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Visiting Occupy Flint

2:30 am in Uncategorized by firedancer

As the only Michigan encampment to endure the winter, Occupy Flint is worth a visit.  My opportunity came on March 1st. Once I spotted the tarps, I knew I had arrived. I was welcomed in, introduced and given a tour. I even got to meet their Occu-puppy,  Revolution!  To meet a few of the members of Occupy Flint, and  to view their camp, take a look at photos here.

Kevin Gosztola’s post from January 2012 gives a good description of the camp and the effectiveness of their main tent. Thanks to Occupy Supply, a new military tent (second photo below) adds even more weather protected space.

The group is still standing strong and continues to work on many issues, including staying off the grid as much as possible.  Three solar arrays are mounted overhead and make an interesting contrast with the nearby historic mural. A wood stove supplies heat to the main tent. A new “pedal power” bike has been recently built.  Finally, a wind turbine (visible in photo of camp kitchen below) is hoped to be the next addition to the camp’s self sufficiency.
Soup's on!

Occupy Flint is taking a stand in the heart of one of Michigan’s most stressed cities.  Their facebook page states: Since October, 14th, 2011, Occupy Flint has maintained a constant, peaceful, and loving presence, 24 hours a day, in Flint Michigan. We intend to stay until we see significant societal change. Read the rest of this entry →

Occupalooza!

7:31 am in Uncategorized by firedancer

Quick note of greeting before I head out to set up for Occupy Traverse City’s education/entertainment event called Occupalooza. Greetings! I have been reading Firedoglake for years, have been a member for nearly a year, and have been attending Occupy Supply liaison webinars. It’s great to be involved with this community!

Occupalooza will be an event with speakers, bands, video viewing lounge, information tables and lots and lots of posters! There will even be a scene filmed for the dramedy “The Saga of Larry Tunner”, about an autoworker who runs for president.

Occupy Traverse City has never had an encampment but has been holding twice weekly General Assemblies and weekly actions. This has been and continues to be a time of learning and networking. More info here.

Time to go pack up and head into Traverse City for set up. Have a great weekend all!

Barb