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Peaceful beginning to Occupy Tucson (video)

Between 50 and 75 Tucsonans attended the First General Assembly of Occupy Tucson this morning. The peaceful and respectful crowd initially gathered in the plaza adjacent to the Unisource Energy Building but moved to Veinte de Agosto Park after Tucson police and Unisource security asked them to.

The crux of the Occupy movement is to take back our country from the control of Wall Street and the corporatists who currently run it by manipulating all levels of elected officials through campaign financing.

Today, the Tucson group worked on next steps in their effort to support the Occupy Wall Street movement, which will be moving into its 2 week. As the Tucson group discussed options for dates and locations and voted on different ideas, I thought: Why can’t Congress or the Arizona Legislature or the City Council or the Rio Nuevo Board or the Tucson Unified School District Board conduct business so peacefully, respectfully, and efficiently?

According to decisions made in the park today, there will be another Tucson planning meeting in Veinte de Agosto Park (AKA Pancho Villa Park) on Sunday, October 9, beginning at noon.  Occupy Tucson will officially begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the same downtown location. Occupy Tucson’s facebook page has grown to 599 members in less than a week.

Occupations around the US and the world are also slated to begin on Oct. 15– including one in Phoenix.

10 comments on “Peaceful beginning to Occupy Tucson (video)

  1. Tex Shelters
    October 1, 2011

    Awesome job, and so quick!

    Tex Shelters 


  2. usmctrucker
    October 1, 2011

    Where were the other 549?


  3. Heidi
    October 2, 2011

    And now it’s at 891. We will be over 1,000 within the week, I hope.


  4. Jitterbug
    October 2, 2011



  5. Fraser007
    October 2, 2011

    Maybe they can take the Pancho Villa Statue with them when they are done?


  6. CEuler
    October 2, 2011

    Hi! Actually, the General Assembly had just decided by consensus to move the gathering to Veinte de Agosto Park at Church/Congress, and then a couple of minutes later we got word the police were asking us to move at the behest of the private owner. The General Assembly also  agreed by 90% consensus to 1. Next General Assembly/planning mtg Sun Oct 9, noon.Veinte de Agosto Park at Church/Congress !Bienvendios todos!  2. Main occupation begins Oct 15, Veinte de Agosto Park at Church/Congress. Yes we know this is Tucson Meets Itself weekend, but we tried to choose a place where Tucson Meets itself wasn’t having an event (that we could find).   3. This will be a ‘Leave No Trace’ protest; we are responsible for cleaning up. 4. This will be a totally nonviolent protest, and we can ask anyone who is speaking/acting violent to leave. This last point was decided unanimously by the General Assembly. 5. We also set up working groups to help with organization, such as the Food/Water group, Law group, Arts/Culture group, IT/media group, etc. Links to those groups are on our main web page: http://www.facebook.com/napsky


    October 3, 2011

    6. Please stay away from the curbs, be mindful of  traffic,  and watch your step climbing  back into your little time machines.


  8. Taylor Smith
    October 4, 2011

    Please see the new budget and how to pay for it.

    It is what many people have been waiting for.

    Thanks, Taylor


  9. jlintuc
    October 4, 2011

    I occupy my house. Does that count?


    October 5, 2011

    Please post at website this video from Brave New World;


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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