March 28, 2012 : In US Cities, Occupy Goes Beyond Media Sound Bites

 

 

DowntownExpress.com features Zach Williams, who joined OWS in October, chronicling the movement's development and growth, even as the winter months saw a diminished street presence.


Across the United States, Occupy activity is taking place on a daily basis. With that, we get right to our “tour of the cities” :


Occupy Tallahassee has new digs, the “Johns site” which is a city block bordered by 4 streets. The Occupiers have entered into an agreement with the city to use the site, which already features some 12 tents belonging to “core group members.” A makeshift kitchen and hangout areas using tarps, scrap materials and even an old trampoline frame has been set-up. For the now, the Deputy City Attorney says it's a “temporary arrangement.” Amazing how easily some cities solve their “Occupy problem.” Tallahassee.com


Occupy SF is reeling from a second stabbing in as many days in front of the Fed where the protesters have been. Mayor Ed Lee says the violence will have no effect on the city's stance, and the protesters have a right to be there so long as they do not have tents. San Jose Mercury News


US Judge Mark Kravitz will hear testimony from both sides over the fate of Occupy New Haven. Kravitz has extended the Occupiers deadline to vacate the town green by 10 days as lawyers prepare “oral testimony.” Yale Daily News


The Cedar Falls City Council is prepared if Occupy tried to return this Spring, having passed an ordinance mandating they seek a permit for overnight camping from the town. UWS Digital News doesn't like their chances. Cedar Falls Patch


Blogger Pam Bickell features an interview with one of Occupy Tuscon's organizers and tries to get beyond the mainstream media's “story of the moment” conceptions of Occupy. OT organizer Joe Callahan says “The economic injustice that we fight against is complex and far-reaching, and the media are ill-equipped to offer the analysis and in-depth review that would help the public understand why we are willing to protest.” tusconcitizen.com

Occupy Burlington may soon“Occubama” : like many cities the occupiers are grappling with how to maintain a public presence and image after being given the boot by authorities. Four months after a shooting death that took place in the encmapment, the group was unable to reach consensus on the matter, leading some of the frustrated younger folk to storm off. Consensus can be messy. However, the group seemed to reach consensus on a protest planned for the Prez' upcoming Burlington fund-raising bash, currently scheduled for March 30. 7dvt.com


Occupy Art continues to make news as occupy artists celebrate their contributions to the movement. Harvard Crimson details last night's get together over an open bar and Thai Food at the Carpenter Center's BYO Series.


Politicos and pundits want to pin down occupy for sound bites and sensationalist stories, but each each city's occupiers want to discuss first, then pick their own issues to focus on. As such, groups like OSLO (Occupy San Luis Obispo) make decisions to hold women's rights seminar, which will feature a teach-in about empowerment, the history of womens' rights, dealing with street harassment, and possibly a self-defense course (see above). The group will also make its regular Thursday“silent street march” to illuminate their concerns about homelessness in the city. Sanluisobispo.com


Finally, Christian Science Monitor is up and arms this morning about occupiers protesting the Targets, Wal-Marts and Amazons of the world, primarily, they say, because these companies satisfy consumers and create jobs.The monitor opinion piece is penned by “positive marketing” profs Dawn Lerman and Luke Kachersky. It's not our task here to weigh in with opinions, but UWS Digital News wonders if the profs have been checking media coverage of the Amazon sweatshops , in particular Mac McLelland's Mother Jones Expose : “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave.”