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Occupy Atlanta 

Joeff Davis
October 7, 2011 - Hundreds of people gathered in Woodruff Park on October 7 for Occupy Atlanta's first public gathering.

During the General Assembly meeting at Occupy Atlanta people raise their hands in the air to express agreement or approval of an issue being presented.
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October 7, 2011 - "Kyle" raises his sign of protest. "It is my legitimate statement," he said, "to remove the corporate power from government which is shown in lobbying and campaign contributions by corporations."
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October 7, 2011 - Signs filled the air in Woodruff Park.
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October 7, 2011 - Occupy Atlanta's first public gathering was also the 10th anniversary of the Afghanistan war.
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October 7, 2011 - Brianna, 9, with her sign which was made by her uncle Nick Palermo who said he meant it as a statement for society to invest in education and health care.
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October 7, 2011 - Georgia congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis showed up to the rally about 45 minutes after it started. Despite saying he did not want to speak, he was invited to talk to the crowd. When the prospect of Lewis speaking to the crowd was presented to the General Assembly "Joe" (pictured in red) held up his arms to "block" Lewis from speaking.
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"Joe" said he was against Rep. Lewis speaking because the movement is "not about one individual," and that it has been built on the idea of "no hierarchy."

After it was put to the crowd it was decided that Lewis could speak after the General Assembly, but Lewis left because he had a previous speaking engagement.

In a brief interview with CL before leaving, Lewis said, "I support the protesters in New York and here. It is the right time and the right place to be." He said, "It is the will of the people. When I was young we did similar actions. It is grassroots democracy at its best. I think something good will come of the moment."
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October 7, 2011
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October 10, 2011 - Three days after Occupy Atlanta began rumors circulated that the Atlanta police were about to enter the park and make arrests.

