Occupy Wall Street Protesters Call For Reoccupation

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Occupy Wall Street activists said Saturday they aren’t giving up their fight to use public spaces despite police raids in the past week that cleared out encampments in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

“The occupy movement is more powerful than ever, despite a violent and systematic wave of evictions enacted by mayors who fear the power of open and visible dissent,” said Laura Gottesdiener, who read a “call to reoccupy” to about 100 protesters gathered in lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park.

The protest against economic inequality started Sept. 17 at Zuccotti, a public plaza that is owned by developer Brookfield Properties. At its height, the encampment aspired to be a self-contained community serving meals and providing sleeping bags to those who arrived without them.

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Gottesdiener said activists around the country should set up new camps on Dec. 17, the three-month birthday of the movement.

Meanwhile, the protesters, who have not been allowed to spend the night at Zuccotti since Nov. 15, pressed for access to an alternative space owned by a historic New York church.

The protesters want Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal church that dates to the colonial era, to let them use a vacant lot it owns at Sixth Avenue and Canal Street. The fenced-in property was the scene of arrests on Nov. 15.

“They say, ‘Ask and you shall receive’,” protester Zak Solomon said. “We need that space.”

Three protesters said they were starting a hunger strike Saturday to try to pressure Trinity to let them use the vacant lot.

Trinity officials did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Other activists are staging 24 hours of street performances on Broadway near Times Square.

Saturday’s lineup was to include playwright Adam Rapp, actress Kathleen Chalfant, who was in the original Broadway cast of “Angels in America” and cast members from the touring production of “Hair.

What do you think of the calls to “reoccupy?” Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. John A Randolph says:

    We have a small group of OWS supporters who have been out there signs. The recognition of OWS has noticeably grown. In fact, in a very informal 3 hour period we received 160 thumbs-up/ horn honks to 16 “get a job/one finger salutes!”

    We know that our OWS efforts have to move off of the street corners into discussion groups in town. We are researching the occupy foreclosure idea. We are putting togetheIr an OWS information sharing presentation to use in order to visit local weekly political meetings.

    Personally think that someone like Ralph Nader would bridge the gap between being in the park and parking in Washington.

    http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/ralph-nader-freedom-plaza-importance-public-commons#.TrVWkMzY00o.facebook

    Otherwise it is the responsibility of each of us to create or implement our own version of OWS in our own area.

  2. The Realist says:

    O.W.S. should use some of the $13 MILLION it has taken in thus far to hire lawyers and SUE Trinity Church for the use of that space and breach of contract.

  3. Wolf says:

    Its time to go home people. You have had your protest and been heard. If you want to cause a change… run for office. Become politicians and make the changes happen. The longer you occupy the more people will get frustrated and stop listening. Open your eyes so you can see. Clean out your ears so you can hear. People EARN their way in this world… which includes the few who have been born with the golden spoon. Be envious and work harder. Be jealous and occupy. But whatever you do… GO HOME

  4. wounded_defecator says:

    Liberal, Neo-conservative useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
    Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with Occupy and with the Anonymous, Wikileaks and Ruckus brigades. Thanx for all your service.
    For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites, sic Zionist apparachiks of the Fed, IMF and World Bank, will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding their addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble flea-baggers, lest the streets flow with blood.

  5. Stephanie McCarthy Piddock says:

    I am an Occupier & disagree with the re-occupation. We need to be the change we want in the world. We have so much to do and concentrating energies & resources on a physical presence is unnecessary. Why can’t they occupy in shifts so they don’t need to camp? Hello?????

    1. wounded_defecator says:

      > Liberal, Neo-conservative useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
      Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with Occupy and with the Anonymous, Wikileaks and Ruckus brigades. Thanx for all your service.
      For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites, sic Zionist apparachiks of the Fed, IMF and World Bank, will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding their addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble flea-baggers, lest the streets flow with blood.

    2. The Realist says:

      If you’re an Occupier, please tell us:

      What are your Dear Leaders doing with the $13 MILLION that they’ve taken in thus far? Giving themselves nice fat raises?

  6. Huh says:

    Is Susan Sarandon and Kanye West going to eat? I feared the worst when I heard “hunger strike”…

  7. DanS. says:

    These are the new Brownshirts in training – thugs who WILL be a street army of killers. It WILL happen – agaiin.

  8. Fed up with hypocrites says:

    If their do a hunger strike, let them starve and they will truly go away. We won’t have to worry about them being unable to gain employment either. Wow twgjo birds for one stone.

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  10. liz says:

    A HUNGER strike, I can’t wait!! Your BS is getting REAL OLD! New Yorkers are completely FED UP with all of you LOSERS and TIME WASTERS! Grow up, take responsibility for where you are or where you AREN’T in life. You are NOT wanted here! All of you are disgusting!

  11. The Realist says:

    What is “Occupy” doing with the $13 MILLION that it has taken in thus far? How much are its top executives being paid? Where are the AUDITED financial statements?

    1. DanS. says:

      The money is being used to buy brown uniforms, arm bands and jackboots.

  12. Jimmy says:

    Too bad these young people’s parents banged each—look what they landed up with—A–Holes. Go home you losers.

  13. ttrue nyc says:

    The entire state of Montana is vacant go there you losers.

  14. Leslie says:

    No wy should they get a new spot to cause trouble to the City. Go home losers your not wanted by most New Yorkers. What you did on November 17th was disgusting you don’t give a damn about real New Yorkers many in different degrees of the 1%.

  15. JK says:

    So is it now RWS instead of OWS? I’m confused…

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