Occupiers can protest, but they can’t pitch tents? So why not ban their ponchos and umbrellas, too? (2 items)

Against Rules, Tents Arise at Protest

Some protesters in Zuccotti Park have concealed their tents with tarps.

The posted rules in Zuccotti Park are clear: no “camping and/or the erection of tents or other structures.” But the Occupy Wall Street encampment is beginning to resemble a tent city anyway.

When the protest began on Sept. 17, police intervened whenever anything resembling a tent was erected. It is against city law to camp in public.

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Tomgram: Barbara Ehrenreich, Homeless in America | TomDispatch
Posted by Barbara Ehrenreich at 8:30am, October 23, 2011.

Last weekend, at the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the Washington Mall, two of King’s children gave shout-outs to Occupy Wall Street, now spreading around the country and the world. His daughter Bernice spoke of it as “a freedom explosion” and his son Martin eloquently hailed “the young people of the Occupy movement all over this country and throughout the world [who] are seeking justice… for working class people barely making it, justice for middle class folk unable to pay their mortgages… justice for the young people who graduate from college and are unemployed and burdened by student loans they cannot repay, justice for everyone who is simply asking the wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share.”

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