Occupy Eugene Occupies Old Federal Building Courtyard

Occupy Eugene Occupies Old Federal Building Courtyard

Postby chrisbellini » Thu May 17, 2012 1:19 am


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Occupy Eugene Occupies Old Federal Building Courtyard

“In solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and other occupations all over the globe, we place our bodies in public space to stand with our brothers and sisters who put themselves in harm’s way calling for corporate and governmental accountability,” said Terril Purvis, one of the dedicated members of Occupy Eugene currently occupying the Federal Courtyard (at the NE corner of Pearl and 7th).

On May 1, 2012, Occupy Eugene answered the call for a global General Strike with day-long protests and other demonstrations throughout the city. The day’s events culminated in a re-occupation of Eugene at the old Federal Building courtyard. The occupation, which began with Occupy Eugene members sitting and talking about the state of the world and lamenting recent police brutality, has become an outpost for activism, revolving around the original message of Occupy Wall Street: to end corporate greed and to get money out of politics. Occupy Eugene invites the greater community of Eugene to join them in their protest.

On the evening of May 1, while Occupy Eugene held a General Assembly on the steps of the federal courtyard, a member of the Department of Homeland Security approached the meeting to inquire about Occupy Eugene’s intentions at the site. When the occupiers made it clear that they intended to hold a round-the-clock (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) protest, they were offered a 60 day permit, along with a promise to protect protestors’ First Amendment rights. When asked how long they planned on staying, Jean Stacey, one of the occupiers, said with a twinkle in her eye, “No more than a year.”

With plans of education and community outreach, Occupy Eugene says it plans to occupy this space for as least 60 days.

This press release is from the Communications Committee of Occupy Eugene that has been empowered to speak on behalf of the larger Occupy Eugene body.

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