Not satisfied by embarrassing themselves by dismissing Congressman John Lewis, one of the few surviving maestros of civil disobedience in this country, OccupyAtlanta is setting up a
commune tent city in downtown’s Woodruff Park.
On Friday, several hundred members rallied in the park to protest corporate greed and the war in Afghanistan. Early Saturday, a few dozen
loiteredmilled about the park enjoying the warm sunshine and cups of coffee….
[Some random Commie] said Atlanta police initially told the protesters to stay on the sidewalks but later allowed them to set up a dozen or so tents in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta.
“They said we could as long as we behaved ourselves,” she added.
When asked how long the Occupy group planned to stay there, Rob Call of Snellville answered, “As long as possible. It’s very collaborative.”
Vincent Castillenti acknowledged the group does not have formal demands and also has no true leader.
On Friday I told Twitter that “The average suburban cub scout troop or brownies could out-organize the well-meaning simpletons of #occupyATL.”
I was kidding at the time, but I’ve been proven correct.
From: pumpkin30303 <REDACTED TO PROTECT THE STUPID>
Sent: Saturday, October 8, 2011 9:38 PM
Subject: [Freecycle-ATL-ITP] WANTED: tarps and/or tents, blankets for the Occupy Atlanta movement
There are a bunch of people camped out at Woodruff Park for this demonstration for “the 99%” petitioning for fair taxes, more jobs, equal access, etc. They need tents and tarps and warm covers for the coming colder weather, anything would be appreciated! Nothing will go to waste, in the unlikely event something is not needed it will be donated to the homeless. Thanks in advance – melissa
So you college-educated geniuses decided to go urban camping in downtown Atlanta without tents, tarps and warm cover? No wonder you’re unemployed.
Meanwhile, Dalton has been besieged by the forces of confusion. Those attending the Dalton Occupation sound downright reasonable:
Those attending the meeting tried to reach a consensus on some of the core issues that they would focus on.
“We need to be values-based and issues-based, not partisan. And we have to be able to explain what we are about in simple language if we are going to reach people,” said David Robinson of Pickens County.
Some of the issues they found some agreement on were economic security, ending corporate greed and restoring accountability to government leaders.
“I think what unites us are certain values. I think everybody realizes that economic security is important. People have been hurt so badly, not just by unemployment but by uncertainty, the fear that they may be come unemployed,” Robinson said. “Wages have been stagnant for a decade. The middle class has been hit hard, and all the value those folks have created have been allocated by the people who run the corporations to themselves.”