Citizens to re-Occupy Harbourside Park

To commemorate the year anniversary of Occupy Newfoundland’s occupation of Harbourside Park, a group of citizens are preparing to re-occupy the historic site for one night.

Individuals who support the Occupy movement will re-occupy Harbourside Park in St. John’s Oct. 14-15, according to Occupy Newfoundland’s web site. The full message, posted Oct. 8, reads:

Following the Arab Spring, the Indignados movement in Spain, and the rise of Occupy Wall Street in NYC last September, Occupy spread to Canada on October 15, 2011, a day of worldwide protest (a call for #GlobalChange). Occupy NL set up camp in Harbourside Park, in downtown St. John’s, establishing what became the longest standing occupation in Canada.

To mark the anniversary of this event, we will re-occupy Harbourside Park for one day and one night, starting at 2pm on Sunday, October 14th. We are planning a number of events (more details when they become available) and we will be collecting donations for a local food bank. Supporters of the movement are welcome to join us, or simply to stop by and say hello. Solidarity! Please email us if you’d like to be involved in any way (as a performer, speaker, artist…)!

Occupy NL sign at Harbourside Park. - Photo by Justin Brake

Tentative schedule of events:

–  2 pm — Arrival (Sunday, Oct 14)
–  3 pm — Speeches
– 4 pm — Musicians, performers, poetry, etc
– 6 pm — Food care of Harbourside Kitchen and donations
– 7 -9 pm — Slideshow, videos, etc via outdoor projector

via United for Global Change #o15 from 2011:

The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end.

United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us.

On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen.

It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen.

This October 14-15, come celebrate our 1-year anniversary and reflect on how far we’ve come as a movement, and what’s to come. Make some noise. And bring your tent.

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