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Jared Paul



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"Dear People of Rhode Island,

We the people of the Occupy Providence movement respectfully convey our intent to gather in Burnside Park on Saturday, October 15th at 5:00 pm and remain there for howsoever long it takes to build a society by, for, and of the people. Occupy Providence is a completely non-violent movement that seeks to give voice to the 99% of Rhode Islanders who have been disenfranchised as the economy and governance of our country has been increasingly ceded to powerful corporate interests.

The "occupation" of Burnside Park is an act of free speech which we feel compelled to resort to in order to have our voice heard. Occupy Providence will act with all due respect for the people and property of the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island, and we intend to leave Burnside Park in better condition than we found it. Occupy Providence is inclusive for people and families of all ages: drugs, alcohol, discrimination, harassment, and violent behavior are NOT WELCOME.

We welcome your support in our efforts to come to a consensus on how best to challenge corporate greed, which places profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality.

Sincerely,

Occupy Providence"
Post Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:32 am
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Nicely put
Post Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:57 am
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Sage Francis
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The local news just said:

"The organizers have not gotten a permit because the Occupy Movement is supposed to be an act of civil disobedience."

Well...if that's true, I wish you guys all the luck. I recommend getting a permit. But if you can't get a permit, then let the wild shit fly. The voices are being heard regardless. Try to unite that voice as much as possible and promote the overall message. Once a great portion of the "99%" feels like they're being represented properly, the numbers could grow like crazy.

Stay up!
Post Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:47 pm
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Channel 10 News also mentioned this:

"The organizers said they're going to stay in the park as long as it takes to get their word out. They didn't get a permit, but they said they'll only be there for a day or two."

No joke. Those two sentences followed one another.
Post Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:10 pm
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Sage Francis wrote:
Channel 10 News also mentioned this:

"The organizers said they're going to stay in the park as long as it takes to get their word out. They didn't get a permit, but they said they'll only be there for a day or two."

No joke. Those two sentences followed one another.



That last bit about only staying a day or two is nonsense. It's either terrible reporting, or it was someone talking to a journalist who didn't have their facts straight. Either way, this is really annoying & is something we'll have to be on the lookout for. Thanks for the heads-up.
Post Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:36 pm
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Thanks, Fran!

The decision to go forward without a permit was a tough one. We've got many members of the Tent City movement involved in Occupy Prov, and many of them felt that it was a slap in the face to for the City to say that the law abiding homeless couldn't stay in the park, but that a group representing something the media and politicians were interested in, could. Many of the folks who will actually be occupying the park (and not just coming through once or twice week) were ready to BOUNCE.

After much debate, the group really felt like as long as we weren't breaking any laws, that it was our First Amendment right to be in the park; right to free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, press, assembly, and petition. And we voted to stand on that. The parks commissioner came to our assembly yesterday. He was trying to be nice but it felt so dirty. He kept reiterating how by taking the permit "they could give us exclusivity to the park, and that it would be ours for the weekend, but that if we didn't take it, than 'any one' could come in and the City wouldn't be able to prevent those we didn't want in (homeless, regular occupants of the park, etc.) from staying."
Post Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:27 am
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I'm digging this topic up from the page 3. I know it's been a while. You guys have moved out of the park for some time now, and from what I see on Facebook you are looking for some place indoors where you can move Occupy Providence to. I'm just wondering how all of this played out and what the goal will be from a place out of public view.
Post Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:47 am
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