|No One Leaves and others start the rally|
Too tired to write much text tonight, but Occupy Springfield did happen...about 35 people...more if you count the ones who came and went. And at the Take Back Springfield rally tonight, Occupy folks joined in and swelled the crowd to about 150 people. many people were then headed in to a Springfield City Council meeting, and I don't know what happened there, because I had another meeting. But I'll post when Ido know. Basically, there were three big issues propelling ralliers to the meeting:
- protecting the recently passed ordinance requiring banks to put money in escrow (most of which they'll get back) whenever they foreclose on a property;
- a non-binding resolution urging the City of Springfield to remove its funds from Bank of America;
- encouraging city councilors to protect their vote revoking Palmer Renewable Energy's special permit to construct a biomass plant by appealing the building permit PRE seems likely to receive!
|Jesse Lederman, speaker from Stop toxic Incineration in Spfld|
|Patti and Bill, Arise/STIS|
|Arise members: Ellen (recently pepper-sprayed in D.C) & Christina, founder of 2004's Sanctuary City|
By the way, at a General Assembly meeting today, Occupiers decided to be back next Monday, Court Sq., from 3 to 6 pm. Yippee!