November 2011-April 2012
The Occupants of 800 East Washington worked with the fire department, police department, health department, and the mayor's office and responded to all requests. The encampment had weekly contact with police and fire department. Random inspections were done by the health inspectors. Toward the end of the encampment, eleven government officials attended a meeting at the site and the concerns of both sides were worked out.
When we moved to East Washington Avenue, we still had an info booth, some signs lying around, and occasional rallies. But the winter was long, dark, and bitter cold, and the GA's would still go for many hours into the night. Also, the GA's were increasingly focused on "site issues", which were concerned with the camp and the inter-personal relationships of the homeless members of Occupy, the numbers of whom were expanding. Many activists, tired of the drinking and drama, left Occupy. All remaining people were divided socially into "Site People" (Crashers) and "Non-Site People" (Housies).
That boundry, built by our backgrounds and reinforced by the world we live in, was breached during the winter, when Site & Non-Site people alike built several big, beautiful hoop houses for the warmth and comfort of everyone still at Occupy in several work days.
By March, the site had become a space homeless peoplecould spend time in without being hounded or harrassed by outside authorities. This had upsides and downsides. One of the downsides was that police officers would not enforce any of the camp's good neighbor policies, and so Occupy acquired a reputation as a lawless "drunk tank".