Whatever Happened to Occupy Wall Street?

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Yesterday I took a walk down to the oldest part of New York City, where the Dutch landed and planted their flag near the current location of the Staten Island Ferry, where George Washington stood his officers rounds at Fraunces Tavern, now filled with Wall Street types, and where a bunch of smelly hippies stirred by an anti-Semitic Canadian magazine decided to squat a park in order to make a statement about their own need for attention.

Zuccotti Park has returned to its original function as a place where secretaries, construction workers and off-duty cops go to eat quick lunches bought from local fast food places or disease-ridden Halal Mafia food carts. The few plants wave in a breeze that blows between the narrow lanes of the financial district, which has some of the oldest and narrowest streets in the city. An information desk for OWS is the only sign of the occupation, with cardboard signs denouncing the NYPD and sarcastically informing the Indian and Russian tourists taking snapshots of the under-construction Freedom Tower; “And to think these ‘People’ are the ‘Heroes’ of ’911′… Right.”

Occupy Wall Street has gone east, one block east. It no longer occupies Wall Street, instead it has transformed into Occupy Trinity Church. The media, which served as the unofficial PR corps for OWS, is not too enthusiastic about reporting that a movement which they hailed is busy trying to seize land from a historic Episcopalian church that dates back to 1697, in whose cemetery lie several signers of the Declaration of Independence and several delegates to the Continental Congress, not to mention several Revolutionary War generals and a fellow by the name of Alexander Hamilton.

Trinity was also an enthusiastic supporter of Occupy Wall Street, providing them with bathrooms and private conference rooms, but turning over Duarte Square was asking too much. After being evicted from Zuccotti Park, the OWS crowd assumed that they could bully Trinity into giving them the land with the “fact of their occupation.” Instead Duarte Square, named after Juan Pablo Duarte, a founder of the Dominican Republic, has become OWS’s Waterloo.

Despite several attempts to occupy Duarte Square, Trinity Church has held firm. After half a year, OWS has made less impact fighting Trinity than it has fighting Wall Street.

When I passed by, the sad remnant of Occupy Trinity Church was down to three people, one of them sitting with a plastic bucket designated for the “OWS Laundry Fund” and another with a sleeping bag marked “Occupied.” A cardboard sign proclaimed that Trinity Church had stolen Duarte Square from the Indians and should give it back to OWS, as representatives of the native peoples.

One sign accused Trinity Church of greedily sitting on 200 million dollars while refusing the homeless trustafarians of Occupy Wall Street a small measly strip of land for their campsite. On its websites, OWS has blasted Trinity for being aligned with the “1 percent” and spun conspiracy theories about its parish vestry, which they allege holds over 10 billion dollars in real estate assets.

But Trinity’s 1 percenters had no one to blame for their troubles but themselves. This was a church where at its “May Day Teach-In,” the Rev. Dr. James Forbes said that, “The Occupy Movement is a light from above through the people from below.”

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  • BS77

    ….I don't think the Occupy types have the faintest idea what they want or what they are doing. Kind of a pathetic situation.

    • Sane

      They listen to their handlers and let the media talking points steer them.

    • wsk

      mucking foron

    • Choi

      FK YOU!

    • UCSPanther

      Get lost, spammer.

    • BS77

      you're a big brave man, aren't you? my advice to you is to get serious professional help.

    • mah29001

      Palestine did 9/11, and you Palestinian supporters are the ones who state Israel did it.

  • Chezwick

    Don't write the obituary yet. There's a good chance OWS will be resurrected by the powers-that-be to act as the storm-troopers for the Obama's campaign….creating mischief and doing all they can to disrupt Romney rallies.

    • Ken

      You can count on that, Chez!! They said long ago they would be causing trouble during the election!!

    • Steve Chavez

      I HOPE THEY DO! I hope they continue to cause all kinds of problems all over the U.S. so the American people can continue to see who the Democrats and Obama support: ANARCHISTS!

      • Sane

        I hope they don't. It was unpleasant leading up the Russian revolution, and in Germany as Hitler seized power.

        Be very careful what you wish for.

      • ilia

        Not anarchists, that's ennobling them. They are just looters and thugs.

    • mlcblog

      in another form, much like Acorn now…

  • bobzimway

    Occupy Wall Street is about ideas, not camping. Millions turned out or deeply felt support, people at every level of society. The channel has been clicked. A new language, that of the 99 percent's complaint against inequality, has been created. Taxation of the rich will be one result of Occupy's contribution.

