Posted in To Do | music on December 1, 2011

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When: Thursday December 1, 2011 at 10:30PM.

What: A General Assembly at 10:30 PM at Lincoln Center. Join us in an open conversation about the effects of increased privatization and corporatization of all aspects of society, and the use of nonviolent civil disobedience around the world to reclaim the commons. Composer Philip Glass will join the general assembly and mic-check a statement.

More info below...

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Occupy Wall Street says:

It is no doubt timely that Philip Glass' opera 'Satyagraha'--which depicts Gandhi's early struggle against colonial oppression in South Africa--should be revived by the Metropolitan Opera in 2011, a year which has seen popular revolutions in North Africa, mass uprisings in Europe, and the emergence of Occupy Wall Street protests in the United States.

Yet we see a glaring contradiction in 'Satyagraha' being performed at the Lincoln Center where in recent weeks protestors from Occupy Wall Street have been arrested and forcibly removed for exercising their First Amendment rights to peaceful public assembly.

It's also a striking irony that Bloomberg L.P is one of the Lincoln Center's leading corporate sponsors. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has stifled free speech, free press, and freedom of assembly in an aggressive campaign against Occupy Wall Street protestors in New York City that has influenced a crackdown on the protests nationally. The juxtaposition is stark: while Bloomberg funds the representation of Gandhi's pioneering tactics of nonviolent civil disobedience in the Metropolitan Opera House, he simultaneously orders a paramilitary-style raid of the peaceful public occupation of Liberty Park, blacking out the media, while protestors are beaten, tear-gassed, and violently arrested.

Satyagraha is a Sanskrit word meaning "truth-force," and we at Occupy Wall Street, by exercising tactics of nonviolent direct action inspired by those championed by Gandhi, have insisted that the truth be told: Our commons have been stolen from us to profit the wealthiest 1%. We have lost homes, jobs, affordable education, natural resources, and access to public space. Our culture has been co-opted by a corporate elite. Many suffer so a few may thrive.

Previously, Occupy Museums and other OWS groups came to Lincoln Center to protest the "generous philanthropy" of David H. Koch, the funder of the Tea Party and of anti-global warming research, who uses philanthropic contributions to the former New York State Theater to whitewash his misanthropic reputation and write off his taxes. We will return again to Lincoln Center, where 'Satyagraha' has inspired us to once again challenge the ruthless nexus of power and wealth and reclaim our public space and common dignity.

If permission is not granted to protest on Lincoln Center plaza by Thursday evening, some members of Occupy Wall Street will enact a hunger strike. They will not end this strike until their demands are met, starting with the demand that Lincoln Center and the City of New York guarantee the freedoms of speech and assembly on the city-owned plazas and walkways of Lincoln Center. Occupy Museums stand in solidarity with these hunger strikers and offer support for this courageous form of protest.

The symbolic opening of this space for protest stands for the spaces all over the city and country that we vow to liberate from the control of the 1% for the full use of the public.

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Comments (39)

Yaaaaawn.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 6:22 AM

Temple of the Dog should play!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 7:13 AM

Occupy wall st was so last week

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 7:19 AM

the difference is people would've actually cared if gandhi died during a hunger strike. it's not an effective tactic if nobody cares about you anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 7:24 AM

Occupywho?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 7:24 AM

How about stop costing the city millions in police and sanitation overtime then you can afford a sammich, hmmm?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 7:44 AM

LOL Phillip Glass, underwritten by a generous grant from The Ford Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trust, and Howard Heinz Endowments.

not that any of that money comes from the alleged "1%"

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 7:47 AM

Mic Checks should made illegal and punishable by death...shit gives me he douche chills

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 7:57 AM

Going by how sickly and scrawny most of these protesters look I figured they were already on a hunger strike.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 7:59 AM

How about we set up a "Shoot The Freak" alley with the protestors as the freaks?
Now, be honest - who wouldn't pay $5 for 3 paintball shots at one of these idiots in mid rant?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 8:05 AM

8:05 - if you set that up, you'd be part of the 1% in no time. I'd go over and over and over...

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 8:23 AM

The symbolism of these idiots performing in a space which was cleared of poor and working class housing so that billionaires like Rockefeller could build a performing arts complex for well-heeled New Yorkers is almost too fucking perfect.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 8:26 AM

8:26 - Robert Moses cleared out the tenements.

"Never elected to public office, Moses was responsible for the creation and leadership of numerous public authorities which he could control without having to answer to the general public or to elected officials. It is due to Moses that there are a disproportionate number of public benefit corporations in New York state, which are the prime mode of infrastructure building and maintenance in New York, and are currently responsible for 90% of the state's debt."

