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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

Dealing With Disruption

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CHINATOWN–When efforts to implement a governing structure within Occupy Wall Street faltered Wednesday night, organizers took matters into their own hands.

A proposed measure aimed at establishing guidelines to remove disruptive elements from the movement failed to garner support from opponents who said criteria defining improper behavior must be decided first. Despite the impasse on the issue, a man who aroused the ire of fellow occupiers through his display of a cardboard sign referencing “Aryan” pride which offended fellow occupiers resulting in his ejection from the meeting of the Occupy Wall Street Spokes Council.

Film maker Michael Moore, who was present, said it was an “ironic” development considering the proposal had met such strong resistance just minutes before.

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

December 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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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