NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “I have my own army in the NYPD”*

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“Who do you serve, who do you protect?” – A dispatch from the scene of the Wall Street blockades on 11/17 in New York City

This morning the streets to the New York Stock Exchange were blocked off in every direction with traffic snarled for hours. The protestors tried to enter Wall Street from every direction and were sometimes successfully repelled by the police and sometimes not. Police used batons on protestors numerous times at every way in (I was at all four) and once used a high frequency tone to drive people away—a tone still ringing in my head. As the police pushed people with batons before battering them with the weapons, the crowd chanted “Who do you serve, who do you protect?” The effect of these actions left the streets effectively blocked by the police themselves.

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Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology

From the Occupy Wall Street People’s Library:

For the past 6 weeks poets from around the world have been sending poems to the People’s Library in an effort to create a living/breathing poetry anthology in solidarity with the Occupy Wall St. movement. All poems are accepted into the anthology. The anthology is updated on a weekly basis. If you’d like a poem added to the anthology email stephenjboyer@gmail(dot)com and please include “occupy poetry” in the subject.

Enjoy. Keep Occupying!

Read the current incarnation of the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology here.

With Masha Tupitsyn, Filip Marinovich, Stephen Boyer, Eileen Myles, Adrienne Rich, Charles Bernstein, Anne Waldman, Martín Espada, Penelope Schott, Marilyn Hacker, Jorie Graham, Anselm Berrigan, Ingrid Feeney, Philomene Long, Lisa Cattrone, Ben Lerner, Carolyn Elliott, Feliz Lucia Molina, Maureen Seaton, Samuel Ace, Wanda Coleman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kevin Killian, D.A. Powell, Rebecca Mertz, Vincent Katz, Jena Osman and many, many, many others.

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