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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:23 AM
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TEARS STREAM AS CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY AGREES ‘OCCUPY TENTS ARE A FORM OF SPEECH’ Posted on 10/26/
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 01:23 AM by nadinbrzezinski


Late last night after a 5 and-a-half hour marathon city council meeting,
in which 72 speakers took the floor to express the need for the Occupy OC
Tent Village to be accepted as a form of free speech, the city council
passed an emergency motion to add the needs of “The 99%” to their official
agenda. This was a feat which, according to one more conservative
Councilman, he had never seen in 7 years of service.

The council members each spoke in turn to the civility, articulateness and
peaceful process represented by the Irvine Occupation at contrast with the
several other Occupational Villages in California, which were, at that
very moment being tear-gassed. The general sentiment being: “This is quite
clearly the model. And the occupation most in tune with city needs.”

One councilman stated clearly, “I disagree with most of what you’re
saying. But you’ve clearly shown that this is an issue of free speech. So
if you need to sleep on our lawn… by all means… sleep on our lawn.”

Shortly after, a motion was brought to the council to grant license to the
occupiers to occupy the public space overnight citing the unusual form of
the movement. (Another first in council history.)

It was then passed unanimously to the sound of thunderous applause.

Shortly thereafter, the City Council was invited to attend the General
Assembly of the People. (Which takes place each night in the Occupation
Village at 7:00 PM.)

On a personal note… I myself was stopped by the Mayor on my way up the
hall, when he said, “You know what concerns me?” “What’s that”, I asked.
Expecting him to cite a civil code. – “Do you have enough blankets, or
should I get you some?” He asked.

And that… my friends… is a reason for hope.

Video to be provided in short order.

Note to mods this s a news release

http://www.occupy-oc.org/tears-stream-as-city-council-u...
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malthaussen Donating Member (413 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:31 AM
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1. Congratulations to Irvine
But the implication in the release that other "occupations" are not civil, articulate, and peaceful is invidious.

-- Mal
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:34 AM
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3. Even so, most welcome news. And from Orange County!?
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:33 AM
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2. Wow, breakthrough from behind the Orange Curtain
who'd a thunk it? :)
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:34 AM
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4. Me...OC is not as red as it used to be
Which is scaring a few in OC. It's like San Diego, them minorities are changing things.

:hi:

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Drew Richards Donating Member (507 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 04:18 AM
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5. Meh, they will turn around and gas em next week
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 04:47 AM
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7. yep. they were nice in Atlanta too before they went after them.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 04:41 AM
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6. Very good.
A protest considered free speech (which it is) and not money.
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Laelth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 05:52 AM
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8. Lovely, wonderful news and an excellent precedent to set. Well done. k&r n/t
-Laelth
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 09:20 AM
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9. Researching for my government class
As a college government instructor I want to include this in a discussion in my class about free speech. Unfortunately I am having trouble finding any info about this. There is the Occupy Website and Boing Boing and ... nothing. (maybe it is my research skills???)

Can you help me out here?
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