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.
Actually , this is a follow up…. this past Friday the 13th! , two packages arrived from OccupySupply. Those Xtreme footwear hit the ground and because of the need and weather, immediate distribution began the same day and into the week end. Rave reviews and happy campers!
Friday, also happened to be the day that the Fire Marshal visited the Camp and said no more open flames! That means no more hot food preparation and no propane heaters in the tents. And in addition to… no wood structure!s; pallets had been used to supplement many of the tents, this would have to be removed.
On Jan 4, members of Occupy Erie went to the City Council meeting, to again ask that they permit us some sort of shelter in the Square. As you may be aware, we have been raided and had equipment confiscated at least seven times since Dec 10, with one arrest. Members of the Mayor’s Administration have given us conflicting information about the need for permits, what they are ok with (for this go round, until they change their minds again), telling us they are ok with this, but acting not so ok, and all the other ploys used to sandbag us. We hope to get the City Council to pass something that clears the way for us to have some sort of cover from the weather.
Occupy San Luis Obispo is 82 days old today, our Occupation began last October 20 on the lawn of the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse. In the days that followed the lawn area filled with homeless occupiers, The camp was unprepared, surprised by, and ultimately unable to cope with the rapid influx of homeless people coming to the camp seeking aid.
With 18 days remaining until our hundredth day of occupying, we’re planning a celebration.
Two important things happened Saturday. First, a man came to the tent and asked “who is paying for all this”? When he was told that we pay for it ourselves as we go along, he asked if he could help us out saying “I don’t want you to have to give this up”.
Second, we were visited by a young social services worker who is a member of Occupy LA., visiting her parents in San Luis. She spoke at the GA. And told us how amazing it is that after the split and the harassment that we are still here. She reminded us of what we’ve accomplished just by being here. Read the rest of this entry →
A $100 grocery gift card from Fire Dog Lake’s occupy supply arrived just in time for the end of the holiday season at Occupy Tacoma. The camp, which is now the only full time occupation in western Washington State, was delighted to stock up on sorely needed staples…coffee, creamer, sugar and instant soup topping the list.
Despite raids on other large occupations throughout the state, Occupy Tacoma continues to have a positive relationship with local law officials and has been free to focus on community building, organization, and supporting local and state wide actions.
A short tour of the camp taken this week can be found below. (warning, audio recorded very loudly – i suggest turning down volume significantly before starting video) Read the rest of this entry →
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