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March 26, 2012
The Occupy movement comes to the Barclays Center arena: "This is what kleptocracy looks like"
Atlantic Yards Report
After Occupy Town Square gathered in Fort Greene Park yesterday, a smaller group (as per The Local) of a few dozen marchers moved first to Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Terminal mall, home to big box stores, then moved to the in-construction Barclays Center arena, accompanied by "the Illuminator," a van that projected images on the wall of the structure.
(Photo and set by Tracy Collins.)
"This is what kleptocracy looks like," marchers chanted, and "the Illuminator" broadcast photos of Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and former Governor George Pataki.
Would the 99% have made a diff?
The marchers surely were the 99%, compared to a big developer, but they were not huge in number nor demographically a full cross-section of Brooklyn.
"If the 99% concept had existed during the Atlantic Yards fight, would we have won?" asked Stuart Schrader on Twitter.
That said, the 99% concept surely would have made the fight more interesting, and complicated--and perhaps caused some media outlets and civic groups to look harder.
The Local [Fort Greene/Clinton Hill], The Day: We Were ‘Occupied’
ayinfonyc via YouTube, Occupy Brooklyn vs. Ratner
Posted by eric at March 26, 2012 10:42 AM