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 8:35 AM

Philip Glass: "Mic check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check..."

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 8:38 AM

if temple of the dog came i would totally get on board with this

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 8:41 AM

Morticia, I love it when you speak Sanskrit

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 8:47 AM

I know all about Robert Moses, 8:35. I even suffered through the billion page epic "The Power Broker." Doesn't change the essential fact that it was cleared so that rich dudes could build a shrine to high culture.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 8:47 AM

are they at least allowed to eat hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 9:06 AM

Oh, I think it was more about politicians like Lindsay building monuments to their own greatness.

You are really being unfair to the cause by removing the majority of responsibility from the politicians that are elected to represent and swear to uphold our interests. Don't be a fool - scorpions (the rich) will always be scorpions, but the politicians have no excuse since they have a different remit.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 9:08 AM

What cause am I being unfair to, 9:08?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 9:21 AM

I'd attend an anti-Robert Moses protest. Now THERE'S a cause I could get behind!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 9:33 AM

"What cause am I being unfair to, 9:08?"

To quote you -- "The symbolism of these idiots performing in a space which was cleared of poor and working class housing so that billionaires like Rockefeller could build a performing arts complex for well-heeled New Yorkers is almost too fucking perfect."

So let's not be coy, OK? It's clear that you are speaking about the inequality of "the rich" taking advantage of the livelihoods of the "poor and working class" (in this case housing). You need to be intellectually curious, and honest, and ascribe blame rationally and unsympathetically.

It's the government, stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 9:34 AM

lol its occupy yer anus lol everybody is coming lol lol

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 9:39 AM

No, 9:34. I was actually laughing about a group of leftist pikers protesting the 1% at a venue which exists primarily because the 1% built it. That there was political involvement; that the dregs of the 99% were removed, these are rather secondary to the fact that these protesters are deluded narcissists who want things both ways. It's not a coincidence that leftists overwhelmingly choose to live in the shadow of the wealthy. They like the things that wealth creates, except, of course, when they don't.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 10:06 AM

i'm going to make some popcorn

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 10:09 AM

this is all bullshit.

performers using OWS as an opportunity, while protestors think these performers actually support their 'movement.'

every celebrity performance at OWS has been for PR thus far (you could even argue this for the Mangum performance). I think this was made clear when Miley Cyrus made her OWS tribute video.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 10:23 AM

Philip Glass: "Mic check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check check..."

+1

(love philip glass)

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 10:24 AM

I don't get the "mic check" business ... do I need to hit Urban Dictionary?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 1:24 PM

124 mic-check is the OWS way of making themselves audible without the use of microphones or loudspeakrs. this unabomber-esque anti-technology approach to informing the masses is performed by one person screaming something at the top of their lungs, and then all surrounding people echoing the statement via screaming/shouting the words spoken by the original speaker, so that others farther away who cannot hear the original speaker are able to.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 1:44 PM

hooray let's reproduce all the most boring aspects of spectacular culture.

Also fuck gandhi, rot in hell you stupid piece of shit.

All these childish turds would do well to actually learn something about indian history rather than just parrot dumb myths about one man.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 1:50 PM

gandhi was a bitch, he also ate billyburgers at night when the young men came in to get serviced by him

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 1:57 PM

THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING
THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING
THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING
THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING
THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING
THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING
THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING
THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING
THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING
THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING
THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING
THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING
THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 3:30 PM

occupy the fucking media!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 3:59 PM

1:50-fuck gandhi? what the fuck have you done with your life you piece of shit?!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 4:00 PM

7:59 and 8:38 FTW.


3:30: I'd change that to "THE WHOLE WORLD DOESN'T GIVE A SHIT".

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 4:10 PM

THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IN THIS WORLD IS MONEY.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 5:22 PM

Fuck off with capitalism,let's drunk and dance together...

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2011 8:01 AM

"How about stop costing the city millions in police and sanitation overtime then you can afford a sammich, hmmm?"


But it's ok to spend millions tax dollars on police for security at the NY Stock Exchange? For the past 10 years that whole area has had an amount of security forces that you would expect to see at a max security prison - all to "protect" bankers who commit fraud on a daily basis?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2011 8:39 AM

4:00 - Gandhi was a wifebeater, a racist, and a pedophile (yes, literally). That's the real Gandhi, the peace-and-love stuff is just a myth.

Yes, fuck Gandhi. He was a scumbag.

Posted by RJ | February 3, 2012 3:43 AM

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