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LIVE: Occupy Wall Street Makes Spring Return, Retakes Zuccotti Park

Occupy Wall Street is planning a dramatic return this spring. The movement which was born in New York City's Zuccotti Park last year went into hibernation over the winter, but it is planning a roaring return this spring, livelier than ever.

PolicyMic will be following the developments over the course of the Spring. Check back for live updates, links, and info on the movement 

UPDATE: (3/21) 3:30 p.m. NYPD in riot gear stormed an Occupy encampment in Union Square before dawn today.

(3/20) 3:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Occupy protesters marched right past the steps of police headquarters to challenge aggressive police tactics. The coalition called for Commissioner Ray Kelly's resignation, and demanded a criminal justice system that protects the city's most vulnerable.

(3/17) 3 p.m. OWS Retakes Zuccotti Park: The Occupy movement is officially marking its six month anniversary with rally in Zuccotti Park and around Wall Street on Saturday. In typical OWS fashion, protesters clashed with police. In the end, though, OWS retook Zuccotti.

OWS was even hoping for Greg Smith — the former Goldman Sachs vice president and whistle blower who wrote a scathing Op-ed in the New York Times earlier in the week — to appear at their march on Saturday, though it was unclear if he did. With financial insiders now also attacking the banking culture that lead to the 2008 financial crisis, OWS' message is clearly resonating.

(3/16) 1:15 p.m. Occupy the MidWest is planning a major conference this weekend to discuss preparations for the Spring. The conference will take place in St. Louis.

(3/15) 5:30 p.m. Michael Moore's take on OWS here.

3:20 p.m. The Nation asks, "There’s no question that Occupy will be back this spring — it never really went away. But what will this second stage look like? Will it continue to function largely as a set of loosely connected, issue-based campaigns? Or will it retake public space and re-establish physical encampments and general assemblies as the heart of the movement? How much attention will it pay to the upcoming elections? Is Occupy’s chief value as a branding device to focus the attention of the 99 percent on the issue of inequality? Or is it the leading edge of what will become a more radically anti-capitalist revolution?"

"In people’s living rooms, in donated office spaces and in indoor parks, Occupy’s working groups are as busy as they were in the fall ... Organizers have also been using the winter to incubate grander plans, among them a May 1 Day of Action that may turn into a call for a nationwide general strike and proposals to occupy corporate shareholder meetings, the NATO summit in Chicago, and the Democratic and Republican conventions at the end of the summer."

3:00 p.m. Reuters reports that the movement could run out of money by the end of the month, raising questions about the future of the movement. Donations to the group have slowed. A March 2 financial report showed the movement only has $44,828 in a general fund, in addition to $90,000 set aside to bail out protests during planned "American Spring" protests.

The report said, "At our current rate of expenditure, we will be out of money in THREE WEEKS." The report - posted on the group's websitewww.nycga.net - showed $14,942 had been spent on the group's kitchen, street medics, New York bus and subway passes, and printing costs.

2:30 p.m. According to CBS News, the warm weather is benefiting Occupy. “The warmer weather brings out larger chunks of the population who are not able to participate in the colder months,” Chuck Witthaus, an organizer with Occupy the Midwest, told CBS St. Louis. “It’s definitely going to help perpetuate [the Occupy movement].”

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