By Aaron Klein
NEW YORK – Watch out New York City. The Occupy anti-capitalist movement is preparing to serve a three-course meal of so-called direct action that apparently includes the blocking of subways and bridges as well as shutting down the stock market.
The attempt to cause mass chaos, slated for Thursday, is tied to the Tides Center, the George Soros-financed group that funds far-left causes. Tides grantees have been helping to direct Occupy from the onset of the anti-Wall Street movement.
Occupy Wall Street is currently holding “Direct Action Preparation and Training” courses today and tomorrow in downtown Manhattan to gear up for Thursday’s round of riots.
The Occupy site announces: “Action Preparation & Training for November 17th, November 30th and Beyond.”
The training plan states it aims to “build affinity team, train to do actions and civil disobediences, meet new allies and friends and have some fun with us.”
The Take the Square website, a partner of Occupy, has posted Thursday’s agenda, outlining the radical plan as a three course meal of chaos.
“Breakfast,” slated for 7 a.m. Eastern, aims to “shut down Wall Street.”
The site says: “It’s time we put an end to Wall Street’s reign of terror and begin building an economy that works for all. We will gather in Liberty Square at 7 a.m., before the ring of the Trading Floor Bell, to prepare to confront Wall Street with the stories of people on the frontlines of economic injustice. There, before the Stock Exchange, we will exchange stories rather than stocks.”
“Lunch,” scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern, is titled “Occupy the subways.”
“We will start by Occupying Our Blocks! Then throughout the five boroughs, we will gather at 16 central subway hubs and take our own stories to the trains, using the ‘People’s Mic,'” the site states.
“Dinner,” slated for 5 p.m. Eastern, seeks to block bridges.
Continues the site: “At 5 p.m., tens of thousands of people will gather at Foley Square (just across from City Hall) in solidarity with laborers demanding jobs to rebuild this country’s infrastructure and economy. A gospel choir and a marching band will also be performing.
“Afterwards we will march to our bridges. Let’s make it as musical a march as possible – bring your songs, your voice, your spirit.”
As KleinOnline was first to report, the tactic of blocking bridges, already used by Occupy Wall Street to hold up the Brooklyn Bridge last month, was institutionalized by Stephen Lerner, a controversial anti-capitalist SEIU organizer.
Lerner has visited the White House four times. His former boss, Andy Stern, SEIU’s recently retired president, was the most frequent White House visitor in 2009, according to presidential visitor logs. Obama himself once trained SEIU in the 1990s.
The SEIU and other major unions, including the AFL-CIO and the Laborers’ International Union of North America, already announced they will partner with Occupy Wall Street for Thursday’s protests.
Soros center ties to Thursday’s scheduled chaos
Official resources for Thursday’s event provided in the Occupy site include several manuals from the Ruckus Society, which trains radical activists in “direct action” techniques. Ruckus helped to spark the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle that turned violent.
The Ruckus manuals provided at the Occupy site are titled “Blockading for Beginners,” “Anonymous Riot Guide,” “50 Crucial Points for Nonviolent Struggle,” “Define White Supremacy,” “Imperialism the 2-Faced Monster,” “Uncle Sam the Pusher Man” and the Communist Party-connected National Lawyers Guild’s “Legal Observer Manual.”
Ruckus is also listed as a “friend and partner” of Thursday’s scheduled Occupy Days of Action.
Ruckus is funded by the Tides Center, which has been involved in Occupy since the movement’s onset.
Another grantee of Tides is the Adbusters magazine, which is reported to have come up with the Occupy Wall Street idea after Arab Spring protests toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. The Adbusters website serves as a central hub for Occupy’s planning.
MoveOn.org, which has joined Occupy, is funded by Tides
Fenton Communications, an extremist-led outfit that crafts the public relations strategy of Tides grantees, has come under newfound scrutiny after KleinOnline published a series of exposés tying it to Occupy Wall Street. One of its senior employees represented the anti-Wall Street march past millionaires’ homes in New York last month.
With research by Brenda J. Elliott