Occupy Update November 16, 2011

Occupy Wall Street has been evicted from Zuccotti Park. The process that began with an early morning raid was wrapped up by late afternoon when a judge affirmed the right of New York City to bar overnight camping in the park. By early evening the park was open to protestors to return as part of the general public, but they were not allowed to bring tents or sleeping bags. UWS will stay on top of this developing story.

Some valuable resources that are reporting on the ground as events happen are: The New York Times, truth-out.org, Democracy Now!, and of course OccupyWallStreet.org.

Occupy Boston, one of the last major camps still open, is not taking any chances. Lawyers working on their behalf have asked a Suffolk Superior Court judge for an injunction preventing their removal. Mayor Thomas Menino says there are no immediate plans to do so.

Were the recent raids on Occupy camps in 18 cities coordinated?

Several journalists who were reporting on the police raids were arrested along with the protestors.

Dick Meister says that Labor and OWS are a “natural fit” in this Op-Ed piece for truth-out.org. On the same site, Rose Aguilar says the media is failing to tell the personal stories of the Occupiers.

Bruce Judson writes in the Huffington Post on the under reported story of the long-term unemployed and the Occupy movement.

Author Barbara Ehrenreich says the establishment of the Democratic Party has abandoned OWS.

Labor certainly hasn't abandoned OWS. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement of support as did the Teamsters.

Longtime Labor activist and journalist Steve Early asks if OWS is teaching unions lessons they have forgotten.

In an ironic twist, OWS protestors who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge last month finally had their day in court just hours after police closed and cleared Zuccotti Park.

What role did cyclists play in helping to ease the confusion of this morning's police raid on OWS?