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Occupy returns to Zuccotti Park

By YOON SEO NAM & JOSH ROGERS | Many dozens of Occupy demonstrators returned to Zuccotti Park Saturday. The scene, although sometimes loud, was far from the drama of two years agowhen the international Occupy Wall Street movement began in the Lower Manhattan park. Only about 10 uniform and white-shirted police officers were on hand […]

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 JOHN BAYLES  |  This time they were ready. As Occupy Wall Street activists took to the streets on Saturday to march against police brutality, they were prepared. “Some marches are feel-good marches,” said Marni Halasa, “but with this march in particular, there was a lot of frustration directed toward the NYPD.” Much of Saturday’s […]

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Bill Bratton, former Commissioner of the New York Police Department under Mayor Rudy Giuliani and currently Chairman of Kroll, a risk mitigation and security firm, spoke at a Lower Manhattan Marketing Association function at Pace University on March 22. Bratton sat down with the Downtown Express to discuss the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy and its proposed […]

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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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[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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