People’s Library at McPherson no more

The People’s Library at McPherson Park has been disassembled, all books packed up in crates and taken to the new Occupy DC Resource Center. The library staff made the decision to shut it down.

DC Mic Check zeroes in on the importance of the library in a February 18 article:

The DC People’s Library began in the first days of Occupy DC as little more than a handful of radical pamphlets on the back of a bike trailer. A couple of occupiers were  stationed on a bench with a sign reading, “ask an anarchist,” a precursor to the radical reference service now available in-person and online through the library. Within the first two weeks, a small shelf of donated books had appeared.

By the time Occupy DC was raided, the once-tiny library had become one of the camp’s most vibrant and well-established service tents. It had amassed nearly 2000 donated books – from contemporary politics and history to classics, comics, and a kid’s section – as well as numerous periodicals, pamphlets, and activist-oriented resources like the “safer spaces” binder.

Lately the library at McPherson has been plagued by rats and mold.

During the raid on Occupy DC by National Park Police on February 4, protestors linked arms, determined to defend the library at all costs, viewing it as the heart of the encampment.

With the dismantling of the library and the recent removal of Occupy DC’s information tent, only two tents remain at McPherson Park to make up the “24-hour vigil” presence.

A video tour of the library here.

And a photo of the library in happier days.

(Photos by coolrevolution.net)

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Occupy DC: The day after the raid


McPherson Park was muddy on Sunday and reeked of manure left by horses of the mounted Park Police from the previous day’s raid. Two mounted police remained and kept a relaxed vigil near the stacks of steel barricades, while Park Service workers scraped mud off of the sidewalks.

The park was significantly cleared out but several individual tents still stood, mainly on the west side of the park. People clustered around the library, untouched after being vigorously defended the day before.

A well-attended General Assembly gathered on the south lawn at 4pm.

(Images by coolrevolution.net)