occupy lansing http://michiganradio.org en Occupy movement changing focus in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/occupy-movement-changing-focus-michigan <p>Across Michigan and the rest of the country today, Occupy Wall&nbsp;Street groups plan to symbolically &lsquo;occupy&rsquo; homes on the brink of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/05/occupy-detroit-foreclosure-eviction-debbie-ron-henry-southgate-kyra-williams_n_1130356.html">foreclosure</a>. Meanwhile,&nbsp;Occupy activists in Flint are launching a campaign they say will&nbsp;have lasting influence on their city.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Occupy Flint members are organizing a campaign to put a question on the ballot next year that would start the charter revision process. Flint is under the oversight of an emergency manager. A state review panel decided the city&rsquo;s multi-million dollar deficit created a &lsquo;financial&nbsp;emergency&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Michael Burton is with the Occupy Flint group. He said residents must correct the city&rsquo;s systemic problems, so Flint will be ready&nbsp;for life &lsquo;after&rsquo; the emergency manager&rsquo;s job is done.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;That is just the small changes we hope&hellip;to affect in order to start making positive changes&hellip;and get the city of Flint back up to speed,&quot; said Burton.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Burton said Occupy Flint does not have any specific changes it plans to recommend to the city charter. The group only hopes to get the conversation started. Tue, 06 Dec 2011 06:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 5260 at http://michiganradio.org Occupy movement changing focus in Michigan Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, vocal supporter of the Occupy movement (audio interview) http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-virg-bernero-vocal-supporter-occupy-movement-audio-interview <p>The Occupy movement has expanded beyond Wall Street. A number of cities in Michigan have Occupy demonstrations, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing.</p><p>Lansing Mayor, Virg Bernero says he&#39;s been<em> &quot;..protesting Wall Street since before it was fashionable.&quot;</em> He welcomes the demonstrators.</p><p><em>&quot;It costs money to arrest people and to cordon off areas. And so our goal was to not arrest anybody, and we made that clear when they got here.&quot;</em></p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:03:29 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 4692 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, vocal supporter of the Occupy movement (audio interview)