Who knows where the occupations are going – it’s just great to be moving

via True Liberals/Facebook  90 year old protestor Sarah Dominguez at OccupyLA yesterday. Consider she was born in 1921 and has seen a lot... and now at 90 she feels the need to stand with the protestors at Occupy LA!(guardian.co.uk) As Wall Street wormed its way into everyone’s life, so Occupy protests grow everywhere: symbolic for now, but changing debate.

On the night of 28 October, more than 100 Tennessee highway patrolmen made their way down the steps of Nashville’s war memorial in single file. Above them, embossed in stone, a quote from President Woodrow Wilson: “America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness and the peace which she has treasured.” Below them, in the plaza, supporters of Occupy Nashville, who believe too much treasure is concentrated in too few hands, corrupting the principles on which their nation was founded.

Earlier in the day the state had imposed a curfew on Legislative Plaza, where the protesters had been camping. That night, after a five-minute warning, the troopers marched silently to physically remove them by their arms and legs. “It was like watching a movie in mute,” says Albert Rankin, who’s been at the camp since the beginning. “It was really eerie.” Within days a judge had overturned the ruling and the protesters were allowed to stay unharassed.

It is fitting, given the nature of the bailouts and hundreds of thousands of repossessions triggered by this economic crisis, that resistance to it would at some stage become a battle over public space with the risk of mass evictions. In the last few weeks, as popular support for these mostly peaceful protests has grown, the struggle for the right to stage them at all has intensified. From Vancouver to Melbourne and Boston to Bournemouth, encampments have been raided or banned.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/06/knows-occupations-going-great-moving

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  1. When I asked Rankin how long he planned to be part of Occupy Nashville, he said: “As long as it takes.”

    “As long as what takes?” I asked.

    “For the corporations to stop running our government.”

    “You could be here quite a while,” I suggested. He nodded, then shrugged.

    The occupations are essentially symbolic. Their aim is not to challenge the existing order directly but to highlight its inequalities and inequities in the hope that the public will be galvanised to transform it. This comes by way of description rather than criticism. In less than two months they have achieved more than anyone could have imagined.

    The Occupy movement has provided a large tent in which a range of previously atomised struggles can now camp. It’s a place where those working against war and to protect environment, library services, legal aid, public healthcare, public sector jobs (to mention just a few) have been able to find one another. Every weeknight in Nashville between 100 and 150 people meet at 7pm for a general assembly which is open to the public. Laura Wallace, who works to distribute local foods from local farms, helps moderate the meetings. “I’ve lived here for five years and I never knew these people were out there,” she says. “It’s really exciting to be part of this bigger group that comes together in a common space with a common goal.”

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