occupy movement http://michiganradio.org en Occupy activists take over Kalamazoo park for national gathering http://michiganradio.org/post/occupy-activists-take-over-kalamazoo-park-national-gathering <p>The Occupy movement is taking over a downtown Kalamazoo park this week.</p><p></p><p>Activists old and young are in Kalamazoo from all across the country.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Occupy activists are talking about a lot of different things from economic issues to racism. &nbsp;And since this is an Occupy gathering, that means everyone will have a say on everything.</p><p></p><p>And Iwanka from Philadelphia says they're also inviting anyone else who wants to to take part.</p><p></p><p>“This is an open invitation to the entire public to come down and tackle some democracy issues,” says Iwanka.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:01:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 14098 at http://michiganradio.org Occupy activists take over Kalamazoo park for national gathering Michigan Politics: the week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-politics-week-review <p>Gov. Snyder vetoes election reform bills. Charges reopened against former Highland Park EM. Where are the Occupiers this summer?</p><p>Hear Michigan Radio&#39;s Rina Miller sit down with MR Political Commentator Jack Lessenberry to discuss state politics stories from the past week. Sat, 07 Jul 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Jack Lessenberry 8169 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Politics: the week in review Occupy Grand Rapids stakes out a new campsite http://michiganradio.org/post/occupy-grand-rapids-stakes-out-new-campsite <p><a href="http://occupygr.org/">Occupy Grand Rapids</a> is re-launching the movement after several months of lying low. The group doesn&#39;t have specific demands, &ldquo;it&rsquo;s not one thing, it&rsquo;s everything,&rdquo; the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/OccupyGrandRapids">group&rsquo;s facebook page says.</a></p><p>But several of its members say issues like income inequality, corporate influence, and housing security are important to them.</p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 22:36:58 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8148 at http://michiganradio.org Occupy Grand Rapids stakes out a new campsite Occupy protesters rally in Detroit, "slow start" in New York http://michiganradio.org/post/occupy-protesters-rally-detroit-slow-start-new-york <p>The Occupy movement promised more action this spring. &quot;May Day&quot; - today - is supposed to be one of those days.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120501/NEWS01/120501031/Occupy-Detroit-May-1-rally?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> reports Occupy Detroit protestors are planning rallies in the city today:</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family: arial; line-height: normal; font-size: small; ">They planned to begin at noon at Clark Park in southwest Detroit and then walk to schools, a bus station, and the McNamara Federal Building in downtown Detroit before ending at Grand Circus Park, the site of the group&#39;s encampment last year, at about 3:45 p.m., organizers said.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="font-family: arial; line-height: normal; font-size: small; "><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/occupy-detroit-may-day_n_1466982.html?ref=detroit">David Sands of the Detroit Huffington Post</a> is live updating today&#39;s events. At 12:34 he reported:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family: arial; line-height: normal; font-size: small; ">A mixed crowd of about 150 people have gathered around the stage in Clark Park, where a huge banner hangs reading, &quot;It&#39;s Not One Thing, It&#39;s Everything.&quot;</span><br style="font-family: arial; line-height: normal; font-size: small; " /><br style="font-family: arial; line-height: normal; font-size: small; " /><span style="font-family: arial; line-height: normal; font-size: small; ">Martha Gervatt, 54 and a UAW Local 869 member, said she was there to support workers&#39; rights.</span><br style="font-family: arial; line-height: normal; font-size: small; " /><br style="font-family: arial; line-height: normal; font-size: small; " /><span style="font-family: arial; line-height: normal; font-size: small; ">&quot;I&#39;m here because it&#39;s important that we revive the spirit of May Day,&quot; she said.</span></p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.occupy-detroit.us/events/">Occupy Detroit protestors plan to hold events </a>in Grand Circus Park through tomorrow.</p><p>On Saturday, May 5, they&#39;re planning an event at Eastern Market in Detroit.