Mayor Mike Rawlings on Occupy Dallas Encampment: They Can Stay. Tonight, Anyway.

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True to his word, City Hall spokesman Frank Librio just sent a statement from Mayor Mike Rawlings in response to U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle's ruling this morning, which cleared the way for the city to give Occupy Dallas the heave-ho from the parking lot behind 1500 Marilla if it chose to do so. Says Rawlings, the Occupiers can stick around ... for at least one more night. This is the entirety of what Rawlings has to say on the subject, for now:
Today the judge made it clear the city has the authority to enforce the agreement in place. No action will be taken this evening at Occupy Dallas. City Attorneys will discuss the next steps with this group's legal representation tomorrow. The city has attempted to balance this groups first amendment rights with the city's responsibility to protect the activists and general public. Public Safety and the health conditions at the encampment remain a paramount concern.

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Chris Danger
Chris Danger

While I respect these young and old folks right to free speech and to gather as such, I have to take task w/ this Dallas group, which has been rather "tame" compared to other groups such as the parent OWS group and the now growing berkeley movement. This group had a chance at being a major force, but from what I've seen tweeted and read, its all pretty much come undone due to internal forces not getting it together, nor any actual support from local leaders or intellectuals. I've said this from the get-go, for a group to succeed, you need a charter and a sold set of ground rules. Instead of just standing around all day, you need to be an effective force in the community by doing some real good...Obviously that didnt happen..


The city needs to issue its notice to act in 24 hours and then discuss with the OD lawyer on how to make that move.  I hope we are not going to negotiate and then set a time.  This will drag on a lot longer under that scenario. 

It is going to be 37 degrees tomorrow.  They need to go.


"After midnight" would qualify as not being part of "this evening". Municipalities like to make their move in the dead of night. I don't trust 'em, I tells ya.

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