It was a cold morning today in Tacoma, WA, with temperatures in the mid 20’s, and members of Occupy Tacoma couldn’t be more thrilled to receive their first delivery of warm weather gear from Firedoglake’s Occupy Supply. The camp, which is nearing it’s 2 month birthday (Dec 15), has about 40 – 45 campers on an average night braving frequent freezing temperatures and the northwest’s relentless rain in order to take a stand against corporate greed and political corruption.

Occupation Park, located at 21st and Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma, has been lucky in many respects. The park, next door to the freeway and the Washington State History Museum, is technically a green-space owned by the State Dept. of Transportation, and therefore is not subject to closing times and other city laws. Because jurisdiction of the land is somewhat of a grey area, we have not had the run-ins with local police that are so common to other Occupations, and have even received positive police feedback and support with our efforts to clean up the park and keep drug use out.[cont’d.]


Earlier this week, on Monday November 28, Occupy Tacoma teamed up with other Occupy camps in a statewide action in Olympia to protest 2 million dollars in budget cuts mainly aimed at education and social services. Over 3000 people peacefully protested all day, with marches, music, and a sit-in in the state capitol building highlighting the festivities. Unfortunately, the day turned sour as state police violently evicted and arrested protesters from the building at 7pm. Two Tacoma occupiers were arrested and several more (including myself) were tased, choked, and beaten in the ensuing melee. Here are some local news reports of the incident:

http://www.q13fox.com/videogallery/66393488/News/Special-Session-Protest#gl-0

The next major action planned for Occupy Tacoma will be participation in the West Coast Port Shutdown on December 12, 2011, in solidarity with Occupy San Diego, Occupy LA, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Portland, and Occupy Seattle. Occupy Vancouver BC and Occupy Anchorage will also participate in smaller actions on this day.

Thanks to Firedoglake’s generous donation program, Occupy Supply, campers at Occupy Tacoma will be warmer and more comfortable tonight. We thank you all for your continued support and participation in the Occupy movement, and look forward to updating you soon.

It was a cold morning today in Tacoma, WA, with temperatures in the mid 20’s, and members of Occupy Tacoma couldn’t be more thrilled to receive their first delivery of warm weather gear from Firedoglake’s Occupy Supply.   The camp, which is nearing it’s 2 month birthday (Dec 15), has about 40 – 45 campers on an average night braving frequent freezing temperatures and the northwest’s relentless rain in order to take a stand against corporate greed and political corruption.

Occupation Park, located at 21st and Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma, has been lucky in many respects.  The park, next door to the freeway and the Washington State History Museum, is technically a green-space owned by the State Dept. of  Transportation, and therefore is not subject to closing times and other city laws.   Because jurisdiction of the land is somewhat of a grey area, we have not had the run-ins with local police that are so common to other Occupations, and have even received positive police feedback and support with our efforts to clean up the park and keep drug use out.

Earlier this week, on Monday November 28, Occupy Tacoma teamed up with other Occupy camps in a statewide action in Olympia to protest 2 million dollars in budget cuts mainly aimed at education and social services.  Over 3000 people peacefully protested all day, with marches, music, and a sit-in in the state capitol building highlighting the festivities.  Unfortunately, the day turned sour as state police violently evicted and arrested protesters from the building at 7pm.  Two Tacoma occupiers were arrested and several more (including myself) were tased, choked, and beaten in the ensuing melee.  Here are some local news reports of the incident:

http://www.q13fox.com/videogallery/66393488/News/Special-Session-Protest#gl-0

The next major action planned for Occupy Tacoma will be participation in the West Coast Port Shutdown on December 12, 2011, in solidarity with Occupy San Diego, Occupy LA, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Portland, and Occupy Seattle.  Occupy Vancouver BC and Occupy Anchorage will also participate in smaller actions on this day.

Thanks to Firedoglake’s generous donation program, Occupy Supply, campers at Occupy Tacoma will be warmer and more comfortable tonight.  We thank you all for your continued support and participation in the Occupy movement, and look forward to updating you soon.

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