A group of 20 or so Occupy Wall Streeters has set up shop in the plaza outside the Trump International Hotel & Tower on 61st and Broadway to try to shame the CEO of Goldman Sachs, who lives across the Street at 15 CPW.
The group has been there for about a month, according to Chris Phillips, one of the Occupy guys we spoke to recently and to the group’s Facebook page. Phillips said the area outside the Trump tower is publicly available private space (just like Zuccotti Park was), so they’re legally allowed to be there.
Today the group wrote this on its Facebook page:
“Half way through Day 27, we have music being played, great discussions taking place, and tons of positive outreach happening! Come join us at 61st and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, and tune into Occupy Universe on Ustream at 9pm for our nightly stream.”
The Facebook page has also featured content like a photo of the Federal Reserve with the words “The Federal Reserve, a privately owned Rothschild Central Banking Cartel,” which one commenter noted has an Anti-Semitic connotation. The Anti-Defamation League has more here on the myth of Rothschild control of the Fed: “In the literature of bigots, the name Rothschild is a trigger for the most explosive of anti-Semitic tremors, and it usually sets off a litany of other Jewish names.”
On November 10, they planned a rally to storm the gates of 15 CPW. “Bring a FAKE pitchfork or torch and join our Toy Mob. Come prepared to make insane amounts of noise.”
This weekend, the Occupy group had put up signs behind their sleeping bags attacking Goldman, like the one below above comparing the bank to a squid (a popular article after the financial crisis called Goldman a “vampire squid.”) When we talked last week, Phillips said the group had no plans to leave anytime soon.
The encampment has gotten virtually no media coverage at all. It’s a strange time to hold the protest, given that other Occupy groups have gotten huge praise for organizing relief efforts in areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.