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Moving Occupy

may-day-general-strike   After last week’s eviction from the Veteran’s Memorial Park the occupy Fairbanks protesters hit the streets in honor of May Day. 

“Today we went on a march in solidarity with other marches and actions around the world,” explained Julia Eddy, “It’s mainly to bring awareness to the fact that the workers run this country.” 

Historically May 1st is a worker’s rights day that calls for a general strike, no work, school, or commerce. The year the Occupy Fairbanks group members marched from the UAF campus down to the Noel Wine library, where they set up camp. 

Occupy Fairbanks member Ethan Sinsabaugh said, “I don’t think we’re going to do a permanent, fixed location, at least not here anyways.”

Later that day the occupy group members took down their tent and left the premise.  This is the first time since last October that the group does not have a fixed demonstration area.  Due to insufficient resources the group remains optimistic about their “moving” occupy movement. 

“It’s a double edge sword in all honesty,” explained Sinsabaugh, “ now we can really narrow it down and focus on these individual issues and get our point across that way, I think it will work out better.”   

Future Occupy Fairbanks summer events will include Occupy the Pipeline and a public demonstration against military drone practices at J-Park.  For more information about the roaming Occupy Fairbanks movement visit: http://www.facebook.com/occupyfairbanks

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Occupy the Pub

Following last week's Veterans Memorial Park eviction, the Occupy Fairbanks group members held a fundraiser at the Univeristy of Alaska Fairbanks pub.

"Its weird not having to think about the tent since last October," said David Leslie. 

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Occupy Eviction

Thursday morning two Occupy Fairbankjeffoccupyimg_3762s protesters received an eviction notice from the North Star Borough Assembly. This final warning comes after multiple negotiations between the North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins and the Occupy Fairbanks group members. 

“Why we’re going along with this sort of thing,” asks Occupy Fairbanks protester Chris White, “Is there’s going to be a lot of use of the park by private people and we would be taking the tent down and putting it up again.”  Earlier this week new Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly park rules and regulations were announced, for all areas in owned by the borough.   Regulation number seven states:

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Domestic abuse and violence spur rallies across Alaska

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell spoke in downtown Fairbanks at a rally to support awareness about domestic violence. 

A large crowd with posters and signs converged on this sunny spring day to hear Parnell and other dignitaries talk, testimony from abuse victims and an essay reading about respect from a contest winner.  This was one of more than 100 rallies across Alaska.

The theme of the rallies were "Choose respect." The Governor's website reports 58 percent of women in Alaska have experienced intimate partner or sexual violence. View this and other statistics.Parnellresize

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Out with the old, in with the new

            Residents driving downtown might notice a change to the Occupy Camp at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Local occupiers in conjunction with the UAF Gay Straight Alliance erected the tent Saturday afternoon.   

The Fairbanks Occupy group was awarded a new larger tent by Occupy Supply, a subsidiary of firedoglake.com, which allows for supporters to donate funds and supplies to the occupiers throughout the country. Occupy Fairbanks won the tent for continual dedication even with record breaking cold temps this past November.

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Command Post Awareness

Occupy Fairbanks received national recognition for ‘outstanding local occupy action,’ by a group affiliated with the Occupy movement. occupy-fairbanks-2

The attention drifted up north when pictures began to circulate on the Internet of Occupy Fairbanks protesters holding their signs, while in their underwear.  The underwear protest took place last month during a severe Fairbanks cold spell, as temperatures dropped as cold as 50 below. 

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Food Bank fills holiday plates at home

While Thanksgiving generosity warmed a handfull of protest tents downtown, Fairbanks Food Bank continues it's tradition of delivering celebratory cheer to thousands at home.

 “One thousand plus 1,000 equals 8,000” said Mike Walsh, Fairbanks Community Food Bank board president. That might be considered fuzzy math, but it all added up over the Thanksgiving holiday this year, where 2,000 holiday boxes are expected to feed close to 8,000 hungry Fairbankians.

“Fairbanks folks are great about making sure their neighbors don’t go to bed hungry” said local Food Bank Director Samantha Castle Kirstein, “and that goes double or triple over the Thanksgiving holiday.”

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Occupy shivers into focus

Flash needed UAF Journalism's Megan Coghill provides a quick, majestic fanfare-enlivened, overview of the Occupy Fairbanks protest during a week marked by record-setting low temperatures in Interior Alaska's Golden Heart City.

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