A city council committee rejected a ban on camping on public property in Asheville, North Carolina, that would effectively obstruct Occupy Asheville’s plans to continue to have a 24/7 presence at City Hall. The ban was voted down 2-1.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports City Councilman Gordon Smith “said at an unusually well-attended Public Safety Committee meeting” the city should institute a kind of permit process for Occupy that would force them to “minimize the number of tents, be responsible for sanitation and get permits for each camper.”
The full seven-member city council will vote on the ban next week. And, like other cities, occupiers have had to struggle with city officials who consider what they are doing to be camping and not protesting.
It’s worth noting that in Boston Judge Frances McIntyre concluded in her decision, which rescinded the temporary restraining order protecting Occupy Boston, that the camp was “expressive” and “symbolic” and part of the protest and what McIntyre ultimately objected to was Occupy Boston’s “seizing” of the land they were occupying. She was convinced they might have intended to stay indefinitely.
Occupy Asheville might consider informing the city that they do not plan to stay forever. They might want to come up with two or three developments in Asheville or American society that would have to happen for them to end their protest.
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[live updates cont’d below]
4:00 PM Here’s the 3-hour program with author and ardent Occupy Wall Street supporter Chris Hedges that aired on C-SPAN2’s “Book TV” on New Year’s Day (ICYMI).
3:51 PM The New York City Council just passed a resolution against Citizens United and to end corporate personhood. Press release from the Progressive Caucus, which co-sponsored.
3:37 PM Occupy Boston/Occupy New Hampshire protester asks Mitt Romney a question just after he is endorsed by John McCain
3:35 PM The six people affiliated with Global Revolution who were arrested yesterday will be homeless after they get out of jail. They were living in the building, which they were ordered to vacate.
3:30 PM Officials thought the cold would end Occupy Nashville’s encampment on the plaza across from Tennessee’s capitol. It hasn’t.
1:30 PM Gov. Mitch Daniels in Indiana had sought to impost limits on the number of people who could be inside the statehouse. After a huge backlash, he will not be imposing restrictions. This is big, as labor groups and others were set to descend on the statehouse in Indianapolis to protest a “right to work” bill that is going to be up for debate.
1:25 PM Lawrence Lessig on Democracy Now! – talks about states taking on the Citizens United decision and ideas for addressing the problem in money in politics. Also, he comments on the Iowa Caucus.
12:55 PM You can be arrested for yelling about the NDAA in New York’s Grand Central Station.
12:32 PM Occupy Providence pledged to shut down their encampment if the mayor of Rhode Island, Angel Taveras, to open a day shelter for the homeless. Taveras says there will be no shelter.
12:26 PM The Occucopter: Livestreamer Tim Pool talks about developing a drone that Occupy Wall Street can use to fight back against the brutal tactics of the NYPD
12:20 PM CBS/AP report on influence of Occupy the Iowa Caucus on the outcome yesterday leads them to cast doubt on Occupy’s viability. Here’s some criticism of the establishment media’s framing of this story.