Wednesday, October 5, 2011

VIDEO - VIOLENCE at #OccupyWallStreet - 10/5/11




THIS IS A LIVE BLOG. If you're not familiar with live blogs, you need to read from bottom up. If you want to jump straight to the violence, go to 5:26 mark and read up from there. IT WILL NOT MAKE SENSE IF YOU READ TOP DOWN.

All times listed will be Mountain Time.


DustinSlaughter Dustin M. Slaughter
VERY reliable source, just FYI @OccupyWallStNYC: They're pulling all cops back from Bronx, directing them to ...

9:43: UK Guardian coverage.


If anybody knows the name of the man with no arms who was just arrested, please call the NLG: 212-683-2490 #occupywallstreet


Asher_Wolf Asher Wolf

RT @nyclu: NYPD is barricading Zuccotti and threatening arrests, helicopters hovering


Huffington Post article regaarding Occupy San Francisco.

8:38: Arun Gupta (this was also published in first edition of Occupied Wall Street Journal).


OccupyWallSt Occupy Wall Street
We got so much shit on the NYPD. Expect a big huge outlash NYPD #OccupyWallStreet

7:24 (from fellow Kossack RiaD):

@OccupyWallStNYC #OCCUPYWALLSTREET We have confirmed 18 arrests tonight. Thousands are sitting at #GeneralAssembly or around #LibertyPlaza. #occupywallstreet
5 minutes ago via web


Posted Oct. 5, 2011, 9:24 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

Reports of arrests.

Updates as we get them.

UPDATE 9:35 - Reports of batons used. Mounted officers are present at Liberty Square. Barricades are set up on Liberty and Broadway.

UPDATE 9:48 - Reports of our medics treating several pepper sprayed protesters.

Please call:

1st Precinct: +1 (212) 334-0611
NYPD Switchboard: +1 (646) 610-5000
NYPD Central Booking: +1 (212) 374-3921
NYPD Internal Affairs: +1 (212) 741-8401
Mayor Bloomberg: +1 (212) NEW-YORK or +1 (212) 374-3921

PennyRed Laurie Penny
Woman being arrested and shoved in her car, asked what her name is, shouts: 'Troy Davis. Emmett Till. Martin Luther King.'


JAMyerson J.A. Myerson
Crowd chanting Peace. #occupywallst


studentactivism Angus Johnston
Lots of reports from #OccupyWallStreet of undercover NYPD provocateurs in crowd trying to start trouble. Don't let 'em.


PennyRed Laurie Penny
Seems to have quietened down. Running around with Amy Goodman and the Democracy Now people doing some interviews #ows


studentactivism Angus Johnston
And @DannyDeVito just tweeted 1.5m people supporting #OccupyWallStreet saying "Forgive student debt!" #sothathappened


jdobzynski jdobzynski
by davidgraeber
#OccupyWallStreet #ows NYPD once again using pepper spray and making arrests. crowd estimates around 50k.


allisonkilkenny allisonkilkenny
.@KeithOlbermann now interviewing @JAMyerson on Countdown. #OccupyWallStreet #OccupyWallSt


kristengwynne Kristen Gwynne
No fighting at wall st. Crowd there is shrinking 3 groups in park out front and down st #Ows


allisonkilkenny allisonkilkenny
RT @Johngcole: We're approaching critical mass at OWS. More they arrest, more press it gets, more people hear about it, the more come...


allisonkilkenny allisonkilkenny
RT @jamiekilstein: Got all from major news show looking for someone to report from #occupywallst will update soon but get ready to tune in.
3 minutes ago


Sarah Jaffe
Back in Liberty Plaza. People's mic is calling for ppl who've been pepper sprayed to go to medical area. #occupywallstreet


JAMyerson J.A. Myerson
Cars passing on Broadway honk in support. Why do protesters need permits to march but cops can kettle unprovoked at will? #occupywallst
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nancykric Nancy Kricorian
by codepinkalert
Favorite line from #OccupyWallSreet today: Blue shirt cop says, "Get on the sidewalk, ladies, or the white shirts will be after you."
4 minutes ago


JAMyerson J.A. Myerson
Protesters knocking down barricades, attempting to take Broadway. Chanting

HelloFrances Fran MercantiAnthony
by OccupyWallSt
@OccupyWallSt Whole caravan of cops just sped up broadway. They are coming. #OccupyWallSt

6:17: (got this out of order because retweeted).

