Passionate community members and students will gather at People's Park on Kirkwood Avenue at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, to begin an occupation of the park in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Occupy Together movement as a whole. Those in attendance will set up camping equipment to use the park as a hub to plan other events and actions around the Bloomington community to empower and raise awareness.
The Occupy Bloomington movement has drawn people of all ages, creeds, races, beliefs and political standings. Through group consensus the movement has agreed on a location and time to begin the event. Any interested community members are invited to come share ideas, passions and thoughts on where to take the movement.
"This movement is bigger than me and it's bigger than you. It is a culmination of years of government and corporate oppression that was bailed out using our tax dollars. Together we are the 99 percent." - Kaitlyn Miller
Occupations are popping up all over the nation and even abroad. On Saturday Oct. 8, a general assembly meeting and march was held to decide how the Occupy Indianapolis movement would progress in the coming weeks. Members of many Indiana chapters (Bloomington, Muncie, Lafayette, Columbus and more) were present to show their support and solidarity.
The Occupy Bloomington movement does not have one specific goal or demand, rather, they gather the skills, ideas, opinions and passions of supporters to take action against the many injustices that the government and corporations have forced upon us as a nation. No longer will we be silent.
"This movement is bigger than me and it's bigger than you. It is a culmination of years of government and corporate oppression that was bailed out using our tax dollars. Together we are the 99 percent." – Kaitlyn Miller
"We want to empower people in the Bloomington community to take democracy into their own hands and no longer take the injustices that are presented to us. We need to get people together in support of each other. To me, this movement is about empowerment of the millions of people who do not have the power that is consolidated in the corporations." – Justinian Dispenza
"I want to help spark a new passion in the people of Bloomington to combat the general sense of apathy that often surrounds politics." – Ashlyn Anderson
"The banks got bailed out, and we got sold out. To me it's as simple as that. Money speaks louder than people, but hopefully not anymore." – Seth Mutchler
"This movement is one that is not strictly for the United States, but for all peoples around the world. When Mohammed Bouazizi set himself ablaze in Tunsinia, he sparked not only the Arab Spring, but the American Autumn, which I hope to see culminate into a rising of the world's population to struggle together for a brighter and more beautiful Earth. This is not a political movement, but a people movement, and the people have been marginalized, abused, lied to, exploited, silenced and slaughtered long enough. Now is the time for us to take action and work together to make this a just and free planet." – Josh Fleck
For more information
Justinian Dispenza: 260.348.8581,
Occupy Wall St.