March 23, 2012 : Occupy Camps Re-Emerge with Warm Weather

 

OWS continues to take heat for a video showing an alleged protester (from Philly) spreading human waste in bank lobbies (no pun intended). NY Daily News first pushed the video, allegedly “leaked” by NYPD to push back on the movement as OWS attempts its own Spring Surge. Nymag.com


NY Daily News carries the Spring rally schedule for OWS which is starting a “weekly march down Broadway from Liberty Square to Wall St. every Friday at 2 p.m. There's a mass orientation session at Liberty Square noon Saturday, and more protests are planned for Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, First Ave. and 47th St. , at 5 p.m. Saturday.”


Democracynow has coverage of the OWS press conference against police brutality, along with host Amy Goodman's interview with Cecily Mcmillan, the arrested protester filmed having a seizure while cops looked on during last weekend's arrests. McMillan, who sustained various injuries attended this week's million hoodie march in Union Square, tells Goodman that even though “police are scary” OWS must remain committed to non-violence.


Voice of America has a piece on the Occupy debate about the necessity of a physical presence and whether confrontations with police detract from Occupy's ultimate message.


On the subject of physical presence, Occupy Oakland has set up a new encampment, north of downtown, calling it a response to the recent arrests in New York and the Trayvon Martin killing. Sfgate.com


Ditto for Occupy Lansing, which is discussing a renewed physical presence. Lansing State Journal


Amazing how fast politicos move when it comes to clearing the streets of protesters. Down South, in Columbia South Carolina, a report that legislators are mobilizing to pass a new bill to get rid of Occupy Columbia's new encampment bellinghamherald.com


Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein, poster-boy baddie for the 1%, or .01%, can do no right in the eyes of some occupiers. His retention as “corporate spokesperson” for gay rights advocacy organization HRC has prompted Occupy LA's Queer Affinity Group to wear hazmat suits in protest at an HRC fundraiser, to protest the group's relationship with Blankfein.


Occupy Gatorville, er, Gainesville is hosting a weekend conference for regional activists in the Southeastern US. The Occupy Southeast meeting is being held near Brooker about 25 miles, workshops and environmental activism groups are planned. Gainesville.com


Finally, as new camps pop up, Rick Perlstein in rollingstone.com takes up the discussion of OWS demands vs. non-demands