published Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Occupy Chattanooga protestors live, sleep and eat together


by Andrew Pantazi
Chris Artell, left, and Quint Hawn warm themselves next to a fire at Occupy Chattanooga on Thursday night. Artell says he has been present at Occupy Chattanooga since the first general assembly but Thursday was 11-year-old Quint's first night visiting the encampment.
Chris Artell, left, and Quint Hawn warm themselves next to a fire at Occupy Chattanooga on Thursday night. Artell says he has been present at Occupy Chattanooga since the first general assembly but Thursday was 11-year-old Quint's first night visiting the encampment.
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On Tuesday, a baker, a college student, a home-schooling mom, a homeless man waiting to hear from a job and a data analyst packed up the supplies they’d gathered for eight days and moved to the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn.

Some of the protesters say they expect to be occupying for a year, maybe more. But as of this morning, they have slept out there for just 12 days, and winter’s worst is yet to come.

Occupy Chattanooga has so far avoided the arrests and animosity with police that some Occupy groups in other cities across the nation have experienced.

The local group started with meetings and discussions about issues from universal health care to banking regulations. It held two protest events, one outside a fundraising event for U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and the other in support of living wages, better education and immigration reform.

Now it has become a nonstop protest against — what exactly?

Each protester wants something different, and there are few solutions everyone agrees on. Some want local governments to put tax money in credit unions instead of banks. Some want higher taxes for the rich.

Some protest against corporations, some protest against the government, and some say the line between corporations and government is blurred.

“People over profits, that’s as simple as it gets,” protester and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga political science student Baris Gursakal said. “Make a profit. You have a right to a profit, but put your employees first. Don’t fire them just to make a bigger profit. We aren’t against the free market or capitalism because that’s what makes this country run.”

Regardless of their reasons, the protesters have spent nearly two weeks living together.

At the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn, they have set up more than a dozen sleeping tents, a kitchen and first-aid tent, a library, a garden, and they have a table filled with protest signs.

They cheer as cars honk, and they stop passers-by to explain the protest.

“How are you doing? Greetings,” 51-year-old Larry Simpson calls out to a woman in a suit. “Have you heard of Occupy Chattanooga?”

Linda Lawson, a 54-year-old sign-language interpreter, is headed to the Hamilton County Courthouse, and she hasn’t heard anything about the local protest.

Simpson hands her a sheet with information about how the richest Americans have caused the economic collapse of the nation, and he tells her that Occupy Chattanooga has meetings every night at 7, and she’s more than welcome to come and talk.

“I want the money out of politics,” Sela Randazzo, 54, tells Lawson. “Most people say, ‘Oh, that’ll never happen.’ Well, we used to have slavery, and they said that’ll never change.”

Lawson had to get back to work, but she said she agreed with Simpson and she’d try to make a meeting.

The first night on the City Council building lawn, on Nov. 1, eight people huddled in sleeping bags and struggled to sleep, worrying about arrests and trying to get comfortable. When rain hit later that week, they held tarps on poles over their heads because there was nowhere to put the poles in the ground.

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    Heidi Davis home schools her daughter Ehlana in a tent on Wednesday at the new camp site of Occupy Chattanooga in front of the Hamilton County Courthouse. Tuesday night occupiers moved from their original camp in front of the Chattanooga City Council building to the courthouse.
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By Thursday, Gursakal said he was getting better at sleeping on the cold ground without a pillow.

Before temperatures hit 29 degrees early Friday morning after they had moved to the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn, a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputy told them they could start a fire, as long as it was contained.


The youngest protester is 17 and is limited to protesting after high school. The oldest is 63 and can protest only when she has oxygen tanks available.

The Occupy members set up smoking and nonsmoking sections. They have men’s and women’s portable toilets. They have barriers to keep people from trampling the flowers at the courthouse.

On a community bulletin board, people list jobs they’ve heard about.

Simpson, who has been homeless for months, instructed the group on surviving the cold late Thursday night: Put hand warmers inside gloves and socks, wear back warmers, use layers.

Earlier in the week, Simpson discovered that Randazzo worked for a home-care assistance group, and the group was hiring. He said he has 11 years of experience, so Gursakal offered his laptop, and Simpson filled out the application and a 45-minute test. He’s still waiting to hear back about the job.