    • Ken

      The top income earners already pay above 75% of the income tax revenue taken in the by the government. Almost 50% of people DO NOT pay ANY income tax in this country. That, among a myriad of other reasons, why the country is it the position it is in. Not because wealthier people do not pay their "fair share"!!

    • elixelx

      It's happening already…in France!
      And if it's happening in France it will NEVER happen in the States.
      Can you imagine a 75% income tax on an annual income of $1million or more, PLUS a 50% one-off tax on already-accumulated wealth EVER happening in the US?
      Even barry-boy doesn't have that kind of balls!

      • Sane

        I bet he does.

        He's just waiting to consolidate power. Only his friends like Immelt and Buffett think they can escape it.

        (little do they realize they'll under the bus with Obama's grandmother when the time is right)

    • kafir4life

      The flight of the rich will be one of the results of President Stinky's (-bo) administration. The wealthy will survive and flourish. OWS was about rape, about pillaging, about "having something to do while mom cleans the basement". Thay were Stinky's people. They were Bead Pelosi's people. They were loosers.

    • Galveston

      Ideas?? The useful idiots couldn't form coherent sentences let alone have ideas. They are lazy, envious nobodies looking for attention.

      • mlcblog

        but their leaders (instigators) are far from empty-headed, being filled with ideals of Marxian nirvana.

    • readers

      What ideas? Gimme money, that's what I want? You bums are not 99%, and you'd know that if could count. You are marginal bottom feeders used by statist demagogues as shock troops. 99% are busy making a living.

    • BS77

      what ideas? are you serious? smashing windows, vandalizing property, trashing out parks and rioting….
      You are a fool if you think there is anything real about OCCUPY….OCCUPY is for idiots. Occupy is for anarchists without any real ideas that will generate prosperity and growth in our economy.

      • Sane

        Anyone with real ideas wouldn't need to stoop to pooping on cop cars.

    • tagalog

      The channel's been clicked, all right. The "OFF" button.

      So what is the Tea Party doing these days?

      • Sane

        They are taking out establishment types like Dan Lugar.

        • tagalog

          Do you mean Dick Lugar?

    • tagalog

      Yes, that's a major part of the problem with OWS: their positions are deeply FELT, albeit not very well thought-out.

    • John Torkildsen

      Let me guess -you pay little or no tax, got your college education for free and now expect to bum off me?
      Screw you.
      Go occupy a job.

      • wsk

        That would require effort. Remember he's special…

    • wsk

      Where do I start? I guess we have to blame the public education system in this country because it produced infantile parasites like you…

    • Fred Dawes

      Its also about control just alke al qaede was and is. all part of the ideals of total evil over all people.

    • Frank

      Occupy Wall Street is about filthy, unbathed anarchists organized by Barack Hussein Odumbo. This was part of his "fundamental transformation of the US". The creation of a class of dependent good for nothing lazy bums who will always vote democRAT and who are always ready to disrupt, pillage, burn and destroy when they don't get their way.

    • Grayzel

      "A new language, that of the 99 percent's complaint against inequality, has been created. Taxation of the rich will be one result of Occupy's contribution." Bob

      I find this a very informative sentence. Would not equality be for all people to be taxed at the same rate? No, not according to you. Equality for you is one person being forced by the government to give more of his life (time) to the government than another person. Yes, Bob, money is life because it takes time to earn that money.

  • Steve Chavez

    A SURPRISING NEW OCCUPY MOVEMENT.

    Obama: “I wasn’t born with a Silver Spoon in my mouth.”

    BREAKING NEWS FROM KENYA: Barack Obama's Grandmother Interviewed Live on TV: "B.O. born with FOOT IN MOUTH. I try pull out of mouth he scream. He suck big toe no thumb. B.O., that we call him, he alway smell he full of of of, karranga, how you say… karran… sh!t, yes he alway full of sh!t. His commie mommie take him back to America on third day and take B.O. to Hulahoop hospital tell he born home alone under kitchen table. He born here I help commie mommie I pull B.O. out by big ears."
    INTERVIEWER: "SORRY BUT THERE IS LOUD SHOUTING OUTSIDE IN GOAT HERDERS SQUARE.  It's the rest of Obama's family. I think it's Kenya's first OCCUPY movement."   
    “Want 99 cents at least from our Brother!”  
    “Spread the Wealth? He don’t even give us one Abe Lincoln!” 
    “We want Visas too!” 
    “$38,000 for one plate of food? That could feed us for 100 years!”
    “We want to be One-Percenter like you!” 
    “Send Michelle. We need gardener and goat milker!”
    “Send Nancy. We need Scare Crow!” 
    "Send Joe. We have shovel ready job cleaning chicken coop." 
    “We wish we had tent!”  
    “WHAT WE WANT?–Another goat, three or four chickens.–WHEN WE WANT IT?–Is by this afternoon okay?”
    “Send us allowance or Grandma going to take Jerome Corsi's lie detector test!”
    “Obama lie! We, we, well Obama lie." 
    “No Justice No Piece of Goat Cheese!” 
    “We really do miss Bush! Bush! Bush! Bush!”  
    AN ANGRY GOAT, with horns, rushes the crowd and tries to ram them.  “Baaaaammaa! Baaaaaaaammaa!" (Goats brainwashed too? Goat Zombies?)
    "Down OPRAH Down!"

