They’re Getting the Occupation Back Together

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March 15, 2012

Occupy Lexington went a bit underground over the last couple months, but the sleeper cells are waking up and they’re reconvening this evening:

It’s March 15th, spring is in the air, the trees are budding, and democracy is blooming!  The Re-Occupation of Lexington, KY is HERE!  Come tonight to General Assembly at 6:30pm, on the corner of Main St and Esplanade and let your voice be heard!  Stick around for conversation and planning, sign up for a shift, hold a sign and make some noise, and join in direct democracy in action!  Bring your passion, bring your ideas, but most of all, bring yourself!

If you can’t make it tonight, no problem–come by whenever you can–we’ll be there!  Keep an eye posted to this website or the facebook page for updates on upcoming events.

And don’t miss out on the best party in Lexington this Saturday–Occupy Lexington’s Welcome Home party!  More details to come!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Other than being somewhat ill-timed to coincide with the UK first round tournament game (unless that’s a statement, in which case it’s well-timed), this is fun news. Whether you can make it tonight or on Saturday to the OccuParty or just look forward to getting your honks and friendly-wave jollies on Main Street, Spring is in the Air.

Meanwhile, in Louisville the other day:

With Tents Gone, Lexington Still Occupied

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January 25, 2012

The nation’s longest continuous occupation continued last night after police removed all the tents. Despite earlier reports that the corner of Main and Esplanade had been raided and the Occupation was over, the Occupiers met last night to chart a course for the future.

In fact, this sounded less like a raid and more like a misunderstanding leading to a cleansing. At the time, the camp was not unoccupied but the person on watch had crossed the street to get a coffee from Natasha’s. The police saw it empty and decided it was time to break it down, seeing it as abandoned (H-L).

But that’s all neither here nor there, really, since that part is done. The question quickly became “What Next?”

During a two-hour general assembly meeting last night, that question was discussed at length. The Occupiers were of different mindsets but as always, worked toward consensus. Their quick report:

- We will continue to occupy our location at Main and Esplanade. People have committed to be there for the next 24 hours, so feel free to come by and join them, or bring by some hot drinks!

- There was a great conversation tonight about the nature of our occupation and what our next steps should be. Energy is high and there were a lot of great ideas. If you haven’t been by in some time, please come out tomorrow at 6:30 for our General Assembly!

- Stay tuned to this page for more information as we have it. Again, tomorrow’s GA will be very important, so be sure to show up!

You can join them tonight at 6:30PM. Even if you’ve never been down before — there was one gentleman last night who was attending his first meeting.

What will happen next?

Yarmuth opposes SOPA

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January 18, 2012

That means Congressman Awesome joins Rand Paul in opposition to SOPA, while the others have so far remained quiet.

Ben Chandler, where you at?

Contact your reps and that other Senator:

  • Google is amassing what promises to be a monstrous petition. You can sign it.
  • Wikipedia has gone dark for the day… but they are helpfully directing you to contact your Congressperson and Senatorsso give them a buzz.
  • And has all manner of activities for you take part in — petitions, emails, more.


(More about SOPA on B&P from earlier today.)


Reach Out and Touch Someone: Stop SOPA & PIPA

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January 18, 2012

Alright, team. This one’s real easy.

Congress is considering two bills — SOPA & PIPA — which supposedly “stop internet piracy.” Trouble is, they won’t (and as it turns out, the author of SOPA, Rep. Smith of Texas, is actually an online pirate!). All they’ll do is censor the web. You know, like China.

Many of the top innovative tech companies (Google, Mozilla, etc) have banded together to tell our leaders that the bills “pose a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job-creation.” A bunch of well-to-do VC guys say, the bills “would stifle investment in Internet services, throttle innovation, and hurt American competitiveness.” Wikipedia (and several other sites) are taking the entire day off in protest.

You can find out more about the issue here or here or here and then, you’ll want to get on the horn and give your Representatives a shout.

ProPublica has compiled a list of how much each Rep and Senator has taken from the interested parties, as well as a list of where Reps and Senators currently stand. Right now, there are 80 supporters and 31 opponents… it’s an odd collection of folks with Harry Reid in favor with John McCain and Marco Rubio, while Nancy Pelosi and Rand Paul are opposed. (And the White House has promised to veto).

