Occupy Wall Street: United
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have helped fuel the flames of the Occupy Wall Street movement instead of putting out the fire. Heated emotions and much debate shroud the overnight forced eviction of protesters at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan by the NYPD and city sanitation department. A ‘Day of Action’ on Thursday, Nov. 17, promises to bring more attention to Occupy Wall Street efforts across the U.S. and abroad. Protesters will be in full force starting at 7 a.m. on Wall Street and culminating at 5 p.m. in Foley Square to march across the Brooklyn Bridge, marking the two month anniversary of OWS. I will continue to do my part in raising awareness because it matters more than “keeping up with the Kardashians” or the non-stop vapid musings littering Facebook and Twitter at any given moment.
I listened to the steady drone of overhead helicopters while at Zuccotti Park _ a few hours after the “cleaning” (raid) ordered by Mayor Bloomberg. Police in riot gear and reflective vests filled the perimeter of a park space once inhabited by protesters taking a stand against corporate and government inconsistencies. If anything, the movement gained strength and momentum following police brutality against hundreds arrested in a mass overnight sweep. Protesters remain steadfast and focused despite Bloomberg’s actions, which dangerously border on a police state and violate basic human rights to peacefully assemble. Journalists trying to cover developments even found themselves among the wronged. Bloomberg, and the 1 percent he symbolizes, cannot ignore what is happening in the city or elsewhere. Blatant disregard of First Amendment rights and society’s mounting ills will not be tolerated for long.
For the record, Zuccotti Park was not overrun by wannabe hippies and degenerates looking for attention as some would suggest. Many people gathered there as a united voice against the injustices so many of us have been subjected to for years. The Occupy protesters span age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic and educational background. The important thing to remember is that we ultimately are all in this world together … the haves and the have-nots. When one suffers, we all suffer in some way or another. Listen closely and act wisely. A movement is in progress. What will you do to make a difference for the greater good?
Read All About It:
Occupy Wall Street: http://occupywallst.org/
‘International Day of Action’: http://occupywallst.org/action/november-17th/
Working Families: http://www.workingfamiliesparty.org/
National Nurses United: http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/affiliates/entry/msc1
Mayor Michael Bloomberg: http://www.mikebloomberg.com/