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Occupy Wall Street to Take Over Lower Manhattan Once Again

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Four months since Occupy Wall Street began, the movement’s strategy has continued to evolve. There are the numerous occupations of physical locations all across the country; the attempted boycott of big businesses like Target (TGT), Walmart (WMT), Sears (SHLD), Macy’s (M) and Best Buy (BBY) on Black Friday; and the move yesterday to disrupt operations at West Coast ports, which has ignited controversy, with some from labor unions arguing that the blockade actually hurts the economic interests of the workers in the 99% bracket.
 
The newest mode of action that Occupy Wall Street has announced goes back to its lower Manhattan roots, as the movement plans to set up a new encampment just north of TriBeCa.

Come Saturday, one month after the Brooklyn Bridge march in protest of Occupy Wall Street’s eviction from Zucotti Park, protestors intend to occupy Duarte Square at Canal and Varick Streets after staging a big rally that will include musical performances. The event, according to its website, is dubbed “Re-Occupy.”

Over the last month we have seen a series of coordinated attacks on occupations across the nation in an attempt to stop the growth of a movement for social and economic justice. Outdoor space is a threat
because it is a visible form of dissent– a visible challenge to the system, visibility that screams liberation.

We occupy to liberate. We move forward in the grand tradition of the transformative social movements that have defined American history. We stand on the shoulders of those who have struggled before us, and we pick up where others have left off. We are seeking a better society for us all.

Duarte Square is owned by Trinity Church, which has thus far refused the movement’s repeated requests to allow it to camp there. "We’ll make them decide whether they’re a real estate organization or a church, a place of sanctuary,” Patrick Bruner, an Occupy spokesman, told The Atlantic Wire.
 
According to an event organizer, Mark Bray, we can expect to see a redux of Zuccotti Park, complete with the familiar tents, kitchen equipment and a new all-night library, which was famously recreated in a recent Law and Order: SVU shoot.

"Basically, the point is that, regardless of how Saturday turns out, we think the occupation of public space is an important stimulus for the movement, for spurring dialogue, and for keeping the issues in the public eye," Bray said. If they do get a foothold in Duarte Square, Bray said the occupiers will try to make the camp a little more organized. "We have a town planning working group that got going and started to organize the space once things were underway and the tents were set up" in Zuccotti, he said. That committee has a plan "to map it out so that there’s a sleeping area, an area for food … There’s talk of having more big tents and fewer smaller tents." And yes, the drummers are invited.

Given the pushback the movement has faced this past month from authorities, with many encampments nationally having been cleared out, we’re guessing Saturday’s occupation will probably encounter some stiff resistance from NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD.
 
(See also: Occupy Wall Street's Latest Plan: Occupying West Coast Ports, Real Protestors Take Over Law & Order: SVU's Fake Occupy Wall Street Site & Occupy Movement Set to Take on Black Friday)
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