On Monday, civil rights lawyers working on behalf of the protesters filed complaints with NYC’s buildings department that the closure of Zuccotti Park violates zoning laws by restricting the public from using public space. Their efforts proved successful the next day, when the barricades came down and about 250 protesters quickly poured back in. While the restrictions against tents and permanent encampments are still in effect, it is unknown whether or not protesters intend to follow them or try again anyway. More at AJE.
The New Yorker currently has an incredibly moving piece on one of the Zucotti Park protestors. Ray Kachel has a story that is simultaneously heart-wrenching and uplifting. Normally, we’d provide summaries of the best part—but in this case, we’d have to quote the whole thing. This is the human face of OWS. This is what gets lost in the hoopla, and what the 1% can’t ever seem to see.
Read the article here.