#Occupy Albany: D22 day of eviction

Film maker Bhawin Suchak shares with us his video from December 22nd when Occupy Albany was evicted. He writes:

On December 22nd the Occupy Albany encampment at Academy Park was forcibly removed by The City of Albany. This short documentary follows the days events as they unfolded from afternoon to evening as the protestors defended the information tent and marched around the city and then were pepper sprayed by police upon returning to Academy Park.

Great work and thanks for sharing!

Occupy Albany Weekly Update, Week of Dec. 2 to Dec. 9

On Friday afternoon Occupy Albany was with a by the City of Albany government. The order threatened eviction from the park on December 6 if fifteen conditions were not met. These conditions were focused largely on health and safety matters, though one one condition required Occupy Albany to apply for a permit that would give the city government the right to evict Occupy Albany at its discretion and which would require that the park be cleared entirely by December 22.

Occupy Albany spent Saturday streamlining and cleaning up the occupation, consolidating work areas, restructuring its tent management system, and generally sprucing things up. However, on Sunday morning extreme winds undid most if not all of the work that was done on Saturday. Thus, Sunday was spent recovering lost ground, but by Sunday night things were under control and the camp was ready to , which it did on Tuesday morning.

On Monday morning, the met with city officials to discuss the cease and desist order issued on Friday. The city agreed to relax some of the restrictions they sought to impose on the camp and Occupy Albany agreed to apply for a permit that would allow Occupy Albany to remain in Lafayette Park indefinitely and which would not allow the city to evict Occupy Albany without cause. However, the permit that was by the city on Wednesday , setting the city and Occupy Albany for a showdown in a few weeks, as Occupy Albany is set on remaining at Academy Park through the winter.
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Occupy Albany, Weekly Update Nov. 25 to Dec. 2

Welcome, everyone, to my first post for KAB. By way of introduction, my name is Robert Magee and I’ve been with Occupy Albany since its inception on October 1, 2011. I’ve been recruited to do a weekly summary of our activities during the past week and let you know what we plan to do in the coming week.

Last Friday, OA put together a flash mob in response to Black Friday. A group of between 30 and 40 occupiers visited Colonie Center and Crossgates Malls to sing parodies of Christmas carols meant to draw attention to the perils of unthinking consumerism and the harmful effect it has on society and culture.

On Saturday OA hosted a teach-in on participatory economics which was presented by Colin Donnaruma and Nick Partyka. There were about fifty people in attendance and though participatory economics is a difficult subject to get through in the time set out for the teach-in (about an hour and a half), it did foster a lot of good discussion about alternatives to the current economic system.

Monday saw the arraignment on charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct of fifty occupiers who had been arrested for breaking the curfew at Lafayette Park during the week of Nov. 12-20. Most of those who were arraigned on Monday had been arraigned during a mass arrest which occurred on Saturday Nov. 20. The purpose of the arrests was to reassert the people’s right to occupy public space for the purpose of engaging in political discourse and dissent. Despite receiving a threatening fax during the week, Albany County District Attorney David Soares has stood firm in his commitment not to prosecute non-violent protestors and the charges are expected to be dropped by Albany City Court Judge Keefe after the Occupy Albany Legal Team submits a written application for dismissal on December 12.

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