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Occupy – What Next?

November 17, 2011

NEW YORK - It began in Zucotti Park two months ago today and spread to cities from Albany to Boston to Oakland and overseas. Despite the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York being forcibly torn down by police Monday night, a "Day of Action" is planned today as a show of solidarity.

Members of over 54 groups, ranging from MoveOn.org to Housing Works are gathering in Foley Square at 5 p.m. to show support for the occupiers, or "99 Percenters." Deyanira Del Rio of NEDAP, an organization that advocates bank accountability, will be there.

"We want to show solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and also, more broadly speaking, to call attention to a lot of the issues that these groups - like ours - have been working on for many, many years."

Smaller gatherings are planned earlier in the day at 16 subway hubs in all five boroughs, plus a march on the New York Stock Exchange in the morning. Upstate, demonstrators are being bussed in from all around New York for a noon rally supporting Occupy Albany and calling on the governor and the legislature to extend the millionaires' tax. The movement's two-month anniversary comes right on the heels of a setback at its birthplace - and some say, possibly, at a defining moment.

Against the backdrop of increased police actions against Occupy demonstrators in several cities, one of the people who came up with the original Occupy Wall Street idea reportedly suggested this week that it might be time for the movement to "go inside" and work on devising new tactics.

Charlie Albanetti with Citizen Action of New York is not sure that will happen.

"I don't think that there necessarily needs to be a nationwide shift in strategy. I don't think that's the type of movement this is. You know, it's not a formal organization of any kind; it's organic."

Albanetti says whatever the future holds for the Occupy Wall Street movement, it has definitely opened a national conversation about economic inequity.

"There were some criticisms just a week after the occupation started, when a lot of folks were a little bit discouraged by a lack of press coverage. At this point, you can't open a newspaper without seeing some information about an Occupy that's happening in a city near you."

Wednesday, Zucotti Park was sparsely occupied in a steady, cold rain, tents and sleeping bags no longer permitted. Over 100 people arrested for resisting Monday's eviction were still being held and were said to include many of the more active members of the group, which claims to have no "organizers."


Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NY