Friday, November 11, 2011

Is Atlantic Yards (site of OWS protest) an example of "anti-capitalist outrage"? Maybe against crony capitalism

The Brooklyn Paper previews Occupy Brooklyn events this weekend (here's a map of the march):
Occupy Brooklyn’s events — part of Occupy Wall Street’s official “Occupy Your Block” efforts to connect to communities around the city this weekend — will be centered around Cadman Plaza in Downtown on Saturday and will many traditional liberal groups, including the Green Party, FUREE, Organizing 4 Occupation, the Sierra Club and Brooklyn For Peace.
The fair will culminate with a rally and march in and around Downtown — what one blogger called a “March To the Most Dangerous Traffic Intersections in Brooklyn” — stopping at locations of anti-capitalist outrage, such as Atlantic Yards, and the JP Morgan Chase, where protesters rallied on Thursday.
(Emphasis added)

But Atlantic Yards isn't an example of "anti-capitalist outrage." It's an example of "anti-crony-capitalist outrage."

When Atlantic Yards opponents and critics point to the absence of an RFP (request for proposals) for the Vanderbilt Yard until 18 months after the city and state announced support for Forest City Ratner's proposal, they're arguing not against capitalism but for fair procedures.

A gathering on November 17

On November 17, there will be another set of Occupy Wall Street actions:
Throughout the boroughs, we will gather at 7 central subway hubs, to listen to a singular story from one of our hardest-hit and most inspirational neighbors
  • Bronx: Fordham Rd, and 3rd Ave/138th
  • Brooklyn: Broadway Junction, and Borough Hall
  • Queens: Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave, and Jamaica Center Parsons Archer
  • Manhattan: 125th st, and Union Square Staten Island:
  • St George/Staten Island Ferry

Then we will take our own stories to the trains, using the "People's Mic". We will rise up from the underground to join thousands of others gathered in the light of day, at Foley Square. We will join the Labor Rally at Foley square- 5 pm-: RECREATE our economy!
According to a handout I received yesterday, the Brooklyn locations have expended to 301 Grove Street and 185 Suydam Street.

1 comment:

  1. For Noticing New York thoughts that are in a similar vein, see:

    Friday, November 11, 2011
    Here’s Reminder: Map For Saturday’s Occupy Brooklyn 2:30 PM March To Evict “Corporate Greed” (And Maybe Ratner's “Crony Capitalism”)

    http://noticingnewyork.blogspot.com/2011/11/heres-reminder-map-for-saturdays-occupy.html

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