I want to suggest another place that needs to be Occupied and this is our Public Lands, including, and especially, Yosemite National Park.
While people are driven into homelessness they are being chased by US Rangers from our Public Lands more and more, except the wealthy.
I suggest everyone in CA and USA comes to Yosemite National Park with their tents to begin “Occupy Yosemite” in the spirit of Occupy Wall Street movement.
Currently, this National Park is essentially occupied by the Wealthy foreign citizens (mostly wealthy tourists from Europe) who take up camping limit times that belongs to Americans, in the one of the most beautiful places of California and US–and overcrowd Yosemite Valley, which is reminiscent of a busy city street filled with Western European languages and is extremely polluted–while less well-to-do Americans are slapped with camping limits and Ranger harassment. Since wealthy foreign tourists can throw money like $500 for a climbing lesson to fill the pockets of certain private companies that profit off National Park, their invasion is allowed to continue. Time to begin protesting this issue. Hotels cost $90+ near Yosemite, which again, are filled by the wealthy Europeans, not Americans. This land is an occupied land. Yosemite tourist demographics does not reflect the demographics of surrounding state of California and, for that matter, US demographics–there’s hidden racism. On top of that, to get hired as a Ranger at Yosemite, one has to have blond hair, pretty much.
Also, National Forest Service had raised the camping fees to up to $25 and State Parks to up to $35 which is going to filter campers by income. The only “campers” I saw in some beautiful campgrounds in National Forest recently were wealthy snowbirds (mega-RV owners who pollute the air in the forests with their generators and disturb the peace) who weren’t Californians even, in part because of raised cost of camping. So, everyone should take their tent and come there and camp and OCCUPY the lands that belong to the public. While people are chased out of their homes…. their raise camping fees to limit their access to nature and public lands. Homeless people who have nowhere to go are chased off Public lands. Money? They’ve sold land to PG&E, they have private concessionares profiting on those public lands. They are selling the land for private housing development in Yosemite National Park (Yosemite West). They need to be re-occupied.
Don’t forget that Yosemite Valley had known the riots in the 70s (camps set up by youth were crushed by US Rangers, who continued harassment of those who looked “different” or who looked like a “hippie” after the riots–until they made a mistake of harassing a Senator’s son at Yosemite Wawona entrance). Ranger harassment of “different” people continues to this day, and I had witnessed that.