Cleaning up OccupyWallStreet

Overnight, the NYPD cleared out Zuccotti Park, attempting to attract as little media attention as possible. Helicopters were banned from the airspace above so no video was taken. BBC America had it covered long before CNN. Something seems fishy here.

In the clear out, over 5,000 OWS Library books were destroyed. Our freedom of speech is dwindling in these days. Believe what you will about what Occupy Wall Street is really about, but the way it has been handled by the government and media is a disturbing look at our future.

As a former journalist and now librarian, fighting for the power of free speech is innate with me. Seeing what the government is doing to silence it has me saddened and enraged at the same time.

ETA

To contribute books to Occupy Wall Street, please send donations to
The UPS Store
Re: Occupy Wall Street
Attn: The People’s Library
118A Fulton St. #205
New York, NY 10038

To see what books were destroyed, check out Occupy Wall Street’s Library Thing to see the cataloged list of what had already been donated.

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