Burned out, out of money, out of ideas… seduced by salaries, comfy offices, book deals, old lefty cash and minor celebrity status, some of the most prominent early heroes of our leaderless uprising are losing the edge that catalyzed last year’s one thousand encampments. Bit by bit, Occupy’s first generation is succumbing to an insidious institutionalization and ossification that could be fatal to our young spiritual insurrection unless we leap over it right now.
We've covered the insanity of Occupy Wall Street for months now. After rapes, murders, theft, arson, disease, and assaults, you would think that some of the people blindly following the movement would get a clue and leave. Well, some have as the movement is fizzling out.
The Utopian dreamers of Occupy Boston are leaving behind a disgusting field of filth on the formerly scenic Rose Kennedy Greenway, where trees will have to be replanted, grass resodded, sprinklers repaired or replaced and the entire area power-hosed in a massive cleanup that could take weeks. “We’re close to the end of it, which is very good news. Soon, the park can be repaired and open to the general public,” Nancy Brennan, executive director of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, said late yesterday.
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Occupy Wall Street organizer Aaron Minter was sentenced to 10 days in New York City’s notorious jail, Rikers Island, on Friday. Gideon Oliver, a New York City-based lawyer and president of the National Lawyers Guild-New York City Chapter, said on Twitter Friday that Minter took a plea on a case arising from a Metropolitan Transportation Authority action for vandalizing subways in early April.
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Tracy Postert, a former down-on-her-luck Occupy Wall Street protester, is now a capitalist running her own financial business. Postert got her big break when Wayne Kaufman, an executive at John Thomas Brokerage, befriended her at Zuccotti Park last October and helped her get a job at his company. Now she’s in business for herself, looking to sell investors comprehensive reports on biotech companies. “Evidently she became a capitalist,’’ chuckled John Thomas CEO Thomas Belesis. “Our OWS girl has seen the light.”
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NEW HAVEN (AP) -- About a dozen Occupy New Haven demonstrators were arrested Wednesday as police cleared out the protesters after winning a court battle. A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the protesters do not have the right to stay on the city green. Many of them packed up their belongings within hours, but police said about 50 protesters still were in the area when they arrived to clear the camp. Some of the protesters had to be carried away after refusing to leave, police said.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico officials threatened the island's Occupy Movement with legal action Thursday if its supporters do not clean up a public park they occupied for five months and abandoned suddenly this week... "The amount of garbage, waste and rubble left behind is impressive," she said. "They were supposedly defending the environment, fighting for a better Puerto Rico ... what they left behind is everything to the contrary."
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“We’re being evicted without tear gas,” said Melissa Byrne, a protester from the District. “It’s just not as glamorous” as high-profile closures at Occupy Wall Street and other camps, she said.
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Kevin Hiltunen, a former NYPD officer, yesterday grabbed an Occupy Wall Street demonstrator by the collar and dragged him out of a Queens school where he’d been heckling US Rep. Bob Turner at the congressman’s swearing-in ceremony.
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Earlier this morning, WSP cleared Heritage Park, moving demonstrators to another area of the park while they removed camping equipment. According to WSP, the officers found "obvious biohazards" within the camp, including hypodermic needles.
West Coast ports tried to get back to business as usual Tuesday as they tallied their losses after anti-Wall Street protests that blocked trucks and curbed business along busy waterfronts. Long lines of trucks waited outside port gates and some workers reported early to clear the cargo backlog left after thousands of Occupy demonstrators forced shipping terminals in Oakland, Calif., Portland, Ore., and Longview, Wash., to halt parts of their operations Monday.
"I'm fed up with this movement," said Duad Abdullah, 51, an Oakland resident who said he has volunteered in city programs for more than 20 years. "It's fallen off to the negative side and hasn't brought about any change."
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The encampment turned the once-lush City Hall lawns into patches of dirt strewn with debris. Crude graffiti was scrawled on some City Hall walls. A treehouse constructed of wooden pallets lashed to four palm trees stood empty. It was decorated with U.S. flags, a pinata, various secondhand objects and signs that read "free hugs" and "we are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams." Occupy LA protesters destroyed the grass, damaged trees and sprayed graffiti on statues before the statues were boarded up, said Leo Martinez, a division manager with the city sanitation department.
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City sanitation workers yesterday were forced to pick through a filthy pile of property seized from Zuccotti Park including dirty hypodermic needles, moldy food and glass-littered, broken gadgets. “I pick up garbage [for a living], and these were some of the worst smells I’ve ever experienced,’’ one worker grumbled to The Post.
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At least one incident on the county list wasn't noted by the Sheriff's Office: the discovery of an estimated 200 pounds of human feces near the county Veterans Memorial Building, just across the Water Street bridge from the camp.
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Sanitation officials said Wednesday that they expect to haul away 30 tons of debris from the Occupy L.A. encampment –- everything from clothing to heaps of garbage to oddball curiosities left behind by the protesters who lived at the City Hall tent city for two months.
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“I’m amazed that in a park full of revolutionaries, there are large contingents that can’t throw away their own trash,” said Jordan McCarthy, 22, a member of the protesters’ sanitation team.
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One occupier who comes down daily to hand out literature says only "every 50th person takes one of my handouts these days." This is how forlorn the Occupy movement has become. They wish the homeless occupying their space would move on so they could get back to the business of revolution. Nothing in the Chronicle article suggests Michael or his fellow occupiers are aware of the irony of their situation.
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"Fascist pigs! I am a protester!" cried the loudest bullhorn user, Debra Lujan, 34. Within minutes, the two on bullhorns and the rest of those who didn't leave - about 20 - were being handcuffed with plastic wrist ties and put in line for police vans. They were all driven away within an hour. City Department of Public Works crews using 10 trucks had the camp disassembled and the sidewalk washed down by 1:15 a.m. "It went pretty smoothly," said Officer Albie Esparza.
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Because the GA [General Aseembly] had no way to reject force, over time it fell to force. Proposals won by intimidation; bullies carried the day. What began as a way to let people reform and remake themselves had no mechanism for dealing with them when they didn’t. It had no way to deal with parasites and predators. It became a diseased process, pushing out the weak and quiet it had meant to enfranchise until it finally collapsed when nothing was left but predators trying to rip out each other’s throats. By the time I returned to NY from visiting the camp in DC, exhausted with the pain of six evictions, the NYC GA was a place where women were threatened with beatings, and street kids with calls to the police... It was the tiny, brutal, and bitter politics of failed people. -Quinn Norton's Eulogy for #Occupy