Occupy Tucson planned for Saturday
TUCSON, Ariz. — The anti-Wall Street movement is coming to Tucson. Organizers say Occupy Tucson will be taking place at Armory park Saturday.
Civil Rights attorney Paul Gattone provides support and legal advice to Occupy Tucson. He tells KOLD-TV (http://bit.ly/noVh2R ) the people participating in the movement understand there are laws against camping on public property but they believe they have a constitutional right to do what they’re doing.
He does warn them they could be arrested for trespassing, they could be ticketed under city law for camping in the park, but Gattone does not believe there will be problems with disorderly conduct.
Tucson police are not releasing details on how they will deal with Occupy Tucson.
Location, location, location: Occupy Tucson bogs down
In the shade of Veinte de Agosto Park, Occupy Tucson enthusiasts met on Sunday to plan the occupation of downtown Tucson, slated for Oct. 15.
By some estimates, approximately 200 people showed up to discuss logistics– including Mia Hansen, executive director of Tucson Meet Yourself (also slated for said park on Oct. 15). The catch for the Occupiers is that Hansen purchased permits for Veinte de Agosto Park, Presidio Park, the Courthouse Courtyard, and several other locations around downtown to hold one of the city’s largest events.
During General Assembly negotiations on Oct. 1 , the Occupiers discussed location for at least an hour. Armory Park, Presidio Park Reed Park, DeAnza Park, and Veinte de Agosto Park were all considered and voted upon. Despite the known conflict with Tucson Meet Yourself, the Occupiers voted to overlap the occupation with Tucson Meet Yourself.
Yesterday, those present reversed their decision–much to the delight of Hansen, who said that holding the Occupation would be “disrespectful to Tucson Meet Yourself and all those involved in organizing it”. She spoke wistfully– in a kumbya sort of way– of the hundreds of individuals and groups that come together each year to make this signature event possible.
Hansen said that she had a medical marijuana petitioner removed from last year’s festival, and she didn’t want politics to spoil this year’s festival. She also said she decided to come to the Occupy Tucson meeting after she saw calls for port-a-potties, generators, tents, sleeping bags, and a soup kitchen to support the Occupiers. You can imagine her horror at the thought of Occupiers (my heavens with bull horns and signs!) lying around Veinte de Agosto Park smack in the middle of the festival. She admitted that yes, indeed, political protest is part of Tucson, but it was not happening at her event.
At any rate, her plea to the Occupiers worked. They voted to start the Occupation at Armory Park at 9 a.m. on Oct. 15 and move to Veinte de Agosto Park after Tucson Meet Yourself. Stay tuned, this is a moving target.
‘Occupy Tucson’ will prepare for protests this weekend
By Juliana Vasquez
TUCSON, AZ (KOLD)- With “Occupy Wall Street” protests happening worldwide, but locally “Occupy Tucson” will begin planning for a peaceful protest in the coming weeks.
The “Occupy Tucson” protest will be on Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. at Veinte De Agosto Park.
Planning for the protest will be Sunday at noon also at Veinte de Agosto Park.
The goal of the meeting will be to organize a peaceful protest and further collaborations with other working groups.
“Occupy Tucson” was created in support of “Occupy Wall Street” and all other demonstrations around the world in cooperation with www.occupytogether.org.
The purpose of the Wall Street protests are to speak out against the fallen economy and corporate greed.
During the Oct. 15 protest, “Occupy Tucson” will start by occupying Veinte De Agosto Park, and will then begin building a mobile sustainable community using the park as ground zero for the protest and occupation in downtown Tucson.