Occupy 101

It seems to me that many of the people criticizing

the Occupy movement are all saying the same

thing, that they lack a fundamental message, and

they don’t have a direction.

But what I see when I look at the movement as

a whole is a large group of people who know there

are problems in this country, perhaps

even more than can be vocalized.

Though getting money out of

politics seems to be a broad statement,

many occupiers would give a

simple solution.

Overturn citizens united, disband

the American Legislative Exchange

Council, and see to it that corporate

campaign fi nance is either recapped

or done away with all together.

The Occupy Phoenix movement

shows a huge amount of resilience by

spending the last 48 days and counting

in Cesar Chavez Plaza, without the comforts of

tents, sleeping bags, pillows, or blankets.

The brave souls occupying Tucson, after having

two of their three camps closed down, spend their

nights facing $1,000 tickets for urban camping.

In Seattle, after spending a few weeks in the

Westlake Plaza, the occupation upped and moved

and took over Seattle Central Community College,

which did not have any rules regarding the use of

the campus as an assembly site.

The governing body of the school quickly tried

to enact rules against the guerrilla assembly, but

the occupiers were able to hit them with an injunction

to fi ght the possible eviction.

Occupy LA, the biggest of the occupations I

visited, had its assembly site raided by the LAPD

in the early morning hours of Nov. 30.

Occupy LA had been occupying

City Hall with more than 200 tents for

over a month when the “Man” decided

to crack down and trample all over the

First Amendment rights of the protestors.

LA is fi nding its biggest issue to be sustainability.

With more than 200 present,

feeding the occupation alone is a logistical


Phoenix sees big issues in recruiting.

Try as they might, Occupy Phoenix

remains a regular assembly of about 25 to

30 people, which sees minimal spikes for

big events, and numbers of occupiers often drop to

single digits in the wee hours of the morning.

Staying dry is obviously one of the biggest

struggles of Occupy Seattle, as well as pepper

spray-happy cops who recently sprayed an 84-

year-old woman, a 4-year-old girl, and a priest.

Though the occupations all struggle differently,

they struggle in solidarity, and maintain that

regardless of what they have to say, they will be


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