This Alert was sent out originally by the Rebuild the Dream Movement.
Emergency action is needed to prevent the forcible closure of Occupy Wall Street!
The NYPD and Bloomberg have told the protesters that they’ll be cleaning the park tomorrow starting at 7am and that protesters will be allowed to return after that, as long as they follow the “rules”, which include little things like “No tarps or sleeping bags” and “No lying down.” “Cleaning” is the same pretext they used to shut down Bloombergville a couple months ago.
So, it seems likely that this is their attempt to shut down OWS for good. The folks down there are organizing press conferences for today as well as their own major cleaning operations to show that this is unnecessary. We’re organizing allies to start putting pressure on Bloomberg.
Occupy needs the following help:
For allies to send email blasts to membership nationally asking for phone calls to Bloomberg at 212-NEW-YORK (or New Yorkers can call 311) asking him not to interfere with Occupy Wall Street.
Talking points from folks at the occupation:
1) We see this as a pretext to shut the occupation down. Bloombergville – a 2 wk occupation at City Hall earlier this summer – was shut down in the same way, as was the M-15 encampments in Barcelona and Madrid in late Spring. The Brookfield “rules” — no lying down, sleeping bags, tarps — are untenable.
2) We have an OWS Sanitation Operation, we don’t need the city’s crew. We have been self-governing and self-organized and taking care of our space. We already had a big clean-up planned and we’re moving that forward a day – TO TODAY.
3) If Bloomberg really cared about sanitation here he wouldn’t have blocked porto potties and dumpsters. OWS allies have been working to secure these things on our behalf.
4) We won’t allow them to come in. This is an occupation, not a permitted picnic.
Thanks for supporting the occupation! AFGJ has also received word that you can email the governor at http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html