Occupy Wall Street No Longer Allowed Tarps and Sleeping Bags In Zuccotti As Of Tomorrow

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Jake Moore
Last night in Zuccotti, a protester smoked in their makeshift tent.
As we reported earlier, the city is coming in to clean Zuccotti Park tomorrow whether Occupy Wall Street likes it or not. (They don't). And now they're stepping up their response another notch: Ray Kelly told reporters that "People will have to remove all their belongings and leave the park." Not only that, they won't be allowed to bring back camping gear or even lie down, thus ending the sleeping part of the occupation. Things might get messy, since OWS shows no signs of giving in.

They've put out an "EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION: Prevent the forcible closure of Occupy Wall Street!" and are urging people to go to Zuccotti at 6 a.m. tomorrow for "non-violent eviction defense."

According to the Daily News' Twitter, protesters are asking the crowd to "mobilize at 6 a.m. with 'differently [sic] levels of cooperation, depending on your arrestability.'"

OWS spokesman Patrick Bruner said today that a "variety of actions" are being considered for tomorrow morning, and that "the consensus seems to be that we will not leave the park."

When asked about the possibility of mass arrests, Bruner said that "there are a variety of options that have been brought up in terms of how to resist. People are empowered to make that decision for themselves."

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Truck Tarps
Truck Tarps

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rab sleeping bags

The upper limit is the highest temperature at which a 'standard' adult man is able to have a comfortable night's sleep without excess sweating.

MrsPoppins
MrsPoppins

Hang tough kids. Take your country back for all of our sakes.

QueZ
QueZ

The protestors need to organize so that they are keeping their space cleaned up and orderly. If they do, then they will remove ammunition against them.

The mayor should represent everyone by placing port-o-potties with hand-washing mechanisms at the protest camps and then letting the process follow its course without interference from elected officials and authorities.

QueZ
QueZ

The people have the right to assemble in public protest.

Morgan Ritter
Morgan Ritter

OWS is exercising their right to protest which is by all means completely fine.  However I draw the line when I am told that these people are defending my freedom.  If you truly believe this you should consider the servicemen and women who have given their lives over the past 10 years for this country.  A bunch of college kids sitting in a park drinking Starbucks everyday does not even begin to compare.

MrsPoppins
MrsPoppins

There are multiple ways to defend numerous and different kinds of freedoms.

QueZ
QueZ

Our troops have not been used to defend your or my freedom since before we were born. They've been sacrificed for personal anticommunist ideology, and they are currently sacrificed for oil. They've done their duty, but our leaders have not.

John
John

Be patient Mr. Smith, I'm sure some of the vets from the last ten years will put a boot up some cops ass, because what their seeing the cops do hear is what the cops do over there. And yes a lot of them are collage kids, the stupid one's don't protest, they follow.

QueZ
QueZ

Yes, there's a reason civil unrest usually begins with and is supported by those attending and working in institutions of higher learning.

The sad thing about cops is that they are increasingly at economic risk throughout the country just like the rest of the 99%, but they answer to those who protect the 1%.

PeterBurgess
PeterBurgess

Some of us are not college kids ... we have been round the block several times ... and do not like what has happened to the US economy driven by this infamous 1%, and also the global economy. This protest is long overdue, and my hope is that the issues that are the subject of 'occupy' dialog will be resolved in a meaningful way. Youth opportunity in the US is a fraction of what it was 40 years ago ... and it is even worse in most other parts of the world. This is ridiculous when there is so much of value that needs to be done, but the simple old market economy is not sophisticated enough to get resources where they can really do some good. Peter Burgess@truevaluemetric:disqus 

QueZ
QueZ

And it is the same handful of international corporate interests tanking the economies and standards of living across the globe.

I agree with you and I'm glad the young are finally becoming angry, and angry at the appropriate targets.

As for the simple market economy, it doesn't exist. Corporations have used the instruments of government to enrich themselves and they've used free market slogans to confuse young Republican types while actually rigging the markets so they are anything but free, all the while systematically undermining and dismantling government for the people. We've been headed for this since 1980. They've succeeded here and they are chipping away at the same in our peer countries (e.g. Europe, Canada, Australia) while exploiting citizens of poorer nations.

Blake
Blake

By the way, "these people" are defending YOUR freedom. Like it or not, since you most likely are not part of the top 1% in this country. You should be glad there are people, unlike you, who have the guts to stand up to corporate greed and corrupt politicians. Don't know about you, but I don't wanna claim that soldiers killing kids represent me. 