    • deprogrammer

      You can always count on the good FPMer to provide a crude, simple-minded screed built on racism and lies. FPMers are good for one thing – and one thing only – and that is providing a cautionary example.

      • Steve Chavez

        It sounds like your one of those Soviet and Chinese deprogrammers: "To the Gulag for you!"

        I thought my post was GENIUS!

        • deprogrammer

          I sure you think it is genius but then again you give every indication of being emotionally and intellectually retarded.
          As further evidence you don't even know what a deprogrammer actually does. The job of a deprogrammer is to undo brainwashing. That sometimes – especially when dealing with good FPMers – has to start with a shock. You're too heavily entrenched in your own bigoted "thinking". It's time to stop regurgitating the lies you've been told and actually try to think.
          With much effort someday you may be able to function in society albeit at the low level your own limitations impose on you.

          • reader

            The job of a deprogrammer actually does not exist outside your cartoon filled brain. Try to deal with realitty for a change.

        • deprogrammer

          Of course you think it's genius. You're a good FPMer who hides in the dregs of a minor website looking for validation for you're obviously racists "beliefs". I can't give you credit for having beliefs since as a good FPMer you regurgitate whatever you are told. Well, so long as it fits your innumerable prejudices.

      • Ghostwriter

        And you,deprogrammer,sound like an idiot. Not all of us are bigots,but you just proved that you deal in stereotypes in the same you accuse many on the right of doing.

        • deprogrammer

          You support a movement that is racist at its core. Full stop. Bigots have always been welcome on the extreme right as it dovetails very well with the right wing milieu. Sometimes it just takes that reminder to shock people out of their little extremist bubble.

          • reader

            This is laughable. The party of KKK senator Bird, the party of vile smears directed at Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, Allen West and other conservative blacks, and the party of Obama's racist henchmen like Holder and Wright claims the high moral ground.

          • deprogrammer

            What is laughable is your inability to think. You were told the KKK=Democrat and you are stupid enough to believe it. You (it must be a right of passage for good FPMers) perform a memory dump whenever you are reminded it's 2012. After all the great southern march of the Republican party occurred during the '60s and ever since then the repubes have been a neo-confederate party that embraced every white-supremacist this country can produce.
            The party of Lincoln died in the '60s. You are a good 50 years behind the curve.

          • reader

            So, you think that you're so clever that by ignoring the clearly and succinctly catalogued facts and by wandering off to a maze of incoherent rant, you are winning the argument. Here's the news for you: this NYT and WAPO modus operandi does not work anymore. Check their circulation trend.

          • deprogrammer

            I've already dismissed your effort to smear the democratic party as supporting the KKK while denying the modern republicans support for all manner of extremism.

          • reader

            As any other "progressive", you have dismissed common sense, human nature and human experience in the name of utopia that will never come.

          • deprogrammer

            Now you're just trying to sidetrack to avoid admitting you're wrong.

          • reader

            Oooh. Out of talking points, whinie lamie?

          • deprogrammer

            I don't waste time talking to fungus like you. You're a liar.

      • http://www.dikaesha.pbwiki.com Foolster41

        Yes, that's not generalizing all "FPMers" as racist and liars based on a minority of comments or anything. As if the articles themselves are anything like racist or really dishonest (and thus implicating the community as a whole.)

  • Steve Chavez

    REMEMBER THE MEGA-MILLIONS RECENT JACKPOT? This author went to a store near the university where there camp was and there were two occupiers in the front of the line. They bought five dollars each. When they walked by this author said, "So now you want to be FILTHY STINK'N RICH?"

    They seek fame and when that fame comes, they will be the first to demand a fortune for speaking engagements and tours to universities!

