The Indypendent: Bloombergville 13 Released, Reflect on a Night in Jail
“The 13 protesters arrested Tuesday for blockading the entrance to an office building in which City Council members were making final preparations to approve a city budget laden with budget cuts were freed Wednesday evening.”
Democracy Now!: New York City: 13 Activists Arrested In “Bloombergville” Budget Cut Protest
“In New York City, 13 members of the group, New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts, were arrested Tuesday for barricading themselves in the lobby of the City Council to prevent a vote on a compromise budget deal. The activists have slept outside of City Hall for two weeks at a camp they called “Bloombergville,” in protest of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budget proposal, which would have cut 6,100 teachers and made deep cuts to education spending and other social services.”
NY1, “City Council Approves $66 Billion Budget,” June 29, 2011
NY1, “City Council Postpones Budget Vote,” June 28, 2011
Workers World, “Bloombergville’s Larry Hales talks about what’s next”, Dee Knight, June 29
Workers World, “Talking with ‘Bloombergville’ arrestee Sara Flounders”, Dee Knight, July 1
The Indypendent, “Bloombergville 13 released reflect on a night in Jail“, John Tarleton, June 30.
Amsterdam News, “‘Bloombergville’: Activists’ shantytown springs up in protest to the mayor,” by Juan Espinal, June 30, 2011
Gotham Gazette, “Council Passes Budget, Taking a Bow for Saving Teachers, Fire Companies,” by Gail Robinson, June 30, 2011
City Hall News, “Tough City Budget Faces Final Delay,” by Jon Lentz, June 29, 2011
WNYC, “City Council Votes to Pass 2012 Budget,” by Bob Hennelly, June 29, 2011
Free Speech Radio News, “New York City council approves budget as protests against cuts continue,” June 29, 2011
WEB SITES AND BLOGS
Rhodes Pictures: “Bloombergvillle Direct Action at the New York City Council” By Messiah Rhodes
Peoples Video: Activists from Bloombergville resist the budget cuts
Dane101, “Protests follow Walker to the Empire State; Bloombergville connects with Walkerville,” by Jesse Russell, June 29, 2011
AlterNet, “Bloombergville: Students Camping in to Fight NYC Mayor’s Austerity Plans,” by Rae Gomes, June 28, 2011
Job Party, “Bloombergville Skypes Spain & Walkerville,” by Harry Waisbren, June 28, 2011
Education Notes, “Today: UFT Delegate Assembly to Sell Deal, Bloombergville Protests, Plus Video of Activists at PEP Last Night (And Happy Last Day of School!),” by Norm Scott, June 28, 2011
DNAinfo.com, “Protesters Arrested as City Council Budget Vote is Delayed,” by Jill Colvin, June 28, 2011
At 7:30PM Tuesday night, June 28, as City Council was scheduled to vote on the budget deal, about 100 residents marched from Bloombergville down Broadway to protest at City Hall.
As the protesters reached City Hall, a disruption squad of 13 entered the City Council office building at 250 Broadway, across the street. Chanting “Stop the Vote! Stop the Vote! We have a right to be here!” they sat down in the lobby, locking their arms together to block the entrance from inside.
When word of the action spread, protesters broke off from City Hall and hurried across Broadway to the City Council building. Inside the building, police began separating the protesters and arresting them. Shouting “Let Them Go!” and “They say cut back, we say fight back!” protesters outside surged forward to block the entrance, preventing police from taking the group out the main doors.
As police started bringing the sit-in protesters out a side entrance instead, they were met by more Bloombergville protesters, calling “Let Them Go!” and surrounding the two police vans they were being loaded into and keeping them from being driven off. Police and protesters chased each other for two blocks, stopping the vans and being pushed back so they could keep going.
Protests continued into the night at 250 Broadway and then at the Emigrant Bank Building, 49-51 Chambers Street, where the vote was scheduled to be held around midnight. In the end, the vote on the budget was postponed until Wednesday.
Protests continue today.
First video of last night’s protest:
NY1 – The City Council has postponed its vote on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $66 billion budget until Wednesday morning, giving New Yorkers a full day to review the council’s annual list of pork barrel spending.
MANHATTAN — Thirteen protesters were arrested after barricading themselves inside a government building Tuesday night, as the City Council scrambled to ready the 2011 budget for a vote.
After marching down Broadway, members of New Yorkers Against Budget cuts, who have been camping out across from City Hall in what they’ve dubbed “Bloombergville” for the past two weeks, swarmed 250 Broadway, where Council members’ offices are.
Though deals were agreed to last week, the budget has not been settled. Negotiations are going on all day. Union rank and file have yet to agree to the deals that were made. There’s still time to stop the vote and defeat the budget! Our day of protests continues.
BRING THE MESSAGE TO CITY COUNCIL
7:00PM – Gather at Bloombergville
Then March to 49-51 Chambers Street
Meet at Bloombergville (Broadway and Park Place) at 7PM. Then march with us at 7:30 to 49-51 Chambers Street (the Emigrant Bank Building) where City Council is holding its vote. We want to get there before the vote begins. We have to let City Council know New Yorkers reject this budget — and they must also!
Despite what you may have heard, this budget reduces services, eliminates jobs and guts union contracts. Major cuts are coming to city schools, healthcare, and public services. Just one example: on Friday, it was announced that 2000 teachers would be lost to attrition. By today that number has been raised to 2600.
If you have a child in public school, if you ride the subways, if you attend a city college, if you seek public medical services, these cuts will affect you. If you’ve been thinking about joining us in Bloombergville during the last 2 weeks — now is the time!
Join us tonight! It’s not too late to stop the vote!