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.
Well, there have only been four new diaries since the last Occupy the Blog on Wednesday. Fortunately for us, all four of these are excellent reports from all over. (That’s a hint folks. In a perfect world we would receive a dozen or more reports every couple of days that have so much content and pictures and videos that I have to struggle to decide what to leave out – if anything!)
First up today is this diary from RFSHunt from late Wednesday on the court hearing on Occupy Pittsburgh’s eviction notice.
Arguments concluded today in the hearing to determine whether or not Bank of New York/Mellon should get an emergency injunction to immediately evict Occupy Pittsburgh from property owned by the bank but zoned as open public space. The outcome will not be known for at least two weeks.
Proceedings at times occupied unusual ground of their own – with Rick Astley rolling into the testimony and plaintiffs’ high-powered attorneys extensively quoting snarky tweets and requesting the definition of an “OccuCuddle Puddle”
The BNY lawyer concluded his questioning by reading from a tweet that mentioned the OccuCuddle Puddle.
“i know this is not relevant, but I just have to ask – what is an OccuCuddle Puddle?”
Mr Carpenter went on to describe the phenomenon of people gathering in one tent on cold evenings to talk and laugh and keep each other warm – then eventually falling asleep.
“The OccuCuddle Puddle, is that a good thing or a bad thing?” asked the lawyer.
Oooo, Oooo, pick me. I have an answer. It might be the best thing in court all day.
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 →
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Hey folks! I’m sure you are aware that Firedoglake has been providing support to the Occupy efforts throughout the country via Occupy Supply. This is the first in a series of periodic diaries that I will be writing that will highlight diaries written by Firedoglake members who are acting as Liaisons to their local Occupy efforts. I will also be including some other Occupy related links to FDL posts and diaries that I think you might find interesting.
Just in two months time, Occupy Wall Street has already made a significant impact in moving the national dialogue towards the needs of people rather than the needs of the elite.
This link is to an FDL Activism Toolkit 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!
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