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EMOTIONAL NIGHT IN LIBERTY SQUARE

As you probably know, Liberty Plaza was raided last night. An hour before the park was raided my friend Jack Nemo, an older man, let me know a Community Affairs Officer of the same age had told him and an older woman, Kathie, that they should take notice of all the cops, press, and sanitation trucks that had taken to the nearby area. Before leaving, the cop ominously warned, “Normandy”. Jack Nemo then relayed the information to me and I relayed the warning, but was met with much skepticism as we’ve heard the cops would raid us just about every night. And then the lights came on, the cops paraded to the edge of the steps in full riot gear and a sound canon fired, announcing our peaceful time protesting in the park for nearly two months had come to a screeching halt. Campers across the park quickly climbed out of their tents screaming, “WAKE UP THE POLICE ARE HERE!” I ran into the library and let the handful of people sleeping in there know what was happening, then unlocked and pulled the OWS POETRY ANTHOLOGY from the shelves and strapped them to my body, then climbed atop a table in the park and read poems from the anthology. Immediately, the people of Liberty Plaza launched into action, a group of about a hundred protesters took to the kitchen and U-Locked/tied themselves down. After reading the third poem, the cops began to enter the park and I realized that I would most likely lose all of my possessions so I quickly grabbed a bag of my personal stuff, ran into the library and dumped a bunch of boxes of books onto the floor to make the cleaning up more difficult for the cops then ran my personal stuff and a few amazing books to a friends house around the corner. I naively thought I could get my stuff to my friends house and then re-enter the park but could only get to the corner of Liberty and Broadway after prepping myself for a long night.

Once on the corner I immediately launched into action and again started reading from the OWS POETRY ANTHOLOGY. Someone in the crowd said the cops wouldn’t respond to the poems but I countered, it’s not about the cops, it’s about making the voices of all those that have sent poems to the anthology heard. A few cops then got in my face and began pushing the crowd I was in up Broadway. I kept reading poems as the waved batons in our faces, and fellow protesters cried as we realized they were forcing all witnesses away from the park. The further we were pushed away, it seemed the louder the park became as the police became increasingly brutal. We watched in horror as the police entered the park swinging billy-clubs and slashing tents, similar to how police in Oakland brutally assaulted the protesters that had taken Oscar Grant Plaza.

A few moments later a man that had been tear gassed on the sidewalk ran in our direction and the group I was with took him to our friends place on Maiden Lane. I looked on in horror as his bloodshot eyes/face/body was directed into her apartment then into her shower. It reminded me of something that would happen in war-torn Eastern European country in the early nineties… I couldn’t believe this was happening in New York City. Simultaneously, we realized the library was being destroyed. Helplessly we watched the news as it showed clips of the entire park being scooped up and thrown into trash trucks. It’s appalling to think that a city with over 40,000 homeless, would allow for a park full of great resources, such as tents, tarps, sleeping bags, clothing, food, electronics, etc. to be thrown into the garbage. And I must reiterate, the police explained upon entering the park that all materials in the park would be available to be picked up later at a police location and the park was being evacuated because it was unsanitary and unsafe for humans to inhabit. The NYPD lied again!

Again I hit the streets, this time more librarians and fellow protesters had made it to the area and I went to CVS and picked up anti-acid to aid people that had been teargassed. I ran through the streets reading poems and looking out for wounded. Along the way, a main figure from the finance working group tapped me on the shoulder and demanded I join him on a secret mission, basically he told me that he had a very very large sum of cash in his backpack and needed to safely transport it several blocks away to get it into the hands of OWS lawyers. Michael, a fellow OWS occupier and poet joined us! We were given a number to call in case he was taken and he explained he would pass off the backpack to us so we could continue to run it to the lawyers. Luckily we were able to run it there undeterred. After safely moving the money, Michael and I landed in front of Trinity Church where I read poems to the 40 or so cops present for a half hour, finally screaming at them, “STAND ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY! GO INTO THE PARK AND ARREST YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN BLUE THAT ARE TEAR GASSING AND BRUTALLY ASSAULTING PEACEFUL PROTESTERS. WAKE UP! STAND ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. DO NOT STAND FOR THIS BRUTALITY! BE REVOLUTIONARY!” Surprisingly, a few of the cops seemed to really respond and their eyes twinkled as they crept up closer to me… then Victoria, a key figure in the OWS movement, approached us and explained that the entire park had been tear gassed and that nothing was left. With this, I ran back around and down side streets to look for possibly wounded people. Surprisingly, everyone seemed okay. Later I learned that everyone that had been tear gassed had been arrested. We still do not know in what condition they are as they haven’t been heard from.

