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December 6, 2011

Occupy: Moving Day

Occupy Melbourne Tent Monsters screen shot

What was brilliant about the viral Occupy Melbourne “Tent Monsters” video that surfaced this weekend was how well it captured the creativity and gonzo-side of the Occupy movement (that’s beyond the sexual assault charge for taking a woman’s tent clothing). Certainly, it was worthy of the best of Python.

Today however, the Melbourne vid proved predictive, too, presaging the movement itself “flying the tent.” If Occupy D.C.’s “home raising” attempt was just a tad too literal, the “Occupy Our Homes” strategy, rolling out nationwide as I stroke the keys, is not just the perfect next move, but an elegant activist response to America’s, Wall Street’s and Occupy’s shelter dilemma.

But before jumping into today’s storehouse of images capturing Occupy’s occupation of housing inventory, I wanted to note, and pay homage one more time, to the iconic tent. As still more predictive imagery, these shots, taken almost four weeks ago by Getty’s Chip Somodevilla, also anticipate today’s political segue.

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Call the canvas-inspired visuals juxtaposed with the brick-and-mortar White House, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the visual down payment on today’s move, by Occupy, into foreclosed home. You could also call it Occupy’s moving day.

(photos: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images caption 1: NOVEMBER 10: Occupy Washington D.C. demonstrators push a mock foreclosed home past the White House while marching to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) November 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. About 25 demonstrators marched to the offices of the FHFA to demand they do more to help homeowners who are ‘underwater.’ According to the real estate website Zillow, 28.6 percent of homeowners with mortgages owe more on their loans than their homes could sell for.)caption 2: Occupy Washington D.C. demonstrator and Institute for Policy Studies coordinator Noel Ortega stands inside a mock foreclosed home outside offices belonging to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) November 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. About 25 demonstrators marched to the offices of the FHFA to demand they do more to help homeowners who are ‘underwater.’ According to the real estate website Zillow, 28.6 percent of homeowners with mortgages owe more on their loans than their homes could sell for..)

  • http://www.serr8d.blogspot.com/ Serr8d

    So, now they’ll ‘Occupy’ foreclosed homes. Not a new idea; there have been crack addicts and other drug abusers taking over boarded-up homes in cities for decades. Now, with these newly-addicted Owwies (addicted to the notion of handouts and stoked by the rhetoric of TOP POLITICIANS; desirous for reparations from Wall Street, answering the vote-attracting promises of  these TOP POLITICIANS promising ‘Other People’s Stuff’ – did you hear the King Owwie’s speech today?) moving in, it’ll be easy to arrest them for trespassing.

    Unless, of course, there’s a ‘right’ for Americans to have free housing? Can you write that in the Constitution somewhere, rather quickly ?

    • jonst

      “….addicted to the notion of handouts…..”.  Wonderful Serr8d.  Absolutely wonderful. Not a mention, not even a tip of the hat, to various corporate entities. That totaled over a 1 trillion bucks.  And counting.

      And who aided and abetted in the handouts? The guy you call King Owwie.  Priceless. One cannot make this stuff up. Stewart? SNL? Hell, Fellini?  They ALL pale by comparison to reality.

    • Bugboy

      That’s right Serr8d, they learned from the BEST: WALL STREET

    • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

      I haven’t heard the term “Owwies” before. Not sure it’s all that derogatory, though, given how Occupy is giving expression to power-inflicted hurts. I sort of like it.

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

    The tent clothes are fantastic. For me they bring up several art historical references.
    Lucy Orta’s work is made for OWS: http://www.studio-orta.com/artwork_fiche.php?fk=&fs=1&fm=0&fd=0&of=2

    The video of the non-violent woman being stripped nearly naked by the police is Yoko Ono’s “Cut Piece” come to life: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3dsvy_yoko-ono-cut-piece_shortfilms

    Michael Rakowitz work also comes to mind.

  • Bugboy

    The video clip seems fairly innocuous,,,I’m wondering what started the tent ripping?

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

      It was very innocuous, nevertheless the cops ripped the tents. They don’t have a good reason, but that doesn’t stop them.

  • http://www.petercalvin.com Peter A. Calvin

    Performance Art

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