From the Committe of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism Newsier Portside:
Three Items Re: the NYPD Attack on Occupy Wall Street
(**Added Comment: Don’t you love the word they use……Attack***)
OWS Attacked by New York Police; Labor Leaders Condemn Attack; Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Allowing Return to Zuccotti Park
[Moderator’s Note: In response to today’s early morning and
attack and eviction of Occupy Wall Street, a number of
international labor leaders condemned the police action of
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Later this morning, lawyers for Occupy Wall Street got
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings to sign an
order at 6:30 AM that explicitly said the protestors should
be allowed back in Zuccotti Park with “tents and other
property.” New York Mayor Bloomberg in defiance of this
court ruling said the city would wait and see what a full
court panel would rule later this afternoon. A ruling had
been expected by 3:00, however as of 5:00 p.m. EST no such
ruling had been issued.
Portside compilation and notes prepared by Jay Schaffner]
* RWDSU, UAW and AFL-CIO Leaders Condemn Attack * Occupy
Wall Street Attorneys Win Court Order Blocking Evictions
***UPDATE TO THIS BELOW****
RWDSU President Appelbaum’s Statement on Occupy Eviction
The illegal eviction of protestors from Zuccotti Park was
cowardly and irresponsible. City Hall knows it was an
indefensible act – that’s why it was carried out in the
middle of the night and reporters were kept at arms length
and prevented from covering the full story.
Mayor Bloomberg should apologize to the media and to the
protestors whose constitutional rights were trampled on by
his militaristic misadventure. He has escalated tensions
unnecessarily and shown an alarming lack of judgment and
He needs to recognize that the Occupy movement is not about
geography or a specific location. It’s about calling
attention to unacceptable forms of economic inequality and
injustice in this city, around the country, and throughout
the world. It’s about allowing long-ignored voices to speak
He has grown more defiant and tone-deaf to the concerns of
the 99% in recent days precisely because he is governing the
city as an all-too-proud spokesman for the 1%. He has yet to
learn a simple lesson: how to listen.
[Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, UFCW (United
Food and Commercial Workers)
Statement of UAW President Bob King condemning overnight
raids on Occupy Wall Street Protesters
DETROIT — The UAW, an early endorser of the Occupy Wall
Street movement, today condemned Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s
overnight raid on the Occupy Wall Street protesters in lower
“The right to protest and free assembly are sacrosanct in
our country,” said UAW President Bob King. “Mayor Bloomberg
has been publicly critical of raising taxes on the 1 percent
and the message of Occupy Wall Street. The manner in which
this raid was carried out can only lead one to believe that
the mayor was doing the bidding of Wall Street once again.
“Cities across the country from Oakland to Portland and
Chapel Hill took similar reprehensible actions, raiding
encampments across the country in military fashion,” King
“Occupy Wall Street has driven home the stark reality of
corporate greed and the ever-widening income gap in
America,” said Julie Kushner, director of UAW Region 9A,
which covers the northeast, including New York City. “It is
highly suspicious that on the eve of a day of national
action focusing on Wall Street, Mayor Bloomberg chooses to
come in under the cover of darkness to squash the voice of
Both King and Kushner heralded New York Supreme Court
Justice’s Lucy Billing’s order directing the city to allow
the protesters to return to the park and resume their lawful
Kushner noted that Billings once worked as a legal services attorney in a program where the UAW represents the staff attorneys, legal workers and clerical staff.
(International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and
Agricultural Implement Workers of America)
Tarps and Tents Don’t Make a Movement
They can take away the tarps and the tents. But they
can’t slow down the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The 99% is undaunted. Occupy Wall Street’s message has
already created a new day. This movement has created a
seismic shift in our national debate – from austerity and
cuts to jobs, inequality and our broken economic system.
Show your solidarity by attending a Nov. 17 action near you.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has been committed to
peaceful, non-violent action from its inception,(?) and it will
As former Secretary of State Colin Powell put it, these
protests are “as American as apple pie.” Americans must be
allowed to speak out against pervasive inequality, even if
the truth discomfits the 1%.
The AFL-CIO will do everything in our power to make sure the
free speech rights of these peaceful protesters are
Click here to find a Nov. 17 action.
We are the 99%.
Richard L. Trumka President, AFL-CIO