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December 4, 2011
Nice while it lasted: The Occupy DC structure has been torn down, based on this photo from Washington Post reporter Michael Bolden. A total of 31 people got arrested over this whole situation, which ended after a nine-hour standoff Sunday.

Nice while it lasted: The Occupy DC structure has been torn down, based on this photo from Washington Post reporter Michael Bolden. A total of 31 people got arrested over this whole situation, which ended after a nine-hour standoff Sunday.

21:35 // 2 years ago
Occupy DC needed to build wooden structure to draw police scrutiny
A rare flash point, in wood form: Unlike most of the Occupy movements across the country, the Occupy DC movement has largely remained fairly quiet, in part because of the city’s protest-heavy history and in part because McPherson Square is managed by the National Park Service, not the city. So, as you might imagine, they would have to do something special to draw police scrutiny. Here it is, according to the movement’s Web site: “A prefabricated wooden structure that had been designed by professional architects and engineers to provide shelter, warmth and space for General Assemblies during the winter months.” If they wanted to draw police scrutiny, it worked. If they were trying to hold General Assemblies, not so much. The structure — and the National Park Police’s attempt to get it removed — has brought about some fairly interesting moments tonight. This is one of the most fascinating moments of the whole Occupy affair. source
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A rare flash point, in wood form: Unlike most of the Occupy movements across the country, the Occupy DC movement has largely remained fairly quiet, in part because of the city’s protest-heavy history and in part because McPherson Square is managed by the National Park Service, not the city. So, as you might imagine, they would have to do something special to draw police scrutiny. Here it is, according to the movement’s Web site: “A prefabricated wooden structure that had been designed by professional architects and engineers to provide shelter, warmth and space for General Assemblies during the winter months.” If they wanted to draw police scrutiny, it worked. If they were trying to hold General Assemblies, not so much. The structure — and the National Park Police’s attempt to get it removed — has brought about some fairly interesting moments tonight. This is one of the most fascinating moments of the whole Occupy affair. source

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20:40 // 2 years ago
November 5, 2011
The driver who was involved with striking three Occupy D.C. protesters in downtown D.C. Friday night will not be charged, reports the Associated Press. According to authorities, the driver wasn’t cited because he had a green light when his vehicle struck the three pedestrians. Witnesses told police that the three pedestrians ‘either ran toward or jumped in front of the moving vehicle.’
A WAMU report on last night’s car-crash incident with Occupy DC. None of those hit have life-threatening injuries.
16:20 // 2 years ago
We were in the street, but this guy didn’t even give us a chance to get out of the way.
Riverdale, Md. resident and Occupy DC protester Jesse Folks, describing the situation with the driver involved in tonight’s hit-and-run incident near the protests around the Washington DC Convention Center. The vehicle struck three people in two separate plates, and the driver was later captured. He’s in custody and his blood-alcohol level will be checked.
1:44 // 2 years ago

Occupy DC: On the people inside vs. the people outside

pobody:

opinions on matters like the economy are anything but dichotomies.

in fact I bet you a million dollars that there’s a lot of overlap in thinking between the people on either side of that glass.

and I bet you one hundred million dollars that there are fundamentally different opinions on the protesting side alone (when I was at Occupy Montreal, Anarchists and Communists were protesting side by side. yeah.)

and anyone who is as small-minded as to believe that there is a Right-Wrong, Black-White, Up-Down to any single issue in the occupy movement is the exact kind of asshole who turns society into a stagnant mess.

but I guess USians are used to that kind of thinking, seeing as there’s only two (“opposing”) political parties down there.

sigh. 

To clarify, we weren’t talking about this in economic terms. Rather, we were talking about it in “people inside wearing suits and listening to conservative figures talk” vs. “people outside the event blocking the people from getting out.” The differences aren’t limited to opinions on the economy. We’re talking everything from lifestyle on down. Sure they might have political similarities without realizing it, but ultimately, they chose two different ways to present them. That is a dichotomy. (And come on, we’re friendly! No need for names! :( ) 

(Source: wjla.com)

1:06 // 2 years ago

metamorphoseandbodhi says: Never mind, it works now. :)

» SFB says: If the video in our last post wasn’t working before, it was a YouTube issue. We uploaded our own version of it, and that’s working fine. Everyone watch it. It’s a crazy video that needs to be seen. — Ernie @ SFB

0:44 // 2 years ago

Young child at #OccupyDC protest: The headline on this one is “Liberal Protester Uses Child As Human Shield,” which is unclear based on the video itself. What is clear is that there’s a 4-year-old girl in the middle of a protest, sitting in a wagon. And there’s commotion around the child. (On a side note: Who would do this?!) That trash can on the ground is a DC trash can and that guy on the left is likely a cop or security guard. (Edit: Uploaded a fresh version because the original was having problems.)

0:26 // 2 years ago
November 4, 2011

Via Twitter user CalebHays (who posted the video upside-down, and we flipped right-side-up for him), here’s the immediate aftermath of the hit and run involving the #OccupyDC protesters. It’s the same car as in the video we just posted.

23:46 // 2 years ago
curiousontheroad:

Photo by Josh Yospyn: Occupy DC protesters surrounded the Convention Center Friday night, trapping attendees of a dinner hosted by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity inside. One person was struck by a car and taken to a hospital. 
More photos - Story on WJLA (disclosure: where I work):

You don’t get any better dichotomy than this — between those inside and those outside. Be sure to check WJLA’s coverage at the link.

curiousontheroad:

Photo by Josh Yospyn: Occupy DC protesters surrounded the Convention Center Friday night, trapping attendees of a dinner hosted by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity inside. One person was struck by a car and taken to a hospital. 

More photosStory on WJLA (disclosure: where I work):

You don’t get any better dichotomy than this — between those inside and those outside. Be sure to check WJLA’s coverage at the link.

23:32 // 2 years ago
Injured person at Occupy DC protests: This protester got hit by a car, reportedly. We’re hearing a few things right now (some via Twitter user @LucyKafanov): First, a few protesters have been arrested; second, they’ve started to return to McPherson Square after protesting outside of the DC Convention Center for a couple of hours, and they may hit the White House, which is nearby; and finally, the mood overall is volatile. Check out live video of the DC protest, and other Occupy protests, over here.

Injured person at Occupy DC protests: This protester got hit by a car, reportedly. We’re hearing a few things right now (some via Twitter user @LucyKafanov): First, a few protesters have been arrested; second, they’ve started to return to McPherson Square after protesting outside of the DC Convention Center for a couple of hours, and they may hit the White House, which is nearby; and finally, the mood overall is volatile. Check out live video of the DC protest, and other Occupy protests, over here.

23:10 // 2 years ago