Occupy Wall Street's eviction from Zuccotti Park gives new significance to the movement's planned "Day Of Action" Thursday. Celebrating the two month anniversary of the demonstrations, which have spread across the world, protesters plan to disrupt the New York Stock Exchange, 'occupy' the city's major transportation hubs, and hold a massive rally in Foley Square outside City Hall.
Just as previous clashes with police launched Occupy Wall Street into the national spotlight, the midnight raid by the Bloomberg administration this week seems to have re-energized the movement and shifted the focus away from the encampment in that square plaza in downtown Manhattan, recently mired in controversy. As Harry Siegel observes in The New York Daily News, "Once again, [Mayor] Bloomberg and [Police Commissioner] Kelly have breathed new life into what had been a struggling political movement."
This newfound momentum, combined with anger over tactics employed by Bloomberg and Kelly during the eviction, could make for a volatile day in New York, and city officials are taking no chances.
"All of our agencies are going to be prepared," said Deputy Mayor For Operations Cas Holloway at a press conference Wednesday, according to The New York Observer. "These kinds of events happen in New York City all of the time. Last year NYPD dealt with 600 protests south of 59th street in Manhattan, so certainly protests are not something surprising to us. We deal with them every day."
And Deputy Mayor For Communications, Howard Wolfson added, "Everything that we have seen and heard suggests that we may have tens of thousands of people tomorrow protesting. The protesters are calling for a massive event aimed at disrupting major parts of the city."
As The Observer notes, if in fact tens of thousands of protesters show up, it will be the biggest rally the city's seen since the Iraq war protest in 2003, when its estimated that 100,000 people took to the streets in Manhattan.
Here's the full schedule of the day's events from OccupyWallStreet.org and below see the official poster.
Thursday November 17th
International Day of Action
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On Thursday November 17th, the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we call upon the 99% to participate in a national day of direct action and celebration!
New York City
BREAKFAST: Shut Down Wall Street - 7:00 a.m.
Enough of this economy that exploits and divides us. It's time we put an end to Wall Street's reign of terror and begin building an economy that works for all. We will gather in Liberty Square at 7:00 a.m., before the ring of the Trading Floor Bell, to prepare to confront Wall Street with the stories of people on the frontlines of economic injustice. There, before the Stock Exchange, we will exchange stories rather than stocks.
LUNCH: Occupy The Subways – 3:00 p.m.
We will start by Occupying Our Blocks! Then throughout the five boroughs, we will gather at 16 central subway hubs and take our own stories to the trains, using the “People’s Mic”.
3rd Ave, 138th Street
163rd and Southern Blvd
161st and River - Yankee Stadium
301 Grove Street
St Jose Patron Church,185 Suydam St, Bushwick
Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave.
92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights
125th St. A,B,C,D
Union Sq. (Mass student strike)
23rd St and 8th Ave
St. George, Staten Island Ferry Terminal
479 Port Richmond Avenue, Port Richmond
DINNER: Take The Square - 5:00 p.m.
At 5 pm, tens of thousands of people will gather at Foley Square (just across from City Hall) in solidarity with laborers demanding jobs to rebuild this country’s infrastructure and economy. A gospel choir and a marching band will also be performing.
Afterwards we will march to our bridges. Let’s make it as musical a march as possible – bring your songs, your voice, your spirit! Our "Musical" on the bridge will culminate in a festival of light as we mark the two-month anniversary of the #occupy movement, and our commitment to shining light into our broken economic and political system.
Resist austerity. Rebuild the economy. Reclaim our democracy.