Protesting or Camping?

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I haven't been downtown in the last couple of weeks, so I'm wondering what the current camp is like? It seems that they're getting evicted today, which I am inclined to agree with, but I don't have as much insight into the makeup of the protest as I'd like.

What I understand from news reports is that the camp is more than 50% homeless people. And usually overnight there are fewer than 20 people.

So when does protesting turn into camping. At what point does some individual's right to protest not a carte blanch for unfettered access to whatever they want?

You see to be implying that the homeless people aren't part of the protest, or weaken the validity of the protest in some way. That complaint has been raised about other camps in the US, and the reply is often the same: the homeless are one major reason why the camp exists in the first place. Their existence and their presence, and the fact that these camps are able to provide food, shelter, community and/or safety for them in a way that is better than what they can get elsewhere, are statement unto themselves.

On a different note, anyone see the pepper-spraying at UC Davis yesterday? Wow. Here's an interesting follow-up article:
http://www.salon.com/2011/11/22/we_need_to_reclaim_the_first_amendment/

Hilarious video about the whole occupy protests:
http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/82022216/

Worst thing you can do with regard to the Occupy Movement is trust what you hear from the media. The medium defines the message and current news media lacks the fine grained analysis that can deliver a better understanding of Occupy, its participants, and its goals.

Too late now, but it was very instructive to just go to Occupy Vancouver and observe the proceedings. Well-run, inclusive, providing services that various levels of gov't claim they can't afford.

To support an earlier observation, yes, many of the protestors are marginalized individuals. That's the reason we should be listening to them as hard as we can, rather than discounting their concerns. The way we treat people in poverty or other situations in a time of plenty is just a harbinger of how we will all get treated when resources become increasingly scarce. If you want your children to grow up in a functioning democracy, be very careful with how much rope you are willing to hand the government when it comes time to strangle free speech, free assembly, and the right to access gov't land.