As I approached Freedom Plaza I saw the police wagons, squad cars, and all the fearful signs. I walked on to the Plaza and asked some friends, "Is this what it looks like?" and they glumly responded, "yes."
The Park Police are not calling it an eviction, but that is what it is. Read more about Freedom Plaza being evicted
First of all, check out the photo. Could there be anything more repellent? No, no one will donate money to a black mask. Sorry. Ain't going to happen. Nothing says I am involved in shameful activities like a black mask. It is not revolutionary, it is juvenile and repulsive. Seriously, lose the masks. Read more about How not to ask for support
and not a movement? This is the question that Matthew Noah Smith makes in an essay titled "Living Politically" on the site to which Lambert recently directed us that had the essay "Occupy Philosophy".
He believes that Occupy was an important "event" in that it captured our imaginations more than other important protests such as the one that shut down the state government in Wisconsin. And the "why" of how it did that is important. Read more about Is Occupy Just an Event?
https://twitter.com/toddstarnes/status/163419694701887488 Read more about Outside the dinner for the Alfafa Club
https://twitter.com/johnzangas/status/162820814499102721 Read more about Pre-Dawn raid on OccupyDC McPherson Square
Affinis didn't have time this morning to write a blog post on the ongoing actions at Pacific Coast seaports by the ILWU (International Longshore Workers Union or is it International Longshore and Warehouse Union?) Local 21 at Longview, WA. So I'll attempt to do one in the meantime. Read more about We Must Hang Together - "Year of Strife"
I suspect the igloos will be warmer than tents.
Occupy Portland calls this national day of action to reclaim our ability to make the decisions that affect our lives. We live in a society which does not allow us control of our future. We are faced with foreclosure, unemployment, lack of health care, climate change, hunger, environmental destruction, and so many other issues. Our collective voices which seek to solve these problems are being actively silenced and suppressed.
More than a dozen from Occupy Tampa laid down inside the Apple Store at International Plaza and at Best Buy on Dale Mabry on Monday night. Protestors say they were trying to represent the bodies of 14 Chinese Apple workers who they say committed suicide due to miserable working conditions.