American Autumn: Occupations in Baltimore and Beyond

Scroll through photos for more. Casey McKeel and Spencer Compton contributed to this article.

The movement to physically stop evictions and foreclosures made its debut in Baltimore on Tuesday, January 10th outside of the West Baltimore home of Lila Kara. Nearly 100 people associated with Occupy Baltimore assembled early in the morning to stop a Deutsch Bank foreclosure order against her house.

Lila Kara's home at 1433 W. Lombard Street is the subject of a foreclosure proceeding. On Saturday, Jan. 8, 2012, a rally was held in front of her home. Her case is pending in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Nevertheless, the bank is pushing to have the Sheriff of Baltimore City evict her this Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at or around 10 AM.

On Wed. morning, Dec. 14, 2011, a press conference was called by concerned members of the African American Clergy. It was held in Washington, DC at the National Press Club. Speaking on camera, in this video, are: Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant, David DeGraw, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., Sgt. Shamar Thomas and Kevin Zeese.

This morning at 3am Baltimore City Riot Police blocked off the roads surrounding McKeldin Square, the site of Occupy Baltimore, and moved in to evict the ten-week old encampment. No arrests nor injuries were reported as the roughly 50 people at the site were quickly forced to pack up their things and leave.

An emergency General Assembly is to be held at McKeldin Square at 10am today.

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Photo: Clayton Conn

On the eve of the two month anniversary of Occupy Baltimore, participants and allies of the emerging movement gathered at the 2640 Space to reflect upon the previous two months of an intensive experiment in mass participatory democracy; it's successes, pitfalls, challenges and potential new directions.

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This past week the City of Baltimore denied a permit request submitted by Occupy Baltimore to maintain their now two-month-old encampment at McKeldin Square. The denial was sent by letter from Gregory Bayor, director of the Department of Recreation and Parks, prohibiting the request to remain at the inner harbor site legally through to April 2012.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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*FIRST: In Solidarity with #Occupy, the movement changing the world.*

On October 4, 2011, we began our peaceful occupation of McKeldin Square. Baltimore is one city of thousands to participate in the Occupy movement, a global call to end corporate tyranny.

On Tuesday evening, November 15th, 2011, approximately 60 participants from #occupybaltimore, convened at Johns Hopkins University to deliver the following public statement to Karl Rove, former aide to President George W. Bush, and current Republican strategist:

On October 18, The New York Times published the article, “At the Protests, the Message Lacks a Melody.”#[i] In the piece, author James C. McKinley Jr. asks us, “Where have all the protest songs gone?” Citing Occupy Wall Street and the movement it has inspired, McKinley suggests that we “have yet to find an anthem”.

Photo: Corey Reidy

On Monday, November 7th, 2011, M.J. Brodie, President of the Baltimore Development Corporation, met a group of concerned citizens on the steps of the BDC. It was the first public meeting of its kind. Called upon by Baltimore residents, in an open letter: http://anotherbdcispossible.org/ , the writers requested a public meeting with the BDC.

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