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Monday
Dec122011

'Occupy a Desk' Job Fair Comes to Zuccotti Park

Derek Tabacco (L) and John Tabacco (R) counter demonstrate against the "Occupy Wall Street" march near the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 17, 2011. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- John Tabacco became so frustrated with disruption from the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protest near his office in Manhattan that he and his brother are hosting a job fair called "Occupy a Desk" in Zuccotti Park as a counter protest to the movement.

Tabacco, chief executive of Locatestock.com, first started a campaign called "Free Wall Street Now" to coincide with Occupy Wall Street's "Day of Disruption" on Nov. 17.  On that day, Occupy protesters planned to interrupt workers' commute to the New York Stock Exchange in response to being kicked out of New York's Zuccotti Park.

Tabacco, 43, his brother, Derek, 41, and about 20 supporters counter-protested during the "Day of Disruption," holding signs near the stock exchange, such as "Occupy a Desk."

Tabacco said he and his brother had heated exchanges with the Occupy protesters.

"Their main response was, 'I can't occupy a desk, because I can't get a job; where can I get a job?'  That's what everyone was saying in response to our signs," Tabacco said, which inspired him and his brother to organize a jobs fair.

The campaign received a "huge outpouring" of support from people across the country, Tabacco said.  The business owner said when he started to gauge interest in a jobs fair two weeks ago, he had a list of about 15 jobs.  As of the weekend, they had a list of about 400 job openings in the tri-state area.

While OWS protesters are welcome to come and bring a resume, admission is free and open to everyone, Tabacco said.

"We're hoping to end the occupation by left wing vagabonds with a fragmented message and bring professional people who are trying to engage in a positive endeavor," he said.

The jobs fair is scheduled to last from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday in Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street protest began on Sept. 17.  The New York Police Department said Tabacco does not need a permit to host the fair in the park if the organizational group is under 20 people and there is no amplified sound.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Court Order Allows for 'Occupy Wall Street' to Return to Zuccotti Park

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Occupy Wall Street protesters swarmed around lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park Tuesday holding printed copies of a court order that allows them to return with their tents.

The demonstrators were demanding reentry into the park just hours after being removed by police in riot gear. Police have not reopened the park and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the park will remain closed until the city can clarify the court order.

A hearing was ongoing with a city judge late Tuesday morning. Lawyers for the protesters had obtained a temporary restraining order allowing the group back into the park.

There is a sense among the demonstrators that today is a major test for the movement.
"This never dies. It doesn't matter if it's a physical place or not," said John Murdock, a resident of New York's East Village who has been coming to the protest for about a month.

"We're going to try to stay as long as possible in a nonviolent way.

Not everyone got the non-violent message, however. There were scuffles with police as more than 200 people were arrested during the early morning raid, according to New York's Deputy Police Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne. Occupy Wall Street has called on those being released to congregate in Duarte Square about a mile north of Zuccotti Park. There are reports that hundreds have gathered there to regroup and mobilize.

"Straight to Duarte Square," Occupy Wall Street posted on Twitter.

After gathering at Duarte Square, some protesters cut the fence of a lot owned by Trinity Church just west of the square and attempted to occupy it, according to The New York Times. Police cleared the lot and arrested more than 20 people.

Mayor Bloomberg said the city raided the park this morning because the protesters and their equipment had become a health and safety hazard and they were preventing others from using the privately-owned park.

"The First Amendment doesn't protect the use of tents and sleeping bags," Bloomberg said.

"Now they will have to occupy the park with just the power of their arguments."

Prior to the court order, the city planned on reopening Zuccotti Park following the cleaning, but was not going to permit the protesters to return with tents, sleeping bags, tarps and other gear.

An hour after the police action at Zuccotti Park began this morning, Occupy Wall Street issued a statement promising "occupation actions" in the coming days.

The group had reportedly planned to cause a massive disruption in traffic on the streets of lower Manhattan today in an attempt to delay the opening of the New York Stock Exchange.

Local New York City Fox affiliate WNYW reported morning commuters had been seen high-fiving cops after they cleaned out the park. On Monday, local business owners staged a counter-protest, claiming the noise, hygeine issues, and police barricades around the Occupy camp was robbing their shops of revenue.

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