Last month, I wrote about the demonization and criminalization of the needy, noting that rather than actually fix social problems, conservative politicians make them worse and then blame the victims for having the problems in the first place. My piece was called "Barely Hanging On: Fraud Isn't Killing Maine's Welfare System - Conservative Misunderstanding Is
After being notified of a bomb threat involving the OccupyMaine encampment this morning, Portland police had bomb dogs check the park as well as the exteriors of the federal and county courthouses and the Central Fire Station, which surround the park. They found nothing.
Police Commander Vern Malloch said a statement with more detail will be forthcoming later today, but for the moment, he was able to say that another police department got a call from a resident of its town saying a friend of hers (who lives in another town, Malloch said) had made statements about putting a bomb in Lincoln Park.
I was on the radio this week (MPBN's new call-in program - they're taking listener suggestions for what to name it) talking about cohousing with Sanna McKim and Alan Gibson, of the Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage, which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.
You can listen to a recording of the program here.
It appears time to consider the possibility that the
pro-business, anti-public ethos that plagues American
politics has also started to infect Portland's
To wit: Most Portland
city councilors love to make deals with corporations, but have no interest in finding a way for people to protest
overnight in city parks, despite repeated attempts on the part of OccupyMaine
members, the city manager, the city attorney, and even a fellow councilor to
persuade them to try it.
We'd hope so, of course - we'd hope that the council would
behave equably toward all petitioners, from all quarters. We'll have to see
councilors are up to that challenge, which is made sharper by the
anti-corporate nature of the Occupy movement's message.