Occupy Fort Collins: Cast Out into the Darkness

By: Wednesday November 23, 2011 5:58 pm

When I visited Fort Collins last week, the OFC was in the midst of a move. Driven out of their original site, near the downtown area, the occupiers had marched to their new site, Creekside Park, the afternoon before my visit.

 

#Occupy: Is This a Wise Use of Resources?

By: Thursday November 17, 2011 5:59 pm

One of the themes of people like Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo as well as many other mayors and governors around the country is how things are so bad economically that the states must cut back in so many services, laying off teachers, first responders, cutting Medicaid eligibility, rolling back unemployment benefits, and generally destroying both the social safety net and wages and benefits for state workers. Yet here it is, New York City can incur millions of dollars in overtime costs going after unarmed, mostly peaceful protestors (according to this from WNYC it was over $5M by late October), yet city agencies are scrambling for funds:

Police Clear Out Occupy Denver

By: Sunday November 13, 2011 11:30 am

The noon sun warmed the crowd of Saturday marchers who paraded through downtown Denver today, rallying against the idea of “corporate personhood.” The people were peaceful in spite of a small altercation that erupted in front of the Federal Reserve Bank. But the protesters immediately began to chant, “Peace, peace peace,” and sat down in the street in order to defuse the situation.

But, by late afternoon, in the park in front of the State Capitol, and filling the Lincoln Avenue for the whole block south of 14th Street, about 20 police vehicles, police in riot gear, mounted and motorcycle police, began to gather. Yellow tape cordoned off the area.

Behind the Yellow Tape at the Back of the Bus

By: Saturday November 5, 2011 1:15 pm

Trouble-maker Michael Moore came to Denver. And Deidre, the photographer, and I ran from his 2:30 talk at the Auraria campus Turnhalle to his appearance at OccupyDenver’s site on the sidewalk at Civic Center Park at 4:30.

Occupy Denver: The Long Blue Line

By: Sunday October 30, 2011 5:00 pm

One hundred ten policemen, count ‘em, most outfitted in riot-gear-lite, batons at the ready, lined up along downtown Denver’s Broadway, facing the dozen tents that OccupyDenver had erected during the afternoon of 29 October. A dozen tents, a couple of hundred unarmed protesters, and Deidre and me. She is armed with a camera and me, with a notebook and pen.

Occupy Denver: Rally and March 10.22.2011

By: Sunday October 23, 2011 5:45 pm

It was perfect weather to stretch your legs and assert some rights Saturday here in Denver.

And about 2,000 other people besides myself and Mr. B thought so too. I was very pleasantly surprised when he started charging his camera Saturday morning and asked “when does that thing start?” He doesn’t have the same zeal I do for going to protests; and let me just say if the Occupy movement has gotten his attention, there is really some Occupy power in the zeitgeist now.

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