OWS Day of Action: Storm Wall Street disguised in … business suits; Update:“We Shall Overcome”? Update: Live video added

posted at 8:40 am on November 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

So this has been the marketing strategy for Mens Wearhouse all along, huh?

The “day of action” is to begin early, with protesters converging on Wall Street camouflaged in business suits hoping to blend in with office workers trooping out of the subway.

“We will rise from beneath. They can’t stop all of us. It’s going to get crazy,” vowed one organizer. “They took the first shot Tuesday night. [Thursday] we return fire. We will be peaceful, but we will resist.”

The city said it was bracing for tens of thousands of people in the streets.

“The protesters are calling for a massive event aimed at disrupting major parts of the city,” said Howard Wolfson, deputy mayor for governmental affairs. “We will be prepared for that.”

Will the suits fool anyone?  Only if the men wearing them have gone home for a shave and a shower, and after the lice and scabies outbreak, that may not be enough.  WABC’s live video feed shows police cordoning off the Wall Street area and providing only limited access today, a task for which they are well rehearsed — and thanks to the loose lips in the Occupy movement, well prepared.    They’ll check IDs, just as they did in the neighborhood of the UN when I attended the DurbanWatch conference.  It might slow things up a bit on Wall Street this morning, but it won’t have that much of an impact for New Yorkers who have been through this many times over the last ten years.

San Francisco wasn’t as fortunate yesterday.  Protesters “occupied” a bank lobby yesterday, resulting in 100 arrests, and the use of the lobby as a latrine:

Protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement seized a Bank of America branch in the city’s financial district Wednesday, a demonstration that forced jittery customers and employees to flee and ended in nearly 100 arrests.

It took about 40 police officers in riot gear nearly four hours to clear the bank, but no one was injured. Police said many of those arrested were UC Santa Cruz students who were protesting fee increases and budget cuts.

Respect for private property was as important to the protesters as you’d guess:

They scrawled messages in chalk on the bank walls — “Greed!” and “Give Us Back What You stole!” — and plastered pink phone message slips on desks and computer screens. One man was seen urinating in a corner.

Classy!  I guess the Occupier was so well educated that he couldn’t find a bathroom in the bank.    It’s become so embarrassing that even the woman who earlier bragged that she provided the “intellectual foundation” for the Occupy Movement refused to sign a petition in support of Occupy Harvard:

U.S. Senate hopeful and Harvard Law prof Elizabeth Warren, who has claimed she laid the “intellectual foundation” for the Occupy Wall Street movement, is jilting the anti-corporate proteges in her own Ivy League yard, refusing to sign a petition in support of Occupy Harvard. …

The move distances Warren from an organization that is losing public support, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released yesterday. It also has made her a target of the Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS political organization, which unleashed a negative ad last week blasting her for supporting radicals over jobs. Warren backed off her “intellectual foundation” claim a day after making it, saying she doesn’t support all Occupy actions but stressing that she’s been fighting Wall Street for years. But Warren supports the movement so long as they follow the law, Sullivan said.

As long as it follows the law?  What part of “occupy” and squatting does Warren not quite comprehend?  It stopped following the law on the first day that it refused to leave.  I don’t blame Warren for not wanting to put her name on this movement, though; who wants to put their name on a movement that consists of squatting, trespassing, vandalism, lice, scabies, “rape-free zones,” and losing one’s potty training?  Besides George Zimmer and Mens Wearhouse, that is.  Maybe they’ll get a sales boost from people who think they’re a Halloween costume shop, but I’m betting that the people who think of business wear as day-to-day clothing will shop elsewhere from now on.

Update: In the “I’d Like To Buy A Clue, Pat” Department, the protesters have broken into song on the streets in order to disrupt any counterprotest.  Care to guess what they’re singing?  From NY Daily News’ liveblog:

A group of about 30 protesters has now sat down in the middle of the intersection of Nassau and Pine.

They are what one protester called ‘soap boxing,’ which is basically ‘mic checking’ anti-Wall Street messages and they have just broke out into song, singing ‘We Shall Overcome.’

If you want to know why this is offensive, my friend LaShawn Barber explained on Twitter:

For the record, black people sang “We Shall Overcome” as they marched for equality before the law.

Hipsters are singing it because…why? They can vote. They can live and work where they want. They can enter stores though the front door.

Hipsters are angry because…why? They can’t find a job with a degree in Romance languages, therefore they want capitalism abolished?

