Will A Canadian Company Trigger the New American Revolution?
At 7AM this morning, Friday October 14, a Canadian company, Brookfield Asset Management, is threatening to evict Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park in New York. We need your help right now to stop Brookfield from shutting down the beating heart of a new global movement.Source Here.
Zuccoti Park is the birthplace of the Occupy movement that has swept across the United States, and starts in Canada this Saturday. This new movement is spreading like wildfire because it powerfully speaks for economic justice and the need to reclaim our democracies.
Brookfield owns Zuccotti Park and wants to evict the participants to “clean” the park. Worse, they are threatening to impose new rules that will prevent the participants from bringing sleeping bags or tarps back into the park, effectively ending the occupation.
The New York police have said that they can only evict the participants if Brookfield labels them trespassers. Mayor Bloomberg has promised to order the police to clear the park once that happens. We need a massive Canadian outcry right now. Send a message directly to Brookfield’s executives demanding that they respect democratic rights.
Tria Donaldson, Leadnow’s communication coordinator, will be in Zuccotti Park tomorrow morning at 6AM to join a non-violent defense against the eviction — and to make sure that the Canadian press covering the story know just how many Canadians have spoken up to oppose Brookfield’s action.
“Cleaning” has been used over and over as a pretense to shut down peaceful occupations - already this year it was used to evict protesters from the Wisconsin state house, and New York Mayor Bloomberg himself used it to shut down a peaceable demonstration against budget cuts. We can’t let it happen again.
Brookfield and Mayor Bloomberg are expecting an outcry in the US, they are not expecting a massive public outcry in Canada. This is a Canadian company. As Canadians, we have a special responsibility to tell Brookfield’s leadership not to dare interfere with the democratic rights of our southern neighbours.
Let’s show our American friends that we’ve got their back. Occupy Wall Street is about challenging the power of the richest 1%, and defending the economic and democratic rights of everyone else. Don’t let our 1% bail out America’s 1%. We need you to send a message to Brookfield’s executives here in Canada, right now.TO SEND THAT MESSAGE CLICK HERE
With hope and respect,
Jamie, Tria, Matthew, Ryan, Emma and Adam on behalf of the Leadnow.ca teamAnd from OpEdNews.com
Brookfield Properties, the company which owns Zuccoti Square, has ordered that it be cleared and cleaned, with new rules that prohibit laying down or using sleeping bags after it's cleaned. The question is, will activists in the many cities where Brookfield Properties rents office and retail space launch actions against the company that seems to be launching an attack on the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Brookfield Properties a publicly traded company listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (BPO), is one of the largest owners of commercial property.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the company which has a deal with NYC to keep Zuccoti Park open 24/7 has the right to set rules for how it is used. A WSJ article states that the NYPD reports that the company is exercising its rights and insisting that the park be cleaned, POWER-WASHED, to be precise. Think fire hoses like were seen in the south in the sixties.
Brookfield properties owns properties in many major cities in the US, Canada and Australia- New York, Washington DC, Houston, Denver, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver, Sydney and Melbourne.
Some of the properties include World Financial Center in NY, Brookfield Place in Toronto, Bank of America Plaza in Los Angeles...
It will be interesting to see if the Occupy Wall Street protesters, having been thrown out of Zuccoti Park, will take actions against Brookfield properties, which seems to be declaring war on them and the Occupy movement. With properties in so many cities, it will be interesting to see if occupy protesters in Boston, Houston, LA, Minneapolis, Denver, Vancouver, etc. will identify Brookfield properties locations, which also seem to be often associated with Banking and finance, as ripe targets for the daily actions that the protesters take.
If that happens, it will also be interesting to see the effect of such actions on BPO stock value and the value of the company overall. It's closing price on the NYSE today was $14.29, down. The cost of cleaning the park and basically, aiming a direct attack on the Occupy Wall Street Movement may not be five or six figures. It might be hundreds of millions of dollars in lost value for the company.
If any protesters engage in any actions (protests, sit-ins blocking access, marches in front of properties) aimed at Brookfield, it is likely that the police will respond. That would mean that police will spread their forces around different actions. If protesters even talk or tweet about responding with actions targeting Brookfiled, the police will most likely feel the need to be prepared for response capability, meaning manning up for all potential Brookfield targets.
If protesters in other cities also target Brookfield Properties, then the Brookfield Company may get a reputation with cities as a company that costs a lot to protect - a company that stirs the #OWS hornets nest.
Of course, nothing could happen. Brookfield Properties could simply have Zuccoti Park cleaned, then establish new rules that prevent Occupiers from staying at that facility. It will be interesting to see what this change in the dynamics will set in motion in terms of domino effects and blowback.
Twitter tracking of the key word Brookfield turns up some interesting information but it is unverified:
Multiple tweets are reporting Mayor Mike Bloomberg's girlfriend, Diana Taylor, sits on the board of Brookfield Properties.
The funding Brookfield Properties used to buy Zuccoti Park was provided by Goldman Sachs.
This article's aim is to consider possible developments and does not encourage any actions or activity. Urgent Call to Action: Go to Zuccotti Park Now!
Mayor Bloomberg has announced that Occupy Wall Street must leave Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 14, allegedly so the city can clean it.
Almost verbatim notices have been served on other occupations around the United States and the world. Invariably, they have turned out to be a ploy to clear the space and not let demonstrators back in. Mayor Bloomberg has a long history of lying and police state tactics of crowd control.
As I write, Occupy Wall Street is cleaning all of Zuccotti Park, even spending $3000 of its own funds to hire professionals with steam cleaners as well as gardeners who are replacing trampled flowers. The park had become somewhat messy with all the wet sleeping bags and tarps, but it was never filthy. Uniquely among New York's urban public spaces, it is completely free of pigeons, who cannot find a meal, despite enormous the amounts of free food being served daily. The demonstrators have been cleaning up after themselves from the beginning.
The OWS General Assembly has voted not to leave the park voluntarily. It has issued an urgent call for all supporters to come to Zuccotti Park by 6 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, October 14) and defend the occupation.
Occupy Wall Street has been steadfastly non-violent from its start on September 17. The police are another matter- especially the supervisory goons in white shirts and the "Paid Detail Unit," which is composed of active-duty city cops directly employed by the banks and the New York Stock Exchange. But if thousands of people show up, link arms and refuse to leave, the police can't arrest everyone and Zuccotti Park, or Liberty Plaza as it has been called lately, will remain liberated space.
Occupy Wall Street and the countless other occupations across the country it has inspired is the most important and effective demonstration the left has organized in at least 40 years. The New York action has garnered $150,000 in donations. It has support from the most important unions and community groups in New York. It has inspired millions around the world to fight back against greed and corruption with their own occupations. It must be defended.
We call on all our readers to go to Zuccotti Park now. At the latest, get there by 6 a.m. Preferably spend the night, because Mayor Bloomberg should not be trusted about when the "cleaning" will start. He is, after all, a billionaire.