Saturday, October 8, 2011

The occupation of Woodruff Park: Morning One

Posted By on Sat, Oct 8, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Occupy Atlanta camped out in Woodruff Park
  • Gwynedd Stuart
  • THE MORNING AFTER: Occupy Atlanta camped out in Woodruff Park

Things got off to kind of a rough start during the general assembly last night — seriously, "true democracy" is exhausting — but a consensus was eventually reached, and Occupy Atlanta's occupation of Woodruff Park began at 11 p.m.

The primary concern voiced by members of assembly prior to the vote was the legality — rather, illegality — of the occupation. There are city ordinances that prevent people from urban camping, and a member of Occupy Atlanta's legal team explained that no budget existed for bail and no lawyers had been secured to defend anyone who might be hauled off to jail.

Still, a few dozen people set up tents and spent the night. And, Marlon, a member of Occupy Atlanta's "process team," told CL this morning that the cops didn't break-up their campout.

"The cops didn't really fuck with us," Marlon said, explaining Atlanta Police officers hung around for a while, but left at midnight.

This morning, tents were still set up and large groups of occupiers were mostly seated in circles talking. A food table featuring juice, peanut butter and bread, a pineapple, and other odds-and-ends was set up, and volunteers were walking around collecting donations for more food. So far, they'd collected about $120.

Asked if the occupation would be indefinite, Marlon snickered. "I don't know. That's not for me to decide" — all of Occupy Atlanta's decisions have to be made by consensus. He added, "I don't have any plans to leave."

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