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Community building inside Occupy Wilmington NC

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The Office set up at Occupy Wilmington

       So far, the Occupy Wilmington Group has been trucking right along! No final decision has been made regarding there request to use the lawn. Attorney Deb butler made a request at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The request was met with just one question, and a concern about vandalism on the walls of the building. This was the first time occupy herd of any vandalism made on Tuesday. Deb butler explained to the city council that the group did not support such activities and had cleaned the stairs of city council that morning.

      Inside the group are interesting dynamics taking place. They all try to help out when they can, but only 2 active members are unemployed at the time, making commitments hard to uphold, and leadership roles easily implemented. Of course we all know the Occupy movement is leaderless, which seems to be an effective way to support anyone who wants to contribute and have their voice herd. Unfortunately it’s hard to wrap your head around how to function in such a set up. We are so used to looking outside ourselves for answers.

         Confidence if fostered in the movement locally, but only if you are sober. Unaltered minds are welcome to contribute out of respect for the rest of the group. But drunks don’t go over well. In such situations, the encampment team struggles to create a safe place for all, including the intoxicated themselves. It was decided that if alcohol was smelled on your breath, you would be asked to leave until you sobered up. In instances where such communication isn’t comprehended, they have a “time out chair” in support of the boundaries being set up.

They are in need of de-escalation volunteers, so that energy can be focused on each task individually. It is incredibly hard to organize the office, clean the kitchen, generate solutions, offer community support and make sure everyone is safe all at the same time.

     The work of all supporters and members is greatly appreciated, and it is quite clear that with a little effort on everyone’s part, we can start the change locally.