Union Square: A31 organizers called a convergence for 4:00. A bike bloc was forming there and leaving in sections. At least one section seems to have been stopped by police, where many arrests followed. Legal observers were advising people to "get the hell out" of the square. |
War Resisters League (WRL): This event was intended to be a die-in along with a march from the World Trade Center (WTC) Ground Zero to Madison Square Garden (MSG). Marchers negotiated with police to march 2 by 2 along the sidewalk, but after a block (at Church & Folsom), the police penned in a block worth of people with bicycles and then stretched orange netting around the whole group and then began arresting everyone one-by-one. Some corporate media were apparently inside being arrested, too. Apparently 300 people have been arrested there and hauled away in vans. Another section of the march continued on and is still heading toward MSG. Police are perhaps heading that way with orange netting?
Fox News Shut-up-athon: Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of Fox News, 41st & 6th, to tell Bill Reilly and the rest of the awful Fox crew to "SHUT THE FOX UP!" Police surrounded them, tried to sweep people off the sidewalks, made some arrests, then mostly left to reconvene "a few blocks away". This protest is still happening.
Defend Johnny Cash: Hundreds gathered in front of Sotheby's, under the name Women and Men in Black Bloc. They have been singing Johnny Cash songs. Police surrounded people there, penned them in, and made arrests. More info on this style of protest: [ defendjohnnycash.org ]
5:16PM PDT Update: Johnny Cash wrapped up at 7 o'clock , cops were overwhelming, occasionally letting ppl out, Protesters sang loud, delegates were made to feel "ashamed" of being in this city. Approx. 600 protestors, 100 cops.
Public Library gathering: A31 organizers called for people to meet here at 6pm, to march to Madison Square Garden by 7pm.
"No Leaders" March: Folks who left Union Square for Madison Square Garden. Participant describes the march as having "no leaders" or concept and just being people who are just "pissed off about what's been going on". :) Last we heard, they were headed for MSG, along with a police escort.
An address like 34 & 6 means 34th Street and 6th Avenue. In the parts of Manhattan where these actions are happening, most of the time the smaller number is going to be an Avenue (which run north-south). Broadway, Park & Lexington are Avenues that run north-south interspersed with the numbered Avenues. 6th Avenue is also called "Avenue of the Americas".
Some important locations:
- Madison Square Garden = 34th and 7th ave
- Public Library = 42nd & 6th ave
- Union Square = 14th & Broadway
- Herald Square = 34th and 6th avenue
There's more scheduled for this evening. Check with A31 for more details. The portland indymedia breaking newswire will continue to be updated as frequently as possible to cover all these events, as information comes in.