Occupy Wall Street protesters boosted from their Academy Park encampment plan a return to the Capitol Building today.
The Albany Times Union has a story this morning from the protesters’ new headquarters, in a former art gallery a mile or so away from their former — and highly visible — location.
They tell the paper they’re not going away, just because they and their tents were forcibly removed by police and city workers last week.
“The space isn’t the movement,” said Emma Steckman, a 29-year-old protester who lives in the city.
“This movement is not about camping,” said David Sickler, a protester from Albany who was among those hit with pepper-sprayed by police Thursday.
“We’re digging in,” said Colin Donnaruma of Albany. “We’re going to keep going until we make substantial changes.”
The TU reports the group plans a press conference at the Capitol today, and legal action that could allow them 24 hour access to the park.
During their weeks camping out, the protesters repeatedly took Gov. Andrew Cuomo to task, naming the encampment “Cuomoville.”
Reportedly, they plan to be back next session, starting with a presence at the governor’s State of the State message Jan. 4.