Sunday October 14 we held a one year anniversary event and split the time between Grand Circus Park and 1515 Broadway. This is a brief summary of what happened Sunday with video feeds captured from the event and links to photo & video collections as they are posted by those documenting the event. It is through journalists recognizing the power of information shared that Occupy Movements inform the world of what we are doing. In this sense we are responsible for the content that we provide – we strive to remain biased toward justice for working families, economics, social issues, and human rights.
Grand Circus Park
At the One Year Anniversary event on October 14, 2012 in Grand Circus Park
The day started with a flurry of activity setting up a food tarp, the sound equipment, and making our space work. Greeting people entering the park past the Hazen S. Pingree Monument along the sidewalk leading into the park on the right was a wonderful variety of food brought in by the IWW “Wobblies” Kitchen, whom have been ensuring Occupy Detroit participants are the best fed activists in Detroit, and potluck food donations as well. These crews worked through the night preparing to serve today. IWW served twice, earlier during their weekly breakfast in Cass Park; and at Occupy Detroit in Grand Circus Park.
Laura speaking up on her birthday
Live time at the microphone started with poetry and music, this then lead into speakers from various groups that Occupy Detroit has worked with through the course of the year. Discussion was heard on issues of food justice, land use, schools, transportation, the right to vote, concerns about loss of services, housing, and so much more. Continue reading →
A growing collective from around the state have began the chant “LET THE PEOPLE VOTE, NOW!” as it has echoed through the halls of Cadillac Place in New Center Detroit on June 28 and on July 11. The frustration stems from the lack of concern for immediacy on a court order from the Court of Appeals 1st District when decided on June 22 that the Repeal of Public Act 4 would be placed on the November 6 ballot.
Delays in this case threaten to suppress placing the referendum on the Nov ballot. This is a very targeted form of voter suppression, removing the voice of the people in communities selected to be placed under Emergency Managers (EM). Many of the EM ran communities don’t have funds to effectively run elections Continue reading →