Madi Dillard, a Hixson High School senior whose parents gave her permission to join the group as long as her schoolwork didn’t suffer, helps 29-year-old Heidi Davis home-school Davis’ 7-year-old daughter. She and Davis taught Ehlana math lessons, using money, and they taught her anatomy in the schoolhouse tent Wednesday.

Davis’ husband works full time, but members of her church baby-sit Ehlana when she’s not at the camp with her mother. This weekend was the first time Davis, her daughter and her husband, Eric, camped together. Other families brought their children for the weekend, too.

Gursakal and fellow student Rob Hinton keep those who can’t make it to the camp updated at www.livestream.com/occupychattanooga/, where wheelchair-bound 63-year-old Debbie McKinney chats as GrannyFromOccupyCHA. Gursakal’s computer is powered by car batteries that two electricians hooked up to power supply units, and he and Hinton want to set up 24-hour-a-day live streaming.

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    Larry Simpson carries trays of donated spaghetti at the new camp site of Occupy Chattanooga in front of the Hamilton County Courthouse. Tuesday night occupiers moved from their original camp in front of the Chattanooga City Council building to the courthouse.
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On Oct. 7, a month after the Occupy Wall Street protests started in September, Occupy Chattanooga first met with 250 people at Miller Park.

The protests in New York City were originally focused on banking regulations and what protesters believed was financial injustice. In Chattanooga, after the second meeting, one of the protesters who had been involving himself felt that Occupy Chattanooga was becoming a catch-all for everything the members didn’t like.

David Ingle, 26, said the group needed to focus on a few demands: re-enacting the banking regulations in the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, taxing day trading, and regulating banks. Instead, they were talking about abolishing the electoral college and legalizing marijuana, issues he didn’t care about.

Because of disagreement over demands, the group decided not to come up with a list until they had a permanent place to camp. They asked the Chattanooga City Council to let them camp at a public park, but the City Council explained that it was illegal.

So that night Davis and Landon Howard, a 29-year-old unemployed social worker, clutched each other’s hands, sang “This Little Light of Mine,” and camped on the City Council lawn.

They expected to get arrested. Instead, they found out that the City Council lawn wasn’t a park, and it was actually legal to camp there.

Over the course of the next eight days, more people joined Davis and Howard, and they added a library, a kitchen, a pantry, a living room, a bulletin board and a vegetable garden.

Tuesday night, they moved to the more spacious Hamilton County Courthouse lawn.

“Look at all this,” Gursakal said Tuesday, pointing to the lawn. “Nine days ago, we were four people or eight people in sleeping bags. Now, there’s 18 staying here.”


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    Landon Howard eats vegan lentil soup at the new camp site of Occupy Chattanooga in front of the Hamilton County Courthouse before departing for home on Wednesday morning. Tuesday night Occupy Chattanooga moved from its original camp in front of the Chattanooga City Council building to the courthouse.
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The first night at the courthouse, groups of people gathered around the lawn to talk about how the movement could grow.

Daniel Patterson, a tour guide at the Creative Discovery Museum, asked Howard if he wanted to do yoga in the morning. Howard explained that he was more into meditation than yoga, and he pulled a book called “Essential Tibetan Buddhism” out of the library, using leaves as bookmarks as he quoted passages.

Rickie Blevins, who teaches woodwind and brass instruments for a living, promised to teach the group how to play some of his instruments when he can. Simpson planned to teach the women Tae Bo. The group held a meditation session at 11:11 a.m. on Friday.

“I couldn’t bear to walk away from this,” Gursakal said. “It would break my heart. I didn’t know any of these people nine days ago. Now I know what they think, and we’re here together for a common goal.”

They’ve set up a security team, and they enforce a code of conduct. On Tuesday, one protester was banned for cursing and arguing over a pack of cigarettes.

“We’re not here to baby-sit people,” Simpson said. “We’re here to take over the government.”

At a general assembly meeting, Randazzo announced that everyone needed to take better care of the group’s makeshift portable toilet.

“When you’re leaving the bathroom, be mindful,” she said. “Is it acceptable for someone else to use?”

