Posted: 12:11 PM
Occupy Maine postpones decision on permit
By David Hench email@example.com
PORTLAND — ...snip
Protesters said (permit)...idea got a good reception at a general assembly Monday night but they wanted more people to be involved in the decision. The discussion will resume at tonight's meeting.
Demonstrators still must meet with code enforcement officials... The city has said it wants tarps, semi-permanent structures and bales of hay and leaves piled around the base of tents removed.
At the rate these "discussions" take place (one word at a time?), the permit decision could come as early as late May, 2012.
Evidently Councilor Lehman is pushing for an end date of the encampment!!!!
One voice in the wilderness of Portland,nut not one that is often wrong and easily ignored!
Posted: 11:47 AM
5 arrested after 4 incidents at Portland's Occupy camp
By Leslie Bridgers firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTLAND — Five people have been arrested and a 40-year-old man is in the hospital after four separate violent incidents at Occupy Maine's encampment in Lincoln Park between Thursday morning and this morning
The four incidents in the past two days are not the first outbreaks of violence in the Lincoln Park encampment.
Ah - those "peaceful, non-violent" protest campers. Several instances of domestic assault; assault and battery; fisticuffs in the food tents; campers being jumped and punched by other campers - just swell.
Five arrested at Occupy Maine
6:10 PM, Nov 25, 2011
it is not on there now but i got a hunch the 5 arrests at Occupy Maine will make the Drudge Report
The OWS is worlds apart from the Tea Party. Why does the media try to paint the tea party as ignorant haters, and these idiots as "idealists"?'
Since all of them are breaking the law by camping in a city park, I would think they should all be arrested.
I'm pleased that the 911 calls came from the encampment. This kind of "movement" attracts all sorts of undesirable people. The Tea Party had to deal with its own version of this same issue, and did it well. I hope that the "Occupy" crowd will have equal success.
Posted: November 28
Occupy Maine decides to seek Portland permit
By Kelley Bouchard email@example.com
and Dennis Hoey firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTLAND — It took most of the day, but ...Occupy Maine encampment in Lincoln Park agreed ...to apply for a city permit that, if approved, would allow the demonstrators to remain in the park through the winter.
Portland officials initially supported the protesters' right to assemble, though municipal ordinances ban sleeping in public parks. They began calling for the camp to be dismantled.... after .. assaults associated with the camp led to five arrests.
Once again rules do not apply to liberals, this is the same mentality that gives trophy's to everyone.
Updated: 5:40 PM
Occupy protesters among 8 barred from Lincoln Park
PORTLAND — Police have issued criminal trespass orders against eight people....forbidding them from setting foot in Lincoln Park......
Trespass orders were issued to five men and one woman....drinking beer from paper cups around a table ... One ....Jeffrey McLaughlin, 47....arrested today for violating the order...
Police also issued a criminal trespass order to Arnold Kidla, 33, after he was seen...urinating in the park within 100 feet of the portable toilets....
Posted: November 30
Occupy Maine maps out plan for 6-month stay
The petition filed Tuesday could allow protesters to stay in Portland's Lincoln Park for six months.
By Dennis Hoey email@example.com
PORTLAND — Occupy Maine ...(filed) petition....that could allow protesters to remain in Lincoln Park for six months.
.... map outs ... protesters' tents ... articulates the group's mission and....communal warming teepee; requests that Lincoln Park be designated a 24-hour free speech zone.... proposes that the city try to make the park more welcoming by hanging holiday lights from its trees.
Yeah. Holiday lights are like, SOOOO important in the "Grand Scheme of Things."
Update: Another arrest and disturbance at Occupy Maine encampment
One man is arrested and several police officers respond to a late night disturbance at the Occupy Maine encampment in Lincoln Park.
Portland police made another arrest at the Occupy Maine encampment and were called to break up a fight late Wednesday night.
Ernest Weidul, 51, no address, was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, after he was refused entry to another person’s tent around 9:45 p.m. Weidul displayed a knife during the confrontation.
Lt. Robert Ridge said five police officers were sent to the encampment shortly after 11 p.m. to break up a fight. ....
Posted: December 1
Panel to hear views on Occupy Maine tonight
A recommendation on letting them stay in Lincoln Park will then go to the full council.
By Tom Bell firstname.lastname@example.org
MaineToday Media State House Writer
PORTLAND — ....snip
The City Council's Public Safety Committee will hear from the public and city staff members before making a recommendation to the council for its special meeting next Wednesday. Today's meeting begins at 5 p.m.
At issue: the First Amendment rights of the protesters versus the city's responsibility to maintain public safety and allow other people to use the park, where Occupy Maine's encampment is entering its third month.
Will they make attendees check their drums at the door?
