Yesterday, I didn’t have the time to photograph and upload some of the materials produced by the print corps of Occupy Wall St.
While a concert or protest march might have a 3×5 slip of paper that advertises time, date and location, Occupy Wall Street only has to say: all the time, Liberty Park Plaza.
There’s also a tri-fold pamphlet which contains a short history of the movement, a map of the site, a description of the General Assembly process, the working groups, and a primer on how to participate in General Assemblies. Here’s a zoom shot of that:
1. Agreement, 2. Disagreement, 3. Point of process, “a valued interruption”, 4. “Block: this action will block a proposal from being accepted.”
In the earlier post, I mentioned the existence of a paper-the Occupied Wall St. Journal. Unfortunately, I folded mine up to put it in my pocket, so apologies for the photo quality. Here’s the front page:
The paper is written for an audience of people new to the site. It includes a history of the movement, personal testimonies from some of the occupiers, a description of the General Assembly process and why it is central to the movement, and a FAQ page. I’ll show you some images from the FAQ:
“Q: What would a ‘win’ look like? Again, that depends on whom you ask. As Sept. 17 approached, the NYC General Assembly really saw its goal, again, not so much as to pass some piece of legislation or start a revolution as to build a new kind of movement. It wanted to foment similar assemblies around the city and around the world, which would be a new basis for political organizing in this country, against the overwhelming influence of corporate money.”
Q: “Are there cops all over the square? How bad has the police brutality been? The police presence is nonstop, and there have been some very scary encounters with them,–which also gave occasion for tremendous acts of courage by protesters. The worst incident was last Saturday, of course, but there has been very little trouble since then. A large contingent of protesters has no intention of getting arrested, and almost nobody is interested in taking pointless risks or instigating violence against people or property. The more that ordinary people join the cause–together with celebrity visitors like Susan Sarandon, Cornel West and Michael Moore–the less likely the police will probably be to try to suppress it. As one sign along Broadway says, ‘Safety in Numbers! Join Us!'”
Q: “If I can’t come to Wall Street, what else can I do? A lot of people are already taking part in important ways from afar–this is the magic of decentralization. Online, you can watch the livestream, make donations, retweet on Twitter and encourage your friends to get interested. People with relevant skills have been volunteering to help maintain the movement’s websites and edit video–coordinating through IRC chat rooms and other social media. Soon, the formal discussions about demands will be happening online as well as in the plaza. Offline, you can join the numerous similar occupations that are starting up around the country or start your own. Check occupytogether.org. Finally, you can always take the advice that has become one of the several mantras of the movement, expressed this way by one woman at Tuesday night’s General Assembly meeting: ‘Occupy your own heart,’ she said, ‘not with fear but with love.'”
On the final page of the newspaper, there are a list of Five Things You Can Do Right Now. They include occupying public space, spreading the word (using #occupywallstreet and #occupytogether, and the facebook page OccupyWallSt.), donating (nycga.net/donate, checking #needsoftheocupiers, dropping off prepared and nonperishable food and wool clothing, and mailing packages to UPS store #118A, Fulton St. #205, NYC, NY 10038), educating yourself and following the occupation here:
and following on Twitter: @occupywallstnyc, @nycsept17, @occupywallst
I would also add they are calling for a student walk-out on this Wednesday, October 5th. They are also planning a global day of protest, which is October 15th, I think.