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Update: Friday 14 Oct, 1pm – People power has won a crucial victory by postponing the imminent eviction of Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park by a Canadian company, Brookfield Asset Management. Now we need your help to protect Occupy Wall Street.
Brookfield has a long-standing agreement with the city to keep Zuccotti Park open to the public 24 hours a day. Now, we need a clear public statement that Brookfield will respect the protesters democratic rights on land assigned to a public purpose.
At a minimum, as Canadians, we ask that Brookfield Asset Management publicly state that:
Update: Friday 14 Oct, 7:15am – Brookfield has backed down for now, and postponed the imminent eviction, but they're still threatening to stop the protesters from camping. Keep sending messages, and we'll update you as the situation develops.
A Canadian company, Brookfield Asset Management, is threatening to evict Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park in New York. We need your help right now to stop Brookfield from shutting down the beating heart of a new global movement.
Zuccoti Park is the birthplace of the Occupy movement that has swept across the United States, and starts in Canada this Saturday. This new movement is spreading like wildfire because it powerfully speaks for economic justice and the need to reclaim our democracies.
Brookfield owns Zuccotti Park and wants to evict the participants to “clean” the park. Worse, they are threatening to impose new rules that will prevent the participants from bringing sleeping bags or tarps back into the park, effectively ending the occupation.
The New York police have said that they can only evict the participants if Brookfield labels them trespassers. Mayor Bloomberg has promised to order the police to clear the park once that happens. We need a massive Canadian outcry right now. Send a message directly to Brookfield’s executives demanding that they respect democratic rights.
Tria Donaldson, Leadnow’s communication coordinator, will be in Zuccotti Park tomorrow morning at 6AM to join a non-violent defense against the eviction — and to make sure that the Canadian press covering the story know just how many Canadians have spoken up to oppose Brookfield’s action.
“Cleaning” has been used over and over as a pretense to shut down peaceful occupations -- already this year it was used to evict protesters from the Wisconsin state house, and New York Mayor Bloomberg himself used it to shut down a peaceable demonstration against budget cuts. We can’t let it happen again.
Brookfield and Mayor Bloomberg are expecting an outcry in the US, they are not expecting a massive public outcry in Canada. This is a Canadian company. As Canadians, we have a special responsibility to tell Brookfield’s leadership not to dare interfere with the democratic rights of our southern neighbours.
Let’s show our American friends that we’ve got their back. Occupy Wall Street is about challenging the power of the richest 1%, and defending the economic and democratic rights of everyone else. Don’t let our 1% bail out America’s 1%. We need you to send a message to Brookfield’s executives here in Canada, right now.
With hope and respect,
Jamie, Tria, Matthew, Ryan, Emma and Adam on behalf of the Leadnow.ca team