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.
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 →