Occupy Buffalo's belonging after raid

Cuomo's Loot: Occupy Buffalo's belonging after raid

Our next Occupy Supply online meet-up is Sunday, February 12th, at 2:00 PM Eastern. Register now.

In an effort to share strategies and best-practices among Occupy groups, Sunday’s Occupy Supply town hall webinar discussion will be: “My Occupation Was Raided: Now What Do I Do?”

Occupiers who have lived through eviction and come back strong will join us to talk about their experiences and share what they’ve learned in the aftermath. The panel includes:

  • Occupy Atlanta: After being evicted from Woodruff Park by Mayor Kasim Reed, OA moved to the King Center and occupied a homeless shelter to prevent it from being shut down. Their foreclosure work has galvanized community support by preventing banks from foreclosing on a historic black church as well as the home of an Iraq veteran. (See “Occupy Atlanta Gains Traction“)
  • Occupy Salt Lake City: Following their eviction by Mayor Ralph Becker from Pioneer Park, Occupy Salt Lake City successfully negotiated an agreement with the city to encamp at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake. They continue to work on campaigns against private prisons, domestic use of drones, and the state’s anti-immigration bill HB497. (See Occupy Salt Lake City protesters plan for 2012)
  • Occupy Buffalo: Raided in the middle of the night with no warning two weeks ago, Occupy Buffalo is so far inside Mayor Byron Brown’s head he should charge them rent. They have passed out 7000 flyers while riding buses that the local transit agency plans to shut down and have packed town hall meetings with angry residents. They’ve forced local schools to stop suspending children for non-violent offenses and “inspired” the Mayor to knock down 2 buildings and devote $1.8 million dollars to redevelopment on a street simply by calling a neighborhood meeting there. Their eviction prompted a groundswell of community support and has made things even hotter for the Mayor. They continue to organize in Niagara Square. (See From Occupy to cleanup)
  • Occupy Syracuse: Occupy Syracuse was on Andrew Cuomo’s January bucket list of New York occupations to crush, but they have refused to leave. Despite Mayor Minor’s orders to take bulldozers to their encampment in the middle of the night and her corrupt, cronyistic diddling with public/private property laws at closed-door meetings and her order to police that chairs constituted “permanent structures” and were therefore not allowed in the park, Occupy Syracuse’s conviction ultimately backed her down and they continue their 24/7 occupation of Perseverance Park. (See Still Occupying: New city policy allows vigil to continue)

The panelists will discuss lessons learned, things they wish they’d done differently, the need for contingency planning and what held their groups together through tough times. There will be an open question-and-answer period after the panel discussion where webinar attendees can chat with the panelists.

With growing numbers of evictions and the introduction of anti-Occupy legislation in towns and cities across America, we hope this conversation will be helpful to occupiers with encampments that want to hear how other groups have faced the challenges they are currently experiencing, as well as those without encampments who are working to foster good community relations and sustain energy and enthusiasm in their occupy group.

This meeting is open to anyone – liaison, occupier, or otherwise – who wants to discuss lessons, strategies and ideas about what to do when your Occupation has been raided, and we hope you’ll join us to share your thoughts and experiences.

Occupy Supply holds webinar meetings each Sunday at 2pm and Wednesday at 8pm ET. They are open to anyone who wants to discuss the future of the Occupy movement.

At upcoming webinars where occupiers will be discussing:

  • Wednesday February 15: Physical occupations – are they obsolete, or the sine qua non of Occupy?
  • Sunday February 19: Where does Occupy go from here: A vision for the future
  • Wednesday February 22: Occupations that have prevented foreclosures, and how they did it

You can find a recap of Wednesday’s very successful webinar on how to FOIA for Occupy here.

Click here to register for Occupy Supply meet-up & discussion on Sunday, 2/12 at 2:00 PM Eastern

You can also download a flyer on tomorrow’s webinar for distribution at your local occupy: [PDF]

Question? Contact us at occupysupply AT firedoglake DOT com.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. 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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