I then made my way to Foley square to hear the G.A. that had formed, hung out there for an hour, ate some food, discussed the craziness that was the night with folks and then went back to Zuccotti Park around 8am to see what it looked like. I heard rumors that bulldozers had run over the entire park, trees and all, luckily they were just rumors… HOWEVER, everything we brought to the park is gone. The beautiful library is gone. Our collection of 5,000 books is gone. Our tent that was donated is gone. All the work we’ve put into making it is gone. I’ve spent the last month and a half there. Currently I’m homeless so I’ve been completely dependent on the community that has sprung up there. I don’t know what is next and I don’t know how these next few steps will play out, however, I know that the one thing no amount of cleaning and bullying and policing can destroy is the tenacity of the human spirit. WE WILL OVERCOME!

I am so incredibly tired. I hope this account reads somewhat okay. I love you and will hopefully be getting you more books soon! Please send love poems to the OWS Poetry Anthology! We need your spirits to keep our spirits ablaze!

Love,
Stephen Boyer

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Today: 9AM Post-Raid Rally and General Assembly

New Yorkers! Meet at 9am at Canal and 6th Avenue. Spread the word…

This movement can’t be contained in one square block in lower Manhattan. It is bigger than that. You can’t evict an idea whose time had come.

Show your support. Turn out en masse….

Posted 36 minutes ago on Nov. 15, 2011, 5:30 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

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Eviction Notice & Property Removal

Here is a photo of the eviction notice from a photograph posted by twitter user @harrysiegel. Note that it says the property will be stored at the Department of Sanitation parking garage at 650 West 57th St. However, it was clear from the livestream and witnesses inside the park that the property was destroyed by police and DSNY workers before it was thrown in dumpsters.

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URGENT: Raid of Occupy Wall Street

URGENT CALL FOR ACTION: The Occupation and the People’s Library are being destroyed right now by the NYPD. The Library and all the tents and equipment from the camp are being thrown in dumpsters.

Please call:

311, if you’re in New York City

If you’re outside NYC, please call the NYPD Switchboard at: 646-610-5000

And the Mayor’s office at: 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675)

Ask that the Mayor and NYPD stop the eviction of Occupy Wall Street.

I’m currently watching video from the CBS News helicopter which shows that the NYPD have surrounded the occupation at Liberty Plaza with two layers of barricades and lines of police. They have also set up lights shining into the park from all sides. Streams of police are visible entering the park.

Library staff have confirmed that police are entering the occupation. The global revolution livestream is reporting that the park is being “raided” now.

It appears that at this moment, the NYPD are moving to evict the occupation. CBS reports that the press is not being allowed into the park to cover the events. There are massive numbers of police lined up in battallions on the north side of the park. Also, no one is being allowed near the park.

The police are making every effort to prevent media and OWS cameras from filming what is occurring in the park right now. The best way you can help right now is to flood the city with calls and spread the word.

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Moral Ground

With warmth and gratitude, the People’s Library opened a package from Trinity University Press yesterday. The package contained books of course,  and much to the happiness of us here at OSW, the volume, Moral Ground stared up at our smiles.

 

“Moral Ground brings together the testimony of over eighty visionaries—theologians and religious leaders, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, naturalists, activists, and writers—to present a diverse and compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibility to our planet”

http://moralground.com/

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Bureau of Public Secrets

Known for his translations of Guy Debord and the Situationist International, Ken Knabb is a translator, writer and radical theorist. Mr. Knabb has kindly donated texts from the Bureau of Public Secrets to the People’s Library. His current writings regarding the Occupation can be found here:

The Awakening in America (general overview of the Occupy movement)
http://www.bopsecrets.org/recent/awakening.htm
[The webpage includes a link for PDF format.]

