May 7, 2012 : Labor Chips in for New Occupy Home, Movement Faces Challenges



Occupy the Farm
has asked for a Monday meeting with UC-Berekeley to resolve ongoing issues concerning development at “Gill Tract.” The occupiers want the farm used for sustainable urban farming, and the university wants a Whole Foods there, among other things. The University had given the occupiers until midnight Saturday to leave. Berkeley.patch.com


Occupy Cleveland is still attempting to distance itself from the alleged plotters to blow up a Cleveland area bridge. Various news reports reveal that one of those named signed a lease for the warehouse that now houses approximately a dozen occupiers. Cleveland Plain Dealer


Huffpost features black and white photographer/artist Matthew Connors' portraits of Occupiers, taken of the group since its inception in September 2011. The “pop-up exhibition” showed recently at the Storefront for Art & Architecture.


Reporter Kevin Fagan covers the Black Bloc in more detail for Sfgate.com, interviewing several activists, including “members” themselves of the largely anonymous group, as well as the occupiers who experience frustration trying to police them.


in the aftermath of nation-wide May Day protests, several writers weigh in on the “what now for Occupy” theme:


Salon features succinct analysis, listing 4 immeidate challenges Occcupy faces, including its evolving ties with organized labor. The author, Old New Lefty, suggests that 2012 is an epic year, similar in history to 1848 and 1968.


Stephen Lendman, writing on Occupy Wall Street Act 2, says avoiding being co-opted, diverted, divided, and/or subverted is key, as well as staying the course. Indybay.org


Inquirer.net features Denis Murphy connecting May Day protests to urban activism in the Phillipines, and asking how Occupy may broaden its appeal to include the urban poor.


Colorlines.com features a thoughtful letter from social researcher Diana Pei Wu, who says the media overplayed reports of occupy not connecting with immigrant rights marches on the left coast.


Cities :


Occupy Raleigh finally broke camp but urged reporters not to view it as a “sad thing,” saying they will move onto other forms of protest. Journalnow.com


A local DC radio host recounts Occupy DC assistance to a local resident facing foreclosure. The resident, Dawn Butler, faced eviction after the predatory lending agency LPS, based in Florida, threw her landloard into foreclosure. A stand-off resulted between US Marshals and the Occupiers blocking the eviction. Interviews and reportage at wmal.com


While encampments fold up shop, Occupy Detroit has found new digs at a home donated by a local roofer and supported by organized labor. The site is now a regualr meeting spot and gives the group a home base from which to launch initiatives. Chicagotribune.com


Occupy vs. Tea Party Debates continue, the latest in Duluth. As is often the case, the two groups find much in common, with the main difference being tea partiers blame government generally, while occupiers say it's been hijacked. Northlandnewscenter.com


Finally, some cite the Wisconsin Uprising of 2011 as the first seeds of Occupy in the United States. Tomorrow, eyes turn back to Wisconsin as the first step in the state's election recall of Gov. Scott Walker takes place. Interestingly, a Wisconsin occupier, Arthur Kohl-Riggs, is running against Walker in the Republican primary, claiming to be the “Real Republican” in the race. Alternet has Kohl-Riggs' extensive interview with the blogger who “punked” Walker way back in 2011.