The Illuminator

Maybe it’s all the retrograde planets now making me remember old times. Or maybe the fact that Mark Read appeared to me in a dream, messing around with machines and wires. Whatever the reason, the Illuminator‘s early days have been on my mind & looking at this site I realized I never posted much about it.

Here’s a video of the first night we drove into Manhattan to Zuccotti Park fully expecting to get arrested. We had a lawyer with us on board, just in case, Lopi steering the ship, Danny & I repping the library, Brandon on documentation & Mark. Apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone else who was with us in the van, seems so long ago already.


N17 blew people’s minds. The light then really made me know that the city is ours, the streets are ours. “You are a part of a global uprising… Another world is possible.” It’s been almost five years, is there still any doubt? I’m so deeply grateful to have been part of this & share the video below for those who weren’t there.

other Illuminator/N17 coverage:
AlterNetBeautiful Trouble | Boing Boing | CNNThe Guardian | The New York Times |

Biblioklept

Originally, I just swiped your tag @marykvalle and @JeffSharlet– Bloomberg Bibliocide– but only because it’s so lovely. Thank you for it. Bibliocide. But it could be meaning the degradation of the book’s narrative when re-cast as a film. It could also sound like we’re calling for his death by books. Maybe biblioklept instead? I’ll change it here, but know please, in my heart that I love you and your tags.

xo,
Betsy
@blizf

Here are some links:

Al Jazeera: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/11/2011111681642279467.html

AlterNet: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/731822/bloomberg%27s_bibliocide_update_on_confiscated_%22people%27s_library%22_books/

American Libraries: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/11162011/occupy-wall-street-library-regrows-manhattan

Library Journal: http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/892805-264/occupy_wall_street_library_removed.html.csp

NY Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/occupy-wall-street-protesters-return-zuccotti-park-tents-head-depot-reclaim-belongings-article-1.978485?localLinksEnabled=false

New York Times: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/protesters-find-their-belongings-in-chaos-at-a-city-garage/

Rachel Maddow Show (11/15/11): http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/45316274#45316274

The Stranger: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2011/11/16/nypd-didnt-realize-that-you-can-damage-books-by-throwing-them-around (Yes, that’s a Bible on top of the pile)

Village Voice: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/11/occupy_wall_street_library.php

Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/occupy-library-bloombergs-book-problem/2011/11/16/gIQAhHcrRN_blog.html?socialreader_check=0&denied=1

WNYC: http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/wnyc-news-blog/2011/nov/16/zuccotti-park-demonstrators-trying-reclaim-items-confiscated-police/