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BREAKING: Occupy Wall St. Eviction Postponed

BREAKING: Occupy Wall St. Eviction Postponed

Occupy Wall Street protesters are celebrating their first victory against the 1% as it was decided early this morning that police would not evict occupiers under the guise of cleaning up Liberty Park.

In a surge of support for Occupy Wall Street, over 3,000 people crowded into the park this morning, backed by hundreds of thousands of people who signed petitions and called Mayor Bloomberg’s office over the last 24 hours to demand that the protesters’ First Amendment rights be respected. Donations also poured into the protesters from Italy, England, Mexico and many other countries by everyday people hoping to help the movement grow.

Protesters worked through the night to clean up the park themselves, and in the early morning hours, received word from Brookfield, the company that owns the park, that the clean-up operation had been postponed indefinitely.

To preserve goodwill between themselves and the park’s owners, who are the only ones who could legally force the protesters to leave, Occupiers also held a General Assembly session to create and vote on a Good Neighbor policy that addresses many of the sanitary and safety concerns of the surrounding community:

Points from the Good Neighbor Policy include:

Zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol

Zero tolerance for abuse against personal or public policy

Limit drumming to two hours a day

Working to establish off-site sanitary facilities such as port-a-potties.

“Brookfield Properties is the 1%. They have invested $24 billion in mortgage-backed securities, so as millions face foreclosure and eviction due to predatory lending and the burst of the housing bubble that Wall Street created, its not surprising they threatened to evict Occupy Wall Street,” said Patrick Burner, an organizer with Occupy Wall Street from the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn. “But Brookfield and Bloomberg have backed down and our movement is only growing as the 99% take to the streets world wide to call for economic justice.”

Although 14 were arrested when jubilant protesters started marching toward the Stock Exchange, the confrontation between police and NYC Occupiers was hardly the disastrous event many feared. The same can’t be said for protests in other cities. Interestingly (or not) coverage of the non-eviction barely broke through the morning’s typical broadcast news coverage of the stock market and upcoming Presidential election.

For now, protesters will continue preparation for the Global day of Action on Saturday October 15th which will demonstrate the solidarity of the 99% in 950+ cities, across 82 countries.

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11:13AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

I do not use a bank, I use a credit union, the way I am treated is very different now. I made 3 trips to wa mu/ Chase to close my account each time they made me speak to a manager, who then explained that in good conscience he could not allow me to close my account because it would have a negative effect on my finances..... finally I deposited a wamu check into my credit union account for 'balance of account'. just in case others are having the same issue with any banks.
Honestly, the credit union treats me much better, not once have they placed a 3 days hold on my direct deposits, from work, unemployment, or government tax refund check. Banks would pull that nonsense out of the blue ...... especially if you were on a plan that charged you to talk to someone at the bank. One bank placed a 3 day hold on my direct deposit paycheck while I was out of the country on vacation (never had been a hold on my direct deposit paycheck in 6 months) the result was 65% of my paycheck went to fees they created by holding my money for 3 days needlessly.
Friends don't let friends use banks........ really

1:21PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

I hope that this North American protest stays peaceful.

1:11PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Hopefully, these demonstrations will continue to spread across the US, and continue on, to become America's "Arab Spring." Our American Autumn.

We are well past our time for renewal, to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, "change is our right, our responsibility."



People, lets take America back from the 1%, they are trading on your future. These people are traitors to the true American way. Let us see heads roll.



The question is, since the 1% didn't respect the 99% yesterday, what efforts will be needed for us to call upon. Can we get there with non-violence, god knows the 1% doesn't respect Non-violence, not in a violent world of their own making.

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
" Thomas Jefferson

2:59AM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Thanks.

8:35PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:24PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Please don't equate the tea party with the 'Occupy Movement' the tea party is filled with racist, Obama hating right wing conservative nut cases.

6:51PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Back in 2006?, just before the real estate bubble popped, I sensed something terrible wrong in the economy. After the bubble popped, I knew it was time for people to "wake up" from their zombie state and start a revolution. This is a start, I have no horse to ride through town waving a banner, but the time has come...

6:46PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

I got home a while ago from today's Occupy Seattle.It was huge,it was enthusiastic,it was defiant,but it was also peaceful. It included the burnings of Bank(Shank) Of America cards.

4:33PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

I just came in from the march and rally at the State capitol in Denver. It was great and had a large turnout. I was delighted by the Intelligent thoughfull conversion and the ready acceptance of each other even if there was some disagreement on views. The U.S. congress could learn some maners from these young people.
While Today's march saw folks of all ages, the ones camping overnight are all young people. It is their movement.
I will support them and go to the Rallys and marchs, but I'm afraid I am a bit too old and a bit too female to sleep in City Park.
I meet some very determined people today, It gives me hope. The fat cats and politicans should by shaking in their boots, this movement is here to stay untill some changes are made, both on Wall Street and in Washington.

2:38PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

I find it interesting that both The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street have a common ground. The TP blame congress and the OWS blame wall street. Both are right! The government bailed out a too big to fail wall street and both are corrupt. We need to combine forces and change the government and wall street. Mean while, how do the repubs keep their wives? Cain called blacks who vote democrat brainwashed yet repubs who are killing women keep their wives. I am dumfounded! How can repub's wives be so stupid? I have looked all my life for a woman dumb enough to agree with my every thought and whim and so far can't find one.

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