Author Naomi Wolf arrested at Occupy Wall Street protest
Naomi Wolf, author of the groundbreaking feminist tome, The Beauty Myth, was arrested while protesting for Occupy Wall Street
Reports from She Knows
says that members of Occupy Wall Street were protesting giving Andrew Cuomo a New York Game Changer award. Police moved to clear the sidewalk and Wolf, who attended the event crossed lines and stood with the protesters.
"The protesters were being told that they needed to leave the sidewalk outside of the Huffington Post event because 'Huffington Post had a permit' to control the use of the sidewalk,"
posted Wolf on Facebook.
"I have a chapter in Give Me Liberty on NYC permits so I knew that could not be accurate. Sidewalks are public spaces and can't be leased by private entities. I asked for a copy of the permit."
That's when she was arrested.
Wolf, a Huffington Post contributor, and her companion were later released. According to Huffington Post, Wolf has also been an advisor to Bill Clinton and Al Gore.
In her recent book
, "Give Me Liberty: A Handbook For American Revolutionaries," she dedicated ample space to dissecting and critiquing the process in which citizens go about obtaining permits for demonstrations, and how permitting has been killing First Amendment protections. She paid special focus to New York City.
According to The Guardian
, Wolf attended the event, hosted by Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington which was also attended by a number of celebrities, including the reality TV star Kim kardashian, who was presented with a business leader award.
The protested arrived at the event held in SoHo to demonstrate their support of a "millionaires' tax," which Cuomo, a Democrate opposes.
According to Ryan Devereaux, a reporter for the liberal TV news organisation Democracy Now
, some chanted: "Where is Cuomo? Protecting the 1%!"