Keegan Stephan of Right of Way testified at City Council hearings and town hall meetings, turning up the heat on elected officials to make drivers obey traffic laws and hold them accountable for harms they cause by violating them. Right of Way is hoping to raise $25,000 by Christmas to finance their activities in 2014.
I managed to trek around downtown today without finding much of Occupy Wall Street. Black helicopters hovered over-head. I showed up at noon for the rally at Washington Square Park. The entrances were partially restricted with barricades and there were about 50 cops there. No protesters were there. I left about a quarter after and walked down Thompson Street to Zuccotti Park. The entire park was surrounded by barricades. On Broadway I found this guy with his creation honoring Occupy, a couple of people with anarchist literature, three people drumming, and a couple of more people with signs. They said everyone had left to go to Washington Square. At that point I gave up and entered the incredibly confusing new Fulton Street subway station, where I was unable to find the J train and settled for the A to the F to get back home.
I was surprised at how many people showed up for this rally to restore the Fourth Amendment, on this oppressively hot day. The march started in Union Square Park and wound its way down Broadway to Federal Hall, where the 1st Congress passed the Bill of Rights in 1789. I left the march at Houston Street, so that I could edit and upload these photos and video (soon to come).