Occupy Wall Street Shows Serious Force Throughout NYC
Matt | On 18, Nov 2011
If nothing else, yesterday proved that Occupy Wall Street is more than just hippies camped out in tents in New York.
On November 17, the grassroots group organized a “day of action” throughout New York. They dispersed to different parts of the city, including protesting in other parts of lower Manhattan and crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, for instance. They attempted to block the subway entrance at Union Station, but were met with push-back from police.
In total, 245 people were arrested on Thursday. Seven officers were hurt in the scuffles that broke out. Five police officers were hospitalized when they were hit with some type of liquid that caused a burning sensation. One protester was shown with a bloodied face from yesterday’s conflicts.
The “day of action” was planned before the protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park on Wednesday at the order of the city. In cities across the country, other “day of action” protests were held where people protested on bridges and throughout public areas.
The images on TV looked a lot worse than what seems to have actually happened. I’m still wondering, though, other than force and numbers what was the specific “action” yesterday? Were jobs created or applied to? Was the financial system changed in an meaningful way? My spirit is telling me there is some disconnect between the protests and actionable change.
I understand the issues the protesters have about income and economic disparities in the U.S.. At the same time, I’m not clear on the steps they want taken to resolve them. Examples such as “Bank Transfer Day” earlier this month, however, made a lot of sense because it urged people to stop patronizing large Wall Street banks and support community banks and credit unions.
As the “movement” continues, I would like to see more of the concrete ideas in motion.