The group is preparing to undergo legal observer training to help with any potential conflicts with police.

Blevins said he doesn’t see any way that the 24-hour-a-day protest would end before the 2012 elections. Gursakal said he can see the protest lasting for five years or longer.

“If five years from now, things are still the same, [corporations and politicians] are going to have a much bigger problem on their hands,” he said. “People aren’t just going to give up.”

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Andrew Pantazi is an intern at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who says that when he was 7 he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life: play hockey for the Colorado Avalanche. Unfortunately, he says he wasn't any good at hockey, so he became a journalist instead. He writes about the lives we hide, like the man who suffered a stroke but smiled, or the football walk-on who endured 5 ...

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ScoopAway said...

If only the homeless folks from the tent city knew to call it occupy instead of living.

November 13, 2011 at 1:23 a.m.
EaTn said...

For the most part these are true patriots fighting in their own rights for the 99% who have been hijacked by the 1% in this country. The sad thing is many of the 99% have been so brainwashed that they don't realize what's happened in this country the past few years.

November 13, 2011 at 5:10 a.m.
GreenKepi said...

And...the purpose of this article?

November 13, 2011 at 7:55 a.m.
UNBELIEVABLE said...

The people of "Occuply Wall Street" have not a clue what is going on. They need to be in Washington protesting the Congress, the Senate, and the "President". They have made the rules that Wall Street executives and others follow, and those rules allow Wall Street and the Elected officals get rich off the loop holes. Look at Steve Jobs and Buffett. Jobs paid no taxes, and Buffett pays taxes less then his secreatry, and he cut a deal with Obama for a fund raising dinner of his rich friends to forgo a 800 Million dollar fine to his Bershire Hathaway holding company. Then there is the press coverage of his giving all his money to charity and none to his kids. Well, take a look at who runs those charities. It is his children, so they get the money via the back door. So, I say to the "Occuply Wall Stree" crowd to pack it up and go to Washington and protest. Or vote out the incombant at every election and that will stop the donations from "Wall Street" to politicans. All politicans are the south end of a horse heading north! Don't ever think they are there for you, they are all self serving and will lie, cheat, and steal to get voted back in to the 100% pension jobs, and the Platnium Health Care plans they participate in. Also, the same for the UAW, ACLU defending terrorists rights, AFL-CIO thugs, and other unions that have now in this country out lived their usefulness. They have made many into an entitelment society and the young people are the sheep following them. The leaders live a lavish life style on your earnings and really do not work for you. They are mostly made up of thugs and lead the sheep to protests, as that affects the cash that goes into their pockets. You are an embarassment to me and my city! Go Home!

November 13, 2011 at 8:10 a.m.
Dumbledore403 said...

And Unbelievable you are unbelievable....Instead of typing your disdain for Occupy , why don't you actually talk with them ...you would find more common ground than you would think. And BTW I live near them and have found them very kind and respectful.

November 13, 2011 at 8:21 a.m.
conservative said...

In the article Sela Randazzo said: " I want the money out of politics." Now we have here either rank hypocricy or rank stupidity! Money, someone else's money is exactly what they want and rather than directly steal from their neighbor they use POLITICS, YES POLITICS to acquire their neighbors money!

November 13, 2011 at 8:29 a.m.
KWVeteran said...

I have some experience living outdoors in winter, such as the winter of 1950-1951 in Korea. The North Koreans and Chinese provided a welcoming committee to ensure our comfort. And I suppose I'm to feel some sympathy for those worthless squatters with their petty complaints in downtown Chattanooga?

November 13, 2011 at 8:35 a.m.
rosebud said...

Zzzzz....get a job.

November 13, 2011 at 9:08 a.m.
conservative said...

"On a community bulletin board, people list jobs they’ve heard about". Hmm, I guess the next step would be to tell the squatters they need to leave in order to apply for a job.

November 13, 2011 at 9:24 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

It is about income inequality. For the last thirty years ever since Reagan, the 1% became richer at the expense of the 99%. Nothing trickled down and the poor became poorer.

