Werewolf sighting in Connecticut: Occupy New Haven Camp threatened with Eviction
Words and Photos by Lindsey Wainwright
On Friday I was passing through New Haven, and I decided to check out one of the few remaining public encampments linked with the Occupy movement. As I approached the site, which is on the New Haven Green across from Yale, an occupier was reading lines from Crimethinc’s “Expect Resistance” into a megaphone. Another occupier in a werewolf costume and a Yale sweatervest was busy organizing a street theatre performance to demonstrate Yale’s stranglehold on the city of New Haven.
This camp was set up on October 15th, 2011 and has remained standing through the winter and into the spring. Eviction was originally threatened for March, 14th 2012, but eight occupiers filed an injunction postponing action on the part of the city for two weeks. Wednesday, March 28th 2012 at 11:59pm is the new legal limit imposed on the occupation as per the decision made by the US Federal District Court in Bridgeport.
Despite the threat of eviction, campers want it to be known that they’re not going anywhere. A barricade has been constructed around the camp, and some valuables (generators, the library, etc.) are being removed from inside the camp in preparation for Wednesday night. Occupy New Haven is reaching out for support from other occupations, and from locals who can come out in solidarity.
One of the greatest challenges facing the Occupy movement is its need for space. Occupying a venue allows for organization, public outreach and educational development on a scale unrivaled by groups who no longer have a location. A camp is a space for public dissent, a living experiment in alternative organization where meaningful discussions about change have a place. It is the intention of the US government and its cohorts to disable the Occupy movement by removing camps, hoping to prevent this type of organization and thinking.
This is a call to action to come out in mass numbers to help Occupy New Haven and to defend our right to freedom of assembly. A large physical presence is critical in the camp on and following March 28th 2012. There is also a need for independent media coverage with adequate lighting, as interactions with the police may occur at any moment following midnight.
New Haven is easily accessible on the Metro North commuter train lines of the New York Metropolitan area. It is also serviced by Megabus, CT Transit and Amtrak. For more information about the occupation, you can visit the Occupy New Haven website.
Que la lutte continue avec rage et joie!