Occupation of Wall Street Happening In September; Planning Meeting Tomorrow

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On September 17, Wall Street will be occupied. Not by warring/face-grabbing traders and not by troops sent in to put the volatile area under martial law, but by protesters who are going to "set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street." #OccupyWallStreet has been organized by Adbusters, the "culture jamming" collective, who refer to Wall Street as the "Gomorrah of America." (Where is America's Sodom?) There's a planning meeting tomorrow.

This is the plan:

On September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices.

A few months? LOL. But the thing really is starting to pick up some steam; there's a website now, OccupyWallStreet.com, which has forums for multiple cities. ("Palm Springs, Anyone?" "Occupy Portland." "Real Democracy Now! Arizona." etc, etc.)

And there's also OccupyWallSt.org, which is more locally-based and which, as we metioned, is advertising a planning meeting for Sept. 17 protesters tomorrow at 5 p.m. in Tompkins Square Park. Just FYI, in case you need a bit more revolution this weekend.

Will this occupation convince Wall Street fat cats that it's time to shape up? Or will it simply convince them that there's a bunch of crazy hippies outside and has anyone called the cops yet?

[via EV Grieve]

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]

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