Occupy Cleveland helps neighbors, makes friends

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In October, Cleveland police arrested Occupiers for refusing to leave their downtown camp after the city’s curfew. Last night, the Cleveland City Council last night passed a resolution in support of Occupy Cleveland (h/t @TheBeautyVault).

The Cleveland Scene sounds half-impressed:

[N]ot a lot gonna happen really.But it’s another peaceful move forward for Cleveland’s well-intended Occupiers, who are way better at not coming off like jackasses than just about everybody from Wall Street to Oakland. So we’ve got that going for us.

The vote was 18-1. Maybe part of what changed the tenor in Cleveland is that the Occupiers moved into foreclosure defense, camping out at the home of Elizabeth Sommerer and her two kids. Coming to the aid of your neighbors makes a difference for them and your movement, both.

That story’s very different from what’s happening in this report from Seattle. What the TV station describes as an “Occupy splinter group” has moved into an abandoned home in a Seattle neighborhood, across the street from a school, and announced that they’re opening a homeless community center. “What kind of messages are you telling the kids?” one neighbor asks. “That it’s OK to be homeless once you graduate, and just take over properties?” #PRfail for whichever group this, Occupy Seattle or otherwise.

This is the big day of action kicking off Occupy Our Homes, a campaign to “stop and reverse” evictions. Salon reporter Justin Elliott says 500 or so people are marching in Brooklyn now. @Laukani recommends the livestream from Occupy Atlanta, one of the first places to do eviction defense.

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Occupy Cleveland helps neighbors, makes friends

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