Occupy Miami: Soggy But Peaceful Outside Government Center

Categories: Occupy Miami
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​It appears the greatest threat to Occupy Miami's tent city outside Stephen P. Clark Government Center, at this point, is the rain. After only one night, the dedicated activists are forming a little community complete with a medical tent, security teams, and clean up crews.

Between 30 and 40 people slept out in stormy weather last night and today, many more gathered to join the movement, offering opinions, bringing water, and generally just sitting outside on the pavement. There were no cops in sight, and the occupiers are intent on keeping interactions with the police to a minimum. To do this, they're on their best behavior.

No drugs, alcohol, or violence are allowed onsite. There were two run-ins with police yesterday, one dealing with a homeless man and not occupiers, and another when two officers came to investigate the smell of marijuana. They found nothing and no one was arrested.

British foreign exchange student Camilla Boldracchi said, "As individuals, we usually act well, but as a group, we're trying to do it even more, just because we don't want to have any problems."

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Eric Olivero is in charge of visiting local businesses and requesting food donations to feed the occupiers. They were in good shape today after a catering company provided them with leftovers.

He said of their first night outside. "It was beautiful and we exchanged political views. We all decided how we are going to organize and make cohesive, very non-confrontational communication between each other."

Facilitators and volunteers buzzed around trying to plan meetings, manage discussions and decide what needs they have as a group. Logistics continue to be a challenge. Committees are being formed to decide what security, logistics, medical, food, and media action must be taken. For instance, public urination is both illegal and strongly discouraged, and there are no public restrooms. The nearest bathroom is a five-minute walk to 7-Eleven or McDonald's.

Despite all of these challenges, things are going pretty smoothly. According to occupier David Shreve, "I was really interested in the cooperative order that came out of a seemingly chaotic environment."

Boldracchi said of their first night outside, "Everything went very well. People were collaborating and sharing food, music, guitar playing. It was all very peaceful."

With plans for a musical concert this week and possible teach-ins in the works, the planning and occupation continues. If you have a job, a dog, or a child, and thus can't spend nights in downtown Miami, you can provide sleeping bags and tents to the cause. With this weather, umbrellas probably wouldn't hurt either.

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Stephen P. Clark Government Center

111 NW 1st St., Miami, FL

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10 comments
sotomisael
sotomisael

 "If you have a job, a dog, or a child, and thus can't spend nights in downtown Miami.."-I have a job and have been spending nights there as do MOST of the people I've met who are occupying. We're simply taking shifts. This in order to retain and support our numbers that I'm confident will only grow in time.

MissFern
MissFern

Are donations going to be organized in any fashion? 

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

"Eric Olivero is in charge of visiting local businesses and requesting food donations to feed the occupiers."  This about sums up this group of hippie brats that dont have jobs or think they are too good for a low paying job. YOU BUSINESSES ARE EVIL........but can we have some free food?

ZuluRomeo
ZuluRomeo

Large State Office building 100 yards North (401 NW 2 AVE) w/public restrooms on ground floor. 

Gloria Iris Torres
Gloria Iris Torres

DEAR AMERICAN FELLOWS IF GOD IS WITH US WHO IS AGAINST US, LET'S GET AMERICA BACK, LET'S DEFEAT CURRUPTION WITH THE LAW. 

Boo
Boo

Public restrooms are easier to find Monday to Friday. North side of Cultural Center Plaza, inside the Main Library. Gov. Center: Food Court and very clean ones on the 18th Floor.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

And are donations going to be equally distributed among occupiers?  We can't have this whole movement turning into its own little corporation

Thank you Occupiers
Thank you Occupiers

I take it your name is Luke? many thanks to the occupiers. Keep up the good work.

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