Occupy Baltimore coverage

Inspired by the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, people began camping out in Baltimore's Inner Harbor at McKeldin Square in early October. Police cleared protesters from the area in the early hours of Dec. 13.

Occupy Baltimore [Pictures]

Pictures: Occupy Baltimore

Read the Baltimore Sun's coverage of the Occupy Baltimore encampment here.  Read more ...

Baltimore officials kept close eye on Occupy

Emails show Baltimore officials kept close eye on Occupy

Brian C. Rogers, chairman of the Baltimore-based money management giant T. Rowe Price, works in the corporate office high-rise towering over an Inner Harbor park. And for weeks, the company overlooked a group of protesters beating drums, pitching tents and demanding justice for the 99 percent of Americans who aren't among the country's highest earners.  Read more ...

State Police arrest six members of Occupy Baltimore

Maryland State Police arrested six members of Occupy Baltimore Monday evening for allegedly trespassing on the state-owned site of a proposed juvenile detention center in East Baltimore.  Read more ...

Woman evicted a day after Occupy protest delayed sheriff

Woman evicted a day after Occupy protest delayed sheriff

Lila Kara said she threw a housecoat over her pajamas and grabbed her two Yorkshire terriers — Yori and Evancho — along with a couple of white work shirts Wednesday when the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office arrived about 10 a.m. to evict her.  Read more ...

Occupy Baltimore plans 5-day encampment

A month after being evicted from a park near the Inner Harbor, members of Occupy Baltimore sought Monday afternoon to establish a five-day encampment at the site of a proposed juvenile detention center in East Baltimore.  Read more ...

Occupy Baltimore try to erect schoolhouse

Maryland State Police sought Monday evening to work out a peaceful solution with Occupy Baltimore protesters who were building an encampment at the site of a proposed juvenile detention center in East Baltimore.  Read more ...

Occupy Baltimore members gather to fight foreclosure

Occupy Baltimore members gather to fight foreclosure

Occupy Baltimore protesters set a new scene Tuesday for their stand against corporate greed and social injustice: a red-brick rowhouse in Union Square where a 65-year-old widow has made her home for nearly six years.  Read more ...

Marbella: Constellation and Occupy Baltimore, a tale of our times

You might have seen the news footage of the guy in the orange construction vest who a couple of weeks back angrily yelled at the Occupy Baltimore encampment that he was "working his butt off to support you guys," apparently referring to the unemployed among them.  Read more ...

Occupy Baltimore considering new sites, including youth jail, endangered post office

Since Baltimore police ousted the members of Occupy Baltimore from their encampment at the Inner Harbor's McKeldin Square last week, the activists have been deliberating about where -- and whether -- to continue a physical encampment.  Read more ...

Occupy Baltimore seeks new goals after eviction

Occupy Baltimore seeks new goals after eviction

Downtown businesses — and even some Occupy Baltimore activists themselves — breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday that city officials cleared the encampment that the group had set up near the Inner Harbor as part of a national protest against income disparity.  Read more ...

Mayor calls Occupy Baltimore eviction 'respectful'

Mayor calls Occupy Baltimore eviction 'respectful'

The eviction of Occupy Baltimore protesters from a park near the Inner Harbor was carried out "in a respectful way," Baltimore's mayor said this morning, adding that she was pleased there were no injuries or arrests.  Read more ...

Woman stabbed at Occupy Baltimore encampment, police say

Woman stabbed at Occupy Baltimore encampment, police say

Baltimore Police say a 24-year-old woman was stabbed during a dispute around midnight Saturday at the Occupy Baltimore encampment at the Inner Harbor.  Read more ...

Occupy Baltimore permit request to stay in park denied again

Occupy Baltimore permit request to stay in park denied again

Baltimore officials have denied a second request by Occupy Baltimore protesters to obtain permits to use in McKeldin Square, the Inner Harbor park where the group has been entrenched since early October.  Read more ...

