Occupy Wall Street Library Says 'It's Time to ShutDownNYC' After Books Reportedly Destroyed [Updated]
Occupy Wall Street has tweeted that the 5,554 books comprising the OWS library have been trashed by the NYPD in the raid. GalleyCat reports that @OWSLibrary has been tweeting about the eviction and the destruction of their books, documents, and artwork throughout the night.
They ask people to call 311 and ask them why Bloomberg is throwing their books away. A #ShutDownNYC hashtag is picking up steam as well.
As for shutting down NYC: There's an action currently in the works, as well as a day-long event scheduled for Thursday, the 2-month anniversary of the movement, known as "#N17 - Resist, Reclaim, Recreate."
From the event's Facebook page: On November 17th, Join the 99% to Shut Down Wall Street --Resist austerity. Reclaim the economy. Recreate our democracy.--
... Liberty Plaza - 7:00 am: SHUT DOWN WALL STREET RESIST austerity
Enough of this economy that divides us - it's time for an economy that works for all. We will gather at 7:00 a.m., before the ring of the Trading Floor Bell, to confront Wall Street with the stories of people on the frontlines of economic injustice. There, before the Stock Exchange, we will exchange stories rather than stocks.
3:00 pm: OCCUPY THE SUBWAYS RECLAIM our democracy!
Throughout the boroughs, we will gather at 7 central subway hubs, to listen to a singular story from one of our hardest-hit and most inspirational neighbors.
Bronx: Fordham Rd, and 3rd Ave/138th
Brooklyn: Broadway Junction, and Borough Hall
Queens: Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave, and Jamaica Center Parsons Archer
Manhattan: 125th st, and Union Square
Staten Island: St George/Staten Island Ferry
Then we will take our own stories to the trains, using the "People's Mic". We will rise up from the underground to join thousands of others gathered in the light of day, at Foley Square.
STUDENT STRIKE: Gather at Union Square
Take the Square 5pm. RECREATE
Community members, community groups and labor are taking their fight for jobs and economic justice out of the park, and into the streets, in this first nationally coordinated day of action between organized labor and Occupy Wall Street.
Across the country, our infrastructure is falling apart; our bridges, our roads, our public transit systems are in a state of disrepair. Enough! It's time to revitalize our economy with the creation of local jobs which serve our country as a whole!
At 5:00 pm, we celebrate with tens of thousands of people as we gather at Foley square, march to our bridges and demand that we get back to work! The celebration will culminate in a festival of light as we mark the two-month anniversary of the #occupy movement!
We've reached out to confirm the status on the library books and will update with new information on that and the events planned, which have the potential to be bigger than expected given the latest moves by Bloomberg and the NYPD.
Update: Michael Oman-Reagan of OWS told us the following:
"I'm one of the library folks, but can only speak for myself, as we all do. I've been tweeting and blogging the news as it comes in on the library's social media outlets (PeoplesLibrary.wordpress.com and @OWSLibrary).
"I think this raid under the cover of night shows the true face of who a corporate controlled police force is working for and shows it to all Americans not just those who usually experience it -- which is a wake-up call that lot of the country needs. The police didn't "clear the park of protesters" -- they destroyed a library with 5,000+ volumes, they destroyed a kitchen that was feeding thousands of people a day, they destroyed bicycle generators that were making green power and a gray water system, a medical tent, a peaceful assembly. These are the things that they find threatening. And that tells us a great deal about which side they are on."
Mandy Henk, another Library member, said, "We are accepting donations. The address on our blog is still good. We will rebuild."
This is their address:
The UPS Store
Re: Occupy Wall Street
Attn: The People's Library
118A Fulton St. #205
New York, NY 10038
There's now a post up on the OWS Library site about last night.
DCPI has told us they "don't know anything" about the status of the books.
Via ArtInfo, there's a "Reoccupy Writers" rally planned for 6 p.m. tonight to support rebuilding the library.
Update 2: Via a tweet from the NYC Mayor's Office late this afternoon, which included the photo below, the books were not destroyed, and, along with other property from Zuccotti, may be picked up on Wednesday from the 57th Street Sanitation Garage. We've called for more information.
Occupy Wall Street Library Evicted [GalleyCat]