A couple of weeks ago I blogged about how stoked I was that libraries are sprouting within the Occupy Movement, most notably, the Occupy Wall Street People’s Library. A couple of days ago the People’s Library was destroyed by NYC police officers at the order of Mayor Bloomberg.
NYC police destroyed a public library. Honestly, I don’t even know what to say. I am totally appalled that this is happening in America. This is a blatant, obvious, in-your-face repression of free speech.
Frankly I am too upset to write anything coherent. I think the actions of the NYC Police and Mayor Bloomberg speak for themselves. And I think, as Americans, we should all be appalled. Here are some really good blog posts I’ve found that explain the situation and sum up how I feel:
- The Life and Death of the Great American People’s Library.
- The Enemies of Books: Why we need books, libraries and a free internet
- Tolerance, Censorship and the Occupy Wall Street Library
- ‘Books Are Speech’: Why the OWS Library’s Destruction Is So Upsetting
“crushing a library feels like crushing our collective imagination, a particularly poignant symbol for a protest mourning the American dream.”
- American Library Association Defends Occupy Wall Street Library
- ALA Condemns Seizure of Occupy Wall Street People’s Library
- Mess with a librarian, and you get the horn rimmed glasses: Occupy Wall Street
The right to peaceably assemble is also being violated. Here is a video of college students being callously pepper sprayed while they are peacefully protesting:
I am upset. You should be too. I want to do something but I don’t want to do anything out of anger. A Facebook friend mentioned that she is proud of the students for continuing to stay peaceful in the face of such brutality. I am proud of them, too. Watch the video to the end (I didn’t the first time). It is absolutely moving. Here are some really good blog posts that articulate what happens:
- Video of UCPD Pepper-Spraying Seated Protesters Directly in The Face. Protesters Yell “You Can Go!” At Police, and Police Leave.
- Thoughts on the occupy movement and UC Davis in particular