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The Revolution May or May Not Be Televised (…but It Will Be on Livestream)

Watch live streaming video from occupynyc at livestream.com

Watch live streaming video from owsnyc at livestream.com

In the twittersphere: the always-amazing Josh Harkinson | Occupy Wall Street | Democracy Now | #OCCUPYWALLSTREET | The People’s Library

Coverage also from our very own Ezra Silk ’10 (former Argus editor), Ashik Siddique ’10, Gianna Palmer ’10, and Ryan Villareal at America, Occupied (and, for more extended coverage, at their blog of the same name)

Hearkening back to my post earlier this week on the eviction of Occupy Wall Street comes today’s previously planned day of action in New York City, marking the two-month anniversary of the beginning of the Occupation in Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park. Thus far, today, upwards of 200 protestors have been arrested, thousands have marched, and this is only the beginning. (Where might the city’s illustrious mayor be at this climactic time, you ask? Why, meeting with business leaders, including Rupert Murdoch, of course.)

Other events planned for today include an occupation of the subway, a rally at City Hall, and, subsequently, a march to the Brooklyn Bridge.

If you’re feeling a little “Che” today yourself, be sure to join the Occupy Wesleyan demonstration, starting at 4pm at Olin (for more information, check out DMZ‘s baller post). Viva la Revolución!

For more information on today’s actions in the city, click past the jump.

Amanda Palmer ’98 Produces Video for Occupy Wall Street

In between releasing tribute albums to Australia and serenading Eclectic’s living room with vulgar reinterpretations of Rebecca Black, Amanda Palmer ’98 seems to have developed more than an active interest in Occupy Wall Street. The Dresden Dolls’ frontwoman performed a ukelele set for the Liberty Plaza protestors as early as October 12, but now she’s taking it a step further, visiting Occupy sites from Boston to Vancouver and co-producing a video tribute to the movement:

Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls recently visited seven Occupy sites in Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Vancouver, Seattle, Boston and New York. Afterwards, she worked with Boston filmmaker Michael Gill to produce a video paying homage to the protesters. It features a montage of photos documenting the movement, as well as Palmer’s ukelele rendition of the 1975 Leon Rosselson protest song “The World Turned Upside Down”.

Click past the jump for the full video, and click here, here, here, or here for more high-profile Wesleyan alums weighing in on the OWS protests.

[A-Batte edit: If you’re curious about what’s happening for today’s #OWS Global Day of Action on campus, check out the march this afternoon.]

RIGHT NOW: #OWS EVICTION

Watch live streaming video from occupynyc at livestream.com

BREAKING NEWS: The police are currently in the process of dismantling Occupy Wall St.

Relevant Twitter streams: Ben Doernberg ’13 | Josh Harkinson (fantastic–if disturbing–narrative of events from the lone journalist who made it into the encampment) | #OCCUPYWALLSTREET | Democracy Now! | Occupy Wall Street | The People’s Library | Real-time for #OWS

NYPD Police Scanner: http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?feedId=8905

The now-emptied park, via @JoshHarkinson.

Editorial update, 4:06am: For those who haven’t been frantically reloading the livestream over and over again the past 2.5+ hours like me, I thought I would contextualize the situation a bit. Around 1:15am or so I received a text from the emergency mass text number warning of the impending raid (incidentally, I had received texts earlier in the evening regarding nonviolent action workshops in preparation for an eventual eviction action).

Unlike the evictions that have occurred at other #occupy sites around the nation, this one came without warning or official statement, and appeared carefully crafted to prevent a counter-protest like the one that prevented the previous eviction attempt in mid-October (with closures of the subway and the Brooklyn Bridge, for instance). After calling everyone I know in New York and going a bit apeshit with the facebook updates, I found my way to the livestream, along with 25,000 other viewers (at the peak).

Tensions have run high all night since the police first arrived, with complaints centering on the harassment/obstruction of journalists, the blatant disregard for the property of the protesters, and, of course, the legitimacy of the eviction itself. Apparently, via texts from friends (and friends of friends)–who arrived by cab due to the blockade of public transportation–police officers were witnessed indiscriminately pepper-spraying crowds, who massed outside of a 2-4 block radius established around Zucotti Park/Liberty Square. Various gatherings have sprung up in the vicinity.

So far, according to accounts from protesters, among those arrested are at least one journalist and one city-councilman, who suffered a head injury; in addition to pepper spray (and possibly tear gas?), a sound cannon/Long Range Acoustic Device may have been deployed. No confirmation yet on the fate of the 25-100 demonstrators corralled within the park, though I assume they have all been arrested (@JoshHarkinson reports “all around me, protesters were being pepper sprayed and zip cuffed”).

For more coverage from the group’s website:

Attention Chalkers: Your Assistance is Needed for the Revolution

What better way to take advantage of the weekend respite from rain than “using the original social media: chalk” (yeah, I didn’t know Facebook and calcium carbonate were equitable, either)? Straight from Zucotti Park comes this urgent message to legitimize the message: there’s no way the “traditional media” could possibly “ignore[ ], ridicule[ ] or demonize[ ]” chalk drawings, right?

As we all know, “nothing is more raw, more visceral than using rock on rock to communicate.” So, chalkers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.

And remember, WesKids, “there’s something about sidewalk chalk that makes every passerby want to take a look.”

#occupy sidewalk

Move To Amend Barnstorming Tour with David Cobb, ’04 Green Party Presidential Nominee

From Ross Levin ’15:

David Cobb was the Green Party’s 2004 nominee for President of the United States. He will be visiting Wesleyan on October 29 as part of a speaking tour with the organization Move To Amend, which was formed in the aftermath of “Citizens United” to promote a more democratic society, including a constitutional amendment ending corporate personhood and a voters’ bill of rights.

Cobb will be speaking about corporate personhood, Occupy Wall Street, voting in America, money in politics, and related issues.  The title of the talk is “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule.”

Cosponsored by the Wesleyan College Greens and Democracy Matters.

Also, Facebook.

Date:   Oct. 29
Time:   3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Place:  PAC 001
Cost:   Freedom is not free! But this is.