Occupying the Commons in Ypsilanti this Sunday

    I just received this cryptic message, informing me that I have until Sunday at 5:00 to figure out how to use Twitter…

    I’ve got nothing to do with the planning of this event, but, as I’m all for reclaiming public space, and engaging my neighbors in meaningful dialogue on the future of our community, especially at a time when such spaces are in jeopardy, and such opportunities for human interaction are few, I’m planning to attend. And I hope to see some of you there as well.

    In the meantime, for those of you who are unaware of the concept of “the commons,” I’d encourage you to check out the video I shot earlier this summer of author Peter Linebaugh addressing an Occupy Ypsilanti general assembly. It’s interesting stuff, and incredibly timely.

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      17 Comments

      1. anonymous
        Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

        Judging from the graphic, I’m thinking that a séance might be involved. Please tell me that I’m wrong about that. The last thing we need in Yspi is to start raising the dead.

      2. Pablo Pickaxe
        Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

        https://twitter.com/#!/flashcommoning

      3. John Galt
        Posted March 7, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

        I’ll bring the pepper spray. (It’s a food item.)

      4. Elf
        Posted March 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

        If I’m not mistaken, those are the spirits of our ancestors, the white slaves kidnapped in Kentucky and brought to Ypsilanti against their will.

        http://markmaynard.com/2008/07/the-untold-stories-of-kentuckians-brought-by-force-to-ypsilanti/

      5. Fred
        Posted March 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

        I looked up hors d’overs and it’s FRENCH for snack.

        This stinks of socialism.

        Before you know it, they’ll be trying to get streetlights in black neighborhoods, spoiling the poor with free light, robbing them of their desire to create their own light through hard work.

      6. Posted March 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

        anonymous,
        our local high school team is called the Phoenix. Perhaps it is not the dead rising you are seeing, but rather the re-birthing of a community.

      7. Rites of Spring
        Posted March 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

        “hors d’oeuvre” = “outside the work”

        Oeuvre is from opera.

      8. anonymous
        Posted March 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

        Our high school team was the Hurons. Unlike the phoenix, they’re not coming back.

      9. Clit Eastwood
        Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

        All the more reason to potlatch.

      10. Eel
        Posted March 9, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

        As Mark looks like Breitbart, I’d suggest having him pop out of some bushes, and scream at all of you to “behave” and “stop raping people.”

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILZQSmE5Uu0

      11. anonymous
        Posted March 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

        Am I the only one imagining a hippie orgy on Water Street?

      12. Knox
        Posted March 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

        If that’s the case, I hope they don’t wear rubbers. We need to repopulate Ypsi.

      13. Walt
        Posted March 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

        What if this is just a trap to get all of the hippies in one place so they can be culled?

      14. Knox
        Posted March 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

        Maybe it’s all a plot to get meat for the new bar-b-que place on Michigan Ave!

      15. Watching Laughing.
        Posted March 10, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

        I’m out of town.
        Is that Barbecue place open yet on Michigan Ave?
        Red Rock?

        WL.

      16. JC
        Posted March 12, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

        It wasn’t a bunch of hippies, but a bunch community members, Normal Park residents, students, ecowarriors, punks, and grandparents. And some others. It was a blast.

      17. Mr. X
        Posted March 12, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

        And, sadly, there was no orgy.

        Or, if there was one, it didn’t start until after I left.

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