First organizational meeting, Feb. 3, 20121, at the Mulberry Sr. Center, Middletown NY
I attended this meeting myself last night, in private support of the movement in general. Secondly, I was to meet with several people who are facilitating the Foreclosure stoppages (see http://www.projectnooneleaves.org/)…. I was surprised (but it WAS a Senior center) by the number of Seniors in attendance, many of whom spoke.. while it was festive and there was a lot of food offerred for free, (sorry, I forgot the name of the group supplying), it took awhile to get under way. Many Occupy Poughkeepsie and Kingston members were there, helping facilitate the events. Basic formation issues were present, perhaps hampered by a lot of talking around the eating area, but still an effective demonstration of what a messy Demoracy movement looks like. I look forward to learning more and attending some of their future meetings. This is the closest (Middletown NY) ‘Occupation’ to my area, so , obviously having been involved with OWS somewhat so far, I was very interested in what was going on.
The Record one paragraph description, in my view, missed a lot of what was going on (“http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120203/NEWS/202030376”)
One thing was obvious is that the name ‘Occupy Orange’ would serve as an ‘umbrella’ for local occupations in Orange county (NY)… e.g. Middletown, Newburgh, and Port Jervis.