posted by: Curious on April 11, 2012  3:03pm

Thank you Josh, for being reasonable and principled.  I hope that others follow your lead, both off the Green, and forward in actually doing something real to effect change.

posted by: Fairhaven#27 on April 11, 2012  3:16pm

Wishing you the best

posted by: acumen on April 11, 2012  3:56pm

Makes sense. Support that dude. 
I am surprised that judge dismissed the “damage to the area” argument and compared it with parade. I am comparing it with graffiti - also a form of free speech. To me the damage to the park equates with the damage to the movement itself. Instead of being a constructive force this group is now looks very destructive to me.

posted by: cedarhillresident! on April 11, 2012  5:50pm

Thank you Josh and I think your statement is spot on.

posted by: Dean Moriarty on April 11, 2012  10:49pm

Mr. Smith has always been one of the intelligent voices coming out of ONH.  I admire his courage in standing for his opinion on what direction to follow. If ONH wants to gain more supporters they’d be wise to listen.  If not, then they lose a voice that many people gave pause to listen to. Isn’t that how you grow a movement?  I wish you well, Mr. Smith.

posted by: streever on April 12, 2012  6:10am

I’ve had the privilege of knowing Josh for years—since he became a part of the cycling and advocacy community in New Haven—and admire the way he has conducted himself. I agree with his decision, and think it was very reasonable.

Josh sees the Occupation as about more than the tents, and is willing to leave the tents to work on the issues he cares about.

That isn’t to say I don’t admire the people staying. I don’t think that they are using the best method at this point, but, I do think they are good people, and I admire that they are sticking to their principles. I respect the passion and admiration they have to staying, just as I respect Josh’s different vision of the movement.

The only thing that I worry about is a real struggle—someone in the camp getting hurt during an eviction. I really hope it doesn’t come to that here. I worry about you guys!

posted by: nero on April 12, 2012  7:29am

An obviously carefully considered stance, Josh. I agree with your reasoning and sentiments. We successfully drew attention to the economic inequity in the United States, and now it’s time to refocus the movement and leave the encampment.

posted by: Curious on April 12, 2012  8:32am

Do they even realize the irony in posing for a television reporter while holding a sign that says “The revolution will not be televised”?

These are just wanna-be anarchists at this point, people who want to feel edgy and dangerous and revolutionary, but not really up to the challenge of actually doing anything but camp out on the Green.

posted by: davecoon on April 12, 2012  10:06am

Great photo, great caption. (top image)

posted by: HhE on April 15, 2012  8:44am

Maybe because Mr. Josh Smith spent only one night camping out, he does feel over invested in ONH’s stance.  Whatever the reason, his voice is the sweet voice of reason.