Oakland (on the Oct. 25 police raid and aftermath)
http://www.bopsecrets.org/recent/occupy-oakland-raid.htm

Welcome to the Oakland General Strike
http://www.bopsecrets.org/recent/oakland-general-strike.htm

For those not able to come to the People’s Library to read Mr. Knabb’s writings and translations:

The Situationists and the Occupation Movements (1968/2011)
(comparisons with May 1968 occupation movement in France)
http://www.bopsecrets.org/recent/situationists-occupations.htm

There are also, of course, many other texts at the site that have some relevance, including:

The Joy of Revolution (Knabb)
(visions of a liberated society and how we might get there)
http://www.bopsecrets.org/PS/joyrev.htm

The Society of the Spectacle (Debord)
(the most important radical book of the 20th century)
http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/debord/index.htm

Situationist International Anthology
http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/index.htm

The latter includes these texts on May 1968:
http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/12.era1.htm (in-depth article by Debord)
http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/May68docs.htm (leaflets etc.)
http://www.bopsecrets.org/CF/graffiti.htm (graffiti)

Educate and Occupy

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Guest Speakers at The People’s Library

Our Guest Announcement Board

The People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street has been fortunate to host a number of special guest speakers in recent days including Carl Mayer, Jonathan Lethem, Lynn Nottage, Jennifer Egan, and Douglas Rushkoff. Upcoming are Michael Zweig and Daniel Pinchbeck.

And one more photo of our lovely (Canadian!) librarians with the lovely and Canadian Naomi Klein, at the first Spokes Council:

Laura, Naomi, Naomi's husband Avi Lewis, and Sean

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Daniel Pinchbeck to Visit OWS Library

Philosopher, activist and author, Daniel Pinchbeck, will speak at the People’s Library this Friday, November 11th at 3:30pm. All are welcome.

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Transcript of Jonathan Lethem’s Speech at the People’s Library on November 7th

This is a lucky day for me, to stand before you.I wish I could offer something in returnFor what you’ve given me:

The hope I thought I’d spent three years ago.

You great human specimens

Who offer your nights and days to the Occupation

Who offer yourselves as a lens on the world.

A vision of changing our lives,

To reflect our passion for justice,

For community and for connection,

Outside what’s permissible under the corporate regime

Which now passes for our republic

And still goes by its great name:

The United States of America.

You, here, on the Barricades of the Now

I wonder where you find the strength

To stand and stare, and endure the gaze

Of those who haven’t heard the call.

My thoughts turn to the middle-men

Whose incomprehension and scorn

Stands between you and the new world

On which you’ve settled your gaze.

The police, yes, and the traders

The wannabe moguls, the eager drones.

The newscasters and commentators

With their weary condescension.

Tribes that insulate the status quo,

That bad dream, which they too, suffer

And who stultify your dream of another world.

The only analogy I can offer

Is that of the service call.

We’ve all made such calls

To some bank or agency or institution

Some monolith which typifies

The drab abuse of routine power.

Precisely those whose inspire your resistance here.

Think of those you encounter on such a call

How they speak as if the rules that bind them

On the wrong side of the human story,

Were laws as natural as gravity.

As if the curbs on their humanity, and yours,

Were common sense, were right as rain.

How I wish, at those times, in my weakness

I could climb through the phone,

And commence my career as a strangler!

And so I imagine how you must feel

Looking into those faces.

Your grace, your restraint, is astounding.

God bless you for that.

For it’s never worthwhile to heap abuse

On those who perpetuate the lies

When you know they’re lied to as well.

Even those who sneer or berate,

They’re one of you, one of us,

Just not willing, not yet, not quite,

To try on the glasses, to look through the lens.

Not yet conscious of the possibilities

That lay within your steady gaze.

So they react in defense

Of the only world they know,

And against fear of what’s unknown.

What’s best to do, on a call like that?

Best is to summon these words:

“I’d like to speak to your supervisor.”

And then, usually, to say it again,

When the so-called supervisor appears,

“Now your supervisor, please.”

And so on, up the line.

That’s what this Occupation is:

The greatest collective service call ever made.

The ones you want to speak with

Are those who enact the structures

Within which the operators serve,

The real architects of the status quo.

The muckety-mucks, not those

On who they dump their muck

Nor even those who dump on their behalf.

I’d like to speak to your supervisor, please.

A graceful question, and peaceful too.

I’d like to speak to your supervisor, please.

Until you get to the top of the scheme,

The secret room at the summit of the tower.

How simple, really.

We all know who they are,

The supervisors with whom we wish to speak.

Their name crawl across our televisions,

Are etched on the plastic in our wallets,

And on our stadiums and concert halls.

