Adbusters poster promoting the start of Occupy Wall Street
The Occupy movement is set to launch nationwide chaos today as part of a new, revolutionary phase of the anti-capitalist campaign.
The New York division aims to deploy a “three-course meal” of so-called direct action that apparently includes the blocking of subways and bridges as well as shutting down the stock market, as WND was first to report earlier this week.
Such confrontational tactics are now set for cities across the U.S.
Occupy Pittsburgh says it will march to the city’s Greenfield Bridge while Occupy sites around the country call for similar bridge- and transportation-blocking actions.
In a signal the movement may be entering a more violent phase, Occupy Wall Street unveiled a new website titled Occupy Revolution to serve as a central hub for planning revolutionary tactics.
In light of the new threats, the New York Police Department yesterday cleared Occupy’s Zuccotti Park headquarters, with a judge upholding a ban on protesters returning with tents, bedrolls or any material that can be used to create a new encampment.
Hardcore Occupy activists vowed to remain in the area.
Earlier this week, Kalle Lasn, the Adbusters magazine writer who first called for an Occupation of Wall Street, has now reportedly called for a tactical retreat while declaring victory.
A careful reading of dictate, however, reveals she is calling for the most extreme elements of Occupy to continue fighting with ramped-up tactics.
“We are talking about it with all our people,” said Lasn. “The other side is owning the narrative right now. People are talking about drugs and criminals at OWS.”
Lasn said an option for Occupy to consider is to “declare ‘victory’ and throw a party.”
“We dance like we’ve never danced before and invite the world to join us.”
But she called for the so-called die hards to continue the resistance.
“Then we clean up, scale back and most of us go indoors while the die-hards hold the camps,” she wrote.
Indeed, Occupy shows no signs of letting up any time soon.
A forum on the Occupy Wall Street website is calling for the movement to “occupy” the malls on Black Friday.
The Occupy the Jobs subgroup of the anti-Wall Street movement has called for “actions” on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend of Jan. 14-16.”
New York, meanwhile, may feel the brunt of today’s planned activism.
Occupy Wall Street this week held a three-day “Direct Action Preparation and Training” in downtown Manhattan to gear up for today’s round of riots.
The Occupy site announces: “Action Preparation & Training for November 17th, November 30th and Beyond.”
The training plan states it aims to “build affinity team, train to do actions and civil disobediences, meet new allies and friends and have some fun with us.”
The Take the Square website, a partner of Occupy, has posted today’s agenda, outlining the radical plan as a three-course meal of chaos.
“Breakfast,” slated for 7 a.m. Eastern, aims to “shut down Wall Street.”
The site says: “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 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,” scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern, is titled “Occupy the subways.”
“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,’” the site states.
Yesterday, the site posted an updated list of which subway station to block, including:
- Fordham Rd
- 3rd Ave and 138th Street
- 163rd and Southern Blvd
- 161st and River – Yankee Stadium
- Broadway Junction
- Borough Hall
- 301 Grove Street
- St Jose Patron Church, 185 Suydam St, Bushwick
- Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave.
- Jamaica Center/Parsons/Archer
- 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,” slated for 5 p.m. Eastern, seeks to block bridges.
Continues the site: “At 5 p.m., 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.”
As WND was first to report, the tactic of blocking bridges, already used by Occupy Wall Street to hold up the Brooklyn Bridge last month, was institutionalized by Stephen Lerner, a controversial anti-capitalist SEIU organizer.
Lerner has visited the White House four times. His former boss, Andy Stern, SEIU’s recently retired president, was the most frequent White House visitor in 2009, according to presidential visitor logs. Obama himself once trained SEIU in the 1990s.
SEIU and other major unions, including the AFL-CIO and the Laborers’ International Union of North America, already announced they will partner with Occupy Wall Street for Thursday’s protests.
Soros center ties to scheduled chaos
Official resources for today’s “Action” day event provided in the Occupy site include several manuals from the Ruckus Society, which trains radical activists in “direct action” techniques. Ruckus helped to spark the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle that turned violent.
The Ruckus manuals provided at the Occupy site are titled “Blockading for Beginners,” “Anonymous Riot Guide,” “50 Crucial Points for Nonviolent Struggle,” “Define White Supremacy,” “Imperialism the 2-Faced Monster,” “Uncle Sam the Pusher Man” and the Communist Party-connected National Lawyers Guild’s “Legal Observer Manual.”
Ruckus is also listed as a “friend and partner” of Thursday’s scheduled Occupy Days of Action.
Ruckus is funded by the Tides Center, which has been involved in Occupy since the movement’s onset.
Another grantee of Tides is the Adbusters magazine, which is reported to have come up with the Occupy Wall Street idea after Arab Spring protests toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. The Adbusters website serves as a central hub for Occupy’s planning.
MoveOn.org, which has joined Occupy, is funded by Tides
Fenton Communications, an extremist-led outfit that crafts the public relations strategy of Tides grantees, has come under newfound scrutiny after WND published a series of exposés tying it to Occupy Wall Street. One of its senior employees represented the anti-Wall Street march past millionaires’ homes in New York last month.
With research by Brenda J. Elliott