Occupy Detroit now planned for Friday

Oct 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm
Over 1,000 people gathered together Monday night at the Spirit of Hope Church in Detroit for Occupy Detroit’s first general assembly meeting.

Area activists voted to move the protest to Friday, Oct. 14, at Grand Circus Park.

Friday’s general assembly meeting will begin at 4 p.m. at the Spirit of Detroit statue at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center on Woodward at the foot of Jefferson.

At 6 p.m. activists will participate in a sidewalk march through the financial district to Grand Circus Park, where they plan to stay. Voters chose Grand Circus Park for its public transit, accessible parking, bathroom access, and prime location to be seen and heard.

Occupy Detroit organizers moved the Monday meeting outside after exceeding the church's capacity of 300.

Although the group identifies with no leader, Occupy Detroit organizers were standing by to arrange subcommittees in charge of tasks such as fundraising, supplies and medical stations.

“We’re bringing activists together from all different areas,” said Scott Purdy, an Occupy Detroit organizer. “Some from racial equality groups, some from civil rights groups, some from welfare reform groups. This Occupy Wall Street movement has gotten so much national attention that it has brought all these groups together.”

More than 3,000 people have used the Occupy Detroit Facebook page to indicate that they plan to attend the rally.

“This movement is open to everyone,” said Writer Bush, an Occupy Detroit organizer. “If you have concerns and want to represent your community, now is the time to join us.”