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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

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

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

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

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