Breaking: OccupyWallStreet issues 'urgent' digital call to action
Organization urges protesters back to Liberty Square after NYPD sweep
OccupyWallStreet, the organization that sparked global protests against the richest 1%, posted a message on its website at 5:30 p.m. EST urging people to return to Zuccotti Park in New York, hours after police swept through overnight and evicted protesters who had been camping in the park, arresting 200.
The organization also tweeted the same request at 5:39 and sent out an email blast at 5:55.
(Interestingly, the call to action was not posted to OWS's Facebook page, at least not as of 6:15 p.m.)
This is playing out right now. I have no idea what kind of response the organization will get, but it'll be fascinating to see how many people turn out and how they learned about the call for action. Let's just hope no one gets hurt.
Here's the message on the OWS website:
URGENT: EVERYONE TO LIBERTY SQUARE! NOW!
Liberty Square is our home. The 1% stole the homes of thousands, but they will not steal Liberty Square! Reoccupation begins NOW!
If you're in NYC: Join the thousands gathering to defend our home, our movement, and our rights! Come to Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park) now!
If you're elsewhere: blast this call with every form of media the 99% can muster!
OWS began on Sept. 17, when protesters occupied Liberty Square in New York City's Financial District (really, the entire country's financial district) to fight "against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations," as the group's website says.
The movement quickly spread to dozens of other cities in the U.S. and more than 1,000 elsewhere. As the movement has grown and spread, tension between protesters and law enforcement have been ratcheted up, with particularly violent actions in Oakland, where protesters have been shot with rubber bullets by police.