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Local Movement Announces Occupation Of Light Rail Thursday And A Rally Friday

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 15, 2011 — In the wake of increased persecutions against supporters of the Occupy movement around the country, Occupy Phoenix is planning a two-day mobilization around the Valley Thursday and Friday, including actions along the light-rail line.

“Occupy Phoenix protesters will stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and turn up the heat on the 1% with two solid days of action this Thursday and Friday. The 99% is no longer willing to have our First Amendment right to assemble violated by the enforcement of arcane laws that result in the arrest of Occupiers for falling asleep in a public park. Condescending notions of urban “camping” and snide remarks about homelessness meant to slander those brave enough to take a stand against corporate greed are no longer acceptable,” according to a Tuesday press release by Occupy Phoenix.

The two-day mobilization will begin Thursday at 7 a.m. at the two ends of the light rail line that runs from downtown Mesa to west Phoenix. Occupation supporters will assemble at the Mesa park and ride station at Sycamore and Main streets, the downtown Phoenix hub of transit at Washington and Central avenues and at the Montebello Street and 19th Ave. park and ride station.

“On Thursday #N17, morning commuters will be asked to share their own stories of foreclosure, crushing student loan debt and lack of health care as occupation of the Light Rail begins,” according to the Occupy Phoenix press release. “Occupation Crews will meet at three stops at 7 a.m. sharp to wake up residents who’ve been lulled/coerced into indifference. A flash mob for the 99% is slated for midday in the business and entertainment districts.”

Later Thursday, Occupy Phoenix will be hosting teach-ins at Cesar Chavez Plaza. Beginning at 6 p.m., the topics for the teach-ins will include non-violent civil disobedience, economic and social justice and the First Amendment freedoms of speech and assembly.

Occupy Phoenix activities for “Free Speech Friday #N18” includes a “Put Your March Where Your Money Is,” nonviolent action in Cesar Chavez plaza at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the group's webpage at http://occupyphoenix.net/, the #OccupyPhoenix Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/occupyphoenix, the group’s Twitter page at http://twitter.com/#!/occupyphoenix or catch the livestream at http://www.livestream.com/occupyphoenix.
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