    • deprogrammer

      Yes, I'm sure that is exactly what happened. I'm sure a good FPMer would never lie about anything. Good FPMers are so honest they don't need to provide any evidence at all. Just the sterling word of a good FPMer is all that's needed, well, for other good FPMers. As for the rest of the human race, well, we all think you're a liar.

      • Oleg

        The rest of the human race has no use for the Occupie idiots demanding more freebees when they have real problems to deal with.

      • http://www.dikaesha.pbwiki.com Foolster41

        What are you talking about? So, maybe some "FPRers" (commenters) feel they have no need to show proof, but the articles are always well sourced, so to use that term "FPMer" dishonestly implies the same as between SOME commenters and the authors.

    • Steve Chavez

      This really happened! While in line, this author (FPM doesn't like the word "eye.") was telling other people in line and we were laughing and more so when eye told them that on their way out. Eye later went on the local talk radio to tell them and they laughed!

      Hypocrites! Did you buy a lottery ticket for that drawing or any drawing? Why? So you can be a hypocrite like all the Hollywood do-gooders who make $20 million per film and Michael Moore who cries about Capitalism and yet he wants us to go see and buy his movies so he can make millions like he spent on his recent home.

      • deprogrammer

        I didn't buy a mega millions ticket. I wasn't there. You seem to be having trouble keeping your various stories straight or you have lost connection to reality again. As for going on the "local talk radio" and repeating your unsubstantiated story, well, I don't care. That doesn't make it any less false. Any right-wing orifice can get through the screener and yammer for a few seconds with the host.
        However, since you brought it up what show and what date did this phone call take place on?
        Do you have a link to it to prove that at least that part of your story is connected to reality?

        • Steve Chavez

          Hey Watson, have you ever bought a lottery ticket? If you are against them, would you take a share of the money if one of your family members or friends won and gave some to you?

          You deprogrammer are brainwashed and the only people who get along with you are the young gullible and naive as you con them into your positions with your fancy talk. You feel important because you've probably had a letter/article or two printed in some left-wing university paper or local wacko paper filled with ads from leftist owners of businesses whose obvious goal is to make it and even be in the 1% but while being the good hypocrites they are, they support the occupy psychos too.

          So what is it? You're a sixties hippie who "Made Love Not War," got VD, took acid, screwed anything in sight, or are you the child of one? Seriously, if you are born of a hippie mother, I would demand a DNA test to see if who see claims is your father, is! Then when you find out he's not, then you can go on the Maury Show with your mom and on the tenth time you're on, Maury still says "You are not the father!"

          • deprogrammer

            I've never bought a lotto ticket. Remember you are the one who inserted me into your delusion. I can see why you would be confused as you have a very tenuous connection to reality. Then again nothing you've written is of any consequence it's all their as a distraction.
            You've never provided a shred of proof for your little fantasy. You've never even identified the radio show you claim to have called. I can understand that after all if you did that then element after element would be proven to be a lie. You would have to admit the truth.
            So what is the truth?
            You live in a group home?
            You're in rehab?
            You're being treated on a semi-outpatient basis for you delusions and spend much of your time trying to avoid taking the meds because you've grown to like your voices?

          • Oleg

            You are the one who's delusional, troll, if you actually think that the complaints and demands for taxpayer funded free tuition of a group of spoiled, rich, white kids is somehow on a parallel plain with lets say the civil rights movement, or the struggles against the Assad regime in Syria. But this isn't unusual for the left, most seem to have the adolesent attitude of wanting it all and wanting it now, but wanting someone else to pay for it.

          • deprogrammer

            Gee that's strange I don't recall you being a part of this discussion. That's right you aren't.
            What I'm trying to with Chavez is get him to actually substantiate what he is alleging. As he fails to do this he might – I doubt it – actually start to think instead of puking up delusions and what others have told him to think.

          • Steve Chavez

            April 24, 2012. 5:24pm. Circle K. 3034 Central Ave. NE. Abq. NM

            I posted a flyer on the window asking for witnesses to the event. Got three calls but verifying info according to security camera video.

            Keep in touch for updates.

            Are you on welfare? Don't you just love The Foodstamp President! Don't have a job? An ILLEGAL out bid you? On unemployment and are worried your checks are going to end after three years so you have to vote for a Democrat instead of getting a job? If you do have a job, do you work for free since you obviously don't like getting ahead? You still live with mommy and daddy and play around on the net every working minute?

            Ever thought of going to Key West and being the first to use an innertube to FLOAT TO CUBA? IT WOULD BE PERFECT FOR YOU! I'll even throw in a few rolls of toilet paper and a couple bars of soap. VIVA CASTRO! VIVA CHE!