Comments from city councilors indicate that many are ready to "pull the plug" on Lincoln Park's encampment. It will be interesting to see which ones hold fast in the face of strident public opposition to enforcing city laws.
Man charged with threatening at Occupy Maine already faced fatal assault charge
PORTLAND — The man charged with criminal threatening at the Occupy Maine encampment Wednesday night had been free on bail on a aggravated assault charge from 2010 in which the alleged victim died.
Ernest Weidul, 51....
Weidul was arrested in May* 2010 for allegedly assaulting Roger Downs Jr., 46, of Portland. The assault wasn't reported by Downs until a day later and Downs died the day after that.
OccupyMaine at two months: ‘We’re not going to ‘kumbaya’ our way to change’
The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 01, 2011, at 12:52 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — ...some OccupyMaine members expressed frustration ...others worried a conflict with police is inevitable.
“I think it’s getting less and less organized here,” Dawn Priest.... “We can’t even get together on where we’re going to protest. ...The message has been lost over the last two months...”....snip
.... Willey said ...may take ...altercation with police to return attention to...political agenda.
“I don’t think we’re going to ‘kumbaya’ our way to change,”....
Portland's Safety Committee Makes "NO" Vote Recommendation to City Council
Dec 2, 8:49 AM EST
Portland denies permit for Occupy protesters
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- .... Public Safety Committee unanimously recommended that the City Council reject OccupyMaine's request to remain in a city park.
The committee's 3-0 vote... The City Council will vote on the permit at a special meeting Wednesday.
"What I see in front of us is a public safety disaster," said Councilor Ed Suslovic, one of the members of the public safety committee.
There were 16 arrests and 112 calls for police assistance in Lincoln Park from Oct. 1 to Nov. 29....
112 calls for police assistance in two months.
How many does it take before the average bar or restaurant would see its licenses denied, and the doors shuttered?
tjc: This kind of "movement" attracts all sorts of undesirable people.
I'm shocked at your insensitive language! There is no such thing as an 'undesirable person,' only undesirable behavior.
As to requests for holiday lights in the park? How about if instead the occupiers copy the famous video of moonbats wailing and weeping over trees in the forest, by wailing and weeping over the trees in the park, and the public property on which they sit, supposedly all in the name of 'the common good?'
Get enough of that captured on video and broadcast on our local outlets, and then maybe we'll buy you some damn lights.
Poll results at the PPH site are running 75% against issuing the Portland camp a permit.
Should the Portland City Council grant a permit to Occupy Maine?
Yes -- 25%
No -- 75%
Total Votes: 266
Page at WGME with video showing an allegedly intoxicated group of Occupiers being arrested in Lincoln Park. Video shows gallon jugs of liquor being poured out, in broad daylight.
WARNING -- overly loud advertisement will first show -- be prepared to turn down your speakers!
I believe I heard the announcer say that some people felt these incidents would "mar" the protests. This is probably true. I remember reading that many people felt the St. Valentine's Day Massacre was a bit of a black eye for Al Capone's merchandising enterprises.
Portland Occupy camper charged with threatening
PORTLAND — Portland police charged one of the Occupy Maine campers in Lincoln Park with criminal threatening on Sunday.
Police were called to the park at 1:15 p.m and said they found a visibly intoxicated Kenneth Hubble, 47, who they said had threatened to punch another person at the camp.
Hubble was arrested and taken to Cumberland County Jail.
Occupy Maine accepts limit, insurance in bid for permit
Occupy Maine.... filed... amended petition offering to get liability insurance...limit ... number of people sleeping overnight.
... original petition... would ...reduce...size of the encampment ... but ... no restrictions on the number of people or tents. ...group also said the city’s liability insurance requirement put an unfair burden on free speech.
... amended permit request would allow only 50 people to sleep overnight. It was delivered Monday, two days before the City Council takes up the matter.
Maybe if they agreed to pay for police overtime at the park, in addition to getting the liability insurance, something could be worked out. Lol. Seriously though, how do you tell a drunk vagrant that due to city ordinance, he is not allowed to camp out next to you in the park?
More lists of demands, wants, and needs from the 99%.
Posted: 6:03 PM
Occupy Maine ready for arrests if permit is denied
On...Facebook page, Occupy Maine..forming a “police raid support team.”
... looking for bloggers and people with cameras to document police behavior.
... looking for people to...serve as “human barricades” by standing between police and the camp.
... looking for people...to stand on the other side of the street, “watching the police and making sure they are acting safely. They can call out ‘shame’ for brutality, hold signs, candles, pray, etc.”
Please - somebody make sure to include a couple boxes of kleenex on that request list... and perhaps, several tiny violins.
If the permit is denied, the Occupy camp should graciously accept the will of the city, and go home.
