Occupy Wall Street plans NYSE shutdown

Occupy Wall Street protesters are planning an attempt to shut down the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, Nov. 17, as part of a series of actions to mark the movement’s two-month birthday, according to a Facebook page that went live Friday.

“Join Occupy Wall Street and 99%ers from across the country as we shut down the stock market by throwing a block party the 1% will never forget,” the page states.

Sources within the Occupy Wall Street movement confirmed that the page, which details plans to stop the opening bell from ringing, is authentic.

The page says that a “People’s Bell” will ring out instead, and outlines plans for a street carnival in which protesters “rebuild and celebrate the neighborhoods that the Wall Street economy has destroyed.” The action is expected to focus on housing, food, the environment, health care and education, with people from communities telling their stories and protesters constructing monuments to signify the rebuilding of neighborhoods.

A NYSE spokesman declined to comment. The NYPD did not immediately comment.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg referred to comments the mayor made when protesters recently took over the port in Oakland. “They have a right to do that,” Mr. Bloomberg said, “but people that don’t want to protest have a right to be able to assemble.”

The Stock Exchange protest, which is expected to start around 7 a.m., will kick off a daylong series of actions that will culminate in a rally in Foley Square and a march over the Brooklyn Bridge.

November 17th National Day of Action!

On Thursday November 17th, the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we call upon the 99% to participate in a national day of direct action and celebration!

New York City Schedule

Enough of this economy that exploits and divides us. It’s time we put an end to Wall Street’s reign of terror and begin building an economy that works for all. We will gather in Liberty Square at 7:00 a.m., before the ring of the Trading Floor Bell, to prepare to confront Wall Street with the stories of people on the frontlines of economic injustice. There, before the Stock Exchange, we will exchange stories rather than stocks.

We will start by Occupying Our Blocks! Then throughout the five boroughs, we will gather at 16 central subway hubs and take our own stories to the trains, using the “People’s Mic”.

      • Bronx
        Fordham Rd
        3rd Ave, 138th Street
        163rd and Southern Blvd
        161st and River – Yankee Stadium
      • Brooklyn
        Broadway Junction
        Borough Hall
        301 Grove Street
        St Jose Patron Church,185 Suydam St, Bushwick
      • Queens
        Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave.
        Jamaica Center/Parsons/Archer
        92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights
      • Manhattan
        125th St. A,B,C,D
        Union Sq. (Mass student strike)
        23rd St and 8th Ave
      • Staten Island
        St. George, Staten Island Ferry Terminal
        479 Port Richmond Avenue, Port Richmond

TAKE THE SQUARE! – 5:00 p.m.
At 5 pm, tens of thousands of people will gather at Foley Square (just across from City Hall) in solidarity with laborers demanding jobs to rebuild this country’s infrastructure and economy. A gospel choir and a marching band will also be performing.

Afterwards we will march to our bridges. Let’s make it as musical a march as possible – bring your songs, your voice, your spirit! Our “Musical” on the bridge will culminate in a festival of light as we mark the two-month anniversary of the #occupy movement, and our commitment to shining light into our broken economic and political system.