          • deprogrammer

            Wow, you're so butthurt about being unable to prove ANYTHING you've posted you have devolved into childish name calling.

            I checked the address you posted. Strange the nearest Circle K that came up was 1 and half miles away.

            I figured your inability to keep your story straight would be your undoing. By all means keep going.

          • Steve Chavez

            You're right but it was a 7-11. Sorry but not for the rest. Bought a Mega-Millions ticket for Monday and if I win I'll share with you so you can be a 1%er and be "FILTHY STINK'N RICH" like your buddy Michael "Capitalist Pig" Moore!

          • deprogrammer

            Funny how you have trouble keeping such basic facts straight. It's almost like you made up the whole thing.
            Please continue.

    • tagalog

      Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

    • deprogrammer

      Well, when it comes to put up or shut up Chavez has made it clear where he stands. Refreshing in a way since most good FPMers will yammer on and on wasting everyone's time.

  • mrbean

    Confucius very wise man: If you give an occupier a fish you will feed him for a day, and he will return day after day demanding more fish. If you teach an ooccupier how to fish and make him catch his own fish, you will feed him for a lifetime."

    • wsk

      No he'll starve because an Occupier won't do anything for himself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/janis.vogel.7 Janis Vogel

      yea,there will not be any more fish left,after you do that.power to the people.

  • mlcblog

    The useful rabble idiots have gone away. Their leaders, the ever-idealistic and ruthless inciters of this violence, are sitting in their living rooms smoking pot and intellectualizing the next big onslaught on our freedom and how to convince the idealistic college kids and children of hippies and downtrodden for real to follow them into the next big wave of onslaught against decency and responsibility.

    A couple of months ago, I noticed that the OWS site in front of the Fed Reserve bldg in San Francisco was vacated, as is the site in NY in the article.

  • Ronald Johnston

    The occupy wall street movement is typical of the liberal yellow bellies!!!! None of them have ever worked a meaningful job in their miserable lives!!!!! This includes their messiah, osama obama!!!!

  • davarino

    Sounds like the French revoluton, where they turned on each other, even their supporters. Hehehehe silly people. They are a bunch of idiots.

    • http://www.facebook.com/janis.vogel.7 Janis Vogel

      what schools did you,not graduate from?

  • http://tarandfeathersusa.wordpress.com/ Iratus Vulgas

    The OWS movement will come to an end when the MSM loses interest or their bong water runs dry. Which ever happens first.

    • http://www.facebook.com/janis.vogel.7 Janis Vogel

      hurry the temple of Zion is handing out shekels.

  • Pkorman

    As November nears, please recall that the Democratic Party and Labor Unions supported this lawless and violent riot. Pelosi praised OWS on the House floor. Obama stated "we are on their side." the SEIU and other labor unions funded and populated OWS activities. And the NY Times and other media had "correspondents" who were organizers. This was Not spontaneous protest. This was a planned response to the Tea Party movement and it failed miserably. While the Romney campaign will not mention it, it would be a wasted opportunity if a PAC did not remind the American electorate of who participated in this ah regions waste of time, money, energy, and life.

  • Pkorman

    Aggregious, not ah regions….iPad spell correction in play.

  • Bildo

    “A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah.”
    ― Ronald Reagan

    OWS are just hippies demanding that we adhere to the failed idiology of socialism. They should be ridiculed, shouted down, and ultimately, ignored. In the end, they will either be a forgotten footnote in the bright future of man, or seen as the destroyer of the greatest civilization that has ever existed. Either way, their place in history is a dark one.

  • stevefraser

    Great to read OWS went after Trinity Church…it serves them right for supporting Godless barbarians (aka Obama Youth).

  • Fred Dawes

    what happen to Al Qaeda and is this one more tool in the banker take over of freedom? its about the reshape of our world into a third world hell on earth.

  • Vic Kelley

    Interesting article. The church should not have collaborated with the Occupy trash at all. I'm sorry to read that they did so much as offering the agitators restrooms and other conveniences.

  • Laird Wilcox

    It's far wiser to let groups like Occupy Wall Street go ahead and have their demonstrations. The public will see what they have to offer to the various debates and make up their own minds. It's also a very bad idea to be on the side of political suppression. Let the left get that reputation. Conservatives don't need it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/liberty.atstake Liberty At'Stake

    Freedom Plaza in DC is down to one ramshackle "Veterans For Peace" structure. I wonder where they are keeping the open-ended National Park Service permit Ken Salazar gave them on behalf of the Democrat Party?