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NYC Protesters Receive Hobo Bean Care Packages

Hello! Here’s a “lost dispatch” from last night, when your Occupy Wall Street correspondent temporarily fled Zuccotti Park, mostly due to looming thunderstorms/cowardice. (The NYPD has prohibited the use of tents and all tent-like structures, hooray.) Anyway! This collection of noteworthy day-old Occupy Wall Street news will also not be heard on NPR, and not just because they’re currently obsessed with foraging for Thomas Jefferson’s favorite fruit snack.

  • Approximately 100 mail parcels containing canned foods, multifarious supplies and messages of support arrived at Zuccotti Park yesterday morning. The protesters have also received more than $25,000 in donations since September 17.
  • The New York Transit Workers Union voted to support the Occupation and will be joining the protesters on Friday. (Now this has already happened.)
  • Police ordered the removal of a tarp that was protecting computers and other electronics from inhospitable weather (“just in time for the rain,” noted one protester) yesterday afternoon. We have video documentation after the jump!

Can you spot famous hip-hop icon Russell Simmons standing around looking confused/upset?

Wonkette’s Riley Waggaman is living amongst the Occupy Wall Street protesters in Lower Manhattan.

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63 comments

  1. Amo_of_Bogio

    "prohibited the use of … all tent-like structures" there's a seventh grade level crude joke in there, but I JUST CAN'T FIND IT…
    Anyone?

      1. schvitzatura

        When is a long pole in the tent just a long pole in the tent? When a cigar is just a cigar?

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Any tent-pole staying erect for more than four hours is a well-known health hazard, and four hours is how long it takes someone without insurance to get medical treatment, thus the police are justified in making up this rule.

      Note added in explanation: It is a little-remembered fact that in Olde (pre-Giuliani) New Yorke, the NYPD had to justify the rules that they made up.

  2. SarahsBush

    I'm sure Apple will replace your waterlogged computer, considering how much promotion you're giving them YOU HYPOCRITE!

  3. BlueStateLibel

    Keep up the damn good fight, Riley. The BBC did a story on you all tonight. You're making them nervous, keep it up.

  4. SudsMcKenzie

    Teabag gatherings, Congressional baseball games, Breitbart feel ups, and now this.

    Riley, you are our Anderson Cooper!11

  5. Radiohead

    Can you spot famous hip-hop icon Russell Simmons standing around looking confused/upset?

    Duh, he's brainwashed.

    1. DaRooster

      OT (kinda)
      Heard he came out like Warren Buffet… said he wants to pay equal taxes to "Regular" folk…

  6. orygoon

    Dropping food is Good Work, but that crowd could also do with a gross or two of hula hoops. Hula-hoopin' Wall Street! Now that was inspired!

      1. schvitzatura

        Pardon me for asking, sir, but what good are civil rights fighters going to be against that?

  7. Radiodead

    I linked this vid last night and didn't get a single upfist. It's OK y'all, I've had my heart broke before. Nonetheless, here's a line from that song:

    And up rolls the riot van
    And these lads just wind the coppers up
    They ask why they don't catch proper crooks

    Watching Riley's video footage, one easily wonders: these fucking cop heroes surely have something better to do.

    1. not that Dewey

      I may have missed it last night, but now, thanks to you, I have an Arctic Monkeys playlist on youtube, pending my further exploitation of PA Amazon employees.

  8. SystemError

    Man this protest is really getting in tents.

    For all in tents and purposes, I really support these in tents on ally protesters.

  9. Negropolis

    Quick question that's been going through my mind concerning the protest. Why would the organizers choose a privately-owned park (this is such a foreign concept to me) to do this in? Was it simply because it's the only park in close proximity to Wall Street?

    BTW, I said it before, but I love how they've chosen to communicate, down there.

    1. dustyrebel

      Yeah, cause sounding like a bunch of programed robots is really going to endear the movement to anyone outside of the "true believers". They're squatting in a private park because they don't have a permit to protest on Wall Street – like the pilots did earlier this week. Now that, hundred of uniformed pilots, was an effective and striking image.

    1. PalinzADummy

      Remember the war against Franco?
      That's the kind where each of us belongs
      Though he may have had all the weapons
      We had all the good songs!

      So, join in the folk song army
      Guitars are the weapons we bring
      To the fight against poverty, war, and injustice
      Ready, Aim, SING!

  10. MiniMencken

    Who is Russell Simmons? English comedian? Exercise promoter? American Indian activist? Australian movie star? I'm having a senior moment…

    1. Radiodead

      Hey ttommy, remember how The Tent Offensive changed the direction of the war of Northern Aggression? Well, that and the hippies and the Cronkite-controlled media?

  11. chicken_thief

    When they make the movie of this event, I bet the supervisor cop in the white shirt is played by the Bible thumping Baldwin brother.

  12. iburl

    Notice that the "horrible brutal dictator Mubarak" in Egypt didn't even try to take away their tents. We live in a fascist state. Freedom of speech but no amplification, freedom of assembly, as long as you stay in the prescribed areas, freedom to have shelter, unless you are a dirty hippie.

  13. gurukalehuru

    Anecdote on protest tactics: About a million years ago, when I was a young dirty hippie protesting against the Viet Nam war, we had quite a crowd massed on the west steps of the Iowa State Capitol building. Police were at the top of the stairs, barring the doors to the capitol building. It was a standoff. At a certain point, I got bored with hanging out and chanting stupid slogans and went for a walk, around to the east side of the building, were the doors were wide open and unguarded like on any other day. I walked into the capitol building, through the lobby, and out to stand behind the cops (we called them "pigs" back then) and make furious hand gestures, indicating to the crowd that all they had to do was walk around the building and we could occupy the capitol itself. I was completely ignored, of course.

  14. dustyrebel

    "Approximately 100 mail parcels containing canned foods, multifarious supplies and messages of support arrived at Zuccotti Park yesterday morning"

    Wow, that's like 2 parcels per protester. Score!

  15. lochnessmonster

    I'd like to know if the cops would remove a tarp Anderson Cooper put up to protect HIS media equipment!

  16. Radiodead

    This is your correspondent. Good news. First time I saw coverage of the Occupation on Yahoo News, via Reuters. Maybe Radiohead not playing actually did something.

  17. An_Outhouse

    Maybe they should set up a tent and call it a religious shrine. The cops can't fuck with religious shrines. They can all get inside it and pray that the rain stops.

  18. Nostrildamus

    The protests were the 2nd item on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" today (after Chris Christie).

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