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Monday, November 28, 2011

Anyone Want An Official $46 Occupy Fleece Hoodie?

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Hey, where can you get cozy clothes in time for Christmas AND show off your support of Occupy? Why, it's the new Occupy Supply store, run by members of the website Firedoglake. You can buy one American-made Occupy fleece hoodie or hat, and they'll donate another to an "Occupy in need."

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In other Occupy related news, it seems that groups of people in Portland might be planning to occupy foreclosed homes. A website for Unsettle Portland is now up and running, aiming to "support the effort of those who may be currently preparing to inhabit foreclosed homes."

Two Fridays ago, I heard a rumor that the police were kicking some Occupiers out of a foreclosed home on NE Roselawn. I was familiar with the house in question (it was the old home of Bike Farm, now owned by Bank of America) so I hightailed it up there in time to find the door shut with a police lock and to meet two people who said they'd been living in the house for over a week with about 10 people. Someone people who had lived in the house before the foreclosure still had a key, so the group had simply opened the front door and taken up residence. Police responded to neighbor complaints about the building and arrested two people for trespass on November 18th. While Occupy groups nationwide have occupied abandoned and foreclosed homes, none of the Occupy Portland organizers knew about the Roselawn house and it clearly wasn't a public protest. My read of the situation was that these people were squatting in the house not so much as part of the Occupy movement, but because they had access to the house and really needed a place to stay.

This is where the protest gets fuzzy. Since the movement has no leaders, can anyone declare their actions part of Occupy and get free speech protection for things they would be doing anyway—like camping in a park or squatting in a house? I'm surprised we haven't seen more actions done in the name of Occupy that most of the people involved with Occupy Portland know nothing about.

Update: KGW has a story up about police "raiding a home taken over by anarchists" who had "bucket of projectiles: broken up concrete, rock." That's, uh, another way to frame this story, I guess.

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