Just the other day, students wanted to talk about Occupy Wall Street. I explained that, as an educators, one of the things that impressed me the most is that education was at the heart of the occupation movement. In New York and in many other places, the occupards had invited speakers, organized teach-in, and assembled libraries to educate themselves and others.
But when Liberty Park was forcibly cleared by Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD, one of the major casualties was the People’s Library.
The next day, however, the Occupy Wall Street librarians began to reassemble the library, only to have it confiscated again. Since when does a library represent a danger to the health and safety of New Yorkers?
Here’s the catalog of the impressive original library, consisting of 5,554 volumes.