‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protesters Mark One Month In Zuccotti Park

Next Up: Tuesday Demonstration At Lincoln Center Fountain

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — “Occupy Wall Street” protesters were celebrating their month-long occupation of Zuccotti Park on Monday.

Amongst themselves, they’ve renamed Zuccotti Park “Liberty Square.”

A message on the Occupy Wall Street organizing website touts what they see as their accomplishments: Spreading the their protest globally, becoming more demographically diverse, gaining support in the U.S. heartland and changing the national dialogue.

“What a month, and we are only getting started!” reads a message on the site.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan with proud protesters

Demonstrator Buddy Bolton has been in Zuccotti Park since the beginning. He told 1010  WINS’ Terry Sheridan the protesters knew they were going to touch a nerve, but never imagined their movement would grow as big as it has.

“It’s been one of the most wildly gratifying experiences of my life,” Bolton said. “It hits so close to home, it feels so patriotic. It feels like the most patriotic thing you could do, short of participating in combat for our country.”

The movement seems to have no signs of slowing down. They’re planning to join in on a protest at Lincoln Center Tuesday, and will demonstrate against police brutality Saturday.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported that some protesters said they were settling in for winter.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond In Zuccotti Park

A frequent criticism of the demonstration is its lack of clear demands or goals. A message on their website suggests that goals may be coming into greater focus.

“[Occupy Wall Street] is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations,” says the message.

But one thing is for sure, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll, a lot of New Yorkers understand why they’re here, reports CBS 2’s Don Dahler. By a 3 to 1 margin, 67 to 23 percent, voters agree with the views expressed by protestors. And approve of the demonstrations.

“It shows that our message is resonating with the wider community, that we can no longer be written off as some sort of fringe group,” said protester Mark Bray of Jersey City.

According to the poll, more Democrats support what’s happening down here than Republicans, reports Dahler. That probably won’t surprise you, but what may is that a very large majority of both Democrats and Republicans support the demonstraters’ right to be here protesting and they say they should be allowed to continue as long as they want.

Even New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie said he gets it.

“While philosophically I don’t agree with what they’re advocating at all, I do understand that their protests are an outgrowth of a real concern about the dysfunction of our government.

As far as the Tuesday plan at Lincoln Center goes, the gathering is set to meet at 7 p.m. at the iconic fountain there. The organizers of that particular protest is the “Granny Peace Brigade.” The group is calling for a “silent vigil” to protest ongoing U.S. military operations overseas among other issues.

It’s not the first time the Occupy Wall Street protesters have taken their show on the road, even though it is their first visit to the Upper West Side. Last Tuesday, they held a “Millionaire’s March” on the Upper East Side, targeting the homes of some of the wealthiest. They protested outside of the homes of billionaires Rupert Murdoch and JPMorganChase CEO Jamie Dimon, amongst others. They’ve also protested in Brooklyn, at the headquarters of JPMorganChase and this weekend held their largest gathering yet in Times Square.

This coming weekend’s planned demonstration is against police brutality, and is part of a demonstration taking place across the country. The march will begin at 2 p.m. in Union Square.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell With Mayor Bloomberg

The protests are not only generating a lot of attention, but they are also costing the city a lot of money. Through the first month, the police department has spent nearly $3.5 million in overtime.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it is especially difficult when the city is facing painful budget cuts.

“It would mean $3.5 million less we have to cut for the second half of this year or next year,” he said.

Bloomberg said that it was up to Brookfield Properties, which owns Zuccotti Park, to decide what to do next. He added that the city will protect the rights of the owner and those who want to protest.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks With More On Bloomberg’s Thoughts

“I’ve said I’m 100 percent in favor of protecting the…thousand percent in favor of giving people rights to say things, but also, we have to protect those who don’t want to say anything.  And so, you can’t have a place where only one point of view is allowed,” Bloomberg said.

The mayor says demonstrators certainly have their right to protest, but the 1st Amendment does not give them carte blanche.

“Constitution doesn’t protect tents. It protects speech and assembly,” said Bloomberg, who added that he has heard nothing new from the parks owner about its position on the occupation.

Bloomberg’s girlfriend, Diana Taylor, is on the board of Brookfield Properties. The mayor was asked if they’ve discussed the demonstrations.

“I can tell you that pillow talk in our house is not about Brookfield or Occupy Wall Street,” answered the mayor.

What do you make of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration? Sound off in our comments section.

  • Madge

    I guess Susan Sarandon and Kanye West got tired of protesting and decided to go back to there million dollar homes….

    • Harvey Wallbooger

      Kanye still doesn’t get the fishsticks joke, so how can anyone take him seriously.

      Susan Sarandon looks like she hasn’t slept in years, so she should just go hang with Vince Vaughan.

      I’m still waiting for Weird Al Yankovic to chime in on the situation.

