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  1. 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.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. 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?
  4. ....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.
  5. 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....
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. 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?
  10. ....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).
  11. 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).
  12. 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.
  13. From Vaclav Havel via Sarah Schulman:
  14. 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.
  15. I'll be heading down to My Old Kentucky Home (my former home, not the historic site) and plan on visiting some Bluegrass Occupation. Looks like even in old Kentucky the Occupy movement has taken root Kentuckians bring Occupy message to commonwealth LOUSIVILLE, Ky. — Small but dedicated bands of protestors have set up in cities around Kentucky to bring the Occupy Wall Street message to the Bluegrass state. Many of the demonstrators have put up camps and are staying overnight like the activists who descended on Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan to call attention to income inequality and policies they say favor the wealthy over the poor. Protestors have staked out spots in Louisville and Lexington as well as smaller cities like Ashland, Paducah, Owensboro and Bowling Green in recent weeks. I'll be visiting Occupy Louisville and maybe Occupy Lexington during the Thanksgiving break.
  16. Back in Dayton... ...it looks like the Occupy Dayton protestors have come up with a reasonable compromise after I left. I was chased away by the cold. I heard this proposal and it was pretty resonable...very close to what the DDP offered, and fomalizes the status of being on the square....tho the headline is misleading: Occupy Dayton wants electricity in exchange for cooperation Member Ed Cobb of Dayton, who proposed the offer, suggested that the movement accept a greatly reduced presence on the square during the festival in exchange for having electricity restored that the movement would pay to use. Electricity was cut during the occupation. During the festivities, the group would take down all but one tent, not display signs with sticks and deliver their message with handbills. Occupy would help clean up for the festival and assist in other ways, too. The county, he said, could issue a permit to Occupy for six months. Cobb said he’d like to take the proposal to the Commission on Friday.
  17. That is a good point and I was wondering about who was doing the violence..these people with these revolutionary fantasies, like, who..those radical neo-maoists from the 1970s...the SWP or something ("Free Bob Avakian"), or the old Weathermen? Since this happened in the Bay Region one can expect that old militant attitude is still abroad in that area, since it has a historic tradition of confrontational radicalism. Just a new generation of it. Unfortunatly that local tendancy to take it beyond the limit will tar the whole movement. Here in Dayton I saw a bit of this, actually on their facebook page. One poster was being unneccessarily provocative, quoting Malcom X, etc, and he was challenged on it. So you can see how OWS attracts radicals of a certain stripe. The thing is that port shutdown was apparently pretty peaceful. I think the longshoremen in the Bay Region (it seems there are different unions on the east and west coasts) were actually sympathetic to OWS, so maybe not too close an anology. Teamsters might be different, dunno.... But yeah, y'all beat me to posting on this. However, here's a takeaway, if you surf the net a bit for news on OWS, your seeing a slo-mo crackdown, where local officials in various cities, low profile places, are finally "pulling the plug" on the local movements, revoking permissions and having the police make arrests. Since these local groups are pretty small it will be easy pickings to zap this movement in flyover country. I guess the feeling is "you've had your fun, you've made your point, time to go home". It will be interesting to see how much of this is still surviving when I take my road trip. First stop is Scranton PA.
  18. Agree. It's definetley a public relations disaster. All the major news sources are putting the anarchy/violence spin on the story, but this is legimate news, not spin. The violence detracts from the news that they got over a thousand out to peacefully block the port, which would have been the lead for the day in the media. Now, we have the sour taste of people getting violent, unprovoked, too,it seems. No real rationalization for that.
  19. ^ Sounds like we might need that bail-bond fund sooner than expected, huh? I think they are looking into what other groups have done as a research thing. Not as a coordination thing. I the consipracy would be us five talking about doing an occupation of a vacant foreclosed house. Presumably that could be a charge added to the invetible trespassing and breaking and entering charges. Possibly also vandalism. So you'd see, at least, four charges: conspiracy, trespass, breaking & entering, and vandalism.
