Occupy Trenton: Participants Threatened But Still Occupying

“We may, at long last, be seeing the rise of a popular movement that, unlike the Tea Party, is angry at the right people. The protesters’ indictment of Wall Street as a destructive force, economically and politically, is completely right.” – Paul Krugman (NY Times)

Nonetheless, these occupiers have been given orders by the state police to dismantle their site. One of the organizers, Edward, just said in a live feed, “People are waiting for us to get it together. I am going to be here.”

Emails from the occupation:

Thursday: 7:44 PM: “State Police came and presented us with a letter said to be from the department of military and veterans saying we could not have any items here that weren’t in our personal possession.  We had to dismantle the media tent we had up and get rid of everything (all donations) or they would dismantle and do it themselves.  There was a vote to dismantle the structure but we are still occupying!”

Thursday 7:47 PM: “Oh, and no one was arrested!  The Police were very cordial and just doing they’re jobs which we respect.  I also meant to mention, they read the letter out loud to who was here, but refuse to give us a copy of the letter. One Policeman said it was because the attorney general said not to.”

Curious to learn that the Attorney-General may be involved. We know whom she reports to. Curious also that the head of the commission which maintains this World War II memorial site had previously visited Occupy Trenton and had seemed OK with them staying there as long as they kept the site clean and did no damage.

As of 9:30 PM they are still transmitting from their site, but they encourage people to come and lend support.

For live feeds go here or visit their facebook page.

Occupy Trenton: Participants Threatened But Still Occupying

“We may, at long last, be seeing the rise of a popular movement that, unlike the Tea Party, is angry at the right people. The protesters’ indictment of Wall Street as a destructive force, economically and politically, is completely right.” – Paul Krugman (NY Times)

Nonetheless, these occupiers have been given orders by the state police to dismantle their site. One of the organizers, Edward, just said in a live feed, “People are waiting for us to get it together. I am going to be here.”

Emails from the occupation:

Thursday: 7:44 PM: State Police came and presented us with a letter said to be from the department of military and veterans saying we could not have any items here that weren’t in our personal possession.  We had to dismantle the media tent we had up and get rid of everything (all donations) or they would dismantle and do it themselves.  There was a vote to dismantle the structure but we are still occupying!

Thursday 7:47 PM: “Oh, and no one was arrested!  The Police were very cordial and just doing they’re jobs which we respect.  I also meant to mention, they read the letter out loud to who was here, but refuse to give us a copy of the letter.  One Policeman said it was because the attorney general said not to.”

Curious to learn that the Attorney-General may be involved. We know whom she reports to.  Curious also that the head of the commission which maintains this World War II memorial site had previously visited Occupy Trenton and had seemed OK with them staying there as long as long as they kept the site clean and did no damage.

As of 9:15 PM they are still there but they encourage people to come and lend support.

For live feeds go    here.    or visit their facebook page.

Comments (2)

  1. Rosi Efthim

    The #Occupy folks are reading this post out loud right now on their live feed.  

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  2. huntsu

    This is great, and I am really encouraged, but let’s also please keep in mind that things you say to fellow Occupiers and get a good response need to be tempered or rephrased for the media.

    On the way here today I heard a “spokesman” (which probably means someone the reporter corralled) say on NPR that “this is proof the capitalist system has failed”.  

    My understanding is that the Occupy movement is not about replacing our current economic system, but about restoring the fairness currently missing with proper regulation and oversight.  Within the group, that statement would probably be understood as meaning that, but to an outsider that makes you Karl Marx.

    It’s one of the negatives of a broad based grassroots movement, and the benefits certainly outweigh this negative.  I just ask that people keep in mind the audiences they are speaking to, particularly when speaking to the media.

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