Top Leaderboard, Site wide
November 28, 2014
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Get Truthdig's headlines in your inbox!


Weather Extremes Will Be the Norm As World Warms




The Chain
Joan of Arc


Truthdig Bazaar
The Nature and Destiny of Man

The Nature and Destiny of Man

By Reinhold Niebuhr; Robin W. Lovin (Introduction by)

more items

 
Ear to the Ground

Occupiers Shift to the Sidewalks

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Apr 12, 2012
pameladrew212 (CC-BY)

Protesters want “sleep-outs” to occur nightly around the New York Stock Exchange, shown here with its columns illuminated in November 2011.

Expelled from their encampment at Zuccotti Park last November, protesters with Occupy Wall Street have taken to sleeping on the sidewalks of the financial center in lower Manhattan. —ARK

The New York Times:

Norman Siegel, a prominent civil-rights lawyer, said a decision by a federal court in Manhattan arising from a lawsuit in 2000 allowed the protesters to sleep on sidewalks so long as they did not block doorways and took up no more than half the sidewalk.

The protesters first cited that ruling last week while sleeping outside bank branches near Union Square, but said this week that they wanted so-called sleep-outs to occur nightly around the New York Stock Exchange.

Read more

More Below the Ad

Advertisement

Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

By Jeff N., April 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment

grokker - An excellent sentiment, sir.

gerard - You’ve compelled me to increase my usage of the term ‘troglodyte’, what a good word.

Report this

By gerard, April 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment

P.S. Sorry to confuse OzarkMichael with IMax.  Same difference.  A troglodyte is a troglodyte is a troglodyte—with mayonnaise.

Report this

By grokker, April 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment

I’m beginning to feel that trying to “accomplish” something politically in this god forsaken shit hole of America is useless. Therefore, I’m officially all for people occupying whatever the fuck they want to just to be a massive pain in the ass. Who cares about what anyone thinks. Be the sand in the gears, be the stick jammed in the spokes, be the fiberglass dust sprinkled in the underwear of this useless, pathetic culture.

Report this

By gerard, April 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment

Now you’ve got ozarkMichael on my neck.
  I totally agree with all you troglodytes here that sleeping on the streets doesn’t seem to me to be effective—but why would anybody but thoughtless troglodytes bother to even report this except to help bring OWS down?
    “While you here do snoring lie,
    Open-ey’d conspiracy
    His time doth take.
    If of life you keep a care,
    Shake off slumber, and beware!
    Awake!  Awake!”

Report this

By Jeff N., April 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment

gerard, I’m with you buddy! Although I don’t see any post from IMax on here not sure if he finally blocked me for calling all his b.s.  But I knew this would be a perfect opportunity for the haters to complain about all the filthy, lazy, sidewalk socialists.

Anyways, trying to convince the likes of hetero and IMax and this Ozark fellow that this is an important movement is a bit pointless, so I will take a pass on this one.  Keep up the good fight, gerard.

Report this
OzarkMichael's avatar

By OzarkMichael, April 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment

Is there any other group of people that is so desperate to publicize everything they do?

Report this

By heterochromatic, April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment

gerard——there are indeed plenty of good things to
do…...but sleeping on the streets doesn’t seem like
one of them.

BTW, why do you think that the OWS folks can’t afford
school?

that doesn’t seem to be true as more than 25% report
that they are in school.

http://tinyurl.com/84tejrl

Report this

By gerard, April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

PPS:  Come on, folks.  Help me out here!

Report this

By gerard, April 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment

P.S.—Talk about “Suicide Nation” and killing off its young people! They haven’t got enough money to stay in college so they go out and—usually overshadowed by grown men with riot gear and tear Gas—voluntarily do good things for their communities, and what do they get?  If not jail and bad publicity, malicious carping resentment, fear, criticism and slander, scorn, and suspicion. Honestly, I wonder if we really deserve them at all?

Report this

By gerard, April 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

Oh, IMax, you are such a nuisance! It’s getting to be a fulltime job occupying IMax just to keep him from running all the good news into the ground!

Salt Lakc City - prison divestment campaign
Palm Beach - protest of hedge fund event
Phoenix - Street Clean up
Providence - Fought eviction of patients from AIDS
  residence
Norfolk - protested NDAA
Dallas - marched in support of police protesting
  budget cuts
Pensacola - held Citizens United protest
Santa Cruz - occupied foreclosed homes
Cincinnati - held Move to Amend march
Stockton - protested destruction of homeless
  community
Trenton - provided teach-ins
Flint—coal drives for poor people
Omaha - held “OccuStock” music festival
Honolulu - protested slave labor at WallMart
  This is just a tiny sampling, and several months out of date. Lots of experimenting and creative action, all adding up to changes for the better. As far as I know there is no central listing.
  Anyway, no matter what carpers like IMax say, Occupy Lives! and needs help with positive publicity.  Negative stuff is retro, blah, and totally unoriginal -typical of the troglodytic
underbelly of the closet right wing who will turn the lights off almost before you get your finger off the “on” switch—if they can.

Report this

By heterochromatic, April 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

this is amazing!  what a stroke of genius! 
by pretending to be homeless people and sleeping in
the filth of the streets (and adding to it) these
folks will shake the very foundations of the Wall
Street establishment.

of course, throughout the history of the city there
have usually been many people sleeping in the street
on a non-parodic and non-voluntary basis…and
somehow the wealthy and powerful didn’t disintegrate.

but this is really gonna be so much better…. and
none of these folks are gonna get sick or get
victimized by the actual street people…..
and this won’t at all annoy and alienate the bulk of
the citizenry

Report this
OzarkMichael's avatar

By OzarkMichael, April 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment

In this transition period it is important not to penalize or negate the entire movement by pointing up the least significant activities and ignoring those that are far more important.  That picture is slanted and probably destructive.

Translation: “OWS needs all the good publicity it can get, so Truthdig should help the propaganda effort more instead of reporting on what is actually going on.”

Dont worry gerard, I am sure Truthdig will get in line.

Report this

By gerard, April 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment

Groups of Occupiers all over the country are active and engaged in all sorts of innovative and helpful projects. All one has to do to find them is to Google various Occupy sites.
  In this transition period it is important not to penalize or negate the entire movement by pointing up the least significant activities and ignoring those that are far more important.  That picture is slanted and probably destructive.

Report this

By crypticvalentine, April 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

April
https://vimeo.com/39707051

Report this

Page 2 of 2 pages  <  1 2

 
Monsters of Our Own Creation? Get tickets for this Truthdig discussion of America's role in the Middle East.
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.

Like Truthdig on Facebook