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December 4, 2011

Gimme Shelter

If the doomed Occupy DC structure was a bad idea, more likely to provoke the police and threaten the future of the physical encampment than anything else, the symbolism is interesting. Even more than a solution to the weather or a shelter for the homeless, though, perhaps the strongest driver for building this thing was the emotional strain, and daily tightrope walk, of living with Occupy’s profound impermanence. I’d say that’s what I mainly take-away from this shout.

Via WAPO photo gallery: Occupy Wall Street in D.C.

(photo: Bill O’Leary / The Washington Post caption: Police and Occupy D.C. protesters square off over a building that was partially erected in McPherson Square in Northwest Washington overnight. Mounted officers helped keep protesters back.)

  • http://profiles.google.com/thomasgokey Thomas Gokey

    But it’s also a counter to the media image that OWS is somehow a destructive force. Again and again and again we’ve seen OWS constructing fully functioning micro-cities only to have them destroyed by the police.

    To me the main thing I see is, in the midst of a foreclosure crisis, OWS building a shelter and the police tearing it down.

    Whether it was a smart move from a tactical position I don’t know, but the imagery makes it clear who is creative and who is destructive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/khris.kramer Khris Kramer

      Don’t forget Atlanta! :)
      While observing a partial encampment in Woodruff park Atl., I overheard a Occupy participant tell another participant erecting a tent that he could not put anything “in the ground” There tents were freestanding. Although it didn’t matter as they were run out of the park anyway.

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