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Archive for January 2012

Funding not an issue; OWS in hibernation

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While the difficulties of winter have taken their toll, Occupy Wall Street organizers say they are confident that an ‘American Spring’ is in the making.

Occupy events in recent days have not drawn the same volume of participants as months ago. The movement continues to remain active in the area though, including Tuesday when at least one activist was arrested at Zuccotti Park.

A recent spending freeze has curtailed many of the movement’s activities. However, recent events in Lower Manhattan underscore an increasing collaboration between ‘occupiers’ and progressive organizations that, organizers say, will keep the movement moving.

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Demonstrations, Symbolic Victory and Financial Woes Define 4 Month O.W.S. Anniversary

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In an eventful week for Occupy Wall Street, activists staged a fresh round of demonstrations, won a symbolic victory and tackled fiscal challenges facing the fledgling movement for social and economic justice.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday brought ‘occupiers’ together with civil rights and union activists in demonstrations across lower Manhattan. Events over the holiday weekend included a march Monday morning of more than a hundred activists from the African Burial Ground to the Federal Reserve Building near Wall St. Activists later assembled at Union Square in a demonstration for jobs and economic equality.

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

January 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Occupiers’ debate about housing issue

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Housing organizers for Occupy Wall Street came under fire this week as critics alleged they had failed to maintain safety and their proper place within the movement.

The presence last week of an alleged rapist at a church where the movement is renting sleeping space highlighted safety concerns for the more than 100 people who are lodging in local churches. Many occupiers said it also indicated the fact that individuals within the ranks have assumed power over communal resources and assisted personal friends — a violation of the leaderless and egalitarian nature the movement espouses.

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

January 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Note on the scarcity of posts since Christmas

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COMPUTER-LESS–This blog has always relied upon the mobility and ability of Perrierberet’s super-duper netbook computer. Unfortunately “Lil Trixie’ is in the shop at the moment. Posts will remain scarce until later this week when she returns via FedEx from the manufacturer.

Written by Zach E.J. Williams

January 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Posted in Occupy Wall Street

Without Zuccotti, ‘Occupiers’ struggle for unity

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NEW YORK CITY–Ongoing tensions within the Occupy Wall Street movement in recent days contrasted with collective actions aimed at asserting authority over public spaces in Lower Manhattan.

Hundreds of activists gathered at Zuccotti Park for a New Year’s Eve celebration that culminated in clashes with police while activists dismantled the barriers that surrounded the park. Dozens of people were arrested and the park was indefinitely closed.

But outside the public eye, occupiers are divided over how to best organize their movement while maintaining its egalitarian nature. The movement has largely existed through the activities of its numerous working groups since a Nov. 15 NYPD raid ended the nearly two month-long encampment in the park, which remains the symbolic center of the global movement for social and economic justice.

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

January 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Posted in Occupy Wall Street

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