Civil War Brewing At Occupy Wall Street

Time was, everyone occupying Zucotti Park in protest of the financial services industry got along (some extremely well). Now, times have changed and battle lines have been drawn. On one side you have those who are pro drum banging. On the other, you have those who want people to cool it with the drums, out of fear that the neighbors who previously supported the movement will go anti-OWS, over the racket.

A frustrated organizer writes:
Friends, mediation with the drummers has been called off. It has gone on for more than 2 weeks and it has reached a dead end. … We need to take this seriously, and be clear that if we can’t deal with conflict and self-organizing then we are facing eviction very soon (this week), and the allies that helped turn out mass numbers at the last one will not be around this time, nor will the press be supportive.

According to Slate, “the drummers have agreed to limit their banging to two daily sessions, between noon and 2 p.m. and between 4 and 6 p.m.” but it may do little to appease those who want the drums gone, now today and those who feel strongly that the bangings are “the heartbeat of this movement. Look around: This is dead, you need a pulse to keep something alive.”

Drum Circles Could Doom Wall Street Occupation, Organizers Fear [Slate]
Monday Night Urgent OWS Message [n+1]
The Organizers Versus The Organized [NYM]
Occupy Wall St Protester Tells NY Times About Losing His Virginity After Drinking Six Four Lokos And An Iced Mocha [Complex]

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56 Responses to “Civil War Brewing At Occupy Wall Street”

  1. trojan_ says:

    Bangin on a trash can
    Drummin on a street lgiht

  2. Guest26 says:

    A pulse is also the only prerequisite most of those yahoos require when it comes to choosing their next conquest.

  3. I'm a Dude says:

    Down on the corner, out in the street
    willy and the poor boys are playin'
    bring a nickel, tap your feet

  4. Merchant Refugee says:

    "the bangings are “the heartbeat of this movement. Look around: This is dead, you need a pulse to keep something alive.”"

    Who new UBS was behind OWS?

  5. You know says:

    "Can't we all just get along?"

  6. Mexi_Cant says:

    Nothing says my opinion is very important and everybody listens to it like banging on a drum.

  7. Merritt Parkway says:

    Happily banging OWS broads. If they're wearing a drum set all the better.

    – Rami

  8. guest says:

    There are two types of people in this world: Those who like Rusted Root, and those who don't.

    Bob Wiley

  9. Quittin Time says:

    I Don't Want To Work
    I Just Want To Bang On The Drum All Day

  10. Hakuna Matata Guy says:

    I'd be pretty pumped if I was given two bang sesh's a day. Instead, I'm told to clean the dishes and fold the laundry.

  11. Mexi_Cant says:

    I don't want to know your name
    I just want, bang bang bang

  12. Merritt Parkway says:

    Lay off the Tequila

  13. Herb Schmertz says:

    That's enough.

  14. Mucho Guest says:

    En espanol por favor…

  15. PermaGuestII says:

    It would only be appropriate if they were playing the Rogue's March.

  16. T. Rex says:

    Get it on, bang the gong , get it on

  17. Drums aren't enough says:

    They clearly need:

    More cowbell!

  18. Todd Rungren says:

    I don't wanna work, I just wanna bang on the drum all day..

  19. Not Impressed says:

    To the non-drummer oppressors: I'd shush it, before they drag your ass out of a drain-pipe, and broadcast video of your execution on Youtube. Allahu akbar!

  20. FKApmco says:

    Robin Byrd: wanna get it on and bang a gong?
    T-Rex: Sure baby…let me bang your box

  21. Rickey Martin says:

    She bang, she bang.

  22. Nailz6 says:

    I don't listen to music unless Tpain is on the hook.

  23. PermaGuestII says:

    And he's up there, what's that? Hawaiian noises?
    Bangin' on the bongoes like a chimpanzee
    That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
    Get your money for nothin' get your chicks for free

  24. Out for a good time says:

    It's not a party until something gets broke.

    -No clue why I am protesting

  25. Rami S says:

    I'm still banging the drum everynight!

  26. dRat says:

    Could be worse. Could be vuvuzelas.

  27. snoopy says:

    Woof woof, not bang bang

  28. YourGoldKeith says:

    The real cause of all the torment is no diversity in the music.
    How about a jazz band? Should do something for the Pinot Grigio set…

  29. anarchist bookstore says:

    Weird. But when I was there the only controversy was whether the Women's Caucus working group would accept only biological females or if female identifying others could join too. Anyone know how the BDSM anarchist munch went?

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  31. Chivas Regal says:

    This is the essence of democracy. If you do not like something, you have the right to say so out loud. Especially when it concerns public interest.