visualising de-occuping tactics -foreclosures-
Time's up: The Zuccotti Park vagabonds have had their say - and trashed lower Manhattan - for long enough. They need to go. Be it voluntarily - by packing their tents and heading off in an orderly fashion. Or by having th NYPD step in - and evict them. But go they must: Their lease on Zuccotti Park has expired. And it's their own fault.
Reading Between the Lines:’New York Post’ Supports Message of Occupy Wall Street | The New York ObserverStill hates the tambourines though By Drew Grant 11/03/11 11:10am Share this:
Occupy Atlanta has repeatedly run into hurdles, as it has been evicted from Woodruff Park in Atlanta multiple times by the city’s unsympathetic mayor, Kasim Reed. Yet the group was invigorated yesterday as it moved to a new location to take action for economic justice. Last week, Tawanna Rorey’s husband, a police officer based in Gwinnett County, e-mailed Occupy Atlanta to explain that his home was going to be foreclosed on and his family was in danger of being evicted on Monday. So within a few hours Occupy Atlanta developed an action plan to move to Snellville, Georgia on Monday to stop the foreclosure. At least two dozen protesters encamped on the family’s lawn, to the applause of neighbors and bystanders: Nearly two dozen protesters assembled Monday afternoon at Tawanna Rorey’s four-bedroom home in a neighborhood just south of Snellville, clogging the narrow, winding street that runs in front of the house with cars, vans and TV trucks.
<img src="http://timebusinessblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/occupiedatlanta1.jpg?w=480&h=320&crop=1" alt="Occupy Atlanta" title="Occupy Atlanta"/> Occupy Wall Street, an offshoot of which has roosted in almost every major U.S. city, generally sets up camp near the center of large metropolitan areas. Now it has occupied the front lawn of a small home in suburban Atlanta. OWS protesters’ demands encompass a number of issues, including income inequality and corporate accountability, ever-increasing student debt, and the lack of jobs.
ATLANTA — Atlanta protesters aren't going quietly, despite warnings from police and the mayor. In the latest act of defiance, five people were arrested early Monday at or near a downtown park that has been an off-and-on site of Wall Street protests similar to the ones being held in other U.S. cities. The developments came a day after 19 demonstrators were taken to jail by officers in riot gear when a rally spilled into the streets.
"If Bloomberg really cared about sanitation here he wouldn't have blocked portapotties and dumpsters." On Thursday afternoon Occupy Wall Street called an emergency General Assembly down at Liberty Plaza to deal with the announcement that Friday will see a cleanup of the park by the City, starting at 7 am. Representatives of Brookfield, the company that owns the park, said in the clean-up notice that everything left behind will be thrown away.
In many cities, including most prominently Oakland and New York, tent encampments on public spaces by the Occupy Wall Street movement have been cleared in early morning raids by police (read about the Oakland situation here ). This time, at least, police violence seems to have been minimal. But what is regrettable is the use by city leaders of the lame excuse that "crime" problems necessitated the end of the encampments. It may be that the Occupy Wall street movement must generate new meaningful actions to build its momentum, but the claims that the encampments were generating unacceptable levels of crime is both false and reflexive. To the latter point first.
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A massive police force is presently evicting Liberty Square, home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months and birthplace of the 99% movement that has spread across the country. The raid started just after 1:00am. Supporters and allies are mobilizing throughout the city, presently converging at Foley Square. Supporters are also planning public actions for the coming days, including occupation actions.
Today is the Occupy Our Homes National Day of Action to Stop and Reverse Foreclosures. Actions are taking place in over twenty-five cities around America, as the Occupy movement joins with homeowners and people fighting for a place to live. Our system has been serving Wall Street, big banks, and the one percent. Clearly this has not worked.
Today, 99 Percenters all over the country will be taking part in a day of action being dubbed “ Occupy Our Homes .” The goal of these actions is to stop home foreclosures and stand up for people who want to work with banks to stay in their houses with their families. One of the homes the 99 Percent will be trying to save is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There, veteran Bobby Hull is facing eviction from the home he has lived in since he was a child. After running into health problems where he was in and out of surgery, he was unable to make payments to his bank, US Bank.
The Occupy Our Homes campaign launched Tuesday, an attempt by some within the movement to pivot to the foreclosure crisis after the clearing by police of occupied parks and squares around the country. The campaign is focusing on installing homeless families in vacant foreclosed upon buildings, as well as disrupting foreclosure auctions, and the like. On the policy level — in a break from the no-demands ethos of some segments of the movement — Occupy Our Homes is demanding that mortgage principal be written down to current home values. Actions happened all around the country on Tuesday, which you can read about here . I spent the day at the Occupy Our Homes march in poverty-stricken East New York, Brooklyn.
Occupy Wall Street activists march during a tour of foreclosed homes in the East New York neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, December 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) As Occupy encampments across the country come under attack and are raided or threatened by local authorities, everyone is asking what’s going to happen now that protesters have been forcibly expelled from public space. On December 6, we saw a preview of what many believe is the movement’s next phase: occupying the home front.
Today, the Occupy Wall Street movement is taking part in a series of actions they’ve called “Occupy Our Homes,” aimed at preventing foreclosures and protecting those still struggling to keep their homes amidst the lingering effects of the Great Recession. ThinkProgress’ Zaid Jilani explained one of the planned actions here . At least one major mortgage lender is taking the Occupy Our Homes movement quite seriously. In an email obtained and posted by the financial website Zero Hedge, Bank of America’s field services operation warned about Occupy activities, saying “ we need to be prepared ” and advising bank representatives against interacting with protesters: On Tuesday December 6th there is a potential nationwide protest planned that could impact our industry.
Funny actions are funny. People like them. Therefore, ever since the first week Zuccotti was occupied, the Yes Lab has been working in the Occupy movement by helping create funny actions that highlight the messages of Occupy Wall Street, and also by helping to document and publicize the actions of others. Some of the actions in this section were the ideas of others, that the Yes Lab helped to publicize and in some cases craft. Watch this space for more in the weeks and months ahead.