</p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; "><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/01/us-usa-occupy-may-idUSBRE8400UV20120501">Reuters </a>reports Occupy Wall Street&#39;s protest in New York is off to a &quot;slow start&quot; with small gatherings at a handful of spots around the city:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">At Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, about 100 activists gathered where the group had promised a &quot;pop-up encampment&quot; emblematic of the movement&#39;s early days in lower Manhattan&#39;s Zuccotti Park near the Wall Street financial district.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; line-height: normal; font-size: small; ">The crowd soon dispersed to other locations to demonstrate, including directly across the street from Bryant Park at the Bank of America tower. About two dozen activists picketed in front of the building&#39;s main entrance. One person was arrested in the middle of 6th Avenue in front of the building.</span></p><p>The group said it expected greater participation in events planned for later in the day as it tries to breathe fresh life into the movement that sparked a wave of nationwide protests against economic injustice eight months ago.</p></blockquote><p>But why take Reuters word for it?</p><p>You can watch a <a href="http://www.livestream.com/occupyunity">livestream </a>of the Occupy Wall Street protest in NY. The &quot;Guitarmy&quot; is currently marching toward Union Square.</p><p> Tue, 01 May 2012 17:18:37 +0000 Mark Brush 7266 at http://michiganradio.org Occupy protesters rally in Detroit, "slow start" in New York GE shareholders meeting met by protests http://michiganradio.org/post/ge-shareholders-meeting-met-protests <p>General Electric shareholders convened for their annual meeting at Detroit&rsquo;s Renaissance Center Wednesday.</p><p>They were met by protesters who say GE and other big companies are not shouldering their fair share of the tax burden.</p><p>Thousands of people, calling themselves part of the &ldquo;99% coalition,&rdquo; shouted for GE to pay its &ldquo;fair share.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:32:16 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7207 at http://michiganradio.org GE shareholders meeting met by protests Spring has sprung; 99% spring events are coming http://michiganradio.org/post/spring-has-sprung-99-spring-events-are-coming <p>Earlier this year, we told you about <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/02/16/the-next-phase-in-protests-get-ready-for-the-99-spring/">The 99% Spring</a>, the protest movement sponsored by a variety of political and labor groups including MoveOn.org, the United Auto Workers and the Teamsters Union.</p><p>It&rsquo;s part of <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/02/29/dont-call-it-a-comeback-protest-movements-get-ready-for-a-new-push/">a fresh wave</a> of protests that are taking place across the country, in the wake of the Occupy movement.</p><p>Starting next week, 99% Spring events will be kicking off across the United States, and especially in the Midwest.</p><p>Supporters are vowing to train 100,000 people to &ldquo;to tell the story of what happened to our economy, learn the history of non-violent direct action, and use that knowledge to take action on our own campaigns to win change.&rdquo;</p><p>Over the weekend, the UAW sent an email to its members, encouraging them to take part.</p><p>&ldquo;We are at a crucial point in America where if we continue to ignore the opportunity to rebuild this great country, then we risk losing the very essence of what has made this country great,&rdquo; the email said.&nbsp;</p><p>Some 918 events have been scheduled thus far.&nbsp;MoveOn.org, which is associated with the Democratic Party, has a locator for events, where you can put in your zip code and find those closest to you.</p><p>Here are the ones for the <a href="http://civic.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=268&amp;id=&amp;search_distance=100&amp;search_zip=48103&amp;submit=Search">Detroit area,</a> <a href="http://civic.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=268&amp;id=&amp;search_distance=100&amp;search_zip=60611&amp;submit=Search">Chicago and Milwaukee,</a> and <a href="http://civic.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=268&amp;id=&amp;search_distance=100&amp;search_zip=44102&amp;submit=Search">Cleveland.&nbsp;</a>To be sure, the 99% Spring movement hasn&rsquo;t said what will happen once people are trained, but given the training events, it&rsquo;s pretty clear it will meet its goal of training 100,000 people.</p><p>Are you planning to take part in 99% Spring? Let us know where and when. