TPD Chief Roberto Villasenor on Oct. 15 telling everyone at Occupy Tucson to line up for citations.
On Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, The Range spent most of the day at Occupy Tucson looking for folks we first interviewed when the local Occupy started Oct. 15 at Armory Park. The following audio interviews (and apologies for our laugh track and lengthy questions or commentary) include two people we met that first day, Mathew Pence and Alex Maldonado, along with others who remain committed to the downtown Occupy at its new venue, Veinte De Agosto Park.
Occupy Tucson, Oct. 15, Armory Park
I found Pence at the IT tent talking to a UA student working on a journalism class project. Maldonado, a veteran and member of Veterans for Peace, who heads the peacekeeper working group, was just about to start a peacekeeper meeting. I got a chance to interview him for the story this week and ask him other questions for the audio interview. Other perspectives include Mike Merrill, a homeless man in his early 20s, laid off and now living on the streets these past two months; Alice River, a Vietnam-era U.S. Air Force veteran involved as a peacekeeper; former Green Party mayoral candidate Mary DeCamp; and Miriam, a volunteer who makes dinner for the crowd every Sunday. By the way, she would love someone to donate some black beans, since she's gone through all of her pinto-bean recipes.
Former Tucson mayoral candidate and Green Party activist Dave Croteau, left, a volunteer peacekeeper, gets Sunday dinner from the encampment's makeshift kitchen. Miriam has made a home-cooked Sunday dinner for all Occupy volunteers since Oct. 15.