I was not looking forward to updating the State of the Occupation list but when I finally did, it was much bigger than I expected. The first State of the Occupation list we published on December 20 included 61 encampments, and the list is now at 50.
I had expected a much lower number at this point in time just due to attrition, cold weather and February sluggishness. The recent rash of crackdowns may actually have helped generate enthusiasm and support in places it was lagging.
Even as Occupy Nashville and Newark get their eviction papers, Occupy Berkeley has tents up once again in Sproul Plaza. And Occupy Pocatello joins the list. As the big occupations get torn down, new ones spring up to take their place, while others regroup and re-occupy.
My overall impression from talking to occupiers on a regular basis is that the movement is migrating across the country, growing stronger as it penetrates the “flyover states” hardest hit by unemployment. Even as urban middle-aged supporters grow bored with Occupy and their attention is once again diverted by the latest tribalistic rant in the horse race 2012 media cycle, young people with no jobs continue to find hope in a movement that isn’t so easily fooled.
It has actually been a blessing that fair-weather supporters have peeled off to harumph about the latest DNC outrage du jour, because it has left the most dedicated and idealistic occupiers to plan for the spring.
Occupy Supply is a project of the Firedoglake Membership Program. We hold webinar meetings each Sunday at 2pm and Wednesday at 8pm ET which are open to anyone who wants to discuss the future of the Occupy movement.
At upcoming webinars occupiers will be discussing:
- Wednesday February 15: Physical occupations – are they obsolete, or the sine qua non of Occupy? Panelists include Occupy Fairbanks, Occupy Erie, Occupy Scranton. (signup form)
- Sunday February 19: Where does Occupy go from here: A vision for the future (signup form)
- Wednesday February 22: Occupations that have prevented foreclosures, and how they did it (signup form)
You can find a recap of the recent Occupy Supply webinar on how to FOIA for Occupy here.
|1. Occupy Anchorage||26. Occupy Little Rock|
|2. Occupy Asheville||27. Occupy Louisville|
|3. Occupy Atlanta||28. Occupy Madison|
|4. Occupy Berkeley||29. Occupy Memphis|
|5. Occupy Boise||30. Occupy Milwaukee|
|6. Occupy Chattanooga||31. Occupy Nashville|
|7. Occupy Cleveland||32. Occupy New Haven|
|8. Occupy Delaware (Wilmington)||33. Occupy Newark|
|9. Occupy DesMoines||34. Occupy Newfoundland|
|10. Occupy Detroit||35. Occupy Palm Beach|
|11. Occupy Dover DE||36. Occupy Pocatello|
|12. Occupy Erie||37. Occupy Raleigh|
|13. Occupy Fairbanks||38. Occupy Riverside|
|14. Occupy Flint||39. Occupy Rochester|
|15. Occupy Fort Wayne||40. Occupy Sacramento|
|16. Occupy Fullerton||41. Occupy Salt Lake City|
|17. Occupy Gainesville||42. Occupy San Jose|
|18. Occupy Harrisburg||43. Occupy San Luis Obispo|
|19. Occupy Honolulu||44. Occupy St. Louis|
|20. Occupy Houston||45. Occupy Syracuse|
|21. Occupy Iowa City||46. Occupy Tacoma|
|22. Occupy Kansas City||47. Occupy Talahassee|
|23. Occupy Lancaster PA||48. Occupy Tampa|
|24. Occupy Las Vegas||49. Occupy Toronto|
|25. Occupy Lincoln||50. Occupy Vacaville|