Victory at Zucotti Park

Published: Friday 14 October 2011  NationofChange Exclusive

The NationofChange team reports from Zuccotti Park, where early Friday morning it was announced that the eviction of the occupiers would not take place.

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Last night we pub­lished a spe­cial call to ac­tion urg­ing our read­ers to oc­cupy Zuc­cotti Park early this morn­ing to de­fend the com­mu­nity from what seemed to many an ef­fort to evict the pro­test­ers and end the oc­cu­pa­tion. Mayor Bloomberg had an­nounced that the oc­cu­piers must leave the park from 7am to 7pm this morn­ing al­legedly so that the city could clean the area. Yes­ter­day, at the OWS Gen­eral As­sem­bly it was de­cided that the oc­cu­piers would them­selves clean the park in ad­di­tion to al­lo­cat­ing $3,000 in GA funds to hire pro­fes­sional clean­ers. Through­out the day and well into the night the pro­test­ers put this plan into ac­tion.

We at­tended an­other smaller meet­ing last night (though this was sev­eral blocks away from Zuc­cotti Park, there were at least ten po­lice of­fi­cers pre­sent), in which the pro­test­ers pre­pared the strat­egy for this morn­ing’s event. Vol­un­teers were given the op­por­tu­nity for as­sign­ment in var­i­ous roles, some of which re­quired train­ing. Roles in­cluded col­umn (link­ing arm to arm to form a bar­rier), es­cort, jail sup­port, media wran­gler, and oth­ers and were clas­si­fied as ei­ther “ar­restable” or not, giv­ing vol­un­teers fair warn­ing of the like­li­hood of ar­rest.

As we joined this morn­ing’s meet­ing in the cen­ter of the park, the ten­sion was pal­pa­ble. Dozens of uni­formed and un­known num­bers of un­der­cover NYPD po­lice of­fi­cers sur­rounded the square, and nearby vans filled with SWAT of­fi­cers stood by.  We were amazed to watch as an in­creas­ingly large crowd con­tin­ued to file in from all parts of the coun­try and be­yond in num­bers which ap­peared to ex­ceed three thou­sand.

As the Gen­eral As­sem­bly pre­pared the crowd at large for the up­com­ing act of civil dis­obe­di­ence, var­i­ous sce­nar­ios and op­tions were of­fered. We could form a col­umn sur­round­ing the park and form­ing a first line of de­fense, we could re­main in the cen­ter of the park (this is what our team had de­cided to do), or we could cross the street and offer moral sup­port to the oc­cu­piers.

The en­ergy of the crowd was in­fec­tious and each of us found our­selves in­spired to defy the au­thor­ity gath­er­ing against our bor­ders. As we pre­pared our­selves for the on­com­ing as­sault it was dif­fi­cult not to re­call de­scrip­tions of siege war­fare of the Eu­ro­pean mid­dle ages. In typ­i­cal melo­dra­matic fash­ion, it was at this in­stant when break­ing news was echoed across the human mi­cro­phone sys­tem (tra­di­tional voice am­pli­fi­ca­tion being pro­hib­ited), an­nounc­ing that the Park’s own­ers, Brook­field Prop­er­ties, had de­cided to “post­pone the clean­ing of the park.”

The crowd broke out into enor­mous cheers, and ap­plause. Many began recit­ing chants such as: “the peo­ple / united / will never be de­feated” and oth­ers began to sing, dance, and some could be seen shed­ding tears of joy. A con­sid­er­able ef­fort by those in power was made to re­move the pro­test­ers from their oc­cu­pa­tion and that ef­fort was de­feated. At least for the time being, the peo­ple hold Lib­erty Square and are now cel­e­brat­ing their vic­tory on Broad­way and Wall Street.

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  1. Stephen October 17, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Thanks wammtoday for this super site. Seems like there\\\’s always something new I learn even after being in the field for 10 years.

  2. wammtoday October 18, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Thank you. It’s nice to be appreciated. We appreciate your letting us know!
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