Peaceful protesters are being maced, beaten and arrested on #WallSt right now. Tell the #NYPD 2 keep hands off. #TheWholeWorldisWatching


PennyRed Laurie Penny
Couple of 'protesters' with badges move out of the back of the crowd and join the police. #ows


MikeElk Mike Elk
There are workers getting the shit beat out of them on #occupywallstreet & progs are mourning death of a sweatshop owner


miaaculpa miaaculpa
2126796018 Legal help if arrested. #occupywallstreet - #globalrevolution live on…


DustinSlaughter Dustin M. Slaughter
Arrests have begun. #NYPD whiteshirt nearly knocked myself and a few others over. #OccupyWallStreet

5:56 - VIOLENCE!:

PennyRed Laurie Penny
Police beating and arresting ppl

PennyRed Laurie Penny
Here they go!They're pepper spraying everyone! #occupywallstreet
3 minutes ago

PennyRed Laurie Penny
They're calling people to come forward to join the push. #occupywallstreet
4 minutes ago

PennyRed Laurie Penny
Here come the police- people appear to be pushing forward, trying for the Wall Street barrier #ows
6 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

PennyRed Laurie Penny
Wiggly hands are going up. Is this consensus? #occupywallstreet
8 minutes ago

PennyRed Laurie Penny
@paulmasonnews I am bloody reporting. Sign: 'the whole world is watching' #occupywallstreet
10 minutes ago

PennyRed Laurie Penny
People with V for Vendetta masks right at the front. #occupywallstreet @anonops
11 minutes ago

PennyRed Laurie Penny
Hanging off some scaffolding with @rdevro watching the 99 percent storm Wall Street by consensus. Or not. #occupywallstreet
13 minutes ago

PennyRed Laurie Penny
Must be ten thousand here now. They're starting a consensus meeting right here. 'Police protect the 1 percent!' #ows
15 minutes ago

PennyRed Laurie Penny
Chant: 'police! Come join us! They want your pensions too!' #occupywallstreet
20 minutes ago

PennyRed Laurie Penny
Loads of cops kettling the protesters on the other side of the road. Serious police coming. 'What do we want? Justice?'#occupywallstreet
21 minutes ago

PennyRed Laurie Penny
More are coming. Cops on bikes drive people away. I'm on some scaffolding. They're trying to get through to wall street. #occupywallstreet
24 minutes ago

PennyRed Laurie Penny
2thou trying to break through to wall street- NYPD try to stop them. 'whose streets? Our streets!' They've taken the road #occupywallstreet
26 minutes ago

PennyRed Laurie Penny
Shout goes up: 'march on wall street!' People seem to be doing just that. Fucking hell. #occupywallstreet


Arrest count is up to around 24. #OccupySeattle

5:38: LGBT Group GetEQUAL creates “Occupy Dallas LGBT Caucus” and pledges support.

5:34: BREAKING: 9 arrested at Fannie Mae in LA fighting to save homeowner from eviction #makebankspay #occupyLA #OWS

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PennyRed Laurie Penny
2thou trying to break through to wall street- NYPD try to stop them. 'whose streets? Our streets!' They've taken the road


5:26 (form littlelisa8):


JAMyerson J.A. Myerson
#occupywallst is currently discovering the limits of the people's mic's scale capacity.


MaxBlumenthal Max Blumenthal
Thousands chanting "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out" in financial district at #OccupyWallstreet


NaomiAKlein Naomi Klein
Something wonderfully uncontrolled in the air at #occupywallstreet. Cheers + chants + and horns + police whistles. I love this song.


MaxBlumenthal Max Blumenthal
by MikeElk
Group of sex workers at #OccupyWallstreet chanting "hey hey, were ho's, capitalism's got to go" Hear that @davidvitter?

5:04: Glenn Greenwald destroys corporate water girl Erin Burnett.


WeOccupyAmerica We Occupy America
On site #ows report - lower Manhattan is overrun at this time. #OccupyWallStreet


AshaSandhu1 Asha Sandhu
My Professor is going to let us out of class early to head down to protest on Friday for #OccupyTacoma if we want to! #EducationWin

4:31: J.A. Meyerson:

JAMyerson J.A. Myerson
The #occupywallst march was the top story on today's MSNBC and CNN 5PM broadcasts.


cjohanns C Cryn Johannsen
Wow. 343 CITIES have joined #OccupyTogether. Earlier today it was at 261. #OWS #usdor #OccupyAmerica

4:13: Kevin Gosztola

kgosztola Kevin Gosztola
#OWS actually does have a goal. They wanted to get 20,000 people to flood Wall Street. That may be happening right now #occupywallstreet

3:41: From Kevin Gosztola:

TWU President John Samuelson at rally in Foley Square thanks Occupy Wall Street for sparking the labor movement and showing labor “the way to do it.” He says the way to do it is not to have conversations in the corridors of Albany or in the corridors of DC. It’s to take the streets.


