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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.