So, Tuesday was a little bit crazy–long story short, I got the eviction text around 1 AM, got downtown around 1:30 AM, was teargassed by riot police, shoved against a wall with a police shield while live-tweeting, took to the streets with many others, and saw the pictures of a decimated Liberty Plaza.
I wrote in my journal, wondered home like a lost drunk, wrote a blog post, slept for thirty minutes and then did Thom Hartmann’s radio show, wrote an article for Global Comment and ended with doing Thom Hartmann’s TV show with two of my favorite occupier-journalists, Sarah Jaffe and J.A. Myerson.
Here is the round up!
You don’t need a metaphor to describe the horrors that just happened–but if 5,000 wonderful, radical donated books being destroyed by the NYPD and thrown into the back of a garbage truck to be ground into landfill isn’t a metaphor, I don’t know what is…
Thom Hartmann Radio: The Media Blackout at Zuccotti Park (scroll down!)
Because that’s the thing about Occupy—even if the police were physically able evict everyone from lower Manhattan, which would have been physically impossible, it is impossible to bulldoze or brutalize this idea that has consumed our minds, hearts, and souls with the radical—and sometimes palpable—hope of liberation. Occupy Wall Street is not about tents—it is not about infrastructure, it is not about a park, and it is not about hand signals—it is about what all of these things come together and stand for. It is about coming together and learning from each other. It is about imagining the radical, and then criticizing our imaginings for not being radical enough…
The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann: The Midnight Raid of Mayor Bloomberg