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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..)

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