November 15th, 2011

An unfortunate follow-up to Re-Occupy Wall Street (read Occupy Wall Street: New York Police Department Evicts Protesters, Clears Zuccotti Park for more).


“The movants have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in ZuccottiPark, along with their tents, structures, generators, and other installations to the exclusion of the owner’s reasonable rights and duties to maintain ZuccottiPark, or to the rights to public access of others who might wish to use the space safely. Neither have the applicants shown a right to a temporary restraining order that would restrict the City’s enforcement of law so as to promote public health and safety. Therefore, petitioners application for a temporary restraining order is denied.” – New YorkSupreme Court ruling


A court has ruled that Occupy Wall Street doesn’t resemble

The Constitutional rights of free speech and to assemble.


So spending unlimited corporate funds counts as free speech,

But not occupying a park in order a broader audience to reach?


Being thrown out of Zuccotti is unfortunate, but not a defeat,

Nor is it a victory for the super-rich and corporate elite.


Protesters will continue to exercise their rights of free speech and association—

They just need to find a new location.


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