Pamela Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona
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.
Awesome job, and so quick!
Where were the other 549?
And now it’s at 891. We will be over 1,000 within the week, I hope.
599 MEMBERS ALREADY!!!!! ——– THATS WHATS UP!
Maybe they can take the Pancho Villa Statue with them when they are done?
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
6. Please stay away from the curbs, be mindful of traffic, and watch your step climbing back into your little time machines.
Please see the new budget and how to pay for it.
It is what many people have been waiting for.
I occupy my house. Does that count?
Please post at website this video from Brave New World;