One such disturbance was when Occupy DC demonstrators from the group Stop the Machine tried to forcefully enter the Air & Space Museum on Saturday (Oct 15) http://j.mp/rawI0Q , and today (Oct 16) there was a planned civil disobedience and several arrests at the Supreme Court lead by activist and professor Cornel West http://j.mp/ngKPtq . In all cases individuals decide themselves whether to participate in these demonstrations away from Freedom Plaza. Occupy DC's permit to camp at Freedom Plaza has been extended 4 months, so, for the time being, eviction scuffles like at Occupy Wall Street in NYC are unlikely at Freedom Plaza. There are 4 porta-potties at the west end of the plaza. Nearby Starbucks bathrooms were marked "closed -- out of order". We learned that there is another Occupy DC encampment at McPherson Square NE DC, which coordinates with Occupy DC at Freedom Plaza.
Whether or not you were with us at Freedom Plaza today, or meditated about Occupy DC at some other place or time, or took a moment for mindful breathing, or loving kindness/tonglen practice -- please consider discussing your thoughts about this event or mindful engagement with the Occupy movement on our public WBPF Blog or on our private MeetUp/washingtonBPF (login needed)
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Thanks to Aimee for this meditation circle photo.