  • Lawn-Guy Land

    Let’s call O.W.S. what it really is: the Organized Wanters Society.

  • Lou

    Well, their parents have had a month vacation from the basement occupying bums so there’s at least one good thing that came out of the movement! lol

  • Tom

    Great job guys. Now endorsed by the nazi party as well as the Iranian and Chinese governments. They welcome and encourage your continued disruption and tearing apart of the foundation of our country. You want better in life, try working harder for it. i had to overcome almost 2 years unemployed and working menial jobs after college but I didn’t ask for any handout like you bums.

    • Longrod von Hugendong

      tom is the poster child for the one-dimensional thinking that seems to drive this country. hey, let’s all get tom a trophy for all he had to endure. tom likes the status quo, so maybe all you hippie whiners should just go home and smoke your pot cigarettes and listen to wavy gravy.

      this country is royally screwed. see ya all in the fema camps !!!!

  • Slim Pickens

    The mayor whines about spending 3.5 million from his budget for what on the most part amounts to police thugery. Just think how much better off we would be if we ended our numerous occupations over seas that have cost us into the trillions of dollars just in the last decade alone and that our hope and change peace president will not be out done by boy george for his lust for war.

    • Time to go

      Bloomberg when are you going to go in and take down the tents.People are getting tired of this bring in national guard and clear this park once and for all.If you need help I am sure there are lots of people who would love to throw these a-holes out.DESTROYING NYC economy and killing small stores by the park.

  • mj

    i hope they can keep it up indefinatly and that their ranks steady grow. they are right. its about time

    • mj

      indefinetly ….oops

      • mo

        try ‘indefinitely’

        • jagdish

          It’s not MJ’s fault he’s a moron – it’s someone else’s fault. Better start Occupy Elementary Schools now too.

          • mj

            yes my poor spelling abilty DEFIITELY makes me a moron. just curious …. whats your excuse? or perhaps maybe you consider me a moron because i don’t share your personal views . i’m sure that anyone that disagrees with your views is a moron

  • jagdish

    Barney Frank is a genius. He worked like hell to create the legislation dating back to late 90s to mandate banking and loan laws. Now people are unable to trace it back to him, so they just fixate their anger at the “rich” and wall street. Frank has figured out the intellect of the People. Kudos to Barney.

  • Anonymous User

    Occupy Wall Street will soon get transformed into Occupy Miami Beach. The winter is coming.

  • basil fomine


    • mj

      they at least have some sort of bankable talent unlike most ceos

  • Sam

    I thought they were not suppose to be camping out (no tents, mattress’, tarps etc. Yet everymoring they are all sleeping in the tents, tarps on mattress’. Why are the cops not enforcing the rules Brookfield set up. Also, the protesters are taking up space in that park and no one can enjoy the nice weather sitting in that park.

  • Schmellma Arss

    They should learn to do what the protestors at Kent State forgot to do: shoot back

  • The Realist

    Has anybody noticed the hypocrisy of OWS’s executive leadership? The protests are supposedly about corporate greed, yet OWS itself is displaying that same corporate greed by outsourcing thousands of high-paying AMERICAN protester jobs to other countries. How can anybody justify that?

  • mak

    I was wondering if there are going to be copycat demonstrations now that OWS has proven that the city will back down. What grounds would the city have to stop another group from 1) camping out on somebody’s property; 2) marching without a permit; 3) causing mayhem with our traffic; 4) using our city’s monetary resources on cops to babysit; and 5) clogging up our court system with the protestors that get arrested. What is Bloomberg going to say? It’s okay for one group but not another?

  • Eduardo Arroyo

    I agree with the protesters. I believe that we the people vote for a President, Governor, the senate etc. to serve the people. Corporations manupilate the system. Politicains serves money.. Its times for the people to take back the country and while we’re at it get rid of Congress. They are the tax payers worst nightmare. They serve themselves and are the most corupted group of all. I love this Country. When did we become so immoral. It reminds me of this old saying ” All empires comes to an end”. History did not teach this Country anything.

  • IEBW Local#3

    We should all show our support to the protesters. In Solidarity!

    • John

      Oh yes, let’s all show our support for these fools that don’t even know what they are protesting….figures that would come from somebody in a union. Why don’t you take a few days off from your job and go join them…and if not may you have a run in with some very high voltage.

  • BF

    You have to admire their tenacity & their ability to last this long without core leadership or professed ideals. I’m curious to see where this will go. They’ve obviously struck a nerve because now the movement is worldwide.

    • MCK

      I just had a “movement” and it’s made more progress than these fools have!

    • The Realist

      Yes, but being “without core leadership or professed ideals” means that nobody else will take them seriously.

      Right now, O.W.S. comes across as displaying the very corporate greed that it supposedly opposes by outsourcing thousands of high-paying AMERICAN protester jobs to other countries.

  • Vik

    Go Home. ‘Nuf said.

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