Update on 7 from Monroe Park Occupation

We just received word that 7 folks from the Monroe Park Occupation are in court this morning/afternoon on charges of “Obstruction of Justice”. Some of the 7 have identified themselves, some have not. We have not received phone calls or any contact from 5 of the 7. Any supporters can come by 2005 Barton Avenue or call (540) 905 9909 or (804) 300 0023.

Donations for bail are greatly appreciated.

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Occupation Bust Photos







News Videos of Monroe Park Occupation

http://www.nbc12.com/Global/story.asp?S=14270000

Go to the NBC 12 site to see the report of the events last night.
There are some clips of the police breaking camp up and interviewing people.

http://www.wtvr.com/news/wtvr-police-end-protests-at-monroe-park-20110317,0,6434143.story

Same here, go to the site and watch the videos and read the reports.
We had an amazing run, and we certainly not giving up. In fact, quite the opposite, we have more reason now than ever to keep fighting. The occupation may be over, but this was just the beginning of our stand.
This is everyone’s park, and they cant take it from us.

Occupation Comes to a Halt–For Now

This morning at around midnight a plane circled ominously over Monroe Park. As occupiers were discussing tactics on a police invasion, upwards of twenty RPD and VCU police vehicles surrounded the park.

A megaphone blared, with the police referencing City code–we were once again reminded that City parks close after dark and we were given 15 minutes to vacate the premises. What followed was a flurry of mass phone calls and text messages to our allies for support, personal belongings of those willing to be arrested were gathered and contact phone numbers were written on arms in sharpie.

With the exception of one person, those that refused to leave the occupation within the 15 minutes were detained. Eight of us have been detained for not identifying ourselves to the police.

Spotlights were brought out as news teams took down their stories. People in hazmat suits removed the latrine as a bulldozer leveled our structures. Other occupiers that were called in from elsewhere and our allies stood and watched as the encampment that we have called home for 10 days was hauled away in dump trucks.

We are currently awaiting word from five of the eight people, and one has already been released. We will know more as the day progresses.

We are unsure if bail will be necessary. Any and all donations to our bail fund would be appreciated. Call (804) 303-5449 or email monroeparkoccupation@gmail.com to donate. More updates to come.

Occupy everything!

News from the occupation

Since the Monroe Park occupation began nine days ago, it has steadily gained momentum and visibility. Adequate media attention and support from members of the community have served to alleviate stresses from poor weather, a temporarily absent VCU student body – whose support and participation in these endeavors has surely been an indispensable resource; and curious police behavior in response to our action.

Initial sureveillance of the occupation by seemingly bewildered police forces have been replaced with an eerie policy of non-chalance in regards to the official legal disclosure defining the occupied park as common ground. This is accompanied by the incessant upheaval of homeless camps by the RPD, who subsequently directed those displaced persons to our camp. Thus we are left in dire need of supplies, as many who are now making their stay with the occupation have had their gear confiscated and so are left without the most rudimentary means of survival. The gravity of this deficiency is exacerbated by the fact that more than half of the occupation consists of chronically homeless individuals.

The support of the community has enabled us to establish sizable sleeping quarters for most occupiers, but we are currently short on the following-

-Tarps, tents
-Sleeping bag, blankets
-Plywood, lumber, useful scrap materials
-Bail fund contributions
-Food and water
-More occupiers
-Fresh socks

The occupation continues to build infrastructure and seeks to develop more infrastructure and seeks to develop more interpaticipatory soildarity by way of hosting community events and conducting workshops. Impromptu jams and other improvised music have been a regular occurance, and all those who wish to contribute in this or any other artistic format are certainly welcome.

In solidarity with Iron Rail, U. of WI, U. of P.R., and others.
Occupy! Strike! Resist!

Occupation Meetings Planned

Today we received a letter from the City about ordinances. It would be a good idea for people to come out to the occupation’s planning meetings tonight and tomorrow at 10pm.

More updates to come!

Photos From Day 8 – March 14th