Wall, 99 Revolutions—multiple groups of individuals performing autonomous actions—will mass at a random array of intersections and begin roving demonstrations of the abundance and possibility of a world without Wall Street. These will be joyous and educational, opening up a sense of what is possible. The 99 Revolutions will swirl around the entire financial district, saturating the area with an unavoidable sense that change is in not just in the air, it’s in our hands.”
There are a number of actions happening and planned for the rest of the day. The movement plans to ”storm Wall Street” with a ”People’s Hurricane” at Bowling Green at 10 am. The movement will use New York’s first public park ”to remind the 1% of their growing debts to Mother Earth.” A spokes council meeting will happen at 11 am followed by an assembly by ”organizational allies” from noon-1 pm on returning to Wall Street. Then, at 6 pm, the movement will hold a ”popular assembly” with ”non-oppressive, non-hierarchical and non-confrontational space to discuss issues and projects relevant to envisioning a better world.” The day’s planned events of resistance will conclude with a march to Zuccotti Park (Liberty Square).
This blog will be covering and marking the movement’s anniversary all day. Firedoglake’s Brian Sonenstein and Kit O’Connell (@kitoconnell) are going to be on the ground throughout the day tweeting their reports and doing coverage.
I have been covering this movement since it began on September 17 last year. As the movement intensified in September, Firedoglake decided to dedicate itself toward raising donations that could go toward supplies that would keep the movement alive through winter. FDL also setup a network of liaisons with people on the ground at the hundreds of camps around the country and tracked how the movement was growing, struggling and then being crushed by police and city authorities. You can see a collection of coverage and posts on work done this past year here.