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    "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

    From Louisville... Occupy Louisville: For varied reasons, people continue to be drawn to protest downtown Louisville’s Occupy protest, which began Oct. 4, is one of dozens of similar encampments across the country that have sprung up since demonstrations began near Wall Street in New York on Sept. 17. But even as a wave of police actions this week cleared protest sites in such cities as Oakland, Calif., and New York, Occupy Louisville remains undisturbed. Although the protesters have had to move several times, they now have a permit to camp out in Founders Square until the end of the year. And the protest has grown — since the move to Founders Square from Liberty Park last Thursday, the overnight population has roughly doubled, to about 20, depending on the night, according to participants. ...thus begins a five page Courier-Journal article on Occupy Louisville.
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    "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

    ^ thx Anyone up on what is happening in Columbus and Toledo? As for Occupy Cincinnati, interesting to hear. I was at their kickoff and was impressed that they got a good turnout and seemed somewhat organized, too, to the point of having sort of marshalls or guides helping lead things. Not sure what happened. Maybe the original leadership was all busted during the early arrests. I surfed into the Louisville site and...on line at least...they seemed to use their breathing space (they have an extended permit to use space downtown) to get organized and plan events and things. Looks good. @@@@ The situation in Dayton is iffy. Im actually on the fringes of this scene now, but I think they are trying to keep their camp going, but are in a very ambiguous position. And, these are just kids out there camping now. Or they seem like kids to me. I'm wondering if the police can just act unilaterally...say the police chief, county sheriff, or lower level officer can give the order to disperse and then intiate arrests, without any requests by local officials. They are occupying without a permit, and one can assume the police are documenting violations. Since the police havn't acted yet, I think there is going to be a decision point somewhere. Maybe they are awaiting till after Saturday, which is when the response is expected to the request to reduce footprint.
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    "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

    I havnt said too much about Cincinnati during all this, even though I went to their kick-off ralley in Lytle Park. Seems like Cincy officials acted early-on to stop camping. Is Occupy Cincinnati still functioning in any organizational sense, or is just people gathering and getting arrested?
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    "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

    ....exactley. A home cant be managed on one salary today becuase work doesnt pay enough. Even back in the robber baron days work payed enough to build cities of houses, not shantytowns.
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    "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

    Let's face it the Middle Class boom of the 50's and 60's were really an abnormality ....except that, before the 1950s & 60s, factory & service workers, in the Midwest at least, were able to afford their own homes on one or two salarys. That would be the case or you wouldnt have the mile upon square mile of single family or duplex housing you see througout urban Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, etc....
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    "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

    Heres an interesting article with cool graphic from Bloomberg Buisness Week The Unlikely Outposts of Occupy Wall Street "....banned from Zucotti Park but coming to a resort town near your." "After police in New York, Oakland, and Portland shut down the tent cities that have defined Occupy Wall Street, protesters vowed to keep the two-month-old global rally going. Across the U.S., OWS activists in upscale areas have gone hyper-local, adding community issues to the larger movement’s anti-corporate message. Many are also ditching the tarps and tents that have provoked mayors and police chiefs, preferring to occupy their own beds" I still think the funniest (probably just one guy and a facebook page) was Occupy Eaton (in rural Preble County OH).
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    "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

    Getting pumped for my visit to the garden spot of the earth: From LEO (Louisville Eccentric Observer): Optimistic on 'Occupy' This thing has got more heart and energy than anything I’ve witnessed in my life,” said Stephen Shepard, the Occupy Lexington spitfire who accompanied me to its Louisville counterpart on two sunny, breezy afternoons last weekend.... ....After a month downtown, Occupy Louisville, the local collective of an unprecedented global, grassroots, nonviolent revolution, is thriving. Despite a recent cold snap, the close-knit group of citizens remains committed to its around-the-clock vigil in Jefferson Square Park, a small venue at Sixth and Jefferson between the PNC Bank skyscraper and the Hall of Justice. The serenity belies a mighty sense of excitement among folks from all walks of life — college students, single mothers, middle-aged men — mostly unemployed or underemployed — struggling and raging against the machine of corporate greed that has dismantled the American Dream... ...damn, I love Louisville. Looking forward to getting back. In fact, next year, I might relocate back permanently.
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    "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

    Theree is rumors on the OD facebook page that the Dayton camp will be raided this weekend. There was a Dayton PD cruiser on the square this morning (around 5:30 AM).
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    Gay Rights

