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Occupy Wall Street, reports from the field

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AFP: Protesters blocked in bid to 'occupy' Wall Street

By noon, about 700 people, many carrying backpacks and sleeping bags, had gathered near Wall Street to search for a place to camp amid a heavy police presence.

Everything depends upon what happens tomorrow.

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New York City Protest - Occupy Wall Street - Video and Photo

Al Jazeera: Social media elements from #OccupyWallStreet

photo: The #occupywallstreet protest. #nyc

PHOTO: Assemblies in Zuccotti Park.


Listening to NYC police scanner: "Hurry up, I got cameras here" #takewallstreet

YouTube: New York City Protest - Occupy Wall Street - 4:45 PM

This post will be updated as more reports from the field are available.

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Submitted by jawbone on

Blog tracking Occupy Wall Street info, reports, etc. Also Day of Rage.

There are several reports that Twitter is blocking trending for #OccupyWallSt.

"OccupyWallSt Occupy Wall St.
@maureendutton1 just the hashtag #OccupyWallStreet is being blocked from trending so it won't get on the front page"

So it would appear that the #OccupyWallStreet is changing strategies to get around the blockage of Twitter.
"OccupyWallSt Occupy Wall St.
Remember the Internet (communication) is half of the battle these days so if you can't be there spread everything you can. #Sep17"
OccupyWallSt Occupy Wall St.
#TakeWallStreet will fully develop by afternoon.

It appears the censoring by Twitter is to prevent it from getting on the front page.

Submitted by lambert on

Bold, persistent experimentation!

Submitted by lambert on

Not to be churlish, but a counter-narrative would start with that. Surely doable from photos, tweets, markings on the street...

Submitted by lambert on

The comments are interesting. For me, it boils down to "It's a start." It took the Egyptians 4 years and labor was involved. The comments are interesting

Ceaseless experimentation!

Submitted by lambert on

Pictures here.

I think the story is this is happening. As it turns out, Manhattan is not Cairo is not Madrid is not London. Who knew? We have to try, they're trying, good for them, and self-indulgence seems to be at a minimum. FDR:

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach. We need enthusiasm, imagination and the ability to face facts, even unpleasant ones, bravely. We need to correct, by drastic means if necessary, the faults in our economic system from which we now suffer. We need the courage of the young. Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you. May every one of us be granted the courage, the faith and the vision to give the best that is in us to that remaking!

Truer words. And there's no experimentation going on anywhere else. Except to invent new forms of looting and degradation, of course.

NOTE Here's the Daily News coverage.

Submitted by lambert on

See danps here partway down. One data point:

If possible, try to find examples of the “people’s mic” technique, where the entire group repeats after speaker to amplify sound.

This reminds me of the chants in Tahrir Square, for which I cannot find an adequate category in Sharp's taxonomy. These chants, being adapted to circumstances, are a product of, as it were, "situational awareness" and are sophisticated communications devices, very unlike the 60s-style "Hey hey..." chants, designed to produce, as it were, unit cohesion.

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Although I insist that the crowd count is not the story, rather "bold persistent experimentation" is, I'd still be interested to see where danps's thousands estimate comes from.

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Submitted by danps on

I didn't put that in my post. I retweeted this unconfirmed estimate but didn't blog about it.

Good video from RT here, BTW.

Submitted by Lex on

pointed out that Wall Street is, in fact, symbolic at this point. The high frequency, computer trading run by the big banks and hedge funds all takes place in what i assume is a drab industrial park in Mahwah, New Jersey.

Submitted by lambert on

Quite right. It's like they're marching on the Palace first?

Submitted by Lex on

Got it from the Twitters, i think.

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Step down Obama!

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And, amazingly, or not, a Middle East financial site scores an interview with one of the many organizers, unlike our famously free press:

Americans call for Tahrir-like protest on Wall Street
Organizer Justin Wedes, however, said sparking a movement against corporate dominance is more important than any one demand.

"I think the purpose of September 17th, for many of us who are helping to organize it and people who are coming out, is to begin a conversation, as citizens, as people affected by this financial system in collapse, as to how we're going to fix it, as to what we're going to do in order to make it work for us again," Wedes has been quoted by various media as saying.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

produced hits from newspapers in Spain and Latin America. Also a Greek newspaper, so at least the world knows that some of us are trying.