Yesterday was the two month anniversary of the launch of Occupy Wall Street movement. To commemorate this day, the movement held a day of action, with the purpose to shut down the New York Stock Exchange and disrupt subway service around the city. With the police raid of Zucotti park at 1am on Tuesday morning, it appears as though police had attempted to head off this day of action. It was unsuccessful. It seems to have had the opposite effect. Not only have most of the protesters returned, but the eviction has galvanized the people participating in this ongoing movement for economic justice. This is where the rallying cry “You can’t evict an idea” has emerged from.
While many are in support of this movement, and believe in the righteousness of the cause, people are understandably upset about protesters choosing to disrupt traffic and subway service with their presence. This makes it difficult for everyday people to move about, and puts working people at odds with the protesters in many ways. It is clear that the Occupy Movement will not merely go away, no matter how many tents are ripped up, and protesters roughed up and arrested en masse. But, the question of what tactics the movement employs will make a big difference as to whether it continues to receive the support and sympathy of the other part of the 99 percent who are in many cases hanging on by a thread themselves. Should the Occupy Movement seek to disrupt the commute of many people? Is it a necessary tactic?
Marc W. Polite