Obviously LaShawn missed the explanation of why this protest is so much more significant than that silly little civil-rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

Update II: If you’d like to see this as it unfolds without having to worry about lice and scabies, why not watch it here?

Live video from your Android device on Ustream

Looks like more police than protesters, but YMMV.

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The city said it was bracing for tens of thousands of people in the streets.

So …. two or three dozen?

tom on November 17, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Earlier, police when into the park and arrested several people. Later, an officer was taking a photo of a bum behind the barricade. Obviously, the police are targeting those who are the biggest offenders.

And yes, the kid was bleeding but no his face was not drenched in blood.

Blake on November 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement seized a Bank of America branch in the city’s financial district Wednesday, a demonstration that forced jittery customers and employees to flee and ended in nearly 100 arrests.

It took about 40 police officers in riot gear nearly four hours to clear the bank, but no one was injured. Police said many of those arrested were UC Santa Cruz students who were protesting fee increases and budget cuts.

This is a little more serious. A mob occupies a bank where private citizens put their money. This should result in nothing less than serious jail time and a felony record.

But it’s San Francisco, so it probably means a slap on the wrist at best.

tom on November 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM

“I have to take a quick break. A ‘bio’ as we call it. If you buy a drink across the street, they’ll let you…”

Potty break!

Wethal on November 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Economic civil rights???

Blake on November 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I was going to get a smoothies, because it is the most nutrients.

LOL LOL

Noted: These “poor” people have a lot of expensive camera equipment for people who “have nothing.”

Good Lt on November 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Breaking news on Fox is saying; NYPD officer in ‘stable condition’ after being slashed at ‘occupy’ protest. I’m not able to steady watch the livestream. There doesn’t seem to be near the protesters as predicted. Does amyone know about how many are actually protesting?

Zcat on November 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM

The human stupidphone strikes again.

Good Lt on November 17, 2011 at 2:24 PM

If you are trying to clear out a space, why oh why would you allow a 100 reporters in, you doufus!

Blake on November 17, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Go take a bio, brother.

There’s an alley over there. Or maybe on a police car.

Good Lt on November 17, 2011 at 2:27 PM

The whole world is laughing!
The whole world is laughing!
The whole world is laughing!

Blake on November 17, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Zcat on November 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM

It’s difficult to tell how many actual protesters there are, and haven’t heard any realiable reports.
The officer having been slashed hasn’t been explained via ustream.
Had heard it barely mentioned, but sort of as a question, and no further explanation.

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Hey! It’s Luke Rudkowski (and We Are Change)!

And they’re…9-11 Truthers.

http://zelikow.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/luke.jpg

Google them.

LOL LOL LOL

Good Lt on November 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Sure hope he turns off the camera when he takes his bio.
Eeeeeew.

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 2:31 PM

More pics of the 9-11 Truther Luke Rudkowski, with whom our hero cameraman is obviously unacquainted.

https://www.google.com/search?q=luke+rudkowski&hl=en&biw=1525&bih=724&prmd=imvnso&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=tGDFTpKMBMH00gGiqMWNDw&sqi=2&ved=0CE4QsAQ

The whole world is laughing at you, OWS.

Good Lt on November 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM

People have also accused him of misappropriation of donations.

Blake on November 17, 2011 at 2:36 PM

In regards to the headline…
I don’t think I’ve seen even ONE business suit !
Anyone else ? Epic fail.

Plan is that they’ll soon begin marching from Zucotti, heading for the Brooklyn Bridge, and somewhere else (forget)… subway ??

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Brandon Blood

Blake on November 17, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Starting their ‘silent march’ .. might get a better idea of headcount ??

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 2:40 PM

“attempts to march on Wall Street were unsuccessful”

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Again, these people are so gullible. They are claiming the guy died. What b.s.

Blake on November 17, 2011 at 2:47 PM

MIC CHECK!

WE HAVE TO SLOW DOWN!

LOL

Good Lt on November 17, 2011 at 2:48 PM

as predicted. Does amyone know about how many are actually protesting?

Zcat on November 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Fox reports less than 1,000

Rod on November 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Miscreants, rapists, thugs, drifters, petty thugs, unions, college kids – OBAMA’S PEOPLE.

These aren’t protests – they’re Re-Elect Obama rallies.

Good Lt on November 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

This is what a police state looks like…as they walk around freely screaming at invisible enemies.

Good Lt on November 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Um, guys? Anybody have a map? Wall St. is the OTHER way.

katy the mean old lady on November 17, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Yeah, they seem to be wandering around looking for something to destroy. They may be biding their time waiting to close the bridges.