MrsPoppins
MrsPoppins

I agree with your first three sentences, but American soldiers are representing you if you are an American whether or not you want to claim it and not all soldiers are "killing kids" so generalizations about individual soldiers is as inaccurate as generalizations about protestors at home. Since American soldiers do represent American citizens, if you don't like where they are sent for the job they are sent to do, help get them out of there.

Josh Smith
Josh Smith

Funny you should mention that because on my last combat tour to Afghanistan I didn't see any children killed, but surely after making a genius comment like that you must have spent a great deal of time in a combat zone to prove me wrong.

MrsPoppins
MrsPoppins

Thank you, and I admire your restraint. It helps to remember intentions are good but still young.

MrsPoppins
MrsPoppins

Shame on you. Put your thinking cap on.

QueZ
QueZ

You're missing the point and the big picture.

John
John

This one sounds like it's right out of mien kamph! 

Jiohare
Jiohare

I have an idea for these dopes....how about "Occupy a Resume"?... and instead of sitting around in a park drinking Starbucks, shouting and then blogging on your iPad about how you are standing up to "the man", you take all that energy and put it towards advancing yourself personally and professionally.  But i guess it is easier just to protest in hopes it is just handed to you like you feel it should be.

Blake
Blake

You mean the same servicemen murdering innocent civilians in the middle east? Bombing targets they know contain women and children? The same ones that cheer as they watch videos of bombings, to "boost their morale"? Ok, just checking....

QueZ
QueZ

Be careful who you blame. Service men and women take an oath they honor, which is to follow the orders of their commanders, who all answer to the President of the United States, who answers to us. They go to war in our names regardless of our personal support for or against it. They face horrors civilians cannot imagine and they do so regardless of whether they agree with their missions because that is what they swore to do. Many are coming home not only physically damaged, but emotionally damaged by what they are being put through. They are our nation's children, cynically used.

Do not engage in blaming the victims. Look to our leaders to blame and hold responsible; leaders who sent them to protect cheap oil sources from those who fund terrorism, and who sent them to wars created as profit machines for corporate interests.

Shaina
Shaina

This is going to be interesting...

CavMoo
CavMoo

When will the Sheeple ever realize that itsgonna take a LOT more than some stupid silly protest to get any results!

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QueZ
QueZ

Like what? Since a few corporations own our government now, what do you suggest?

WildWildEast
WildWildEast

Sure, you're right. But it has to start somewhere, so why not here. Paul Revere riding around on a horse screaming probably didn't look like much more than a silly futile action at the time either. http://ahomelessbloggerinnyc.b...

John McDonald
John McDonald

Who will come in to do the clean up? City sanitation workers?  Wouldn't it be cool if they arrived and sat right down with the OWS protesters?

Josh Smith
Josh Smith

Yeah I wouldn't worry about that one considering they have to work for a living unlike these spoiled college students who have mommy and daddy to foot the bill.

MrsPoppins
MrsPoppins

Way to go with minimizing everyone there with gross stereotyping. Good way to justify ignoring their message.

BFPsucks!
BFPsucks!

Brookfield Properties is a developer. Boycott ALL of their construction projects. Now.

Andrew Peron
Andrew Peron

um, why? because there are a bunch of people occupying their private property, that they own, and they want them gone? maybe it's time you went back and reviewed the laws and rights of private property, because it's extremely clear that you have no idea how this works.

QueZ
QueZ

And you have no idea how civil unrest and protest works. You are young so you remember nothing else but corporate ownership and preference. Time to study up on your history though if you really want to be a good citizen interested in preserving your representative democracy.

williambanzai7
williambanzai7

Bloombergizm...Pick up, we need to clean the Park. 

PS: you can't come back with your shit after we're done.

Good luck with that idea.

The tactics of these people would make Joseph Goebbels proud.

Mr. E
Mr. E

Urgent: TAKE ACTION NOW! Eviction for Occupy Wall Street!

I just found out that the Occupy Wall Street protesters are beingevicted from Zuccotti Park at 7am (Friday).

Mayor Bloomberg is sending in the police to clear the park so it can be"cleaned" and is imposing new rules that won't allow protesters tocontinue to occupy the park.

These protesters have been standing up for all of us against corporategreed on Wall Street and the corporate takeover of our democracy. It'stime we stand with them. Please join me in urgently signing a petition toMayor Bloomberg to keep him from evicting the protesters.