OWC and other groups are bringing about change. They are highlighting the frustrations we have with the economy and politics. Notice how we are no longer hearing all the blather about the deficit anymore? We are hearing about jobs, fairness, justice and sane regulations. Glad to hear some are talking about returning Glass-Stegall Act. When was the last time that was mentioned in the Times Free Press? Can't remember it has been so long. The OWS and OWC are doing the work the newspapers and elected officials should have been doing all along.

November 13, 2011 at 9:29 a.m.
acerigger said...

Evidently,judging by some of these comments,some people don't mind being ripped-off by the corporately owned government.

“I want the money out of politics,” Sela Randazzo, 54, tells Lawson. That doesn't mean he wants it for himself! Know anything about reading in context "con"?

November 13, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
Oz said...

Is Occupy like the Tea Party? You be the judge.

November 13, 2011 at 9:33 a.m.
librul said...

Ace said:

"Evidently,judging by some of these comments,some people don't mind being ripped-off by the corporately owned government."

If they thought about it, they would mind, Ace - but they've been watching Fox so long they've lost the ability to think for themselves. If not for the Hannitizing and Limblather bouncing around in their vacuous skulls, they would have far more substantive things to say - and they would be in a tent protesting, hoping to avoid what we all know will happen if (i.e. when) the corporate police state succeeds in crushing all peaceful protest.

November 13, 2011 at 9:48 a.m.
rolando said...

You left out "Fight, Kill, and Rape" from your story title and subject matter, Mr Pantazi. The latter is much too suppressed. Even NOW refuses to condemn it in those "camps".

My best advice to women is to stay the H away from them, particularly if you are young.

November 13, 2011 at 9:53 a.m.
conservative said...

Well rigger, unfortunately for you I happened to read your comment since it was short. I will write s-l-o-w, I want you to get it. Just like yourself, these people are political. Like yourself they vote Demoncrat because they want government programs which are funded by taxpayer dollars ( MONEY, other peoples MONEY ) Mr. Randazzo either knows this which makes him a hypocrite when he says: " I want the money out of politics" or he is too unintelligent to realize what he is saying, which are you?

November 13, 2011 at 10:21 a.m.
DJHBRAINERD said...

I thought about pitching a tent before the black jacket symphony thursday night so I could get drunk after the show and not have to pay for a cab ride home but now that there is a security team and a code of conduct I suppose I'm lucky I didn't. Imagine that, squatters deciding who can squat on public land. Do I not have a right to protest unfair cab fares or is that not on the agenda. I mean cabs should be free to people who need them ,right?"people over profits"

November 13, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
acomanda said...

I am very proud of all of you that are occupying. I went by yesterday and saw for myself how beautifully neat and clean you have made your site. This is the cleanest camp site I have ever seen anywhere. You all have taken great care in respecting your surroundings. Kudos to all of you. Keep up the good fight. Stay on course. You all have created an occupation that should be a model to all other occupiers around this nation!

November 13, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.
acerigger said...

My reaction to Oz' link,people can spin and propagandize ANYTHING or ANYONE!

Getting the money out of politics refers to corporate lobbyist money which buys our politicians,who write laws designed to favor these same corporations at the expense of the general public.

November 13, 2011 at 10:50 a.m.
KarenSM said...

Yesterday, I visited your occupation and was pleasantly surprised to find a clean, orderly area occupied by ordinary, friendly people from all over Chattanooga. I support your efforts and applaud your courage. It is so easy to complain and do nothing. It is inspirational to know there are people, even in Chattanooga, willing to take a stand for change. There are more of us supporting you out here than you realize.

November 13, 2011 at 11:09 a.m.
nowfedup said...

Nearly amazed at some of the hate and likes posted about OWS, who "Funds" then, etc etc etc. These folks are doing what most of TN does not have the courage or intelligence to do, stand up and tell it like it it. Doubt any of the fools that so fear this protest read or keep up on facts, These folks and others participatin in civil protest, a basic right in USA, are simply telling you fools like it is, middle class vanishing. Note $14/hour at VW is not a living wage for a family. Doubt it, try a budget for four,to include medical (deductible included) retirement, college, rent, gas car, etc AKA it will not happen. Tn is at bottom of education lists as well as others that matter, but the hill billy mentality prevails that "all is well en god will save us (but only "us" of selected religions). Time to wake up while there is time left, get a bit educated as to the reality of today's USA/. You might start here as the protestors have it correct. http://www.mlive.com/news/us-world/index.ssf/2011/10/study_rich_get_a_lot_richer_ou.html

November 13, 2011 at 11:10 a.m.
fairmon said...

