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Our reporter Matthew DeLuca, who stuck with yesterday’s “May Day” protests well into the evening, files on Occupy Wall Street’s resurgence back into the mainstream’s consciousness:
The question of course remains of what Occupy will do with whatever momentum it picked up from Tuesday’s demonstration.
For some protesters, the lack of one or two key demands and a stronger organizational structure made the day less effective than it could have been. “I think they have to state their demands along with their actions,” said Anton Alen, a student at Hunter College, adding that he thinks Occupy Wall Street has been clear on many things it would like to see changed. Alen said that the idea of trying to occupy another space Tuesday night was in the right spirit but needed to be thought out better. “I don’t think it can be so spontaneous and still be effective,” Alen said.
Sofia Gallisa of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, disagreed. “This isn’t about specific demands,” she said. “It’s never been about specific demands.” Occupy Wall Street has changed the kind of discussions Americans are having about inequality, she said, particularly around issues of class.
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Tom Morello tweets his gratitude to the OWS “Guitarmy.”
The Communications Workers of America is America paid big dollars to get this as a promoted trend on ‘May Day.’ This is the tweet they’ve got sitting atop that hashtag.
These guys are marching near Grand Central and are currently amassed outside the Chipotle directly across from Bryant Park (42nd b/t 5th and 6th avenues).
When we heard (on this live stream, that’s currently off the air) that some May Day protesters started marching toward a Chipotle in midtown, we thought we’d give them a heads-up. Hopefully they’re making some burritos, because the picketers aren’t super happy with some of their political decisions that we believe have to do with immigrant hiring practices.
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Occupy Wall Street, thought by many to have gone into hibernation for the winter, says it’s planning a massive series of demonstrations in New York on May 1. Matthew DeLuca tracks the resurgence.
Michael Lewis, an author who has written extensively about the financial crisis, interviewed himself and asked of the Occupy Wall Street relationship with the media, “Why do writers think it’s okay to be all talk and no action?”
Here’s his answer:
Okay, I’ll tell you what happened. Twice I wandered around Occupy camps—in Washington and in San Francisco. There was one giddy moment when I thought I should get up and give a rousing speech about the evils of credit default swaps. After that, I just felt absurd. I was of no use.