Thursday, October 13, 2011

Defend Occupy Wall Street from being Dismantled!

At 7 a.m. tomorrow New York Mayor Bloomberg will effectively evict the Occupy Wall Street protesters from their home in Zuccotti Park. Mayor Bloomberg just said he's going to use the police to effectively end the occupation of Wall Street tomorrow morning.

We have less than 24 hours to stop it!

We need a national groundswell immediately in defense of the protesters, so we can deliver a massive petition to City Hall and Zuccotti Park tonight. In a transparent ploy, new rules were passed out this morning prohibiting tarps, sleeping bags and "lying down" — even as temperatures plummet. We need to show a national groundswell of support for the brave occupiers who are peacefully exercising their first amendment rights and highlighting our broken economy that's left 99% of us behind.

Sign the petition below in defense of the protesters and their First Amendment rights and then spread the word to everyone you know. A compiled petition with your individual comment will be presented to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

Text of the petition:

"I just found out that the Occupy Wall Street protesters are being evicted from Zuccotti Park at 7am tomorrow morning. Mayor Bloomberg is sending in the police to clear the park so it can be "cleaned" and is imposing new rules that won't allow protesters to continue to occupy the park. These protesters have been standing up for all of us against corporate greed on Wall Street and the corporate takeover of our democracy. It's time we stand with them. Please join me in urgently signing a petition to Mayor Bloomberg to keep him from evicting the protesters."


Bud Meyers signed the petition with this message to the NYC mayor: 

We have a Constitution Right to assemble, protest, and exercise Freedom of Speech and "...that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." - Declaration of Independence

MoveOn.Org is unleashing a multi-level attack on Bloomberg's announcement. They will be sending an email blast asking people to call the NYC city council people, 311, etc. to ask Bloomberg to back off. We also want to put a tremendous number of people in the park, so that its literally impossible for them to clear it. 

Can you reach out to people who would be interested in doing some phone-banking today and tonight? Tonight David Greenson and Jessica Stickler are going to host a call block, 6-9. You can join that, or if people want to make calls at other times they are welcome. We're asking people to come to the park tomorrow at 6am to insist that Bloomberg let them stay. Hopefully if there's enough noise about this, Bloomberg will realize his mistake and call off the attack.


  1. Another important way to make sure that Mayor Bloomberg hears from all of us is to call New York City's complaint line at (212) NEW-YORK--that's (212) 639-9675.

    When you're asked to, Press 1 for English, hit 0, and then wait through the message and hold music until you get an operator. Then tell the operator you're calling in protest against the eviction of the Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park.

    This New York call line has great systems for gathering, counting, and reporting calls, so our collective call will be heard.

    And don't forget that spreading the word is critical. Use facebook and twitter to tell you friends what's happening, or forward the sample email provided below. But please only pass this message along to those who know you -- spam hurts our campaign.

    Thanks for all you do.

    --The Civic Action Team

  2. JUST IN: The mayor's longtime partner sits on the board of the company that owns the park where occupiers are camped out

  3. The protesters at “Occupy Wall Street” have voted to resist an order by the mayor’s office requiring them to vacate the park on Friday, setting the stage for a major confrontation with police.

  4. Poll shows Americans Support Occupy Wall Street and Oppose Tea Party

    In another poll it shows 54% favorable and 23% unfavorable towards Occupy Wall Street

    I hope that means we're on the winning side this time.

  5. This is even the same excuse the Mayor himself has previously employed to shut down the Bloombergville occupation from this past Summer, and comes in addition to rule changes like banning sleeping bags that are clearly designed to end the occupation.

    In response, Netroots and community organizations, Labor, and every day citizens are banding together to prevent this from occurring.

    From anywhere, you can call 212-NEW-YORK, and tell Mayor Bloomberg not to interfere with Occupy Wall Street tomorrow. Residents of NYC can call 311 as well.

    And 6am tomorrow in NYC, these groups are coalescing for an impromptu rally at Zuccotti Park to defend the occupation.

  6. While our .00001 percenter Mayor Bloomberg gets ready to go to sleep tonight....on his sumptuous silk sheets, in his million dollar mansion...he is trying to kill off the Occupy Wall Street protests by denying them the use of sleeping bags.....while claiming that he is the number one defender of free speech. WHAT A HYPOCRITE!!!! Instead of cleaning up the park, he should help clean up the economic and social mess created by his Wall Street brethren. His city is suffering. The Emperor has no clothes. The Emperor has NO SHAME!

  7. Tonight I went to Occupy Wall Street to deliver the signatures of more than 240,000 people—including you—who signed our emergency petition asking Mayor Bloomberg not to evict the Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park tomorrow.

    We held a huge press conference at the park with dozens of news outlets, and then hundreds people marched up Broadway to City Hall to deliver the petition.

    When they found out Mayor Bloomberg was busy dining with the 1% a few blocks away at the ultra-luxurious Cipriani, the march continued to the doors of the restaurant.

    It was a strong show of nationwide solidarity, numerous local elected officials joined our march to oppose Bloomberg's decision, and MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell even featured the petition tonight. As of right now, however, Bloomberg's order to clear Zuccotti Park still stands and we won't know until tomorrow morning what he's going to do.

    But regardless of Mayor Bloomberg's actions, the most important thing any of us can do is to make sure this movement keeps growing by supporting a local Occupy event in our town.

    Here's a great map listing of tons of Occupy events all over the country that our friends at DailyKos put together:

    As we wait to see what happens in New York tomorrow, I hope you'll find the event closest to you and go there to show your solidarity.

    Thanks for all you do.

    –Daniel, Tate, Peter, Elena, and the rest of the team at MoveOn