Silent Vigil Linked to Occupy Wall Street Planned for Lincoln Center Oct. 18

News   Silent Vigil Linked to Occupy Wall Street Planned for Lincoln Center Oct. 18
 
Activists of Occupy Wall Street, the grassroots movement that seeks to protest "bank bailouts, corporate greed and the unchecked power of Wall Street in Washington," will participate in a silent protest at the fountain at Lincoln Center 7-8 PM Oct. 18.

The gathering is timed coincide with the presence of theatregoers and concertgoers at the complex at 65th Street at Broadway.

Lincoln Center, including a 7 PM performance of the Tony Award-winning War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater, is open for business, and no inconvenience to the audience is expected, an LCT spokesman told Playbill.com.

The protest is billed as a "solidarity" event of Occupy Wall Street. The Lincoln Center gathering is organized by Granny Peace Brigade. It's billed as a "silent vigil."

According to notes on the OWS website, "Six years ago, 18 women attempted to enlist in the U.S. Military at the Recruitment Center in Times Square. Not only were we not welcomed, we were arrested...and the Granny Peace Brigade was born. Since then, we Grannies have stood our ground in the struggle for peace and social and economic justice — and for our precious First Amendment right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. …In a silent vigil timed to coincide with showtime, we grannies will once again stand our ground...against invasions, wars, occupations, against U.S. military bases abroad, against militarization of youth, against the human cost of war — domestic and international — against the economic cost of war. …We invite you to join with us in this silent mini-occupation as we reflect on the issues that have galvanized us for the past six years."

On Oct. 15, in the early evening, thousands of Occupy Wall Street protestors marched on foot (and swarmed up through the subway) to gather in Times Square. That night, more tha 70 arrests were made, according to published reports. There were no disruptions to Broadway business Oct. 15. *

According to the occupywallst.com, "Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan's Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #OWS is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to expose how the richest 1 percent of people are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future."

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