On Monday, December 31st, Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post reported that weapons and high explosive powder were found in the home of a Greenwich Village couple. The article also featured an evidence-free assertion that one of the accused is an “Occupy Wall Street activist”.
As the OWS PR working group emphasized in the immediate aftermath of the story, “There is nothing… to support a link between OWS and the individual arrested.” The NYPD further does not believe that that the accused was active in any political movements, as reported in the New York Times. And when the New York Post reporter, Jamie Schram, was asked by Atiq Zabinski of the OWS Media Working Group to cite his source for the OWS connection, he refused, and abruptly ended the conversation, referring Zabinski to the Post’s legal department.
Occupiers have long been experiencing the tangible impact of hyping falsehoods about Occupy Wall Street, such as how it contributes to real and documented police violence, unconstitutional domestic spying activities, and the marginalization of constituencies and views that deserve respectful treatment by reporters.
The scope of this problem has recently become even more pronounced through the “disclosures that FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity. These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”
In response the ‘Your Inbox: Occupied’ team decided to start a petition for concerned OWS activists demanding a retraction and an apology from the New York Post on the same print and Web pages as the original accusation. Since its inception Occupy Wall Street has been firmly committed to non-violence. Yet this is far from the first time that the Post has distorted the facts of a story in order to associate the movement with violence.
Police brutality against Union Square protestors is part of a strategy to beat us away from the spotlight. What general winter failed to do, Bloomberg and Kelly hope to accomplish with billy clubs and pepper spray.
Our answer cannot be spoken of in soft and polite tones; it must be roared: Hello no, we won’t go! Police Commissioner Ray Kelly must resign, the NYPD must stop using violence as a first and only recourse to nonviolent protest, and all those concerned with an out of control, spying and lying police high command must work together to make it happen.
We’ll be gathering at noon at Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park) and marching from there. Our response to NYPD police brutality and mass arrests will be peaceful; our best defence is a large turnout.
You can help:
Tweet with the hashtag #letfreedomspring
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Upload photos and vidoes after the march and tag them on social media
Questions? At the rally we’ll update everyone about the latest – the successful Million Hoodies March, our increases presence at Union Square Park, Plans for a 99% Spring, the May First actions, and how to find your place in the movement, if you haven’t already.
For more information about other events planned for Saturday (and every other day) please visit the events section of our site.
–the OWS newsletter team*
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This is the first edition of an Occupy Wall Street Tech Ops newsletter, which we hope to put out every week or two. We hope that this will be friendlier to the uninitiated than the high-traffic listservs, IRC and nycga.net forum, and will provide clear information on how you can help.