We were given an eviction notice Friday and got evicted Saturday afternoon, when we had about 1,000 supporters with us. We went to another park for a day, then moved back into our original park. The police had destroyed everything we had there, including our sleeping bags and tarps; they left us nothing.
We’re regrouping and reorganising. Now, during the night, we rotate shifts as sentries to make sure the police don’t try to move in on us while we’re sleeping. Last night there were 28 of us sleeping in the park; 16 police patrol cars were parked nearby. That seems a bit excessive. I would much prefer that my tax dollars go to the school system.
In the beginning, eight weeks ago, we had a medical tent, a food tent, and a hypothermia tent to make sure no one got sick. But two weeks later, the police took the tents down. As a nurse, I find it to be an abomination that the mayor of this city would allow citizens to face getting ill when they are just trying to exercise their right to protest.
Personally, I don’t plan on leaving until the constitution is amended to say that corporations are not people. I think that’s the first step toward regulating Wall Street and bringing about economic justice. I understand that could take a very long time, but I’m prepared to spend years in this movement. The civil rights movement did not end in two months. Neither will ours.