The Occupy Wall Street protesters announced on Thursday that they'd started a "winterization committee" to prepare for an indefinite occupation of the park where they've set up camp near the nation's symbolic financial capital of Wall Street and Broad. Police on Wednesday said they couldn't close the public-private Zucotti park, and the protesters plan to stay there until their demands are met. On Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg sounded skeptical of the long-term plan, telling radio host John Gambling "we'll see" if they get to stay. But the protesters have already started setting up a little community, with the upstart amenities vaguely reminiscent of a budding small town. It reminds us of the plot of Deadwood.
The Newspaper: On Thursday the Yes Men had started a Kickstarter account to raise money for the Occupy Wall Street Journal to serve as a newspaper for the encampment. By Friday they had surpassed their $12,000 fundraising goal, and plan to start publishing the four-page broad sheet with an initial print run of 50,000.
The Library: After Brooklyn librarian Betsy Fagin joined the occupation a few days ago, she thought the stacks of books and newspaper lying around could use some organization, she told The New Yorker's Alexia Nader on Thursday. She suggested they start a lending library, and started soliciting donations of reading material. "Since then protesters, bystanders, and even Wall Streeters have been stopping by the park with stacks of books," Nader reported, and Fagin keeps them in order, pushing some Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn to the fore.