On Thursday, "Occupy Dallas"

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There's a HuffPo piece this morning about how the pepper-spray-flavored Occupy Wall Street protests moved to the West Coast yesterday -- San Francisco, specifically, and the Bank of America building in the Financial District. Next Thursday, though, they hit a little closer to home. Without Radiohead, which may or may not (not, most likely) be playing the NYC protests today, but, still.

Occupy Dallas's Facebook page, which has close to 2,500 likes and 549 RSVPs, says a similar event, though a one-off, will be staged here October 6 beginning at 9 a.m., when protestors are scheduled to begin gathering at Pike Park on Harry Hines before they make the long march to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas at N. Pearl and Woodall Rodgers, where we've espied Ron Paul supporters during a few recent Saturday morning trips downtown. Their mission, natch: "to peacefully protest with the rest of the world against corruption and greed." In that case, why not Bank of America too?

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Guest
Guest

All of this 'Occupy (whatever)' business looks like the left's version of the Tea Party...

notwastinmytime
notwastinmytime

Most of the BUMS that go to these commie pinko events are idiots that got us Obama. Spare me...while you are Occupying Dallas....Im smoking a doobie and donating to the Republican Party.

chad armstrong
chad armstrong

I'd go in a heartbeat but i can't get out of work on such short notice.  the irony, it burnnss!

NealK
NealK

This is great, but I hope these socialist brats take a bath before coming downtown.  They also might think about getting rid of the 9/11 truther and Hitler signs.

Mountain Creek
Mountain Creek

Is a follow-up story coming on this article?  I read somewhere that there wasn't going to be valet parking, so I sent someone to protest in my place.  Would really like to read about it and/or see photos of my stand-in protester.  

At the very least, I'm assuming no arrests, etc....

Anonymous
Anonymous

this "we are the 99%" crap is really obnoxious. are you the 99% that took cash-out reverse mortgages so I could buy a new car and take a vacation. 

CR
CR

It's really sad that Dallas Observer staff like this one are just too stoned to give a damn about anything.  

Bandikoot
Bandikoot

Why so flippant about such serious issues?  Or are you rich enough as a journalist that you can continue to feed your family and yourself.  There are too many of us who have no job and no hope of keeping our homes....this is not a joke.  I, as a 67 year old senior will march as part of the 99%.

Doc Freckles
Doc Freckles

Corporate transparency, accountability and penalties for unethical business practices.  Incorporate humanitarian rights and environmental ethics into your CBA for the sake of the future of our species!   

nangelozzi2
nangelozzi2

I've been surfing all around these sites and have been noticing more and more trolling by Ron Paul activists. If representative Paul is for this movement (besides doing away with the federal reserve) let him come out and make a national statement, The mission statement is well presented on multiple sites. Everybody is welcome no matter what political persuasion you are, just don't try to hitch a ride on our bandwagon.

Nick Charles
Nick Charles

To anyone going, take a good look at the Occupy Dallas Facebook page or PerceptionVsReality's post on here to get a grasp of the demands. Study them, memorize them. It's also a good idea to do business casual for the protest. It's a lot harder for the media to dismiss a bunch of organized people with a coherent message politely protesting in polos and khakis than it is to ignore the ragtag bunch of misfits in tie dyed hemp shirts and djembes they imagine us to be.

Stolensoul Jess
Stolensoul Jess

It isn't a "one-off" it is a continued occupation once it begins.

Lostsailorforever
Lostsailorforever

I am 42 years old.  I have a degree in Biology I also have 7 felony convictions ALL for Marijuana.  I have never had a job that paid more than minimum wage and I have not had a job at all in almost five years. My wife has a degree and 10 years experience in her field she is back in school because all she can find right now is minimum wage jobs.  If my father hadn't died and left me a paid off house and truck we'd be living in a box.    Because I am a drug felon I cannot get food stamps or any type of assistance.  I cannot get a a Pell grant or any type of financial aid because they are forbidden to drug felons. Someone who has raped and murdered a child, done their time and gotten out of prison is eligible for food stamps and educational aid.  I have been denied of my basic human rights.  I know I am not alone, there are millions like me.  What would the establishment do if everyone like me suddenly became organized and decided we are not going to take it any more?  I think we are about to find out.

Dell Cameron
Dell Cameron

How to further your involvement:

First... tomorrow at noon a small group of us will meet at the Cafe Brazil in Deep Ellum to discuss some logistics. We will be scouting the area for parking, restrooms, food and medical area prospects. We will engage local business owners if possible and inform them personally of the march and ask for their support and if possible, their aid. We'd also like to find a place with power and wifi where we can set up a media center. Protesters will be constantly feeding this center with images, video and information for live blog feeds.

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 7:00pm El Centro College, 3rd floor C398, 801 Main St.We will discuss civil disobedience, marching routes and the creation of committees and volunteering of committee members.

Wednesday, October 5th 7:00pm - 10:00pm. 1408 N. Washington Ave.  (Parking lot and picnic grounds) Civil Disobedience Training for the demonstration 'OCCUPY DALLAS!'

And to answer your question:

"In that case, why not Bank of America too"

This was mentioned several times today. I've suggested a boycott and will probably have signs available for those who wish to support it. They're crooks.

Tammy Lyn Smith
Tammy Lyn Smith

I just moved to this area from San Diego.  So glad to see Occupy Dallas exists.  At least this area isn't just full of Republicans.

old_lady_anon
old_lady_anon

I am the 99% and I will be there, too.  It's time for things to change.

