Food Not Bombs is in a position to really help sustain the occupations. The evictions were rough but I think we should encourage a return to public space. It may be symbolic at first with cardboard “tents” and other forms of theater but over time as the economy crashes we may find it increasingly possible to add real tents. This does not mean the other off site actions aren’t important. The government is trying to blame the participation of the homeless on why the occupations are unsafe. We know many of the homeless eating at the occupations. We can support calm and respect with our homeless friends and make it clear that they are a growing part of the 99 %. Many Food Not Bombs volunteers have been calling me about the effort to pit the homeless against the not yet homeless or newly homeless occupiers. If we can find solutions to this argument and help reclaim public space the occupations might just transform society.
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