It’s mere days from what Occupy Wall Street organizers say will be one of their biggest protests yet, and the people down in Zuccotti Park in Manhattan’s Financial District are hopping mad. Well, at least they’re hopping.
On the afternoon of April 27 in the park, one Occupier called out a signal, and the 100 or so demonstrators-in-training began jumping up and down and converging around a single protester—a tactic intended to keep marchers together in the event of police action. It was the seventh in a series of “Spring Training” protest refresher courses held by Occupy Wall Street in preparation for May 1, a day rich with progressive significance: May Day is celebrated internationally as a day to recognize workers and labor.
OWS organizers say protests scheduled for that day will involve thousands and perhaps tens of thousands of protesters in Manhattan, the cradle of Occupy, and additional protests in other major cities, most notably Los Angeles, where organizers have called for a general strike.
They’ve got their new spring wardrobes on and their smart phones are charged up! Look out you evil 1%ers, the Occupiers are coming for YOU! (There’s a free concert at Union Square afterwards.)
Check out this ‘graf:
Mark Bray, a 29-year-old history Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University, said he’s been involved in planning for May Day on OWS’s side since January. A core group of about 60 or so people has been meeting at a variety of locations, Bray said, including at a Greenwich Village church, at the offices of SEIU Local 1199, and in an artist’s space near Wall Street.
Let’s connect the dots. Whenever OWS needs to pump up their numbers they join forces with SEIU. No union is more closely identified with Barack Obama than SEIU. But OWS has nothing to do with Barack Obama.
A number of unions around the country are planning on demonstrating tomorrow. From what I have seen most of them are government or quasi-government employees.
So place your bets. Will tomorrow be the beginning of an “Occupy Spring” or a pathetic last-ditch effort by the OWS movement to seem relevant?
Here’s a hint:
UC Berkeley taking hands-off approach to new Occupy camp
UC Berkeley plans to use words instead of police power to remove about 50 Occupy members who on Sunday started farming a plot of university land in Albany called the Gill Tract, a spokesman said Tuesday.
“There’s dialogue going on and discussion going on so we can bring it to a peaceful conclusion,” said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof. “Discussion may lead to a better outcome.”
The land near San Pablo Avenue and Buchanan Street is currently used for agricultural research, Mogulof said. A separate parcel of land just south of where the Occupy farmers have set up is slated for commercial development, including a Whole Foods and a seniors housing complex.
Mogulof said UC Berkeley police are administering daily admonishments to the group about trespassing, but the university has not issued a deadline for them to leave.
Occupy the Farm to Take Back the Gill Tract member Gopal Dayaneni said the university cut off water to the area, so the farmers are bringing in their own and hand watering 15,000 seedlings they planted to grow beans, chard, squash, broccoli and other edible items.
He also said the group has one “completely closed” composting toilet for farmers and two portable toilets.
“Our primary purpose isn’t to camp, it’s to farm” Dayaneni said Tuesday, although people are camping overnight.
To understand how stupid this occupation is you really need to see Zombie’s post:
Before the Occupation, the Gill Tract was an agricultural research farm where twenty-somethings getting their PhDs would work the fields to grow crops, as they researched biology or how to raise better, healthier plants. But now, after this incredible revolution by Occupy, the Gill Tract has been utterly transformed into a farm where twenty-somethings work the fields to grow crops. The only difference is that before, the farm served a scientific function to improve society, and was managed by experts and hard-working students doing meaningful research; but now, it’s run by a bunch of smug amateurs and dropouts who plant store-bought seedlings in the middle of what once was a controlled research environment. Meet the new farm — same as the old farm, except worse.
But I had to laugh at this part:
Dayaneni said the group hopes to avoid an Occupy situation where the site attracts criminals and substance abusers by imposing a rule that anyone who shows up must work.
“We’re super clear about the fact that this is a farm,” Dayaneni said. “Those who do the work make the decisions.”
They are starting to sound like Republicans.
These are the children of Yuppies. They should ask mom and dad to buy them some designer chicken houses ( http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/agrarian-garden/agrarian-garden-chicken-coops/?cm_type=gnav ) to complete the dream. Then they can take their “crops” to the farmers market near Knob Hill and make some quick cash. Are there any stories yet of these “farmers” chopping off their own foot with a hoe? Any bets on when they hire some migrants to do the stoop labor for them?
I love this comment on the pj article
Sadly that was excellent analysis by the commenter.
“Also, is it just me, or are they going through some sort of reverse-civilization cycle?”
LOL, yes! I’m also waiting for them to invent the wheel and discover fire.
That is why they are called Proglodytes. They are cave men and their lil’ womenz. They have dystopian fantasies about bat signals. They would probably think cholera is cool cause its’ all third world and shit.
I don’t think they’d pass a basic USDA sniff test to sell their food products to the public. Anyhow, that’s EVIL Capitalism 😀
Wait until they try surviving the winter on beans, chard, squash, and broccoli.
They’ll have plenty of natural gas though.
If you’re gonna go stone age you’ll need a food staple. I would recommend they try corn. It suits the environment and it’s fairly easy (low maintenance) to grow.
They would be dead because they would have no source of protein, carbs or fat. Kale gardens were to discourage scurvy rather than to keep you alive. Maybe they plan on hunting.
I’m guessing they’ll try cannibalism first.
So Occupy’s purpose is to keep farm land from being turned into commercial land. Except they pick land that is actually being kept as farm land, displacing the actual farmers (researchers).