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 15:16:35 +0000 Micki Maynard 6870 at http://michiganradio.org Spring has sprung; 99% spring events are coming The next phase in protests: Get ready for the "99% Spring" http://michiganradio.org/post/next-phase-protests-get-ready-99-spring <p>UAW President Bob King referred last week to a <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120211/AUTO01/202110356/1032/ent/King-calls-on-UAW-to-stage-nationwide-protests">&ldquo;new movement for social justice&rdquo; </a>this spring, and now we know what he&rsquo;s talking about. The UAW&rsquo;s Facebook page on Thursday features a big photo promoting the 99% Spring, sending its readers to a new Web site called <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/02/16/the-next-phase-in-protests-get-ready-for-the-99-spring/www.the99spring.com">The99Spring.com</a>.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:30:26 +0000 Micki Maynard 6261 at http://michiganradio.org The next phase in protests: Get ready for the "99% Spring" Occupy Lansing leaves park, plans to continue activities http://michiganradio.org/post/occupy-lansing-leaves-park-plans-continue-activities Occupiers in Lansing have become the latest group in the Occupy movement to pack up their camp for the winter. Fri, 09 Dec 2011 18:56:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5321 at http://michiganradio.org Occupy Lansing leaves park, plans to continue activities “Buy nothing” day a hit in Grand Rapids park http://michiganradio.org/post/%E2%80%9Cbuy-nothing%E2%80%9D-day-hit-grand-rapids-park <p>In sharp contrast to the chaos at many shopping centers during Black Friday, Occupy Grand Rapids held an event today encouraging people to buy nothing.</p><p>&ldquo;This isn&rsquo;t the way that Christmas has to be, you know?&rdquo;</p><p>Mandi Creveling lined up clothes, books, kids toys and electronics in neat rows on top of a blue tarp. All of it is up for grabs at the &ldquo;really free market&rdquo;. She&rsquo;s been organizing free markets in Grand Rapids for about 5 years. It&rsquo;s like a flea market, but where everything is free.</p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 21:10:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5137 at http://michiganradio.org “Buy nothing” day a hit in Grand Rapids park Detroit City Council gives Occupy protestors week-long extension http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-gives-occupy-protestors-week-long-extension <p>The permit allowing <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/occupy-detroit">Occupy Detroit</a> protestors to camp in Grand Circus Park expired Monday but city officials granted a one-week extension, allowing protestors more time to clean up and relocate to another venue.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111115/NEWS01/111115043/Occupy-Detroit-wins-one-week-permit-extension-exit-Grand-Circus-Park?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Some council members likened the peaceful Occupy Detroit to the civil rights movement aimed at extending rights to disenfranchised black people.</p><p>&quot;All of us sit here because some people fought, because some people occupied, because some people demonstrated,&quot; Councilman Kwame Kenyatta said. &quot;They did it because it was the right thing to do.&quot;</p><p>Saying the Occupy Detroit protesters have been peaceful and cooperative, Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. said he was not opposed to the one-week extension.</p></blockquote><p>Yesterday, Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/occupy-detroit-camp-avoids-immediate-shutdown">reported</a> that there seemed to be little animosity amongst protestors regarding an eventual move:</p><blockquote><p>Occupy Detroit participants says an extension will benefit everyone.</p><p>&ldquo;[It&rsquo;s] so we can maintain our peaceful protest within Grand Circus Park, and leave within a reasonable amount of time,&quot; says activist Zachary Steve. &quot;We&#39;ll be able to clean up the park, and make sure to maintain a good relationship with the community.&quot;</p><p>Occupy Detroit says it plans to move its encampment to another, privately-owned location in the city for the winter months.</p></blockquote><p><em>- John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 20:01:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5002 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit City Council gives Occupy protestors week-long extension End near for Occupy Detroit encampment? http://michiganradio.org/post/end-near-occupy-detroit-encampment <p>It appears the city of Detroit is looking to clear out the &ldquo;Occupy Detroit&rdquo; encampment.</p><p>&ldquo;Occupy&quot; campers have been settled in downtown Detroit&rsquo;s Grand Circus Park for nearly a month. That site has served as a gathering point for several larger protests.</p><p>But the group&rsquo;s permit is set to expire Monday. Officials indicated they&rsquo;ll then begin enforcing a 10 pm curfew at the park.