Occupy Brooklyn Storms Back with a Weekend of Action in Downtown

11/11/2011
Eli Rosenberg
Brooklyn Paper

This weekend, Brooklyn will be occupied with Occupy Brooklyn.

The borough’s fledgling social justice movement will offer two days of rallies, teach-ins, speeches and, yes, some good old-fashioned protesting as longstanding progressive groups embrace Occupy Wall Street.

“The weekend is in line with the various struggles that have been going on here already for a long time,” said an organizer who’s been involved with the movement since its inception, but requested not to be named.

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.

Sunday’s events will include a gardening excursion to Bushwick Farms, and a teach-in and fundraiser at the historic Slave Theatre in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

An Occupy Brooklyn organizer said it only made sense for the old-line liberal groups to embrace the new movement’s spirit.

“Inequality and economic marginality — none of these things are new,” said the organizer. “There are people that have been struggling against these things for years.”