About 35 Occupy Atlanta demonstrators sat in a circle with locked arms awaiting arrest in Woodruff Park. But despite a gathering of police, the police never entered the park and made arrests.
October 10, 2011 - Candace Byrd, Mayor Kasim Reed's chief of staff, spoke with the press, saying that Occupy Atlanta individuals could leave the park peacefully.
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October 10, 2011 - An Occupy Atlanta demonstrator leads the chant "When budget cuts are justified this city will be occupied!"
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October 10, 2011 - An Anti-Occupy Atlanta protester David Howell holds a sign that is meant to make fun of the Occupy Atlanta demonstrator, when asked if he was with the Occupiers, he said, "No, I am totally against all of these people."
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October 10, 2011 - A crowd of protesters gathers at the edge of Woodruff Park. After city officials said the group would be allowed to leave peacefully, Atlanta police officers who initially surrounded the area pulled back without making any arrests.
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October 10, 2011
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October 10, 2011 - As of late Monday there are approximately 35 tents set up in the park in a small tent village.
Dustin Chambers
October 11, 2011 - Khaalis Henry protests at the doors of the Bank of America building in downtown Atlanta.
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October 11, 2011 - A security guard watches the protest from inside the Bank of America building.
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October 11, 2011 - A crowd of nearly 150 protesters marched to and protested in front of the Bank of America building.
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October 11, 2011 - Atlantan D'Anthony Hopkins steps to the side of the large golden doors of the Bank of America building as an employee leaves for the day.
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October 11, 2011 - Pradil Ukshini rests against the front doors of the downtown Atlanta skyscraper next to Thea Mayhew.
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October 11, 2011 - Protesters held up signs for the men and women inside to see.
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October 11, 2011 - After an hour, the peaceful protesters decided to leave. "We'll be back! We'll be back!" was the favorite hymn on the march back to Woodruff Park.
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October 15, 2011 - After more than a week of their "occupation" of Woodruff Park, Occupy Atlanta has set up more than 70 tents in the park.
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October 15, 2011 - A dry-erase board at the entrance of Occupy Atlanta's Woodruff Park encampment. Scrawled beneath the question "Why are YOU here?" are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of responses from protest participants.
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October 15, 2011 - After more than a week of their "occupation" of Woodruff Park, Occupy Atlanta has set up more than 70 tents. On site they have set up areas which offer free healthcare, free food, free clothing, free childcare and a religious sanctuary. The park also has 24 hour internet access.
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October 15, 2011 - "We are trying to help parents with children who want to engage in participating in the movement but cannot afford a baby sitter," said Maris Gill, one of the organizers of the free childcare.
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October 15, 2011 - Lisa Mestas, a registered nurse, has been working the medic tent at Occupy Atlanta for a week. "I have 4 kids so I bring them to school and then I come here." She says she has treated mostly bumps and bruises at the Occupy site. "I will be here as long as it takes for the government and corporations to pay attention to what we are saying. We want the best lives for our kids."
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October 15, 2011 - "Together we stand," said Bishop Michael Robinson of Almighty Movement of God in Ministries about his church group and Occupy Atlanta after his group constructed a sanctuary space in Woodruff Park amongst the Occupy Atlanta tents.
Dustin Chambers
October 23, 2011 - Six Days after Kasim Reed announced the protesters could continue their stay in Woodruff Park, Sarah Anis(yellow shirt) leads the Occupy Atlanta general assembly meeting, attended by about 80 occupants.
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October 23, 2011 - Rev. Dr. Richard H. Cobble, president of Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. was the first speaker at the assembly, announcing CBC's support for the protests. Attendees of the assembly silently raise their hands and give thumbs up as a way of showing approval of his words.
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October 23, 2011 - More than sixty tents of all shapes and sizes outline Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta.
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October 26, 2011 - Police horses span across the intersection of Peachtree St NE and Auburn Ave.
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October 26, 2011 - "How do you fix the deficit, end the wars, tax the rich," Frankie chants in front of Woodruff Park.
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October 26, 2011- With police surrounding the scene, occupiers pulled their tents and belongings out of Woodruff Park. A board scrawled with stories from the 99% is hauled over the police gates and into the street.
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October 26, 2011 - Occupy Atlanta organizer Tim Franzen before police entered the park.
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October 26, 2011 - Police moved into the park at 12:45 am with the intention to arrest anyone still occupying the space.
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October 26, 2011 - A protester who was chanting and leaning on and semi-collapsing a police gate was removed from the front of the protesters.
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October 26, 2011 - A S.W.A.T. team of at least 15-strong created a powerful presence.
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October 26, 2011 - Remaining occupiers sat in protest, knowing they would be arrested momentarily.
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October 26, 2011 - One of approximately 50 occupiers who were arrested.
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October 26, 2011 - Police tried to block the public's view of the arrests by forming a line in front of people being arrested.
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October 26, 2011 An Occupy Atlanta protester shouts "power to the people," while being carried away by police after being arrested Tuesday night in Woodruff Park.
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October 26, 2011
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October 26, 2011
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October 26, 2011 - Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort being arrested.
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October 26, 2011
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After the arrests, a throng of 70 marchers made their way to the county jail.
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November 3, 2011 - Occupy Atlanta hosted a press conference with Reverend Jesse Jackson at Peachtree-Pine, the downtown homeless shelter where members of Occupy Atlanta are currently staying on the 4th floor.
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November 3, 2011 - The press conference opened with "Lady" speaking. She spoke about mayor Kasim Reed's claim that women protesters were arrested by women officers during the Occupy Atlanta arrests at Woodruff Park October 25.

Occupy Atlanta organizers dispute the mayor's claim, saying that some women members of Occupy Atlanta were arrested by male officers. Creative Loafing photographs seem to support their claim.
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November 3, 2011 - Reverend Jesse Jackson speaking during the Occupy Atlanta press conference.

Jackson linked the Civil Rights struggle during the sixties with the Occupy Atlanta protests. Jackson said that Martin Luther KIng, Jr was involved in many occupations. He called the Occupy Atlanta demonstrations "an extension of the Civil Rights movement."
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November 3, 2011 - Jackson touched on many issues ranging from "the wealth gap to the health gap," and spoke about the two party system saying "the two parties are not the same, we do have a choice," he also touched on issues of poverty, foreclosure, affordable housing and the forgiveness of student loans.
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November 3, 2011 - Jackson said, "America is at its best when it is saying, 'give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
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November 3, 2011 - Jesse Jackson hugs a woman who was standing in front of him and seemed to be crying throughout the press conference.
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November 3, 2011 - Jackson has visited several of the Occupy Wall Street sites around the nation, including New York, Chicago and Detroit.
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November 3, 2011 - At the end of the press conference Jackson joined Occupy Atlanta members in the waving of hands which usually means people are in agreement or are applauding a speaker.
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November 3, 2011 - These guys asked me to photograph them. The said they are members of the street gangs the Bloods (red) and the Crips (blue) in Atlanta.

