People around the world are pushing for alternative energy as a means of becoming a more sustainable human society and we plan to show people how to do this at a minimal cost.
Under the guidance of electrical engineer Damian de Caires, people joining this working group will not only become more informed about alternative energy, but will also become technicians and assist with getting as many people off the grid as humanly possible.
It’s become pretty obvious (to me at least), that weekends are the time when folks write their Occupy diaries. After I mildly complained about not having a lot of good content for my last Occupy the Blog! post, we received a number of new diaries from folks and occupations all across the country. Ask and ye shall receive, I reckon (but please keep ‘em coming folks!)
First up is this from sagesse, continuing to report on Occupy Boise and efforts of the Idaho legislature to implement new laws that would force Occupy Boise to leave:
Teresa Luna, Director of the Department of Administration, presented misleading testimony to the Committee. She claimed the existing plan on the books for the grounds at the Vigil site – a plan that would put in parking lots – wasn’t really the plan. She made claims about vandalism and trespass, and said Occupy Boise had cost the state $9000 – largely due to her hiring of an extra security guard for the next several months. She is the sister of controversial Idaho Education Secretary Tom Luna.
The main statements and questions from Legislators who opposed the Vigil Site this week centered on control, authority, domination and protecting their own sense of privilege. Reps. Anderson, Simpson, and Bedke all feared chaos. This is quite an unusual word to hear uttered in Idaho. At the same time that Rep. Bedke was fearing chaos, he was justifying his mean-spirited speech and people squelching Bill by saying that: “The Occupiers have rules. They told us they had rules – their Good Neighbor Policy. So we’re just making our rules”.
So how in the world does a policy of community accountability equate to chaos?
While not able to maintain a presence on the People’s Plaza in downtown Minneapolis in the cold, the General Assembly still meets, as well as holding a Wednesday night gathering at Walker Church in South Minneapolis. Active groups include, but are not limited to, a group around mortgage and foreclosure action, supporting those who have been served; a WHealthly Village (see more below); and the Pirates (see link below). Occupy St. Paul visited Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office last week to protest indefinite detention in the NDAA, which she voted for.
Hello all I was at the Occupy St. Louis protest against Lowe’s today. It was a cold and windy day with the wind chills at below 32 degrees. In case anyone doesn’t know the story behind this Lowe’s and many other corporations pulled their advertising for the reality show “All American Muslim”. The show is a look at an American Muslim family and because a right wing Christian hate group (Florida Family Association) decided to protest the show and put pressure on Lowe’s they pulled their advertising for the show.
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.
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 →
Welcome to 2012! While it is likely that we are not really going to see the end of the world as we know it in December of this year, how many of us could have anticipated the Arab Spring and the #Occupy Wall Street movements last January?
January 2012 has brought the serious deep freeze to many parts of the country but thanks to the support and donaitons of Firedoglake readers, there are people staying warm at various Occupations around the US.
This picture is from Sandy F. and Occupy Rochester:
Katie F. got pictures of folks wearing Occupy Supply delivered Bunny Boots at Occupy Boise:
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