Occupy Baltimore protesters seek to remain until April

Occupy Baltimore protesters seek to remain until April

Occupy Baltimore protesters have asked city officials for permission to remain in an Inner Harbor park until April, according to an application submitted to the city.  Read more ...

Occupy protesters met with support in Harford

Occupy protesters met with support in Harford

Waving both a tie-dye peace flag and a United States flag replete with corporate logos instead of stars, approximately 40 Occupy movement protesters made their way down Route 40 through Harford County late Friday morning.  Read more ...

Occupy group plans Bel Air stop

Occupy group plans Bel Air stop

A small group associated with the Occupy social and economic protests on New York's Wall Street is expected to stop in Bel Air late this week or over the weekend, the town's police chief said Tuesday evening. The Occupy movement has also staged a camp-in a few blocks from Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  Read more ...

200 Occupy, union protesters rally on Howard St. bridge

200 Occupy, union protesters rally on Howard St. bridge

Chanting "We are the 99 percent," more than 200 protesters affiliated with Occupy Baltimore, unions and an activist group called Good Jobs Better Bmore marched across the Howard Street bridge during rush hour Thursday evening.  Read more ...

Electricity cut off to Occupy Baltimore protesters

Electricity cut off to Occupy Baltimore protesters

Electricity was shut off Wednesday evening to outlets in McKeldin Square that protesters have used for the past month to power computers, televisions and kitchen appliances.  Read more ...

Security an issue at Occupy Baltimore

Security an issue at Occupy Baltimore

The Occupy Baltimore protest is now entrenched at the Inner Harbor, but its members are questioning whether they can sustain the movement amid a dwindling number of core leaders and allegations of crime and drug use.  Read more ...

Homeless find support in Occupy Baltimore camp

Homeless find support in Occupy Baltimore camp

Marcus Clary beams when he shows off his new home by the Inner Harbor.  Read more ...

Rawlings-Blake wants to avoid 'violent exchange' with protesters

Rawlings-Blake wants to avoid 'violent exchange' with protesters

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she hopes to avoid a "violent exchange" with Occupy Baltimore protesters, though she and other city officials declined to say when or if they would forcibly remove the activists.  Read more ...

City Hall declares Occupy Baltimore's camping illegal

City Hall declares Occupy Baltimore's camping illegal

City officials declared Tuesday that overnight camping is illegal at the downtown plaza where protesters with the Occupy Baltimore movement have been staying in tents for three weeks.  Read more ...

Occupy Baltimore, but for how long?

Editorial: Occupy Baltimore, but for how long?

In Oakland, Calif., police swept into a public plaza being used by "Occupy" protesters early this morning and made dozens of arrests to break up two encampments near city hall. The mayor, Jean Quan, said the action was necessary because of ongoing vandalism, unsanitary conditions and problems in maintaining the safety of the protesters and others who passed through.  Read more ...

