Occupation is not equal to camping
Buried deep within this Reuters story, a gem:
A couple of dozen protesters took refuge at two Manhattan churches that offered them a place to sleep. Hundreds more were put up by New Yorkers who offered their homes, [OWS spokesman Ed] Needham said.
Looks like Abigail Field's suggestion is coming true:
The only way to regain the power of the protest, to eliminate any shred of pretense for police state action, is to sever occupying and camping.
So how do we do that? By enabling the Occupiers to camp with you, and occupy the square in shifts. If sleeping and all the biological needs of the occupiers–can be handled in your space, the Occupiers can stand vigil in our space. Can’t you see it? The afternoon shift giving way to the graveyard shift, sunrise greeting the morning shift as it arrives for its duty. Or maybe there’s just two shifts, day and night. Either way, shift work is very 99%, a tactic that’s on message.
Look, the People are with the Occupiers; the Occupiers are having an impact; we need the Occupation to continue; we need to respond to the police state with jujitsu, with refining the situation so their assaults increasingly miss their mark. If we successfully separate occupation and camping, ALL action against the occupiers will be totally unjustifiable. The police state side loses.
But that can only happen if individual New Yorkers are courageous enough to stand up and invite a stranger into their home; if unions are courageous enough to really provide a platform for the Occupy movement’s fight; if the clergy in their synagogues, churches, mosques and temples spread their teachings by living the example and provide sanctuary.
Huge, if true.* But I'd say individual New Yorkers are being courageous enough. So are the churches. Does anyone know what the unions are doing?
NOTE * Yes, the quote is single-sourced to the OWS spokesman. New York readers, do you know of anybody who's giving an Occupier shelter for the night?
NOTE It's a shame that we've got to mine the press to get the occasional nugget of real news, but that's where we are.