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Occupy the Blog! (1/28/2012)

While this has been another light week of posting from Occupations around the country, there are still a few diaries and posts with Occupy news you may have missed.

Sunday (1/22/2012), media4peace gave us this diary on Occupy Minneapolis:

While not able to maintain a presence on the People’s Plaza in downtown Minneapolis in the cold, the General Assembly still meets, as well as holding a Wednesday night gathering at Walker Church in South Minneapolis. Active groups include, but are not limited to, a group around mortgage and foreclosure action, supporting those who have been served; a WHealthly Village (see more below); and the Pirates (see link below). Occupy St. Paul visited Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office last week to protest indefinite detention in the NDAA, which she voted for.

Popyeye99 told us about Occupy St Louis protesting at Lowe’s:

Hello all I was at the Occupy St. Louis protest against Lowe’s today. It was a cold and windy day with the wind chills at below 32 degrees. In case anyone doesn’t know the story behind this Lowe’s and many other corporations pulled their advertising for the reality show “All American Muslim”. The show is a look at an American Muslim family and because a right wing Christian hate group (Florida Family Association) decided to protest the show and put pressure on Lowe’s they pulled their advertising for the show.

Scarecrow brought us information about Occupy Lexington, Ky – unfortunately it was not good news as Occupy Lexington was raided:

After 118 days of continued protest on the corner of Main St and Esplanade, Lexington, Kentucky police, under the supervision of Mayor Jim Gray, came by Tuesday between 12:30-1 PM and confiscated occupiers’ tents and canopies.

Gnomedigest continued the reporting from Occupy Raleigh with this report on their 100th day of occupation:

We gathered Sunday on the Capitol grounds for which we had a permit. It was again cold but at least this time we didn’t have to deal with rain. As we gave time for people to show up a variety of people took turns soap boxing. Some talked about why they Occupy. Some told the story of their life that led up to occupation. Some talked more generally about values associated with occupation. Eventually we headed out on our scheduled march with many signs describing why people occupied.

Kevin Gosztola gave us a couple of posts from his “Great Lakes Occupation Tour.” First up is this one about a night spent at Occupy Buffalo followed by this one discussing how Occupy Buffalo is working with the homeless population:

He described how the occupation has to “deal with the world as it exists right now,” even though they want the world to be a better place now. And that means occupiers in Buffalo have to strike a delicate balance when working with some of the most marginalized people in American society:

Here’s a picture of Kevin at Occupy Erie, provided by Mentatmark:
Occupy Erie Pic 118 from Mark H

Now, in case you missed Jane’s posts this week, Occupy Supply is having a contest to give away five tents and 3 laptops to Occupations around the country for outstanding local activism. The nominations are open through Sunday 1/29/2012 Monday 1/30/2012. As of Friday afternoon, there had already been more than 700 nominations so check the lists and if your Occupy has not been nominated, then do so. A lot of the occupations are doing good work in local activism and this is an opportunity to draw attention that the TradMed will not provide.

Please DONATE to the Occupy Supply fund if you can. It is donations from people like you that allows Occupy Supply to help the Occupations survive the cold.

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!

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