I recently wrote 2 blog posts for which Ive spent several hours clarifying thru twitter replies.

(See: https://sheilafaulstich.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/occupy-baltimore-doesnt-care-about-cancer-victims/ and https://sheilafaulstich.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/the-occupy-movement-and-respect-ha/ )

I was ‘invited’ to the Occupy Baltimore in hopes that my one suggestion will be taken seriously as well as not flamed.

I believe that I may have titled my blog wrong. And I do apologize for that. I was angry after hearing a news story about the pancreatic cancer victims vigil being moved after that group had been issued a permit 6 months ago for the use of McKeldin Square.

Let me again, clarify…..If a group prior to your group was issued a permit to use the space you are using, I think you should vacate the area for that group.

Ive been told by a couple Occupy supporters that you werent aware that another group was issued this permit until afterwards. However, SOMEONE -whether it be the police, or a leader of your group, should be on top of making this fact known.

I have also been told that a charity run shared the space you are using without incident. And while Im glad that this sharing of space was peaceful, I dont believe that a respectful vigil and Occupy Baltimore can do the same. A vigil for victims is not the same.

Now – for my suggestion which Ive alluded to in this post –
Someone from Occupy Baltimore NEEDS to contact someone in the permits office to acquire the dates for when McKeldin has already issued permits to other groups. MAYBE even contact the other group for a solution to either share the area when feasible, or give up the area until the other permitted group is done.

This would alleviate many issues. It would also show that your group DOES care about other groups rights.

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Earlier today I wrote a post after I heard about Occupy Baltimore and the Pancreatic Cancer Vigil that was relocated. (https://sheilafaulstich.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/occupy-baltimore-doesnt-care-about-cancer-victims/)

This evening I started getting responses from someone thru twitter

I mean, how one-sided can someone be?

Cant these people see that they are hurting people who struggle just as much as they claim to be?

The one response claiming that Occupy Baltimore got their permit 6 weeks ago is moot. The organizers of the pancreatic cancer victims vigil got theirs 6 MONTHS ago. MONTHS!

This person says she doesnt respect me for writing my blog, and I say…..Who cares? I dont write my blog to gain anyones respect. I write my blog for me. This is a place where I gather MY thoughts about stuff that I see, about stuff I go thru.

And quite honestly, how can I respect someone who thinks camping out on our city streets will mean ANYTHING?

Id much rather respect someone who works (even at McDs) and struggles everyday like I do.

You know whos respect I DO value? Those who see that I could go on disability due to my illness, but instead, choose to drive myself to Baltimore everyday to be a productive member of society.

 

So far, Ive been pretty much ‘on the fence’ about the whole Occupy movement. I initially did understand their gripes and frustrations.

But not any longer. Sure, Im upset about the cop that pepper sprayed those peacefully protesting, but when a group who hasnt gotten the required permits forces another group to another area who has the required permits out…..that is a whole different story.

Last night, as I was getting ready to go to bed, this came on the news:  http://foxbaltimore.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wbff_vid_10590.shtml

So, those who planned to have a vigil for victims of pancreatic cancer (and got permits) were basically made to walk to another area in order to hold their event. You might say that they decided to use another area on their own, but quite honestly how could they hold their vigil in an area with all this disruption?

The squatters that make up the Occupy movement have invaded our city…..without the necessary permits. They used tax payer electricity (until they were caught by local media). And now, they have forced a group who planned enough in advance to another area. Why arent our police doing anything about this? Why is the Mayor of Baltimore not doing anything about this?

I wasnt part of this vigil, but Im pretty mad that pancreatic cancer victims and their supporters could not hold the vigil that they planned, in the area that it was planned to be in. What about their rights? Will the city refund the money that was collected from the permit that was issued?