I can’t vouch for this, but it seems worth getting out there.
Date: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM
Friends, allies, and troublemakers,
I heard through a back-channel (which I did not seek nor cultivate) from a very highly-placed person in the Mayor’s office that they are losing patience with the status quo VERY quickly. This person was rather blunt and without giving me any sort of firm timeline nonetheless made it clear that the city has a plan, the resources, and will likely mobilize very soon (tonight? early next week? I don’t exactly know) to either clear the occupation entirely, or remove 99% of the infrastructure currently in the park (all the tents, sleeping bags, etc.—the plan 3 weeks ago for Brookfield’s ‘cleaning’).
This communication from the Mayor’s office has gone to other power brokers I’m in touch with and is being echoed and affirmed by various local elected officials, as well as the Public Advocate’s office. Press are starting to hear ruminations too. It seems the letter from Assembly speaker Silver and colleagues may have brought the (political) situation to a tipping point.
At this point, the combination of various implicit and damn-near-explicit warnings has me so I wouldn’t be surprised if they came in 4am tomorrow morning. I believe we should be prepared for that.
I haven’t been well plugged into contingency planning for this nor has there been much discussion amongst this group with reports from DA affinity groups and whoever is lately working on tactical contingency planning for a raid. I would like to suggest that the discussion be brought to the fore rather urgently.
Parallel to this, I have been given the suggestion that the only way to delay the seemingly inevitable is visible, highly-touted progress on some of the basic things that have consumed too much of my and many others’ time, including:
Beyond that, we gotta just figure out how to pivot—and fast—to whatever’s next in the wake of a Liberty Square raid.