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As the growing movement that is #OccupyWallStreet enters its third week, strikers from the University of Puerto Rico, who brought to light issues of civil right violations and police abuse during their struggle in Río Piedras, made an appearance in lower Manhattan this weekend.

In the meantime, #OccupyPuertoRico is scheduled to Saturday October 15 at El Morro in Viejo San Juan.

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Battling miserable March weather and miserable New Yorkers, a dedicated group of people appeared near the New York Athletic Club to protest the administration of Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño. The Republican pro-statehood Fortuño was appearing at the NYAC to speak at a $1,000-plate event sponsored by Office of Puerto Rico in New York. The protest, which was organized through social media, was attended by several Latino activists, and we are fortunate to get a first-hand account from one of them.

Considering the extremely wet and cold weather we are experiencing here in NYC right now, the time of the event and the fact that it was planned at the last minute just after finding out about the Governor’s visit a couple of days ago, it was relatively well-attended. Some might say it was a small crowd of the “usual suspects” and very familiar faces I have seen at PR-related rallies and protests over the years here in the Big Apple, but I saw some new and not-so-familiar faces. The attendance was fluid in the sense that many people came and went passing through, stopping by and showing their faces on their way to work or home from work, and there was a significant flow of individuals who came and went. I would estimate a good 50-75 people were there all the time the protest lasted.

Most of the crowd was there from beginning to end (4:30PM to 6:30PM). The protesters were not allowed to gather right in front of the NY Athletic Club, where Fortuño’s fund-raising event was taking place, but we were forced by authorities to rally across the street and had to keep in constant motion, circling around chanting, holding picket signs and banners and making noise with whistles and cowbells. Authorities did allow Fortuño’s supporters to gather right out front of the NYAC, but throughout the whole time I was there I only saw one person holding a sign I couldn’t even read from where I was and only for a short time in the beginning. There was media present and I expect some TV coverage will be or has been broadcasted somewhere. There was no sign of the Governor of course, since he was well aware that there would be a manifestation today.

Of course I wish there had been hundreds of people there, much more media and more attention or reaction from passerby, but once again, the time, the weather and the fact that New Yorkers are known for their indifference when walking on the street, were major obstacles.

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On this sacred day, when 8 years ago, the whole world became New Yorkers, we ask to take a pause and celebrate the greatest city in the world, and remember that 9/11 made New York City even stronger. Let’s never forget that:

So let’s celebrate NYC today with one of the best songs ever about the Big Apple. Sing along!

And for my NYC follows for today. Here they are:

@seanmascali: Yeah, not many Harvard guys are as cool as this young Harvard guy. I have loved Sean ever since we connected in the late winter and he gave me this awesome rec for a Greek restaurant in NYC.

@eldiariony: the best Spanish-language newspaper in NYC. Punto. Enough said.

@Cis826: even though he is no longer in NYC, he is so NYC. And the coolest Yankee fan on the planet. And coming from the Bronx Judas (me) who roots for the Red Sox, that is a recommendation.

@nflprguy: ok, even though Brian saw my posts about the Twitter Users Ban of the NFL, I have to give him much props for engaging the blog and responding to people, even though the passion of several comments disagreed with the NFL Social Media Policy. That was a class act. Follow him, and not just because he represents the NFL PR Office on Twitter.

@LouisPagan: because he has the NYC accent down, but more importantly because he is the mastermind behind the amazing LATISM = Latinos in Social Media movement. And there is going to be a great conference in NYC on October 1-2. Click on LATISM for more details.

We love you, NYC.

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