3:32: Estimations between 10,000 and 20,000 in NYC.

3:27: From Dustin Slaughter.

3:12: More Allison Kilkenny (in my opinion, hands down the best tweeter on #OWS):

allisonkilkenny allisonkilkenny
RT @NidaKhanNY: Foley Sq. Is crazyyyy right now ... Thousands here, old & young, unions, everybody #OccupyWallStreet


This is citizen journalism: Media team giving marchers photography lesson on the fly during the march. How 2 compose a backdrop!

3:05: Seems like media is going out of its way to show button-down (i.e. non-hippie) types today. The movement is diverse and, as it grows, will become increasingly diverse, but it really did start with mostly young people.

3:00: Matt Yglesias comes around (he was an early can't-be-effective-because-there's-no-coherent-goal).


studentactivism Angus Johnston
This may be biggest day of coordinated SUNY/CUNY/NY private student protest since the 70s. #occupycolleges #OccupyWallStreet


studentactivism Angus Johnston
Several reports on Twitter/FB of single-student walkouts & actions today. Grassroots at its rootsiest! #OccupyColleges #OccupyWallStreet

My response:

PlutocracyFiles Taryn Hart
@studentactivism something very beautiful about this - it's easy to be part of a group, but to stand alone requires courage and committment

2:40: Allison Kilkenny tweet re: media coverage.

allisonkilkenny allisonkilkenny
Media trucks: CBS, PIX 11, univision, news 12, news 1 #occupywallstreet

2:33: Random tweet:

kennethlipp Kenneth Lipp
This is no picnic movement, it is a fight for personhood, ultimately our lives, and you haven't seen a goddamn thing yet. #opspopuli

2:30: Salon on proposed demand - debt forgiveness.

2:22: Teamsters issue statement of support.

2:19: Vets for Occupy Wall Street via Kevin Gosztola.

2:15: List of unions and organizations marching:

United NY
Strong Economy for All Coalition
Working Families Party
TWU Local 100
SEIU 1199
CWA 1109
Communications Workers of America
CWA Local 1180
United Auto Workers
United Federation of Teachers
Professional Staff Congress - CUNY
National Nurses United
Writers Guild East

Community Voices Heard
Alliance for Quality Education
New York Communities for Change
Coalition for the Homeless
Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)
The Job Party
NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
The Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center
The New Deal for New York Campaign
National People's Action
Human Services Council
Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
Citizen Action of NY
Common Cause NY
New Bottom Line
Tenants & Neighbors
Democracy for NYC
Resource Generation
Tenants PAC
Teachers Unite

2:03: Occupy San Francisco Reports:

Not sure how many people we have but we're at least two blocks long.

1:57: Via twitter, Baily McC:

1:47: From Occupy Wall Street.

superbranch The Superbranch
by Occupy_Boston
Shit is about to get REAL. #occupywallstreet

1:43 PM: From Allison Kilkenny, protester holds up handcuffs from Saturday night arrest:

1:36: From Occupy New York -

allisonkilkenny allisonkilkenny
RT @exiledsurfer: RT @JAMyerson: Just saw @jamiekilstein and @allisonkilkenny of #CitizenRadio at #occupywallst. The energy here is electric

1:19: Received following tweet re: Syracuse University:

LeftBehind_CNY Haggs
@PlutocracyFiles Made it to @occupy_syracuse for a bit. Their #s are growing. They're putting me up in a tent for Friday night!

LeftBehind_CNY Haggs
@PlutocracyFiles Seems like the SU occupation is starting over the weekend. They're calling it "Occupy the Hill". No twitter acct yet

LeftBehind_CNY Haggs
@PlutocracyFiles There may be a Facebook page for it, but they got word of #occupycolleges a little late

LeftBehind_CNY Haggs
@PlutocracyFiles I'm checking in with them tomorrow, on a break from work, let you know if I see/hear anything else.

LeftBehind_CNY Haggs
@PlutocracyFiles And, their operation is coming together. They have the library setup, food setup, they have 2 meetings per night as well.
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12:42: UK Guardian article on Direct Action Committee.

12:28 PM: Michael Moore at Occupy Wall Street on 10/4/11:

12:27 PM: United Auto Workers endorses Occupy Wall Street.

12:22 PM: Liberty Square video.

12:12 PM: Kevin Drum on #OWS.

11:58 AM: From Angus Johnson of

Confirmed reports of walkouts in New York, Massachusetts, Washington, California, North Carolina, Texas. More coming in all the time, many states with multiple walkouts.

