There were 157 occupations nominated  in Occupy Supply’s contest to reward outstanding local occupy activism.   After a preliminary round of voting, 20 now proceed to the finals.

Click here to vote before midnight on Saturday, February 4

The list of nearly 250 nominated occupy actions across the country inspired us, and I know it inspired others.   We got lots of feedback like the one from our Pittsburgh liaison, who said  “everyone is noticing, marveling at, and being inspired by other cities’ actions.”

We hope the well-document list of nominated actions continue to serve as proof that Occupy is far from dead.

These 20 occupations now proceed to the finals.  Voting will close at midnight on Saturday February 4, and the winners will be announced on Monday February 6:

Occupation Nominated For
Occupy Atlanta Saved Iraq war veteran from being evicted
Stopped eviction of Pittman family
Saved an historic black church
Occupy Austin Arrested CEOs of BofA, Chase, Wells Fargo and “CP Hood” and put them on trial.
Organized Free the NYE3 Rally
Austin Bank Action moved over $1.5 million from bailed-out banks to credit unions. Urging City of Austin to move their accounts from Bank of America. Staged over 50 protests and demonstrations to date.
Worked with members of Austin’s Eastside community to ensure parents were able to voice their opinions about a for-profit charter school
Escorted away by security from Barton Creek Mall on Black Friday, where they had a children’s band playing and were doing child-friendly events.
Helped community groups plant 600 trees to help reforest a local nature preserve.
Occupy Berkeley Stood up to UC police
Occupy Buffalo Peaceful Police Appreciation Day — fed carrots to their horses, shook their hands. A week ago a police officer dropped off a stack of the police union’s newsletters and told us they had printed copies of thank you cards from Occupy Buffalo in their paper.
Protested outside the offices of foreclosure mill attorney office, Steven J. Baum. Baum was responsible for over 40% of NY foreclosures. The firm is now closed.
Rallied outside of Bank of America to protest the unwillingness to offer loan re-modifications and their new $5/mo debit card fee. The branch office shut down for over an hour
Put on a free play open to the public, “Occupy Animal Farm,” along with Subversive Theater.
Marched in support of Buffalo firefighters
Marched on the headquarters of Chase Bank
Attended the 1/25 Buffalo School Board meeting to challenge the 30,000 student suspensions in a school district of 36,000 students. we had school children carrying handcuffs & book.
Questioned Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and County Executive Mark Poloncarz about wasteful uses of taxpayer money at the 1/9 Erie County Industrial Development Agency Meeting
Challenged the Erie County Executive about funneling business to a campaign contributor at the 12/19 Erie County Industrial Development Agency Board Meeting
Rallied against Erie County Executive Chris Collins for closing the Library down earlier to hold a library fundraiser (about $80,000… after cutting $4 million) 3 days before an election. Occupy Buffalo did not and does not endorse candidates
Conducted Teach-Ins and Justice Dialogs through the School of Everything
Provided coffee, info and entertainment to thousands who wait in line to sign up for the Home Energy Assistance Program which helps low income household heat their homes in the cold buffalo winter.
Marched in support of Scott Olsen
Occupy Davis Student protest and pepper-spray incident
Occupy DC Freedom Plaza Held a flash mob in Hart Senate office building
Occupy DC – McPherson Square Protested takeover of Franklin School
They established a University tent, and a library, and an Ecumenical tent.
Demonstrated against President Obama and other dignitaries at exclusive Alfalfa Club dinner
Occupied Congress with a January 17 protest
Occupy Fairbanks Still holding down a 24/ tent encampment in -42 weather — and protesting in their underwear.
Occupy Flint Have gone gone “door-to-door” to figure out when foreclosures are taking place and who is responsible.
Sat down with Mayor and educated him about NDAA
The only encampment left in Michigan. Held “two large coat drives” for homeless veterans and citizens in Flint.
Occupy Los Angeles “Occupy the Ports” – Hels a protest to blockade port of Long Beach
Presented Bank of America with a “$673 billion check” on behalf of the “people of California”
Occupy Oakland Organized citywide General Strike
Organized a port blockade/shutdown
Held a “Rise Up” Festival with workshops, music, films, etc.
Participate in Occupy the Courts action
Occupy Philadelphia Has organized anti-curfew protests
“Foreclosed” on Well Fargo
Has performed various Occupy street theater
Set up “Occupy Vacant Lots” protest
Mic Checked the Philadelphia City Council
Occupy Pittsburgh Protesters were locked in PNC Bank during a protest
Protested on Liberty Avenue
Organized the “Justice for Jordan Miles” March
Organzied a Corporations Are Not People March
Occupied Target
Held protest march against Bank of New York Mellon
Held a “Public Transit” Week of Action
Occupy Portland (OR) Held a peaceful anti-eviction protest
Organized a bank shutdown
Held a Universal health care march
Rallied for Tahrir Anniversary
Occupied the State Legislature
Held Occupy the Dream event in observance of MLK Jr.
Occupy Rochester Protested outside Bank of America on Veterans day against the targeting of military veterans by predatory mortgage lenders
and banks
Moved homeless family into vacant, bank-owned home with Take Back the Land Rochester
Held 3-day “RocStock” Music and Ideas Festival
Occupy San Diego Protested in support Raul Carranza on his fight against the draconian budget cuts that are eliminating his medical care.
Organized Black Friday flash mobs at Wal-Mart
Shut down the ports in San Diego
Organized Women of Occupy, which organized Occupella caroling and Occupier Support, a program to provide for the needs of the 24-7 occupiers
Occupied the Rose Parade
Occupied home of disabled teacher Leslie Bouchard in support of her battle against First Mortgage Corporation.
Occupy San Francisco Organized Wall Street West protest, including shutting down several banks in Financial District of San Francisco on January 20.
Occupy Seattle Protested in solidarity with Ruby Ridge Dairy Workers
Protested JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon’s speech at Sheraton Seattle Hotel downtown for University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
Occupy Wall Street (NYC) Occupied homes in foreclosure in East New York
Protested in solidarity with Tahrir protesters at the Egyptian Consulate
Organized Brooklyn Bridge protest on 2 month anniversary
Held solidarity March on Foley Square
Organized Labor Union solidarity march
Occupy Wisconsin (Milwaukee) Renovated Liberty State Bank in Milwaukee to be used as a hostel for ‘Occupy’ protesters from other cities, and for Homeless Youth


  • The 5 occupations receiving the most votes in the final round will each win a command-post tent with lighting, presentation boards and tables worth $5,000 to support their exceptional community activism. The tents will be delivered by DADT activist Lt. Dan Choi, with a celebration courtesy of Occupy Supply.
  • Some occupations have had their encampments evicted or have moved indoors, so we’ll also be awarding laptops with built-in webcams to the top 3 vote-getting occupations that cannot use a tent.
  • All other semi-finalists will win a $100 gift certificate for supplies from the Occupy Supply store.

Please see contest rules for deadlines and guidance.

Click here to vote before midnight on Saturday, February 4

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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