Last night the NYPD loaded 5,554 books from the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) People’s Library into dump trucks as they evicted the New York City camp. Tonight at 6pm a group of ReOccupy Writers supporters will bring books back to the former OWS library site.
Occupy Wall Street librarians tweeted the eviction all night: “NYPD destroying american cultural history, they’re destroying the documents, the books, the artwork of an event in our nation’s history … Right now, the NYPD are throwing over 5,000 books from our library into a dumpster. Will they burn them?”
Since then, the Mayor’s Offices released some welcome news: “Property from #Zuccotti, incl #OWS library, safely stored @ 57th St Sanit Garage; can be picked up Weds” and it appears that some of the archival materials, including the OWS POETRY ANTHOLOGY, have been salvaged (see librarian Stephen Boyer’s account of last night’s eviction).
Tonight writers and readers from across New York City will gather in Liberty Plaza to reoccupy the space and rebuild the People’s Library. Come in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the 99%!