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Lots of activity on the Left Coast as Occupy SF is again center stage. Sfgate.com describes the eviction of some 80 occupiers from what they allege was a vacant building that they tried to take over in order to provide health and education services. The SF Archdiocese claims the building was not vacant and uses are being discussed. Mayor Ed Lee said he sympathized with the occupiers , but left the ultimate decision to the cops who acted on the archdiocese's request to evict. Riot police moved in and occupiers were testy, naturally. Full video narration of the raid on the building is on youtube (multiple sources).
To camp or not to camp, that is the question...as 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. DesMoinesRegister.com
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
Dowser.org has a excellent summary and analysis of steps taken by Occupy over the winter that prepared the movement for the recent Spring resurgence, reporting on the challenges and the decisions that determined the path forward.
The Atlantic joins in with an overview of the Spring Training sessions for occupiers now taking place in all 50 states.
Protesters pushed out of Zuccotti Park are bringing the party to NYC's historic Union Square, where each night cops move them out and erect barricades, according to the Village Voice. The park is a public space and as such has different rules than Zuccotti, which operated under a “public-private” partnership. Historically, the much larger park has allowed for small groups to sleep over night, but the cops are having none of it.