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Occupy Brooklyn? Anti-greed movement coming to boro this Saturday

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The free-spirited protest movement that’s “occupying” Wall Street is finally coming to Brooklyn — and the borough’s top elected official is already fueling up the bandwagon.

A shadowy group calling itself Occupy Brooklyn is set to rally in Grand Army Plaza on Saturday — the first big protest in Brooklyn — and unlike many mainstream Democrats and Mayor Bloomberg, Borough President Markowitz is offering some support.

“It was only a matter of time before the … rallies made their way to Brooklyn,” Markowitz told us. “There is no doubt that Americans — those in the ‘99 percent’ — are hurting, and we can all agree that some of the issues being raised by these protests … are concerns we can all rally around.”

Markowitz said he had not decided whether he would actually attend the 11 am rally, but organizers insist that they’ll have more than enough bodies to “occupy” the plaza, if only temporarily.

“There are an incredible amount of people here who want to get involved,” said one of the organizers, who would only give her name as Lady B because, she said, the movement must remain leaderless for now.

In the first days of the borough’s “occupation,” many online wags have mocked the “movement,” but the organizers have built quite a following — at least online. In just a few days, with multiple Twitter feeds, a website, and a Facebook page, thanks to members’ digital skills.

Organizers hope that the rally in Grand Army Plaza will demonstrate Brooklyn’s growing support for the anti-greed movement.

Last week, a group of 150 Brooklyn College students walked out of class to join the protest in Manhattan, and residents were set to hold a rally on Friday at the Dyker Heights office of Rep. Michael Grimm (R–Bay Ridge), according to the Bay Ridge Journal.

Occupy Brooklyn has designs on actually occupying a public space, but haven’t found a space yet. As the occupiers of Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park successfully discovered, the trick is finding a public space that is actually privately owned.

Occupy Wall Street began on Sept. 17 in Manhattan — and eventually spread across to more than 25 cities across the country as people found common, though often nebulous, cause protesting the nation’s growing wealth gap.

A diverse band of protesters — derided by many media outlets and politicians — has found solidarity representing the “99 percent,” lashing out against high unemployment, corporate greed, and the notion that wealthiest one percent of the country controls at least one-third of the wealth.

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Carl from Bay Ridge says:
Occupy Senator Carl Kruger.
He stole millions and is in office. And did BAD for the people.

Wiener stole nothing and did GOOD for the people and s out of office.

Get the CROOKS out of politics and take Marty with them.
Oct. 12, 2011, 8:03 am
Rob from Greenpoint says:
I can't wait to see Moonbat Marty in a tent.
Oct. 12, 2011, 9:09 am
TheBayRidgeLiberal from Bay Ridge says:
"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
Oct. 12, 2011, 9:18 am
Dave from Park Slope says:
Note to Marty: The Other 99% aren't too big on eminent domain-abusing, subsidy-sucking basketball arenas, or the NIMBY 1% who oppose bike paths. Better start working on a new shtick.
Oct. 12, 2011, 10:41 am
Brooklynette from Bed-Stuy says:
Socialism never "took root" in America because the leadership of the organized working class in the trade unions has remained slavishly beholden to the capitalist Democratic Party, the other party of racism and war. A class-struggle working class leadership would demand, "Break with the Democrats--We need a new ruling class: the Workers!"
Oct. 12, 2011, 11:19 am
Mike Weiss says:
"As the occupiers of Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park successfully discovered, the trick is finding a public space that is actually privately owned."

Metrotech!
Oct. 12, 2011, 12:35 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
This group deserves every support they can get. I am glad that there are those who can see through the very wealthy and see them for who the really are. For those who tend to misinterpret, these people are hardly communists and want to abolish capitalism, they are just asking for them to pay their fair share. I don't see anything wrong in that. Perhaps, they should protest in front of the AY, because that is a true example of corporate welfare as well as using a public process to build something that is privately owned.
Oct. 12, 2011, 7:32 pm
al pankin from downtown says:
Marty will show up if there is free food...especially sandwiches from Katz Deli, maybe Grimaldi could throw in a couple of pies..
Oct. 12, 2011, 8:20 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
To follow up on my previious argument, they need to pay their fare share which is what motorists have been doing for years while streetsbloggers dodge tax and get a free ride with bike lanes paid for by hard working motorists. So I am in full support, so long as the group coming to the boro all drive their cars. To accomodate the extra trafic, I propose that all bike lanes be comandeared for the extra motorists and that parking rates be waived. Also, they need to focus on Ratner and his plans to bring NBA to brooklyn on the public dime.
Oct. 14, 2011, 9:23 pm

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