On July 13th, Adbusters organized Operation Wall Street for September 17th (this Saturday). Organizers are expecting 20,000 activists and protesters. But actions are planned for Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle as well.
This Saturday is the launch of Operation Wall Street, which will see activists, protesters—people of all philosophical stripes—set up shop with tents and create “America’s protest movement against corporatism.” The gathering is inspired by the Tahrir Square protests in Egypt during the Arab Spring.
As Adbusters’ July press release noted, “The beauty of this new formula, and what makes this novel tactic exciting, is its pragmatic simplicity: we talk to each other in various physical gatherings and virtual people’s assemblies … we zero in on what our one demand will be, a demand that awakens the imagination and, if achieved, would propel us toward the radical democracy of the future … and then we go out and seize a square of singular symbolic significance and put our asses on the line to make it happen.”
According to the Occupy Wall Street website, tonight at 7pm there will be a Tactical Committee Meeting at Greene Park, Brooklyn. On Friday at 6:30pm, US Day of Rage (USDOR) will be “hosting non violent civil disobedience training… See the details and location on the calendar page or on USDOR calendar.”
The site has also included the contact information for an arrest hotline with the National Lawyers Guild (212) 679-6018, reminding protesters that “If you will be at the action write this down on your arm. It was recommended to call them if you hear of an arrest or if you are arrested.”
As an Adbusters blog post states, “September 17 isn’t just happening on Wall Street. For its part, US Day of Rage is organizing actions that day in Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle as well. (Washington, DC will have to wait for the occupation of Freedom Plaza planned for October 6.) Meanwhile, Take the Square, a network that grew out of the Spanish May 15 movement, lists solidarity demonstrations across Spain, as well as in Italy, England, Canada, Greece, Germany, Portugal, Austria, the Netherlands, Israel, and France.”
Oh, and one more thing—if any readers decide to attend Occupy Wall Street, be weary of those who advocate violence and destruction; very often they are FBI or Police agent provocateurs. Such men are well-trained and very effective at inciting riots. And we know that the NYPD has been training in the CIA’s espionage tradecraft.
Be civil. Be safe.
If we control the information, we control the message. We can thank our government for that crucial lesson.
EDIT: A reader was kind enough to send us the following Legal Fact Sheet from the NYC General Assembly. Lots of very useful information is contained therein, such as: Don’t block buildings or more than half of the sidewalk; No amplified sound within 500 feet of schools, churches, court houses or hospitals during their regular hours; It is illegal for two or more people to wear masks; Illegal to carry signs fixed to wooden sticks, metal, or PVC pipes.
The Legal Fact Sheet states:
“If You Come into Contact with the Police During the action, if police prevent you from leaving, ask if you are free to go. If they ask to search you or your bag, you should repeatedly state, “I do not consent to a search.” The New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild advises that if you are arrested, it is best to say, “I am going to remain silent. I want to speak to a lawyer.” The police can legally lie when attempting to acquire information from you. You have the right to ask for an officer’s name and badge number. If you are mistreated, obtain this information as well as contact information of witnesses. If you are injured, take photographs of the injuries as soon as possible. Lastly, the National Lawyers Guild states, “If you are undocumented, out of status, a legal permanent resident (green card holder), or a citizen, you do not have to answer any questions about your immigration history [to government officers].”
Do yourselves a favor and read the Legal Fact Sheet before Saturday—multiple times.
For more information, head over to OccupyWallSt.org.