Still waiting on the OWS crowd to say who they are asking to do what? Do they support one candidate over the other? Who paid for and owns the real estate they are occupying? What do they have to entice an employer to pay them a high wage or salary?

November 13, 2011 at 11:27 a.m.
obviousman said...

David Ingle, 26, said the group needed to focus on a few demands: re-enacting the banking regulations in the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, taxing day trading, and regulating banks. Instead, they were talking about abolishing the electoral college and legalizing marijuana, issues he didn’t care about.

Is seems that every Occupy group across the nation is suffering from fragmentation within its own group. This is further compounded by fragmentation between the various groups across the nation. In other words, this is not a nationwide protest as the protesters claim. Instead, it is a bunch of independent groups, with inconsistent demands, that happen to be protesting at the same time.

This lack of cohesion will be the reason this movement will fail. In the story a protester mentioned that at one time people thought slavery would never be abolished. However, the members of the Abolishment Movement had a clear message and a consistent demand all across the nation... end slavery.

The Women's Suffrage movement had a clear concise objective all across the nation... give women the right to vote.

The same for the Civil Rights Movement.. focusing on equality.

Until and unless the Occupy movement can establish a clear, concise and limited objective, they are doomed to failure. It is sad, as they started out with the goal of reforming Wall Street and the Banking Industry, but the movement was quickly infiltrated by people who wanted to protest every perceived wrong that ever existed. With each additional protest issue their message becomes more diluted.

Because of disagreement over demands, the group decided not to come up with a list until they had a permanent place to camp.

This is a testament to Occupy Chattanooga's lack of organization. I would compare this to changing the windshield whippers on a car that doesn't have a windshield. It is an exercise in futility. It may make you feel better, but is does nothing to address the real problem.

November 13, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

John Ross asked my opinion of the video. I think the video is a smear job put together by Faux News and the terrified 1%. As this article states, OC has two bathrooms and a neat camp. It is their 1st Amendment right to assemble on public grounds.

Remember Ghandi's words: First, they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.

This video represents the second part before change takes place.

November 13, 2011 at 11:49 a.m.
acomanda said...

I think you are missing the point "payingattention". Stop worrying about how much education you have on paper (that's all it is, paper), I am amazed how easy it is to get a piece of paper that states one is educated. The intelligence that is needed is to be able to see the difference between what people like Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and that fox station is telling you and reality. That kind of intelligence only requires common sense, not a diploma so easily given out these days.

November 13, 2011 at 12:20 p.m.
acomanda said...

So you are implying that you are a bigger zealot than me, by calling me a little zealot? Ok, you can have that title. For the record, Occupy Chattanooga is NOT funded by any political entity. Have you even visited the site? Have you personally spoken to anyone on site?

November 13, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.
tipper said...

Those who oppose political dissent in this country need to go back into history to find how this nation was conceived, how it grew, and how those sacrifices forced positive change in America. I really am appalled to read and hear people who think this right to assemble and petition their grievances is boring, childish, offensive, or un-American. If you think for one minute that this right and others relating to it are illegal, misguided, out of date, or a throwback to the 50s-70s, you are drinking the Kool-Aid and heading fore disaster. If you are willing to throw away this right or trying to take it away from others for the sake of some ultra-conservative ideology or to maintain your own wealth, you really are living in the wrong country.

November 13, 2011 at 1 p.m.
acomanda said...

For some reason conservatives hold an nonfactual belief that our nation was founded on christian principals. In fact, it was founded on revolutionary principals.

November 13, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.
BLKTSTC said...

Occupy chattanooga receives no funding from anyone. Everything you see at the camp site was donated. COA isn't involved at all. We worked hard to make sure of that. We don't need a single message because there is too cast of a scope of things that need to change. This will be our strength. Not our weakness. Having one single focus only gives us a short term stopping point. If you have ever tried to change anything in your personal life I'm sure you would find it much easier to change a whole bunch of things together rather than one thing at a time. Please just come to the court house and chat with us if you truly seek to understand what we are about and how we operate and why we chose or approach.