We have very little time to act. We need to gather a huge national petition as soon as possible, so we can deliver it to City Hall tonight and have it for the protesters in Zuccotti Park.Zuccotti Park may be in New York, but the protesters are standing up against Wall Street and the damage they've done to millions of Americans everywhere. That's why it's an inspiration and nerve center for a growing occupation movement that's spreading to every corner of the country.

Employing a tactic that's been used to break up similar protest actions, Mayor Bloomberg is sending in the police under the guise of a "cleaning operation." But that's a PR farce, because protesters will only be allowed back in if they obey rules that include: no "lying down" and no use of "tarps or sleeping bags or other covering."3

Obviously, the 99% protesters can't continue to occupy Zuccotti Park if they have to stand for 24 hours a day, and as the nights grow colder and the rain pours down, they can't endure without sleeping bags, tarps, and the like. Make no mistake--this is an eviction, and we have less than 24 hours to stop it.

So sign the petition and tell Mayor Bloomberg: "Respect the protesters' First Amendment rights. Don't try to evict Occupy Wall Street." Then get the word out to everyone you know on your social networks.

So it's not just this one protest that's at stake tomorrow morning, because if we allow the eviction to happen, other mayors across the country are sure to follow Bloomberg's lead.

What's at stake today is the very right we have as Americans to speak out when we've been wronged and peaceably assemble as a community to seek redress from the government.

So act now. Sign the petition and tell Mayor Bloomberg: "Respect the protesters' First Amendment rights. Don't try to evict Occupy Wall Street."Just use thelink below.http://civic.moveon.org/defend...

NY'ers: be at Liberty Plaza between Midnight and 6am!Wherever you are, call 311 (or +1 (212) NEW-YORK if you're out of town) to tell Bloomberg "Hands Off Occupy Wall Street!"

If you TRULY believe in the Constitution and our inalienable rights, PLEASE Facebook/Tweet/Blog this msg NOW!

Scott Miller
Scott Miller

Zuccotti Park. Spelled T-I-A-N-A-N-M-E-N. 

Vic Anderson
Vic Anderson

LIBERTY SQUARE: LINK outside the Ballot Box! Whose WORLD? OWS' !

Benjamin
Benjamin

The OWS people are my heros. They should sit on the ground, link arms and sing "we shall not be moved" Then the whole world can watch as our modern day Bull O'Connors do their dirty work. Of course they could always appeal to NATO. Maybe they will send in aircover to protect the peacefull pro-democracy protestors in Zuccotti Park...

QueZ
QueZ

It's time to start blasting Peter, Paul, and Mary's version of Bob Dylan's, "When the ship comes in," until everyone knows the words.

Gerard Pierce
Gerard Pierce

A modest proposal: A few people should find themselves some Tricorne hats, tie on some tea-bags and move to the front where they can get arrested first. If it didn't accomplish anything else, it would drive Fox into a state of gibbering incoherence.

MrsPoppins
MrsPoppins

It would be fun to watch and see photos of, but Tea Bag Party folks are just another tool used by the few far above the fray as they laugh all the way to the bank. They just don't get it yet, that they are being used by forces with disdain for their stupidity, who also live nothing like them, not economically and without the same so-called "moral values."

Dego
Dego

The test of Patriotism is not what you're willing to kill for, but what you're willing TO BE KILLED for.

Kevin Schmidt
Kevin Schmidt

You're getting a little carried away, don't you think? I hardly think the cops are going to start killing people.

QueZ
QueZ

It's happened here before. The Ludlow Massacre of 1914, the 1916 Everett Massacre in WA State, the 1932 attack on the Bonus Army tent settlement in D.C., the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the 1970 Kent State bayoneting of students on March 3 followed by the shootings on March 4, to name only six incidents. Do a little research and you will find many more incidents of violence against American labor organizers and civil protestors by authorities-authorities sometimes paid by private companies to work as their thugs, sometimes at the direction of overbearing elected or appointed officials, and sometimes just out of personal hostility based upon their own ideologies.

John
John

You really don't have a clue to history do you, I'll give you a hint, every cop that kills a protester gets an extra donut, 70 years ago in germany it was a loaf of bread, you think it can't happen hear, like I said, clueless!!!

andrew6104
andrew6104

I guarantee Bloomberg and his thugs would not have done ANYTHING to have even slightly inconvenienced "Tea-Partiers" had they been the ones in Zuccotti Park.  The Corporate Socialist government just cannot have their reign of economic raping and pillaging questioned.    They will do anything and everything to maintain their stranglehold until America's middle and working classes are transformed into the new lumpenproletariat.

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