|Occupy New Orleans, Dec. 3, 2011|
A Ship Drifting At Sea With No Rudder?
Or The Real Deal--A Camp of the Bottom 1%
All photos and video by the author.
|New Orlean's Ninth Ward, Dec. 2012|
In a couple months the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street's glorious uprising will arrive--Sept. 17, 2011. The Wall Street Journal may say it's all over, but a better read is the analysis of the Occupied Wall Street Journal co-founder Arun Gupta (link at end). Occupy doesn't operate on a five year strategic plan, so it is hard to predict what will happen. Recently students have risen up in big protest movements in Canada and Mexico, and the indignados of Spain are in the streets again. On July 12, an Occupy march returned to Zucotti Park in New York City and occupied the park again but police moved in and made several arrests including a 56 year-old Occupy grandmother who was knitting in a lawn chair (not permitted!)
Dec. 3, 2011--
New Orleans, LA.
|The Rabbit Hole Cinema at Occupy NOLA|
The political documentaries went unwatched.
I learn that weeks ago the police evicted a large homeless camp beneath a bridge and they moved into Occupy.
After months in the plaza, the rough edges present in most Occupy encampments seem to have overrun the capacity of those who initially established the camp. No meals are served from the community kitchen. People are mostly fending for themselves.
In the evening a general assembly (GA) is held, but it is attended mostly by folks who are not staying in the encampment. Bill Quigley, a well known human rights lawyer, gives a legal briefing about the upcoming eviction (when the eviction happened two days later there was only one arrest--the rest just moved back into other dark corners of New Orleans.) During the GA a fistfight breaks out in the former community kitchen and the remnants of the security team rushes into action.
|An altar in the park at Occupy NOLA|
|A local organization holds a workshop on foreclosures at Occupy NOLA. A few days later they disrupted the regular foreclosed homes sales conducted by the Sheriffs office.|
The video on the right gives a little grand tour of Occupy NOLA, a couple of days before the eviction (A judge ordered that the camp be allowed to return for another week since the police acted before the court hearing was held).
|One of the many creative signs of the Occupy movement|
|Camp Jesus At Occupy NOLA|
|The sacred balcony outside room 306|
|THE OTHER MEMPHIS, only blocks from the National |
Civil Rights Museum housed at the Lorriane Motel.
|Occupy Nashville in Leglislative Plaza, Jan. 2012, outside the|
state capitol. Eviction occurred in March 2012.
|Another Nashville occupation from over a half-century ago,|
two blocks from where Occupy Nashville stood. Photo was taken
in the Nashville library, former site of Woolworth.
|After the lunch counter was cleared and the youth|
were hauled off to jail, another group would move in to
take their place.
The Occupy movement has had over 7,000 arrests.
|Also in the Memphis Public Library I noticed this |
quote and realized where the sign I had seen
at so many Occupy encampments had originated from.
|Would Thomas Jefferson have supported Occupy Wall Street?|
This quote of his leaves no doubt.
|Fifty years later John Lewis's legacy at Occupy NOLA, 2011|