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Twelve Important stories of 2012 that dropped off your radar

So damn much went on in 2012, it's no wonder that some stories may have passed people by.
What you missed
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2012

OccupyMaine charts its future

"This occupation is not ending," one speaker said.
One year on
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 28, 2012

Suit withdrawn; video series continue; new book emerges

As OccupyMaine activists withdraw their lawsuit against the city, they also continue to plan events and produce video installments of both OccupyMaine TV and The People's Mike for community-access television and online viewing.
Occupy Watch
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 24, 2012

Camp closes; curfew passes; activism continues

Let's just say it: The first phase of OccupyMaine ended with a fizzle, not a bang. The showing at Friday's 10 pm deadline for Occupiers to be out of Lincoln Park was poor.
Occupy Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 17, 2012

Citizens overwhelmingly support Occupy encampment

As OccupyMaine's request to stay in Lincoln Park is considered by a Maine judge, it appears the Portland City Council's decisions (which the judge is reviewing) were based more on individual councilors' views and less on constituent complaints than elec
Occupy Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 03, 2012

Sign conundrum continues; monuments 'join' movement

The mystery of where OccupyMaine's signs went is partially solved: it turns out their removal was witnessed — and by a police officer!
Occupy Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 27, 2012

Emily Posner raps about #Occupy, name-checks #OccupyMaine

Making the rounds of the tubes is this video from New Orleans of Maine activist Emily Posner, now attending law school in the Big Easy,...
By Jeff Inglis  |  January 04, 2012

Looking ahead to 2012

While its members (and the rest of the 99 percent) wait to see about how OccupyMaine fares in court — and in possible multiple rounds of appeals and requests for reconsideration — they're not resting on their pallets and sleeping mats.
A year of big elections and business development (fingers crossed)

Bomb threat at #OccupyMaine encampment; police check, find nothing

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...
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 12, 2011

Portland City Council to #OccupyMaine: No dialogue 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 city council. To...
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 08, 2011

Will the Portland City Council work with #OccupyMaine, or refuse all dialogue?

There is one question that must be answered at tomorrow night's Portland City Council meeting: Will the councilors treat the Occupiers the same way the...
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 06, 2011

Invited to dance by city staff, #OccupyMaine is spurned by councilors

Portland's Public Safety Committee, a subcommittee of the City Council, has refused to enter into ongoing negotiations with OccupyMaine over conditions in Lincoln Park, with...
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 02, 2011

Maine encampments face decision time

With OccupyBangor under near-constant threat of eviction, and Portland city officials pressing the Lincoln Park campers to scale back their encampment to a degree that will make winter survival difficult if not impossible, the Maine branch of the Occupy
Occupy Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 25, 2011

Portland’s Occupation preps for winter

OccupyMaine's Portland branch has a plan for winter survival and overall camp safety that includes using the people's mic for emergency warnings, round-the-clock warming huts, and shifting to hotels or other dwellings in times of extreme cold.
Occupy Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 18, 2011

#OccupyMaine "shall not be moved"

A couple dozen folks came out in the rain - before it turned to sleet overnight - for the OccupyMaine "We Shall Not Be Moved"...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 28, 2011

Taking a stab at explaining #OccupyWallStreet #OWS #OccupyMaine

Based on my observations, conversations, and reading of Occupation reports from around the globe: Despite mainstream media incomprehension, the message of the Occupy movement is...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 25, 2011

Police: #OccupyMaine not specific target of bomb; Olbermann appearance?

An explosion elsewhere in downtown Portland an hour before the bombing of the OccupyMaine tent side has police thinking that Sunday morning's attack was not...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 24, 2011

The #OccupyMaine encampment was bombed over the weekend

Here's the OccupyMaine announcement; we're working on finding out more, and will post here as available.Press Release - Lincoln Park Campers AttackedEarly Sunday morning, around...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 24, 2011

Bank of America protest at noon today

A protest will target Bank of America's Monument Square branch at noon today. Loosely affiliated with the Occupy movement, the effort will draw attention to...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 21, 2011

Mayors, media, masses

Portland's 15 mayoral candidates are missing an opportunity to connect with the people, both directly and through the media, by failing to publicize their support for OccupyMaine.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 21, 2011

What the #OccupyMaine and #OccupyBangor folk have to say about messaging

The OccupyBangor Facebook page has a couple really interesting posts aimed at those who criticize the Occupy movement for its leaderless nature, and/or are unclear...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 14, 2011

Updates on #OccupyMaine - winter thoughts, rainy-day blues

The folks at the OccupyMaine GA last night talked about a couple of interesting weather-related developments.First, they're looking for an indoor space to serve as...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 14, 2011

#OccupyMaine announces situation for RockupyMaine on Saturday!

For those of you looking for the promised update to my OccupyMaine story in this week's Portland Phoenix, here's the info! UPDATED with more details. And...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 13, 2011

OccupyMaine sets up camp

After a rain-drenched initial weekend, the folks at OccupyMaine's area in Monument Square have settled in for the long haul.
Activism Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 07, 2011

Back from the biggest #OccupyMaine GA yet!

First, an update on the whole "permit" debacle/miscommunication - if the Occupy folks are able to verify independently what I reported in my previous post,...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 06, 2011

City to #OccupyMaine : no standoff necessary; just talk to us

Portland's chief spokeswoman says there is no need for concern about attempted city restrictions on the OccupyMaine group's activities, despite a strongly worded press release...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 06, 2011

#OccupyMaine continues - with hints of city standoff

Conflict with city authorities is in the wings in Portland, on the sixth day of the occupation of Monument Square. After a cold night in...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 06, 2011