Occupiers Hope Bill de Blasio Delivers on Inequality

A pro-Bill de Blasio sign at today's protest. (Photo: Twitter/@brigidbergin)
A pro-Bill de Blasio sign at today’s protest. (Photo: Twitter/@brigidbergin)

This afternoon, Bill de Blasio described his candidacy for mayor as an outgrowth of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is celebrating its second anniversary occupying Zuccotti Park today.

“It’s a complicated movement to say the least, but the core message was we have to address inequality,” said Mr. de Blasio during an endorsement press conference on the steps of City Hall, where the drums from an anniversary march could be heard echoing from the street.

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Morning Read: ‘I’m Not a Very Jovial Guy’

A parody poster advertising internships on the Weiner campaign. (Photo: NY Post)
A parody poster advertising internships on the Weiner campaign. (Photo: Twitter/NY Post)

Headline of the Day: “Ambitious, Talented, And Twenty: And Don’t It Make Your Brunis Blue?”

Runner-Up: “Spitzer again refuses to answer point-blank question about ‘girlfriend’”

Knock knock. Who’s funny? Apparently not the mayoral candidates. The Daily News asked the contenders to share their favorite jokes on camera, and the results are entertaining, if not comic gold. Only Anthony Weiner refused to weigh in, explaining, “I’m not a very jovial guy,”

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Occupy Wall Street Denies Link To Young Couple Busted With Bombmaking Materials

Morgan Gliedman (Photo: Facebook)
Morgan Gliedman (Photo: Facebook)

Occupy Wall Street doesn’t want to be associated with the young West Village couple who were allegedly busted over the weekend with a houseful of explosives, weapons and a bomb-making guide. Morgan Gliedman, 27, and Aaron Greene, 31, were arrested Saturday after police reportedly found seven grams of highly explosive HMTD powder, a flare launcher, a shotgun, ammo, rifle magazines and instructions on making bombs, including a printout entitled “The Terrorist Encyclopedia,” at their home. An early report from the New York Post identified Mr. Greene as an “Occupy Wall Street activist,” but this afternoon the movement’s public relations arm said there is no evidence to support links between Mr. Greene and Occupy.

“There is nothing in the news stories to support a link between OWS and the individual arrested; his name is unfamiliar to many OWS activists,” the statement posted on the Occupy Wall Street Press Relations Working Group page said. “A very large number of people came through Zuccotti Park, and there are countless Occupy-related groups nationwide, so it is very difficult to ascertain if one person participated in anything related to OWS.” Continue reading “Occupy Wall Street Denies Link To Young Couple Busted With Bombmaking Materials”

NYPD Says Anonymous’ Occupy Raid Footage Was Not Leaked From the Department

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A still from the Occupy Wall Street raid video released by someone claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous. (Photo: YouTube)

On Sunday, someone claiming to be affiliated with the hacker activist group Anonymous, released a two minute clip containing footage of last November’s eviction of the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park that they said was obtained from the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit. While the clip has widely been covered as having been “leaked” from the police, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Paul Browne told Politicker the clip was ‘not ‘leaked” and may have been a combination of footage from television news cameras, public court records and even possibly from the occupiers themselves. Continue reading “NYPD Says Anonymous’ Occupy Raid Footage Was Not Leaked From the Department”

Occupy’s Biggest Council Fan Is Concerned, But Still a Believer

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Jumaane Williams being pushed with a baton at an Occupy rally Monday night.

Councilman Jumaane Williams has been a proud supporter of Occupy Wall Street since the early days of the movement last year. He proudly pins his Occupy button on his suit even for formal interviews and rather freely shouts “All day, all week! Occupy Wall Street!” when around activists. However, the Occupy movement isn’t what it once was. Notably, the crowds are far smaller while the movement’s message still remains muddled to many outside observers. We asked Mr. Williams about the state of Occupy after he hosted a press conference earlier today on voter confusion.

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Activist Group Founded by Koch Brothers Takes on Occupy Wall Street in Midtown

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Steve Lonegan speaking at the Americans For Prosperity anti-Occupy Wall Street rally.

One year after it began, the Occupy movement appears to be waning, but Americans For Prosperity, the conservative economic activist group founded by the notorious Koch Brothers, held a rally near Rockefeller Plaza this morning to “stand up to Occupy Wall Street.” The event included comparisons between President Barack Obama and Fidel Castro, and several heated exchanges between the AFP contingent and Occupy Wall Street sympathizers who showed up to mock and infiltrate the rally. Continue reading “Activist Group Founded by Koch Brothers Takes on Occupy Wall Street in Midtown”

Occupy Organizers Say NYPD Targeted and Arrested Key Leaders Before Anniversary Protest

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Police arresting Occupy Wall Street protesters during Monday’s anniversary demonstrations. (Photo: Getty)

According to multiple people who have been involved with planning and executing Occupy Wall Street protests the New York City Police Department targeted key organizers for arrests in advance of Monday’s Occupy anniversary demonstrations. These arrests may have prevented the movement from, for the first time, presenting a focused, single message at the center of the protests. Continue reading “Occupy Organizers Say NYPD Targeted and Arrested Key Leaders Before Anniversary Protest”