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BY ALINE REYNOLDS   |It’s been an eventful seven years, to say the least, for Downtown civic leader Julie Menin, whose third and final term as Community Board 1 chairperson is ending in June. Last week, Menin sat down with the Downtown Express to reflect on the high and low points of her tenure. Menin’s departure from […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  A broad range of progressive activists staged a series of May Day demonstrations in an effort to further their mission of what they consider to be crucial social, political and economic change. Labor unions, immigration rights groups and Occupy Wall Street comprise the core coalition that organized the May 1 events throughout New […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  I arrived in Zuccotti Park in early October last year with a plan similar to the activists I came to chronicle. I’d show up, see what happened and go from there. It seemed too much was happening in the present to worry about the future. With a backpack of gear and […]

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BY JOHN BAYLES  |  Occupy Wall Street once again made its presence felt at Zuccotti Park when on Saturday, to mark the movement’s six-month anniversary, protesters returned to the park once considered their home-base. At the end of the day, a reported 73 people were arrested after the NYPD announced that the park was closing […]

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[media-credit name="Downtown Express photo by Marshall James Kavanaugh " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] On Tuesday, following the arrest of an Occupy Wall Street activist, Zuccotti Park was again in the NYPD’s crosshairs. BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  While the difficulties of winter have taken their toll, Occupy Wall Street organizers say they are confident that an ‘American Spring’ […]

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BY  ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Ongoing tensions within the Occupy Wall Street movement in recent days contrasted with collective actions aimed at asserting authority over public spaces in Lower Manhattan. Hundreds of activists gathered at Zuccotti Park for a New Year’s Eve celebration that culminated in clashes with police while activists dismantled the barriers that surrounded […]

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On Monday, Dec. 12 a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters assembled in front of the Goldman Sachs building in Battery Park City. After protesting outside, some of the demonstrators entered the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center where a brief standoff with the NYPD occurred. According to reports 17 people were arrested.

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  While in London last week, I couldn’t help but check out Occupy London Stock Exchange (O.L.S.X.) — whose encampment is thriving in spite of eviction attempts by the city. On Wednesday, Nov. 30 tens of thousands of British citizens around the country demonstrated in the streets to dispute recent governmental negotiations […]

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[media-credit name="Photo by John Bayles " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] In lieu of a traditional public announcement system, an Occupy Wall Street protester uses a small megaphone to relay a speaker’s words to the rest of the crowd in Zuccotti Park. The method has been dubbed “the people’s microphone.” BY ZACH WILLIAMS | Occupy Wall Street is […]

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[media-credit name="Downtown Express photo by Cynthia Magnus " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Superheroes and supervillains converged outside of the New York Stock Exchange on Halloween morning for a piece of street theatre organized by performance artist and Occupy Wall Street activist Gan Golan (in orange). BY CYNTHIA MAGNUS  |  The unexpected snowstorm on Saturday, Oct. 29 may […]

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