Occupy Update December 21, 2011

Most of the Occupy Camps are cleared (see below), and order is restored. Let's kick off today's digest with a story that Wall Street pay is likely to exceed last year's levels.

Occupy Denver was cleared by police on Monday night. During the raid the protestors set some camp structures on fire, and nine people were arrested. The city says they will not tolerate structures on public sidewalks. Last night a group from Occupy Denver heckled the mayor and disrupted an annual vigil to honor the homeless who had died on Denver's streets in the last year. Stay tuned to UWS News for any developments in this ongoing story.

Marilyn Sewell, a Unitarian Universalist minister, writes in The Huffington Post that people should listen to the cry of protest from OWS rather than worry about the lack of specific demands.

Occupy Cleveland, which is focusing on occupying foreclosed homes, is seeking a $20,000 grant from OWS to help them in this effort.

As part of our ongoing coverage of the standoff between OWS and Trinity Episcopal Church over Duarte Square, Rachel Signer writing in The Nation says a physical presence is necessary for the movement to succeed.

UWS News has also been bringing you stories of the plight of the homeless who found a community and support from the Occupy camps. The Boston Globe followed up with Occupy Boston and some of the people who now have no place to go.