Hell yeah! The Partnership for Civil Justice filed a Class Action Complaint against Mayor Bloomberg, the City of New York, and the NYPD. The complaint says that the 700 protesters arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge were entrapped by police who carried out “a pre-planned and deliberate course of false arrest”.
The complaint names 5 defendants, all residents of NYC, and includes all 700 who were arrested as part of the class action. The factual allegations in the complaint are right on the mark and include the fact that we were allowed on the bridge and given only inaudible warnings about being arrested.
You can read the full complaint here.
I was arrested on Saturday, but I’m still unsure of how to process everything, and unsure of what exactly I should and shouldn’t say about what happened to all of us on the Brooklyn Bridge. I can tell you that I am scared though. I am scared of going back to Occupy Wall Street and getting arrested again. I am scared that after 700 people endured the terror of being bound and locked up by the NYPD (one as young as 13) that this might all amount to nothing…just another fizzle of radical hope eventually squelched by the State.
I’m also scared that the mass arrests are the last thing we need right now. I believe that reformist tactics do not work. I believe that disruption, insurrection, and direct action are currently the only ways even the most minute changes will occur. That being said, I don’t expect Wall Street to change at all. I don’t expect our government to start taking care of us. I don’t even want that. 700 people getting arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge got everyone’s attention, but to me that’s not what’s remarkable about Occupy Wall Street.
Had a pretty fantastic time with the F Word at Florida State last night talking about Anarcha Feminism and police brutality and creepy frat culture and TV. Thanks for having me, ladies, and keep up the good work!
I am currently en route to visit my mama in Miami, and as excited as I am, I’m also really,really bummed to be missing the kickoff of New Orleans’ #occupywallstreet solidarity march. (Ps. Here’s their first official statement.) But, just because I’m a poor planner, that doesn’t mean you should miss out, too.
Ok. Pay attention.
The initial march will form in front of Orleans Parish Prison at Tulane & Broad at 12 pm, this Thursday Oct. 6th in spirit with Occupy Together’s National Day of Solidarity. It will move to the Federal Reserve at Lafayette Square, the base being at Duncan Square at City Hall.
For more info and updates, please check the website: occupynola.org
And, lemme tell you. Babies, I’ll be home soon. And if y’all still around by Friday morning, it’s bookoo daiquiris for everyone. Hold tight!