Rand Paul appears to be the only member of Kentucky’s delegation to take a stance one way or another. Which means you need to put a bug in the ear of your congressperson:

  • Google is amassing what promises to be a monstrous petition. You can sign it.
  • Wikipedia has gone dark for the day… but they are helpfully directing you to contact your Congressperson and Senators, so give them a buzz.
  • And has all manner of activities for you take part in — petitions, emails, more.

Chandler, Yarmuth, Whitfield, Davis, Rogers, Guthrie and Mitch are all apparently on the fence. It’s your job to get them off it.

Here’s a video explanation:

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Occupy Lexington is celebrating 100 Days and you’re invited…

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January 6, 2012

Third in the nation and the longest continuous, uninterrupted Wall Street occupation in the country, Occupy Lexington is celebrating 100 Days and you’re invited:

North America’s longest running occupation is holding an open house this Saturday to celebrate its 100th day at the corner of Main and Esplanade in beautiful and historic downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Our camp has prospered at the foot of JP Morgan Chase because of good fortune: we have a mayor who thus far has allowed our presence, a professional police force that recognizes we pose no threat to the public (and that often waves to us when driving by camp on Tuesday mornings near 4:00 AM), and ordinary citizen activists like yourselves who have contributed various types of support.

On our centennial day at JP Morgan Plaza, we invite all you elected officials, neighbors, police, teachers, builders, writers, poets, children and the rest to drop on by our encampment to celebrate this noteworthy community landmark, and to offer ideas on how we can become better area residents. The winter is starting, and we would like our community’s input—political, police, educational, homeless, immigrant, artsy-fartsy, suburban, or any other community—for how our winter camp can more productively run.


Here’s the schedule of events:

  • 12:00: The Speaker’s Corner will begin with a teach-in and continue throughout the day.
  • 12:30: Teach-in on the consensus process with Kate Folsom.
  • 1:00: Teach-in on political theory with Steven Burt.
  • 2:00: Household working group meeting.
  • 3:00: Libertarian Municipalism: Get an update and contribute your thoughts on the community markets that are being developed for Spring/Summer 2012.
  • 4:00: Guerilla Bocce League: Two balls, one game to eleven.
  • 4:30: Pot luck. If you plan to bring food, post on the event’s wall!
  • 5:30: People’s Budget meeting.
  • 6:30: General Assembly.
  • 7:30: March.
  • 8:30: Occu-Party!

Occupy Lexington Occupies Wall Mart for 10 minutes (Video)

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December 19, 2011

The Occupy Lexington facebook page had a bit of a debate about the usefulness of this, with some questioning its utility (my only real complaint is the volume, you’ll probably want to turn that down). April Browning explained:

We made it a point to let the Wal-Mart employees know that we were there on their behalf. If you naysayers have any advise on how to bring about public awareness and make a statement, then please, list your ideas here or do your own action.

FYI, we got a really positive response from many of the shoppers and most of the employees…. what say you to that???…. our script was pro worker and informative.

My advise to you is less criticism and talking and more action.

Lexington, KY Occupies

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November 29, 2011

From Salon:

Unlike Austin’s entertainment economy, Lexington’s horse industry is staggering from the economic crisis. Racing purses are shrinking, sales are dropping and the number of horse farms for sale is rising. All of this ripples outward with the usual decline in jobs, wages and state tax revenues.

Occupy Lexington is trying to address these economic concerns through the “Invest in Kentucky” campaign, which is the brainchild of Ian Epperson, founder and director of the Lexington Sustainability Fund, which helps low-income families cut down on home energy bills. Standing in front of Lexington’s sliver of an occupation on a downtown sidewalk adjacent to a Chase bank branch, Epperson says he initiated the campaign to push government officials to “move Kentucky’s [public funds] of $12- to $15 billion into a financial institution that’s headquartered in Kentucky.”

A few months ago Kentucky transferred its general funds to JPMorgan Chase. Invest in Kentucky blasts Chase for a “disgraceful record” that includes wrongly foreclosing on active service members’ homes; issuing $33 billion in deceptively marketed mortgage-backed securities; “paying extravagant bonuses to top executives” after the bank was bailed out; and originating $30 billion “in subprime loans in the lead-up to the financial collapse.”

