State of Freedom

Freedom Plaza was the site of the Occupy Washington DC encampment.  Since it’s on the Inaugural parade route approaching the White House on Pennsylvania Ave., you’ll find an occupation of bleachers there today instead of tents. Related articles State of McPherson: Still fenced in (coolrevolution.net)

AWOL combat veteran turned war protestor faces uncertain fate

This post has been updated below. Late Sunday night Sgt. Micah Turner, an active-duty soldier deployed multiple times to Afghanistan,  surrendered to authorities at Fort Hamilton after being absent from his unit for more than a month. He had abandoned his post on September 7, and as of today, would have been officially considered a…

Occupy DC: Beyond tents

Occupy DC needs to think about how it will function without a camp at McPherson Park.  Of course, there hasn’t been a camp in the same way since February 4 when police conducted a “compliance inspection” and tore down two-thirds if not more of the tents–and began enforcing the no-camping policy in earnest. This was…

Pitching a Tent of Dreams

When I arrived at McPherson Square that Monday afternoon, all I could think was, “Good god, what have they done? Are they crazy?” Yes, I knew instantly that the DC Occupiers were crazy in a daring and stupid way. At the same time a giddy, elated feeling arose in me, and I also knew that…

Counter-protestors at Freedom Plaza are no-show first day

CORRECTION: One to two dozen counter-protestors did rally as scheduled on Monday, a smaller than expected turnout. The think-tank FreedomWorks is also a sponsor of the counter-protest. Counter-protestors didn’t appear today for their first scheduled lunchtime rally at Freedom Plaza, site of one of the two Occupy DC camps. A conservative think-tank called the National…

Occupy DC: A sleepless, vigilant night for most

No police raid after all at Occupy DC last night. But there were those who slept in the open as an act of civil disobedience. (Image by coolrevolution.net) Related articles Occupy DC hoists “Tent of Dreams” (coolrevolution.net) Fear and Loathing in McPherson Square, 2012 (coolrevolution.net) Occupy DC: Change is in the wind (coolrevolution.net) To sleep,…

To sleep, perchance to dream

Will DC Occupiers sleep tonight? Most Occupiers in McPherson Square believe the Park Police will raid the camp in the early hours of the morning after no-sleeping enforcement went into effect at noon today. (Image by coolrevolution.net) Related articles Fear and Loathing in McPherson Square, 2012 (coolrevolution.net)