10 December 2011

#OccupyDameStreet - Drums and Brotherly Love

Remember folks, Pearse wrote these words almost a hundred years ago. My how things have changed...
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 10th December
The internal dispute in my body between Mr Vladimir Vladimirovich Pancreas and Dmitry Anatolyevich Duodenum has entered what may be best described as a tense ceasefire, after my Duodenum denied sending a Tweet that read "It has become clear that if a pancreas writes the expression 'party of swindlers and thieves' in their blog then they are a stupid sheep getting [censored] in the [censored]", alleging that its Twitter account had been hacked.

Very suspicious.

No matter, this momentary lull in their ongoing hostilities allowed me to slip away and rejoin all the excitement and action on Occupied Dame Street, taking my turn for a few hours on the information stand. This is one of my favourite jobs in the Camp providing an opportunity to engage directly with passing members of the public, answer their questions about #OccupyDameStreet, hear their grievances about life in a 21st century Feudal state and, more importantly, hear their suggestions for how to make things better. As I have mentioned before it is the constant encouragement from the wider public that makes life on Dame Street manageable

A note of Solidarity all the way from the City of Brotherly Love
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 10th December
Of particular interest today was an Irish gentleman who had been visiting Philadelphia last week, and had stopped by the #OccupyPhilly camp to see what was going on. When he said he was heading back to Dublin they wrote a short note of solidarity on the back of one of their fliers and he brought it back with him to the Camp today. I had never seen him before, he was just a passing member of the public who wanted to express his support in this most unique of ways.

Just amazing!

Although I have been feeling bad that illness has prevented me from fully pulling my weight this last week or so, this interaction cheered me right up, no end.

It was almost enough to distract me from the drumming circle.

Almost.

I turn my back for a moment and a drumming circle sneaks in. They're like that, you know, very sneaky.
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 10th December
After the pop-up soup kitchen and other protests at the Dáil over the two Budget days last week, life on Dame Street has grown a bit quieter and with the arrival of sub-zero temperatures the focus now is on simply making it through the month and into the New Year. Tents are gradually being replaced by wooden huts with much more insulation which should make things much better for the Camp Residents (and reduce the genuine risk of hypothermia). At just over two months old #OccupyDameStreet must surely now be one of the longest running #Occupy Movements unevicted and still in its original site, and it needs your support to keep on going! Information about what is going on, and what support you can give and how can be found on the website here, or just drop by the Camp during daylight hours and say hello.

You really wouldn't believe just how far a kind word goes on Dame Street!

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