March 30, 2012 : To Camp or Not to Camp, That is the Question

To camp or not to camp, that is the Occupiers know too well, it brings certain hazards :

UWS Digital News Digest presents the Occupy News Round-Up for March 30, 2012

Starting with a tour of the cities, we begin in the often overlooked middle and work our way out :

Occupy Des Moines is back at it, beginning with “Occubama,” staging a protest out side the Prez' campaign office . One of the Prez' campaign organizers for Iowa emerged from the office to listen to a statement listing the group's grievances with the Prez, and spoke with the Occupiers.

As reported earlier this week, Occupy Burlington is planning a similar welcome for the Prez when he arrives today in Burlington – the polite protest is scheduled to take place beginning at 11AM at the corner of of Spear Street and Williston Road.

Occupy Dekalb held a teach-in about income inequality at Northwestern Illinois University. One organizer/participant, a mother of three young children says she became involved after doing some research on the matter and becoming concerned for her childcare’s future.

Occupy Lincoln has been told they are out by May 1, just as the weather is getting nice again. The group is now deciding how they will react to the judge's decision.

File under : they do things slower out there...Occupy Boise is apparently still camped out on their Statehouse lawn as the state Senate goes through vote after vote seemingly to rid themselves of their occupiers. A federal judge has already stepped n and said the protesters can stay, however the bill with the vacate order is headed to Governor “Butch” Otter's desk for signature...stay tuned

Speaking of federal judges, Occupy New Haven and their legal reps are making their case today that they should be permitted to stay on the town green. Yale Daily News

it seems a few more tents had appeared in DC's McPherson Square, but cops moved in quickly to take them down as a “standard enforcement of no-camping rules.” Washington Post

Moving on to headier terrain, A WSJ book review takes up a new work that discusses the dissolving of various ideological polarities manifested between the government loathing Tea Party and the Occupy Rabble Rousers, allegedly possible with “market democracy.” It's a bit out there for us too, but the notion seems novel. Wall Street Journal

Back to OWS on the East Coast, NY Daily News informs us that OWS will have a march and demo this weekend on Sat at 1 pm in Zuccotti, with a march over the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza.

Perhaps feeling bad that their marches are holding up the average worker from getting to their daily gig, OWS apparently chained open several NYC metro stations this morning and handed out official looking MTA flyers telling riders that they did not have to pay for their fare as “a gift from the 99%.”

According to Huffpost, Police and transit agents confirmed that thick chains with padlocks were discovered at "135th St. on the No. 3 and 116th St. on the No. 6 in Manhattan; Halsey St. on the L, Ninth Ave. on the D, Beverly Road on the Q and Carroll St. on the F in Brooklyn, and Steinway St. and 65th St. on the R in Queens."

Some have alleged TWU collusion but mouthpiece Alan Saly was quick to deny it, saying, they approve of the sentiment but not the action.

Also re: MTA, they will be playing ball with NYPD in helping them clear the streets of protesters, allowing NYPD to “commandeer” any metro bus, with the option for any driver (presumably TWU members who disagree) to “opt out” since the cops themselves are trained to drive the bus. No word as to whether paying passengers getting the boot will be reimbursed. Unsurprisingly, outraged OWSers stormed the meeting at which the decision was announced.

Finally, from the Left Coast comes Occupy the Telescope – out on the Palomar campus, organizer and activist photographer Johnny Ngyuen and others held their first meeting and got a turn-out of 12 students. They were there to protest education cuts and tuition hikes.

Ngyuen was undeterred by the low-turn out, saying “The physical occupation is not the main concern,” Nguyen said. “It’s [a matter of] occupying the mind and understanding that we have to educate ourselves and empower ourselves in that process. We need to understand what’s wrong so we can work together to make it right.”