“The people have grown weary of their corporate shackles, the greed of Wall Street having left them with nothing to lose, but their chains. From Cairo to Iran, London to Tunisia and Syria to Greece, this is our day of rage.” —Anonymous
Occupy Eugene’s big day is almost upon us. Tomorrow, October 15, 2011, Occupy Eugene will gather in solidarity with the nationwide Occupy movement to protest corporate greed and the politicians who enable it. Occupy Eugene will march through the streets to proudly display our support of a movement that has shaken up an entire country, brought national attention to urgent issues that affect everyday people, and provided a new sense of hope to countless Americans. We will demonstrate to our entire community that true democracy is still alive and well.
Protesters will meet at 2 p.m. in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza (8th & Oak) to rally. From 2-4 p.m., there will be speakers addressing the crowd and sign-making. Occupy Eugene asks that protesters bring banners and any needed supplies for the occupation. They should come prepared to occupy after the demonstration and march. Protesters are also encouraged to wear suits and masks in mockery of Wall Street. At 4 p.m., the “Day of Rage Against Wall Street March” commences.
The march route is as follows: From Freedom Plaza north to 7th St., east to High St., north to 4th St., east to EWEB, continue on bike path to E. Ferry Street Bridge sidewalk. Exit Ferry Street Bridge and follow Club Road NW in a loop, pass beneath overpass and take bike path up and across W. Ferry Street Bridge sidewalk, continue west on 6th St. along path by St. Vincent De Paul, south on Willamette crossing 6th, west on 7th St., south on Oak crossing 7th. A map of the march route can be found below. (Note: for those concerned about the safety of crossing the train tracks, we will be monitoring the trains and have the option of taking the foot bridge along Coburg road to 4th Avenue, and then continuing on the proposed route).
The march will conclude at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza between 5:30-6 p.m. Upon returning, the occupation site will be announced and the Occupation of Eugene begins.
Occupy Eugene has been working tirelessly for the past few weeks to organize and make this event possible. The dedication and attention to detail coming from this group is nothing short of impressive, and committees ranging from First Aid to Sanitation to a Legal Team have been assembled. We hope you will join us for this groundbreaking event.