In an attempt to freeze out and black out Occupy Wall Street, Mayor Bloomberg confiscated all electric generators. In response Occupy Wall Street is searching for replacement power including bike generators.
Bloomberg disguised his confiscation as a safety issue, “Our first two concerns are First Amendment and safety, and this was safety. People were courteous and understanding. The story of this morning is that there was no story.” However, it is not a coincidence that this raid was carried out just a day before winter weather is expected to arrive in the New York City area. What Bloomberg is doing is obvious. He is trying to both freeze out the protesters, and impose a blackout on their message.
Mayor Bloomberg has warned that the generators won’t be allowed back into the park, so a group of protesters have come up with a novel solution. New York City environmental action group, Time’s Up, is looking for volunteers and funds to help power the protests with bike generators. According to the Time’s Up website, “We’ve received funding for 5 bikes but need at least 5 more, and any donations above that will be used to build more energy bikes which will be sent to other occupations.” The bikes are already being used in some park locations, but with the generators gone more are needed.
Here is a video from Time’s Up:
The resourcefulness of these protesters should not be underestimated by anyone. When Bloomberg tried to evict the protesters because the park was dirty, they organized their own cleanup operation. Bloomberg who is the ultimate representative of the 1% in politics is pulling out all the stops in his attempt to silence the 99%.
Bloomberg can’t confiscate environmentally friendly green generators. Men and women on bikes powering the delivery of the message of the people just seems right. Check out Time’s Up, and see if you can give these folks a hand.
Bike generators won’t solve the whole problem, but they will give Occupy Wall Street a source of power that can’t be confiscated. The protesters are representing the interests of the 99%. Let’s make sure their message still gets delivered.