Lots of OWS Excitement Last Night

My neighbohood and others were bustling with OWS activity last night. I was curled up on the couch with the cats, happily watching America’s Next Top Model, but for the longest time the sky was filled with helicopters and I finally had to get up and see why. Turns out the OWS protestors were on the move, and apparently they were snaking through a lot of neighborhoods, including mine.

I have to say, I had fun following everything via twitter, live ustreams, and both watching the helicopters and the helicopter’s live streams at the same time. Oh, and a website link to the police radio broadcasts.

Here’s a shot looking towards Times Square from the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, where my choir will be performing in December.

View of Times Square

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Lots of OWS Excitement Last Night

  1. Hi Stacy,
    I have to confess I don’t get it. I’m still waiting to hear what this movement is supposed to be about. I’ve heard people vaguely refer to it as an “anti-capitalist” movement.

    What in the heck is that supposed to mean? There are no capitalist societies in our world today. Economists refer to our financial systems as “mixed economies:” blends of capitalism and socialism.

    Furthermore, they are fighting last year’s wars. Bernie Madoff is in jail. The big banking-brokerage houses have been closed down. The people on Wall Street have taken pay reductions just to work there.

    Where they need to be protesting today is in Brussels. The financial decisions that are going to cause us to either dig our way out of our current crisis or collapse into further recession will be determined by the decisions made in Brussels with particular reference to Greece. All of the international banking that affects our economy substantively is being decided by the members of the EU.

    Finally, once again, hanging around Wall Street is not putting pressure on the state capitols where politicians might be influenced to come up with some kind of legislation if anyone told them what kind of legislation to come up with.

    US Congressmen and Senators are responsive to voters and businesses in their own states, and no matter how vigorously the protestors hang on to their tents in Zuccotti Park, it will make no difference whatsoever.

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