    Anyone ever heard of Sarah Schulman? I found out she wrote a book=length critique of Rent, or used Rent as the basis for a critique on trends in pop culture that commodified gays and gayness....and she was part of something called Lesbian Avengers (or she wrote about it), and was part of that "downtown scene" that Gary Indiana and perhaps Keith Haring belonged to. Well, she has a pertinent book out, that sounds a bit like "Flag Wars", or plows a nearby field, at least The Gentrification of the Mind ....Sarah Schulman recalls how much of the rebellious queer culture, cheap rents, and a vibrant downtown arts movement vanished almost overnight to be replaced by gay conservative spokespeople and mainstream consumerism. Schulman takes us back to her Lower East Side and brings it to life, filling these pages with vivid memories of her avant-garde queer friends and dramatically recreating the early years of the AIDS crisis as experienced by a political insider. Interweaving personal reminiscence with cogent analysis, Schulman details her experience as a witness to the loss of a generation’s imagination and the consequences of that loss... Could she be writing about some of us gay folk here at Urban Ohio, too?
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    "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

    ....you do the bitter bitchy queen so well! :wink: @@@@ In any case, here is an misleading analyses from a NY paper... Braun: Occupy Wall Street's 'day of action' proves the movement is going mainstream ...ignore the headline, and read this: No question but that the city’s unions and other civil society groups were caught unawares by the Occupy Wall Street movement when it began two months ago. They followed the young anarchists and radicalized computer geeks who planned and executed the takeover of Zuccotti Park. But Thursday what was left of the original group seemed badly splintered and unable to focus. Some wanted to throw their bodies at the police guarding the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street. Others wanted to maintain their brief reoccupation of the park. Because of their model of "horizontal democracy," the remnants of the original group— evicted three days ago in a middle-of-the-night police raid —couldn’t find consensus. ...which is why I could never be an anarchist. And I've seen first-hand how these GA's could drag one and become mired. But I'm wondering if that out here in flyover country we are more reality-based? There is this pragmatic streak to the Midwestern mind, which makes things go more reasonably and there is less "theory" and more "do practicle, tangible things to fix", less ideology and more duct-tape. I think the first place where I read that the local Occupations were starting to get local, address local issues, was in the Midwest, were Occupy Minneapolis and Des Moines doing things around evictions and foreclosures. Cleveland is doing this too. Also, the other Occupations...some of them...try to minimize conflict with authorities, more in a "we want to stay in business" POV vs provoking confilct...tho that does happen (interestingly the Albany occupiers do both...cooperate with the city but fight with Cuomo).
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    Gay Rights

    Regarding that Maine issue. When I was up in Portland their free newspaper (one of them) posted a front page article sayting that Equality Maine is thinking of putting Gay Marriage back on the ballot. They have been doing polling on the issue and it seems there is a change of opinion among Maine voters on the issues, with a subset of voters who voted AGAINST gay marriage changing their minds and would vote FOR gay marriage. Wow. Now Maine is a pretty backwoods state, from what I could see, once you leave Portland. So that's an impressive change if the gay rights advocates polling has any accuracy. @@@@ Which brings up the question as to what in the heck is going on out there. Are people really changing their minds about gays and lesbians and becoming more tolerant and accepting? Sometimes I wonder if people are just tired of the issue and dont see it as such a big deal anymore? Or maybe there are other reasons for this shift in attitude " (that we've seen in other national polls and even state polls on the issue).
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    "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

    Reading the news, it seems the flagship OWS occupations in NYC and the West Coasts are going down in a blaze of disruption. It's going to be ironic that the one that started it all, the one in New York, is augering-in and self-destructing a spasm of violence, leaving all these little peacefull and more or less law-abiding Occupations still standing out here in flyover country.
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    "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

    From Vaclav Havel via Sarah Schulman:
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    "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

    All I know about the tea party crowd is what I saw on Courthouse Square in Dayton when they rallied there, and no, I don't think they are racist. If they are its just this generic cultural stereotyping racism that we all share in to one degree or another, no hardcore racism. My impression is that they are basic low tax/small government conservatives, more like libertarians and anti-gun control types and maybe a tad like that old Militia movement from back in the early 1990s or even those backwoods survivalist types. ...more good old boy exurban and middle class suburban types.
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