Occupy Phoenix pre-occupation march today
Occupy Phoenix kicks off tomorrow’s occupation with a pre-occupation march through Phoenix today. The march begins at 3 p.m. at Downtown Civic Space Park and continues to Cesar Chavez Plaza.
Occupy Phoenix officially begins tomorrow, October 15. MoveOn.org and the Arizona AFL-CIO will join the occupiers at General Assembly meeting. The event begins at noon at Cesar Chavez Plaza.
MoveOn and the AZ AFL-CIO plan to hold a joint “Jobs Not Cuts” event at the plaza directly prior to the meeting, calling for job creation and the preservation of vital social services.
Occupy Phoenix organizers say that the “General Assembly meeting is being held for the purpose of determining, through consensus of all assembled, the shape and location of the occupation to begin immediately following the meeting and extend indefinitely.”
Progressives get ready to “Occupy Phoenix”
by Jack Dunning
The “Occupy Wall Street” movement is coming to Phoenix and plans are already in the works for demonstrations, workshops and a march down Central Ave. to Cesar Chavez Plaza. The movement has been going on for about a month in New York and then spread to the social networks where it picked up speed. It is now expanding throughout the U.S. reaching more than 20 cities. We can expect the demonstrations to begin in Phoenix on October 15.
Plans are to start the “pre-occupation” march at 3 p.m. on Oct. 14 at 424 N. Central Ave. and proceed south to Cesar Chavez Plaza. You can find out more at the Occupy Phoenix site. The “general assembly” demonstration will start at noon Oct. 15 at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Phoenix. The “Occupy” movement has received labor-union endorsements, including the Service Employees International Union, according to its state dir. Don Carr.
Nick Katkevich will lead the non-violent workshops with the group, which is hoping for an “American Autumn,” comparing it with the “Arab Spring” uprisings and “European Summer” religious discontent. To give you an idea of the strength of the movement, “Occupy Wall Street” has decided they are running out of space at ZuccottiPark, or “Liberty Plaza” as they call it. Plans are to expand to Washington Square and Battery parks.
Phoenix, now is your chance to start releasing this state from the Republican hold that has prevailed for so many years. Let the absolutist conservative crackpots that have run Arizona recently know that you just aren’t going to take it anymore. Demonstrate, march, make statements, and do it in a peaceful manner. The question is, will you progressives come out in the numbers your opponents on the left have? I have confidence you will.
By the way, the “Occupy” movement has been called the progressives’ answer to the Tea Party. There is no comparison between the two factions, obviously in philosophy, but also in substance and IQ equivalent. Look at the Wall Street folks and then look at the gun totin,’ dimwitted, racist bigots that have been captured on You Tube of the Tea Party demonstrations. I rest my case.
‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest headed to Phoenix
by Sandra Haros
Unions and other organizations are swelling the ranks of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
The idea of protesting “the greed that led to the collapse of the economy” is spreading like wildfire. The Occupy Wall Street demonstration is moving to cities like Boston, Los Angeles and Phoenix.
In a statement sent to KTAR, Tyler Olsen with Occupy Phoenix said “Occupy Phoenix is standing in solidarity with those who have been protesting in NYC since September 17th. Since the 2008 financial crisis, everybody from Ron Paul to Ralph Nadar [sic], to more mainstream politicians, have been calling for reform to Wall Street, for the end of the era of “too big to fail,” for removing the financial and corporate power from our government system.
“Because the politicians in power haven’t done anything to address this grievance, people are starting to stand up and let their voices be heard. Everybody knows that money has unduly influenced our political system, and now Americans of all political orientations (from socialists to libertarians) are standing up, in a democratic movement, and demanding a change in the status quo that has steadily increased the stratification and inequality in our society over the past 30 years.”
The Occupy Phoenix event is getting a lot attention on Facebook, Twitter and they have their own local webpage. Organizers are asking people to flood Cesar Chavez Plaza on October 15th.
One local financial expert said he is thinking of becoming a part of the protest.
“I might join them,” said licensed stockbroker and financial analyst, Darren Wright, with Wright Wealth Management.
“In all seriousness, I’m a little upset at what happened at a high level as well. There’s a lot of people making a lot of money and doing a lot of bad things. The focus should be on that and cleaning up the system to make sure those things don’t happen again,” Wright said.
The protests began two-and-a-half weeks ago with a few dozen demonstrators who tried to pitch tents in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Since then, hundreds have set up camp in a park nearby and have become increasingly organized, lining up medical aid and legal help and printing their own newspaper.
However, it seems they lack a clear objective, though they speak against corporate greed, social inequality, global climate change and other concerns. The numbers are growing, getting more organized and showing no sign of slowing.