04 Jul 2012

Do Patriots Remain Silent?

When an immigrant becomes a US Citizen in most cases they must take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. One part of this oath states: “that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic” When

09 Apr 2012

Occupy Raleigh, NC (Part 22) Home Defense Action Now!

When people are involved in civil disobedience or other direct actions its often hard to know what sort of effect one has had. Protests movements are the sum of countless actions. Occasionally though there are actions that in and of themselves can radically change peoples lives for the better. Home defenses are such actions.

27 Feb 2012

Occupy Raleigh, NC (part 21) Statewide GA

Video streaming by Ustream Last weekend Occupy Raleigh hosted a statewide gathering of NC Occupations which included a General Assembly. A small group from Occupy Raleigh spent weeks planning and preparing for this gathering. They made contact with the various occupations. They got permits to use the State Capitol grounds

24 Jan 2012

Occupy Raleigh, NC (part 20) 99+1 Weekend

?This weekend we celebrated our 100th day of Occupation. Occupy Raleigh’s events were on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday there was a nationwide event to Occupy the Courts in recognition of the 2 year anniversary of Citizens United. Occupy Chapel-Hill spearheaded the organization of that in our area with the

29 Dec 2011

Occupy Raleigh, NC (part 19) Occupy Supply

As I mentioned before, we received a small starter pack of supplies from the Occupy Supply a couple weeks ago. Yesterday we received our first large shipment. It included hats, gloves, fleece jackets and pants, masks, scarves, and blankets. We were immediately impressed by the quality of the clothing. Along

19 Dec 2011

Occupy Raleigh, NC (Part 18) Walkupy Defiance & Arrests

Saturday became the unofficial shift back toward resistance. We still have a myriad of issues to work out at the occupation site but those are no longer going to distract us from other activities. There were three activities planned for the day I was excited about so it promised to

15 Dec 2011

Occupy Raleigh, NC (Part 17) Loss from the 19

We received a starter kit from the Occusupply at the start of the week. When I arrived the following day at the occupation I quickly spotted the logo on various hats and scarves. The larger order is soon to follow and once we have people decked out in full Occusupply

06 Dec 2011

Occupy Raleigh, NC (Part 16) Hoorah

I often wonder how the 1% will expand their crackdowns if the Occupation Movement continues to grow. Police brutality and disruption are just the first step. If that continues to prove ineffective things will escalate. One possible sign is the latest measures passed 93-7 in the Senate that allows the

05 Dec 2011

Occupy Raleigh, NC (Part 15) Work and Play

Sunday we had planned a work day to further organize the camp. With increasing numbers of tents, the first order of business was moving them closer together to make room for more. Even after moving a large tent in closer to the others after the porta-pottie had been set up

01 Dec 2011

Occupy Raleigh, NC (Part 14) Mic Check!

Occupy Raleigh continues to set up at the NC Occupy Resource Center. The kitchen tent was walled in with tarps and to my surprise survived a high winds rainy night without any issue. There is already a porta-pottie on site along with a little over 15 tents. We have been