Occupy Toledo plans Oct. 10 meeting in Downtown ToledoWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
While protesters gather on Wall Street, some Toledoans are planning an “Occupy Toledo” event Oct. 10.
The event will begin 11 a.m. at Levis Square in Downtown Toledo. A representative of the movement declined to respond to interview questions, stating, “we are beyond the party affiliations or labels used by popular media. No individual or select group of individuals can be the face of our movement.”
According to its website, “Occupy Toledo is a nonviolent assembly of individuals from all walks of life who stand in solidarity with the occupation of Wall Street in New York City and with the overarching Occupy movement across our nation and across the world.”
Other Occupy movements have sprung up across the nation, including in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.
Everyone is welcome to join the movement, said Sean Nestor, a recent Toledo City Council primary candidate and a donor to Occupy Toledo. While Nestor was not directly involved in planning the event, he said several of his friends were and that he will bring blankets and food to protestors who stay overnight.
“It’s gonna get cold soon,” Nestor said. “But I know some of [the protestors] quite personally and I know they will stick it out.”
The purpose of Toledo’s movement is not officially set, but will be determined at daily meetings known as the general assembly.
“We cannot tell you our demands. These details are up for debate at the General Assembly starting on October 10th,” Occupy Toledo said in its email. An end date for Occupy Toledo hasn’t been set.
“It’s truly being planned to go on indefinitely,” Nestor said.
A pre-occupy sign creation meeting will occur at The Revolution Collective, 2925 Scottwood Ave., on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Donations are being accepted at www.wepay.com/donate/9614.
As of Oct. 6, $300 has been collected. According to Occupy Toledo’s website, more than 23,000 visitors have stopped by the site this week and nearly 1,000 people have “liked” the page.
For more information visit the web site www.occupytoledo.org.