Mic Check: Occupy Remains in Effect


First, a sincere ‘thank you’ to all the supporters who’ve voiced interest in this blog as it evolves. Every day, more subscribers and passers-by are expressing their appreciation for what I’m doing here, so I’ll keep that in mind as I write and reach out to those who may need it when it’s needed. Funny how this “by-the-book” editor and newswoman never thought she’d join the blogosphere until abruptly being laid off from the corporate ranks and forced to take a long, hard look at how I define myself. Navigating unemployment in a shoddy economy, whether mid-career or otherwise, is no easy journey, but I’ll guarantee it makes for notable life lessons along the way. And, for those asking, I’m an old-school journalist who has grown rather weary of the over-saturation of social media, so you won’t find me amid the mind-clutterings on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or even Pinterest at this time. I am, however, still here and very much present in the moment …


Speaking of which, a quick note on the Occupy Wall Street movement in NYC following my late night walk through Union Square yesterday. It is alive and kicking, if anyone doubted that would be the case when cops shut down protesters’ efforts to retake Liberty Square in lower Manhattan recently. As the sign above says, “You Cannot Evict an Idea Whose Time Has Come.” Check excerpt below from Occupy Wall Street.org:

“For the past two nights, using the pretext of ¨midnight park cleaning,¨NYPD has responded with heavy-handed tactics to enforce a curfew on the park for the first time in history since it opened in 1882. Twice, NYPD has come under cover of darkness to harass and intimidate the peaceful Occupiers … Last night, thousands of New Yorkers converged on Union Square for the #MillionHoodiesMarch to demand justice for Trayvon Martin and all victims of racist terror. The NYPD also turned out in massive numbers and attacked the marchers, who responded with chants of ¨no justice, no peace, no racist police!¨ In a scene reminiscent of the September march for Troy Davis during the early days of the Liberty Square Occupation, the NYPD once again stole the show, turning a march against the killing of a Black 17-year-old into yet another scene of police brutality against protesters.”


Occupy Wall Street: http://occupywallst.org/

NYT article and video of High-Ranking Officer’s Clash with Protesters: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/a-high-ranking-officer-mixes-it-up-with-protesters/

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