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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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”

Unoccupied: The Morning After in Zuccotti Park

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Protesters at yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street anniversary. (Photo: Getty)

By this afternoon, Zuccotti Park was deserted. Approximately 12 hours after hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered in the birthplace of their movement to mark its first anniversary, the space was vacant apart from the regular afternoon crowd of office workers and construction crews, who sat on the stone benches eating their lunches.

Prior to yesterday’s anniversary celebration, the occupiers vowed to stage “mass civil disobedience around the Financial District in resistance to economic injustice.” Indeed, according to the NYPD, there were 185 arrests in conjunction with the protests. However, in spite of the mass detentions, the simple narrative that is rapidly becoming conventional wisdom in the wake of yesterday’s protests is that Occupy Wall Street is finished. Continue reading “Unoccupied: The Morning After in Zuccotti Park”

Protesters And Politicians Return To Occupy Wall Street

 Protesters And Politicians Return To Occupy Wall Street
The scene in Zuccotti Park this afternoon. (Photo: Hunter Walker)

Last night, the barricades surrounding the site of the original Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park came down for the first time since the protesters were evicted November 15. Protesters have been coming to the park to celebrate ever since and, this afternoon, they were joined by Councilmen Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumaane Williams.

Councilman Rodriguez came to the park to announce his plan to donate the $5,000 stipend (or “lulu” in City Hall lingo) that he receives from the Council for chairing the Committee on Higher Education to the Occupy Wall Street general assembly. Continue reading “Protesters And Politicians Return To Occupy Wall Street”

Occupy Wall Street Planning MLK Day Rally

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A photo from the flyer advertising the Occupy Wall Street #J15 MLK Day Rally (Photo: J15Global.org)

Occupy Wall Street protesters have been fairly quiet since their rally in Duarte Square last month, but the group is planning a series of candlelight vigils on Sunday to celebrate Martin Luther King Day with the support of local politicians, Russell Simmons and a pair of 1960’s folk musicians. Continue reading “Occupy Wall Street Planning MLK Day Rally”

Mayor Bloomberg Calls Jerry Nadler's Push For Federal Investigation Into Occupy Wall Street Raid 'Ridiculous'

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Mayor Bloomberg (Getty)

Politicker asked Mayor Michael Bloomberg about Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s call for a federal investigation into the NYPD raid on Occupy Wall Street at a press conference for the opening of a new probation office in Brownsville. “Representative Nadler I know very well and, in most things, I agree with him. I think this case–that’s ridiculous,” Mayor Bloomberg said. Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Calls Jerry Nadler's Push For Federal Investigation Into Occupy Wall Street Raid 'Ridiculous'”

What Does Howard Wolfson Want?

wolfson official 2 What Does Howard Wolfson Want? It is not hard to imagine that four years ago, if a few thousand Iowans had decided to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton instead of Barack Obama, Howard Wolfson would now be at the front podium of the White House briefing room, whacking the Washington press corps for their supposed slights against President Clinton, or flying around the world on Air Force One, given a seat in a sweet spot near the Leader of the Free World, whispering into her ear about the political and historical ramifications of whatever crisis of the moment was unfolding. Continue reading “What Does Howard Wolfson Want?”