Media Talking Points
in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street
September 30, 2011
Why We Are Here
We are deeply troubled by the acts of police violence
that have been perpetrated against occupy New York over the last 2 weeks.
Including pepper spraying of non-violent demonstrators, violent arrests, and
the suppression of expressive activity.
We support the Occupy Wall Street demonstration and are
in solidarity with its aims. Through
direct action, these inspirational protesters have opened a space where more
people are talking about, and doing something about, runaway corporate greed,
the corruption of US democracy, and the extraordinary inequalities of wealth in
our city and our nation.
But our main concern is the NYPD’s ongoing
criminalization of dissent, especially their overreaction to minor violations
of the law by otherwise peaceful demonstrators.
Our goals today is to let the NYPD know that we are
watching them and that we intend to hold them accountable for any misconduct
towards the Occupy Wall St. demonstrators.
On the D.I. Bologna Pepper Spray Incidents
condemn the use of pepper spray against peaceful demonstrators
call for the resignation or firing of D.I. Bologna
demand the immediate public release of all reports filed in relationship to
On the Use of Force to Arrest Marchers
condemn the use of force against peaceful demonstrators
call on the NYPD to stop criminalizing peaceful dissent—even when it is
demand a full report about what command decision may have led to this incident
and what paperwork was filed after the fact.