Dear Mayor Callahan: I understand why some City officials felt a need to act when Occupy Bethlehem had not yet obtained a permit for its encampment, and reports do seem to indicate that the physical eviction was handled in a professional manner. However, I have a hard time understanding why things were allowed to deteriorate to this point or why the occupiers were evicted in … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to Mayor Callahan & the City of Bethlehem
The Occupy movement has sparked new levels of discussion of critical aspects of U.S. government, economy, and power structures. While people may quibble over the exact numbers, the 1%/99% image does clearly reflect the fact that economic & political power is held by a tiny percentage of people. It seems as if discussing this has been taboo for years, even though it's common … [Read more...] about Why the Occupations are so important
The Occupy movement has opened a long-overdue exploration and open discussion of systemic problems here in the U.S. and the world. 'Mike check' is the call to use the people's microphone, where participants repeat the words of the speaker so he or she can be heard throughout the crowd. This blog serves a similar function, repeating the words and ideas of occupiers, with a … [Read more...] about Occupy!
The following statement by the Bethlehem Police Department is a positive response to the Occupy! movement. We've posted it here because it is also a good recap of the reasons why protest is not only important, but is also protected by the Constitution. 21 October 2011 Bethlehem Police Supports Occupy Bethlehem The political group, Occupy Bethlehem, has indicated that they will … [Read more...] about Bethlehem Police Supports Occupy Bethlehem
From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy (Everywhere) Together and now to Saturday’s Global Occupation protests, the protest moment has spread like wildfire. For me, this brings to mind the way a four-student sit-in at the Woolworths’ lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina grew and spread rapidly until, in two short months, over sixty southern cities were experiencing student … [Read more...] about Ted Morgan: From Occupation to Democratization
Did you see all the major headlines or national news stories about the amazing happenings with the OccupyWallStreet movement? Neither did I. Here a few of the happenings that have at least been mentioned, although not really covered in detail: A police captain walked up to a young woman and sprayed in her in the face with pepper spray for no reason. A few minutes later he … [Read more...] about OccupyWallStreet – Media Silence on Major Story