Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November 17th National Day of Action

On the day of November 17th, millions of people around the world congregated together in solidarity the Occupy Wall Street movement. While turning out significantly fewer numbers than large cities like Boston New York and Denver; Burlington, Vermont was witness to several hundred protestors and occupiers on the move.

Partially as a reminder to Burlingtonians about the recent shut-down of their camp, partially in solidarity with the National Association of Letter Carriers, Occupy Burlington showed, with surprising numbers and volume, that it refuses to gently into that good night.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Burlington Democractic Caucus

Recently, the Burlington Democractic Caucus failed to nominate a candidate for mayor, continuing a debate in the voting hall as numerous Occupy Burlington supporters gathered outside to protest the two party system.

"We fight for Josh! We remember Josh!"

On November 10th, 2011 the Occupy Burlington movement lost a valued member of our encampment. Joshua Pfenning, a 35-year-old Army veteran, father, and fellow occupier took his own life. The Burlington Police Department seized this as an opportunity to shut down the occupation and attempt to put down the movement. The following evening the entire General Assembly gathered at the park to remember Josh and remind the community that we weren't going anywhere.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Live From Occupied Wall St

The following images are from the autonomous zone known as Occupied Wall Street. I journeyed down to the now fabled Zucotti Park to spend a few nights and try to gather my own visual understanding of what was happening.

It's not exactly an in-depth examination of the cultural and/or political climate of the occupied zone, but an attempt to share with all of you out there in the ether what it's like at the center of the most dramatic movement in history.

Occupied Wall Street is now the Town Square for the world entire.

It is the greek polis and the New England town meeting; it is the street brawl and the family barbecue; it is a survivor's colony and the world's happiest prison camp... complete with streamers, shiny ribbons, and steel barricades.