Perrierberet at Occupy Wall Street

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Mic Check: Occupy & Popular Culture

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NEW YORK CITY–Occupy Wall Street is spreading beyond street demonstrations and into a niche a bit more close to home.

As the movement continues through its third month, a new type of occupation is growing within American popular culture. The ongoing demonstrations against corporate greed and government malfeasance have inspired a growing presence in common discourse, television, fashion, and online.

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Evolutions?

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BROOKLYN–The “occupy” in Occupy Wall Street is going through some changes. Protesters remain at Zuccotti Park throughout the day and night, but the numbers there have dwindled by and large. With the loss of the encampment has come the gain of a new direction for the movement.

While large numbers of protesters continue to rally at demonstrations across the city, there is no longer a central hub of the movement. Many working groups continue meeting in the lobby of a building at 60 Wall St. While some of them seemed to be dependent on the encampment as their reason of being, they have transitioned along with the movement they serve.

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

November 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Anarchy Remains Common Current In Occupy Wall Street

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NEW YORK CITY–Police raids, mass arrests and protests defined the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. While the loss of the encampment in lower Manhattan following a Nov. 14 NYPD raid deprived the movement of its base of operations, ongoing forces continue to guide supporters forward.

Self-described adherents are few within Occupy, but ideas born out of anarchist ideology exercise an influence far beyond their numbers within the movement. Group discussion, consensus decision-making and a common confidence in the success of a movement without leaders are what supporters say unifies them in a way that their wide range of political demands has not.

Critics say the lack of specific demands hampers the effectiveness of the ongoing protests against corporate greed, government malfeasance and a host of other issues.

But occupiers say such diversity reflects a broad range of support for the movement unified by a common ideal.

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

November 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

Now For Something Completely Different

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

November 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm

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Judge Rejects Occupy Wall Street Request to Allow Tents

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ZUCCOTTI PARK–Lawyers representing Occupy Wall Street announced this evening that they had lost a legal bid to allow tents to return to the park where occupiers were evicted earlier in the day.

The ruling came as protesters have still not been allowed to return to inside the park. Dozens of police officers are guarding the park behind metal barricades. Tensions remain high in the area as protesters have crowded around the park demanding access.

At least one arrest was made when a young woman refused to yield to a police officer’s demand to not block a pedestrian walkway.

Lawyers representing the movement are vowing to continue the legal fight and say there are reasons for optimism among activists. While Brookfield Properties, which operates the park, has not agreed to allow tents they said demonstrators could remain in the park 24 hours a day, according to one lawyer for the movement.

Written by Zach E.J. Williams

November 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Occupy Wall Street Cleared By Police/Court Order May Allow Protesters To Return

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BROOKLYN–This writer awoke, surprised to find that the NYPD had raided Zuccotti Park in the early morning. But a court order obtained by The National Lawyers Guild may allow demonstrators to return with tents and set up the encampment once again.

This writer was not in the park at the time of the raid, instead he was sound asleep after a long night of writing on a feature story and editing videos for later publication.

Stay tuned for updates this afternoon, from the ground in Zuccotti Park.

Written by Zach E.J. Williams

November 15, 2011 at 6:53 am

Not So Far Off, Part 3: Country Boy in the Big City (Audio)

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ZUCCOTTI PARK–As our country, our world, becomes more urbanized, country folk become less a novelty within cities and more a source of perspective. Occupy Wall Street certainly strikes this reporter as populated more by city-slickers than by fellow bumpkins. The situation in Zuccotti Park thus becomes tinged with a large amount of irony. Remember this is a makeshift spike camp at the heart of the largest city in the United States.

Readers in Trinity County know their way around the woods. You would never find your way back home if you did not. But what if the landscape is less a forest and more an urban jungle? Chit-chat still can concern local conditions just not the weather per se. As any Weavervillian would know, once you venture a bit far from the hometown you cannot help but form an easy report with people from other small communities.

You talk about how the big city sure is different from back home. This and that.

Occupy Wall Street has its share of small town migrants. In talking with them, this reporter had the opportunity to listen to stories which do not seem so far off from many heard in Trinity County. In the 21st century no area is immune to national economic difficulties. Thus common threads develop between similar communities even those thousands of miles apart from each other. Take western North Carolina which not only has a mountainous terrain and local economies dependent on “mills” but also a town called Weaverville (population approx. 2600). It would not seem imprudent to suggest that the people of Trinity County would be able to relate to such an area.

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

November 8, 2011 at 2:51 am

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