Yesterday the occupiers marched four times: the Wall Street Opening Bell March, the Closing Bell March, an extra End of The Work Day March at about six o'clock, and then the Troy Davis Solidarity March at eight. Each march is about a 1.5 miles of chanting and takes about an hour.
(I arrived at OWS at two o'clock, did two marches, organized a dozen people to announce 2,300 signatures and comments from supporters around the country and world, did my reporting work and left the city at 10 o'clock. I was exhausted, limped home from the bus stop and found I'd lost 2 pounds this morning - protest diet, try it!)
Add meeting the daily needs of hundreds of sustaining occupiers, plus the work of democratically forming the legal & ideologically underpinnings of this movement and working tirelessly to make it grow.
It's grueling. Occupiers platoon. Some march. Some maintain the space. Some rest. Some work. Some are doing it all.
Here's the good news: despite the adverse conditions and the MSM blackout, OWS growing. Busloads and cars full of people are known to be coming this weekend.
But it's not about just this weekend. OWS needs you to help it grow everyday until the system starts to pay attention. Plan a day and come. Show up for yourself.
9:00 AM - Two NYC Labor unions are now joined in solidarity with OWS: Teamster Union local 814 with 1,300 members, IWW NYC, and today Professional Staff Congress, a union of 20,000 employees from the City University of New York.
11:00 AM - NYPD again takes rain protection tarps shutting down Occupy Wall Street live feed.
12:01 PM - One person arrested by NYPD for bandana wearing.
4:33 PM - Law Sam B. Cohen of Wylie Law still working on NYC throwing-out no tarps rule.
4:35 PM - Occupy Wall Street live video feed returns with Closing Bell March. Media team water-proofing equipment.
4:30 PM - Closing Bell March still happens after rain drenched day.
Correction from previous report: No protester lost a tooth in an NYPD arrest.
7:00 PM - Occupy Wall Street mail drop for donations has been established: UPS Store 118 A #205 New York, NY 10038 - RE: OCCUPY WALL STREET
7:42 PM - General Assembly meeting in the rain.