There will probably be very few items here today, as I take a break and enjoy Thanksgiving with family. I wrote up a post on why Occupy is significant this Thanksgiving.
Here are a few items to get the live blog started:
— Occupy Davis (UC Davis) will keep their camp through the Thanksgiving weekend.
— Occupy Montreal ordered to dismantle
— A contingent of occupiers from Occupy Boston attends National Day of Mourning in Plymouth with Native Americans
— From Nancy Goldstein: being thankful this Thanksgiving that Occupy has spoken up for the 99% (an op-ed similar to the one I put together)
— Emergency hearing results in Occupy Fort Lauderdale being able to stay at City Hall Plaza until December 2
And, this Thanksgiving live blog would not be complete without including a version of Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant.” It is appropriate to share his music, too, because he played for Occupy Wall Street in Columbus Circle with folk legend Pete Seeger and others weeks ago.
This is a version he did at Live Farm Aid in 2005.
The following lyrics are particularly relevant to Occupy Wall Street, I think. Remember, it was only a few people who started this whole movement:
…the only reason I’m singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if you’re in a situation like that there’s only one thing you can do and that’s walk into/the shrink wherever you are ,just walk in say “Shrink, You can get anything you want, at Alice’s restaurant.”. And walk out. You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both f*ggots and they won’t take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin’ a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may think it’s a movement.
6:51 PM AP has a report on how occupations marked Thanksgiving today. In San Francisco, “prepared turkey dinners…were handed out by volunteers, church charities and supporters of the movement against social and economic inequality.” In Oakland, a “Thanksgiving feast outside City Hall with music and activist speakers” took place. Three thousand meals were handed out in New York at Occupy Wall Street. Las Vegas had a potluck.
6:32 PM @DiceyTroop posts this photo of Thanksgiving at Occupy Wall Street
6:30 PM Luke Rudkowski posts this video on the WikiLeaks Truck kidnapping.
6:29 PM Watch the livestream from Thanksgiving in Liberty Plaza