Occupy the Blog! (2/11/2012)
We’ve received a few diaries in the last week but we’ve also gotten some great pictures and a couple of nice videos from folks.
On the diary front, we have two from Occupy Pittsburgh folks. First up is this one from Steelydan3 describing the scene as the Occupy Pittsburgh folks were awaiting an eviction:
I helped deliver some Firedoglake packages (gloves, jackets and other winter clothes…) to the Occupy Pittsburgh’s camp some weeks ago. Thought I should post these pics before they’re shut down this morning. It’s not over. Decentralize decentralize decentralize. I also took some photos in the daylight last Saturday.
Later from Monday night, we received this diary from RFShunt on the wait for the eviction:
Occupiers have used wooden pallets that formerly functioned as platforms for tents and walkways to construct a symbolic Trojan horse. No word on whether BNY/Mellon plans to take it inside the gates to their neighboring tower.
The arrival of police escorting workmen tasked with reassembling fencing that had been taken apart sparked the promised rick-rolling with attendant dancing, creating a festive break in what is becoming a wary vigil.
Occupy Delaware issued an invitation to folks from evicted Occupations to join them in this diary:
Occupy Delaware made its march to Spencer Plaza in the heart of downtown Wilmington, Delaware on November 6, 2011. It pitched its first tents on November 10, 2011. With the help of the ACLU, it secured its right to remain in the Plaza by taking its case to Chancery Court where judge Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III issued a restraining order against the City of Wilmington on behalf of the protesters. In an effort to avoid a court case involving First Amendment freedom of speech issues that it mostly likely would have lost, the City then offered the protesters a deal, which in effect gives Occupy Delaware the right to remain as an encampment in Spencer Plaza as long as it chooses.
Because of the generosity of its supporters, Occupy Delaware has a small number of spare tents, and it also has space for more tents. At its recent GA, Delaware occupiers decided to extend an invitation to occupiers evicted by ungenerous mayors, to set up camp in Spencer Plaza and join Occupy Delaware in its struggle to protect the rights of all Americans.
It has been a very hard struggle for us here at Occupy Erie, ever since the very first time the city came to take our possessions, but we always find a way to change and adapt. If nothing else, we all always have each other to keep us in good company whether there’s a tent/tarp over our heads or if we had to sit out on chairs on the sidewalk, sitting in sleeping bags with tarps wrapped around us as a windbreaker. They can take our worldly possessions, but they will never evict our ideas.
The persistence and resilience of the Erie folks is an example for us all. Here’s a slide show of the pictures we have received from Occupy Erie.
Occupy Louisville had a special Occupy Mitch McConnell demonstration.
Here’s a slide show of all the Occupy Mitch pictures.
Finally, we have this report from Kevin Gosztola on the at least partial recovery of a video taken in Miami that the police attempted to delete.
Please continue to provide reports at MyFDL on the activities and actions at the various occupations. Good news or bad, we want to hear from folks with as many first hand accounts as we can get.
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!