American Autumn: Occupations in Baltimore and Beyond

We Remember -- Occupy Baltimore activists gather in Autumn 2011. Photo By: Clayton Conn

The Baltimore Radical Bookfair Pavilion is a five-year strong collaboration between The Baltimore Book Festival and the local radical infoshop: Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse.

Occupy. Photo By:Josh Healey

At the top of the list of what the Occupy movement accomplished is, “We surprised ourselves.”

By “we,” I mean anyone residing on the left. To be on the left is to be intimate with defeat. Sometimes defeat is heroic, as with the Spanish Civil War. Sometimes it’s betrayal, as with the fate of the Russian Revolution. Defeat can be bewildering, as in, “What happened to that moment of Feb. 15, 2003?” Often it’s just depressing, like the delirious 60s that gave way to the tortuous 80s.

Regular contributor to Indy Reader, Bonnie Lane, was among ten Baltimore activists who traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina before the opening of the Democratic National Convention. They joined 2,500 people from throughout the South and across the country to participate in March On Wall Street South.

Luminous Intervention

The Occupy movement is many things; on one hand, it is a mass movement of protest and occupation, on the other a cultural phenomenon producing countless small projects, affinity groups, and organizing efforts. Baltimore's Luminous Intervention, a combination of performance, projection, street art, and storytelling launched by a new collective called Greenpants, is of the latter.

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