Occupy Wall Street will be two months old on November 17th, and it’s pulling out all the stops. It was announced on the occupation’s main Twitter account at the end of October that something would be going down, and now we know: the plan is to “shut down” Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange, right around the time of the opening bell.
The description on the Facebook page:
For too long, Wall Street has crushed our communities in its blind pursuit of profit. But our numbers and our relationships are more powerful than their money. Join Occupy Wall Street and 99%ers from across the country as we shut down the stock market by throwing …a block party the 1% will never forget.
On the morning of November 17, we will shut down Wall Street. We will ring the People’s Bell, and initiate a street carnival in which we rebuild and celebrate the neighborhoods that the Wall Street economy has destroyed.
Wall Street has destroyed our neighborhoods. Let’s rebuild them on top of Wall Street.
Crain’s reports that the protesters will attempt to stop the NYSE bell from ringing (hence the “People’s Bell” meant to replace it). Then, “After the morning events, protesters will fan out across the city at various transportation hubs, holding public assemblies where people can talk about their community’s needs. They will then symbolically “Occupy the Subway” and head to lower Manhattan for the rally at Foley Square and march over the Brooklyn Bridge.”
This is the biggest action that OWS has planned in a long while, since the days of the mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brookfield “cleaning.” Should be interesting.