working letter to Bloomberg

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This is a working document. Not for release.

Dear Mr. Bloomberg,

Your message was received.

It is clearly very important to you that our city maintain the appearance of bank, business, and speculator friendliness. At this moment in our country’s history, kindness to the institutions that bankrupted our economy runs counter to public sentiment, and so one had to be silenced in support of the other. You have made your choice.

This decision was couched in concerns over safety, legality, and general public welfare. All rhetoric aside, Mr. Bloomberg, this is an untenable position.

We concede that there were some problems at Zuccotti Park. There are always going to be problems when large groups of people organize out of frustration. But if indeed you were concerned that unlawful behavior was making parts of the financial district confusing for outsiders and potentially dangerous for mainstream Americans, then there are plenty of speculators who should have been evicted long before we were. In truth, you are a Wall Street Mayor, and this action was taken on behalf of your constituency.

Please remind us, Mr. Bloomberg, how long MF Global was allowed to occupy their offices on 5th Avenue. Was it greater than two months? Did you send riot police to evict them? Do you believe that our drumming and tents were more dangerous for residents of the Financial District than MF Global’s bookkeeping was for its customers?

When Citibank was knowingly packaging doomed CDOs in your fair city, did you request the police use pepper spray or tear gas to remove them? Were executives escorted out in plastic wrist restraints? Or do you believe that their crimes were less damaging to the health and welfare of the public than were our biodiesel generators? Let us remind you that the unemployment rate is over 9%, and that the responsibility for this global financial disaster rests squarely and definitively with your Wall Street constituency. Your constituency has reached their hands through the doors of banks and deep into our pockets, having pushed us into this park from our homes.

Whatever your grievances with our urban camping, there are undoubtedly more significant crimes taking place in the financial centers of your town. The decision to focus your aggression at us was, without question, purely ideological. Take note, Mr. Bloomberg, that your ideology is quickly losing favor with 99% of the American people. We understand that this must be scary for you. But in the future, please try to show some restraint.

Sincerely
#OWS

6 Responses to “working letter to Bloomberg”

  1. gilbert gambucci

    For me, I think it’s well done. I’d just suggest a small change in the last paragraph, that YOUR town be changed to OUR town. These powerful think that the world belongs to them for their purposes.
    My i please be informed as to when i can meet you all – many thanks.

  2. Matt stopmotion Hopard

    I don’t know if it is too late to offer this suggestion but what about saying “This town” instead of “your” or “our.” It should be our town but right now it is controlled by crooks. “This town” can give the implication that we’re going to fight for it, as we are.

  3. Winn Cola

    The last sentence strikes me as a little lame. Not that I have the punch, but what do you want him to do exactly?

  4. Maria Rolon

    How about we show some leadership, responsibility and unity in a peaceful manner by ending the letter with an invitation to discuss the “issue” with the Mayor (or a representative) so that going forward we don’t alienate the NYPD and New Yorkers from our cause?

    IMHO, We need to get much more support from local citizens – New Yorkers. If we demonstrate that we care enough to want to “work with” local authorities, everyone will see that we are serious enough to continue our efforts within the law. This could then be an “open letter” so that if the Mayor declines this offer, he then looks like the “bad guy” rather than us appearing to be reckless. Anyway… just a thought… what do others think?

  5. Chris

    Hi everyone, just an update. People at Outreach got a hold of this letter and want to make some posters. They’ve made their own edits, which are below, and include a new, less lame ending.

    It might be fine to have multiple letters floating around, or it might
    be confusing. In either case, I’m not the driving force, just relaying the info. I certainly don’t want people to think I’m ignoring group
    consensus or suggestion.
    ——————

    Dear Mr. Bloomberg,

    Your message was received.

    It is clearly very important to you that our city maintain the
    appearance of bank, business, and speculator friendliness. At this
    moment in our country’s history, kindness to financial institutions is
    not in line with public sentiment, and so one had to be silenced in
    support of the other. You have made your choice.

    This decision was couched in concerns over safety, legality, and
    general public welfare. All rhetoric aside, Mr. Bloomberg, this is an
    untenable position.

    We concede that there were some problems at Zuccotti Park. There are
    always going to be problems when large groups of people organize out
    of frustration. But if indeed you were concerned that unlawful
    behavior was making parts of the financial district confusing for
    outsiders and potentially dangerous for mainstream Americans, then
    there are plenty of speculators who should have been evicted long
    before we were. In truth, you are a Wall Street Mayor, and this action
    was taken on behalf of your constituency.

    How long, Mr. Bloomberg, was MF Global allowed to occupy their offices
    on 5th Avenue? More than two months? Did you send riot police to evict
    them? Do you believe that our drumming and tents were more dangerous
    for residents of the Financial District than MF Global’s bookkeeping
    was for its customers?

    When Citibank was knowingly packaging doomed CDOs in your fair city,
    did you request the police use pepper spray or tear gas to remove
    them? Or do you believe that their crimes were less damaging to the
    health and welfare of the public than were our biodiesel generators?

    Let us remind you that the unemployment rate is over 9%, and that the
    responsibility for this global financial disaster rests squarely and
    definitively with your Wall Street constituency.

    Whatever your grievances were with how we conducted ourselves in the
    park, there are clearly more significant issues requiring police
    attention in this city. Your decision to focus their attention on us
    was purely ideological. Take note, Mr. Bloomberg, that your ideology
    is quickly losing favor with 99% of the American people.
    Those of us who were removed from Liberty Square are less concerned
    with our own eviction than we are with the eviction of criminals from
    the financial district and self-interested speculators from political
    influence. We remain committed to this vision not only from Liberty
    Square, but from everywhere.
    #OWS