What happens when tightly organized labor joins a loosely organized protest movement?
Yesterday's Occupy Wall Street protest was the first one to have been officially permitted by the city and the first one in which large numbers of organized labor joined in. And, previous pepper-spray incidents notwithstanding, it's also the first one to have gotten violent on any significant scale. ("Significant"
is a relative term here; the demonstration was upbeat and tidy until nightfall, when a small portion of the crowd that was there during the day challenged police officers' attempts to barricade them.)
The New York Times delves into a less photo-friendly but possibly more significant clash, between the purposefully decentralized, leaderless and (officially) agendaless demonstrators who got this whole thing going over the past couple of weeks and the top-down, goal-oriented and, well, organized members of organized labor who have now declared themselves part of the movement.
The clashes with police (and heavy coverage of them) comes at a delicate point in the growth of the movement. The turnout of many thousands of mostly well-behaved participants yesterday will serve as evidence for liberal commentators (and the participants themselves) presenting Occupy Wall Street as a burgeoning Tea Party of the left; the barricade-chargers will succeed in attracting attention, but much of it will be from conservatives who have been waiting all along to dismiss the protesters as silly hippie anarchists.
An email sent to state officials urging them to "tax the millionaires" was sent under the subject line "time to kill." [Ken Lovett]
The Occupy Wall Street protest turned violent late last night. "Two WNYW/Ch 5 journalists, a photographer & reporter, were Maced and hit by an officer’s baton." [Meniace, Sutherland and Manigan]
Despite some differences, and with a few obvious benefits, unions joined the Occupy Wall Street protests. [Steven Greenhouse and Cara Buckley]
Bob Masters of the Communication Workers of America, and a top Working Families Party official, said "Occupy Wall Street captured the spirit of our time ...This is Madison. This is Cairo. This is Tunisia." [Boyle, Sher, Mullany and Kennedy]
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said he wasn't sure what the protesters' agenda was and won't be visiting them. [Kate Taylor]
Editors say unions should know how reliant the public sector is on Wall Street to fund the tax base that pays union public-sector salaries. [New York Post]
Yesterday's march was the first one with a permit. [Andrew Grossman and Jessica Firger]
Protesters are renting a P.O. Box in a U.P.S. store on Fulton Street to receive care packages. [Jessica Firger]
Mayor Bloomberg gave $1.2 million to the Independence Party but did not get in writing how the money was supposed to be spent. [Michael Howard Saul]
An Independence Party official said he too was conned by the political operative now on trial for taking money from Bloomberg. [Melissa Grace and Erin Einhorn]
An Egyptian sheik who said he dined with Bloomberg and was invited to meet Ray Kelly thanks to his work with the NYPD was also secretly monitored by the police department. [Eileen Sullivan]
Editors defend the NYPD's surveillance program, saying the agency gets "a sense of where a potential terrorist from abroad might gravitate" by monitoring local restaurants and mosques, but add, it was not "to suggest that anything illicit was taking place in any particular location." [Daily News]
NYPD Spokesman Paul Browne declines to comment about his public statements, some of which don't seem supported by available facts. [Harry Siegel]
Bloomberg will headline an Oct. 13 fund-raiser in NYC for the 4 G.O.P. state senators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage. [Ken Lovett]
One of those G.O.P. state senators, Mark Grisanti, said he won't rejoin the Democratic Party. [Tom Precious and Robert McCarthy]
Bloomberg equated the living wage bill with communism in the Soviet Union. [Reuven Blau]
Film permits are going digital, with less information being made public to potential stalkers, a spokesman for the agency said. [City Hall News]