American Autumn: Occupations in Baltimore and Beyond

Tens of thousands shut down the Port of Oakland Wednesday in what has been called a "General Strike". As night fell, police violently attacked protesters who had taken over a foreclosed homeless advocacy building. A U.S. military veteran was among those injured by the police violence. Below is a press release on his situation.

“Corporate profits are on the rise,” a crowd of forty mostly uniformed Iraq and Afghanistan veterans chanted during a march on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, “Soldiers have to bleed and die.”

Egyptian activists Esraa Abdel Fettah (left), Bassem Fathy, and Ahmed >> Maher talk to October 2011 participants in Washington DC, October 23

"Its like a football game between Egypt and Tunisia, because when they started the revolution, the people in Egypt wanted to do the same," says Ahmed Maher. Maher is a civil engineer by trade, but became a prominent democracy activist in Egypt, helping found the April 6th Youth Movement, one of the groups credited with sparking the January 25 revolution there.

This past  Monday on Halloween eve, Occupy Baltimore participants were allegedly assaulted by Fox 45 News reporter Melinda Roeder and her cameraman (unable to identify) as they were producing a story on a dispute between participants that was occurring and being mediated privately at the McKeldin Square site.

On Sunday morning, October 30, 2011, a rally and march was held in Baltimore City. It was led by the United Workers. The activists, many of whom had participated in the "Fair Development Conference," paraded, some in costumes, from Charles & Lombard Streets over to the "Occupy Baltimore" site at McKeldin Square. The theme of economic justice, with a "haunted harbor" echo that featured the "Poverty Busters," was spotlighted by the demonstrators.

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To the Baltimore Development Corporation, We, the undersigned authors and endorsers of this letter, feel that it is time to have a little talk.

Scott Olsen served two tours in Iraq with the United States Marine Corps before coming home to a country lacking in jobs but thriving with high-level corruption. He “thought the banks pretty much run free and unregulated and are never held accountable for their actions,” his roommate and fellow veteran Keith Shannon told reporters.

The president of the Baltimore AFL-CIO, Ernie Grecco, along with twleve other union leaders wrote a letter to Mayor Rawlings-Blake urging the city to allow for the Occupy Baltimore encampment to continue. This comes just one day after the city declared the encampment illegal, threatening to evict the near one month protest.

 

 

 

 

 

Over 250 people came to Occupy Baltimore Tuesday to support the space in light of a possible order to leave.

This article has come in multiple drafts and stages. As the #occupy movement quickly jumps tracks, escalates, evolves/devolves, and potentially transforms itself, so have viewpoints. This story began as a basic overview of a Queer Camp entitled “Mortville”, shifting to a transcription of an interview with the camp inhabitants, then turning into a postmodern ramble seeped in metaphor, and preceding this version, it had been an attempt at “objective journalistic” critique.

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