After it was announced that police will clearing Liberty Plaza of the protesters so that the parks owner can clean and do repairs, Occupy Wall Street has mounted an online effort to get the resources they need to clean up the park themselves.
Here is the letter from park owner Brookfield Properties to New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly:
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In response the city released a statement saying that cleaning would begin on Friday,
Earlier this evening, Mayor Bloomberg went to Zuccotti Park to talk with the protesters himself and inform them that on Friday morning Brookfield Properties will clean the park. Brookfield Properties owns Zuccotti Park, and built it as an amenity for the general public. As the protest has continued, Brookfield has expressed concern about its inability to clean the park and maintain it in a condition fit for public use. Brookfield conveyed these concerns in a letter they sent to the City.
The Mayor is a strong believer in the First Amendment and believes that the protesters have a right to continue to protest. At the same time, the last three weeks have created unsanitary conditions and considerable wear and tear on the park. This situation is not in the best interests of the protesters, residents or the City. The cleaning will be done in stages and the protesters will be able to return to the areas that have been cleaned, provided they abide by the rules that Brookfield has established for the park.
On their Twitter feed, Occupy Wall Street has called the claim that the protesters must leave in order for the park to be cleaned a “pretext” for the removal of the protesters, and then they pointed out that the rules that the property owners want the city to enforce on the campers were put into place after people started camping out in the park.
The Occupy Wall Street organizers then came up with a plan. They are organizing a campaign to clean up the park, before the Friday deadline. Occupy Wall Street is asking people to donate brooms, lots of brooms, mops, squeegees, buckets, waste bins, dust pans, trash bags, and they could use some power washers too. People can either bring the needed supplies to Liberty Plaza, or send them to their shipping address.
This is the perfect response to the Brookfield letter, which gives off the vibe of being a cheap attempt to get the protesters out. If the protesters clean up the park, then their removal will no longer be necessary. Plus, cleaning up the park is the right thing to do.
If you have the time head on down to Liberty Plaza and lend a hand. If you can’t be there in person, but you have a few bucks head on over to Amazon and see if you can send them a little something to help out.
Grab a broom, and help the 99% clean up and continue to Occupy Wall Street.
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