Perrierberet at Occupy Wall Street

An experiment in rural journalism

Quick Thoughts On A Dull Meeting Becoming Eventful

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CHINATOWN–Meetings can be a dreary affair however necessary. This reporter has suffered through a great many.

However different organizations can be, their meetings often get reduced to a sluggish pace as much defined by disruption as adherence to the vaunted and omnipresent Robert’s Rules of Order.

The Occupy Wall Street Spokes Council meeting Wednesday night initially seemed to follow this rubric. The meeting began an hour late. For a council established to facilitate more efficient cooperation among the movement’s 100 plus working groups, it seemed to be missing the point.

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

December 22, 2011 at 10:15 am

Posted in Occupy Wall Street

Two Videos For The Holidays

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Occupiers are preparing for the upcoming holiday. Post forthcoming on the upcoming occupation of Christmas. In the meantime, enjoy two videos with their own slant on the issue.

From our friends at Slate Magazine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtQKcM48hnw

And the skinny on what to expect from your watward occupier relations around the dinner table:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLqVFDn5Jtg&feature=youtu.be&hd=1

They say you’ll love’em

 

Written by Zach E.J. Williams

December 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Posted in Occupy Wall Street

NYC Occupiers Look Beyond Long-Term Occupation

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NEW YORK CITY–Occupy Wall Street turned a corner last week as activists sought to expand their support base in the wake of recent setbacks to the fledgling movement for social and economic justice.

Labor unions, farmers, AIDS activists and others joined occupiers in actions throughout lower Manhattan last week as the movement seeks to reassert itself following police raids on “Occupy” encampments across the country. While occupiers have expanded their outreach beyond downtown, they face challenges in achieving a level of visibility comparable to three weeks ago when their encampment in Zuccotti Park was still intact.

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

December 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Posted in Occupy Wall Street

Obama Administration Involved In Occupy Raids?

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BROOKLYN–The National Lawyers Guild filed a Freedom of Information Act request Nov. 16 seeking documents from the federal government which may shed light on the Obama Administration’s involvement in police crackdowns against Occupy encampments across the country.

The guild, known for the fluorescent green hats members wear while serving as legal observers at protests, has been one of the major legal forces in support of the ongoing movement for social and economic justice. Release of the documents may shed light on the role that the Department of Justice took in advising city mayors from across the country.

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

December 3, 2011 at 12:33 am

The Beat Goes On

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ZUCCOTTI PARK–It is about 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and an Occupy Wall Street march which began at Herald Square has made its way to the symbolic home of the movement.

Those who might think that the Nov. 15 NYPD raid on the encampment meant the end of Occupy Wall Street would be mistaken. The movement continues much in the same form as before the raid. The working groups continue utilizing a space at 60 Wall St. for meetings. Regular marches continue to be held and confrontation with the police can erupt around any turn.

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

December 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm

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

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