Here are two reflections/accounts of the Occupy Grand Rapids camp that was setup on July 4…
I participated in a very successful occupation on July 4th in Grand Rapids that showed what could be done in creating a better world, getting together in an encampment with library (great reading material), free market, first aid, kitchen and many discussions about a exploring a better way to live and work. We acted in solidarity with the national occupy in Philadelphia this week which requested local occupations. We support other occupations/ liberation movements around the country and globe.
It is with sadness that I announce the occupation is no more.
After a long hot afternoon of building our camp, we had completed a free store, library, kitchen and welcome area. Folks had set up tents for overnighting. Then, in the middle of our dinner, the police gave us a warning to vacate after the fireworks had ended… after much discussion the group decided to call their bluff and celebrate our resolve with a noise parade. This joyful display of community was interrupted by the cops, who detained about 20+ occupiers, one arrested, took everyone’s IDs and threatened everyone with all sorts of unholy consequences unless we dismantled the entire camp while they watched.
While it was painful to see our hard work undone so cruelly… we did not go out without a fight.