They’re the ones avoiding your call,

And they’re the ones you want to speak with.

For if corporations are persons now,

Let them and their masters be called to account

Within the human community,

Let them answer to We, The People,

On this vast person-to-person call.

The phone’s ringing now.

You’re about to get through.

So go to the top.

Don’t settle, my friends, don’t settle for anything less.

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Marathon reading of “Bartleby, the Scrivener” @ 60 Wall St, 11/10

Bartleby’s positive refusal continues to resonate with the OWS movement (see my previous post here). Housing Works bookstore is organizing a reading of Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street” for next Thursday, Nov. 10 at 3pm at 60 Wall Street.

It’s a not the 24-hour Moby-Dick marathon that happens every year in New Bedford, Mass. In fact, one might think of it as a “fun run” rather than a marathon. It’ll probably last about two hours. And, hopefully, it will be followed by some really interesting conversations.

Write to events (at) housingworksbookstore (dot) org for more information, or to participate.

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Jonathan Lethem (11/7) and Douglas Rushkoff (11/9) to visit the People’s Library!

Please join us to greet Jonathan Lethem with special guest Lynn Nottage on Monday, November 7th at 3:30 pm at the People’s Library and Douglas Rushkoff on Wednesday, November 9th at 12:00 pm.

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URGENT: People’s Library Under Siege

UPDATE 5:12pm: Latest update is that the police came to remove our tent, folks resisted, but the police insisted. The books are fine, the library’s fine. Thank you all for your support and solidarity!

URGENT CALL FOR ACTION.

We’re getting reports that The People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street is under siege. We have so far been told that police are moving in to sieze the books. Update: We’re being told that the tents protecting our books are down, but they have not yet seized books.

We’ll update as we get more information. In the meantime, please call:

311, if you’re in New York City

If you’re outside NYC, please call the NYPD Switchboard at: 646-610-5000

And the Mayor’s office at: 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675)

Ask that the Mayor and NYPD respect the free and open community library in Zucotti park and that they do not attempt to take the books from the people or interfere in the operation of the library in any way, including removal of our tents and tarps. Please remind them that any action they take against the library puts the cultural and historical artifacts contained in the library at risk.

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Occupied Wall Street Journal: Online

The Occupied Wall Street Journal, the un-official newspaper of Occupy Wall Street, has launched their online version of the journal at occupiedmedia.com. All issues are available for download and all current articles can be read on the site. We are also archiving the issues here, you can always find them by looking at posts under the OWS Journal category.

Head on over and read their latest article about us, “The People’s Library: Occupy Your Mind.”

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Solidarity with Oakland!

The Oscar Grant Plaza Gazette

Tuesday, October 25, 2011   Day 16

THIS IS WHAT A POLICE STATE LOOKS LIKE

Starting at about 4:45am this morning, Tuesday, October 25, approximately 500 police in riot gear attacked and destroyed the Occupy Oakland encampment at Oscar Grant Plaza.  Eyewitness reports as well as coverage from the San Jose Mercury News confirm the presence of officers from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, Oakland, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Pleasanton, Hayward, Fremont, Walnut Creek, Union City Newark, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and San Jose, as well as the California Highway Patrol.

In other words, it takes the better part of the police force of central California in order to violently repress the legitimate political will of the people.

Police attacked the peaceful protest with flash grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets after moving in with armored vehicles.  Police established barricades as far apart as 11th and 17th. Over 70 people were arrested and the camp gear was destroyed and/or stolen by the riot police.

The LA Times confirms eyewitness reports to the Gazette that the police assaulted the peaceful protest with tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash-bang grenades after moving in with military-style armored vehicles.  (A military veteran mentioned concerning this type of grenade : “They use them in Iraq.  And also in parks in downtown Oakland.”)  Barricades were established as far apart as 11th and 17th Streets.  Between 70 and 90 arrests are reported. Continue reading

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All Languages are Needed for the Poetry Anthology


The Occupy Wall St. Poetry Anthology is blossoming!

