|Image showing stacked barricades from the Village Voice article "The Re-Occupation of Zuccotti Park"|
Yesterday, January 10th, 2012, the city removed the barriers around Liberty Plaza and opened up the space once again for public use. We are happy and proud to have brought attention to this issue resulting in prompt action by the city. We are already looking at other public spaces, privately owned and otherwise, to work on similar campaigns. Our goal is to uphold the rules that protect public open spaces (parks, plazas, etc...) so that they are accessible and open for use by all -- regardless of ownership.
Although the barricades are down, we are continuing an effort to understand why they were up in the first place. We are awaiting a response -- due Tuesday -- from the NYPD to a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request about their internal communications regarding the barricades.
Press for #occupyDOB:
The Re-Occupation of Zuccotti Park (Village Voice, 01.10.12)
Groups: Barricades at NYC ex-Occupy camp illegal (Wall Street Journal - Associated Press, 01.09.12)
You're Now (Sort of) Free to Enter Zuccotti Park (Atlantic Cities, 01.03.12)