Thursday, November 17, 2011
Atlanta police arrest some Occupy protesters near Georgia State University
Atlanta police arrested eight people linked to Occupy Atlanta Thursday as they marched to the state Capitol after they blocked a portion of Courtland Street to vehicular traffic. "Our mission is to show the world that you can evict a park but you can't evict an idea," CBS Atlanta quoted Occupy Atlanta organizer Tim Franzen as saying. "This is an idea and it's global." In a statement, Atlanta Police Department spokesman Carlos Campos said the protesters were warned to get out of the street before officers began arresting them. "Officers then moved in and arrested 6 men and 2 women," Campos wrote in his statement. "Those arrested were charged with a city ordinance of Obstructing Traffic and transported to Atlanta City Detention Center." For …
Sunday, November 6, 2011
"Occupy" protests are at least shining a light on greed, which the Bible warns of numerous times.
In the 1987 film “Wall Street,” the money-obsessed Wall Street tycoon named Gordon Gecko, played expertly by Michael Douglas, famously declares that “greed, for a lack of a better word, is good.” Gecko is a character that ruthlessly pursued wealth and achieved it in unethical ways, which today’s “Occupy Wall Street” protesters would have a few words about. The “Occupy” movement is a seemingly ever-growing group that is rallying against corporate greed and influence in the American government. Many have debated where Christians fit in among the protesters and the government/corporations that are being called out by them. No matter what you may think, though, the Bible at least makes it crystal clear that greed is definitely not good. A …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The explanation behind the planned retaking of Woodruff Park
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
To the Editor: We have envisioned a new world. One without foreclosures, bank bailouts, war, corporate personhood, and the state-mandated murder of human beings. A world where the many thousands of homeless men and women in Atlanta do not have to sleep on the cold sidewalks of locked, empty buildings. A world where 15 million children do not die from hunger each year while every plant, grocery store and bakery throw away countless tons of food every single night. We have envisioned a world where the profit incentive is not only void, it is taboo – and the compassion for fellow being and for planet is paramount. A world where everyone shares so that everyone has enough. Many have envisioned this same world before us. Beginning on Oct. 7, at…
Monday, October 31, 2011
The day's top headlines for Monday, October 31, 2011
Fire Destroys Apartments Near Piedmont Park. Sandy Springs Sisters In National Spotlight Over Occupy Wall Street. Chicken-killing Dogs Roaming In Grant Park. Canines Rule At 'Dogtoberfest.' North Buckhead Celebrates Fall Fling. How 'Zoo' You Do It? Enter Today To Make Your Child A Halloween Star! Participate In The Patch Halloween Costume Contest!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Kicked out of Woodruff Park, group spends the night on federal green space
Update: Occupy Atlanta protestors camped overnight at the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site but left the land early Friday morning. And now: Plan B. A day after being forcibly removed out of Downtown's Woodruff Park by Atlanta police, Occupy Atlanta regrouped its troops at the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site in the Old Fourth Ward. The land is federal property and falls under the authority of the National Park Service. It's not clear how long the Occupiers, who were using Twitter to inform members where to converge, will be allowed to stay. The National Park Service did not have an immediate comment late Thursday. Early Friday morning, about 30 tents were set up on the lawn in the shadow of he sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi. Local …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Unauthorized weekend hip-hop concert and AK-47-wielding man were tipping points
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Wednesday he doesn't regret giving Occupy Atlanta the freedom to protest in Woodruff Park these past 15 days. But in explaining why he ordered the Atlanta Police Department to swarm on the Downtown green space late Tuesday night and clear the park of everyone, he said things were getting dangerously out of hand and law and order had to be restored. Police arrested 52 people during the overnight hours. WXIA 11 Alive News reported Wednesday 26 of them were homeless and that all but two of them were to be released on signature bonds. The two who were not released had outstanding warrants for their arrest. It all came to a head on Saturday, when a group not initially affiliated with the Occupy Atlanta movement, …
Police warn that anybody in the park could be arrested.
Atlanta police flooded Woodruff Park in the overnight hours Tuesday, barricading the Downtown green space and clearing it of the Occupy Atlanta protesters who had taken it over since Oct. 7. City officials said the police arrested 52 protesters without incident. “For more than two weeks, the City of Atlanta, downtown residents and business owners have shown tolerance and patience for the members of Occupy Atlanta,” Mayor Reed said in a release sent to news media. “The protesters, however, moved from conducting an initially peaceful demonstration to increasingly aggressive actions." The police said the park is closed and anyone who tries to enter will be arrested. Protesters had occupied the park for 15 days. Tensions between protesters and…
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Occupy Atlanta members explain why the are part of the movement
Since Oct. 7, scores of people have taken over Woodruff Park in Downtown as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. East Atlanta Patch asked some of the protesters why they were there and what they hoped to accomplish.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Mayor, citing peaceful and non-violent nature of group, extends deadline
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed extended the deadline by which the Occupy Atlanta protesters have to leave Woodruff Park in Downtown to Nov. 7. The mayor had previously said they were to leave by Oct. 17. "Civil disobedience is an appropriate form of expression, provided that it is peaceful, non-violent and lawful," Reed said in a statement. "As of today, the Occupy Atlanta protesters continue to assemble in a peaceful, non-violent fashion in Robert W. Woodruff Park. Therefore, I have extended the Executive Order allowing Occupy Atlanta to remain in Woodruff Park after the park closes." The mayor stressed public safety remains a priority and that the city is "prepared to act swiftly should the situation in the park so warrant." The protesters, …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The day's top headlines for Tuesday, October 11, 2011.
Occupy Atlanta 'Renames' Woodruff Park To Troy Davis Park. Lewis Receives Apology From Protesters. Southwest Atlanta Should Occupy, Too. Former DeKalb Police Officer Charged With Vehicular Homicide. USDA Deputy Secretary To Dine With Students. Stone Mountain Athlete Selected For U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Tucker Tigers Honor Cancer Survivor.