best online homework help sites
best cv writers
ghost writer jobs
where can you buy brief paper
essay of freedom writers
research proposal on behavior intention of service customer
how to write my cv profile
get paid to write poetry
resume writers virginia beach va
abridgment writing services
please write my paper for me
homework helping music
resume services denver colorado
cover letter ideas for customer service
help with speech articulation
help writing a abstract for a abstract
paper buy
write my paper in hours
best abstract writing services washington dc
best conspectus writing services for teachers
get writing paragraphs and essays. 1st canadian edition
curriculum vitae help usa
essay body systems work together
help to write my essay
annotated bibliography alphabetical order
al jihad books customer review
online homework help chat free
resume services ventura county
buy your own iron on paper
nursing essay writing services uk
help on college essay
coursework help gcse science
powerpoint presentation services india
where can i get essays in hindi
certified federal resume writing service
business plan writing services atlanta
professional help writing a resume
professional resume writers in birmingham al
help writing college essays
how to help your kids with math homework
professional resume writing service portland oregon
customer essay
chemistry homework help online
how to get work as a ghostwriter
help with dissertation topics
paperback writer band
buy powerpoint 2007
cover letter for customer service advisor job
online paper writing service
cheap place to buy tissue paper
custom write panels wordpress
buy writer39s desk
free resume writing help toronto
income for freelance writers
math homework help online chat
get a professional business plan
letter of recommendation writers
entry level cover letter help
custom research inc
professional writing services chicago
anxiety case disorder generalized study
professional resume writer durham nc
10 best synopsis writing services
professional essay writers raleigh
pay someone to write my precis
certified resume writer albany ny
resume writing services in baltimore md
help kids with homework online
war of the worlds essay help
executive resume writing service boston
biology homework help for kids
parts of a lab report in order
online accounting homework help free
custom research essays
dissertation editing services online
college homework help online
write my thesis uk
ghost writer for hire rap
free live homework help alabama
need help writing a good thesis statement
letter of recommendation services
online writing service
resume services las vegas
best essay writers
digest helper
help dissertation question
help with assignments online
where can i buy a book report
resume help san diego
professional resume writing service new york
physics coursework help
resume writers kingston ontario
help writing cv student
pinellas county homework help
how to get resume template on word for mac
custom printed note paper
the cambridge essay service uk
get your cv written by experts
professional cv service london
resume writing services canada
resume writing services in dallas tx
resume writers in long island
homework help for students mineral information institute
help writing a cv free
buy argumentative research paper
should i buy an essay online
political science assignment help
business essay writing service
essay eating disorder
case study 3 on cash budgeting
professional resume writer indianapolis
write my research paper for free
resume writing services in greensboro nc
how much can a ghost writer make
best buy resume paper
cheap custom writing reviews
best precis help
high school english homework help
buy law school personal statement
service learning essay
education homework help
resume writing services new york
personal statement editing service
science homework help websites
how to write my college essay
dissertation writing services in the united states
can i buy an essay now
help with creating a abridgment
professional resume writing services in houston
term paper writer help
essay revision help online
list of best recommendation letter writing services
precis help skills
uc personal statement 1 help
cheapest custom essays
resume writing services birmingham mi
resume services indianapolis
tips to help with homework
veterinary medicine personal statement help
cheap custom essay papers
book report help sites
paper bag buyer email
can you write my research paper
ways to help do homework
cv writing services canada
compendium helpers
buy dissertation topic
essay writing service in toronto
professional essay writers in toronto
curriculum vitae writing services
custom papers essays articles concept
buy a persuasive speech
buy college level papers
writing a master service agreement
write my research proposal review
paper writing services reviews
dissertation help methodology
buy research
cover letter helper online
buy an essay australia
best compendium writing services us
how much does it cost to get a business plan written
precis writing services london
purchase curriculum vitae paper
help with thesis wordpress
top cv writing services uk
live homework help lapl
essay on helping others for kids
resume writing services dallas texas
homework helps responsibility
help with writing a book
unsw essay writing help
cv writing service for doctors
online help with thesis statement
science homework help free
i need help on my physics homework
statistics assignment help toronto
abridgment writing services online
writer hire jobs
military resume writer reviews
custom essay service toronto on
custom essays services
professional help writing a cv
essay title help
custom essay papers 7
professional condensation writing service uk
book review the help questions
homework help improper fractions
social service essay example
dissertation binding service nottingham
need help writing my college essay
walmart customer survey
the help movie essay
free science homework help online chat
physics homework helper
get help with geometry homework
essay on customs
essays that i can buy
research paper proofreading services
content writers for websites

Occupy Encore

A follow up to our previous entry here about the end of Occupy Memphis last Friday morning.

This is a statement from Paul Garner and Laura Sullivan approved by Occupy protestors at a meeting on the Civic Center Plaza two days after the eviction. The group that set up its campsite in Oct. 2011 as Occupy Wall Street protests spread to other cities plans to continue meeting on the mall every Sunday evening.