Epperson argues that transferring the money to a bank headquartered in Kentucky will create well-paying jobs in the financial sector and stimulate economic activity by making loans available to “entrepreneurs and small businesses, allowing people to build homes, creating demand in the construction industry, which has been hit hard in the recession.”

The whole article looks at localized Occupy Movements around the country, complete with a video introducing you to Detroit, Nashville and… around the 3:00 mark… Lexington. So go on over and occupy Salon.

VIDEO: Occupy Lexington mini-doc

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November 23, 2011

Here’s a 20-min look at Occupy Lexington from Occupy Lexington:

#N17 — Occupation Nation; Join Occupy Lexington @ 5:30PM

November 17, 2011

If you’ve seen the CNN, the socialist networks or the internet headlines, you may well already know that today, November 17th, is a national day of action for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Coming on the two-month anniversary of the taking of Liberty Square in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District, this day — #N17, as the kids say — will see events across the country. Already, NYC’s Occupation has tried to take Wall Street and are currently penned up tossing inflatable beach balls around and waving American flags, ahead of a march to the Brooklyn Bridge at 5:30. In LA, folks are marching through the streets.

Here in Lexington, the fun starts at 5:30PM — click on through to the other side:

Until then, here’s the best live coverage you’ll find of NYC (and LA, and Portland, and…), try as CNN might:

globalrevolution on Broadcast Live Free

And… if you’re one of those terrible people or conservatives who likes to watch these overprivileged, snotty kids who hate capitalism yet use iphones and don’t do anything with their lives but try to take take take, then you’ll enjoy this video of a retired Philadelphia Police Officer being arrested this morning in Manhattan after joining the Occupation:

And here’s a chat with him, you know, before he was arrested for being so craaaaazy and out of control:

Mayors coordinate attack on Occupiers? Not in Lexington, KY

November 15, 2011

As noted earlier by the Washington Post and various other outlets, there have been a series of crackdowns on local occupations around the country, including the big (and seemingly failed) one in NYC, and these apparently followed a conference call between 18 mayors from across the country:

11:18 a.m. Coordinated country-wide crackdown?

The Zuccotti Park closure is only the latest in a series of crackdowns around the country of Occupy encampments. Occupy Chapel Hill, Occupy Burlington, Occupy Denver, Occupy Oakland and Occupy Berekly have all struggled

On the BBC’s Take Away show, [New Orleans] Mayor Jean Quan says she was on a conference call shortly before the actions began with “18 cities across the country who had the same situation.”

It’s not surprising that city officials would reach out to one another to brainstorm on ideas about city management, but it’s interesting to think just how that 18-city call went.

We asked the Gray Administration for a comment on the local occupiers and if there was any mounting pressure to forcefully remove them:

“The demonstration has been peaceful here,” Susan Straub, the administration’s spokeswoman told us. “We’ve asked the participants not to sleep on the sidewalk or block the sidewalk or entrances to businesses. We’ve asked them to keep the area clean. They have generally complied.”

This coupled with all accounts I have heard that the local police have been nothing but fantastic suggests that no similar crackdown is coming to Lexington.

Assuming that is true, the way the city and police have handled this movement could be a model for the nation (like, oh, Chapel Hill, where they went in with assault rifles). The forcible removing of peaceful protestors obviously accomplishing nothing except to galvanize the very forces these authorities are trying to silence. It’s not just silly and misguided, it’s dangerous (as Oakland made obvious, where Mayor Quan’s staff is now openly siding with the protestors).

Furthermore, arresting journalists is a surefire way to piss off news agencies at large and gaurantee yourself some seriously negative press, as Mayor Bloomberg will surely discover after having at least four journalists detained, and after forcing media away from Liberty Square to keep them from filming and photographing the immediate aftermath of the 1AM raid.

So kudos to Lexington’s leaders, our police, and our protestors for all getting along well and showing the rest of the country how civilized people behave.

Original version of this posted at time when ruling was being reported as a rejection of Bloomberg. Current reports suggesting that Judge’s ruling will not allow protestors back into park. Which means this situation is in flux and if they truly aren’t allowed back, that’s an even bigger mistake than raiding them in the first place. So… watch live here through the evening.

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