November 13, 2011 at 1:23 p.m.
BLKTSTC said...

Also I'm a student who works two jobs just to break even. The job board is to inform anyone that it's coming for one like Larry who was mentioned in the article.

November 13, 2011 at 1:26 p.m.
EaTn said...

KWVeteran said......... "And I suppose I'm to feel some sympathy for those worthless squatters with their petty complaints in downtown Chattanooga?" ............ I for one would like to thank you and all the war vets that have made it possible for the occupy folks to have the freedom to participate in their Constitution rights.

November 13, 2011 at 1:26 p.m.
acomanda said...

Pay more attention! Your name is an oxymoron! If you won't come to the site and educate yourself, why are you called, payingattention?

November 13, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.
fairmon said...

Sandyonsignal....

OC has two bathrooms and a neat camp. It is their 1st Amendment right to assemble on public grounds.

I don't care how much or how long the OWS or OC protest but your opinion regarding their right to occupy and dominate publicly owned grounds is wrong. The right to assemble and publicly air grievances does not indicate they can occupy public grounds. It doesn't suggest that all other citizens rights will be abridged or that other citizens will bear any related expenses associated with the right to assemble, air grievances or exercise the right to free speech.

November 13, 2011 at 1:53 p.m.
DJHBRAINERD said...

Gandhi?

"If you are willing to throw away this right or trying to take it away from others for the sake of some ultra-conservative ideology or to maintain your own wealth, you really are living in the wrong country."

"but they've been watching Fox so long they've lost the ability to think for themselves."

Gandhi knew what he wanted. And he was beaten and his countrymen were beaten for the right of self determination. It is an insult to his legacy to compare sleeping in a tent to the suffering of a nation. Why don't you folks decide on some demands then get someone on the ballot that will represent those demands in the next election. You can sleep in your own bed and canvass the district for votes and work from within the system at the local/state and national level. But to say that if one disagrees with your assembling they are somehow watching the wrong news or are uneducated is offensive to the very people who's support you are courting. By definition hanging around without a purpose is loitering.

November 13, 2011 at 2:14 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

I so wanna go down there and piss the bushes

November 13, 2011 at 2:16 p.m.
DJHBRAINERD said...

I also find it offensive to belittle the occupy movement by name calling and repeating the same tired lines about defication unsanitary conditions drugs rape and so forth. neither approach is productive. Can we meet in the middle? It took me until I was 30 to work my way through college and another 7 years to pay off the loans. I bought a small house with a fixed rate morgage and a used car. I don't have any fancy phone or cable television or internet unless its free wifi.(do you know that stuff comes from corporations) So I don't have any demands for regress. It must come from making smart life choices like getting a tech degree from a community college or buying a house in need of sweat equity. I like to call it personal responsibility. I'll give each of you a little advice : To cease to want is to find true happiness. How much stuff do you need?

November 13, 2011 at 2:32 p.m.
acomanda said...

Paying Attention, your name should be NOTpayingattention or makinguplies! Go over to the court house and see for yourself instead of making up lies.

November 13, 2011 at 5:59 p.m.
acomanda said...

Makinguplies, where in that letter does it say that Occupy Chattanooga is being funded by anyone? You are so not worth my time anymore. You are so dishonest. And you say that you are educated?

November 13, 2011 at 6:20 p.m.
Dumbledore403 said...

Lot of the various occupies are not doing the Move ON thing because of exactly that...it is being run by them, and Occupy choose not to do it. As I have stated before...go and talk to Occupy,make an informed decision.

November 13, 2011 at 7:50 p.m.
01centare said...

obviousman said... It seems that every Occupy group across the nation is suffering from fragmentation within its own group. This is further compounded by fragmentation between the various groups across the nation

If that's the case, they must have taken a page straight from the Tea Party movement. btw-did anyone every question where the tea party was getting it's funding? The question as the where the Occupy is receiving its funding is being asked repeatedly here.

November 13, 2011 at 7:51 p.m.
acerigger said...

Should TROLLS be required to register to post on this site payingattention,JonRoss?

November 13, 2011 at 8:02 p.m.
EaTn said...

