Civil War Brewing At Occupy Wall Street

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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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