The Center for Constitutional Rights stands in full support of the Occupy Wall Street protestors. Your emerging movement represents the growing discontent with ever-increasing disparities among the rich and the poor, and it is an inspiring step towards a true and organic people’s movement demanding the social and economic rights that have long been denied to the majority of this nation. OWS shows the power of dissent, a power and a right that law enforcement has long sought to criminalize and repress.The Center for Constitutional Rights condemns the brutal and aggressive policing tactics employed by the NYPD and we call on them to cease targeting the OWS participants. Both Brookfield Properties, the private company that owns the space, and the City of New York are obligated to respect the First Amendment rights of the protestors and allow them to stay, free of provocation and violence from the police.OWS is providing the opportunity for thousands of people with a shared purpose to come together and create a platform for all of the voices seeking sustained and far-reaching economic justice. We support the many conversations taking place at Liberty Plaza and we value the experience of a community building itself, learning to give voice to all participants, and working out issues of race, gender, safety and more. At the same time, you are calling out economic injustice and promoting human rights, no small feat.The Center for Constitutional Rights recognizes that the grassroots, leaderless, horizontally-organized nature of OWS is one of its greatest strengths. We embrace you.
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