After thousands of people turned out to help clean Liberty Plaza, New York City backed off their plan to evict the protesters, and learned that attempts to muscle the 99% only make them stronger.
Mayor Bloomberg announced his retreat via a statement from Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway, “Late last night, we received notice from the owners of Zuccotti Park – Brookfield Properties – that they are postponing their scheduled cleaning of the park, and for the time being withdrawing their request from earlier in the week for police assistance during their cleaning operation. Our position has been consistent throughout: the City’s role is to protect public health and safety, to enforce the law, and guarantee the rights of all New Yorkers. Brookfield believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”
On their official blog Occupy Wall Street declared victory,
“We are winning and Wall Street is afraid,” said Kira Moyer-Sims, a protester from Portland, Oregon. “This movement is gaining momentum and is too big to fail.”
“Brookfield Properties is the 1%. They have invested $24 billion in mortgage-backed securities, so as millions face foreclosure and eviction due to predatory lending and the burst of the housing bubble that Wall Street created, it’s not surprising they threatened to evict Occupy Wall Street,” said Patrick Burner, an organizer with Occupy Wall Street from the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn. “But Brookfield and Bloomberg have backed down and our movement is only growing as the 99% take to the streets worldwide to call for economic justice.”
The early morning announcement from the Mayor’s office in New York came after 300,000+ Americans signed petitions to stop the eviction, and flooded the 311 phone network in solidarity with those in Liberty Square. At 6 AM this morning, 3,000+ New Yorkers, unions, students, and others joined the occupiers in the square to send a clear message to the 1% who want to silence this peaceful assembly of the 99%. Donations poured into the protesters from Italy, England, Mexico and many other countries by everyday people hoping to help the movement grow.
The Occupy Wall Street protesters won because of the support of everyone who volunteered their time, donated, wrote, called, tweeted, and made it clear to their elite that the 99% will no longer be bullied.
The reality is that Bloomberg should have never picked this fight. The moment that Occupy Wall Street organized a clean up the park campaign, the 1% lost the strategy and message war. When thousands of people showed up to support Occupy Wall Street this morning, their defeat was completed.
The one percent in this country has become so accustomed to being able to bully everyone else that they expected to be able to steam roll through Occupy Wall Street this morning. It was assumed that the 99% would do what they have done for decades. Acquiesce to the demands of the elite.
It has been close to a century since America’s moneyed elite have come up against a movement that gets stronger when it is bullied. What the corporate media and government don’t get the fact that every time an NYPD white shirt maces protesters, or Fox News spreads lies, or Bloomberg tries a heavy handed power play, they are feeding this movement. Each time that the one percent flexes their power, they are motivating the ninety nine percent. Their actions are proving Occupy Wall Street correct. They are helping this movement of the people to grow.
Occupy Wall Street is a populist movement that is motivated by the moral value of fairness. Is it fair that after Wall Street wrecked the economy the taxpayers bailed them out? Is it fair that the banksters have not been held accountable? It is fair that these same institutions that we saved have cost so many Americans their jobs and homes? Is it fair that the rich get represented by our government while the rest of us are ignored?
For decades conservatives have been preaching from an altar of self-interest, but self-interest soon morphed into greed is good, which led to the very inequality against which the people are protesting. Occupy Wall Street is a populist movement of the many against what they view as the corruption of the few. It is a movement based on the concept of right and wrong. When the one percent tried to evict the protesters under dubious pretenses, they reinforced the resolve of those who are standing up for what they feel is right.
As long as the one percent in this country continues to act as they have always acted, Occupy Wall Street will grow and flourish.
Bloomberg may not realize this, but his eviction folly has made Occupy Wall Street even stronger.