Shabaka, who said he is a member of the Crips said "Occupy Atlanta has brought us together. The point is about unification. The old system about us annihilating each other is going away."
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November 3, 2011 - Reverend Jesse Jackson gives a hug to Peachtree-Pine Executive Director Anita Beaty. Beaty is in the middle of a bitter lawsuit with City Hall and downtown boosters, the outcome of which could result in the closing of the downtown shelter.
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November 3, 2011 - According to Occupy Atlanta, roughly 100 Occupy Atlanta members are sleeping in the 4th floor of the Peachtree-Pine shelter.
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November 5, 2011 - 20 people were arrested at an Occupy Atlanta demonstration in and around Woodruff Park. Police put out a statement claiming that those arrested "either refused to leave Woodruff Park after 11 pm closing time or impeded Peachtree street and other City Roads by blocking them and not allowing police to open them to normal traffic."
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November 5, 2011 - Political activist Amy Barnes chants on Peachtree Street outside of Woodruff Park while holding a sign that reads, "Freedom from silence we have no other forum to petition!!!"
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November 5, 2011 - A woman holds up a peace sign in front of a police officer.
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November 5, 2011 - Police in riot gear marched in formation down Peachtree Street threatening demonstrators and onlookers with arrest if they stepped into the street.
Stephanie Pharr
November 5, 2011 - Occupants began to break down and load out camping gear in preparation for Woodruff Park's 11:00 pm closing time. On October 26, 52 Occupy Atlanta protesters had been arrested for being in the park after closing. The arrests came after mayor Kasim Reed revoked an executive order allowing protesters to camp overnight in Woodruff Park, where Occupy Atlanta protesters had "occupied" since October 7.
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2361 November 5, 2011 - Minutes before the park was cleared, members of Occupy Atlanta met one last time to confirm they would obey orders to vacate Woodruff Park, they agreed only two protesters would remain on the premise to continue occupation past park closing. Those two protesters where later arrested.
Stephanie Pharr
November 5, 2011 - Occupants spill into the streets chanting, "Who's streets? Our streets!" as a dozen or so police on motorcycles swarm the park's parameter.
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November 5, 2011 - Protesters march down Peachtree St.
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November 5, 2011 - In addition to officers on foot, swarming motorcycle police, a hand full of mounted officers, and a helicopter circling the perimeter there were several dozen SWAT police in full riot gear. With padding, helmets, face masks, and batons, the show of the APD's force seemed to escalate the situation.
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November 5, 2011 - Deputy Chief Calvin Moss tries to relay a message to the crowd over a bullhorn as protesters and APD face off on Peachtree street just outside of Woodruff Park.
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November 5, 2011 - Doris Benit (right) with Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace and Bob Goodman of Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition (middle) stand in solidarity with other protesters near Peachtree and Pine.
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November 5, 2011 - After almost being hit by an officer on his motorcycle, I turn to capture him charging his vehicle into the crowd. Protesters and police officers surround the bike and a scuffle breaks out. In an attempt to get a shot I move closer and immediately get pushed to the ground by officers blocking the scene.

Protester Brandon Wojcik-Tremblay was arrested on felony aggravated assault charges which were later dropped although he still faces felony charges, according to the Occupy Atlanta legal committee.

