Downtown Public Park Acts as Home Base for Those Taking a Stand

"Liberty Plaza" aka Zuccotti Park downtown

So, on the same day that hundreds showed up at Washington Square Park to battle each other with Light Sabers, activists who have set up camp downtown to protest and highlight the inequalities in the U.S. today, particularly in relation to the financial “system,” battled in real life with the NYPD.

Mark Crispin Miller has a piece with video from Saturday (9/24) on his web site which captures the police rough handling mainly females and young kids at 12th Street and University (he wonders “Does Michael Bloomberg wants his cops to kill somebody?” based on the harsh and over-the-top treatment).

Zuccotti Park, a privately owned public park (figure that one out!), has been taken over as home base since September 17th.

See more —

Read Arun Gupta’s piece in The Indypendent: The Revolution Begins at Home: An Open Letter to Join the Wall Street Occupation

New York Times, Videos Show Police Using Pepper Spray at Protest on the Financial System

New York Times, Park Gives Wall St. Protesters Place to Call Home

Photo: PWeiskel08 via Flickr

NYC Indypendent Holiday Party Monday, December 15th

A bit of late notice but come on out… It’s a Monday and the perfect ‘thing’ to do. Gain some holiday spirit… Support Independent Grassroots Media and have fun!

Monday, December 15th, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

53 Prospect Park West (between 1st and 2nd Streets), Park Slope, Brooklyn

Music, Food, Cheap Drinks! $5-$20 Sliding Scale.

The Indypendent is out there covering the issues the local NYC media traditionally avoids or neglects to mention. Support its efforts at the paper’s holiday party this year! At the beautiful Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in Park Slope. Live Music by the Improvised Explosive Devices! Let’s celebrate a memorable year.

Details from the Indypendent: “The Indypendent made many strides in 2008 thanks to the generosity of readers, contributors and supporters. We printed hundreds of thousands of copies full of hard-hitting, insightful reporting, and our work paid off when the Indy, for the fifth time, won the most awards from the Independent Press Association for reporting, photography and design. We also had a successful benefit “The 2008 Election: What’s Really At Stake?” featuring Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill, Roberto Lovato, Laura Flanders, and Malia Lazu at the Cooper Union, and editor Jessica Lee received an award for one of the top ten finalists in Project Censored.”

Subways: 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza, B,Q to 7th Ave. or: F train to 7th Avenue, exit 8th Ave.

Tonite at Cooper Union; Indypendent Benefit Featuring Naomi Klein

The Indypendent is an independent media organization that works to expose the truth. Published bimonthly, free and found primarily in NYC independent bookstores and coffee shops, The Indypendent covers the grassroots and the topics the mainstream media doesn’t delve into. It is not bought or influenced by Mayor Bloomberg Inc. It’s a great organization to support.

Author Naomi Klein has written about corporations, capitalism, and public spaces, i.e., “The Commons.” She is just one of the impressive speakers, including Jeremy Skahill, Laura Flanders, and more, at the event tonite benefiting The IndypendentInfo:

Saturday, September 13th, 8 p.m.The 2008 Election: What’s Really at Stake ?at Cooper Union’s Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue, Manhattan. Tickets: Sliding Scale – Only $6-$15!

TICKET HOTLINE: Purchase online at Brown Paper Tickets or call 1-800-838-3006 or the Indypendent at #212-221-0521 or e-mail indybenefit -at- Tickets also available at the Door.

Event co-sponsored By: Bluestockings Bookstore & Cafe, The Brecht Forum, Democracy Now!, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, Free Speech TV, Grassroots Media Coalition, GRITtv, Haymarket Books, Left Turn, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, The Nation, North American Congress on Latin America and WIN Magazine.

In the news: Indypendent article — “Union Square Boondoggle”

The excellent Indypendent newspaper, in their issue out today, has a comprehensive article by Alex Kane (who also covered Washington Square Park for the paper) on the “Union Square Boondoggle.” Read it here.