Observations of an American journalist in Azerbaijan, Russia and USA.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Interesting Washington Post article today. Remind me again why anyone should vote for this guy. Do we want a president an avowed policy of hostility toward civil servants who differ with him philosophically?
Protestors may no longer be sleeping in Zuccotti Park, but they have not left the city. This morning, I heard the helicopter first. I gave it no thought. A traffic helicopter, I thought. Then, I heard faint chants - the "hey, hey...." rhythm. Something has got to go. That's the way the ubiquitous chant goes. I opened the window - and sure enough, the protestors were down the street protesting at the Credit Suisse building. I decided to get my laundry chore done & investigate the scene on my errand. The protestors, it turned out, were objecting to the 17th Annual Aerospace & Defense Financing Conference being held in the building. As a hand-out put it: "The CEOs of 30 A&D corporations are pitching business investment plans to Wall Street executives. Pentagon speakers will assure CEOs and investors that budgets will be cut for the 99% but that profits will continue for the military-industrial complex and the 1%." In other protest news, the students at Baruch College rallied again on Monday. Here's the video I made of that event.
Here is a little video I made the other day about the events in Union Square and about the events in New York City in general on November 17, the international "occupy" day. The park has been cleared - but the idea is still strong - and the movement is growing.
The NYPD cleared Zuccotti Park early this morning. I'm thinking of heading down there soon - people are gathering at 6th and Canal - to hold a general assembly and figure out the next plan.
Here is the last video I shot of the protest encampment.