Shorty after Wojcik-Tremblay was arrested APD spokesman Carlos Campos put out a statement claiming that Tremblay "assaulted a motorcycle officer who was attempting to patrol the area."
Stephanie Pharr
November 5, 2011 - A man lays out in front of Atlanta riot police after a protest in Woodruff park spills onto Peachtree Street.
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November 5, 2011 - A Protester is arrested outside of Woodruff Park during the Occupy Atlanta Protest.
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November 5, 2011 - Jon Bautista, one of the arrestees, stands silently and peacefully before Atlanta Police.
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November 5, 2011 - A lone protester of Occupy Atlanta marches the streets outside of Woodruff Park.
Stephanie Pharr
November 5, 2011 - This was the last shot taken before I was arrested during the protest. The officer moved in quickly and before I knew it I was being pulled in a tug o'war between police and protesters. A warning to fellow photographers: Objects in viewfinder are closer than they appear!
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October 30, 2012 - Occupy Atlanta protesters found a new home: The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless' massive shelter at the corner of Peachtree and Pine streets.
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November 3, 2012 - The fourth floor of the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter, where many members of the Occupy Movement began sleeping.
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November 3, 2011 - Rev. Jesse Jackson voiced support for Occupy Atlanta at Peachtree-Pine shelter. Jackson called the Occupy movement a "quest for an even playing field and economic justice," and likened it to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last effort before his assassination, a journey toward Washington to occupy the National Mall to protest socioeconomic disparity.
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Dustin Chambers
November 25, 2011 - A group of occupiers head to the surface streets of Atlantic Station.
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November 25, 2011 - Tim Franzen patiently waited in the customer service line, and when it was his turn to be helped, "I asked her in the most friendly voice, with a nice smile, if she knew what aisle I could find universal health care on, if they carried it in stock, and she said they were out. And then I asked if she had any of Barack Obama's hope and change that's been promised since 2008, I'd be willing to wait or whatever and she said they also did not have that in stock. Then I told her happy holidays and shook her hand."
Dustin Chambers
November 25, 2011 - While inside H&M, occupiers handed out fliers and discreetly stuck faux price tags on in-store items that read things like "FREE," "buy nothing," "they're not you," and "made at the cost of human dignity."
Dustin Chambers
November 25, 2011 - Occupants passed out fliers that read: "according to a recent report from the Census Bureau, Atlanta has the highest household income inequality of any city over 100,000 in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Atlanta lost more jobs last year than any other metro area. Georgia's unemployment rate has been higher than the national average for 43 consecutive months. It currently stands at 10.3 percent. Things are bad everywhere. They are worse here."

In the background, occupiers near the intersection where they were approached by a group of security guards and asked to leave.
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November 25, 2011 - Tim Franzen speaks to Atlantic Station's head of security, Ben Payne. The occupiers were asked to leave as they are not allowed to hand out fliers on private property.
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December 6, 2011 - Occupy Atlanta supporters gathered at Fulton County Courthouse in downtown Atlanta in an attempt to disrupt the monthly foreclosure sale, in which houses of foreclosed properties are auctioned off to the highest bidders.
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December 6, 2011
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December 6, 2011 - Occupy Atlanta supporter Ari Te tries to disrupt the foreclosure sale by shouting "Shame!" on the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse.
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December 6, 2011 - Occupy Atlanta supporter Ari Te tries to disrupt the monthly foreclosure sale.
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December 6, 2011
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December 6, 2011 - During the Occupy Atlanta demonstration Civil Rights icon Dr. Joseph Lowery held a press conference and called for a nationwide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures.
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December 6, 2011 - Several confrontations between protesters and people trying to conduct business occurred during the demonstration.
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February 13, 2012 - Thirteen tents are set up in front of the AT&T building. Protesters plan on spending the night in front of the building to protest AT&T layoffs.
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Occupy Atlanta, union members, and labor advocates have camped outside telecom giant's Midtown offices for more than 40 days
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February 13, 2012 - A demonstrator walks in front of a police van he believes is carrying the arrestees from the AT&T protest this morning. People from organizations Jobs with Justice, Occupy Atlanta, Grandmothers for Peace, the Teamsters and AT&T retirees were among those arrested, according to Ladie Mansfield a member of the Occupy Atlanta Media Committee.
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March 26, 2012 - Occupy Atlanta and Atlanta Jobs with Justice claimed victory at a Monday press conference outside the AT&T building on West Peachtree Street.
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March 26, 2012 - Occupiers pack up their belongings.
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March 26, 2012 -Next up for the movement, according to Robert Sikes of Jobs with Justice, is a "massive escalation," at the Gold Dome to stop Senate Bill 460 — "the protest bill that undercuts the unions." He added that groups have been collecting a bail fund for the last three weeks and will be engaging in protests at the Capitol.
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