Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 30, 2012, 11:42 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
In the wake of a recent Congressional hearing on Occupy DC, misleading threats from Mayor Vince Gray about nonexistent "health" concerns in the park, and yesterday's taser attack that hospitalized a resident of the park, the National Park Service has given Occupiers in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza until 12:00 noon today until they will begin enforcing a no-camping ban. Occupy DC has begun preparing nonviolent resistance and is calling for all supporters to join them.
Tents and other belongings have been piled in the center of the camp so that police cannot pick off individuals, while others are planning civil disobedience in defense of their home and our collective right to protest economic inequality! Watch Twitter feeds for #OccupyDC, #McPhersonSQ, #defend99, #J30, @Occupy_DC, and @OccupyDCAction. If you can't make it to McPherson, you can phone blast the Park Police at 202-610-7500. As @OccupyKSt tweeted:
One more time: we refuse to accept a world where you have to pay somebody just to take up space. We have no homes. Let us keep our park.
- 10:00am, Tuesday Jan 31: The Tent of Dreams still stands. No arrests. Occupiers spent the night resting and playing games. There is a 10AM hearing for Occupy DC's injunction against NPS at 333 Constitution Ave NW. Lawyer invites Occupiers to come support.
- 6:20: - Sustainability Committee reports they have just planted a tree ("the occutree") in the park!
- 6:10: - General Assembly underway at the Tent of Dreams.
- 4:10: - Nearly 20,000 have signed petition to keep out NPS police at saveoccupydc.org. A group of Occupiers issued a citizen's arrest of a Fox News van that was illegally parked blocking a fire hydrant, asking police to evict them instead of peaceful protesters.
- 4:00: The Occupier tazed last night for removing eviction notices has been released from jail, given order not to go to McPherson.
- 3:30: Tensions still high at McPherson. Meanwhile, Freedom Plaza has apparently decided to comply with Park Service -- all tent flaps there are open, small crowd.
- 2:30: 1000s now assembled. Most corporate media have left, police still around park entrances but not acting. If they raid, most expect eviction to happen after downtown crowds leave. Some Occupiers are blatantly defying ban on sleeping by taking a nap inside a clear tent made by local artists.
- 1:40: After addressing media, cops circle around Tent of Dreams, leave.
- 1:30: Park Police commanding officer Schlosser giving press statement now, as protesters mic check him. Officer says "enforcement will be ongoing, no deadline for police action." Says police will be back "when all of this is over." Protesters respond: "You work for us, you work for the people! We'll call you when we need you!" and "Evict corruption, not people protesting it!"
- 1:00: Hour past deadline. From Twitter: 4 Park Police came by, saw crowd and left.
- 12:40: Occupiers mic-checking the Declaration of the Occupation and someone arrived with a sound system for a dance-party! No major police presence.
- 12:30: We've heard mic checks from students dreaming of a world without debt-forced servitude, veterans hoping for a day when service members aren't left behind by service cuts, and more.
- 12:15: Occupiers have finished creating their tallest tent to date -- a 30 foot "Tent of Dreams" around the statue at the center of McPherson Square, referring to their slogan of "Let Us Sleep So We Can Dream."
- 12:10: Reports of federal Protective Services and police sirens approaching. The park is swamped with media and reporters.
- 11:50: Labor, including a nurses' union, has shown up to support!