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    Wish I had photos, but here's my oral testimony:

    The two weeks before Christmas, you would have loved the "carolers" and their new lyrics to Christmas songs singing on the Pearl Street Mall, at Wells Fargo and Chase Banks.  In the spirit of the season, Wells Fargo called the police.  So fitting for the beloved carol "It's Beginning to Look a Lot like a Police State."

    January 6 - the night the Boulder City Council said it would start to enforce its no camping/no standing in public spaces ban, many dedicated Boulder OWS folks of all ages turned out to sing and dance and help protect the campers who were temporarily moving out of their tents because it is too damned cold to stay out there and not the right place to put energy at this time.  Seniors who had consistently provided them with nourishing food, and we younger (!) folk helped them move their few possessions to safe locations and find them places to sleep until the weather mellowed out.  

    Eleven homeless people froze to death in Boulder in 2011.  OWS read their names at a City Council meeting that it essentially took over earlier in December.  There were a lot of tears.  No sense in OWS folks freezing.  We are in this for the long haul and we have to pace ourselves and take care of ourselves.  That was the message I delivered from the Vietnam Era.  

    When the hour struck when it became illegal to stand, we all moved around with signs or banners, and the youngsters danced.  It had dropped into the 20s, and we had to keep moving to keep our blood circulating anyway.  

    I discovered that another woman from Oregon and two people from California had also traveled to Boulder to help protect the campers.  Bless them.  

    It was heartening to meet so many wonderful, caring people, and to hear such good, serious thoughts about what people want for the future, and to see people of such disparate ages sharing and refining ideas.

    A number of OWS folks from Denver had come down to Boulder.  The Denver police have been particularly brutal, and many people felt it important to talk a lot about holding fast to non-violence.  

    The next weekend, a touching memorial service was held for Bill O'Rights, with many moving eulogies.

    In Bill's case I believe in the Resurrection.    

    I have no help to send. Therefore I must go myself. Aragorn

    by Old Gardener on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 05:52:08 PM PST

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