Occupy Orlando / Occupy Wall Street
Senator Beth Johnson Park
75 S. Ivanhoe Blvd
Orlando, FL 32804
OCCUPATION WEEK 3
Occupy Orlando OO
Concerning the Orlando Police Department; we are currently not allowed to sleep in the park nor the sidewalk. Protesters are taking sleeping shifts on the sidewalk and continue in sidewalk solidarity. We have a fair and stable police situation at the moment and we continue to remain peaceful. Sign our petition online to keep our park open.
Occupy Orlando Working Group Efforts
Our occupation would like to raise voter awareness and voter registration. This is an attempt to exemplify our political awareness and participation; in an additional effort to disprove any negative media commentaries that we are somehow inactive or disorganized. We have access to hundreds of voter registration forms and continue in our efforts during all canvass and event opportunities to register voters.
We have weekly city meetings planned which the GA has endorsed as an Occupy Orlando event. We have come to know that using our voice at all city meetings will make a difference. Therefore, OO will attend this week City Council, County Commission, and School Board Chamber meetings.
Furthermore, On November 1,2011, Awake the State joined Occupy Orlando. Together, we are calling to action all citizens. We have started a canvass together to promote awareness of the issues and for the November 5th protest, People Over Profit: Bank Transfer Day. We have distributed hundreds of flyers on foot. Making awareness and distributing information is now one of our key efforts.
Moreover, on Friday, November 4th, we will march to Senator Rubio’s office and sit in on a public hearing for school board redistricting of the next ten years. The GA has passed a proposal to occupy the School Board Chamber by all occupiers speaking each their two minutes time at the Chamber. Speaking at the chamber is an unusual city event, as less than five people ever attend or speak other than officials. An Occupier states, “If you can’t deliver a two-minute speech, you don’t belong in this game.” As our group progresses we realize that education will be a prominent issue.
The school board redistricts in Orlando on a racist bias. Hispanics represent over 35% of our city. Black and Hispanic minorities are highly under-represented. Redistricting for votes and who voted for the politicians is something we feel is being undisclosed. As many representatives are Republican in the school board chambers; the democratic voters are being austrisized. Speaking out is the main focus on producing progress towards change.
Occupation Immediate Needs
Our occupation is in desperate need of food. There are about 30-60 Occupiers on a steady basis. Despite all the rain and the electrical issues we forge ahead.
Return whatever was entrusted to your custody; all kinds of usury is futile; but your capital belongs to you; neither oppress nor tolerate any oppression; usury money due to corporate greed is null and void.