Oct 27, 2011

Occupy KC: Some occupiers plan to sleep at Ilus Davis Park Sunday

Occupy KC will hold a rally and march on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event, called “We Are One,” will start at 2 p.m. at Ilus W. Davis Park, 901 Oak St., in downtown Kansas City.

Participants will march to the Northeast neighborhood at 4 p.m., returning to Ilus Davis Park at 6:30 p.m. There will be speakers and a General Assembly from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

According to Occupy KC organizers, the purpose of the event is to reach out to the Northeast community and “protest the racism and classism that continues to negatively impact that neighborhood.”

The KC Occupiers have had some division about whether to move from the Liberty Memorial area to Illus Davis park, sandwiched between City Hall and the new Federal Courthouse.

One General Assembly voted to move but the next night, a different GA reversed that decision for a number of reasons.  The city has said there would be no arrests or removal of tents for the time being from the Penn Valley Park location but nothing has been discussed about a satellite encampment -- even for a night-- downtown.

Some committed activists plan to spend the night Sunday at Davis park and while some want to move the entire encampment downtown, others are inclined to stay where parking, porta-potties and other logistical benefits exist.

One big worry by many Occupiers, whether they overnight or not, is that Kansas City winters can be bone chilling, even dangerous without proper outfitting.   More occupiers have brought tents as shelter from the cold and so far the city has not made an issue of it.  Said one spokesman for the movement, people wanting to encamp downtown are free to go there but so far the decision stands not to formally move.   So far, only two nights of freezing weather have occurred this season.

For more information, visit www.occupykc.com.


Police in Oakland make 75 Occupier Arrests

VIDEO:  Television video of the orders and the grenades

Mother Jones Occupier US MAP of encampments and arrests 

Lawrence protest shut down

At about the time Oakland police were shutting down that city's Occupy encampment, Lawrence police did the same in the hometown of the University of Kansas.  said one local Occupier from KC:

The tents are down. The camp is gone. The occupation continues - and you are all invited to join - General Assembly 6pm South Park

Jim Davidson I gather on information and belief that the occupiers at South Park were ordered to disperse at 4 a.m. In response, they marched on the sidewalk near the park until 6 a.m., when the park "re-opened." There was an emergency assembly at 3 p.m. Tuesday, a regularly scheduled assembly at 6 pm, after which the crowd marched to City Hall for the city commission meeting. There they confronted the mayor. I gather from one attendee that his attitude was that the rules are the rules (Javert couldn't have said it better) and that the elders and betters in the community form the rules that the little people must obey. Supercilious twit Aron Cromwell.

Hudson Luce You can harass Aron Cromwell, which will piss him off and make him harden his position, or you can organize East and North Lawrence, and change the rules - and change the identity of the "elders and betters in the community". Neither of those neighborhoods had more than an 8% turnout in the last city election and none of them fielded a candidate, nor have they for the past 15 years. If you wonder why Lawrence is the way it is and live in those places, just look in the mirror... 

Lawrence Rally Planned Saturday downtown 
Now my view is that Lawrence, with its liberal university population, could SMOKE Kansas City's occupy population when it comes to turnout.  The question is this:  Has the City of Lawrence sufficiently pissed them off to protest Saturday?   We shall see what they're made of.  Are they conservative graduates of KU waiting to grow into their careers for themelves....or are they a liberal thinking, eager generation wanting to make a difference in their country instead?

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