Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Rainy Day at Occupy Madison

Rainy Day at Occupy Madison
Day 27 of Occupy Madison is a dark, gloomy rainy November day, but that didn't do much to dampen their spirits. They apparently weathered a threat to shut them down because they didn't have a camping permit (local government agencies that didn't seem to be talking to each other) and had time to march to the Square in the rain, joined by some East High students, and stage an action against the banks.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
This began as a photo I took five years ago with a 2mp Minolta Dimage X shooting through one eyepiece of my binoculars at Owen Park, Madison. The lens being recessed in the camera body behind a small window made it especially easy to hold the camera flush against the eyepiece. Bats and color tints added more recently. Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Occupy Madison Day 23: Settled in at their new, more permanent home at 800 E. Washington (old Don Miller lot)

Occupy Madison Settled in at Their New, More Permanent Home on E. Washington
Saturday was Day 23 of Occupy Madison. They're now in a more permanent home a short walk from the Capitol and actions in the downtown area -- including Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerc, just up the road at 501 E. Washington. The place already has a lived-in look after a few days, and in the old Don Miller car lot they have much more visibility on a major thoroughfare. There's room to grow and for people to drop in. They're in it for the long haul. Like Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy movements it launched around the country and around the world, Occupy Madison is not going away -- no matter how much critics try to marginalize it. It's hard to marginalize people representing the other 99%. You can find out more at their website.

March in Solidarity with Scott Olsen and Occupy OaklandThis is one of the things Occupy Madison was doing Saturday, along with the Clarence Kailin Chapter of Veterans for peace -- the solidarity march for Scott Olsen and Occupy Oakland. Scott Olsen is the Wisconsin Marine from Onalaska who was hit by a police projectile and suffered a skull fracture in the police assault on Occupy Oakland -- a more dangerous place for Scott Olsen than two tours of duty in Iraq. Olsen's injury and the brutality of police in Oakland against peaceful protesters exercising their First Amendment right to freedom of assembly has galvanized Occupy movements around the country.

Getting the woodpile ready for winter

Getting Ready for Winter
This looks as if it's far from Madison, but actually it's on River Road just north of the city (geotagged, click on photo to see map in Flickr).