  20. Went to my first non-courhouse square meet today, the "Education Committee" meeting. Four people, five including me. Met at this big old house on Hickory Street in South Park. A lot of it was a bull session (I didnt participate much at all, more asking questions), some of it about how two of them lost their homes due to foreclosure and one (the host) was 'under water'. But they did talk about this notional Occupy/Foreclosure action. They are going to try to get into contact with Occupiers in other cities that are doing foreclosure actions to do a lessons learned (I e-mailde them a bunch of links to research). One person is going to research vacants and board-ups via windshield tour and auditors records to see which are owned by out-of-state banks that we might be able to break in to an occupy. Also a discussion of scaling of actions depending on comfort level (and ease): Petitioning & lobbying for a foreclosure moratorium Finding a family that is about to evicted or their house is going to sheriffs sale and working with them as a sit-in type of thing. Occupying a vacant home (and moving in a homeless family). This would require a lot of support in terms of utilties, appliances, etc. I commented that if they are thinking of civil disobedience it might be a good idea to ID people who could front bail bond money when the house Occupiers get arrested. @@@@ Turns out one of the people on this committee is a local music scenster. He plays in the Nick Kizernes band and also played in Cage. (local indy/original bands) and also did community access cable. He was one of the guys who organized the Canal Street Tavern benefit I mentioned upthread, which was originally to be a benefit for the New York City Occupy Wall Street, but when he found out that a Dayton action was starting he joined up with them. So the local movement started with various streams moving together and snowballing...a true spontaneous grass roots thing of like-minded people coming together. Fascinating. Anywhooo.....he wants to do another benefit...and I'm helping. My job is to talk to the Ohio Coffee Company (downtown coffee shop) owner about opening his space after hours for a more "coffeehouse" type of benefit. I know Ohio Coffee has hosted after-hours shows for both music and spoken-word poetry/readings, so I need to find out the details and get it back to the music guy. Today. Before I leave on my road trip. Goal is to do a benefit for winterization of the Court House Square camp at the end of November, say Dec 2 or 3. Also, re the Canal Street Tavern benefit. That was on a Friday and the owner, Mick Mongogmery, usually gets 10% of the door. He was willing to waive that for the cause but the organizerrs gave it to him anyway since he made his club available on very short notice, on one of his best nights (Friday and Saturday are the "going out" nights in Dayton). Noblesse Oblige. So thats that. I will be incommunicado for two weeks, so we'll see what happens when I get back.
  21. ^ ..same here. I think back to something like Kubrick's Clockwork Orange, which was pretty violent (for its time, and the violence was noted when the movie came out), but there where other things going on, too, that made it an interesting movie.
  22. Finally, an article about homeless folks and OWS. There have been ongoing news reports on this, and I should post one here at UO, too. I think I already mentioned that we have this in Dayton, too: Dissenting, or Seeking Shelter? Homeless Stake a Claim at Protests From Los Angeles to Wall Street, from Denver to Boston, homeless men and women have joined the protesters in large numbers, or at least have settled in beside them for the night. While the economic deprivation they suffer might symbolize the grievance at the heart of this protest, they have come less for the cause than for what they almost invariably describe as an easier existence. There is food, as well as bathrooms, safety, company and lots of activity to allow them to pass away their days.
  23. Since I mentioned the book, here is the NYT Book Review of American Dreamers (From Sept 16): We might as well call it: The American left is dead. Faced with the greatest crisis of capitalism in almost a century, the left has mounted no effective mass protests, inspired no significant uprisings, spawned no major institutions or policy revolutions. In Wisconsin, labor unions lost their greatest public battle since Ronald Reagan’s showdown with air traffic controllers. In the midterm elections, the Tea Party, not the left, took advantage of economic discontent to upend the status quo. Today, the dream of socialism exists mostly as a far-right phantom, to be conjured up when Democrats dare to imply that Medicare or Social Security might serve the public good ...more at the link.
  24. Joni Mitchell singing Urge for Going. This song appeals to my autmnal, melancholy side, and good for this season: I awoke today and found the frost perched on the town It hovered in a frozen sky, then it gobbled summer down When the sun turns traitor cold and all the trees are shivering in a naked row I get the urge for going but I never seem to go I get the urge for going When the meadow grass is turning brown Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in I had me a man in summertime He had summer-colored skin And not another girl in town My darling's heart could win But when the leaves fell on the ground, and Bully winds came around, pushed them face down in the snow He got the urge for going And I had to let him go He got the urge for going When the meadow grass was turning brown Summertime was falling down and winter was closing in Now the warriors of winter they gave a cold triumphant shout And all that stays is dying, all that lives is getting out See the geese in chevron flight flapping and a-racing on before the snow They've got the urge for going, and they've got the wings so they can go They get the urge for going When the meadow grass is turning brown Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in I'll ply the fire with kindling now, I'll pull the blankets up to my chin I'll lock the vagrant winter out and bolt my wandering in I'd like to call back summertime and have her stay for just another month or so But she's got the urge for going and I guess she'll have to go She gets the urge for going when the meadow grass is turning brown And all her empire's falling down The lyrics can be clunky but the tune is great, reminds me of "She Moved Through the Fair" a bit. Very early for Joni Mitchell, but not released in her first albums (it was made famous by others).
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