When police raided Liberty Park in the wee hours of November 15th, what occupiers cared most about, in addition to free speech rights violation, press censorship and police brutality, was the removal of their library, which contained 5,000 donated titles. In this movement of ideas, Books have become a key symbol to the cause. The shelter for the library at #OccupyWallStreet was donated by National Book Award-winner and punk rock legend Patti Smith, who has a fabulous rousing song, "People Have the Power." (Which I saw her perform live at the Fillmore in San Francisco a few years ago...)
Here is a video of the return to Liberty Park just in the early evening of November 15th, including an interview with the #OccupyWallStreet librarian.
Video: Yvette Torell
Ideas memes from #OccupyWallStreet that continue to resonate:
"We Are the 99%"
and this week:
"You Can't Evict an Idea Whose Time Has Come"
"This is What Democracy Looks Like"
And finally, some amazing footage of words projected last night, November 17th near Foley Square where 10,000 gathered to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. Talk about inspiring, and mysterious. Hero(ine) beacons writ large!
--Kathleen Sweeney is a vlogger, web content producer (www.video-text.com), and author (Maiden USA) who teaches Media Studies and Creativity at The New School, NY. A Preferred Provider of video services for SheWriters, she recently produced the book trailer for the young adult novel, Hooked.