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OWS Protesters Bringing Message Underground With Plan To 'Occupy The Subway'


Last Edited: November 17, 2011, 3:46 pm

A poster for Occupy the Subway at the Fulton Street Station in Brooklyn (credit: Twitter)

NEW YORK (CBS NewYork) —  The group behind the “Occupy the Subway” demonstration planned for this afternoon says they have no intention of disrupting subway service.  The group “99 New York” says in a press release that they will be holding “subway speakouts.” According to the group, the speakouts will consist of unemployed and underemployed people telling their stories in the subway system.

“The Mayor’s office has been characterizing the Subway speakouts as an attempt to ‘shut down’ the subways. THIS IS FALSE. The Subway speakouts will not involve any attempt to disrupt subway operations,” the group said in a press release.  The clarification came after dozens of arrests in lower Manhattan at the beginning of Occupy Wall Street’s “Day of Action.”

The demonstrators are planning to target 16 stations starting at 3 p.m., including Union Square, Borough Hall in Brooklyn, the Jackson Heights station in Queens, the stop at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and the ferry terminal on Staten Island.

Here is their precise itinerary:

  • Manhattan: A/C/1 station at 168th and Broadway– Carmen Perez, single mother living with her brother because lack of affordable housing
  • Manhattan: A/B/C/D station at 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue; 4/5/6 station at Union Square– Monnie Callan, retired hospital worker caring for elderly sister
  • Brooklyn: A/C/L/J/Z station at Broadway Junction– Edgar Andrade, small business owner struggling to support family through layoffs
  • Brooklyn: 4/5 station at Borough Hall– Valerie Peterson, underemployed healthcare worker relying on children to make ends meet, struggles with diabetes
  • Bronx: 4 train station at Fordham Road– Wanda Fuentes, underemployed home care worker caring for mother with Alzheimers
  • Bronx: 4/D station at 161st St – Yankee Stadium– Minerva Morales, unemployed single mother and Christine DeLeon, evicted tenant
  • Bronx: 6 station at Hunts Point Avenue– Rosa Balbuena, unemployed mother of 4
  • Queens: E station at Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue– William Berry, veteran and small business owner
  • Queens: E/J/Z station at Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer– Juan Pelaez, lost job after workplace injury, facing eviction
  • Staten Island: St. George/State Island Ferry Terminal– Zaida Moreno, fired due to budget cuts and hasn’t found stable work for 2 years, now suffering medically due to stress

It's all planned just in time for school dismissal and the evening rush.

Bill Dobbs is one of the organizers of the “Day of Action.” He says the massive protest is meant to galvanize public support for the Occupy movement.  “The message is really about who gets what in this country,” he said. “We are the 99 percent. Who gets the safety net? Who gets thrown under the bus?”

Source:  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/11/17/protesters-bringing-message-underground-with-plan-to-occupy-the-subway/

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Comment by Starr920 - November 17, 2011, 3:59 pm
I'm not a political person at all so can someone please explain to me how occupying subway stations and disrupting people and children trying to make it home after work/school is going to have any effect on Wall Street?
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - November 17, 2011, 5:59 pm
Starr, The chaos is meant to generate wide news coverage. Without news coverage they are nothing.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - November 18, 2011, 12:26 am
Here is a little tid bit what they have on their mind also.

Comment by Starr920 - November 18, 2011, 10:45 am
Thanks for the comment and the link, Jap69:)) I'll check out the link soon.
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - November 19, 2011, 9:34 pm
These are the most annoying people in the country all gathered together in groups across the country.
They are doing what they do best and enjoy most - annoying people.
When not gathered together in groups, they can be found driving slow in the fast lane or just complaining about one thing or another.
Basically, they're just a bunch of whiners.

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