Update: Overnight, nearly 8,000 Leadnow members sent messages to Brookfield Asset Management’s executives demanding they respect the democratic rights of protesters. This morning, faced with a massive global outcry and thousands of protesters ready to non-violently resist eviction (including Tria Donaldson), Brookfield Asset Management and Mayor Bloomberg backed down!
This is a big step in the right direction, but it’s not over yet. Brookfield has only stated that it will delay eviction. We need them to honour that committment which is why Leadnow is asking Canadians to send messages to Brookfield Asset Management’s executives, asking them to publicly state that it supports the right of the protesters to:
- Continue occupying Zuccotti Park without interference.
- Supply themselves with the minimum requirements for safety and sanitation: such as toilets, showers, tents, warm bedding and other necessities that they decide they require.
Take action here: http://leadnow.ca/stop-occupy-wall-street-eviction
Occupy Wall Street keeps gaining momentum, with occupation actions starting up in cities across the world. While Canadians on this side of the border prepare for Saturdays Occupy Canada actions, it has just been revealed that a Canadian company is trying to shut down the birthplace of the movement: Zuccotti Park.
Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD notified Occupy Wall Street participants about plans to “clean the park” — the site of the occupation — Friday starting at 7 a.m.
According to NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly:
“People will have to remove all their belongings and leave the park…After it’s cleaned, they’ll be able to come back. But they won’t be able to bring back the gear, the sleeping bags, that sort of thing.” In short: “cleaning” is a thin cover for eviction.
The attempted eviction comes hours before a global day of solidarity actions. The movement is taking the world by storm with a message that resonates powerfully with the millions of regular people: growing economic inequality is corrupting our democracies and making most people’s lives worse.
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