Occupy Parents

Oct 26

O.W.S. Express: O.W.S. creates special space for parents and children -

"The head of the O.W.S. community relations group, Justin Wedes, said then that the park is open to everyone and that it would not be “plausible” to make special space available for neighborhood users.

In regard to the parents event, Moore said, “I find it very interesting that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Obviously it’s possible when it’s for an O.W.S. event.”

When asked if it was fair that O.W.S. chose to create a restricted section of the park for the event, when the community has been asking for shared space in Zuccotti, Bill Dobbs, with O.W.S. press relations said, “I’m not going to comment on that. All I’m going to say is that it was handled in a reasonable way.”

Oct 25

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Oct 24

Barista Kids -

This past Friday’s Family Sleep Over in Zuccotti Park, sponsored and organized by Parents for Occupy Wall Street (PFOWS), was considered a success in that turnout was higher than expected, and both parents and children actually slept. It was a resounding success, according to a local parent who attended, because she “found an amazing, living form of democracy” in Zuccotti Park.”

Atlanta Journal: Would you take your kids to a protest?

Mother Jones article on PforOWS -

Braving Chaos, Parents and Kids Occupy Wall Street for a Night by Josh Harkinson

"Zuccotti Park, like most public places in New York City, can be dangerous late at night. Midnight attacks by street people, stolen laptops, dozing women who’ve been groped or propositioned: Sesame Street it is not. But with a little bit of coordinated self-policing, Occupy Wall Street can be a safe place to bed down for anyone. That, at least, was the idea on Friday night when 68 families with young children showed up at the park, blankets and cupcakes in tow, for a sleepover.”

I don’t think he captured the event very well, and he said only 68 families showed up, when there were over 500 people, but it isn’t all bad.

Oct 23

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CNN!

Oct 22

Huffington Post: Article on the Sleepover with Beautiful Pictures -

Baby geniuses? More like baby activists.

Thirty-five days into New York City’s Occupy Wall Street protest, a new type of crowd — 500 parents with their children — gathered in Zuccotti Park. The event, sponsored by Parents for Occupy Wall Street, was a family sleepover that started at 4 p.m. on Oct. 21 and ran through 11 a.m. on Oct. 22. It came complete with crafts, storybooks and … politics.”

Press TV video -

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"The crowds in Zuccotti park can range from two hundred to two thousand depending on the day. So for parents, bringing your children into the crowded space can be a precarious adventure. Parents for Occupy Wall Street say the child safe zone allows people to express themselves without compromising the safety of their children”. 

Keith Olbermann talks about Family Sleepover on Current TV