Isn’t this the same thing they did when they occupied a house that was about to be foreclosed? They moved a family into a house that the owner was trying to renegotiate the mortgage on, and effectively displaced him.
I just read an update about those Owies, finally got evicted and left over $12,000 in damages. The bank is going to help the owner with the repair costs. Evil bank, evil. 😉
OT. List of jokes from the WH Cronyspondents Dinner. Some of them made me LOL.
I’m having a news free day just to avoid coverage of the WHCD musings. Still not sure if Obama’s hockey mom joke was about oral sex or cannibalism ….. oh my 😀
Obots are using 2008 blog suppression tactics on twitter:
OT. Jeralyn at TL explaining to an annoyed long time commenter who complains about ‘A whole slew of new commenters’ – ‘egregiously’ violating the 10 comments per 24 hour rule applied to new commenters. An explanation to which the long time commenter reacts by more or less bidding TL farewell, lol.
Long time commenters at her site – contrary to the position of Jeralyn herself, actually – don’t really want newcomers on ‘their’ turf, and with ‘MoodColourGender’ as the rare exception, new commenters are either ignored or at best (ha!) sneered at. Such a snotty, self-righteous bunch most of them.
I must say, when it comes to defense I’m in awe of Jeralyn.
That occupying a farm to make a farm was the ultimate jumping the shark move. And I thought they were pathetic and sad before.
So the little smarties still have mom and dad’s credit card to buy flats of bedding plants at the nursery. Hee, hee. The old hippy communes were so much more advanced than this 😉
By the way, have I mentioned that Obama eats dogs lately? Just so you know, Obama eats dogs. No kidding, he does.
Treacher’s tweet was priceless after the WHCD dog joke ” I win”. 😀
When I hear, “May Day! May Day!”, I think a boat is sinking.
That and a Russian military parade.
Evil conservative tweeters are AGAIN hijacking the Obama campaign’s newest slogan “Forward”.
Here are mine:
I thought backtrack’s moto was Advance to the rear
Someone on twitter said it should be “America Bend Forward”
I’m so stealing that.
This one was funny:
I had to retweet that one. LOL.
I hope that the Occupiers are toilet-trained this year.
Makes me wonder what they’re composting at Occupy Farmville ? Euwwww.
more solyndra fallout that the taxpayer will have to pay for
David Burge @iowahawkblog
The GOP doesn’t need to produce campaign ads. Just loop footage of Savage, Sharpton, Geithner, Biden, and Occupy.
Sad, but true 😦 I’ve never seen an more inept administration in my life. At least the past inept ones had a strong staff to keep them focused. Obama’s got Czars !
work? Who said work? I thought we were going to riot!
And loot stores for anything you need?
What I loved the most about the PJ Media piece that votermom posted above was all the “rules” signs.
Farm workers ONLY! You must park HERE! etc.
Because, like, all those bourgeois rules of the elites over land use are such a drag. So the first thing we need to do when we “take over”? Make some RULES, man! Otherwise, people who don’t agree with our plan for the use of OUR land are going to ruin what we are doing here!
Reinventing the wheel, indeed. I also love the pics of the sorry little unplanned plantings they have done. I’ve gardened bigtime. Had a two acre plot at one point, and canned/froze everything we produced. Because we were POOR. Guess what? They are not “farming”. They are playing at farming. They are wallowing in a smug, superior, self-righteous, childish, what-matters-is-my-feelings statement about farming. Which never fed a goddamn soul.
But, actual demonstration of how to feed your own local community with produce is not the point. That’s more what the researchers there before them were doing. Them? They got lots of SIGNS, man! That serve to… um…. Come see the oppression inherent in the system, dude!
Yep, Zombie caught the spirit pretty well. I feel bad for that little citrus tree, with it’s tag from the evil capitalist nursery still on. It probably won’t produce for another 3-7 years (depends on the species/and male/female polination factor). The Owies will be dead from rickets by then.
I want to save that tree and find it a good home, like in Lindsay Lohan’s backyard or something, ya know, someone responsible 😉
What I found most amusing is that they decided to farm a location that does not have natural irrigation or year-round precipitation.
Welcome to Obamaworld. 😀
LOL!!! Love the signs. After my daughter graduated with dual degrees in law and an MPA we went on a month long 8000 mile road trip of the Western USA and Canada. We just about drove off the road laughing at the sight of a billboard advertising the Testicle Festival… Have a Ball. We had never heard of the “original sack lunch” of Rocky Mountain Oysters.
look at some of the groups involved in the mess
I do not think this is going to go over like they think it will. The mood of the country has shifted too much. A bunch of opinionated know it all entitled youths lecturing everyone and disrupting lives and commerce is not going to sell. 2012 is a new year.
I think the whole MayDay thing is going to offer lots of opportunities to film OWSers behaving badly. Which will then be played on a loop in ads with Obama and Pelosi and others praising them.
So for myself, I hope thy get out there and disrupt and show their asses bigtime. More fodder.
backtrack’s new ad. Look what I have done, and why is everybody picking on me
If you live in Chicago the week including May20-21 might be a good time to take vacation
I really think this shit is the result of the “everyone gets a trophy” education fiasco. We seriously need to get back to flunking kids who can’t do the work. These kids grew up being taught that just showing up is enough. Heck, more than enough, you get a ribbon for sitting at your desk. Yay you! You’re such a great desk sitter!
You get my comment of the day vote! LOL My grandmother called them slack jaws.
“No Chores” is one of the work/capitalism related things they list. That just proves everything I thought about them.
Interesting take on the press dinner with some quotes, including:
Who pays Jimmy’s salary?