An updated post from the Occupy Wall Street Library reveals that there are thousands of books missing. Only 25 boxes of books have been recovered so far, and many of those are destroyed.
The OWS library people who have been to the garage where their property was supposedly being safely stored are reporting that it looks like the Mayor’s office lied about the status of their property. According to the Occupy Wall Street Library, “There are only about 25 boxes of books; many of the books are destroyed. Laptops here but destroyed. Can’t find tent or shelves.” Another report, “Many books destroyed. Most equipment -and structures missing. . . most of library is missing (ALL of the reference section btw), damaged or destroyed. ”
From the Occupy Wall Street Library blog, “One of our librarians Zach came up with a partial list of what was taken (see below) and it’s looking like only a few boxes of books and our (destroyed) laptops and one chair were at Sanitation. Our people on the ground report that “A lot is destroyed . . . more may (or may not) be coming out of their giant trashpile at back of building.” But it’s obvious to me that by recklessly throwing the contents of the park into dumpsters, the NYPD and DSNY working under Bloomberg’s orders destroyed what we built. And that their claim that the library was “safely stored” was a lie.”
Among the unaccounted for library possessions are:
– Between 2,000 and 4,000 books (we’ll know if it looks right when we see it ), this includes five boxes of “Reference” materials many of which were autographed by the authors;
– 5 (4?) laptop computers;
– Our wifi device;
– Archival materials (I was starting to collect some stuff in the library);
– 7 (or so) chairs;
– a wooden dinner table (that was our’s right?);
– periodicals/newspapers/zines (not counted in our book total);
– our awesome tent;
Some of these items, like reference materials autographed by the authors, will be difficult to replace. The idea that a Mayor who has no respect for the First Amendment would for some reason respect the personal property of the protesters was odd yesterday, and is flat out laughable today.
I reported yesterday that over 5,000 books had been thrown in the trash in the raid. Other outlets believed the Mayor and claimed that the library was not thrown in the trash. It turns out that those folks made have made a mistake by believing Bloomberg. Michael Bloomberg has not been truthful about anything regarding Occupy Wall Street. The media should believe Mayor Bloomberg and his administration at their own risk.
Who knows the library may turn up safe and sound, but any rational person should find it difficult to believe that NYPD would worry about the protection of personal property during a raid. I suspect that, as reported above, the library is probably in a giant trash heap out back.
Let’s hope that the media has learned a valuable lesson.
The second richest man in New York (Mayor Bloomberg) serves the one percent first, and the truth second.
(This post will be updated as more information becomes available).
Image: Occupy Wall Street Library