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Dude, Occupy Louisville is the new black.
It’s way better than any lame bridge debate for stirring up blood and getting people hype. All the news stations are clamoring to cover us, because there’s some drama between us and the city. Every news station in the city covers us, and the courier journal has ran front page articles on us multiple times since Christmas.
We’ve got people talking about homelessness, jobs and what the city is going to do about it. City council knows who we are and what we want. Representative John Yarmuth (Of the fightin’ 3rd!) has our back. Mayor Greg Fischer hasn’t had a formal meeting with us yet, but I forsee one in the near future.
The conversation is about occupy, and we’re not going away any time soon.
I have a lot of emotions about homelessness, and just as many feelings about the occupy movement. I’ve been very involved in Occupy Louisville for my own reasons, but I stay involved for reasons important to the people I have befriended there.
My mom was homeless for a few days with me when I was a little kid. We slept in a car. If my mom wasn’t living in Kentucky, I would have been homeless in January of this year, after I lost my job.
We all want to talk about stereotypes drenched in ignorance, and our language around gender, people of color and sexuality. Nobody talks much about the stereotype we all seem to have about people that don’t have a place to live. American culture has done a bang up job of painting homelessness as this nasty thing that only happens to alcoholics and drug addicts.
Women, men, children and entire families don’t have homes to sleep in at night. They don’t have a secure place to keep their precious items safe, or the ability to look at their favorite painting on the wall every night. Using electricity to charge their phones is a daily adventure.
It’s hard not having a place to live, and many Americans deal with this, daily.
The number of Americans for whom this is a daily experience is rising exponentially as rent prices increase while average wages decrease, and jobs evaporate.
In many states, people who don’t have an address to call their own are unable to register to vote! If you don’t have an address, you can’t fill out a job application. If you don’t have an address, you can’t get a bank account.
In a conversation with a man the other day, he explained that he lost his SSI direct deposit when he had to spend one night in jail, for sleeping outside. The state will not pay for you to be in jail AND pay you your SSI benefits. The worst part about it, is this guy worked full time for years, and that SSI money is money he earned. Then when he went to go and get his check renewed, the government told him that in order to get his checks back, he’d have to show a lease in his name.
How’s homeboy supposed to get a lease in his name, if 1. he didn’t have a place before and 2. he has no income without the damn ssi check???
You feel me?
So, I get a little pissed off when occupations are like, “We have this homelessness problem.” Well fucking a, the entire country has a problem in that there are so many people without homes. The reason we fucking occupy is to give ourselves a massive voice that says in unison, “THiS SHIT IS FUCKED UP AND WE’RE NOT TAKING IT ANYMORE.” The problem is that these people. These American CITIZENS are the very bottom rung of exactly what the 1% wants.
They want us to look down on these people, who are just as fucking bad off as everyone else. It’s like children on a playground laughing at the kid who has knock-off brand sneakers. Who gives a fuck? She’s a kid just like you are.
That’s the biggest reason why the communities created by the occupy movement are imperative to the advancement of our society as a whole.
Municipal governments are breaking up these tiny occupy communities. Just like the banks, slave owners and ruling class have always conspired to separate people and keep us from talking together about what we all have in common, rather than the institutionalized concepts that keep us from making friends and fighting together against those who oppress us.
At an occupation, you will brush shoulders, make friends and fight alongside the TRUE 99%. Black, White, Asian, Hispanic. Male, Female, Transgender. With or without homes. Middle class, lower class, upper class. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer. You are forced to join together with everyone from every walk of life who is currently oppressed by this outrageously corrupt system that benefits only a few people.
If we divide ourselves for them, it’s only helping the 1% do their job easier.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says, in regards to Occupy Louisville, this city is one of “Hospitailty and compassion.”
Then he follows this message up by having city officials demand occupation’s tents be removed by January 2nd.
CALL MAYOR GREG FISCHER’S OFFICE
Let him know that he should offer his hospitality and compassion to those camping out for their First Amendment rights!
Email the mayor’s office:
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It is a bill which is going to be attached to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012.
According to a Washington Post article by Mark Udall:
… The provisions would require the military to dedicate a significant number of personnel to capturing and holding terrorism suspects — in some cases indefinitely — even those apprehended on U.S. soil. And they authorize the military to do so regardless of an accused terrorist’s citizenship, even if he or she is an American captured in a U.S. city.
Terrorism and anti-American behavior can be defined by a judge as whatever they see fit.
Basically what I’m getting at is that they want to INFINITELY DETAIN people, and this could boil down to putting people like me in prison forever, simply for using my first amendment rights to work. This is such an intense crock of shit.
This is clearly a way to eliminate the Occupy movement, and generally detain outspoken, compassionate people.
So the bill has been passed through the senate. Now it’s time to tell President Barack Obama to VETO THIS ASSHOLE BILL.
- Email President Obama
- Call the White house: 202-456-1111
- Mail the president a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
- Share this information with other human beings.
Occupy LA is about to be cleared.
We’ve been advised by multiple sources that police are mobilizing en masse at Dodger Stadium, that LA camp will be cleared at 10:30.
Dude, even when conference calls are about something I care about, they ARE STILL BORING.
Mighty Kindness, a local Louisville group filled with music and joy and awesome, holds a bi-annual event called the Mighty Kindness Hootenanny. The event engages the Louisville community with music, food, local artisans and activists.
Mighty Kindness invited Occupy Louisville to participate in the Harvest Hootenanny on October 29th, and occupied the hoot!
Photos by: Nick Payne, Matthew Presely and Jinn Bug
This was a lot of fun! I love the Hoot!
Leaked Disorder Control Unit document recovered by an individual arrested the night of the Occupy Wall Street eviction.
Do not act independently
I plan on preparing an entertaining collection of creative opinions & factual answers for the curious!
A bit of Snopes-ing for those blinded by the likes of Fox News and other slack-o-casters.
Occupy Tampa Bay does a direct action for Black Friday inside of a Walmart!
Occupy Tampa Bay Mic Checks the FUCK out of a walmart, and succeeds in not getting kicked out for the duration of this video.
This is a badass direct action.
From the associated press:
Pam Newman, 30, of Louisville, Ky., knows well the trappings of Black Friday. A former Best Buy employee, Newman would watch troves of wild-eyed shoppers kick, claw and scrape their ways to holiday deals. She’s coy with the details of the Occupy Louisville protest — “There are some plans I can’t talk about” — but said the focus will be on people who haven’t made up their minds.
Occupy Musicians Site Launched!
From the Guardian:
Lou Reed and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello are among the first signatories of Occupy Musicians, a campaign supporting Occupy Wall Street and the worldwide movement against income inequality. The website aims to co-ordinate performances at Occupy sites and showcase new works by signatory artists.
Occupy Musicians is a sister site to the bookish campaign at Occupy Writers, the lensing of Occupy Filmmakers and the speech-bubbles at Occupy Comics. “There is a sizable force of musicians from across every genre of music who support this movement,” organisers said. “[This is] a website for musicians to show solidarity with [Occupy’s] protesters, organisers, and supporters.”