Occupy Maine sends city of Portland its list of requests
PORTLAND — Occupy Maine...asked the city... to withdraw all city funds from TD Bank...transfer...funds to a locally owned bank or credit union.
... four grievances filed this afternoon by Occupy Maine....
For those looking for an '0rganized' way to support the movement, here's the info you need:
Funder Meeting On Occupy Wall Street At The Arca Foundation In Washington, DC On Tuesday, December 6th, 3-5pm ET
A SPECIAL INVITATION TO FUNDERS FOR A MEETING ON OCCUPY WALL STREET ON DECEMBER 6TH IN WASHINGTON, DC
Whatever one’s slice of social justice funding, we’ve all been surprised, encouraged and even elated by the impact of Occupy Wall Street (#OWS). The dominant national conversation has changed from fiscal austerity to economic inequality. Corporate influence in Congress is a staple of mainstream news coverage. Banks are under increasing pressure to “pay their fair share” for crashing the economy. And tens of thousands of people nation-wide have been inspired to participate in peaceful civic protest.
As funders, figuring out how to be helpful to this movement can be complicated. There are websites set up to answer to very immediate, basic needs. But funds for more long-term priorities, such as trainings, technology infrastructure, and the arts and cultural aspects of occupation, are also urgently needed.
Many foundation program officers and individual donors are already responding to these needs through various vehicles. The Arca Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, the Piper Fund, and the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock have decided that supporting #OWS is an important way to build on our current funding of bank accountability campaigns and the growing distortion of our democracy created by ever increasing unchecked corporate political spending and influence. We are developing coordinated funding support for several upcoming trainings at the request of #OWS activists. We also have helped put together several panels and conference calls for interested funders over the next few weeks.
We are writing to invite you to attend a meeting to develop a thoughtful philanthropic response to the #OWS movement. In addition, we’ve listed an upcoming funder discussion about the #Occupy movement that we hope you’ll consider joining (listed at the bottom of this email).
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Arca Foundation – 1308 19th Street NW, Washington DC (steps from Dupont Circle metro)
RSVP to Becca Freedman at bfreedman(a)arcafoundation.org no later than Monday, November 28. If you are not available to join us in DC and you are interested in continuing this conversation with like-minded funders, please email us and we will keep you informed as the work develops.
Anna Lefer Kuhn, Arca Foundation
Janet Shenk, Panta Rhea Foundation
Molly Shultz Hafid, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
Marc Caplan, Piper Fund
organizing for good
In related news from the DC council of the AFL-CIO, we get this wonderful affirmation of all that is good in our political domain:
Midwest Academy: "Academy Awards"
Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut, NW)
Dec 13 starts at 6:00 pm
You are invited to join the Midwest Academy for their Academy Awards on Tuesday, December 13 at the Washington Hilton Hotel. There will be a reception at 6p, followed by the awards ceremony at 7p.
This year Anna Lefer Kuhn of the Arca Foundation will receive the Heather Award, Lenore Palladino of Moveon.org will receive the Organizer of the Year Award, Teresa Vilmain and Rep. Keith Ellison will each receive the Progressive Leadership Award, and Rep. Barney Frank will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Please consider serving as a sponsor and host by contributing $10,000, $5,000, $3,000, $1,500 or $600 to support the ongoing work of the Midwest Academy. Also available are ads of congratulations in our program. Click here for more information about our program/ad book.
Tickets for the event are $100. If you'd like more information on the Midwest Academy Awards, are interested in sponsoring the event, purchasing an ad in the program, purchasing a ticket or making a donation click here.
This is not a good time to inquire about The Midwest Academy, a spiritual icon for our Community Organizer in Chief.
it's too close to the dinner hour, and you probably don't have the necessary medical supplies close at hand.
Sorry; I just can't let this pass:
The Story of Stuff Project was created by Annie Leonard to leverage and extend The Story of Stuff movie's impact. The organization amplifies public discourse on a series of environmental, social and economic concerns and facilitates the growing Story of Stuff community's involvement in strategic efforts to build a more sustainable and just world. Story's of Stuff's on-line community includes over 150,000 activists and partners with hundres of environmental and social justice orgranizations worldwide to create and distribute films, curricula and other content.
Just in case you didn't think we're in a war for liberty as the founders designed it.
So do they pay tax on these donations?
Portland city council denies Occupy Maine petition
After a meeting that lasted five hours, the city council voted 8-1 to deny Occupy Maine's amended petition for a permit.
More than 50 people spoke during the meeting representing both sides of the issue.
Some councilors also said that this may be a bigger issue of whether the 1st Amendment includes "occupying" a space day in and day out.
And that it may be up to a court to decide.
Please keep us posted on when the police are going to clear out the camp. I want to go down there and watch them bust some heads.