Of the original six who were arrested at an Occupy Wall Street planned action across from the New York Stock Exchange on April 27, 2012, finally after five prior appearances and continuences and various dismisssals ("the People" were interminably not prepared), two of us went to trial yesterday. Here we are with our co-conspirators, OWS jail support, and famous First Amendment pro bono attorney, Martin Stoler, Esq (the distinguished one in the stylish beret).
It was an hour until the next train, and freezing sleet had penetrated my rainjacket on the long walk through lower Manhattan, so I waited in this fabulous restaurant across the street in Hoboken and watched the fish. The waiting room in the station had been padlocked, leaving no place to sit, let alone be warm. Then on the train, with my cell phone battery fading fast, I got a call from middle daughter and learned through her tears that the house she is renting in Kentucky for her one-year veterinary externship had been robbed. All but one necklace of the jewelry I have given her had been stolen. When the battery flickered off I went from car to car, testing outlets to plug in the phone and call her back, but not a single one functioned. The conductor told me that people had been complaining because the current fried their electronic equipment, so rather than fix it, NJ Transit is just letting the wiring break down and stay broken. Upon hearing this a woman next to me rolled her eyes skyward towards the fumes. "Why is this train still diesel?" she asked, "It should be electric".
Maybe NJ Transit is just having to spend so much money clearing tracks of all the trees dying from air pollution, there is nothing left over to repair or modernize.
No matter how you look at it, it was a shitty day. Signs of systemic breakdown and collapse are already everywhere for those who care to look - which so far is only a very, very few.