JonRoss----are you one of the 1%, or one of the gullible portion of the 99%?

November 13, 2011 at 8:19 p.m.
Humphrey said...

Hey, you know speaking of "outside agitators" and "getting paid by outsiders" and all of that, it sure does seem like "payingattention" has a real strong interest in this subject, almost making a hobby out of it or something. Spent all day almost writing a book about it.

November 13, 2011 at 8:56 p.m.
Emersization said...

Bunch of Hippies

November 13, 2011 at 10:33 p.m.
acerigger said...

yep,humphrey,trolls me thinks.

November 13, 2011 at 10:46 p.m.
DarkSky said...

In 1776 conservatives were called "Loyalists".

I think modern conservatives should be called the same thing since they are so loyal to the 1%...

The federal political system is corrupt. The entire Congress needs to be voted out of office. Congress needs to follow the same laws the rest of us bound to obey. There needs to be a term limits on Congress.

payingattention, how much do you get paid per blog?

November 13, 2011 at 10:53 p.m.
rossana said...

Amigos de la hermosa ciudad de Chattanooga, sigan con fuerzas porque sus voces son escuchadas, tal vez no en las calles de sus barrios, o en los corazones de sus vecinos, pero en el mundo.

Amici della bellissima città di Chattanooga, mantenere la forza, perché le loro voci siano ascoltate, forse non per le strade dei loro quartieri, o nel cuore dei loro vicini, ma nel mondo.

Amigos da bela cidade de Chattanooga, manter a força, porque suas vozes sejam ouvidas, talvez não nas ruas de seus bairros, ou nos corações de seus vizinhos, mas no mundo.

Friends of the beautiful city of Chattanooga, maintain strength, because your voices are heard, perhaps not in the streets of your neighborhoods, or in the heart of your neighbors, but in the world.

This is a GLOBAL movement going strong in 1700 cities worldwide. With a tent or with out a tent. The world is changing. If the thought of it stresses you out, please tun on your TV, have another cocktail, and sedate yourself.

November 13, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.
dotinoz said...

Payingattention, Just which donations have been provided by any of the organizations you keep citing as being ‘behind’ Occupy Chattanooga? I’m curious, who in these large organizations contacted the nearby resident who came early on and offered her bathroom for showers as her form of support. Who called the couple that stopped their vehicle on the curb 2 days ago and asked what we were about and when the occupy was explained to them handed a ‘donated’ dozen donuts through their truck window to us. Or are you talking about the local law firm that bought the Occupy lunch one day from a nearby restaurant. Maybe the Democrats organized a phone call to the lady who lives down the street and paid her to bring the hot coffee she brings each day. Perhaps the Reverand who dropped off a tent as his ‘donation’ was paid by move on to do so. He should have told us that. I guess you are right about the money donations needing to be claimed to the government. That would no doubt refer to the only cash collected by the occupy which is in a paper cup labeled ‘meter money’. I’ll tell you what…I’ll have the change in the cup counted immediately and let the appropriate agency know how much is in there so we remain fiscally responsible.

November 14, 2011 at 7:36 a.m.
Humphrey said...

I'm sorry payingattention I didn't understand the "changing tape" thing?

"...and that won't change tape boy." I don't understand this clause. What does that mean? Being "politicaly activity on the right side" won't cause tape to change? Are you saying you are so busy you don't even have time to change tape? Or your political views won't change tape? I don't understand what changing tape even means.

November 14, 2011 at 7:45 a.m.
Dumbledore403 said...

DarkSky- Finally someone that gets the point I have been making for a while now...that the Conservatives traditionally wants the status quo and during the Revolutionary War that would be the loyalists....Remember the original tea party broke the law...they destroyed a million dollars worth of tea.

November 14, 2011 at 11:23 a.m.

David Ingle and others: There are now 52 co-sponsors of Rep Marcy Kaptur's GLASS-STEAGALL bill - after a LOT of hard work. For those who know it is the right thing to do, or who still need to do their research, LaRouche PAC has the bill, the co-sponsors, the background, etc., here - http://larouchepac.com/glass-steagall - Continue the good work!

November 14, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.
acerigger said...

DFTT!

November 14, 2011 at 8:55 p.m.
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