Occupy Wall Street movement hits Brooklyn — and nine are arrested

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Nine protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement were arrested on Thursday afternoon after they interrupted a foreclosure action at Brooklyn Supreme Court to protest housing inequities.

Around 15 people with the group Organizing for Occupation stormed into the Adams Street courthouse, singing, clapping and halting the sales of three overdue mortgages.

“We’re in a big housing crisis,” said Eliot Tarver, an organizer with the group. “We wanted to make a statement by shutting down this auction, and to show people what was going on with this crisis.”

The auction was held up for roughly a half-hour, then canceled and rescheduled, as protesters repeatedly interrupted the sale.

“There’s no sign on the courtroom that says, ‘Barnum and Bailey,’ ” said a court officer who would only give his name as Joe. “You can’t walk into court, disrupting the proceedings, chanting and screaming and refuse to stop even after being asked.”

So nine were arrested, though all were later released on their own recognizance.

The circus-like courtroom antics had not been announced in advance, unlike a simultaneous rally that drew more than 80 people to Cadman Plaza for the first major protest in Brooklyn since the “Occupy Wall Street” movement began this summer.

Unlike that larger movement, this protest was specifically targeted at the housing crisis that has given Brooklyn one of the fourth-highest foreclosure rates in the state.

Critics of the Occupy Wall Street movement have repeatedly dismissed the movement’s claims as amorphous and vague, but the gripes aired at this rally were fairly specific.

For Mary Lee Ward, the simple demand is that she be allowed to stay in her home. The 82-year-old Bedford-Stuyvesant resident has been fighting the foreclosure of the home in which she has lived for more than 40 years.

The events of Thursday come as Brooklyn gears up for the first rally of Occupy Brooklyn, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is planning to converge on Grand Army Plaza at 11 am on Saturday.

The group is not believed to be intending to physically occupy the space for more than a few hours, but some protesters have talked about finding a location in Brooklyn that would be suitable for a long-term takeover.

Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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gimme from around says:
Thursday night, enjoy the rain out in the park suckas! Bloombergy on the way soon too to crackdown pound 4 pound
Oct. 14, 2011, 12:25 am
Sisto from Harlem says:
Bravo! It's well over due! There have been Corporate Anarchy for the last ten years where they don't abide by the laws and rules that govern this country! The Banksters continue their dirty deeds and kick families on to the street with a big smile on their faces! The Banksters then buy up the property for pennies on the dollar! Yep! It's like taking candy from a baby! Good occupation of a court house! Hope the protesters keep it up! The Corporations have to be accountable to the laws they broke! Citizens arrests of CEO's and Bankers may have to be the next step if the authorities sit around and look the other way while arresting protesters for civil disobediences!
Oct. 14, 2011, 12:45 am
gimme from around says:
yo Kanye get yo azz down there again, po po b waitin 4 u, get yo cred yo
Oct. 14, 2011, 1:05 am
peter from Park Slope says:

Yes.NOT business as usual!
Sisto's description of "Corporate Anarchy"
is accurate.

Oct. 14, 2011, 4:41 am
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
These incoherent fleabaggers are desperately looking to trump their 1960s radical grandparents ("See! We protested, too!! We made a difference!! We count for something!!!") Most are the kids who were given trophies in school and camp just for showing up for the last 20 years, whether they achieved anything or not.

During the Great Depression they had similar camps called "Hoovervilles." Why not call these what they really are: "Obamavilles?" Or would that reflect badly on the current crop of crooks in Washington?

As a lifelong New Yorker, I've never lookef forward to a freezing and snowy winter since now.
Oct. 14, 2011, 11:17 am

Oct. 14, 2011, 1:16 pm
Nannie from Maryland says:
please ask republicans where is the job creation plan. Obama's dismissed. What are their plans.

Please carry signs asking republicans what is your job plan???????
Oct. 14, 2011, 2:51 pm
gimme from around says:
run to da Apple Stores ya protestah kiddies, new iPhonez yo
Oct. 14, 2011, 3:35 pm
Bob from Flatbush says:
Republicans don't believe in evolution because they have not been part of the process.

Oct. 14, 2011, 7:02 pm
free dictionary from the www says:
ProtestEr not ProtestOr!
Oct. 15, 2011, 9:54 am
seen it all from downtown, says:
I was there and i saw it , they sang, they danced, they got arrested they went home hell of a way to chang the world ??????
Oct. 16, 2011, 10:18 pm

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