Monday, October 8, 2012

Re-Occupy Harbourside Park: Oct 14-15, 2012


Signs greeting people upon entry into the park
for the 1-year celebration

Within ten minutes of erecting the first tents in Harbourside Park, the security guy told us that we did not have permission to do what we were doing and that we had a choice: either we leave now or stay "at our peril." 

We opted to put out the Occupy People's Library instead, and enjoy the beautiful day while we freely shared ideas and concerns and re-energized the park as a place of public protest.

By late afternoon, we had an impromptu General Assembly. Much of the opinions
expressed here became part of Justin's  coverage in the Indy.

 Harbourside Kitchen brewed a pot of delicious Chinese tea and then served up a pot of Carrot and Red Lentil Dahl for everyone.

We infused the park with creativity, carving out a space for people to reclaim their power  and express themselves.

Fun protest art!

An exhaustive collection of news clippings
charting the Occupy journey

Security never came back, so we occupied the park for one night and woke up to a beautiful sunrise.

Happy 1-year anniversary Occupy NL! 



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 if you'd like to be involved in any way (as a performer, speaker, artist...)!

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. 


Harlequin said...

congrats on your continued longevity. this commemoration/anniversary is a great idea.

occupier said...

Thanks, Harlequin!