The First Amendment prohibits Congress from making any law 'abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.'
A redress is a means to set right, to remedy or rectify, or a satisfaction for wrong done.
On #Sept17 US Day of Rage organized peaceable assemblies in New York, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland. We called on the rest of the nation to join or help us #occupywallstreet.
We did so because at the time we felt it represented the strongest test of the 1st amendment on the PUBLIC SIDEWALKS of Wall Street.
YOU DO NOT NEED A PERMIT TO OCCUPY OR PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE ON PUBLIC SIDEWALKS. Under a 2000 federal court ruling, the use of "public sleeping as a means of symbolic expression" is allowed on public sidewalks in New York City as long as you do not block pedestrians or doorway entrances and exits. See METROPOLITAN COUNCIL, INC., Plaintiff, -against- HOWARD SAFIR, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, et al., June 12, 2000 [99 F. Supp. 2d 438; 2000 U.S. Dist.]
Zuccotti Park puts the occupation at the whim of the Mayor, his girlfriend, and his Wall St 'back Bloomberg for President' buddies. Zuccotti became ZOOcotti. "It has not been reported, for instance, that Bloomberg’s longtime, live-in girlfriend, Diana Taylor, sits on the board of Brookfield [The Zuccotti Park owners]. The relationship gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “public-private partnership” (Source: Littlesis.org)
The Mayor doesn't want Wall Street's plan changed. He wants to be President. He is trying to set it up so that he gains political favor as 'generous' to the Zuccotti protest, and 'strong' for his secret right wing bankster and foreign backers. It is all a ruse. Zuccotti is NOT Walls St., although the brave, determined resourceful and disciplined group of people who held the park have done America well and served others proudly.
If Bloomberg has been ordered by his backers to use his white-shirt paid for thugs to clear you on some typically unimaginative pretext, then let him and his billionaire buddies have it and leave Zuccotti to the millionaires who think they can buy the courts to show they 'own' it. OpBroomberg has seen the clean-up of the park leaving no made-up excuses for the Mayor
If the Mayor's thugs TRY to deprive you of your rights simply make the protest larger, wider. Horizontal.
Take back the public sidewalks. Anywhere. Everywhere. Outside (but not blocking the entrances and doorways). Make sure America understands the kind of non-democratic kleptocracy the Mayor and his buddies want for our country.
US Day of Rage offered to pay for portable bathrooms and any other aids to sanitation. Mayor Bloomberg refuses to allow them. Bloomberg and his backers want to paint ordinary struggling fed-up Americans as 'dirty stinky hippies'. Only an old fool would try the hippy trick. People are a waking-up to you Mayor. Others have offered to pay, not in support of a citizen's right to assembly, but to create one of the the "most aggressive domestic intelligence agency in the world". New York's police commissioner has even confirmed that a CIA officer is working out of police headquarters.
We do not need the NYPD to protect us from the First Amendment. We need First Amendment protection.
So, for what it is worth, we offer the following tactics should #occupywallstreet find that Zuccotti be dissembled.
Find space on a PUBLIC SIDEWALK in NYC on Wall Street or as close to Wall Street as possible. If the street is occupied or blocked, move to the next possible block.
According to a 2000 federal court ruling, the use of "public sleeping as a means of symbolic expression" is allowed on public sidewalks in New York City as long as you do not block pedestrians or doorway entrances and exits. See METROPOLITAN COUNCIL, INC., Plaintiff, -against- HOWARD SAFIR, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, et al., June 12, 2000 [99 F. Supp. 2d 438; 2000 U.S. Dist.]
Camping, however, is prohibited. DO NOT SET UP A TENT.Keep in mind that permits are legally required for assemblies of more than 20 or more people within the confines of NYC public parks, which close at different times, for example 10pm. Property abutting a park may still be considered park property.
YOU DO NOT NEED A PERMIT TO OCCUPY OR PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE ON PUBLIC SIDEWALKS.
THERE ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF PROPERTY JURISDICTIONS IN LOWER MANHATTAN, PUBLIC SIDEWALKS, PRIVATE, FEDERAL, and PARKS. Many public banking plazas may be considered private property.
Keep in mind that permits are legally required for assemblies of more than 20 or more people within the confines of NYC public parks, which close at 10pm.
YOU DO NOT NEED A PERMIT TO OCCUPY OR PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE ON PUBLIC SIDEWALKS.
Once you have found a available space on a PUBLIC SIDEWALK form or join a block assembly. An assembly is a group of two or more people on a NYC PUBLIC SIDEWALK.
Assemblies do not need to affiliate with US Day of Rage.
Establish rules of order and rotating roles for each block's assembly. Roles like facilitator, secretary, and time keeper should rotate regularly. See suggested rules of order for assemblies.
- First order of business, decide on a back up block location should the assembly be illegally disbanded by the NYPD police or other government agents.
Once assemblies are formed we suggest that they establish specific demands for the block occupation by consensus, for instance but not necessarily, 'One citizen. One dollar. One vote'.
USE THE INTERNET
- Submit a report to with the block location, assembly name, and any meeting minutes, consensus, or demand. You can also use this to report other important information, bathrooms, wifi, power, and arrests. We will collate the unverified arrest reports and provide them to NLG legal observers. usdayofrage.crowdmap
If your assembly is dispersed or disbanded, reform at the backup location or join an available one.
The assemblies are a way to empower ordinary citizens to have their voices heard. US Day of Rage will collate each assemblies' demands and publish them on our web site to foster wider discussion across the nation.
This land is OUR land...
New York City is the financial capital of the world. We consider the entire island of Manhattan and even the Citicorp building in Long Island City, Queens to be 'Wall Street'. The NYPD may kettle or blockade Wall Street, but they cannot kettle or blockade Manhattan.
If they shut an assembly down, re-establish another at the nearest possible block up, down, east, or west from Wall St.
If the NYPD kettle or blockades every PUBLIC street in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, or the Bronx, they only reveal what we at US Day of Rage already know: Our government is corrupt, its powers are in the hands of treasonous and tyrannical forces, and, together, WE THE PEOPLE will prevail.
The American Revolution is alive and well. It's a group of non-violent citizen nobodies who believe in the radical notion that Americans have a right to freedom of speech and the right to peaceable assembly, in deed the right to engage in politics through free and fair elections unsullied by disloyal, incompetent, and wasteful special interests that are destroying our democratic republic and preying on the resources and spirits of citizens.
Together we can build assemblies of people along every street of lower Manhattan from Wall Street to Washington Heights; and on every street in every town in every state.
As Americans we may bang our head on other matters, but on this we surely agree. In a democracy: progressives; unions; conservatives; tea party; and unaffiliated Americans can govern and work things out. In a kleptocracy, controlled by the banksters, we cannot. We must stop their influence, their motives, and their tricks, from continuing to destroy our democratic republic, and together we can do it.
US Day of Rage (usdayofrage.org) demands that money be removed from the buying of politicians who feed the Wall Street beast. We demand that the resources of our nation no longer be used to coddle and benefit banksters and their minions. We demand that the US Government diligently reign in the parasitic destruction wreaked by Wall Street. We demand that our nation no longer be held hostage to 'too big to fail' banks. We demand that solutions be found that stop the Federal Reserve from stealing our future.