Occupy the Blog! (1/22/2012)
While once again we haven’t received a lot of diaries from folks at various Occupations, the ones we have received have been excellent reports.
From Occupy New Haven, we have this report from richardgnista on the delivery of boots.
Actually , this is a follow up…. this past Friday the 13th! , two packages arrived from OccupySupply. Those Xtreme footwear hit the ground and because of the need and weather, immediate distribution began the same day and into the week end. Rave reviews and happy campers!
Friday, also happened to be the day that the Fire Marshal visited the Camp and said no more open flames! That means no more hot food preparation and no propane heaters in the tents. And in addition to… no wood structure!s; pallets had been used to supplement many of the tents, this would have to be removed.
Tobiasfox let us know about Occupy Newark’s petition to Mayor Booker here:
Since November 18, 2011, a small group of concerned residents have gotten together under the name Occupy Newark as a means to address the economic, social, political, and environmental issues affecting the quality of life in Newark, New Jersey.
In December, the City Council granted approval to occupy Military Park, located in the downtown district, as a 24-hour encampment. However, on January 6, 2012, Mayor Cory
Booker visited this encampment and stated that residents of the community were displeased that electricity was being pulled from lamp posts for light and heaters. The argument was that residents were paying for Occupy Newark’s electrical use, which meant that the occupiers were not paying an electric bill like everyone else, causing a burden on the residents.
Mayor Booker has chosen to concern himself with electricity being used in a public park. At the same, he ignores the demand from the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, that the violence in Newark be declared a national public health issue, and he ignores the Peoples Organization for Progress campaign for a “Jobs at a Living Wage”.
Sagesse reported here on moves by the Idaho legislature to change the laws on camping on state property.
Martin Luther King Day in Boise began with a parade, and a short celebration of diversity, in a state still struggling to escape a reputation for racism.
By afternoon, word had seeped out of the Idaho legislature of imminent new legislation to outlaw camping on state property near the Capitol. This proposed new law is aimed to bring down the long enduring Occupation across the street from the Statehouse.
Representative Scott Bedke, a cattle rancher from southeast Idaho, is the Bill’s sponsor. He has a record of quashing free speech to protect corporate interests. For example, Bedke got a State Fish and Game Department manager demoted for writing a letter to the newspaper about the wildlife impacts of an industrial wind development in a sensitive area of public lands.
The last part of the Bill proclaims that: An emergency situation existing therefor …
This means that the State could act as soon as the Governor (Butch Otter) would sign a Bill once it passes. This could perhaps be as soon as next week. A formal hearing could be as early as this Friday morning, and then the Bill could speed through the Senate. Normally, laws go into effect in July after the session is over. Just like at Occupy sites across the country, the authorities initially thought the winter would freeze Occupiers out. That hasn’t happened, and they have endured and thrived under adversity.
Our band of intrepid activists at ON had quite a week. First off, Mother Nature threw about everything she had at them. Heavy rain and winds wreaked havoc with the tents, trashing the kitchen and guest tents, among others. Last Tuesday Nashville had tornado warnings, although fortunately that was as far as it went. Temperatures went from below freezing some nights to almost 60 last night before another round of wind and rain, finally settling into a gray, raw chill today (with a low in the 30?s tonight and a high Sunday in the 60?s with rain Sunday night), and as you’ll see in my video, there are fewer tents this week than last. But that’s only partly due to the weather.
Because unfortunately, La Niña wasn’t the only thing blowing in the wind. The TN Legislature looks to be crafting a bill to make “living on publicly-owned property not designated for residential use” a crime. After last October’s fiasco, Governor Haslam (R) is keeping his cards close to his vest. (Note to ON: Next time rain real money on the Legislature. It works. Trust me). The bill could have serious ramifications for both ON and Nashville’s extensive homeless community. (I was, as I said earlier, very honored to have masaccio with me, and I’m sure he’ll post about it with far more insight than I could muster.) If SB 2508 Gresham/ HB 2638 Watson go much further, you readers could possibly be arrested and/or fined with a “Class C” midemeanor for even reading about something “on publicly-owned property.” (As Firebaggers, I think the ignominy of only a Class C misdemeanor is highly insulting. If we’re going to misdemean, we’re Class A all the way! Please show ON some love. We deliver.)
Kyushukev also had this nice video of the “Occupy Nashville Players take on Citizens United”
If you miss anything Occupy related, please check the Occupy Supply Headquarters page where you can find links to the most recent top Occupy related posts and diaries from the last few days, the links to the slideshow of pictures we’ve received, videos on Occupy Wall Street from around the web and the FDL Occupy Wall Street archives.
This link is to a HowTo: FDL Citizen Journalism in case you want to write a diary for your local efforts (or just wish to write a diary at MyFDL for whatever topic you choose). Keep us informed as you fight the power!