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The current question within the movement is: will it strengthen the movement to broaden out the protests to include other progressive causes like protection of the environment and civil rights, or will that serve to dilute the movement by taking the focus off of the broad-base appeal issues of unemployment and disparity of wealth? Two on-line articles serve to frame this important question.
The photos to the right from Occupy Oakland - compliments of Sheila Dawn Tracy.
The first article, having the headline: "Occupy Wall Street embraces environmentalists", appeared in the Kansas City Star and was posted Oct. 24, 2011 by Russell McLendon, an eco-journalist. In this article McLendon writes, "And while the nebulous campaign is focused mainly on economic issues, it has also strived for inclusiveness, winning the support of diverse groups ranging from teachers and college students to nurses, bus drivers and construction workers. When its momentum coalesced into the recent Occupy Wall Street March, it included some 5,000 people, many of them from organized labor. But the march also was buoyed by another group of rabble-rousing upstarts: environmentalists. Fresh off their own nonviolent stand outside the White House - where they spent two weeks protesting the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline - the re-energized U.S. environmental movement has now found an even bigger, broader stage. And like most factions of Occupy Wall Street, it seems perfectly happy to share that stage with other interests." read more...
- Occupy Humboldt-website at www.occupy humboldt.com
- Occupy Arcata - facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Arcata/220016521390780
- Occupy Eureka - facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Eureka/267238049976322
- Click here for the Monday, October 24, 2011 6:00 pm newscast.
- Click here for Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6:00 pm newscast.
A statement from Congressman Mike Thompson regarding the Occupy Wall Street Movement was revceived by KMUD News via Austin Vevurka, Congressman Mike Thompson's Communications Director:
"Americans from all walks of life are looking for a fair shake. When the financial system needed our help, Wall Street was bailed out. The problem is Main Street needs help too. The best way to get our economy going is to ut Americans back to work fixing our schools, roads, and bridges. That's why job creation is my number one priority.We need to focus on getting Americans back to work, getting our fiscal house in order with fair and balanced solutions, and making sure Medicare and Social Security are guaranteed for today's seniors and for generations to come. The commitment the Occupiers have shown in giving a voice to the struggles that millions of everyday Americans are going through is the kind of commitment the House Majority needs to show in helping middle class families. It is time Washington started working across the aisle on common-sense solutions that will get America working again."
The photos below, from Occupy Mendo, are compliments of Sheila Dawn Tracy and are part of a set called "Facing a Movement."
The latest in a series of meetings in Garberville focusing on the problems and issues surrounding houseless people in Southern Humboldt took place on Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 PM at the Vet's Hall in Garberville. Attendance at the meeting was diverse and was estimated at about 100 people which included Humboldt Sheriff Mike Downey accompanied by a Deputy Sheriff. The meeting was facilitated by local Attorney Eric Kirk, and co-facilitated by Paul Encimer. Audio from the previous meeting (Oct 7) can be played and downloaded here.
On Friday, October 7th, community members met at the Garberville Vet's Hall, from 6 - 8 PM to address homelessness issues in Southern Humboldt. Friday's meeting was the most recent public forum in a series of meetings hosted by different groups, to address this issue. Problems and concerns that have been voiced at these meetings include:
- lack of a public bathroom in Redway or Garberville
- littering, including trash and feces
- alleged drug dealing at the Vet's Park in Garberville
- transient loitering
- perceived lack of respect from the community toward transients and vice versa.
According to a Press Release from multiple Klamath Stakeholder groups, dated 9/21/11:
- The most probable estimate for dam removal and associated mitigations is $290 million (in 2020 dollars). Partial removal would cost $247 million, this assumes leaving some structures in place such as old powerhouses and selected abutment structures. Note that $200 million would come from ratepayers (who would otherwise foot the $500 million plus price tag for dam relicensing) and the balance would come from California.
- The one-year dam removal project is estimated to result in 1,400 jobs during the year of construction.
- Commercial fishing jobs were estimated in five Management Zones. Estimated jobs stemming from improved fishing conditions range from 11 average annual jobs in the KMZ-OR Management Area to 218 average annual jobs in the San Francisco Management Area.
- Dam removal would immediately alleviate massive blooms of toxic algae that plague the river each summer and pose health risks.
- Salmon dependent Tribes would benefit from increased abundance of salmon and improved water quality.
- Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges would receive additional water and for the first time in more than 100 years, receive a certainty of water delivery. This water supply could improve hunting and wildlife viewing, which could attract more visitors to the refuges. There would be an estimated additional 193,830 fall waterfowl and 3,634 hunting trips over the 50-year period of analysis.