So it has come to this: concerted and no doubt co-ordinated multi-city and multi-state police violence to evict/arrest/discard/manhandle the Occupy movement in numerous cities over the last immediate period, including the flagship of them all, Occupy Wall Street.
They think that they can end this movement that has spread so rapidly and widely nationally and internationally by using their weapons of armed might when their weapons of public opinion have failed to do it.
They are going to find out otherwise. From their perspective, the occupy movement is like weeds that they have just mowed down.
But like weeds, this movement has roots and they cannot pull it up by the roots because the soil from which this movement has sprung will continue to generate new shoots and spread further. The reasons for this popular protest and these quasi-liberated zones continue to hold true, only even more so now as the state shows its real colors and true priorities. It's amusing to hear Bloomberg, Quan, and others decry violence and violations of the law when they are part of the apparatus that has made the world know how lawlessness, corruption, and violence is their specialty. Steal trillions... get bonuses and more rewards. Pitch a tent... go to jail you criminal!
To occupy is to embody the spirit of liberation that we wish to manifest in our society. It is to exercise our freedom to assemble. We are creating space for community, values, ideas, and a level of meaningful dialogue that is absent in the present discourse.
Liberated space is breaking free of isolation, breaking down the walls that literally and figuratively separate us from one another. It is a new focus on community, trust, love and hope. We occupy to create a vision of equality, liberty and social justice onto the blank paving stones of public parks, in the silent hallways of abandoned schools, banks, and beyond. Public space plays a crucial role in this civic process and encourages open, transparent organizing in our movement. As we have seen in Liberty Square, outdoor space invites people to listen, speak, share, learn, and act.
Last night, billionaire Michael Bloomberg sent a massive police force to evict members of the public from Liberty Square—home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months. People who were part of a dynamic civic process were beaten and pepper-sprayed, their personal property destroyed.
Supporters of this rapidly growing movement were mobilized in the middle of the night, making phone calls, taking the streets en masse, and planning next steps. Americans and people around the world are appalled at Bloomberg's treatment of people who peacefully assemble. We are appalled, but not deterred. Liberty Square was dispersed, but its spirit not defeated. Today we are stronger than we were yesterday. Tomorrow we will be stronger still. We are breaking free of the fear that constricts and confines us. We occupy to liberate.
We move forward in the grand tradition of the transformative social movements that have defined American history. We stand on the shoulders of those who have struggled before us, and we pick up where others have left off. We are creating a better society for us all.
Occupy Wall Street has renewed a sense of hope. It has revived a belief in community and awakened a revolutionary spirit too long silenced. Join us as we liberate space and build a movement. 9 a.m. Tuesday morning at Sixth Avenue and Canal we continue.