Here is the statement in its entirety.

“August 10 was a sad day for all of Occupy Memphis and especially for our many sisters, brothers, and family who have been holding down the camp and supporting this movement for the past ten months. There have been many wonderful times as well as challenges. Yet Occupy Memphis (OM) has been an instrumental voice for social justice in this city for almost a year, and it is shameful the way in which our cowardly Mayor, AC Wharton, has gone back on his contractual agreement with the camp: not to evict as long as the occupiers remained a peaceful encampment. Those camping have been gracious and cooperative with local law enforcement, Downtown Commission, and other city officials. Now, many of those who were newly experiencing homelessness when this occupation began, again have nowhere to call home. They didn’t just evict some protesters from Civic Center Plaza – they have displaced a family, our family.

 

The media reports about the eviction echo city officials’ mantra that the tent city was “out of control” and their attribution of every ill in the Plaza area (e.g., homelessness, public urination, and instances of violence) to the presence of OM. Prior to the eviction and during the entire ten months of its existence in Civic Center Plaza, Occupy Memphis had a very good relationship with Memphis police and city government. The calls concerning problematic activities were primarily coming from Occupy Memphis participants who reported potential violence, health concerns, and other issues, functioning as a de facto ‘neighborhood watch’ for the Civic Center Plaza area.

 

Another complaint about Occupy Memphis, echoed uncritically by the much of the mainstream media coverage of the eviction, is that OM ‘did not have a singular or coherent message.’ Nationally and locally, Occupy participants are portrayed as scattered and unfocused; on the contrary, what people in the Occupy movement understand is the intersectionality of many issues within the systemic inequality that characterizes our society. What these tired depictions of the movement fail to consider is that the systemic inequality being protested by Memphians and the Occupy movement as a whole is reflected in many issues that affect people’s daily lives, from the lack of affordable housing to predatory lending practices and foreclosures, from race and class discrimination to appallingly high unemployment rates, from the cutting of funding to public services (such as parks and libraries) to the diversion of public money to corporations and development projects, and from the struggles around public transit to the corporate funding of elections and voter disenfranchisement. Along these lines, another common meme repeated by local and national media has been a delineation between activists in the movement and those made homeless by the great disparity of our current economic system, as if those actively fighting against social injustice and those who have been most affected by these inequities are somehow disconnected and essentially different.

 

The other frequent accusation of critics has been that Occupy Memphis ‘didn’t do anything’; nothing could be further from the truth. Occupy Memphis is an important venue for popular education efforts, having organized dozens of teach-ins and trainings on a wide range of topics, including the nature of the financial system, the Civil Rights Movement, political art, racism, economic exploitation, immigrants’ rights, civil disobedience, and Memphis labor history and current policies around labor and privatization.

 

Additionally, Occupy Memphis has held numerous rallies and protests, supporting a variety of causes and encouraging city leaders to focus on the needs of people above the profit imperatives of big business. OM has stood side by side with local unions such as AFSCME and the Police Association, fighting against privatization and the illegal paycuts. Last December 17, OM hosted a rally for the 99% that brought together marches concerning predatory lending, immigrants’ rights, and the rights of homeless people. On May 1, 2012, OM oversaw a march through downtown that culminated in a ‘People’s City Council Meeting’ that combined grassroots activism and street theatre, where speakers from social justice organizations spoke out in opposition to the City’s skewed funding priorities. OM also joined forces with the Gandhi-King Conference and the Folk Alliance, sending a message to tourists and visitors from across the globe that Memphians are conscious and active in a global struggle against oppression and injustice.

 

Moreover, Occupy Memphis has provided a crucial launchpad for several grassroots efforts and organizations, including H.O.P.E. (Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality) and the Memphis Bus Riders Union. And many of the women currently organizing with the Women’s Action Coalition of the Mid-South (WACoM) met and began working with one another as a result of the networking space provided by the encampment.

 

Although there is no longer a tent city on Civic Center Plaza, Occupy Memphis is not over. The spirit of the movement that brought so many together to redefine the idea of public space on a chilly night in October almost a year ago is still alive and well. The shared experiences and relationships forged by the downtown encampment will have a lasting effect on the culture of organizing in Memphis, Tennessee, a city fraught with challenges spanning a history of internalized and externalized oppression. The people who were awakened by police and city officials at 3:30 a.m. on Aug 10, 2012, are a family, thrown from their home. They struggled together through hard times, bitter cold, and severe storms that sometimes tossed tents across the Plaza, confronting the material conditions of poverty in the “poorest city” in the U.S., trying to answer questions that the city and county have refused to confront, and learning to live with one another, attempting to create the kind of society that many of us, the 99%, believe is possible. The end of the camp does not mean the end of OM. Ideas are bulletproof. Memphis knows that. OM is here to stay, in one way or another.”

 

 

Dansette

google