A huge thank you to all our new friends in The Big Easy! NOLA and OTS really know how to get things done. We appreciate being part of your team for a couple days. Having the use of your electricity really helped us! Thanks to Sean and Infinity for the great signs they made, to Occupy the Stage for some great music, to Justin for the cool traffic signs and to Mikey and Beatrice for the tour around French Quarters on the last night. NOLA, you will forever be in solidarity as we all push forward to make the changes we need in this Country. Keep up the good work! (more…)
We have arrived! Too bad the GA that we thought was tonight is actually tomorrow night. So, now we’re going to find some occupiers downtown!
Mar 29th….4:30 pm
A little while ago a group of students went by wearing their private boarding school shirts. As they passed one guy shouted “I’m a fascist”. I was trying to ask if he knew about “occupy” but they all just kept walking and laughing. A few minutes later another guy gave us the peace sign and then walked over to tell us he’d been in Zuccotti for a couple months. As we were exchanging stories about how Mobile is the blue dot in a very Red State, the young man who had shouted came back (alone) and said he was sorry and would like to apologize for being rude. (more…)
Making our way into Tallahassee was beautifully done through the gorgeous backroads of Florida. We took our time and enjoyed the breeze and sunshine. When we arrived we found a funky tent city with really loving people and a rickety old bus all painted up. We felt right a home here! Welcomed with open arms and a hearty spaghetti dinner followed with strawberry tapioca. After acquainting ourselves with the occupiers and a little history on Tallahassee we ventured down to the 24/7 cafe near the library where some interesting (although much the same) conversation was had with a few students. What we learned today…once again, we need to get that USA Assembly running for the students, by the students so we can FIRE congress! (more…)
We arrive around 2pm Friday to find a scattered few vehicles in a field dubbed parking area. A nice guy in a pick up was running people to the camp which was a very short walk down the dirt road. Upon arriving we were greeted by Stephen (who owns the property and was busy organizing) along with Karrie and Sarah who were manning the welcome tent, giving out maps and selling t-shirts. We wandered about the camp stolling down quaint pathways adorned with handmade wooden signs that specified names of tented areas. A small solar panel was set in the woods to allow some electricity and miniature lights were strung here and there. Stephens house was 2 floors built on cement stilts in the center of the wooded land. Bamboo was everywhere adorning the entrance to the camp itself. (more…)
On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old boy who had been visiting his father in a gated community, was walking from a nearby store. A neighborhood watch captain, 28-year-old (Hispanic male) George Zimmerman, followed him in an SUV and later shot him dead. The incident has led to national attention in the media. Zimmerman claimed self defense, and local police have not brought charges against him. The United States Department of Justice opened an investigation to determine whether Trayvon Martin’s civil rights were violated in a racially motivated hate crime.
From Tampa we loaded up the “V” and headed off to show our support for Trayvon. It was a great show of support when 10,000+ people showed up. The park was filled with supporters who looked beyond their personal lives to bring support for a family who is suffering for their loss and request that justice be served. We were saddened that there weren’t more of the white community (maybe 300) present and wondered what the demographics in Sanford were, so we looked it up and here’s the results:
2010 U.S. Census Sanford Seminole County Florida
Total population 53,570 422,718 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +39.9% +15.8% +17.6%
Population density 2,333.4/sq mi 1,367.0/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including Hispanic) 57.3% 78.2% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 45.0% 66.3% 57.9%
Black or African-American 30.5% 11.1% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 20.2% 17.1% 22.5%
Asian 2.8% 3.7% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.3% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 5.4% 3.6% 3.6%
The numbers speak for themselves! Where we parked the guy had a confederate flag hanging and asked if this was a “KKK” gathering? WFT. Yes Dorothy there is still racism in this Country!
We are back in Tampa since it was a short visit the first time (just doing the radio show on 88.5). We love it here because we can pull the RV in to the tent camp and have electricity and water :-). Our friends here are so nice and have made us feel right at home.
Yesterday was spent getting caught up on editing, etc. But during the day Janet managed to interview a few people and those were very moving stories. (more…)
Occupy New Port asked us to join them for a GA (General Assembly)on Sunday so they could interview us livestream. They were very interested in finding out more about our mission and what we’ve heard, seen and are going to be doing. They provided lunch and proceeded to give us an update of their occupation. After a great afternoon in the park we headed back to Tampa for some down time while waiting for Bradley Manning supplies. (more…)
Happy St. Paddy’s Day…..We rolled out the movie projector and hung the screen in the trees. A great night as all the opera go’ers walked by and some stopped to be informed. Nothing screams educate the public like a 31 ft billboard, parked downtown in an upscale neighborhood with a movie playing in the background…not to mention the popcorn! What would you like to see? Money Makers? Zeitgeist? Secret of Oz? What the Bleep? Occupy your brain! (more…)
An amazing day in Sarasota educating masses of people. We have been parked (since 11 am or 13 hours) at 5 Points Park, with tables + chairs outside the “V”. This is awesome! Not one cop has come to harass us. One, did go by and give us the peace sign 🙂
The people we met today (coming to and from the Opera House mainly) have found us: 1) interesting 2) amazing 3) crazy 4) cute (yes that was a response) 5) brave and committed 6) admirable. We have found them all interesting and every last one of them will remember us! Whether they think us good or bad, like us or not, they know that WE STAND! (more…)
There was a real buzz in the air as the “V” arrived in Sarasota. For such a small core of people, so much was being done. We started by attending a reading at the Commissioner’s Office to overturn Citizen’s United, which went very well. A number of locals from the Occupy movement each read a short brief why “We as citizen’s are against Corporate Personhood”. It was their goal to have these readings documented and on file, so that the issue be raised to the State Level and added to the ballot at election time, if approved. (more…)