When people are involved in civil disobedience or other direct actions its often hard to know what sort of effect one has had. Protests movements are the sum of countless actions. Occasionally though, there are actions that in and of themselves can radically change peoples lives for the better. Home defenses are such actions.
|By: gnomedigest Tuesday January 24, 2012 4:24 pm|
This weekend we celebrated our 100th day of Occupation. Occupy Raleigh’s events were on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday there was a nationwide event to Occupy the Courts in recognition of the 2 year anniversary of Citizens United. Occupy Chapel-Hill spearheaded the organization of that in our area with the support of other local occupations.
|By: gnomedigest Thursday December 29, 2011 4:45 pm|
Occupy Raleigh is thrilled to receive this support package from Occupy Supply. Today we will begin handing out the clothing as is needed. Those staying at the camp the most will have priority for the warmest supplies first, however everyone will be able to have something to help fill in whatever winter clothing niche is most lacking. This kind of support does wonders for morale. It gives a tangible reminder of how widespread this struggle is. Its reinforces the notion that many of us are banding together in this struggle. I often say that one of the great advantages of the 99% is that there are so many of us with different ideas, abilities, talents, resources, and knowledge. Not everyone can occupy but everyone can find some way to support the movement. Occupy Supply is a wonderful example and reminder of this.
|By: gnomedigest Friday December 2, 2011 7:00 am|
Occupy Raleigh continues to set up at the NC Occupy Resource Center. The kitchen tent was walled in with tarps and to my surprise survived a high winds rainy night without any issue. There is already a porta-pottie on site along with a little over 15 tents. We have been able to prepare simple things that require the heating of water such as coffee, tea, and instant soups. This Sunday human needs is having a work day to try to better get things set up and organized. We also have a musician from OWS coming to play on Sunday who is touring occupations so it promises to be a fun and productive day.
|By: gnomedigest Sunday November 27, 2011 4:00 pm|
The Raleigh Occupation now has a base camp called the North Carolina Occupy Movement Resource Center. Its a small triangle plot of land about 4 blocks from the Capitol grounds whose sidewalk we have been occupying for over 40 days now.
|By: gnomedigest Sunday October 23, 2011 6:45 am|
We got a report back from legal today. The permit request to allow us onto just a section of the Capitol grounds for one week was denied. They claimed our request went against their policies. Of course we know other groups have been allowed to do exactly what we requested so it has nothing to do with their policies. Its just an attempt to not allow the occupation to grow. The last thing the government wants is a force that opposes them to grow bigger. Can’t say I am surprised. That they would violate their oaths to serve the public and instead serve their own self interest is disappointing but par for the course. If the government was responsive to the needs and rights of the 99%, we would not be out there.
|By: gnomedigest Thursday October 20, 2011 6:26 pm|
We returned to the occupation to find a few standing near the road with signs and the rest under blankets or sleeping bags in lawn chairs. It was cold and people were hunkering down for the long night. At one point a gentlemen approached and asked how things were going. He was from South Carolina and supported the movement. His job was with the state government and had something to do with tracking others access to health insurance.
Someone asked him if he had health insurance. He laughed shaking his head responding, “Oh, no no no.” After a short conversation he bid us good luck and farewell. Within 5 minutes he returned carrying a sleeping bag. He said, “I might not be able to stand out here with you guys, but at least this can help keep someone warm.” I gratefully accepted the sleeping bag from him, and immediately found a taker in Jess who quickly used it to insulate herself further from the cold. We all thanked him and again he left.