Now that both shoes have dropped, my take on NPR-Simeone-Occupy controversy

Z on TV: My take on NPR-Simeone-Occupy controversy

Five posts ago, I promised I would report the NPR-Lisa-Simeone-Occupy-DC controversy down the middle until it played out. With the news that NPR will no longer distribute "World of Opera" because of Simeone's political activism, both shoes have dropped. (She had already been fired Wednesday from the public-radio documentary series "Soundprint" because her activities with the protest group October 2011 violated NPR's Ethics Code, according to the show's producer.) So here's my take on the matter: I admire Simeone for her commitment and her willingness to put her salary and career on the line for what she believes. But, on the other hand, NPR had to do exactly what it did if it wanted to have an ethics code it could enforce. Simeone's integrity is admirable, and some of the folks on the right who try to mock those involved in the Occupy movement should only have such high standards as they slavishly take their marching orders from a certain cable TV channel chairman. Whether you agree with her or not, you have to admire the way this 54-year-old Baltimore resident has stood her activist ground. (You can read an interview I did with her Friday afternoon here.) That said, however, you also can't blame NPR for refusing to carry the "World of Opera" with her as host. In fact, it has no choice but to sever ties. (The show, which NPR now distributes to about 60 stations, will remain in production at the North Carolina music station WDAV with Simeone as host. The small station says it will distribute the show itself. That could be a hard road.) Here's Simeone's argument as to why NPR has no case against her as she made it to me in an email Wednesday night: "I find it puzzling that NPR objects to my exercising my rights as an American citizen -- the right to free speech, the right to peaceable assembly -- on my own time in my own life," Simeone wrote. "I'm not an NPR employee," she continued. " I'm a freelancer.  NPR doesn't pay me.  I'm also not a news reporter.  I don't cover politics.  I've never brought a whiff of my political activities into the work I've done for NPR World of Opera.  What is NPR afraid I'll do -- insert a seditious comment into a synopsis of Madame Butterfly?" Here's Adam Hochberg, a 15-year NPR veteran who is now a fellow and columnist at the Poynter Institute, explaining why he believes NPR does have a case. Hochberg made these points in an interview for a  print column I wrote for the Sunday Sun. "The NPR ethics code makes no distinction at all among NPR full-time employees, freelancers or people involved with what they call acquired programs, which would be produced by member stations or independent producers," he said. "It specifically says that the ethical guidelines apply across the board." So, Hochberg explained, "This whole distinction that people are trying to draw where she works for a member station or she's a freelancer or whatever, in terms of NPR's Ethics Code, it doesn't matter."  Read more ...

NPR drops opera show over host Lisa Simeone's Occupy D.C. activist role

Z on TV: NPR drops opera show over host Lisa Simeone's Occupy D.C. activist role

NPR says it will no longer distribute "World of Opera" as a result of Baltimore show host Lisa Simeone's activities with an Occupy D.C. protest group.  Read more ...

Lisa Simeone fires back at NPR for questioning her role in Occupy D.C. movement

Z on TV: Lisa Simeone fires back at NPR for questioning role in Occupy D.C.

Baltimore broadcaster Lisa Simeone fired back Wednesday night after a National Public Radio spokeswoman told the Baltimore Sun that NPR was looking into her role as a spokesman for a group involved in the Occupy D.C. movement.  Read more ...

'Occupy' memo could discourage victims from reporting assaults

Efforts by the Occupy Baltimore protest group to evolve into a self-contained, self-governing community have erupted into controversy with the distribution of a pamphlet that victim advocates and health workers fear discourages victims of sexual assaults from contacting police.  Read more ...

NPR looking into show host Lisa Simeone's role with Occupy Washington group

Z on TV: NPR looking into host Lisa Simeone's role with Occupy Washington

National Public radio says it is looking into the role that  Baltimore resident Lisa Simeone is playing as a spokeswoman for October 2011, one of the Occupy D.C. groups encamped at Freedom Plaza in Washington.  Read more ...

Occupy Baltimore: an open-ended conclusion

Occupy Baltimore: How will protesters know when it's time to go home?

Now entering its third week, Occupy Baltimore has settled into its appropriated digs at the Inner Harbor, taking regular deliveries of pizzas and camping out overnight for what its website calls an Indefinitely Long Peaceful Demonstration.  Read more ...

Dogs protesting at Occupy Wall Street, too

Dogs protesting at Occupy Wall Street, too

It's not fair that 99 percent of the dogs have 1 percent of the bones! Or wait, the other way around! Woof!  Read more ...

Occupy Baltimore protest continues after a week

Occupy Baltimore protest continues after a week

Ben Pfeffer traded his Charles Village apartment for a sleeping bag across the street from the Inner Harbor.  Read more ...

Protesters gather at 'Occupy Baltimore' event

Protesters gather at 'Occupy Baltimore' event

Some are out of work. Some can't afford to visit a doctor. Others are sick of corporate greed. Most blame financial institutions for the tumbling economy. They think the rich are trampling on the poor and middle class and getting away with it.  Read more ...

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