December 08, 2011
I had the opportunity to run on the march that put a homeless family
into an abandoned, foreclosed home. It was very exiting to be a part of
that -- of standing up to the robber banks and claiming our inalienable
right to shelter for this family. After the march and a joyous block
party, the Occupiers got down to the nitty-gritty of an extreme makeover
for the neglected house. I have been one of the medics assigned to the
Occupied Real Estate at 702 Vermont Avenue. Our job is to be on site for
any construction-type injuries, to be there for the Occupiers in case
the police assault the house, and to provide security at the front door.
I am proud to be helping the Occupiers fix up this house so it can be a
good home for a needy family who were forced onto the streets by the
predatory and criminal practices of the banks. The Occupiers, who rotate
in and out in shifts to cover the 24-hour day, are without homes
themselves. They do not know where they will sleep from day to day, yet
they are working hard and risking arrest and injury for a family they
don't know . . . but they do know that the family is part of the 99%,
and that is all that matters. We are the 99%.
Last night I had just returned to the medic safe house from being on
duty all day and evening at Vermont Avenue when the call came in that
the police were going to arrest everyone in the Vermont Avenue house. I joined a couple
other medics, one who is down here from Maine helping us out, and made
the long trip by train and foot back out to East Brooklyn in the cold rain. By the time we got there the
situation had been diffused by the local political representative. It
now seems that we have a few days to fix up the house before having to
worry about the police shooting tear gas through the windows and then
breaking down the doors to brutalize us for helping a homeless family
fight back against a robber bank.
"Only when the last tree has died
and the last river been poisoned
and the last fish been caught
will we realize
we cannot eat money."