Occupy the Blog! (for 1/8/2012)

By: Sunday January 8, 2012 7:00 pm

We’ve received some excellent Occupy related diaries these last few days that are a joy to read. They span the country, including some of the more conservative areas, and even up into Canada.

 

More Arrests for Occupy Bloomington

By: Sunday January 8, 2012 5:00 pm

Occupiers Charis and Walker were forcibly removed from Peoples Park early this morning. Both were arrested and charged with criminal trespassing. The BPD seems determined to enforce the 11pm-6am curfew in the park.

Bloomington’s Order to Occupiers to Vacate People’s Park Reeks of Political Opportunism

By: Thursday January 5, 2012 8:30 am

For nearly ninety days, Occupy Bloomington has been occupying People’s Park in Bloomington just blocks away from the Indiana University campus. They have been bringing the message of the 99% to a college town. But now their effort faces a significant setback as Mayor Mark Kruzan has occupiers evicted by noon today.

I have been following all news related to Occupy closely since September 17 and I visited Occupy Bloomington on my Midwest tour of occupations in late October. As far as I could tell, the city was politically more permissive toward Occupy Bloomington than most cities. To have lasted into 2012 like they have done, the city would have to be on some level respectful of their First Amendment rights to be in the park.

Occupy The Indiana Statehouse!

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 6:10 pm

I arrived at 8:30 AM today, the first day of the 2010 legislative session. As the morning wore on, several hundred protesters (including some already inside the statehouse) grew into the thousands, as union members and activists from local Occupy groups (Indianapolis, Bloomington and others) arrived in buses and on foot. At around 10:45 it was announced that Daniels had rescinded the cap of 3,000 inside the statehouse, though all of the other ‘rules’ remained in effect. The protesters moved into the statehouse and entered the Senate chamber, and were threatened with eviction on at least one occasion for disrupting the proceedings.

The Radical History of Bloomington’s Peoples Park

By: Monday November 21, 2011 7:15 pm

In the autumn of 1968, Rollo Turner opened the Black Market in Bloomington, Indiana on land owned by businessman and antiwar activist Larry Canada. Located on the corner of Dunn Street and Kirkwood Avenue, the Black Market sold LPs, books, artwork, and African imports, and quickly evolved into a peaceful gathering place for Bloomington and Indiana University’s African-American community. In May of 1969 Turner would gain fame for leading a coalition of students and faculty in an occupation of IU’s Ballantine Hall to protest tuition increases…

Occupy Supply Comes to Bloomington: A Spontaneous Community for Seeking Out Solutions

By: Monday October 31, 2011 1:01 pm

Keven Gosztola’s visits Occupy Bloomington, IN, to interview occupiers and bring supplies.

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