The Occupy Movement has been kicked out of Zuccotti Park, but they are trying to keep the spirit of protest alive with demonstrations on this bitterly cold day in front of the offices of Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
The immediate cause for the demonstration is both senators support for the National Defense Authorization Act, a bill that has come under fierce criticism from both the left and the Libertarian right for codifying the president’s and the military’s right indefinitely detain someone accused of terrorism, including U.S. citizens.
No less an authority than The New York Times editorial page called the bill ”a complete political cave-in, one that reinforces the impression of a fumbling presidency,” although they note that the provisions were attached to a military spending bill to make it harder for the president to veto it.
The protest comes as Occupiers and others have wondered what is next for the burgeoning movement, now that they now longer can claim Zuccotti Park as their home and as the colder weather makes the occupation of public spaces more difficult.
The group will be rounding into form later in the afternoon after a march up Fifth Avenue for a “demo tour of 1 percent homes.”
One thing they have going in their favor however is that they won’t have to go very far to protest–Senator Schumer moved into the same office building as Senator Gillibrand last month, when the rent was raised for his old office.
The schedule for the day of action, reprinted below, doesn’t seem to reflect that yet.
12 pm – Press Conference at NYPL at Bryant Park.
2 pm – Office demo at Senator Gillibrand’s office at 780 3rd Ave.
3 pm – Office demo at Senator Schumer’s office at 757 3rd Ave.
4 pm – Rally up at Rockefeller Plaza
5 pm – flash check about NDAA in Grand Central for commuters.
After that we plan to march up 5th ave to do a demo tour of 1 percent homes
**above subject to change at on short notice, stay tuned!
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