If not us, who? If not now, when?

Anonymous
Anonymous

How about the "class warfare" being waged on the middle and lower classes so that the rich can give themselves another bonus for destroying our economy, kicking familes out of their houses so they can buy another yacht or high end sports car.  

Seepatay
Seepatay

I'll be there Oct 6th for occupy Dallas.  Government belongs to the people, not the corporations. 

Scotttedford
Scotttedford

I will be there on weekends. Remember, Thursday is just the beginning...not a one-time event.

NoelConfidence
NoelConfidence

Hi Larry Johnson Jr.  If you'd like the bankers to keep giving themselves bonuses, bailing out Europe (again) and foreclosing on your friends and neighbors homes - all with your money - because after all, you are paying for these actions - please don't attend since you're "taking responsibility for turning our country toward a healthier direction".  Honestly Larry, once you educate yourself on how unsavory, unethical, unfair and baseless the entire American monetary system is you'll wish you had taken the day off to show up. But that's just my opinion.  Yep, everybody's got one.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in taxpayer funded bail outs, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither. We are the 99% and we will not be stopped.

Alexis Lohse
Alexis Lohse

I am not a "trustafarian" nor am I "leeching" the system by utilizing the food stamps I qualify for. I am a hard-working mother and full-time student, bustin' my ass and wondering why I even bother. When I get that law degree I'm working towards, will there be a job for me? If a job does materialize, will unregulated Wall Street schemes bankrupt my retirement before I get there? Will my 2 daughters grow up in the 2100s or the 1800s? Venting my outrage online is no longer sufficient and it's time to walk the walk. If you've had enough, I'll meet you in the streets on October 6th. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

We are the 99%. We are tired of the top1% violating our civil rights, destroying our economies, hoarding the wealth. We will no longer allow families to be kicked out of their homes while large corporations get billions in government bail-outs.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

bums? So when BoA and others were kept afloat because they made bad business deals, that was ok with you? Do you understand what's happening and why they're doing it? Most people are tired of working their ass off and putting money into 401k's or pensions and then these guys investing it in high risk ventures or ponzi schemes, and when it goes bad, they get a slap on the wrist and keep working. Easy analogy, if a doctor had a history of misdiagnosing patients and they died, he'd be sued for malpractice and forced out of the business. If he's a bad doctor, it's deserved. If your banker makes bad decisions, oh well, no biggie right?

TruthBeagle
TruthBeagle

I wonder if the hippie sheeple realize that they are following a group of criminal anarchist hackers (anonymous) who are on a power trip.

Alfredo
Alfredo

Sounds like you missed the 60s protests

CR
CR

Because they're jaded burnouts and only interested in sensationalist tabloid pieces, such as their "On the QT / Hush Hush" segments on John Wiley Price.

BR
BR

I agree.  It seems to me like the message is being co-opted by Libertarians.  Even on the OccupyDallas site.

terry hall
terry hall

weed is not a drug. its a way of life. im 62 everyone i know has smoked weed. stop the war on weed . have congress consume weed instead of booze. im from texas . most car wrecks are from booze not weed. you should have tried to stop  the weed thing 40 years ago. the bordars are open.the CIA make money with Mexico. lets not be nieve.pardon my spelling

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

There's still Ferris Plaza park. It's across the street from both Union Station and the Dallas Morning News' main building. Ever seen the quote on the front of that building? http://www.markdroberts.com/im...

old_lady_anon
old_lady_anon

There are plenty of good people in Dallas.  We've just been quiet too long, unfortunately.  Glad to have you here. :)

terry hall
terry hall

 been waiting 30 years for this. it is the people, it is for us. ill be there thursday amen

terry hall
terry hall

they dont respond to 10 they blink to to 10,000

Mavdog
Mavdog

Hi Noel.

Why do you feel any of us should determine what bonuses a banker- or anyone else in a private company- should receive? If you are an investor in a company fine, otherwise...it's not my money.

Those "friends and neighbors" who are are losing their homes to foreclosure all voluntarily took out the loans that they are now defaulting on. Nobody forced them to take out the loan, and it certainly is not my money.

Apparently Noel you have an opinion that the world's monetary system is "unsavory, unethical, unfair and baseless". Why? Are you an advocate for the gold standard and against fiat money? Do you disagree that the world's financial system has produced a tremendous level of economic growth for billions of the world's population to gain wealth over tha lst half century? the stats sure say it has.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

I would be interested to hear your plan to keep the European monetary situation from affecting our economy once you have thrown the 1% out of office.

NoelConfidence
NoelConfidence

Hi Dave,

Seriously not trying to be ugly here but did you read somewhere that we (the U.S.) could avoid a European contagion effect?  I can't find anything online to suggest otherwise.When the Fed offers "unlimited liquidity" to Europe's largest banks how could it not effect you and I?  Ultimately we'll pay for it.  This country's entire wealth is based on it's debt.  Our currency has no real value.  Money comes from thin air and printing presses.How is that sustainable?  If you still feel your government and the 1% have you and your family's best interests at heart think again. Personally, I no longer wish to allow our politicians and bankers to live it up on my dime anymore. There is no plan Dave. Bernanke has no plan, Obama has no plan.We've been lied to for a very long time.

If you'd rather try to preserve the status-quo and let the world's financial institutions run the show then so be it.  If you'd like the occupation movement to be part of a national debate, please show up and speak up.  Now's the time.This should be your wake-up call.

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