Posts Tagged ‘occupy d.c.’

The Tent Is Too Damn High: A Year of Occupy D.C.

D.C. members of the Occupy movement returned to Freedom Plaza this week to mark the one-year anniversary of their first protests. Oh, what a long strange trip it’s been.
Oct. 1, 2011: Occupy D.C. protesters pitch tents in McPherson Square, two weeks after Occupy Wall Street launched in New York.
Oct. 7, 2011: Stop the Machine activists [...]

No Sleeping at Occupy Dance Party, Says Park Service

Almost a year after the Stop the Machine rally began in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza, a new protest is planned for Monday. But this time, according to the National Park Service, they better not sleep.
The protest, which is being billed as a "one year anniversary dance party," has 190 confirmed attendees on Facebook. Protesters will be [...]

Occupy D.C. Still Camping, Sort Of

While Monday was supposed to be the end of sleeping and camping in McPherson square, the tents remain. According to the Examiner, the National Park Service is allowing tents to stay—they just can't have any bedding in them.
Protesters at both D.C. camps simply adjusted to the new regulations and continued on as they have before. [...]

Some Occupy Marginalia

To modest fanfare, members of the Occupy Movement in McPherson Square on Monday covered the statue of the eponymous Civil War general with a hand-painted tarp festooned with stars and dubbed the "Tent of Dreams." The equestrian statue of James Birdseye McPherson (yes, Birdseye!) was designed by sculptor Louis T. Rebisso (1837-1893), who was a [...]

The Needle: Doh! A Deer! Edition

Is Our Deer Learning?: Maybe it's not too late to change the award-winning designs of some of the new libraries around town. Because, apparently, the local fauna have trouble with lots of windows. A deer crashed through the plate glass in the interim library in Washington Highlands today, shattering the window; the deer had to [...]

The Needle: Unoccupied Edition

You Don't Have To Go Home, But You Can't Stay Here: Nothing like some nosy House Republicans to bring a protest to an end. After last week's hearing in Congress, the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police began enforcing a long-ignored ban on camping in McPherson Square today, which could be the first step [...]

Scenes From Occupy D.C.’s Tent of Dreams

The National Park Service began actively enforcing regulations against camping in public parks at noon today, sending Occupy D.C. participants scurrying to erect a "tent of dreams" in protest.
Last week, the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., held a hearing regarding NPS’s regulation of camping in [...]

Photos: Occupy D.C. Deadline Day

McPherson Square, January 30
Gallery:Under the big blue tarp

The Needle: Mister Softee Edition

Windows D.C.: Sure, Microsoft Office may be annoying, and yes, you prefer your iPod to a Zune. But free training in computer technology from Microsoft for D.C. residents, plus some special products and services for local small businesses and an effort to encourage Washingtonians to go into engineering-related careers still counts as good news. The [...]

House Oversight Committee, Occupied

The House Oversight Committee's D.C. subcommittee held a hearing today on the legality of Occupy D.C.'s presence in McPherson Square. Let's set aside, for a moment, the absurdity of spending significant time on a protest that isn't impacting the lives of most D.C. residents in any measurable way—despite the assertion that Occupy has brought the [...]

The Needle: Virginia is for Stoners Edition

Yes, Virginia, You Put Your Weed In There: In the near future, Virginia may no longer just be the place to buy legal guns and cheap tobacco. It'll also be the place to go buy pot! Legislators in the Old Dominion are studying whether to allow marijuana sales at state-owned liquor stores. Prediction: This won't happen. [...]

Occupy D.C. Moves To Occupy Congress

It doesn't look like Occupy D.C. will be taking our advice to go out with a bang any time soon, but it looks like they're making an impression on Capitol Hill today with the big Occupy Congress protest. Using the hashtag #J17 (short for Jan. 17), protesters and reporters are tweeting about the proceedings which [...]

Occupy D.C. Has Already Won and Already Lost

It's official: Mayor Vince Gray wants Occupy D.C. out of McPherson Square. News broke last night that Gray had sent a letter to the National Park Service requesting that the protesters be relocated to the Freedom Plaza encampment for public-health reasons.  "The most serious of these concerns include dangerous rat infestation as well as the [...]

D.C. Voting Rights Don’t Stop for Snow!

Snow in New Hampshire may have stopped a delegation of high-profile District pols. But it hasn't stopped artist/ex-hunger striker Adrian Parsons. Mayor Vince Gray, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown, Councilmembers David Catania, Michael Brown, Mary Cheh, Yvette Alexander, Vincent Orange, and Marion Barry and a slew of activists were slated to fly up [...]

The Needle: Natural Law That the Refugees Bring Edition

Occupy Hyperbole: For a few months now, people have been camping in McPherson Square, to the growing consternation of city and federal officials. The latest rhetorical salvo against the Occupy D.C. encampment came today from D.C. Department of Health director Mohammed Akhtar, who compared the situation to refugee camps in war- and famine-torn regions of [...]