FOR THE WEEKEND BLOG (and video of the Seeger occupation) please go here.
1:00 am I leave NYC and what do you know, a few minutes later and a few blocks south of where I was, Columbus Circle gets occupied—by Pete Seeger and a merry band of followers. Trying to catch up. Some video here. Of course, played “This Land Is Your Land,” “This Little Light of Mine.” And “We Shall Overcome.” Some of that is on that video if you give it a couple minutes. Oh, BTW, Pete is 92. He had been in my town, Nyack, earlier in the day at a benefit. Still wearing famous red cap.
Now @OccupyWallStNYC tweets: “Hundreds in
#occupythecircle all singing ‘We Shall Overcome’. Surrounded by majestic glowing fountains.” Arlo Guthrie also reportedly there. @JoshHarkinson tweets: “I feel lucky to be witnessing a new generation discovering this country’s great tradition of folk protest music.”
11:00 The saga of the NPR host who got bounced from one show because of her political activities (including #OWS and other actions in DC). Now she has lost her NPR World of Opera show, as many feared. AP: “NPR will no longer distribute the member station-produced program ‘World of Opera’ to about 60 stations across the country because the show host helped organize an ongoing Washington protest, a network official said Friday evening. Instead, North Carolina-based classical music station WDAV, which produces the show, said it will distribute the nationally syndicated program on its own beginning Nov. 11. The station said it plans to keep Lisa Simeone as host and has said her involvement in a political protest does not affect her job as a music program host.
“NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm said the network disagrees with the station on the role of program hosts but respects its position. ‘Our view is it’s a potential conflict of interest for any journalist or any individual who plays a public role on behalf of NPR to take an active part in a political movement or advocacy campaign,’ she told The Associated Press. ‘Doing so has the potential to compromise our reputation as an organization that strives to be impartial and unbiased.’ ”
10:45 @OccupyArrests adds 175 to total in past month or so, pegs up to date tally at 2,120.
10:40 And I’m back, to find mass arrests in Cleveland and chants on the livestream of “this is what a police state looks like.” @andrewnazdin is live tweeting. Live stream.