As most of you already know, hundred's of people have occupied Wall Street since Saturday, September 17. The "movement", an offshoot of the online magazine, Adbusters, is angered by and fueled by what people there call the principle of "profit over and above all else". Sound familiar? We are all part of this fight - workers across all fields and unions, parents, children, students of all ages... everyone. It felt so right joining Verizon workers. Imagine if a union came out to support these (mostly) young folks. I can dream.
Posts on their Web site compare the groups efforts to those used in pro-democracy movements across the Middle East.
There have been arrests and police caught on video using ridiculous amounts of force. So the media is noticing.
The protesters need supplies and they certainly need much more company.
Wouldn't it be something if this did grow into a movement?
Below is the live stream.
At least four arrested, one for shooting photos UPDATE: at least eighty arrested, five maced | RETRACTION: no tear gas used
A legal observer attempting to contact an arrested member was not allowed to due to “an emergency situation,” we are currently unsure of what this means. At least one arrest was due to a protester taking photographs. At least one protester's possessions have not been returned.
Please call the first precinct, central booking and the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information and urge them to release these peaceful protesters.
First precinct: +1 (212) 334-0611
Central booking: +1 (212) 374-3921
Deputy Commissioner of Public Information: +1 (646) 610-6700
NYPD Switchboard: 1-646-610-5000
UPDATE: We are now receiving reports that at least 80 protesters have been arrested. The National Lawyer's Guild puts the number at around one hundred. Liberty square is currently full with an ongoing discussion on how to respond to this unprecedented level of police aggression. Police are currently surrounding the square. There is nearly one police officer for every two protesters.
Earlier today we had reports of police kettling protesters with large orange net, using tasers, at least five protesters have been maced.