Yesterday Patti Smith came to the People’s Library. She dropped off about ten copies of Just Kids and signed them and I showed her the poetry anthology and she liked it and we talked about Allen Ginsberg and the occupations in Spain and she told me she has been recovering from bronchitis but wants to get better and do more and I couldn’t stop glowing!! And then Patti left to walk around the park and some woman came up to me and was like, “HEY, CAN I TAKE A PICTURE OF YOU, YOU HAVE THE BIGGEST SMILE!” And I was like, “SURE, PATTI SMITH WAS JUST HERE! SHE’S ONE OF MY GREATEST LOVES!!” And then Patti came back! I was stocking books and noticed Patti had taken off her boots and gave her wool socks to an elderly woman sleeping in the park. It was so incredibly real and so incredibly altruistic/humble and I ran back up to her and we talked some more about her recent trip to Madrid, the marches she’s been going and the incredible spirit sweeping the globe. I told her I gave her poems after her performance/reading celebrating her anniversary of her first reading at St. Marks and she said she still has them. Then we exchanged info so we can try to set up a time for her to read/talk at the peoples library, so hopefully she’ll come down to the library! And hopefully she’ll send poems for the anthology!

Today the Wall St. Journal published an article on the anthology! And the anthology seems to continually get better! And it’s imperative we get someone that is a master of many languages to join the anthology so that the anthology isn’t English-centric. We need someone that can wrangle in poets from many languages so the poetic spirit of the anthology transcends language barriers. I feel the poems shouldn’t be translated as that would create a hierarchy of language. Instead, poets from all languages should contribute their poems and it’s up to the readership to evolve so they can appreciate the vastness of language! So please, please help me spread the word so the many poetic voices of all the languages of the world can contribute to this massive text of dissidence, a testament to the infinite beauty of the human spirit.

And if your language is an oral language then by all means come to the library, grab a copy of the anthology and repeat your poems continuously!!

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Occupied Wall Street Journal #3

With a front page article about the People’s Library.

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n+1 Gazette: Occupy!

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Occupy Wall St. Poetry Update

My name is Stephen Boyer! I’m a librarian at the People’s Library, I moved in full-time a couple weeks ago. I’ve been insanely busy getting the Occupy Wall St. Poetry Anthology off the ground and the WiFi here has been down, but now the WiFi is up and the anthology has reached a stable place so hopefully I’ll be able to start updating the blog regularly to fill in the readership as to the going-ons of what I’m doing at The People’s Library.

The OWS Poetry Anthology is currently only available at The People’s Library. Eventually it’ll be mass produced and probably online but for now I feel it’s imperative that it lives solely in the library. This way it maintains a power and an aura that will be lost once it is more widely available. And the feedback has been immense! If you haven’t had the chance to come down and read it, just imagine reading pages and pages and pages of voices of dissent as thousands occupy the space surrounding you. The anthology was born out of the poetry assembly. Every Friday night around 9:30pm poets of all walks of life and ages come in and read/perform their poetry. Folks that have been around the NYC poetry scene for a long time have been saying the poetry assembly is one of the greatest open mic reading series NYC has ever fostered and NYC has a great legacy of poetry. With that validation, I highly suggest you join us. Poetry illuminates the soul of Occupy Wall St. A lot of people are asking, “What are the demands” and the poets voices show just how nuanced the human spirit and impossible a set of demands truly is. This occupation is about transforming consciousness and the poetry community is a major part of that process. So please join us!

The anthology is open to all people and all poems. Obviously there are a lot of political poems landing in the anthology but its imperative we include all aspects of the human experience. Famous poets have included their work (Anne Waldman, Adrienne Rich, Michael McClure, and more), the Allen Ginsberg Society has sent us a poem on behalf of Allen, children have included their work, people of all walks of life have included your work. Again, all work is accepted and you can send your own poems to STEPHENJBOYER@GMAIL dot COM. Please include “Occupy Poetry” in the subject as my inbox has been flooded! But I love it! I want the anthology to get so large that it fills the entirety of Wall St.

Besides living in the library I’ve also helped start the Queer Caucus and I also blog at minorprogression where you can learn a lot more about me.

Here’s video of the Poetry Assembly:

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“. . . and Beyond”

I’m thrilled that the New York Times covered the opening of #OccupyBoston’s library. It’s an important story, worth being written about – in fact we wrote about it back when it happened. What I can’t figure out is how the New York Times has managed to do such an amazing job of dismissing the occupation of Liberty Plaza right here in their own back yard?

From the start, their first coverage of #OccupyWallStreet was dismissive, historically ignorant, shallow, pompous and to borrow a phrase from the Portland Mercury describing the same writers’ work on another story: “awesomely out-of-touch.”

