OWS Attacked by New York Police; Labor Leaders Condemn
Attack; Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Allowing
Return to Zuccotti Park
[Moderator's Note: In response to today's early morning and
attack and eviction of Occupy Wall Street, a number of
international labor leaders condemned the police action of
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Later this morning, lawyers for Occupy Wall Street got
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings to sign an
order at 6:30 AM that explicitly said the protestors should
be allowed back in Zuccotti Park with "tents and other
property." New York Mayor Bloomberg in defiance of this
court ruling said the city would wait and see what a full
court panel would rule later this afternoon. A ruling had
been expected by 3:00, however as of 5:00 p.m. EST no such
ruling had been issued.
Portside compilation and notes prepared by Jay Schaffner]
* RWDSU, UAW and AFL-CIO Leaders Condemn Attack * Occupy
Wall Street Attorneys Win Court Order Blocking Evictions
RWDSU President Appelbaum's Statement on Occupy Eviction
The illegal eviction of protestors from Zuccotti Park was
cowardly and irresponsible. City Hall knows it was an
indefensible act - that's why it was carried out in the
middle of the night and reporters were kept at arms length
and prevented from covering the full story.
Mayor Bloomberg should apologize to the media and to the
protestors whose constitutional rights were trampled on by
his militaristic misadventure. He has escalated tensions
unnecessarily and shown an alarming lack of judgment and
He needs to recognize that the Occupy movement is not about
geography or a specific location. It's about calling
attention to unacceptable forms of economic inequality and
injustice in this city, around the country, and throughout
the world. It's about allowing long-ignored voices to speak
He has grown more defiant and tone-deaf to the concerns of
the 99% in recent days precisely because he is governing the
city as an all-too-proud spokesman for the 1%. He has yet to
learn a simple lesson: how to listen.
[Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, UFCW (United
Food and Commercial Workers)
Statement of UAW President Bob King condemning overnight
raids on Occupy Wall Street Protesters
DETROIT -- The UAW, an early endorser of the Occupy Wall
Street movement, today condemned Mayor Michael Bloomberg's
overnight raid on the Occupy Wall Street protesters in lower
"The right to protest and free assembly are sacrosanct in
our country," said UAW President Bob King. "Mayor Bloomberg
has been publicly critical of raising taxes on the 1 percent
and the message of Occupy Wall Street. The manner in which
this raid was carried out can only lead one to believe that
the mayor was doing the bidding of Wall Street once again.
"Cities across the country from Oakland to Portland and
Chapel Hill took similar reprehensible actions, raiding
encampments across the country in military fashion," King
"Occupy Wall Street has driven home the stark reality of
corporate greed and the ever-widening income gap in
America," said Julie Kushner, director of UAW Region 9A,
which covers the northeast, including New York City. "It is
highly suspicious that on the eve of a day of national
action focusing on Wall Street, Mayor Bloomberg chooses to
come in under the cover of darkness to squash the voice of
Both King and Kushner heralded New York Supreme Court
Justice's Lucy Billing's order directing the city to allow
the protesters to return to the park and resume their lawful
Kushner noted that Billings once worked as a legal services
attorney in a program where the UAW represents the staff
attorneys, legal workers and clerical staff.
(International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and
Agricultural Implement Workers of America)
Tarps and Tents Don't Make a Movement
They can take away the tarps and the tents. But they
can't slow down the Occupy Wall Street movement.
They can take away the tarps and the tents. But they can't
slow down the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The 99% is undaunted. Occupy Wall Street's message has
already created a new day. This movement has created a
seismic shift in our national debate - from austerity and
cuts to jobs, inequality and our broken economic system.
Show your solidarity by attending a Nov. 17 action near you.
And send a message of solidarity to the Occupy Wall Street
protesters - which will be delivered by Working America this
The Occupy Wall Street movement has been committed to
peaceful, non-violent action from its inception, and it will
As former Secretary of State Colin Powell put it, these
protests are "as American as apple pie." Americans must be
allowed to speak out against pervasive inequality, even if
the truth discomfits the 1%.
The AFL-CIO will do everything in our power to make sure the
free speech rights of these peaceful protesters are
Click here to find a Nov. 17 action.
And click here to send a message of solidarity directly to
the Occupy Wall Street protesters - Working America will
deliver it this week.
We are the 99%.
Richard L. Trumka President, AFL-CIO
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Occupy Wall Street Attorneys Win Court Order Blocking
By Dan Rivoli
International Business News November 15, 2011 10:41 AM EST
A Manhattan judge on Tuesday morning signed off on a
temporary restraining order allowing Occupy Wall Street
protesters to come back to their home base at Zuccotti Park
following an early-morning NYPD raid to remove encampments.
At around 1 a.m. ET early Tuesday, police began to boot
protesters who were camping out in the park. By 6 a.m.,
Zuccotti Park was free of protesters as sanitation workers
cleaned the park that Mayor Michael Bloomberg deemed a
health and safety hazard.
The temporary restraining order signed by state Supreme
Court Justice Lucy Billings in Manhattan prohibits the city
from evicting protesters from Zuccotti Park and enforcing
rules that prevent demonstrators from "re-entering the park
with tents and other property previously utilized."
The city must show cause for the eviction at a hearing
scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
New York City Chapter Secures Temporary Restraining Order
A group of attorneys with the New York City chapter of the
National Lawyers Guild -- under the name Liberty Park Legal
Working Group -- obtained the temporary restraining order
against the city, its agencies and Zuccotti Park's owners,
"The LPLWG has been fighting to ensure their right to free
speech from day one of the occupation," attorney Gideon
Oliver said in a statement. "The occupiers' right to free
speech is based in our most core legal principles and we
will be here till the end to fight for those rights."
About 70 people have been reportedly arrested, among them a
New York City Councilman from Northern Manhattan, Ydanis
"There was no legal justification that was actually
vocalized or addressed," said Joel Kupferman, an attorney
with the National Lawyers Guild, Joel Kupferman. "Excessive
force was used in many cases."
Bloomberg held a press conference at 8 a.m. following the
NYPD raid. He later said in a statement that protesters can
exercise their first amendment, but cannot use tents,
sleeping bags, or tarps to occupy a public space overnight.
While Bloomberg had the final word on clearing out the park,
its owners, Brookfield Properties, made the request.
Occupy Wall Street-related groups throughout the country
from Atlanta to Sacramento have been fighting attempts to
remove them from public space. A slew of First Amendment
lawsuits have been filed in federal courts against cities
and states to challenge policies Occupy groups say are
enforced arbitrarily to break up encampments.
In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the National Park
Service's decision to deny a permit to a group that planned
to erect symbolic tent cities in Washington, D.C.'s
Lafayette Park and the National Mall to raise attention to
homelessness. The majority held that protected speech is
"subject to reasonable time, place, or manner restrictions."
For actual Show Cause Order, go to:
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