</p><p>Participant Jessica Dawl said the &ldquo;Occupy&rdquo; group applied for permit extensions, which the city denied. She said it&rsquo;s widely thought the city is cracking down in advance of Detroit&rsquo;s annual Thanksgiving Day parade.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s definitely because of the parade,&quot; Dawl said. &quot;They don&rsquo;t want us here because of the parade. Because the bleachers are in this park&hellip;and it&rsquo;s national, on television. So, they don&rsquo;t want us there.&rdquo;</p><p>It&rsquo;s not clear whether all of the protesters plan to clear out voluntarily. Dawl said they will meet Saturday to decide their future course of action. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 02:21:34 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4943 at http://michiganradio.org Permit allowing group to 'Occupy' Detroit park to expire http://michiganradio.org/post/permit-allowing-group-occupy-detroit-park-expire <p>DETROIT (AP) - A permit allowing a group to camp out overnight &nbsp;in a Detroit park while protesting the roles of Wall Street and banks &nbsp;in the nation&#39;s economic troubles is scheduled to expire next week.</p><p>Lucianna&nbsp;&nbsp;Sabgash of Occupy Detroit said Thursday city workers &nbsp;have posted signs stating Grand Circus Park closes at 10 p.m. She says the permit runs out on Monday, but the group is &nbsp;expected to seek a renewal.</p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:25:49 +0000 The Associated Press 4935 at http://michiganradio.org Permit allowing group to 'Occupy' Detroit park to expire House Majority Leader: People need fair shot, not fair share http://michiganradio.org/post/house-majority-leader-people-need-fair-shot-not-fair-share <p>The majority leader of the U.S. House says wealth redistribution is not the answer to the nation&rsquo;s economic disparities. Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor spoke at the University of Michigan today.</p><p>Cantor was heckled by a handful of audience members for his message that the government should give &ldquo;a hand up, not a handout&rdquo; to those who need it.</p><p>He spoke to a crowd that included about a dozen people who stood with their backs to Cantor and wore shirts with slogans like &ldquo;tax the rich.&rdquo; Cantor said that&rsquo;s the wrong message.</p><p><em>&quot;The goal shouldn&rsquo;t be for everyone to meet in the middle of the ladder,&quot;</em> he said.<em> &quot;We should be wanting all people to be moving up, and no one to be pulled down.&quot;</em></p><p>Dozens of people protested outside the building where Cantor delivered his speech. Several carried cardboard tombstones with the words &quot;RIP middle class.&quot;</p><p>U of M student Jordan Harris wore a costume to the demonstration. But not, she said, because it&#39;s Halloween.</p><p><em>&quot;I&#39;m here as a zombie to represent the lack of humanity I and my fellow zombies... see in corporate America,&quot; </em>she said.</p><p>Cantor said the national conversation about income inequality should be about how to accelerate income mobility. He said government&rsquo;s role should be to help encourage family stability, and give tools to small business that will help them thrive. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:41:45 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4777 at http://michiganradio.org House Majority Leader: People need fair shot, not fair share Protesters briefly shut down Ambassador Bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/protesters-briefly-shut-down-ambassador-bridge <p>Traffic on the Ambassador Bridge was backed up briefly coming into Detroit Thursday evening. That&rsquo;s because protesters targeting bridge owner Matty Moroun blocked traffic.</p><p>The demonstrators included a State Representative, members of the ongoing Occupy Detroit movement, union members and southwest Detroit residents. They&rsquo;re all angry at Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun&mdash;who they say has illegally seized land, ignored court orders, and bought political influence in Lansing and elsewhere.</p><p>Detroit resident Maya Williamson said the neighborhood is noisy and polluted because bridge traffic is forced onto residential streets&mdash;and she&rsquo;s tired of it.</p><p><em>&ldquo;The noise, and the traffic through the school area and through the neighborhoods&hellip;it&rsquo;s horrendous. There&rsquo;s gotta be a stop put to it, you know. You can&rsquo;t just trample over citizens for money,&quot;</em>said Williamson.</p><p>No protesters were arrested. They left after about an hour, chanting &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll be back.&rdquo; Fri, 28 Oct 2011 08:43:21 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4731 at http://michiganradio.org Protesters briefly shut down Ambassador Bridge