Occupy Wall Street, Saturday Evening
UPDATE An actual, sensible, and strategic "one demand":
"The central message is that in this country, there needs to be more conversation about wealth and power," said 23-year-old student Patrick Bruner (see here).
Who could be against that? And look what's being done to prevent it! Kudos.
UPDATE For Sunday morning, I'm stickying this, unless somebody else wants to start a new thread. See Yves here and the comments. From the Barcalounger and subject to correction by those on the ground: What I would say, re the arrests, is that if the story is now "police brutality" then we've lost control of the narrative of this event and should go on to another experiment. The real story, of course, should be the self-organizing capacities of the occupiers since, after all, isn't the real question at issue who gets to organize what and why? I'm sure the social capital accumulated in the course of Occupy Wall Street is huge, though of course that's not "the story" and never will be. Put that on the balance sheet, let go of the sunk costs, and move on. Bold, persistent experimentation. --lambert]
UPDATE 10:24PM EST Liberty Plaza lined with candles (via) --lambert
UPDATED at end with ride share info and new links
Looks like there is a huge police presence and lots of arrests.
IWW chair reportedly being held; request for help here.
Female protester getting maced:
Live stream here.
Please add links and info in comments. This was very hastily put together and it looks like there's a lot of uncertainty at the site right now.
Ride sharing via Craigslist. If you're looking for a ride from your city, replace "boston" in the link below with your home: http://boston.craigslist.org/search/rid?query=new+york+city&srchType=A. For example, DC: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/search/rid?query=new+york+city&srchType=A. Hope that helps!
This from lambert in comments:
"It's difficult for the media to build a narrative because this is a leaderless protest," said Patrick Bruner, the bony 23-year-old, dressed in a black t-shirt and black pants, who was orchestrating the public relations effort. Mr. Bruner, a recent graduate with an English degree, lives in Bed-Stuy and has been looking for a job for months–he heard about the protest by word-of-mouth and headed down to Liberty Plaza last week to volunteer. He shaved his punkish haircut this morning after reading a New York Times story that portrayed the protest as a motley crew of anarchists, hippies and delinquents.
The FDR liberal impulse is to jump immediately into pre-formed, almost traditional, policies and to prematurely suck off the energy into electoral politics. As process, we (and they) should work the process and hold off on electoral commitments as long as we can.
There's great value in not having set demands, and this occupation is illustrating it brilliantly. It's a sytemic critique; how does one boil that down to one demand?
Occupy Wall Street and Sotheby's art handlers have joined forces under the banner of fighting for worker's rights and protesting corporate greed. Yesterday, members of Occupy Wall Street, an ongoing camp-out/protest in New York's financial district, disrupted a Sotheby's art auction to show their solidarity with the union art handlers of Teamsters Local 814 who have been locked out of their jobs since early August.