Occupy SA much different from other occupy events

Occupy SA protesters at Hemisfair Park. (WOAI.com)SAN ANTONIO – The Global Language Monitor today has announced “occupy” is the top word of the year.

In Dallas the occupy protest has been riddled with controversy with a baby being removed and a sex offender caught, along with a handful of other arrests. More than 40 people in Austin have been arrested. In Houston, Wednesday night protestors were arrested for setting up a tent. But in San Antonio it has been a much different story playing out.

Members of Occupy SA have been camping out at Hemisfair Park since their movement got underway. That’s when they promised a peaceful demonstration, and so far they have lived up to their word.

It’s been a little over a month since dozens of people marched to kick off Occupy SA. They jumped on the heels of Occupy Wall Street, a movement protesting social and economic equality, and corporate greed.

Meghan Owen, who is among the Occupy SA protestors, said, “It has been extraordinary peaceful. We have had very little trouble with the city or the police.”

According to Owen, their camp has kept out of trouble because they have a list of rules they follow. No drugs or alcohol, and no violence are at the top of the list. They have also kept communications open with the city to make sure there is respect both ways.

“I think we could set the bar for the rest of the country, and frankly, I think it would be really cool if Mayor Castro would show Mayor Bloomberg from New York what’s up,” said Owen.

Organization at the camp site is a must. There is a food station, information booth, first aid center and a make shift IT center. There’s even a small library comprised of books on politics, the economy, and the law.

And while the camp is for the most part empty during the day, a slew of bags and backpacks represent supporters who leave for work during the day and return at night.

Supporters say Occupy SA will continue until they get what they want.

“We want corporate lobbyists to stop having control over our government. It seems they are buying out the votes of our representatives in congress and we don’t like that. We want to see that stopped.”

Earlier in the week there were concerns over whether Occupy SA would be able to stay at Hemisfair Park this coming weekend since that’s where registration for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will get underway. But that has since been worked out. Occupy SA will stay in their corner and the marathon events will be held across the lawn.


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