While #OWS protests rippled through New York City, people all over the United States and the world were participating in their own Occupations as a show of solidarity with the Times Square demonstrators.
Despite police brutality in the days leading up to October 15th, Occupiers in Boston have started their own Kickstarter campaign to publish the Occupied Boston Globe, an internal newspaper for participants.
While much of the mainstream media still depicts the movement as scattered and aimless, there’s already evidence that the Occupy Wall Street protests are having a real impact on middle-class voters.
Although the Mayor attempted to evict Liberty Square residents just days ago, Bloomberg.com reports that 67 percent of New York City voters agree with OWS protesters’ views, according to a Quinnipiac University survey.
And the push for a higher tax on New Yorkers making more than $1 million a year is getting fresh life with a new poll showing overwhelming support. The Siena College poll found 72 percent of New York voters support the tax to avoid further budget cuts. Just 26 percent oppose the proposal by powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
So what’s next?
Rumor has it that the Occupy Wall Street protesters have outgrown Liberty Square and are thinking about overtaking a second location, the completely public Washington Square Park. Because Washington Square is managed by the City of New York, it has a strict “no overnight” rule. Ignoring this regulation would inevitably lead to clashes with NYPD–who showed up in riot gear to clear out the small group that tried to occupy Washington Square Park after the Times Square march after dark.
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