Occupy Wall Street has been gaining ground (and visibility) in recent days with major labor unions joining the demonstrations — camped out at Zuccotti Park, since renamed Liberty Plaza by the protesters — and the launch today of The Occupy Wall Street Journal. The paper, which has so far raised almost $26,000 on Kickstarter, had an initial 50,000-copy print run and was being hawked from corners in downtown Manhattan today, per the Times. Among the four-page broadsheet's offerings is a repurposed column from former Grey Lady war correspondent Chris Hedges, which read in part:
Either you taste, feel and smell the intoxication of freedom and revolt or sink into the miasma of despair and apathy. Either you are a rebel or a slave.
But the protesters are not satisfying themselves by playing the part of erstwhile paper boys. Around three-thirty this afternoon, the official Daily News Twitter account reported that at least 1,000 protesters were massing in Zuccotti Park preparing for a march.
Further uptown, in Union Square, a similar number of skimpily clad women were protesting not against "the other one percent" (Wall Street fat cats, that is) but against the implication that short skirts and bare midriffs invite sexual predators. This so-called SlutWalk — part of a worldwide movement of such rallies begun this past spring — comes on the back of recent news reports that police officers investigating a string of sexual assaults in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood scolded local women for dressing provocatively. "It's insulting to be told the way that we dress causes us to be raped. It lets the perpetrators off the hook," organizer Babe Parker told the Post. Among the slogans the women were yelling: "No means no — however we dress, wherever we go!"
Update: Several hundred Occupy Wall Street protesters made their way to the Brooklyn Bridge and blocked off Brooklyn-bound car lanes before police came in and began making arrests around 4:15 p.m. Twenty minutes later, as many as 500 protesters were trapped in those now-infamous orange nets, the Times is reporting.