Blake on November 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I’m wondering if they turned right now because I did.

LOL – the blind leading the blind.

It’s a roaming neutron star of stupidity.

Good Lt on November 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

The UK Telegraph has picked up [the/a] live feed, and the comments there are …entertaining. They have still images of some of the drama.

This could go viral. Obama is out of the country and NYC goes crazy!
Where’s the President, the National Guard, Oh.. the humanity.

Skandia Recluse on November 17, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Cameraman asking how many are marching …
3-5 thousand.
????

Heading for City Hall ??

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Yeah, they seem to be wandering around looking for something to destroy. They may be biding their time waiting to close the bridges.

Blake on November 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Do they know that most NYC drivers will run right over them, cross the bridges, and never look back?

katy the mean old lady on November 17, 2011 at 2:58 PM

DAY OF ACTION! ENTERTAINMENT.

Good Lt on November 17, 2011 at 2:59 PM

OCCUPY THE SUBWAY!!!!

How about ‘Occupy a 10 Story Drop!!!’

BigWyo on November 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM

“This march is HUGE !!!”

oy

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM

HEY HEY
HO HO
CORPORATE GREED HAS GOT TO GO

Say hi to Obama’s unionistas.

Good Lt on November 17, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Meeting up with the goonions in Union Square.

How poetic.

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM

OccupyPhilly is going to march down Market Street (main thoroughfare) at rush hour. The wimpy Dem administariton will probably let them. They’ve been marching down Walnut Street every Friday afernoon without a parade permit, snarling weekday traffic.

Wethal on November 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM

That story was SOOOO SAD.

I’m so upset this thug who was kicking over barricades got thumped by the police.

Waaaahhhhh!

Good Lt on November 17, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Whew ! He’s off air for awhile.
Either someone called him on his phone, or his solar-powered/charged battery ran out (I kid you not.. he uses one).
Hoping for the latter, myself.

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM

OccupySF now has not only a lice problem but fleas, too, according to Drudge.

Wethal on November 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM

I think there is a long line for “bio” breaks in the nearby fastfood place.

Wethal on November 17, 2011 at 3:30 PM

I watched earlier and just watched a bit more now and 90% of this guy’s commentary is about the batteries dying, being changed out or what type they are.

WTF?

ButterflyDragon on November 17, 2011 at 3:31 PM

One of them asked if the original 13 star flag was a confederate flag? Geniuses.

katy the mean old lady on November 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM

They need to add more drums to make God stop the rain..

GoodBoy on November 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM

“Student debt is a national threat”

Dudes, it’s only a threat to your lazy butts !!

Oh, good grief.

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM

That’s a pretty large group.
oh, yeah… unions and debt-strapped students.

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 3:42 PM

“Student Debt is a national threat” “they are raising our tuition”

Hmm.. obviously all the liberal professors are demanding too much money..

GoodBoy on November 17, 2011 at 3:47 PM

‘They’re privatizing our public education ! Education is under attack !’

Enough of the whiners for now… I need a bio break.
;-)
Oy.

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 3:49 PM

“Student Debt is a national threat” “they are raising our tuition”

Hmm.. obviously all the liberal professors are demanding too much money..

GoodBoy on November 17, 2011 at 3:47 PM

They’re somewhat right. But only due to the incrementalism that it exposes.

The education bubble was created by the government just like the housing bubble.

The only difference is that it’s not going to be as large a financial impact as the housing bubble.

ButterflyDragon on November 17, 2011 at 3:53 PM

If you are blocking the streets, you are not peaceful, you ahole!

Blake on November 17, 2011 at 4:13 PM

They are trying to destroy my city. Live stream is jaw dropping.

Urban Infidel on November 17, 2011 at 4:18 PM

They are NOT blocking the sidewalks ! Just funneling you out of the road, idjits !!

He’s STILL spewing that injunction lie.
Oy.

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Protecting the rights of millions of NYC to use the roadways is NOT oppression, fools !

pambi on November 17, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Washington should be impeach and tried for treason for violating their oath of office “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” These protester’s are advocating and seeking the destruction, and downfall of the United States of America, and democrats, the president are supporting the downfall of the USA!

Zcat on November 17, 2011 at 4:41 PM

the nycga live feed is banning and deleting people from their chat. I suspect they are not pro-poopers.

Blake on November 17, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Rod on November 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Thanks!

Zcat on November 17, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Enough with the conspiracy theories! lol!

Blake on November 17, 2011 at 6:27 PM

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