The Occupy Wall Street protest at New York's Zuccotti Park has already witnessed such musical guests as Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum and Talib Kweli, and today at noon, uber-activist Tom Morello, who's been known to play a little guitar, showed solidarity with protesters by playing a mini-set of acoustic jams at Liberty Plaza.
Coming off last week's Occupy L.A. performance, the Audioslave guitarist told protesters:
"First they ignored you, then you got pepper sprayed, and New York found out about you. Then 700 of you got arrested, and the rest of the country found out about it. Now there are 1,300 cities and towns that are standing up like you are here."
Morello played "Fabled City," "Save the Hammer for the Man," the mandatory Woody Guthrie singalong, "This Land is Your Land," and finally, a rendition of his new "World Wide Rebel Song." He signed off by exclaiming, "Thank you very much, Occupy Wall Street. Take it easy…but take it!"
Brookfield (the company which owns Zuccotti Park), along with Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD, notified protesters that the western portion of the park will be closed at 7 a.m. Friday morning for cleaning, which will take an estimated four hours. And new rules have been drawn up for Occupy Wall Street participants, which include "no tarps or sleeping bags" and "no lying down." Protesters are deciding if they're going to cooperate with the mayor's office, so let's hope this doesn't turn into the 1968 Democratic Convention.
Part of a statement issued by Occupy Wall Street today included these provocative words:
"We know where the real dirt is: on Wall Street. Billionaire Bloomberg is beholden to bankers. We won't allow Bloomberg and the NYPD to foreclose our occupation. This is an occupation, not a permitted picnic."