11:46 AM: Just heard estimate of 15,000 for march from MSNBC.

11:44 AM: Russ Feingold endorses Occupy Wall Street.

11:25 AM: For those of you who haven't seen it, here's the first edition of the Occupied Wall Street Journal in PDF.

11:03 AM: Here's a video by Robert Greenwald:

10:41 AM: Chicago traders hang sign saying "We are the 1%."

10:28 From Kevin Gosztola, updated of Colleges participating (Angus Johnson at believes there are more than the 75 here listed). Report of walkouts are beginning to trickle in:

1 Adrian College
2 Austin Community College
3 Baruch College
4 Bluegrass Community & Technical College of Lexington Kentucky
5 Borough of Manhattan Community College
6 Bradley University
7 Bronx Community College
8 Brooklyn College, City University of New York
9 California State University Long Beach
10 Champlain College–will be meeting in Hauke Courtyard
11 Chapman University
12 City College of New York
13 College of Staten Island
14 Columbia College Chicago
15 Concordia
16 CUNY Graduate Center
17 Duke University
18 East Carolina University 45. Boise State University
19 Eastern Michigan
20 Eastern Washington University
21 Elizabeth city State University
22 Hostos Community College
23 Hunter College
24 Huston-Tillotson- 10/5 Noon in commons area ( march to UT if you want)
25 Illinois State University–will be meeting up with Bradley University and Occupying at Bloomington Normal Illinois
26 Indiana University of Pennsylvania–will be meeting in Oak Grove
27 John Jay College
28 Kingsborough Community College
29 La Guardia College
30 Lehman College
31 Lone Star College Tomball
32 Medgar Evers College
33 Montana State–will be meeting in lawn South of Montana Hall
34 Moreno Valley Community College
35 Mount Holyoke College
36 North Carolina State University–meet in NCSU Brickyard
37 Northeastern University
38 Queens College
39 Queensborough Community College
40 Rutgers
41 Santa Monica College
42 Sonoma State University
43 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale–will be meeting at Old Man Quad
44 State University of New York campuses:
45 University at Albany
46 Stony Brook University
47 University at Buffalo
48 Binghamton University
49 SUNY Cobleskill
50 SUNY Cortland
51 Farmingdale State College
52 Fashion Institute of Technology
53 Purchase College
54 SUNY New Paltz
55 Erie Community Colleg
56 St Ed’s
57 St. Lawrence University in North County
58 Syracuse University
59 Texas State University San Marcos
60 Texas Tech–not confirmed, still a “maybe” 25. Florida Atlantic University
61 UCLA–will be meeting at Bruins Walk
62 UNC Charlotte–will be meeting at UNC Bell Tower
63 University of Colorado Boulder–they are set to “maybe”
64 University of Connectivut at Storrs
65 University of Florida
66 University of Kentucky
67 University of Maryland–will be meeting at College Park
68 University of Massachusetts Amherst–will be meeting at Amherst Commons
69 University of Massachusetts Lowell
70 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill–will be meeting at Wilson Library
71 University of Oklahoma–will be meeting in front of S. entrance of Bizell Library
72 University of Texas Austin–will be meeting outside tower in South Mall
73 University of Wisconsin-Superior
74 West Mount College
75 York College

9:41: For those of you, who missed the post, here is the first edition of the Occupied Wall Street Journal.

8:15 AM: My morning started out with Mark Ruffalo (and Pam Grier!) retweeting one of my tweets (so, that's amazing). The Live Feed was up and running fairly early. Angus Johnson is live blogging at At 3:00 (EST) in the afternoon the residents of Liberty Square will gather to join their union brothers and sisters in solidarity and march at 4:30 (EST).


  1. I think that picture was put up by a sympathizer. The banksters couldn't possibly be that stupid, could they?

    OTOH, they are arrogant, and experience has taught them that they don't need to bother about us.

    OK, so never mind. The banksters may have put it up themselves. These are people who start wars to increase their profit margins, so they are, and have proven themselves to be, literally capable of anything.

    Nonetheless, I still think that's a supporter. If it is a supporter, that means it was done, and this is delicious, anonymously.

  2. Good point from the blog Whiskey Fire

    "the reason that "Tea Party protesters" don't get hassled by cops is that "Tea Party protesters" are not in fact a threat, only a tool. Or, many tools."

    Same goes for TV coverage and respectful consideration.

    Right now, for the elites--homeostasis: Change in the face of change to prevent change.

  3. Wow. Great job. Don't know what your "real" job is, but this should be it...

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