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|Occupy Atlanta protesters plan to return to Woodruff Park|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|November 01, 2011 11:50|
Despite being forcefully removed from Atlanta's downtown Woodruff Park, Occupy Atlanta protesters plan to return to the park on Nov. 5, 2011, according to the group's website. The move comes after the Atlanta Police Department, on orders from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, arrested some 53 protesters for refusing to vacate the park in the early morning hours of Oct. 26 after Reed revoked an executive order which allowed the protesters to remain in the park beyond the city's 11 p.m. curfew for parks.
Calling the movement's participants “the new world,” organizers say their message will not be silenced by the APD or the threat of more arrests. A message posted on the Occupy Atlanta website today states:
We, of Occupy Atlanta, are no longer protesters – we are the new world.
The idea of protest suggests a smaller power at odds with, and petitioning to, a larger power. A president , for example, does not protest his or her constituents, like a lion does not protest a mouse. Similarly, we, along with others in the Occupation movement, have been protesting.
On the 5th of November, that protesting will cease.
While Occupy movements in other major cities across the country have focused largely on the social responsibilities of the 1 percent (the top income earners), Atlanta's movement is driven largely by the plight of the homeless, calling attention to the some 30,000 Atlantans who go without shelter every day.
To every major bank, lobbyist group, and giant corporation which our representative government has coddled for too long: your time has come. Our new world no longer needs you, and you will know this when, on November 5th, all who have been oppressed, trampled, foreclosed upon, and who empathize with the wronged, will withdraw and transfer everything that we have entrusted to you for long enough.
After a brief stint at Atlanta's Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site, which is federally owned, drew attention from the National Parks Service, the group set up shop at the Peachtree-Pine headquarters of Taskforce for the Homeless, the city's largest homeless shelter.
Nov. 5 is also “National Bank Transfer Day,” an online movement calling for account holders of major banks to move their money to smaller, community banks and local credit unions.
Occupy Atlanta plans to protest against San-Francisco-based Wells Fargo tomorrow, Nov. 2, in Piedmont Park. The group will meet behind Park Tavern on the 10th St. side of the park and march to Wells Fargo's regional offices in Atlantic Station around 3 p.m.
For more information on Occupy Atlanta, please visit www.occupyatlanta.org.
Top photo: Occupy Atlanta protesters in Woodruff Park before the Oct. 26 APD arrests. (by Dyana Bagby)
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