And now, they have actually printed a claim that our library is disorganized. We stand in complete solidarity with #OccupyBoston and their library, we love them – they’re family. But that claim is just silly, and the Times has a responsibility to look into claims like that and offer their own reporting before they print misinformation. Here are some facts to help them out.

Here at The People’s Library, we have over 2,000 books. The majority of which are out in the stacks. And all of them are organized by categories such as: Labor, Finance, International Relations, Anthropology, Political Science, Philosophy, Economics, Human Rights, Activism, Religion, Queer Theory, Graphic Novels, Children’s, CDs/DVDs, Anarchist Zines, and more.

Some books are still in our storage unit awaiting the intake process, as we’re receiving donations from individuals and massive shipments from publishers all over the country. Yes intake process. This is because we have an online catalog, and we scan the barcodes of every book we receive, or add the ISBN to a list, or photograph the cover and enter them into a database to produce a historical record of what we’ve been given. That incoming list runs as a feed on our blog, on the sidebar.

We also photograph and document all books donated by authors and their families, and photograph the inscriptions along with images of the daily life of the library, which we upload here. We have reached out to the libraries forming around the country at other occupation sites and have even sent boxes of books to several to help them build their collections.

Since the early days we’ve been setting aside one copy of every zine, pamphlet or artist’s-style edition we receive for archiving – and we’re continuing to host collection boxes for the broader #OccupyWallStreet archives project. We host the Occupy Wall Street Poetry group, and our staff are publishing anthologies of their poetry. Now, we have had to struggle with two impedements to structural development, the NYPD says we aren’t allowed to have “tents” or “structures” so we’ve improvised, and it’s pretty clear our hardworking volunteers have done a damn fine job.

Our work at the library has been covered by American Libraries (the Magazine of the ALA), School Library Journal, the London Review of Books,The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many mainstream media outlets, blogs and sites including local papers like the New York Daily News.

We have a reference desk, and laptops and wireless internet for patrons and we’re expanding every day. We host author readings regularly, and if you come browse our stacks there’s a good chance you’ll run into one of them. But somehow, the New York Times didn’t notice – and our hometown paper went all the way to Boston instead for a story about OccupyLibraries. Maybe they still feel guilty about dismissing the movement and failing to cover it for weeks, and were too ashamed to come by. That’s understandable. So now I just want to say: New York Times, it’s OK, we can forgive you.

Here are driving directions, but I suggest you take the A,C,E from Port Authority or the 1,2,3 from Times Square. Come on down to the “beyond” sometime and say hi. I think you’ll like us.

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#OccupyTheory

Dear Occupiers and supporters:

I am currently organizing a project to bring together articles from political philosophers, ethicists, and other related theorists into a book which will be printed and delivered directly to #Occupations nationwide. The working title is “#OccupyTheory,” and the book is motivated by the idea that we, in our professional expertise as philosophers, scholars, and theorists, have the ability to contribute in valuable ways to the conversations going on with #OWS and, through our contribution, help the movement. We want to get this book written, printed, and out in the streets as soon as possible, and ASAP is actually pretty soon, if we do this the right way.

Printing and distribution will be paid for through Kickstarter, unless we end up working with a large publisher who’ll ship a large number to #Occupations nationwide pro bono. No matter what, though, the book (1) will be available online for free in pdf and ereader formats, (2) a significant number will be provided for free in hard copy to some of the larger #Occupations, (3) the book will be available to be carried by bookstores, and (4) will be available on a Print-on-Demand basis through Amazon.

My question for you at this stage in the project:
As someone involved with or interested in #OWS, what do you think we, as political philosophers and related scholars, can best contribute to the movement? If you could have us write about any topic or on any question, what would it be?

We have our own agenda individually, just like everyone else involved in #OWS, and each of us will write what we think is important and what we think is the most valuable and helpful thing that we can contribute. So your answer to the above won’t determine what we write on, but I will use your responses to help write the Call for Papers that goes out, so if there’s something you want to hear from us, ask it, and there’s a good chance that a scholar somewhere will decide to write on it.

We’ll also be doing an online open peer review process, and would like to invite not only academics, but also anyone involved in #OWS to contribute to the review process. We’ll post information about how to participate in peer review here, when the time is right.

Please reply as a comment to this post. Thanks!

D.E. Wittkower
Department of Philosophy
Old Dominion University

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