Early this morning in New York, faced with the threat of eviction, the protesters at Occupy Wall Street were joined by union members, by community organizers, and by thousands of other New Yorkers standing in solidarity with them.
And because they refused to back down, the park's owners had to. Brookfield Properties, the "global asset manager" that owns Liberty Plaza, withdrew their request to clear the park.1
This victory in New York shows how powerful we can be when we all stand together—the 99% occupying Wall Street, the other occupations that have sprung up across the country, and the hundreds of thousands of members of the American Dream Movement standing in solidarity with them.
Now Occupy Wall Street is calling for a huge day of action tomorrow to protest Wall Street greed, with events all across the country and the world.2 If you haven't been down to show your support for your local occupation, tomorrow is the day to do it.
When the news broke yesterday that Mayor Bloomberg was planning to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park, the response was amazing.
Occupy Wall Street protestors vowed to hold the park and called for a show of solidarity from the broader community. More than 500,000 people signed petitions from Rebuild the Dream, MoveOn, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, AFL-CIO, CREDO, and many other groups. The petitions were delivered to City Hall, and tens of thousands across the country backed them up with calls demanding the mayor not interfere with the protests.
And this morning, thousands of New Yorkers converged on the park to peacefully stand in solidarity with the protesters and make sure they weren't evicted.
Tomorrow is the opportunity for all of us, all across the country, to stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
Thank you for all you do to make our country better.
–Van, Natalie, Billy, Jim, Ian, Somer, and the rest of the Rebuild the Dream team
1. "Occupy Wall Street Protesters Hold On To Zuccotti Park For Another Day," Huffington Post, October 14, 2011
2. "#OWS VICTORY: The people have prevailed, gear up for the global day of action," OccupyWallStreet, October 14, 2011