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CA Conrad shares his experience from Occupy Wall Street
I went to NYC for the Creative Time Summit, which is thousands of socially and politically engaged artists sharing their work. The summit started on the sixth day of the Wall Street occupation. Everyone went down, all of us, more than once. There was a small part of me that hoped the police — at least a few of them — would be as angry at the people of Wall Street as the rest of us, considering the fact that cops are working class. If any of them share our working class outrage they’re hiding it well. It’s important to point out that not only is Creative Time Summit happening, along with the exhibition of 100 different works of art challenging the madness of consumer-driven politics, but the documentary BLACK POWER MIXTAPE is also showing. This new documentary is a study in police brutality. It was awful to see that film, go to Wall Street, see the police, and hear the stories of people being maced, beaten and dragged off to jail for little more than chanting anti-Wall Street chants. The police assault these peaceful protestors on a daily and nightly basis. My friend poet Debrah Morkun spoke with protestors who told her the bullhorns are used in the park at night to terrorize. The anxiety is high, and if there is a way to increase the number of people who are willing to go to Wall Street and stand with the protest it might change the way it’s working out. There are meetings in Philadelphia for occupying the money centers there. This is spreading, which is the goal, which is nothing but good. We need a coalition of different groups to be involved in these protests. There’s no time to lose frankly, and to put pressure at a time when politicians least want it is always a good idea. The stink of worry over political careers is in the air, so now is the time to let them know that everything must change. Here is a statement from Nato, head of Creative Time Summit. And he’s just put a call out to ALL NYC artists to join the occupation of Wall Street.