New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg says he won’t force Occupy Wall Street protesters out of Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park.
But a plan to clean the park and to establish new rules for people gathered there has everyone worried.
The New York Times reports that an emerging consensus among people on the ground is that “if the protesters cleaned up their own sleeping bags and tarps and pieces of cardboard and made the park better than new, the city and the park’s owners, Brookfield Properties, might relent and let them stay.”
Some of the city’s savviest political activists are working to tip the balance in favor of maintaining the occupation at the centrally located Zuccotti Park.
The Working Families Party, New York’s labor-backed political party, is moving fast to organize a response that assures Occupy Wall Street is not evicted.
Step One: Call Mayor Bloomberg at: 212.639.9675.
In an urgent message to WFP backers, party executive director Dan Cantor explains why that’s important, and what else activists can do.
Cantor, a veteran organizer with strong ties to the city’s labor and political leaders, writes:
Dear Friends: Just a few days ago, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced to the world that the protesters at Occupy Wall Street could stay as long as they wanted. But now, it sounds like he could be changing his mind.
According to his office, Zuccotti Park is set to be emptied of protesters and cleaned starting TOMORROW. In theory the protesters will be allowed back in, but there’s a catch — there will be a new set of rules, including no lying down and no sleeping bags. It seems clear to us these rules are designed to end any ongoing occupation of the park.
The Occupy Wall Street sanitation committee has begged the administration and anyone in earshot for dumpsters, but the City has ignored them. Instead, officials are using the excuse of cleaning the park as a back-door attempt to get protesters out of the park and put an early end to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
For us to succeed in helping the protesters stand their ground, please do these two things:
1) Show up tomorrow morning at 6 am when the sanitation crews arrive to Zuccotti Park.