by Pamela Powers Hannley
Sunday, October 14, Occupy Tucson will celebrate it's one year anniversary. Occupy Tucson was one of the longest-running encampments in the history of the Occupy Movement.
Although Occupy Tucson was a peaceful encampment, at one point, the Tucson Occupiers had received hundreds of tickets, primarily for breaking curfew at local parks– more tickets than any other Occupy group, except New York City. Some of those tickets are still winding their way through the court system, but most have been dismissed (including mine).
Occupy Tucson may not be camping in the parks anymore, but the movement is far from dead. Occupy Tucson is housed in a small office in the historic YWCA on 5th Ave. You can find out more information by checking out their website and Facebook page.
For a walk down memory lane, check out these videos of Occupy Tucson. After the jump is background information on the Occupy anniversary celebration (complete with a General Assembly, of course.)
Occupy Tucson, the local branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement, will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Sunday, October 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in De Anza Park. A full day of activities is planned, beginning with a welcome table at 9:00 a.m. People are encouraged to drop in any time throughout the day.
Musical entertainment, including Tucson's Raging Grannies, will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a General Assembly at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate in direct democracy in action, which is a hallmark of the Occupy movement.
A potluck meal will be served at 5:00 p.m., so all are invited to bring a dish to share and to bring their own place settings to decrease the environmental impact of the event. Attendees are also encouraged to bring gently used clothing and/or nonperishable food items to be redistributed to those in need, though donations are not required.
The day will conclude with a free outdoor movie at 7:00 p.m.
Everyone who has been involved, is involved, or would like to be involved in Occupy Tucson is encouraged to join us!
De Anza Park is at the southeast corner of Speedway and Stone. For more information about Occupy Tucson, go to occupytucson.org.